(Names have been changed to protect the not-so-innocent.)
It was 1998 and I was a meek,
little sophomore at Our Lady of Perpetual Awesomeness
meant I was all too often picked on by some of my bolder,
"friends." Introvert that I am, I silently took it all in
then would promptly burst into tears once in my room.
particular day, we were celebrating a special occasion which
eating lunch in the hallway. I was, at this point, about a
into my Crush on JD/Infatuation with Andrew. Even though I
like karate movies, I'd been watching Best of the Best
because I thought John was all sorts of awesome, I would
mimic stuff he did in movies or on TBAA. So I'd started
in lotus position. Like Virgil. I'd sit and watch
TBAA episodes in lotus position. (Probly not something I
pull off now...) So at lunch I sat in the hall, eating my
sandwich, in lotus position.
A friend we'll call Leia noticed me and said "I bet I can sit
longer than you can."
"I dunno. I've been practicing sitting like this for a
Leia, being uber-competitive, insisted.
Thus did we both sit in lotus position in the sophomore hall of
A few minutes went by... I was fine! Virgil had
for just such a ridiculous contest! Another friend looked
sandaled Leia and pointed out that her feet were turning a bit
purplish. Leia insisted she felt just fine.
More time went by. Time enough for a full TBAA episode
passed so I was doing great. Then all of a sudden...
"Oh my God! Leia, your feet are really purple!" a friend
Leia grimaced, visibly uncomfortable.
And then... a couple minutes later... Leia fell out of lotus
and admitted defeat.
I won! For once Leia had tried to knock me down and I had
triumphed!!! I know it might not sound like a big deal
back, I realize that Leia was something of a bully. But,
of Virgil, for one shining moment she didn't have anything on
me. And without John Dye I would never have had that
moment and, to a teenage girl, one little victory can
do an awful lot for her self-esteem. Especially when it
from a super-cute guy in orange pants.
When Mime Make-Up Attacks!!!
The second story my best friend
me of happened during our senior year. Ever since late
year, I had been trying to convince my friends to watch
People had to see what I loved so much! I knew if they
see Andrew they wouldn't make fun of me for being madly
(complete with in-locker photo spread) with an angel of
Finally, I saw my chance! My friends adored N Sync so
heard about "Voice of an Angel" I merrily told them that
guest-starring on my show and they needed to watch.
at last, see the immense loveliness that is Andrew!
ink by now we
all know what
happened in "Voice of an
Angel"... Monica was whiny and got drunk. She
Boy." Very badly... She snapped
Andrew's suspenders! Tess was in a tizzy and Andrew...
beloved Andrew... was wearing make-up. *Mime*
this, my friends knew, was my
ideal man! I was in for
the next day
There's something you need to know about Our Lady of
Awesomeness to fully understand my horror. We had a
troupe. And we were forced to watch them
perform. So after
four years of that we weren't exactly mime-friendly people.
And my crush of crushes was a mime...