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Patrick McNeal


What did you do last night?

Watched “House” on Tivo.

What do you usually eat for breakfast?

Cereal (Cheerios, Corn Chex, Lucky Charms…whatever catches my eye at the store.)

How many hours a night do you sleep?

Never enough, it seems.

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

1:00 pm – Lunchtime!

Where do you live now?


Why did you move there?

Still here.

Do you like living there? Explain.

Except for the heat, traffic, roads, etc., I do like it here.

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

Dropped out of college after a semester, worked (many jobs), played music at BC.

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

I have been married since 1996 to a wonderful woman named Jacki whom I met at a place I used to work. We have two dogs and three cats, and no kids.

Do you have a job outside of your home?

Yes. I am a computer/network technician at Applied Technology Group.

Do you like your job?

Yes. Finally got it right!

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

No; I thought I was going to be a music teacher, but the whole annoying college thing got in the way. I always hated being in school, and college (well, BC, anyway) wasn’t any better.

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

Jungle Cruise skipper at Disneyland!

What was your happiest day last year?

When I saw my brother for the first time in 22 years.

What is your biggest regret from the last 20 years?

That I hated school and didn’t apply myself, like all those guidance counselors kept saying.

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

Not really. I like being an adult.

What is one of your favorite memories from high school?

Mrs. Cooper jumping up on a desk on the first day of Freshman year.

What is one of your worst memories from high school?

Not getting my driver’s license until I turned 18.

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

Well, I’m not a teacher, but I am happy and healthy and enjoy my work.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Mrs. Cooper, Mr. MacGuire, Mrs., Turner

Who was your favorite pop music band in high school?

I liked many.

Why do you want to attend a high school reunion?

I really want to see how people have turned out.

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

Sure. I was nervous about going to school in the first place. I was very shy and not really popular, and felt like I didn’t fit in.

Do you have any tattoos? What are they?


What is your favorite food?

Most all of them.

Are your parents still alive? How are they doing?

Still living.

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

I’m a little heavier than I would like to be, but it doesn’t bother me too much.

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

Buy an RV and travel!

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

Not religious. I converted to Catholicism in the 90’s but I find myself with more questions then answers these days.

What do you watch on TV?

House, Survivor, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who (I’m still a geek!), Football, The Simpsons, The Closer, etc.

What are your all-time favorite movies?

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Independence Day, Star Wars trilogy, Indiana Jones trilogy, Disney movies, etc. My wife and I are big movie fans and have over 300 DVDs…we lost count!

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

I’m more confident, easygoing, and less concerned with what others think.

In what ways are you the same from high school?

See Movie and TV question ;-)

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

Getting engaged, getting married, finding a career instead of a series of jobs.

What do you like most about yourself?

Probably my sense of humor and inquisitiveness.

What would you most like to change?

My proclivity for acquiring and discarding hobbies.

Do you talk on your cellphone while driving?

Yes, but not too much.

Tell us something that very few people know about you.

I was in the Army for 5 weeks in 1992. I had auditioned for and made into the Army Band program, but I quickly discovered that military service is not for everyone, and I’m one of those people it’s not for. I have the utmost respect and gratitude for the military, but it wasn’t right for me. Luckily, they were reducing the size of the military in those days, and if you didn’t want to be there, they didn’t want you. It was an amiable split. I discovered I needed eyeglasses while I was there though, and through a fortunate turn of events wound up working at the place where I purchased my first “civilian” glasses when I got home. I worked in the eyecare industry for nearly 7 years before I got into computers.

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 just want to go and have fun. 1986 was 1986 and 2006 is 2006. I’m excited to learn what has become of everyone.

Did you enjoy answering these questions?

Yes. I sure put it off long enough, though!