Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Google abuse

The other day I had some time between projects at work and Googled the five or so people whose full names I remember from high school in Arkansas. One of them was my boyfriend for a year (or was it two?), Gary Burdett. We were from different towns but met in this summer program that was supposed to be the art kids' alternative to Bill Clinton's governor's school. We were both in the film class.

I found out through the blog of one of his friends (whose kids are insanely cute) that he's still doing film, and is apparently quite good at it. I wasn't sure that was him on the Today show, because, man, 20 years is a LONG time ago. So I looked through my photo album, and the pictures were just too awful not to share.



It took an hour of crimping to get my hair that frizzy, thank you very much.



The Arkansas humidity didn't help, either.

These pictures were from Gary's prom. Although he was cool guy and a good friend, he did dump me right before my prom to go on a cruise with a girl he was interested in. [Message for my kids in the future: No matter how devastated you are by some high school drama, in a couple of years it will have become just another amusing story to share over drinks with your friends, I promise.] So I took this guy, whose name I don't remember even though we dated a bit afterward:



This picture cracks me up. I think he was already drunk at this point, and would be singing show tunes and stealing crappy raffle prizes in about an hour.

15 comments:

Heather said...

Thank you & thank jeebus you didn't post any pictures of me from that time! I prefer to tell people that I simply appeared one day fully self-actualized & was never a painfully insecure teenager with a Flock of Seagulls haircut.

Kelly O said...

I almost did! Please, you were the coolest one of us, absolutely adorable.

nylonthread said...

I LOVE these photos!!! You look exactly like my ideal of an arty 80s girl. Why did we make our hair that big? And I know people today who are stuck there, still crimping and teasing away... do you?

Kelly O said...

Wow, you know people who still crimp their hair? Daily? Can you take a picture covertly?

The Clamdampers said...

Like, wow, you look totally hot, er, I mean, bitchin'! Ok, so what are doing in the top photo, the one where your radically gloved hands are raised as if to say "for the love of GOD" to someone off camera. Nice rat tail snaking out there, by the way!

Kelly O said...

*snerk* I know! Could my hair have been any more hilarious? Hoo, good stuff.

I think I'm saying "For the love of GOD, how can all the pictures be of us smiling when inside we're so MISERABLE?" Ah, high school.

sher said...

oh my freaking gawd. sure you didn't grow up with me in NJ?

and no, i am not posting any bighaired pics of me. and i'm in NJ at the moment, and i promise you, my mom has a bunch ;-)

Kelly O said...

Sher, come on, man! SHARE, SHER!

Lee said...

OMG those photos were AWESOME!!! Thanks for finding me and sharing those! Gary was so hot...and didn't even know it.

I did meet you, and I KNOW we saw each other at that prom...and I am wondering who the heck it was he was going after on that senior cruise.... I'm going to have to really really think on this one...

If I EVER get a scanner I will post some hideous high school photos of myself...I didn't crimp, but I was bleached, teased and had the nice long Cyndi Lauper braid going....

Lee

Kelly O said...

I know, he looks very "gets the girl at the end of a John Hughes movie," doesn't he?

Hmm, did you ever wear a leather cuff? If so, maybe the girl was you. I hope I'm not talking out of school saying that, but wouldn't it make a really great story if it were you? Let's go with that!

monkeyrotica said...

Fortunately, I destroyed all evidence of my highschool years, along with mementos of my dead diabetic wife, before I went on the revenge spree that culminated in the death of the mysterious "John G."

At least, that's what my tattoos say.

Daniel said...

kelly, you just made my day. Now we just need to find someone who can take those photos, generate 3D animated models and put together an animated film set in Arkansas in the 1980s.

A N D R E A said...

Those pics are fab, my friend.

You guys look like you emerged from the big prom scene from "Just one of the Guys!" A favorite 80's film of mine, which by the way was shot at Big Surf in Tempe...

Jammer said...

Wow. I thought the billboard bangs were a west-coast phenomenon, but apparently not.

Great pictures. Makes me want to break out my yearbook.

'91 ROOLZ!

Heh.

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

THOSE ARE AWESOME.