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A high school meme, courtesy of fellow MW alum spiralshell.



1. Who was your best friend?
The artist formerly known as wienerschnitzel


2. What sports did you play?
I was a music/theater nerd. Sports were for idiots.


3. What kind of car did you drive?
I didn't have a car until after I graduated, which was my stepfather's old Nissan Sentra, with the license plate 2BERNT2B , which was very popular at the local diner on weekend nights.


4. It's Friday night, where were you?
I am... hmm... probably shooting pool with wienerschnitzel and then hitting up one of the local diners. Or maybe that was after high school? I might have been a Nepera's Children rehearsal.


5. Were you a party animal?
I didn't engage in varying forms of sobriety until right before graduation. The summer of graduation, though, holy shit.


6. Were you considered a flirt?
Once I became single during the end of my junior year, yeah, I kinda went a little nuts.


7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
I was concertmaster of the orchestra, pianist in the jazz band, and in both chorus and voice ensemble. And my rock band destroyed the semiannual coffeehouses.


8. Were you a nerd?
I had good grades, but I didn't think of myself as particularly nerdy. Dorky, sure.


9. Did you get suspended/expelled?
The only bit of administrative trouble I seem to recall getting into was during the music department field trip my senior year, which involved a prank gone awry.


10. Can you sing the fight song?
I'm not aware of my school having a fight song, but if we did, it's not something I would've paid attention to.


11. Who was your favorite teacher?
I loved my social studies teacher Mr. Briody, who is largely responsible for introducing me to the post-Rubber Soul Beatles records. And the band teacher, Mr. Lynch, he was the man.


12. What was your school's full name?
Monroe Woodbury Senior High School.


13. School mascot?
The Crusader. And our colors were purple and white. So were the colors at NYU, come to think of it.


14. Did you go to Prom?
Only my Junior and Senior, and while I had a great time at both, I never got to go with the girls I really wanted to go with.


15. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
What's the point? Sure, I'd do a lot of things differently, but I like not having to do homework.


16. What do you remember most about graduation?
I remember an inflatable woman soaring into the sky during our principal's opening speech.


17. Where were you on senior skip day?
I was probably in school, actually, doing something music-department related.


18. Did you have a job your senior year?
No. I only started working once I had access to a car, which was right after graduation.


19. Where did you go most often for lunch?
The cafeteria. There really wasn't anywhere else to go. By senior year, though, I spent most of my free periods in the music wing, goofing off with friends.


20. Have you gained weight since then?
Next question.


21. What did you do after graduation?
I think I went to the all-night party at the school for a little while. Honestly, it's a blur, although a sober one.


22. When did you graduate?
1993.


23. Who was your Senior prom date?
Gail Littman.


24. Are you going to your 10 year reunion?
Almost. I was at my mom's house that weekend, as a matter of fact, but I never RSVP'd because I thought it was bullshit for us to have to pay $100 or so just to be in some shitty bar an hour's drive away from my mom's house. Still, I almost went.


25. Who was your home room teacher?
Senior year it was Mrs. Burke, and I only know that because spiralshell reminded me in her meme. I'm not sure I paid that much attention during homeroom.
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O M G Nepera's Children!!!
I forgot all about that. You guys were so cool. Really I mean it. I remember those "coffee house" things (at which there was exactly zero coffee) and you at the mic singing something from Pearl Jam.
Wow.

And I will second that Mr. Lynch was the man. He was the cool one and Mr. Franklin was more geeky and cute.
One of the bummers of my time at MW was that I had limited exposure to Mr. Lynch. Most of my friends in the various bands worshipped him, while I was stuck with friggin' Ms. Davis, who absolutely sucked the life out of the orchestra. I joined the jazz ensemble mostly out of the desire to be around him; he was tremendously inspiring.

Those coffeehouses were hilarious. I don't remember Pearl Jam, but I do remember doing Jesus Jones.
As much as I wanted to strangle John Lynch most of my time in MW, he's still the first teacher I remember when someone asks who had the most impact on me. Even if he was just using MW as a stepping stone to bigger and better.

Ben the looney leader on 'Lost' reminds me of Franklin. In looks at least.
I can't really blame Lynch for having ambition. I can, however, imagine how gut-crushing it would have been to have him leave if I worked for him on a regular basis. You, though - you were in band, wind ensemble, jazz band, and marching band, right? That's a lot of Lynch.

And, holy shit, you're absolutely right about Franklin. The only real memory I have of him is him busting me and Raina making out after school backstage.
I was a band geek for sure. Especially senior year, where I played in every possible ensemble since there were I believe only two people in the school capable of playing a trombone.

Needless to say, that ability allowed me score some major ladylovin' back in the day.
I am indeed. I wasn't sure where to start, so I got "American Don", which I understand is not as distortion-heavy as the rest of their stuff. I don't know whether that means it's not as good, but I'm enjoying it immensely.
Here's Don Cab, basically by the album:

"For Respect" -- their first album, kind of metally, very chug-chug in places, but with a few sparser and more elegant passages.
"2" -- their breakthrough; long, jazzy compositions with upwards of sixteen different parts, more flowing and less tough-guy, some industrial sounds here and there. My favorite of theirs.
"What Burns Never Returns" -- third album and first after their initial two-year breakup; their most straightforward album and accessible album. Lots of folks swear by this, though I always found it a little bland.
"American Don" -- their final record and only one as a trio. Lots of loops and tapping; by far the most open-sounding and least heavy of their albums.
"What Burns Never Returns" is not on iTunes, but I'll look for it elsewhere; "2" is, and I'll definitely be checking it out. It only took about 30 seconds into the first track on "American Don" for me to be an instant fan.

Did you get Battles yet? I'm about halfway through.

And I see what you mean about random Ghostbusters quotes making for great Don Cab song titles.
Funny, once I discovered Battles, I went right to emusic, previewed, and downloaded the entire Don Cab catalog (World Class Listening Party doesn't count). I personally enjoy American Don the most. I think "You Drink a Lot of Coffee For a Tennager" is the best two minutes they recorded.

What Burns... is very good too, but does tend to lag in spots. For Respect and 2 are good in their own right, but much more metal-oriented. Ian Williams didn't seem to get into his experimental stage until What Burns...

If Battles continues to grow on me, I will probably be more inclined to get the more metal-y Don Cab albums. American Don immediately found my sweet spot, though, most likely because it's NOT metal-y.

And why does all of this stuff remind me of Bundy K. Brown's "Directions in Music"?
American Don definitely resembles the more plucky parts of Directions. I totally forgot about that album. That's a dustoff for sure.
I'd be glad to Sendspace you any of the older Don Cab albums.

And actually, I'm very fond of "World Class Listening Problem", the Don Cab album that came out last year -- it was my #4 album of 2006 -- but in a way it's not really Don Cab. The drummer basically reformed the band with three new musicians, including two from Creta Bourzia, a Pittsburgh band that were basically Don Cab lite. That being said, it's still a really, really good record, but it doesn't involve Ian Williams (who went on to form Battles.)

I've actually had the Battles record for about two months, thanks to the Internet, and I saw them last month. They still put on an absolutely incredible live show. I'm not quite as taken with the album as I was with their earlier EPs, but it's still quite good.
If you were to Sendspace the remaining Don Cab albums, that would totally fucking rule. Do you have the "Singles Breaking Up", too?
after reading this, i am convinced that you and i would have hung out in high school. when i post my answers, you will see why!