Quickly, "The Binder" is a collection of brilliant works from myself and my then-close friends from high school. Mostly notes back and forth filled with, now that I look back, hormone-induced babbling. Except Trish's notes. Those are gonna be worth something someday. Especially because she reads my blog.
So I'm looking for something in particular to torture Trish and I find a note from a girl who was my close friend through grade school. We sort of drifted apart once we got into high school, mostly because I never saw her a single day after freshman year when we shared a locker. Our schedules never met up.
Tonight, I see her name and think "Ah hell, I'll google her. Let's see what happens." And there was my "Holy Shit!" moment. Let the name dropping begin...
Before They Were Stars example #1:
Before ->The sturdy foundation of this totem pole is my grade school friend, Amy. We were the tom-boyest of tomboys.
After ->She is currently the lead vocalist for a Chicago band called Plain Ole Delicious. I have not heard her voice for about 20 years, but the minute I listened to her sing "Surf", I recognized her immediately. Interestingly, I've never heard her sing until just now, either. She's sure come a long way since we rocked out in her room to Poison. No, I'm not proud. Of that. Proud of Amy? Completely. Jealous, even. I hope I get to experience this new side of her when I'm once again in the Chi 'Burbs.
"Surf" is an awesome song. I instantly related to it, because I love surfing, but I've never done it and have no desire to swim in the ocean. I just like to look. Weird, I know.
If you're in the Chicago area, please take the opportunity to see her perform in person.
Before They Were Stars example #2:
Before->Drafting class, Senior year. Jason was a skater punk. Fun as hell to hang out with. Jay drew this and gave it to me...apparently I kept it...seems I must have known what was down the road for him...I'm fairly sure Jason is now responsible for these....
There aren't any images of Jason on the web, but I'm picking up a vibe...
And the last one for this post....
Before They Were Stars example #3:
What...need more? Here...
Yes, that's right. Glenn. Drummer. Wilco. Glenn and I were in Marching Band (as was Trish), but I'm not sure if he and I ever exchanged a single word in the four years. Of course, upon discovering his celebrity status (my first "Holy Shit!" moment), I had a series of dreams with him in them. Mildly disturbing. For him, I'm sure. Sorry, Glenn.
[end: nostalgic bender]