The view down Sun Valley, the street my high school, Andress, is located on. So, boys and girls, what do we see in the distance lol?
Andress High School, my home from '86 to '89. I was a choir geek, on Student Council and STAAND (Students Taking Actions Against Narcotics and Drugs). At this point, my theater days came to an end, since the only way it seemed you could get a part is if a) you kissed the butt of the theater director and b) you were thin and gorgeous. I don't kiss anyone's butt, ever, and until the end of the 11th grade, I was far from thin. Very far...like 80 lbs. overweight. So I concentrated on my music and my boyfriend, and, going into my senior year, my anorexia, even though I didn't know I was suffering from it at the time. By the time I graduated, I went from almost 200 lbs to 110. Amazing how one can survive for a few days on one giant Tootsie Roll and a coke....
(Side note: '89 was the year Selena performed at Ascarate Park in Western PlayLand, our amusement park. I remember seeing her advertised lol)
Back when I attended Andress, we were the ones to beat. We had a nationally known marching band of 260 members that was featured on t.v., the football team was top ranked, our choir was performing concerts doing intricate musical pieces even NMSU music students wouldn't attempt. Our campus was gorgeous, we still had an open campus policy for lunch, our gang activity was a city low. We were the shizzle.
Now, the band is down to 60 members, and quite frankly, sucks (RIP to the director that passed away way too young just a month after we met him for our Reunion. He said the Class of '89 band was the reason he became band director), the football team is pathetic, the campus is closed, the lockers are gone due to gang activity...it is just sad.
I had some of the best and worst times while here. I had a boyfriend that unfortunately mentally and physically abused me. I was an anorexic, but no one seemed to notice. I was stalked by a guy I had known since the 3rd grade who would probably, still to this day, say that I know why he did what he did to me, even though I have no clue. I loved my music, I loved Chemistry and worked as a lab assistant, I worked in the front office which had its perks lol. I was part of all the cliches at school: stoners (never did drugs, but they were fun to hang with lol), ROTC (my boyfriend at the time, David was part of it), music, theater, geeks, you name it. Heck, I even had friends who were part of a NE gang called the Bishops and had no clue! I was just an all-Texan girl :).
There are times when I miss the life I had in '89. I was still young and had the whole world open up to me. I think I just still want to be young and pretty, not old and icky. I wish I could go back and be who I am now: a strong minded, strong willed, sarcastic woman who doesn't take crap from anyone, instead of who I was: a frightened wallflower afraid to make anyone angry. I could have been something...I could have been a contender lol!
Tomorrow I will have some pics from a couple of our reunion parties. I wish I could have attended more of them, but alas, I did not, but what I did do I enjoyed a lot.