Saturday, October 4, 2008

Payson High School Homecoming '08

I be a teacher. As such, occasionally my illustrious bosses ask me to participate in activities outside of the classroom. Like tonite for example I was assigned to chaperone at the Payson High's Homecoming dance.

As I poured glass after glass of some kind of punch (non-alcoholic I promise), I made the following observations:

- I find it one of the cruel ironies of my life that now that I'm 27 and out of high school I can finally carry on a conversation with high schoolers. Why exactly couldn't I carry on a conversation with a high schooler when I was in high school? What a joke.

- I went to Homecoming once. Junior year, 1997. How did it go you ask? Well, she was a really nice girl and I was a huge dufus with NO social skills AND I lost my keys that nite (it was actually Jeffrey W. Richey's fault, but I've since forgiven him). It was similar to one of those movies when the biggest nerd in the school asks the nicest girl and you just feel sorry for the girl the whole time. Yeah, pretty sure she still hasn't recovered from the trauma.


This is a picture of that fateful event. I'm sure she still accepts letters of sympathy.

- I'm an amazing punch pourer (although I'll be honest, after three hours, my shoulder did get a little sore). Really, after 27 years I finally found a talent. And you didn't think I had any.

- I will never understand why they play music so loudly at dances. I mean, maybe it's just me, but I always thought it would kind of be nice to talk to my date without having to yell all the time. But that's just me.

- As far as high school dances go, not much has changed in 11 years.

- I still don't know who I'm going to vote for, but I did think Senator Biden did a swell job in the debate and I couldn't figure out why Governor Palin seldom directly answered the questions. Stephen, I'm slowly, ever so slowly, being turned.

- I'm not sure there is anything in this world worse than an awkward first date. NOTHING. I noticed several of those tonite and I was just thankful I wasn't on one myself.

- Along those lines, I noticed that time goes a lot faster pouring punch for three hours than it does trying to make awkward conversation for five minutes. Maybe back in the day when I went to dances (all three that I asked to) I should have been fixing the punch instead of trying to carry on a conversation.

And that's all.

11 comments:

Aaron and Lisa said...

Andrew, as far as high school goes, I never thought of you as a nerd. I thought you were sure of yourself and found you intimidating. I tried to stay out of your way! My intimidation has slowly dissipated.

Marcy said...

"nice girl" is still available, you know. Go for it.

Anyway, I went out with a friend on Friday and the tables were pretty close. As my friend and I discussed comfortable things like stretch marks, etc. (sorry), the couple next to us were doing the first date thing and it did seem pretty awkward. I haven't had a first date in almost 8 years, so boy I'm really looking forward to it...

petey hussein said...

ahhh skinny, yes. please come over to barack's side. you know you want to. i don't know how any sane person can watch palin's performance in the debate and hot want to slit his or her own throat....

and also, i don't even like you.

petey hussein said...

oh and maybe you should marry shami....

Stephen Hussein Frandsen said...

ooops...looks like peter logged on my computer under his account. those last two comments were actually me....

Ericson Fam said...

Your favorite brother in law needs to have a chat with you if you are thinking of switching your vote to that socialist (or is it communist?)

Ashley said...

Andrew, I told you the other day that I thought you were a stud, and I do. I don't know why you're still single, but you won't be forever. And I would have thought you'd have been a big fan of loud music at dances considering your "lack of social skills" back in the day.

Blog-on said...

You know what I did for the higher powers of education on Thursday...
I worked at McDonald's. Sounds pretty illegal, eh? I thought so, too. But, for 2 hours, I was a full force burger flipping femme.

Mike and Jess said...

was that marty orton? Gee wiz great pic. and i must say that you aren't as awkward as you think. you need to give yourself some credit!

Steve said...

Andrew -

Despite what Frandsen says about you, I'm pretty sure he has a huge man-crush on you. Just enjoy it.

Skinny said...

i haven't replied to comments in quite some time, but today i will:

lisa: how could i possibly be intimidating? my students aren't even intimidated by me.

marcy: i don't do social.

stephen: the funny thing is, here in the utah everybody loves palin, but i honestly can't figure out why. they have absolutely no basis except that she's a woman and she's republican. i'm confused.

jess: no that was not marty orton, but it was a good picture wasn't it.