1. I was emo, aka, Took Myself Extraordinarily Seriously. This pretty much sums everything up. Think Dashboard Confessional and Death Cab for Cutie. Think journaling. Think dark eye make-up. Yes. It's true.
2. Not unrelatedly, I was hugely into music. I listened to music all the damn time. If I could've listened to music in class and during family dinner, believe you me I would've. My all-time favorites were Brand New, Modest Mouse, Counting Crows, Rilo Kiley, and Radiohead. In fact, I went to a Radiohead concert in 2003 and I remembering thinking to myself afterward "THIS IS THE ONLY MUSIC THAT MATTERS." (Remember the whole taking myself very seriously thing? I wasn't joking.) My only consolation is that Radiohead is still my favorite band; so much so, in fact, that in 2008 I got a Radiohead tattoo on my left tricep.
|The image is from the cover of Amnesiac. Here's hoping they're still my favorite in 50 years!|
4. Ah, drinking. I was somewhat of a party girl in high school. I went on a (very unsupervised) school-sponsored trip to Europe between my sophomore and junior year. Well it turns out that in 2003, Europe was very lax about their drinking laws and needless to say, we were kids in the proverbial candy store. During one particularly unsupervised night in France, the 20 or so of us on the trip managed to trash a hotel room. I won't go into details, but let's just say we owed several thousand dollars in reparations. There is enough video footage of that night to bar me and any close relatives from ever running for a public office.
5. Most of my close friends were guys. I had such a terribly shitty middle school experience (hello, who doesn't?) that by the time I hit 9th grade, I was done with girls forever. I'm still very close with most of them, a few even live in Austin. I lifted my ban on girl friendships in college once I was sufficiently healed. The fact that like 80% of the college I went to as a freshman were women also helped.
6. I spent every single summer of my adolescence at a Jewish summer camp in central Texas. It was my favorite place in the entire world and I can't remember a happier time in my life than when I was at camp. I had two serious boyfriends and two best friends come from that place. Look, here's a picture of me dancing at camp!
|Girl needed some bangs and an anti-frizz conditioner, for real.|
So there you have it. I was mostly insufferable to be around, but I think I'm better now.