What did you do last night?
Played Lego’s and watched Pinocchio.
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Oatmeal, fruit, and strong coffee.
How many hours a night do you sleep?
7; rarely more & never less.
What is your favorite hour of the day/night and why is it your favorite?
4 a.m. because my world is quiet and the sky is incredibly beautiful.
Where do you live now?
The Bermuda Triangle…I mean Bakersfield.
Why did you move there?
It sucked me back in for career related reasons. Now it’s more like Hotel California…you can enter but you can never leave. My husband and I both work/worked for the State of CA, so we’ve had the opportunity to experience everything from Calipatria to Crescent City. We spent a brief time in Solano (between the Bay Area and Sac), but our true home is in Bakersfield, like it or not.
Do you like living there? Explain.
I like that all my family is near by, but the traffic, allergies, and overall demographic saddens me. I guess it’s just bitter-sweet. Our plan is to be equity refugees in Tennessee in about 7 years—where acreage and clean air abound.
What did you do in the years right after high school?
After graduation I attended Abilene Christian University in Texas, returned home after a year. What an outcast I was! I hated country music, and refused to wear Roper boots with matching hair bow and belt, and you’d never catch me near a perm rod! So I came home, continued school at BC and CSUB (BA English/Philosophy), and in 1988 I married my husband of 18 years.
Tell us about your family? Kids? Spouses? Lovers? Partners? Divorces?
After dating for two years, I married Landon Thompson. Our life is good…always has been. We supported each other through school, traveled extensively, and have weathered some storms. As for children, well, we got a later start than most. Our son, Joel, just turned 3, and what a blessing! Life is good.
Do you have a job outside of your home?
Not right now. Before being promoted to Mom I worked for the CA Dept. of Corrections at North Kern State Prison in Delano, CA, for 10 years as a Personnel Specialist and Deputy County Clerk.
Do you like your job?
Absolutely! Yesterday I played on a Slip-N-Slide and ate a Popsicle. Now you can’t do that in prison.
Is it the job you thought you would have when you were back in High School and you contemplated the future?
Initially I wanted to become a nurse, but changed my mind when I found out I had to do more math (Mr. Dalke ruined me on the subject). I decided it was easier to read, write and reflect. I hoped to become a high school English teacher, but happened into Corrections because the money was good. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d grow up to be a correctional worker, but having done that I have a greater appreciation and understanding for what Landon does (Supervising Correctional Counselor II/20 years in the Dept.).
If you could have any job in the world what would it be?
Exactly what I’m doing, being a wife and mother.
What was your happiest day last year?
Hard to say. Every day is happy, but potty training is at the top of the list.
What is your biggest regret from the last 20 years?
No regrets, really.
Do you miss high school? What things do you miss about it?
I miss the friendship of those I grew up with. I don’t miss the awkwardness.
What is one of your favorite memories from high school?
Graduation. Enough said!
What is one of your worst memories from high school?
The space shuttle disaster.
Who were your best friends in high school?
I can’t say that I had any particular “best” friends, but I always had a good time with Cindy Bicknell, Claudia Saenz, Dawna Holmes, Shelly Collins and Hannah Selvey.
Have you kept in touch with them?
I have kept in touch with Cindy and her family, but I rarely run into anyone else.
How is your life different than the life you thought you would have after high school?
In school I suppose I thought of my future in generalities rather than specifics. I always knew I’d have a good life; however, I thought I’d have children at a younger age. I firmly believe all things work together for those who love the Lord and who are called according to His purpose. Things are as they should be, and I wouldn’t have it any different.
Who was your favorite teacher?
Mr. Brackley and Mrs. Wertz. They both challenged me. They also let my cuts slide.
What was the biggest life lesson you learned in high school?
What’s there to learn between 14 & 18? NOTHING, because I knew it all! The real lessons came when I had to feed myself and pay my own bills.
Who was your favorite pop music band in high school?
INXS, The Cars, Prince, The Scorpions.
Why do you want to attend a high school reunion?
I’d like to reconnect with old friends to share a few memories.
Why do you NOT want to attend a high school reunion?
Are you nervous about attending your high school reunion? Explain.
A little. Will anyone remember me? If so, WHAT will they remember?
Do you like answering these questions?
Not too bad, easier than I thought.
Do you have any tattoos? What are they?
What is your favorite food?
Are your parents still alive? How are they doing?
Mom and Dad are both still living and doing well. Dad retired from the electrical trade last year and has traveled, remodeled, and golfed himself silly. Mom’s going on 20 years at the Bakersfield Californian newspaper and hopes to retire next year sometime. Both are single and that’s the way we all like it.
Are you happy with the way you look these days? Please explain.
I’m happy with the person I’ve become, but who couldn’t stand to lose a few.
If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?
I’d invest half of it; pay off the debts of those closest to me; reserve one month out of every year for me and some friends to spend at a posh spa!
Are you religious? Spiritual? Agnostic? Is there a God?
I’ve been a Christian all my life and am eternally grateful for the sacrifice Jesus made…one I could never be worthy of making.
What do you watch on TV?
Most of my TV diet consists of Little Einstein’s, JoJo’s Circus, and The DoodleBops, and I catch up on current events with FOX News during Joel’s nap time. Back off on Sunday night, though, because The Soprano’s and Big Love get my full attention.
What are your all-time favorite movies?
All the Vacation movies, Tombstone, and The Godfather.
In what ways have you changed the most from high school?
I’m more focused and enjoy life more.
In what ways are you the same from high school?
I STILL live in Bakersfield! ARGH!
Tell us about three of your happiest experiences since leaving high school.
- Three years ago when I brought my baby son, Joel, home
- Today when I woke up next to Landon and Joel
- Recently when both my parents told me I was a joy to raise and that they are proud of who I am
What do you like most about yourself?
I’m a loyal friend, I have a clear conscience, and I’m easy to get along with.
What would you most like to change?
I’d like to be less of a control freak and more forgiving.
Do you talk on your cellphone while driving?
Of course, doesn’t everybody!?
Tell us something that very few people know about you.
I’m pretty transparent, so there’s not much left to the imagination. I’m a poor liar and even worse poker player. I love bounce houses and water slides, and am so glad I have a 3 year old who gives me an excuse to play in them and not look like such an OLD retard!
What would you like to happen at the reunion? What would leave you satisfied? What do you NOT want to happen at the reunion?
I would like to be able to get together and reminisce in a pretense-free environment. I would be satisfied if we could all just be real. I DO NOT want to be in a room full of judgmental posers. It think it’s safe to say that most people care less about WHAT you have and more about WHO you are.
Did you enjoy answering these questions?
Tell us something interesting about yourself that wasn't covered in the above questions.
Well, go to the reunion and we can swap stories!