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I can has coffee machine! Yay! Belated birthday present from a friend - 13 months belated, rather than one; we've got a rather catastrophic birthday present backlog going on. She still doesn't have hers from 18 months ago - she's getting a photobook from blurb of our uni years, but it's taking us ages to choose the pictures and upload them and stuff. Oops.



1. Did you date someone from your school?
Weeellll, there were some people I snogged on a fairly regular basis but never "went out with", and there were a couple of people I "went out with" for, ooh, anything up to 72 hours. So it really depends on your definitions.

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?
Nope.

3. Did you car pool to school?
I walked, in all kinds of weathers. The school was less than ten minutes away.

4. What kind of car did you have?
Didn't have one.

5. What kind of car do you have now?
Still don't have one.

6. It's Friday night...where are you (then)?
At a friend's house, watching films, playing cards, listening to music. Later years, maybe down the beach with some cheap rose wine, or heading to the nearest McDonald's drivethrough or the cinema.

7. It is Friday night...where are you (now)?
At home or at work, usually. Occasionally in the pub or at a friend's.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?
Sold the local paper around the estate, and delivered the free one for a while.

9. What kind of job do you do now?
Subtitles for the deaf.

10. Were you a party animal?
Nah, more of a gatherings....vegetable?

11. Were you considered a flirt?
Outwith my friends group, no. Within it, probably. Lots of tickling and massages and games of "Nervous".

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
No, no, briefly.

13. Were you a nerd?
I wasn't a supernerd, but I was definitely towards that end of the spectrum.

14. Did you get suspended or expelled?
Nope. Not many people did, though, I was at a "good" school.

15. Can you sing the fight song?
We would never have anything so declasse. I don't think we had any songs, actually.

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)?
Miss Savage, my main exam-year English teacher. Partly in contrast to my previous two years' English teacher, who harboured an irrational hatred for me, but she also discussed things with us, and let us study things we were actually interested in. (Hello, dissertation on portrayals of good and evil in Lord of the Rings and Good Omens.) Mr Beresford, my GCSE-level Physics teacher, because the classes were always fun, and I can remember more from them than any other GCSE-level class, probably. Mr Rowan, my insane Modern Studies teacher from whom I manage to learn the intricacies of the British political system and the ways in which people vote, despite him spending most of the time ranting about Kilmarnock's latest footballing catastrophe. Our teachers were - with only one or two notably terrible exceptions - solidly in the "satisfactory" box, with none I can really remember standing out as inspirational.

17. Where did you sit during lunch?
On the corner of the wall where there appears to be a stop sign now. Hmm. (That bit of the school looks fairly swankly but is falling apart, and there's an ugly modern extension to the right and some dodgy huts around the back that you can't see.)

18. What was your school's full name?
Marr College. Wikipedia doesn't know much about it, but there's a better picture here.

19. When did you graduate?
1995

20. What was your school mascot?
No mascot. We had a crest, but I don't know what it's meant to be. A cross, and two water elementals holding a penguin upside down over a book and Aladdin's lamp?

21. If you could go back and do it again, would you?
No. No no no. It wasn't too bad at the time, but still no.

22. Did you have fun at Prom?
Didn't have one, I don't think. I have vague recollections of a meal somewhere that I didn't go to.

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?
See above.

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?
I don't think we have those either. I might, if we did, but it would depend if the people I still talk to were going.

25. Do you still talk to people from school?
Yeah - I'm "proper" friends with one, see another two or three occasionally, and am friends with a bunch of others on facebook, and chat if I see them in the pub at Christmas.

I found a bunch of stuff about the delayed opening of the school (in 1935) on Hansard when I was googling for the pics I linked to. I love the internet.

It wasn't asked, but I realised recently that the single most directly useful thing I learned in school was to touch-type. Which is a bit odd, since it was in a class I was mildly discouraged from taking because the "smart" kids didn't take it. It was Office and Information Studies, which was seen as the class for people (mostly girls) who might one day aspire to be secretaries. It was very easy, and it's where I learned my "click it and see" approach to computing, as I learned my way around the Apple Macs while the rest of the class was trying to figure out how to justify a paragraph.

What was the most useful thing you learned in school?

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kniblet
Feb. 12th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
That secretarial course is precisely the reason I still type with two fingers. :(

I'll get back to you on the most useful thing I learned - probably French, although I squandered it by not taking it at uni.
sloopjonb
Feb. 12th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
They didn't teach us skills. They taught us how to pass exams. Badly.
bopeepsheep
Feb. 12th, 2009 09:32 am (UTC)
On a practical level, the most potentially useful thing I learned was how to milk a goat. My secondary school was going through a "exams bad, insane extra-curricular things good" phase in the 1980s, and then there were all the strikes, and so academic lessons disappeared somewhat. At primary school - rural village - I learned how to knit, trap and skin rabbits, raise chickens from eggs, and feed an owl. I am fully prepared for the post-Survivors world. :D

To date, the most academically useful thing I learned at school was ... um ... yeah. Not sure. The skills that got me through university came from FE college, as did my touch-typing (although I could type before primary school, it was slow until I learned properly) and shorthand. I started German and French at home, cooked/sewed/drew more outside school than I ever did in it, and I've never found much use for the maths/science I did, outside school. Hmmmmm. "How to follow a conductor" has been useful socially but not in a career sense.
donbert
Feb. 12th, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
What was the most useful thing you learned in school?

That not checking carefully who is in the toilets before entering is a good way to get my hair head washed flushed.
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