Wednesday, October 15, 2008

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

A huge meme about my High School Experience. (You can just call it the H.S.E.)


1. Did you date someone from your high school?

Yes. I went out on lots of dates with lots of guys. I only dated one person very seriously, and that was probably the biggest mistake of my life when it came to choosing a date-worthy male. His name was Jason, and it isn't a pleasant memory. I was 16 and stupid. And isn't this a lovely way to start off these questions?

2. What kind of car did you drive?

Well, first of all, I was too chicken to get my driver's license till I was 17, the summer before my senior year. I did not have a car that was designated for only me to drive until my freshman year of college. So, in high school, if I had to drive, I drove the navy blue Chevy Celebrity family station wagon. Tres chic, indeed.

3. What was the most embarrassing moment of high school for you?

Honestly, I can't think of anything. I'm not super easily embarrassed, even though I definitely had a most embarrassing moment in college. Really, I got nothing here. Sorry to disappoint you.

4. Were you a party animal?

Ha! No way.

5. Were you considered a flirt?

Another Ha! Not even a little bit. I was super shy with the opposite sex. To the point that I would be tongue tied and make ridiculous conversation. At least, that's the way I remember it. It's not like I never went on a date or anything, though. I was just definitely not a flirt. The first time I ever called a guy that I liked was after my mission, in college, and it was Joel.

6. Were you in Band, Orchestra, or Choir?

I bet I don't even have to answer this question, and you'd all know the answer anyway. But, just in case you don't pay attention, I was in choir. I was even in two choirs at the same time. I was also a drama geek, if you care.

7. Were you a nerd?

I say I was. Not the kind that had a 4.0 average and a pocket protector, but I wasn't exactly cool. Plus, I got good grades and was involved in music and drama. In my mind, that made me a nerd. Or a geek. You pick.

8. Were you on any Varsity teams?

Uhhhhh, no. Unless you consider the Thespian Society a varsity team, that is. I am not so athletic.

9. Did you ever get suspended/expelled?

Of course not! The horrors! I was a very good girl, although I did occasionally sluff AP US History. If you'd been in my class you would have ditched, too.

10. Can you still sing the fight song?

YES! Do you want to hear it?

We are the fighting bruins of Mountain View,
Our song is heard our story told.
We are the team that's tough, we're telling you!
A victory will soon unfold!

Mountain View, we are the winning team!
See our colors gleam!
Always you, will remain supreme!
The cardinal, white, and goooooo-old!

We are the fighting bruins of Mountain View,
Our song is heard our story told.
We are the team that's tough, we're telling you!
A victory will soon unfoooooooo-old!

A vic-tor-eeee will soon unfold!


Aren't you glad I listened in the assembly where we learned and practiced the fight song every year? Me too.

11. Who were your favorite teachers?

Definitely not Mr. Williams, the above mentioned AP History teacher. I really liked Mrs. Peterson for AP English. Probably my choir and drama teachers, although they were both slightly off balance. I also really liked Mr. Spencer, who was another English teacher I had. English teachers must be nice.

12. Where did you sit during lunch?

Well, sometimes at a table in the cafeteria with my friends. And sometimes out in the hall by my locker with my friends. Sometimes I just went to Taco Bell with my friends.

13. What was your school's full name?

Well, if you were actually listening when I sang the fight song, then you know this. But just in case you missed it, it was Mountain View High School. And no, it isn't in Arizona.

14. School Mascot?

Did you listen to the song or not? It was a Bruin.

15. Did you go to Homecoming?

Yes. I went with little Alan. He was a nice boy. The only reason I went with him is because my locker partner, Rob, who was also Alan's best friend, asked a girl who wasn't allowed to go with him unless it was a double date. So he convinced Alan and I to go together even though I was taller than him.

16. If you could go back and do it again, would you?

Now why on earth would I subject myself to that kind of torture?

17. What do you remember about Graduation Day?

It was in the Marriott Center. I went with Bonnie and Annie. The choir sang. We had a huge class....I think over 800 it was incredibly long. And boring. But also exciting. I was done with High School after all!

18. Where did you go on Senior Skip Day?

Did we have one of those? I totally don't remember. Maybe we went to Lagoon.

19. Were you in any clubs?

Oh yes. I was in the Thespian Society club, the choir clubs, some dance club and the National Honor Society. Also, my best friend Bonnie and I created our own club, entitled FBLA. It didn't stand for Future Business Leaders of America, as you might think. No sir, it stood for Future Bonnies and Laras of America. Because everyone wanted to be us. Even if I was nerdy, Bonnie wasn't.

20. Have you gained some weight since then?

More than I care to admit. (coughcough50poundscoughcough.)

21. Who was your Prom date?

Well, for Jr. Prom, it was the aforementioned Jason. I finally broke up with him the next day, by the way. That's how wonderful Prom was. My senior year it was a guy named Chris, whom I didn't know at all, and who apparently had had a crush on me for all of high school, or so he said. He was even more nerdy than me, but a nice enough guy. I was just thankful that the group we went in was all my friends, or it would have been torturously awkward. Instead of just plain awkward, which it definitely was.

22. 10 year reunion?

6 years ago. Yes, I went. I sat at a table with my husband (who really did not enjoy his time there, and refused to attend his own reunion the next week), a good drama friend and her husband, a guy I didn't remember and his wife, two girls who were still single that I vaguely remembered and my good friend Chris, who just passed away a few weeks ago.

It was weird to see people ten years later. And now that it's 16 years later (Ack!) I'm sure it'd be even weirder.

23. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself?

Don't go out with Jason.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I went to the Mt View in Arizona! HA! It's funny that you know about MT View. I think, had we both gone to the same Mt View, we would have be great friends...we did many of the same things in HS!

  2. I love AND hate this meme! I loved reading your answers, and seeing how many of the things we had in common. I hated thinking back to my own high school days. And I am definitely going to have to tag myself and do this one. Thanks for the fun!

  3. I love this!! Very fun. I too dated my fair share of high school doofuses (doofi?) I think they just helped me realized what a great catch I had when I met my future husband!

  4. I started feeling all uncomfortable inside reading this meme and thinking of my answers. I enjoyed highschool, but those were awkward years. A lot of firsts. I did not go to my ten year. Mostly I just did not care. I talk to the people I reaaly want to know about. If I had gone I would have won the having the most kids since highschool award. Whoopy! Can you believe I had three kids at 28, and it was more than everyone else out of 600+ students. And mine were all in wedlock. From what I heard majority of the people were stil single and still partying.

  5. How fun! I might have to add this one to my blog!

  6. I am laughing, especially at the end answer... but mainly because I think I know which Jason you are talking about. :)

  7. Haha, at BYU I'd always hear people say they went to Mountain View (and I'd say, oh really -- I went to Timpview and then they'd stare at me like I was retarded, little did they know THEY were retarded).
    And that's some pretty specific advice. :)

  8. You sound a lot like me in high school. Except with friends.

  9. I'm going to go with "awkward years."

  10. How funny is it that I would answer most of these questions in the same way you did. And honey, if Jason was your worst mistake then you are in good shape. Come on, he wasn't THAT bad.

  11. I'm glad you did this. Very interesting, and I loved how you wrote about this Jason guy.

    It's it crazy how big of a deal HS was at the time we were there. Now looking back, it was really such a little thing/part of our lives.

  12. I can't believe how many details you can still remember. I've only been out of High School 9 years and I couldn't even begin to tell you. However it probably holds true that you block traumatic events. Ha!

  13. Lara, did you have to remind me of so many things about H.S.? just kidding-but it wasn't my favorite-est time to remember- however- you put it very nicely and it was a really fun read :) I still remember you from H.S. and college- seeing you in the HFAC all the time :)