Friday, August 28, 2009

I was Lindsay Weir--Vintage Photo Friday

I've been watching "Freaks & Geeks" on DVD this week because the rash of wild fires and subsequent helicopter traffic has made my antenna cut out, and I had a sudden realization last night. I was Lindsay Weir in high school, but in a uniform and with older siblings and divorced parents, but yeah, just like that. I was graduating high school during the same era. I had the best friend from childhood that my parents liked and trusted, and the school friends that my mom thought were a bad influence (they weren't). I had a crush on the bad boy who played guitar, whom I got to be friends with because I knew that Curtis Loew* was the finest picker to ever play the blues.

Here for your Vintage Friday pleasure is a young Laurie Ann, circa 1982. I was 17 and already an aunt (Hi Roy). Pay no attention to how incredibly horse-like my front teeth appear. They have since been tamed.Behold my senior portrait. It was the early 80's and the cowl neck was in (this one was burgundy velour). I had only recently cut my hair in layers, and began letting them grow out shortly after this picture was taken.I look a little flighty in this photo. I believe it was taken in home room, where I sat behind the incredibly handsome John Mrakovcich, who had killer blue eyes, dark brown hair, and dimples you could smuggle dope in. That would explain the smile. This is me and Jackie Quaresimo at an FBLA function. That's Future Business Leaders of America, for those of you who didn't know and didn't watch "Veronica Mars." Does Executive Assistant count as being a business leader? We used to say Jackie was born blond (apologies to my blond friends). I think she still holds the record for blowing through more stop signs in one day than any other driver in Notre Dame history.Karen Hughes (above) was my Kim Kelly, but with a better family life. She wasn't a bad girl, but she, along with Jackie, had done a brief stint in the dreaded PUBLIC SCHOOL. Karen was my partner in crime for most of my high school years. Oh, the adventures Karen and I had in high school and beyond. I'd tell you, but I've been sworn to secrecy. (Not really, I just don't want to sully what's left of my good reputation. ) We used to call Karen's hair "the hurricane-blown look" because it was more than wind blown.

Okay, so 27 years is hardly vintage. I just got very nostalgic this week.

*It's a Lynyrd Skynyrd song


Ellen Bloom said...

GREAT photos, Laurie Ann! Love your "wings" Farrah-Hair!

Donna said...

Love your blast from the past! Glad you have joined in on the Vintage Photo Friday. Please stop by and visit anytime!

woolanthropy said...

You are rocking the senior portrait. Your hair is perfect and the cowl is classic. Also love the Freaks & Geeks parallel life you led.

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

MUCH better than my senior pic (taken about the same time). Love the 'do!