Your Senior Year of High School
[What year was it?]
[What were your three favorite bands?]
Jane’s Addiction, Lou Reed, The Cult
[What was your favorite outfit?]
Really tight black jeans, green cardigan, chucks, billy bragg shirt
[What was up with your hair?]
At first it was long then it became mulletish when I undercut it all the way around kinda like a faux-hawk. Then I cut off the tail and had a monk/SS youth cut for the rest of the year.
[Who were your best friends?]
Evan, Aaron and Kevin. They were Ballenas drama kids who transferred to Kwalikum to escape the persecution of that school. I was happy to meet them because all my punk friends had graduated the year before and I was left with jocks and metalheads to befriend. Actually, all the jocks were metalheads at Kwalikum as the only sport was rugby. Anyway, it was nice to not have to regress back into metalheadom which I’d pulled myself somewhat up from.
[What did you do after school?]
I practiced with my band 3 or 4 days a week.
[Where did you work?]
[Did you take the bus?]
Yes for an hour and half everyday until I was given use of my mom’s car which was the best reason for having band practice 4 days a week.
[Who did you have a crush on?]
Liz, Thai, Janet, Suzanne, Kerry, Lydia… I think that’s it.
[Did you fight with your parents?]
No. We got along better than the Camdens.
[Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?]
I never understood celebrity crushes. I’ve been informed “celebrity crushes” are different than real crushes. I can’t remember. Probably those Twin Peaks girls.
[Did you smoke cigarettes?]
[Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack all day because you were too nervous to find your locker?]
I left my books at home. I didn’t see much use for them. Except one binder that I kept everything in.
[Did you have a ‘clique’?]
[Did you have “The Max” like Zach Kelly and Slater?]
No. Qualicum didn’t really allow teenagers to eat or hang out in restaurants without their families. Also, they close at about 4:30. After they finally built the McDonald’s in Parksville halfway through the year, Kevin and I hung out there once. It was lame and I had a junebug stuck to my cardigan which made a girl scream. There was, of course, the mini-golf course too. It had pinball. But no one hung out there.
[Admit it, were you popular?]
I was popular in the same was Crispin Glover’s character in River’s Edge was popular. At least, that’s how I saw it. Of course, I was more like Doogie Howser or Matt Camden.
[Who did you want to be just like?]
[What did you want to be when you grew up?]
Leonard Cohen. Or Ian Astbury. Or some combination of both. I was out of my mind with naivete.
[Where did you think you’d be at the age you are now?]
I had no concept of being 32. I couldn’t imagine being able to make my way at all.