What did you do last night?
Went to a friend’s house and the got my kids ready for the 1st day of school.
What do you usually eat for breakfast?
Bagel and cream cheese or anything fast.
How many hours a night do you sleep?
What is your favorite hour of the day/night and why is it your favorite?
About 6am I am fresh and it is quiet. I can get a lot done.
Where do you live now?
Now I live back in Bako. Was living in San Jose. That was pretty neat, just too expensive.
Why did you move there?
I moved to San Jose for a change. It was good for me. I finished my education there.
Do you like living there? Explain.
I loved living there, just too expensive. I like living back here now because it is affordable. The weather could use a change though.
What did you do in the years right after high school?
There was a lot of wasted time and bad decisions.
Tell us about your family? Kids? Spouses? Lovers? Partners? Divorces?
I am married (Balistreri is my last name now) I have 2 kids. Madison is 17 and a senior at FHS.Then there is Phillip Jr. (PJ) who is in 8th grade.
Do you have a job outside o f your home?
Yes, I do. I am a teacher.
Do you like your job?
I love it.
Is it the job you thought you would have when you were back in High School and you contemplated the future?
Nope. I originally thought I would be in the business world. I was for awhile but I didn’t really care for it. Too many people out to get you.
If you could have any job in the world what would it be?
Well I used to want to be an actress, but I think they have too much pressure on them. So now I think it would be fun to be in real estate and make money.
What was your happiest day last year?
The day my daughter got an award for most improved student in Science. That was a very happy day.
What is your biggest regret from the last 20 years?
Probably wasting time doing nothing with my life. I could be so much further along if not for the wasted time. It was a life lesson though.
Do you miss high school? What things do you miss about it?
Hell no! I don’t think there is a thing I miss. There was too much game playing in those days.
What is one of your favorite memories from high school?
I don’t know of anything specific. Just being with friends and having fun.
What is one of your worst memories from high school?
There was a lot of drama.
Who were your best friends in high school?
That is easy, Robert Carbone and I were the best of friends. Still only live down the street from each other. Then there were those of us that worked at BK that hung out now and then.
Have you kept in touch with them?
Yea I still talk with Robert now and then. Not as much as I should.
How is your life different than the life you thought you would have after high school?
You know I never really thought about life after high school. I guess I thought I would be working in accounting somewhere but that is about it.
Who was your favorite teacher?
My favorite teacher was Mrs. Kindel. She was a crack up. I was her TA my senior year and she use to have me take messages (like practical jokes) to Mr. Reese and Mr. Shannon.
What was the biggest life lesson you learned in high school?
Not to judge people by the outside.
Who was your favorite pop music band in high school?
I liked a bunch a different bands.
Why do you want to attend a high school reunion?
I don’t know. To see all those people I didn’t keep in touch with.
Why do you NOT want to attend a high school reunion?
I don’t want to see fake people.
Are you nervous about attending your high school reunion? Explain.
No, not really. It would be fun to reconnect with some people. Although this whole dressing 80’s has me nervous now. haha
Do you like answering these questions?
It is fine.
Do you have any tattoos? What are they?
What is your favorite food?
I like both Italian and Mexican.
Are your parents still alive? How are they doing?
Yes, they are still living. My mom lives in San Jose and is doing well. My dad lives around the corner and I haven’t talked to him in years so who knows how he is.
Are you happy with the way you look these days? Please explain.
Well of course I could be lighter.
If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?
Pay everything off and travel.
Are you religious? Spiritual? Agnostic? Is there a God?
I go to church now and then.
What do you watch on TV?
The CSI type shows.
What are your all-time favorite movies?
All time favorite…. I will have to think on that one.
In what ways have you changed the most from high school?
I am not as shy as I used to be. I used to be afraid to say Hi to people. Unless you knew me I really didn’t say much. Now I am not that shy.
In what ways are you the same from high school?
I am still easy going and like to have fun.
Tell us about three of your happiest experiences since leaving high school.
- Having my daughter.
- Moving to San Jose.
- Having my son.
What do you like most about yourself?
I like that I am easy to get along with.
What would you most like to change?
I would like to lose some weight and maybe not be so nice.
Do you talk on your cellphone while driving?
Tell us something that very few people know about you
I have been married for 10yrs now. We have been together for 14.
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 just like to reconnect with some people. That would be a nice thing. I wouldn’t want to see everyone trying to out do each other. We are all older now and should be able to be comfortable with who we are.
Did you enjoy answering these questions?
Yea, it kinda put me in the reunion spirit.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that wasn't covered in the above questions.
Hmm… something interesting. My life really isn’t all that interesting. I used to ride motorcycles when I was younger and my friends and I would ride our bicycles in the fields at night just to see how far we could get before we crashed. As an adult I have just done the family thing and education.