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memories and ghosts...

jess and i drove up to longview today, where we grew up.

- we drove to his elementary school, and walked around the building, peeking in all of the windows.
- we ate at the wendy's i worked at when i was 17/18. i laughed hysterically and pointed at the general manager, larry davis - the same general manager that was there when i worked there, 11 years ago. the same general manager, when, when i turned in my 2 week notice, stating that i was leaving to go to school, he said i'd be back and begging for my job back in 3 months. *thinks* actually, in retrospect, it was quite a bit of fun going back and pointing and laughing at him, one decade later, after being such a dickhead. it would have been even funnier, though, if i was employed at a great workplace. but it was still fun.
- we drove around the mall where i used to skip school and go hang out at all day, where mom taught us to steal our school clothes from montgomery ward, where i stole all my hair dye for my funky teenage hair, where i spent all my paychecks from wendy's at a tape store.
- we drove to my old high school, Natural Alternative High (which is now some sort of learning center)... i sat on the steps where i used to sell crack for my mother during breaks between classes (i got a cut). teachers never suspected, cuz i was everyone's teachers pet and a great student.
- we drove to the 3 houses we lived in during the 5 or 6 years we (i) lived there.
- we drove by his friends house that he grew up with and gave their mother flowers for mommy's day.
- we drove by the places where we lost our virginity (me? father's day, 1990. i was fifteen.)
- we stopped and had a beer at mom's old stomping ground, The Oregon Way.
- we drove by my old best friend's dad's house, where many a skipped day from school was spent, many a gallon of liquor consumed by minors (without daddy knowing), where i ALMOST lost my virginity. she's now married with two kids, but her dad's new dog chased my jeep down the street, barking.
- we bought mom's mommy's day present (bottle of wine) from the 20th avenue grocery store, where we would walk down and try to spend JUST over a dollar so that mom could get change from her food stamps to buy cigarettes.
- we drove up Commerce Ave, which once held the music store where i got my bass guitar when i was 16, the formal wear place where my friends and i would go and pretend we were going to a wedding so we could try on all the bride's maids dresses, a pet store with a mean monkey that almost took my brother's face off when we were little, and that i was deathly allergic to, and yet another cd store where i spent my hard earned cash. and don't forget Niki's $10 fashions, where i got all my gypsy looking clothing so that i could dress as my favorite hair band at the time, faster pussycat.

boy, things change.

thank GOD.

and happy birthday, chappell!!! hope it's your best year ever!!


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May. 10th, 2003 11:13 pm (UTC)
Wow you sure have come a long way.. *hugs* I'm so proud of you Aubs!
Jun. 16th, 2003 01:26 am (UTC)
thank you!

though since moving back, i feel much closer to my roots than i care to!
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Jun. 16th, 2003 01:29 am (UTC)
and he had been the manager for years before i was even hired, which makes it a zillion times more sad!

what makes it even MORE sad, is that he has a BA.
May. 11th, 2003 04:08 am (UTC)
That that doesn't kill me, only makes me stronger...
You sure have lived, Aubrey.

I mean that as a compliment.
Jun. 16th, 2003 01:30 am (UTC)
Re: That that doesn't kill me, only makes me stronger...
and coming from you, Gavin, it's a tremendous compliment, indeed :) thanks!

although, having been here for a couple of months now and still being unemployed and living in the slums, it makes me feel like i haven't gotten THAT far away!
Jun. 16th, 2003 01:09 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you see it that way... I think I've led a very sheltered and boring life, particularly compared to yours.

'You can never go home again' or 'You can't cross the same river twice' these have at bottom the same meaning. You aren't the same person who left...
Jun. 29th, 2003 02:00 pm (UTC)

although i've seemed to slump down easily into being a lot of what i was, instead of who i set out to change.
Jun. 29th, 2003 02:56 pm (UTC)
Currently I seem faced with considerable difficulties and the fact that the past brings me down too much, on my own quest.
Jul. 3rd, 2003 01:34 pm (UTC)
*nods sadly*

hopefully, we'll be able to rise above...
Jul. 4th, 2003 01:38 pm (UTC)
Aure entelluva... The day shall come again.
Jul. 16th, 2003 04:00 pm (UTC)

*vigorous nod*

but i need to pee first.
Jul. 18th, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC)
Aug. 7th, 2003 10:27 pm (UTC)

it happens. ;)
May. 11th, 2003 07:37 am (UTC)
Monkey See, Monkey Hair-Do
Somehow you incorporated monkey's and Faster Pussycat into the same story. I salute you!

Jun. 16th, 2003 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: Monkey See, Monkey Hair-Do
thank you! i do my best to bring the widest variety of topics to my faithful readers!! :D
May. 11th, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC)
So did that Wendy's manager recognize you? I hope he was joking when he said you would be begging for your job back. Either way though, he sounds like a jerk.

It's ironic that you would be selling crack at a school called Natural Alternative High. Something like peyote would have been more appropriate.

Jun. 16th, 2003 01:33 am (UTC)
i'm not sure if he remembered me or not. i look MUCH different now than i did then. then, i didn't have glasses, and i had VERY long, coppery red permed hair and had LOTS of hairspray!! and he always was a dickhead.

lol - i always found it ironic, that while going to Natural, that the majority of the students had drug problems!
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