D’s Wayback Machine part ][

So, you wanted some more pics, particularly pics of me?  Well, I’ll meet you partway- here are some pics, most with me in them, but you have to figure out which of those younguns is my younger self. 😈

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Oh, most them are clickable for larger versions.  Maybe I’ll go back and rescan some of the other ones in larger versions later. (done)

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Let’s start with extracurricular activities.  Outside of band, this was something I generally had nothing to do with, even in high school for the most part, but way back in 6th grade I seem to have partaken in one, though I have no memory of it.  And I only did it for that year apparently, perhaps because my aforementioned nemesis was also in the club.  Which club?  Well, it wasn’t a sport- shame on you if you know me and thought that! 😀 )It wasn’t drama as I wouldn’t take an interest until my final year of high school.  It wasn’t choir as that interest came even later.  It wasn’t backgammon, debate, french, leathercraft, comic books, D&D, or CO2 cars.  Wait- the school had backgammon and D&D clubs??  I think you might be able to guess it, it was none other than the beginning computer club.  Here is a picture- at least I’m 90% sure it is me in the photo- the 6th grade yearbook doesn’t give names under the photos for these group pictures.  The geeks among you might make a connection from this photo with the title of this post.

Beginning Computer Club

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The next several are of the one extracurricular activity that I was a part of for eight years.  Once I failed to make the army band, and then proceeded to fail an army physical (don’t ask, but- phew!) I quit altogether.  That was okay, I picked up singing a short time later when I became interested in musical theatre.  The first three are the normal concert bands.  In 6th I was in the lower band of course, strangely called “intermediate” as if there was another, lower band.  I suppose if you counted 5th grade band as the lowest instead, then I guess intermediate worked.  In 7th and 8th grades I was in the top band (symphonic), a trend that would not necessarily continue in high school.  The last two photos were from jazz band, which I was a part of in 7th and 8th grades.

6th Intermediate Band

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7th Symphonic Band

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8th Symphonic Band

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7th Jazz Band

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8th Jazz Band.

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No, I don’t remember why I put a big X through the saxophonist in the last photo.  I guess I didn’t like him.  I believe I had something nasty written on his other photo too.  I do remember he introduced me to the handheld Donkey Kong game & watch from Nintendo which he brought back from Japan.  When I discovered it was being sold on this side of the Pacific too, I obtained one for myself using the tried and true method every young income-free person uses at one time or another (“Can I have it Mom? Pleeeeeeze?”) 🙂

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The next few photos are just some random photos without me:

Gym

Just a photo to show what our gym uniforms looked like. Check out those socks we once wore!
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Wrestling

Urg- one of the two intramurals I have vivid recollections of. One was floor hockey when I didn’t understand what an “assist” was and tried to enter my name as one who assisted a goal which I did not. In one of the grades, I don’t remember which, I remember I truly stunk at wrestling and won the first game not because I actually remembered how to do the wrestling moves, but because my opponent was even worse. The next game saw me pinned within seconds.  And those socks again…  Nowadays intramurals are optional, but not in the early 80s.
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Check out those pants...

Even worse than the socks were the trousers on that teacher! 😛
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ArcheryCross-country skiing

Two gym activities I know for a fact the school doesn’t do anymore- too bad. Current kids do get ping-pong instead though…

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My school

A photo of the old junior high building. I think someone had said it was built in the 1920s, but I may be remembering wrong. It was replaced by a new one in the last 10 years or so.

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Couldn’t figure out which one was me in each photo, maybe because you never met me? Okay, okay- here’s a little help from the lunchroom:

Eating lunch

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8 Responses to “D’s Wayback Machine part ][”

  1. jamiahsh Says:

    That helped… I was going to guess in the first pic you were the poor guy(?) in the front row who couldn’t see b/c of his shaggy dog hair style. And thanks for sharing the delight of the knee-length tube socks! AAAAARGH!

  2. derek Says:

    I’m pretty sure that “guy” you refer to is a girl… She was kind of sweet if I recall (not meant as any sort of innuendo).

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  4. jamiahsh Says:

    OOOPS,,, I did put a question mark, though. Kinda hard to tell behind the bangs,,, imho

  5. derek Says:

    Whoops- missed the question mark, sorry. 🙂

  6. taylhis Says:

    My guess for you in the first picture is the casual little guy with his elbow in the tv set. I could barely make out any faces in the rest of the pics, especially under all that hair! 😉
    Ok, so the third one down, I’m thinking you’re the one with the instrument to his lips, third from the right in the middle row of sitting students; though at first glance I was going to go with the guy standing in the back on the right. The next one is taken from too far away, and the one after that has me debating between what looks like the same two students as the third one…
    After seeing all these fashion trends again, maybe I’m not so sad I lost my yearbooks… now I don’t have to share any embarrassing pics of myself 🙂
    I did find an interesting (depressing) facebook page the other day though – a memorial to graduates and teachers from our school district who have since passed away. I was (sadly) surprised by a few… of course John Belushi was on there, but so were others that I knew and didn’t know they had passed. Another reminder to be grateful for each and every day!

  7. derek Says:

    A colleague of mine mentioned facebook pages for school districts as well. Perhaps something to look into, that is if it doesn’t require me to sign up.

    I added larger versions for all the band pics and the computer pic if that helps anyone. Remember though, you may have to click twice to see them at maximum size as some browsers will automatically scale large images to fit the browser window. The second click, after the large image loads, will show the picture in its full size with scroll bars to scroll over it. I just checked, by the way, and at least my head can be clearly seen in all the pictures- I truly look like a dork in the 6th-grade band pic. 🙂

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