I went to a small-town high school. My graduating class had less than 100 people, which meant that there were just too few students running around to get pigeonholed into one “type.” In fact, I did pretty much everything except sports. I was an academic geek, a theater geek, a journalism geek and…wait for it…a choir and band geek.
I was in the elite choir and sang in a barbershop group, and I still love, love, love acapella harmonies. Seriously, I just have a little fangirl wiggins. Which is why I of course feel a desperate need to go see the movie Pitch Perfect that opened today. Yeah, it’s pretty much Bring It On with vocal riffs instead of high kicks, but DUDE. I’m so in. Plus, Rebel Wilson! Love her!
As for the band geekery…well, I don’t play an instrument, so technically I was never in band. I was, however, in colorguard (translation: a flag girl), and it always felt like we were much more with the band than we were with the other “spirit squads” (i.e., cheerleading and drill team). I still love a sweet marching band drum cadence and a great halftime show at college and high school football games. Which is why Ohio University’s Marching 110 is right up my alley:
All of this is bringing back some fierce high school memories. I’m actually feeling the urge to write a YA contemporary with zero magical or futuristic shit going on…
On another note…
If you haven’t seen it mentioned once or twice or eleventy times in my Twitter feed, The Man and I finally started watching, The Vampire Diaries, and I’m completely caught up in it. I’ll be honest – I was pretty doubtful when they first announced the show. I read the books back in the day, and I thought (a) there’s no way to make a whole show about a few books whose entirely plotline was an overstretched love triangle; and (b) I’m not really down with The-CW-Does-Twilight.
I was wrong. I admit this now. This show is soapy, supernatural crack, and I love it. I think I’m going to do a whole post next week about what I’m learning from them about writing, so I’m going to save my gushing for then, but seriously. Go watch it.
And to wrap things up…
Here’s Natalie Portman rapping on SNL. Because I like to remember this video exists and giggle over it. Oh, Natalie. Way to be awesome.
Question for the week: What was your high school geekery?