Close, I was the band geek. Band, being the largest 'gang' usually got left alone. That and we had dirt on lots of people.
Funny thing is, I think we were in high school together. I graduated CHS in '85.
I noticed that. I assumed that was how you found me/why you friended me.
I've looked up your yearbook photo and honestly don't have any recollection of you from the time, though I've got a notoriously bad memory for faces.
At some point we need to reminisce about names we know in common. [I'm a bit weirded out to discover thru http://www.countrysidealumni.com/
that Andy Wood is a college professor. Never would've expected that of him.]
Yup, was looking over the few CHS LJ listings, for mid 80's and took a look at their stuff. You had stuff about Shakespeare: Cool!
I don't remember you from HS either.
I was a short, tiny (sub 100 lbs) anti-social band geek. Outside of a table full of lunch friends, no one knew me and I really didn't pay attention to people either. Was always reading. Library folks knew me by my card number; A-17.
The name Andy Wood sounds familiar but drawing a blank on face.
Don't know if you remember crazy looking science professor who used to put on weird chemistry shows? When I was doing mobile computer repair in the area, a few years ago, I ended up at his place, setting up a new computer. Turns out he's just like that Monk character on t.v. He had to leave the room while I unpacked the computer boxes. He couldn't take all the chaos and disorder in his house. I made sure to pack the boxes back up with all the packing so they looked like new for him (was Apple/Mac; nice packing). Very odd guy.
Don't know if you remember crazy looking science professor who used to put on weird chemistry shows?
Straubo the Magnifico!
Yeah, I had him for chemistry one semester, fun guy but strange.
I was also short & tiny, sub 100 lbs.
Beeeg glasses, shoulder-length straight black hair, flat-chested and underdeveloped... generally below the radar.
I used to spend my lunches hanging out in the library with my small handful of friends. We even named our library table :)
Trying to think of upperclassmen I hung out with when I was a frosh, but most of them were sophomores, rather than your year. Gary Akins, Jeff Sockwell, um... names are escaping me.
Heh, we woulda' looked like twins, although I didn't get glasses until my senior year, after a car accident. I decided I suffered from social invisibility. And terminal shyness. I think that's one reason I ended up working with both machines (was mechanic in AF) and computers.
Gary Akins sounds familiar. I'm almost certain he was in my Chem or Physics classes with Straub (thanks for bringing back his name). Either that or I gamed with him. I was also with the short lived library club, back in '83. Man, there's some old SF in there, that was in library hard covers (with the paper back cover glued on) I'd like to get hold of. The Butterfly Kid, by Chester Anderson is one. 30 years out of print by now and rarely goes for under $20 paperback copy. Mrs Robinson, the librarian was cool. I think I heard from my mom (she taught ESOL there for 15 years or so) that she moved up the admin something or other in the main office.
I didn't go back for the 20 year (had just moved out west) but maybe I will for 25. I didn't look back when I left HS (hated it) but now, I'm wondering just how some of these people are doing. If nothing else, being 7" taller and 120 lbs heavier (and still having long hair) might be fun.
Gary Akins looked the stereotypical nerd -- short dark hair, glasses and (no kind way of putting this) a pizza face. Big into computers and the auto-repair class and probably RPG'd. Trait I remember most about him was his sketching. He loved Disney's Rescuers and used to draw cartoony mice on his notes. I tried looking him up recently -- unsurprisingly the last mentions of him were related to furry fandom.
YES I remember "Butterfly Kid" -- projecting hallucanegen, wasn't it? We probably read the same copy. :) I heard (though have never seen) that there are actually two sequels/related books published around the same time that are even rarer.
Last time I stopped by the high school, I did wander into the library and met the librarian who's male. They've rearranged the shelving and now have a corner with computers for student internet use. Also, they've significantly weeded the collection. Remember they had all those 1950s-era communist menace collection? The book I went looking for was in the nonfiction The Truth: God or Evolution was a hysterical example of all the worst kinds of logical fallacies, even down to the title. Alas, it's long gone and not worth spending money on.
I went back for my ten year reunion. It's a long story, but I think I probably saved myself thousands of dollars in therapy. [In briefest, realizations that I don't care what they think about me; they hold no power over me; and if that's what they do for parties, I no longer mind never having been invited.] But there's less than a half-dozen kids from my year who I really want to see again, so I'm not likely to bother with future reunions. Oh, and I find it weird how the overwhelming majority of the student body remained within the Tampa Bay area -- even those who went away for college mostly came back.
Yup, that's the guy I was thinking of. Even down to the Rescuers. Wow! Amazing what the mind can hold on to. Now, why can't I remember how to factor a polynomial?
Yup, that's Butterfly Kid. Three authors wrote a S/F Hippy trilogy. Butterfly Kid is the first one. Michael Kurland wrote the second one (Unicorn Girl) and I have that on my Amazon wish list. Keep hoping I'll run into a used copy for $2.00, though.
I was in town (just dropped out of UCF) and caught up with several friends at my 10 year. We were the guys all in Hawaiian shirts and very loud ties. All the preps were in suits and business wear, looking like insurance salesmen and realtors. My friends have all moved away and stayed. Still, my Dad lives in Safety Harbor and my daughter loves swimming so, if we happen to visit during 25 year, might see what's up.
Yup, that's the guy I was thinking of.
My freshman year, I kinda sorta dated him for a few months. Once he got a car, I was part of the crowd he drove home (imagine 10 people squashed into a '69 Ford Grand Torino) even though I lived practically across the street from the school (my parents still live there).
Ok, I vaguely remember you. I was upset that Gary could get a date and I couldn't (ok, also upset that he could talk to girls and I couldn't). Oh well, the internet has made it possible for me to have just the right amount of social interaction, without triggering my flight reflex.
But Gary had The Car...
This is Jeff. Gary only RPG'd with Andy and me until graduation- to my knowledge he hasn't since. He lives in Austin, TX and works for (what else) a company that makes electronic devices: power supplies and such. Andy is a professor of communications and rhetoric at San Jose State in CA. I retired from the Navy (avionics, weapons and flight systems) with a B.S. in IT and now work for DHL at their data center in Scottsdale, AZ, and will probably be going back to school for a Masters in Library and Information Science. Of the three amigos, I am the only one who still plays RPG's. Nobody gives me any grief about gaming- it's hard to challenge the manliness of a multi-war veteran who's been trained by the Marines as a machine gunner. I always did love making things go kaboom :D
2007-01-18 11:57 pm (UTC)
*looks at subject*
What do you mean "if?"