Saturday, June 6, 2015

It Was 30 Years Ago Today: A High School Remembrance

It has been thirty years since I graduated high school. A lot has changed in these past thirty years. I don't necessarily feel old, or anything like that (though I do have a bit less hair), but I am probably a completely different person now, than I was in June of '85. And I suppose the world is too. A gallon of gas was just breaking the $1 mark that Summer, and a trip to the movie theatre cost an average of $2.75 a ticket. And speaking of movie ticket prices, I went to see St. Elmo's Fire that Summer (and I guess it cost around $2.75 - I don't actually remember), and even though it wasn't exactly a great film (and maybe not even a good one), and was about college friends, and not high schoolers, but it made me sad, as the film paralleled what was going on in my life at the time. Everyone from my school (Cumberland Valley High, btw) was going their (mostly) separate ways, and the only friends I really knew, were no longer people I saw every day. But hey, it was a new chapter in my still young life, and onward I went. But this post is about my days from thirty years ago, so more on that.

For those young whipper-snappers of today (damn kids!), it was a different world back then. We had no cell phones nor anything called the internet. If we needed to look something up, there was no Google. We had to find an encyclopedia or something of that ilk, and leaf through the dusty pages. I don't have any facts or figures, but I assume there were a lot more paper cuts back in those days. It was a different time, indeed. Hell, I could get a comic book, at the supermarket's spinner rack, for 60 cents. Nowadays, you'd be hard pressed to find one for less than $2.99, and those are the cheap ones! And forget about online comics, because...well, um...there was no online back then. We did have vinyl records though, and they're hip again, so there's that. And yes kids, our music (and our clothes), though different than today, still pissed off the older generation, just like yours does. That will never change. Nor should it. But enough of this. What were my high school days like, you ask? Well, thanks for asking.

Prince and Depeche Mode were on the radio (and on the Walkman), my clothes had zippers where no zippers needed to be, and the mall was the place to hang out after school. The mall (Capital City Mall, to be exact about where we mallrats hung out) had stores like Chess King, and eateries like Lucas Pizza and the York Steak House. It was the place I saw my first midnight movie (I believe it was Monty Python's Meaning of Life) and where I would eventually become one of those weirdo (yay!) Rocky Horror kids, after graduation. It was thirty years ago today. I remember hanging out with Russ and Jeff and Randy and Laura, and the rest of the so-called gang. Playing D&D (yes, I have always been a nerd), drinking Mad Dog and wine coolers (we were young and stupid, with no discernible tastes yet), and looking super cool (relative term) in my checkered Vans, just like Spicoli wore in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Yeah, the Vans are actually back in style these days.

After graduation (29 years, 11 months, and 3 weeks ago today) brought on Senior Week at Ocean City, MD, a lot of Jack Daniels, a lot of stupid teenage partying, and the unofficial official end of my high school days. Now here we are, thirty years later, and the unofficial official end of this post. My actual high school reunion is set for September, but I have yet to attend one of these things, and I don't see that changing in the Fall. Just ain't my thang, as they say. To close, let me mention one of my favourite movies of my high school days - The Breakfast Club. Coming out a few months before that aforementioned graduation, it pretty much summed up my high school years. I always wanted to be Bender (the Criminal) but looking back, I now know I've always been, and always will be, Allison (the Basket Case), even if they ruined her with that ridiculous makeover at the end. Anyhoo, that's it gang. See ya 'round the web. Don't you forget about me.


  1. Nancy BOOM BOOM MancineJune 6, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Awesome read Kev! do you mind if i share it to the cv 85 page! AND by the way, the reunion is November 27th, at Vissagios... 60.00 gets you the buffet, 2 drink tix and the LUV GODS. I ask that you reconsider and come..I am telling you there ARE NO Clicks, and its a fun time...

    1. Nancy BOOM BOOM MancineJune 6, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      oh and don't forget MERRY GO-round... wall to wall records, on the corner, across from HESS"s and I loved LUCAs pizza!

  2. I never had a problem with cliques. I got along with everyone. Maybe I will go. Who knows?

    Thanx for the kudos, btw.