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madameshawshank



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 2:20 am    Post subject: school days school days dear old golden rule days Reply with quote

Wink ~

thought this could be a place for the sharing of memories..from a to z!

since I enjoy the number 3, here goes..

* in high school, the senior students used to gather in a an area of the playground known as The Bear Pit. It was soooooooooooooo cool to finally get there.

* my science teacher asking me a few years after the first science lesson "When did I lose you?" ...my reply: "When you stopped talking about bunsen burners."

* standing, along with other fans, on the top balcony of the school building pretending we could see the top of the Sheraton Hotel (where The Beatles were staying Very Happy ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!) ~ guess who, on the last day of school at the big school gathering, received a special award for being the top Beatles fan of the school. I reckon if ya gonna be a fan of something..go all out!

ok now...memory away my dear friends.
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David



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grade 9, Mrs. Burton's typing class--we had all agreed to only pretend to type. Poor woman threw a fit thinking she had suddenly gone deaf.
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Erin



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of my favorite moments was when I asked, "Ms. Schroder, wasn't J. Edgar Hoover a blackmailer and a transvestite?" That taught her to gloss over the ugly side of our history.

Seeing my senior crush for the first time. We made eye contact just before I tripped over loose carpet, books sailing, tights ripping and face rug burned.

Running from the security guard/Terminator while attempting to skip typing.

My french teacher always annoyed with me for dosing in class, yet always earning A's. She let me be after I placed 15th in the state in the french competency test.

Being invited to senior prom as a sophomore, and finally meeting my crush. It was a smashing success, until I walked into a wall.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It was a smashing success, until I walked into a wall.

Ouch! And then it was a really smashing success! Embarassed Oh Erin, you poor thing!

My school days were usually spent in the library, hiding by a window with a book in my hands reading Dumas, Hugo, Conan Doyle or art books! It was the start of my addiction to books. Yer honour, the library is to blame! Sad

There was Joy Haynes who always reminded me of a supermodel... pretty, blonde and cheeky as anything. She always made me laugh without her realising why! I wrote poems heavy with symbolism (I had discovered the Doors in my teens) and someone thought I was on drugs. I wasn't and was furious that she even thought I might be. That was of course before I discovered chocolate... ahem!

Two of my English teachers who refused to let me coast through the year. One exploded when I didn't do my homework and I thought - if I'd known it meant that much to you, I'd have done it!!! She is still one of my dearest friends. The other one was superb too. I wrote one good piece at the beginning of term thinking that would be enough. She wrote in the book...'Very good, I don't want to see anything below this standard for the rest of the year.' ...DOH! Shocked Another great plan with one small but crucial flaw...!

And my French teacher Daniele Gaillemin who taught me to love French literature and had us translating Rimbaud's 'Le Dormeur du Val' and Cyrano's 'nose' soliloquy in class. As well as reading Baudelaire, Mallarme and speeches from plays... sigh! She was a wonderful teacher, very passionate about literature. She also directed our class in doing 'The Tempest' in an open air theatre.

The worst was having to do exams when I first realised that someone else would be judging me. I rebelled mightily at that... briefly, but I did rebel dagunnit!! Evil or Very Mad
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Erin



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 16, 2006 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Griffin,
My first attempt at the translation of french poetry was Rimbaud's, "Une Saison En Enfer". I really love his poetry.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh Erin!

I love Nuit en Enfer! I have swallowed a famous drop of poison! Thrice blessed be the counsel that came to me! Wow! Strong stuff... but then I am a Scorpio and we're supposed to like that kind of stuff!!!

I think he was an incredible poet. The Penguin edition I have, has the originals in the main part of the page with the translations below. My copy is very tatty because I used to carry it around in my coat pocket... when I had a coat with big enough pockets!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My copy was a gift from my french teacher.

L'air de l'enfer ne souffre pas les hymnes! I always thought this was so commanding and final.
There is not much mystery as to the tortured life of Rimbaud.
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Sarape



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 17, 2006 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No surprise, but I was pretty lonely at school and only enjoyed life when I got of the bus at home in the afternoons. I didn't have any friends who were in the social crowd.

I always felt peer pressure to go to football games and school social events and I hated every moment of those things. And it got worse in high school when kids started drinking beer and smoking dope. I was afraid of all that.

I wanted to stay home and invent my games and do my paper work and explore.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2006 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sarape,

I was a lot like that until I got to the Steiner school. Then very slowly they opened me up and smiled. Little by little I stuck to my books but became more socialised to the point where now when I tell friends I used to be very introverted they can't believe it.

I hated sports days and the like too. But I wanted to taste alcohol because I was told I couldn't have it for so long! But I avoided school social events and kept to myself with a book when I was forced to go to them.

Books and music kept me excited... and then we did elementary philosophy and my brain woke up as if from a long sleep. I never accepted the teacher's ideas, but questioned them all the time, an attitude I got from my mum. I still do that a lot... even when it gets me into trouble!!! Rolling Eyes

It was my class at the Steiner school who slowly eased me out of myself and then fascinated me in all kinds of ways.
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