Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Catching the latest memage...

A few days late, but what the heck. Note that all of the following can be summarized as "I was almost painfully ubernerdish".

Snarfed from various people, but I think cristovau was the earliest vector I saw.

HS Senior Year Graduation Questionaire

What year was it?

What were your three favorite bands or musical artists?
Hmm. Jethro Tull, definitely -- over the course of high school, my attitude towards Aqualung had gone from "What is that godawful noise?" to "Coolest album ever". My fondness for the group has cooled over the years as they've drifted back from rock to their original jazzier tones, but Aqualung may still be my favorite single rock disc, and Songs From the Wood is well up there.

Probably Steeleye Span, who I grew up on and have remained an omnipresent part of my musical life. There are many folk and folk-rock groups I'm fond of, but they are and always have been my favorite.

Hard to say who the third would be, since my musical tastes were still pretty unformed at that point. I was still fond of the Beatles (my favorite group at age 15), but was starting to tire of them. Really, Tom Lehrer was probably next: I had memorized his entire ouvre by the time I was ten (and spent the next five years figuring out what the words all meant). He's less universally-known in fandom now than he once was, but when I started college it stood me in very good standing in filk circles to know all his songs by heart.

What were your favorite clothes?
The question's basically a non-sequiteur -- I was still letting my mother choose my clothes at that point. And in retrospect they were pretty horrifying, if terribly practical: poly-cotton polo shirts and double-knit slacks. If I never encounter double-knits again in my life, I will be a happier man. Rarely t-shirts and never jeans, tastes I developed during and after college respectively.

Really, I didn't start even paying attention to clothes until college, and I didn't develop any strong sense of taste until I'd been married to msmemory for a fair number of years; indeed, it wasn't until around ten years or so ago that I really started dressing well.

What was up with your hair?
Boringly normal -- wavy and short. The following year I let it grow out; after much of a year of being simply a bedraggled mess, it finally got to the ponytail it's been in ever since.

Who were your best friends?
Ken Menken was probably closest: a fellow super-nerd, now a rabbi last time I checked. Frank Chut was a bit less overtly nerdy, but still had enough fannish geekery in him that we got along well. Other than that, I don't know that I was really close to anyone -- I saw a lot of the drama and madrigal crowds, but I was never precisely part of the social scene there.

Where did you work?
For my Dad, part-time plus summers. He had a company called Retail Micro, which was developing point of sale systems for apparel vendors. Not exactly the most exciting app in the world (and Dad lost a colossal amount of money on it), but it gave me a huge amount of experience in all aspects of programming, because I was by this point the main engineer on the system. The front end was a pretty homebrew microcomputer (an Exidy Sorcerer that we had replaced the EPROMs in); the back office was, God help me, a good megabyte of COBOL source code. I did everything from writing the printer drivers on the cash register to the inventory programs in the back.

What did you do after school?
Bike Club more than anything else. Once I figured out that I could do all my phys ed requirement on my bicycle, I threw myself into that with a will. Most of senior year I was biking about 15 miles a day.

Also Drama Club. I was generally the reliable character actor for the plays, a mid-level player in the musicals, and the patter part in the Gilbert and Sullivan productions. (We typically did one of each per year.)

And just for senior year I was in the school Madrigal Singers. This was a pretty talented group, doing decently well in national competitions. I was never a soloist (and can't read music worth a damn), but it turns out that my voice blends pretty nicely when I try.

Did you take the bus?
No -- private school, so it wasn't an option. I usually biked in when weather permitted, or my mother dropped me at school. (Or I dropped her at work -- I was driving pretty regularly by then.)

Who did you have a crush on?
A girl nicknamed Cricket, who I had a truly terrible crush on throughout high school. I was something of a pest during senior year, but she was always quite sweet about it, managing not to completely destroy my ego while firmly and consistently saying no. It really went beyond crush into unrequited love; it took years to even begin to get over her.

Besides her, I had crushes on several of the other girls in my class. Mind, I didn't even have my first real date until college, so this was all strictly in the realm of the hypothetical.

Did you fight with your parents?
Nah. I've always gotten along quite well with my parents, actually.

Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?
No particularly striking ones that I recall.

Did you smoke cigarettes?
Aside from one school play (where it was a character point), no. I tried my father's pipe a few times.

Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack because you were too nervous to find your locker?
Nah -- I had the same locker throughout high school, IIRC.

Did you have a 'clique'?
Not really.

Did you have "The Max" like Zach Kelly and Slater?
A favorite hangout? No, that pretty much implies having a social life.

Admit it, were you popular?
No. Mind, I wasn't *un*popular -- I was simply a non-sequiteur to the social scene.

Who did you want to be just like?
Hmm. I don't actually know. I'm not sure I was even thinking in those terms. I wound up largely growing up like my father, but I'm not sure it was intentional in quite that way.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
At that point, I had a somewhat woolly notion of becoming a professional actor. That lasted pretty much until I got to college and realized how much work it would be, so I defaulted to programming. (Which I already knew pretty intimately.)

Where did you think you'd be at the age you are now?
I really didn't have much idea, aside from desperately wanting to be somewhere more interesting than where I was. I've largely succeeded in that...

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