High School Revisited: In [My] Life, [I'll] Do Things Greater Than Dating The Boy on the Football Team

Back to Dawson's Creek for a moment now.

Remember that tortured "will-they-or-won't-they?" relationship between Joey and Dawson? Ladies - didn't you want that kind of thing more than anything? I certainly did. (Mostly because instead of drinking and partying, they stayed in and ate pizza and watched campy movies and danced around their feelings with the grace of Elaine Benes. Dreamy, huh.)

Spoiler Alert - I didn't find that kind of love. I doubt most high schoolers do. Instead I settled for relationships that at best just hinted at the kind of friendlove exhibited in the soapy teen series.

Friendlove - n. The overwhelming desire to have a tension and drama-filled relationship with your best friend of the opposite sex, secretly hoping that someday the unspoken chemistry between the two of you will reach some critical mass! and that you'll finally divulge your true feelings! and enjoy the best kiss of your young adult life. Romantic comedies are rife with this kind of lie.

My first boyfriend, of course, did not fit this category.


He was a fellow lifeguard at the pool I worked at during the summers. He was blond and tan and looked like he dived out of a Sweet Valley High novel - broad shouldered, blue-eyed, strong-jawed, cholorine-scented. He looked like the kind of guy who would've been named Brad, and could've easily pulled off hot pink swim trunks.

We met in the summer of my sophomore year and spent the long days frolicking in the water like tan, blond, glistening dolphins, subsisting only on young love and concession-stand soft pretzels. Of course, we were terribly unsuited for each other.

We spent nearly a year dating, though I'm not sure now looking back how that worked. He was sweet. In the way that vanilla ice cream is sweet. He played football, but the wrong kind (ie. American). He didn't think Waiting For Guffman was funny, so . . .  that should've tipped me off.  He was someone I was attracted to but didn't like all that much. His company was fine, and there wasn't much better at the time.  He ended up cheating on me with a senior cheerleader, an act totally typical! of a Brad who could pull off hot pink swim trunks. Very D. Creek, eh?

Next came the older guy.


If you're going to have a rebound guy, you want a dashing, charming, bad-boy type who will sweep you off your Doc Martins and make you forget all your troubles. Instead, I somehow stumbled into Mike. 

He was another "nice" fellow. Sensitive, mellow, go-with-the-flow. I could make him laugh and I liked that. Sort of passionless in his pursuits, except when it came to his jet-black Camaro.* In that area he was very, well, driven. Much of our relationship was spent cruising around at night in his car listening to Dave Matthews Band, his favorite artist. In hindsight, I wonder if he dated me to have a passenger-side accessory to his beloved car. Once again, slim pickings at my high school.

*I realize the Camaro +  driving for recreation +  Kansas upbringing makes me sound like I walked straight out of a John Cougar Mellencamp song. Oh gosh, did I?

Enter the guy I tried to fabricate friendlove with for over 2 years to disastrous results.


Troy. Not enough and somehow too much to say about this one.

He was kind of a Dawson type, even dressed the same, though it was no longer fashionable. With Troy I wanted friendlove, I wanted to (semi-consciouslyrecreate some kind of relationship modeled after the ones I saw in the movies. Of course, this was a unbelievably stupid thing to do, because I was not Joey Potter (thank heaven) and he was not Dawson. 

The thing was he was the one guy I liked a lot as a friend, unlike the guys I actually dated. This friendship couldn't be manipulated into more than friendship, to my dismay, and it ended badly. I am entirely to blame for this lack of romantic or platonic relationship.

Instead, I ended up kissing one of his best friends outside of his house. Oops?


= one of his best friends outside his house.

I hesitate to mention him, because it wasn't much of anything. However, it sort of was a game changer for me in terms of my taste in men. 

Nigel was the object of every smart girl's affection and the ultimate triple-hyphenate - sexy, cool, mysterious. He sort of(?) looked like Seth from The O.C.  and played in a band and carried a briefcase instead of a backpack. COUNTER CULTURE ALERT! He was a hipster before I even knew what that meant. He also wrote and performed his own poetry. Swoon. He was the antitheses to the football player, and a VERY welcome alternative. Of course, he was trying just as hard as they were, only he ran on a different platform.

It started with a month of hands-off flirting. Followed by an extremely brief and desctructive affair.

As the story goes, high school graduation came and went with no friendlove in sight.

I felt severely cheated out of a high school sweetheart and felt like I hadn't learned very much about relationships, except that I didn't like who I was as a part of them. I always acted false somehow. Probably because I was screwed up from too much television. 

Upon now watching Dawson's Creek with wizened eyes, it occurred to me that I was off the mark in even wanting a Joey/Dawson kind of love. Those two were probably the most static and irritating characters on the show and their friendlove soon began to cloy. Pacey Witter was much more the interesting character. I digress.

But thank goodness for college, right? It's where you get to repent for all your high school crushes and relationships and actually go after guys who you like for the right reasons and who ignite something in you that makes the both of you better.

And in the end you do much, much better than a Dawson, or a Pacey.

Or I did, anyway.

Did you hear that, high-school Adrienne? You'll get an improved, true version of friendlove. You'll get the real-life filmmaker - articulate and hilarious and passionate. He'll love Waiting for Guffman, prefer math rock to anything resembling Dave Matthews, hate to go swimming, hate football even more, share your love for antipasto, and very organically use words in conversations that would have even stumped Dawson.

And you'll never believe this one. He'll be blond.

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High School Revisited: Your Hairbrush Is Mine

But first. 

You know that 98 Degrees song - I Do (Cherish You)? In this song, Nick Lachey recounts a moment with his lady - "your hand brushes mine, and a thousand sensations seduce me." Well, I always heard "your hairbrush is mine." Common mistake. 

Now that that's out of the way, enjoy these photos of friends and associates from the years of 1997-2002. Thanks for sharing your finest moments. 

Hair from the turn of the millenium, (excuse me, Willenium)!

and the winner is. . . . .

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High School Revisited: Wash Your Hair Once, Every Two Weeks

I am so excited to share the abundance of high-school hair photos I have received from you all in the last few weeks! There are so many embarrassing/good ones, it will be hard to narrow them down. I am now just waiting on a few gems before I post.

In the meantime, I have a word or two to say about Dawson's Creek hair.

1. Mini butterfly clips
2. Mini ponies
3. Mini bangs
4. Straight cut hair
5. Bowl Cut v. 2
6. "Frosted tips"
7. Gail's fried-out coif
8. Large barrel curling-iron-bangs
9. Dawson's haircut, Season 1
10. Dawson's haircut, Season 2
11. Dawson's haircut, Season 3
12. Dawson's haircut, Season 4

Man, there was some BAD hair in the early 2000s, especially in Seasons 1-2 of D. Creek and in any scene with Chad Michael Murray.

Who am I to judge, except that I have eyes?

Or rather, ahem, who am I NOT to judge?

I may not have gotten voted Most Humorous or Most Likely to Be a Crazy Cat Lady, but my hair will live in infamy in the pages of the 2002 SM West yearbook.

And that Josh Lutz guy? He's looking like he could walk onto the set of Season 5, no problem.

(If you googled yourself and found your name on here, hi Josh Lutz! Remember me! Your fellow hair hottie! Remember how we used to sneak into pools late at night? Remember when you were dating my best friend? Remember the Alamo?)
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High School Revisited: Musica, pt. V

MEMORY: I am the only person I know who likes Kate Bush. I got really into her about junior year. Yes, she writes songs about classic literature and is complete dork, but what can I say, I found her dorkiness inspiring at that age. And nowadays it's fabulous for karaoke.

MUSIC: (I have dreams of dancing to a shot by shot remake of this video. . . so fun)

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High School Revisited: Musica, pt. IV

MEMORY: I owe a lot to my dad's record collection. In addition to The Who and The Beatles, he loved Elton John. He'd often sing along to songs from Madman Across the Water and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road  and I sat there watching him in awe, seeing this part of him come unlocked. It was a rare and wonderful sight to see a play-by-the-rules attorney dance around to this flamboyant singer-songwriter. Before long, I fell in love with Elton too.

Only later, as an adult, did I realize how prolific and influential he really was as I rarely found a song of his I didn't find totally original and memorable.

Honky Cat is the one I loved to dance around to in my room the most. And I still do.


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High School Revisited: Musica, pt. III

I remember being 12 and on a schoolbus headed to the Dallas Temple for my first temple trip and having this CD in my Discman and playing it over and over and over again rather than socializing. This was around the age I started to actually get lost in music. I know that's a figure of speech, but I don't mean it figuratively. I think I listened to August and Everything after more than any other album in middle school probably, except for all The Beatles stuff. Man I loved that record.

But every man I have ever dated has HATED Counting Crows. Guys seem to dislike them as much as they hate the movie Shopgirl.

Sometimes when I'm driving alone, I still like to jam this in the CD player and sing along at the top of my lungs to every 8-minute long song.

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