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Thomas Kelly


What did you do last night?

Made sure my mp3 player was charged and bag was packed for work.

What do you usually eat for breakfast?

I eat breakfast about 4 days a week: cereal, eggs, cold pizza, whatever.

How many hours a night do you sleep? 


What is your favorite hour of the day/night and why is it your favorite?

Either midnight, Its quiet time around the house, or daybreak, to sit outside and read the paper.

Where do you live now?

Slidell, Louisiana. (Just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans).

Why did you move there?

Work transferred me to New Orleans office in 1996

Do you like living there? Explain.

Yes and No, Yes because of all the water around to go boating and fishing, the food, Drive thru Daiquiri shops, the kick back nature of the area. No because its dirty, the humidity in the summer makes Bakersfield’s summer feel nice. I’m sure there is much more.

What did you do in the years right after high school?

BC for a few years, got married, worked.

Tell us about your family? Kids? Spouses? Lovers? Partners? Divorces?

Married / divorced 7 years later, 2 kids from marriage Kelsey 15 and Justine 11. Remarried for the last 7 years to a great woman whom I gained another daughter Cassidy 12. We are happy and healthy.

Do you have a job outside of your home?

I have worked for Shell Oil Co. for 16 years. My present assignment finds me in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico as the Marine Supervisor on the BrutusPlatform.

Do you like your job?

Yes: I have traveled to many cool places. It pays the bills

Is it the job you thought you would have when you were back in High School and you contemplated the future?

I didn’t really have a certain job I was working towards in High school. I am 3rd generation in the oil field so I guess I fell into it like the rest of my family

If you could have any job in the world what would it be?

Charter Boat captain in the Gulf sounds good, Casino Hotel owner in Vegas has a nice ring to it.

What was your happiest day last year?

The day I returned to my house to find that Hurricane Katrina didn’t completely destroy it.

What is your biggest regret from the last 20 years?

I don’t dwell on my mistakes much, but getting married to the wrong woman soon after high school kinda sucked.

Do you miss high school? What things do you miss about it?

It was a fun time but I don’t miss high school.

What is one of your favorite memories from high school?

The weekends

What is one of your worst memories from high school?

All the cliques: why did we limit ourselves with labels like rockers or cowboys or punkers or whatever. Everybody is so much more than the type of music they listened too.

Who were your best friends in high school?

I guess I would say I hung with about everybody. Mark Carillo & Quinn Salazar come to mind as people I spent a lot of time with.

Have you kept in touch with them?

Not really, I talk to Quinn via email every few months. I visit mark when I am in town

How is your life different than the life you thought you would have after high school?

I don’t really need anything more than I have right now, so I guess it turned out ok.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Mrs. Cooper

What was the biggest life lesson you learned in high school?

Be able to deal with all sorts of people, not just your friends or people like yourself.

Who was your favorite pop music band in high school?

I liked Punk and Metal, with a little country thrown in.

Why do you want to attend a high school reunion?

Just to see what we all became. Peoples life stories are so much more interesting than any fiction you can come up with.

Are you nervous about attending your high school reunion? Explain.

Not really, but not remembering  names of people that remember yours will kinda suck.

Do you like answering these questions?

If everybody did it, it would be interesting to read.

Do you have any tattoos? What are they?

I have some tribal with a Fleur de lis in it. Right upper arm.

What is your favorite food?

Creole and mexican

Are your parents still alive? How are they doing?

They are both alive and well in Bakersfield. Semi-retired

Are you happy with the way you look these days? Please explain.

I am fine with it. Maybe a few pounds heavy.

If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?

I would give some to family, save a lot of it, and splurge on a few items.

Are you religious? Spiritual? Agnostic? Is there a God?

Agnostic sounds close.

What do you watch on TV?

History Channel, Discovery, Speed channel. I try to catch all the NASCAR stuff.

What are your all-time favorite movies?

Goodfellas is up there, the Dirty Harry stuff with Eastwood was good.

In what ways have you changed the most from high school?

Having kids changes you. You are on guard more.

In what ways are you the same from high school?

I can still get along with just about anybody

Tell us about three of your happiest experiences since leaving high school. 

Having my kids, Getting married again. Landing the job at Shell

What do you like most about yourself?

I think I am a good Dad. I volunteer a lot at the kids schools

What would you most like to change?

My language isn’t all that great sometimes.

Do you talk on your cellphone while driving?

Yes, I don’t know anybody who dosen’t

Tell us something that very few people know about you.

Hurricane Katrina rendered me homeless for a few weeks.

What would you like to happen at the reunion? What would leave you satisfied? What do you NOT want to happen at the reunion?

A lot of just talking time, a little booze would be good. Some food. Hopefully people would bring some sort of picture album to show off their families or hobbies.

Did you enjoy answering these questions?

Its fine.