Memories Like These

February 12, 1997  Wednesday Sometimes you just don’t know how much fun you’re in store for.  It was planned that tonight a group of us would go to see Star Wars in Peoria.  We did, yet so much else happened. Tonight was Senior Night at the basketball game.  Before the game all the people in my…

Tidbits Part XVIII: Bitaphobia

February 7, 1997  Friday In our top stories of the day: Today was Hoke’s birthday–but I almost forgot.  I was in lunch today, thinking about my own birthday in a week, when it hit me, “Hey, today is Hoke’s birthday!” So  leaned down the table and wished him a Happy Birthday (memo: Mom still hasn’t…

From the Heart: Reflections On Me

February 4, 1997  Tuesday My birthday being ten days away, I would have least thought I’d be asked what I might like.  No, I guess that is silly; after all, why plan so far in advance?  Okay, I’ll stop deadpanning.  Yet, I really wonder when Mom will get around to it.  And I promise to…

Tidbits Part XVII: A Bit of This, A Bit of That

February 3, 1997  Monday Last night I went into Peoria with Dad to see Star Wars: The Special Edition.  It was really good, since it was the first time I had ever seen it on the big screen.  Who would have thought, twenty years after it was originally released, people would still be seeing it?…

Basketfest Part III: Just a Dang Good Day

January 31, 1997  Friday Hello, and how are you?  It being 6:30 in the morning, I don’t know how well this entry will turn out.  You may be wondering (as I am), why I would be up so early (an entire half hour!).  The Honors Breakfast is this morning, but that even being an hour…

Basketfest Part II: In Full Swing

January 29, 1997  Wednesday Before I forget, let me jot down this little ‘bit:  yesterday the almighty Ditka made his return to coaching.  That’s right–“Iron” Mike Ditka has signed a three-year deal to coach the New Orleans Saints.  Quite appropriately the Saints play the Bears in Chicago next years.  That’s going to be great. Now…

The Beginning of Basketfest

January 27, 1997  Monday I put the X-Files letter and signed photo in a new manila envelope before going to school, before placing it in Sidney’s locker. It wasn’t more than a minute later before Sidney was at her locker and found it.  I watched, standing with a small group in front of my locker,…

They May Not Be Happy Endings, But They’re Still Endings

January 26, 1996  Sunday Yesterday we got something in the mail from California, but Mom just gave it to me today.  I had about given up hope of ever getting a response.  I couldn’t believe how happy I was  when I actually got an autographed photo from the show X-Files, which I had sent for…

Tidbits Part XVI: One Too Many ‘Bits

January 24, 1997  Friday The word today was “ice.”  Because of this slick situation, two buses couldn’t make it to school today and those kids went back home.  Mr. Johnson went into a ditch in Oak Hill but was present for World History.  Sidney didn’t get very far driving her Audi this morning, and for…

Volume Bites the Dust

January 19, 1997  Sunday Slowly, this journal has been in transition.  In my first volume, I laid some a rather simplistic groundwork.  The curtain was raised.  The players introduced.  Of the four volumes now written, I have to say this one, the first, is my least favorite.  It’s not really all that bad, but it…

The Pages Speak

January 17, 1997  Friday Light last night before going to bed I began to read my journal.  Though many words were nearly as familiar as my own name, I was surprised with my response, to entries both long ago and recent.  I felt I should share these impressions, get them down. The first example is…

Tidbits Part XV: The Special Edition

January 15, 1997  Wednesday We didn’t have school last Friday, but the icy weather wasn’t half as bad it is now.  We’ve gotten five inches of snow both yesterday and today.  Today every district around us except us and Brimfield canceled school. It wasn’t much though–just your average combination of snow, ice, and fog.  We…