2018 marks 20 years since I graduated from high school. I know, it’s hard to believe. Because there’s no way I’m old enough to have graduated high school 20 years ago. And yet…
Anyway, we have a reunion website and each week the blog over there features a different member from the Class of ’98. This week, it was my turn. And, being the opportunist that I am, I’ve decided to re-post my answers to the reunion questionnaire here, because it’s an easy blog post.
What have you been up to since graduation?
I got glasses. I wear glasses now.
What are your hobbies? What do you end up doing in your spare time?
When I have the time… when I make the time… I like to read (makes it worth getting those glasses), watch movies, and yell at other drivers on the road.
Where are you living now? For how long?
Blacksburg… for about five years.
Did you serve in the military? For how long?
Did you pursue any education after high school? If so, what degrees have you obtained?
Bluefield College – BA in Christian Studies, BS in Behavioral Science… I’ve made a couple attempts at grad school, but it never seems to take.
Where did you earn your first “grown-up” paycheck?
First Century Bank
Who is your current employer and what is your title?
Northstar Church – Creative Content Director and Children’s Ministry Assistant
Have you done much traveling? Where have you visited?
I haven’t done as much traveling as I’d like, but I went to Brazil a couple times during college and visited Istanbul this past summer.
Are you married? If so, who is your spouse?
No… But if you’d like, we can make one up. How about Anna Kendrick? She still single?
How did you and your spouse meet?
Do you have children? What are their names/ages?
Tell us a funny story about your kids…
There was this one time when little Bobby was… oh yeah, I don’t have kids.
What was your favorite class?
Even though I’ve done next to nothing art related since high school, I actively looked forward to pretty much every art class I took: Photography, Drawing, Painting, Ceramics…
Which teachers influenced your life and made a lasting impression? Why?
Dave Flanagan, without question. Honestly, I look back and I’m not sure I can give an answer to the why. He was a good man who was, in my experience, one of those rare people who had a genuine concern for his students and their potential to succeed. I guess that’s the why.
What did you want to be in high school?
What was your funniest moment?
Did I have any funny moments in high school? I didn’t really come out of my shell until college. I’m pretty sure I was always just as sarcastic as I am now, but I think, back then, I was afraid to open my mouth more often than not. So most of those funny moments probably lived and died in my mind.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
I’m sure I tripped over my own feet walking across the quad at some point.
What was the dumbest thing you did in high school? Was it worth it?
I spent seven weeks as a patient at St. Alban’s freshman year because of an eating disorder. That was pretty dumb. No, it was not worth it.
What is your most vivid memory from Patrick Henry?
Am I allowed to be honest here? I mean, I know we’re approaching 20 years, which is supposed to fill us with a certain sense of nostalgia… I guess. I just don’t look back at high school with a lot of fondness. High school wasn’t fun for me. I’ve always felt like I kind of just got by, at best. It’s not that I necessarily had a bad experience. I wasn’t bullied and nothing happened to scar me for life. I’ve just allowed the things that happened in those four years to blend together. So, having said all that, there isn’t really anything incredibly vivid that stands out for me.
Was there ever something you wanted to do back then but never did?
Not really. And I know I could say, “If only I knew then what I know now…” but that’s dumb. I may not have 100% enjoyed the high school years, but I wouldn’t want to try to do it over again under a different set of circumstances. Unless it was a Billy Madison sort of situation. A grade per week wouldn’t be a bad thing.
What was your go-to for lunch?
Chicken sandwich, bottle of water.
Did you play any sports back then?
Ha! It’s adorable that anyone would think of me as even remotely athletic.
What about other extracurricular activities (theater, yearbook, clubs, etc.)?
Not really. I mean, I attended FCA meetings… But since that stands for Fellowship of Christian Athletes… and since we’ve already established I was the farthest thing from an athlete… not sure it counts.
What kind of car did you drive?
1987 Chevrolet Corsica
What was your first job during high school?
Kroger, bagging groceries
Did you have a nickname?
Nothing that would be appropriate to share here, probably.
Who was your best friend?
Justin Walker and Jessica Smith
Who was your secret crush?
Which classmate influenced you the most?
Megan Lawson, Scott Katz, Chad Hyatt… Honestly, I think I was influenced by a lot more than a realize. I just never opened my mouth to acknowledge it.
What was your favorite song?
I don’t know. I was on a pretty heavy Eagles kick back in high school. Maybe Hotel California.
What was your favorite movie?
Back to the Future
What was your favorite book?
I didn’t like to read then as much as I do now… But at some point, I was forced to read Mythology by Edith Hamilton. I always found Greek mythology fascinating.
What was your favorite TV show?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
What personal experiences would you like to share?
There was this one time, when I stayed up way past midnight… no, I can’t go into all that.
What plans do you have for the next 10 years?
I’m content where I am. I know I can’t expect things to remain the same, but I have no plan to make any changes from what I’m experiencing in life now. I love my job. I love the people I work with. I love living in Blacksburg. I’m living my 10-year plan.
Give us a quote to live by…
“Someday, your sarcasm is gonna get you punched in the face.” – Mark Hipes
“There will be moments when you have to be a grown up. Those moments are tricks. Don’t fall for them.” – Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy
So that’s that. I can’t believe I revealed the secret crush. Things like that are the whole reason we have phrases like, “I’ll take it to the grave.” I’m sure there are some things I left out when answering these questions. But hey, I’ve got to save something for the reunion, right?