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[What year was it?]
10th grade, 1996-1997

[What were your three favorite bands?]
I didn’t have any at that point. I did listen to the radio but for the most part I just sang a lot of broadway show tunes. A LOT of broadway show tunes.

[What was your favorite outfit?]
Overalls. That’s all I wore all year. Nothing but overalls.

[What was up with your hair?]
It was natural brown, I think it was past my shoulders, and for the most part it was pulled back somehow. I had a billion scrunchies (omg, scrunchies…I miss them!). I never did anything cool with my hair though. It was straight, it was brown, it was boring.

[Who were your best friends?]
I made a whole bunch of new friends that year – Flint, Jessie, Lisa, Nick 1 and Nick 2, the Eriks, The Gals, basically anybody I ate lunch with.

[What did you do after school?]
For a long time we all used to hang out at the bike racks and talk for hours on end. Nobody really wanted to go home. Every now and then we would do artistic things with the bike racks.

[Did you take the bus?]
I lived 4 blocks away from school. I walked or rode my bike.

[Who did you have a crush on?]
Duncan Fry, who really was an asshole. I ended up helping him get together with Lisa whom he had a crush on. Why did I do such stupid things to myself?

[Did you fight with your parents?]
Yes. Yes I did.

[Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?]
I have no clue. NOT Brad Pitt, ‘cause I think Brad was still doing his nasty long hair thing that everybody else thought was hot but I thought just made him look skeezy.

[Did you smoke cigarettes?]
No, and funny enough, I HATED teens who did smoke. I lectured and I bitched and moaned about it. Probably because I thought a lot of my friends who did smoke were just posers doing it to piss off their parents. Like “oooh, look at me, I’m all rebellious and shit!”

[Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack all day because you were too nervous to find your locker?]
I NEVER had a locker in all of my life. I mean, I could have had one, but I chose not to. My backpack was my LIFE. I think it weighed a good 30lbs and was decorated with whiteout. Lasted me 7 years (all of highschool and most of college).

[Did you have a 'clique'?]
In theory, yes. We were the nerdy outsider gamer geeks. We also were REALLY loud and were referred to as either “the tree people” or “the zoo.” We had a mix of everybody. Drama kids, hacker kids, gamer kids, goth kids (our group was home to the 5 goths who went to our school), you name it we probably had it.

[Did you have "The Max" like Zach, Kelly and Slater?]
At that time we all ate lunch together outside by the tree and the big warm vibrating thingy.

[Admit it, were you popular?]
Oh hell no. But I think a lot of people knew who I was.

[Who did you want to be just like?]
Um, myself? I dunno.

[What did you want to be when you grew up?]
A biology teacher.

[Where did you think you'd be at the age you are now?]
I have no clue. I don’t think I thought that far ahead. All I know is that I wanted to be out of Davis, I wanted to be away from home, and I wanted very badly to be independent. So, in a way, I guess I have that. But I didn’t think I’d be in Minneapolis living in my own condo.
A LOT of broadway show tunes.

Hee. You are totally the only reason I know any of the songs from Rent. Well, you and Roscoe.

Every now and then we would do artistic things with the bike racks.

The bike racks! They totally trembled in fear at our very presence.

At that time we all ate lunch together outside by the tree and the big warm vibrating thingy.

Last time I was in Davis I stopped by the campus and found that they've totally redone the Nova quad. I was all worried that they would have knocked down the tree, but it's still there, as is the big warm vibrating thing. It would be so sad if future generations had no big warm vibrating thing to huddle around on cold, rainy days.
hoo - I'm going back to Davis in about 3 weeks for my vacation...I'm a little worried about how much it has changed. I haven't been home in almost 2 years...

But good to know the tree and warm vibrating thingy are still there :) I wonder if any other group of teenagers has found solice in that wonderful patch of grass and cement...
Every now and then we would do artistic things with the bike racks.

Even though it was 11th grade, the bike rack thing before Junior Prom is something I will never forget (even though I scrambled away during the action, heehee). It was especially awesome when I walked into french class the next Monday morning and heard some preppy people discussing who they thought did it...no one would have suspected the tree group. =)
Hee - that's hilarious! YOu never told me you heard them gossiping like that!

And no one ever suspected the tree people :-P

How, I have no idea. I mean, it only happened at the bike racks we hung out at...