Saturday, August 16, 2008

Happy belated birthday, JEN! :)

Today I realized that I forgot someone's birthday this week.

August 14th is my friend Jennifer's birthday. She and I have been friends since I joined my high school band in 1992. We were both on in the saxophone section and her friendliness made high school tolerable. She is one of the sweetest people I know and is always willing and able to help if she can. You know...angelic. The kind of person my mom always wanted me to be.

The only digital picture I have of Jen is one that she posted in February. It was of us going to prom together. And no....I don't mean "together-together" - please we were good Christian kids...then. I actually had a date with (gasp!) a senior, Steve Navarro. He was so nice and was in the orchestra. At the last minute (maybe a week before prom) I canceled on him...too scared to go through with it. What? I had never been kissed before and was terrified. I know. It was lame. And he should've kicked my booty (or at least written nasty comments in my yearbook) but instead was the gentleman that he professed to be. He was kind, gracious, and forgiving...just like the kind of guy my mom wanted me to have as my first boyfriend. Oh well.

Anyway, here is the picture (please keep in mind that that was back in 1993 - where I'm pretty sure satin puffy dresses were quite the rage). AND just in case you wanted to know, that was Jen's house. And yes, I do believe that is a gun behind us. Just like what every prom photo should have in it. Actually, Jen was dating a guy named Dan at the time...I'm not sure why he didn't escort her to the dance. Perhaps he was scared of the gun... or maybe her dad. I'm not saying her dad is just like James Bond from any 007 movie...but let's just say he's closer to that than you'd think. :)
She's agreed to see me when I'm in town over Christmas - something I hope she doesn't regret. :)

Jen, I'm sorry for missing your birthday. :( It was not a sign of my un-love...bur rather forgetfulness.


kristi said...

You dated Dave Navarro? Cooool...

happyfunpants said...

Yeah...Steve looked JUST like Dave Navarro. Only with slightly less eyeliner.

Oh - and I don't think Steve ever slept with Carmen Electra in real life.

Ginger said...

OK, first of all, the gun.. One time Jen and I were at her house by ourselves and we thought we heard someone in the back of the house. Just like any rational person would do, we grabbed the gun from the mantle and I think a butcher knife from the kitchen. We then walked through the house calling, "We know you're here and we've got a gun, so show yourself," or something like that. Having the gun is one thing, but actually holding it correctly and pointing it in the right direction. I'm pretty sure we would have handed the gun to the criminal if someone was actually in the house (after wetting ourselves of course). But we felt pretty badass at the time.

Also, I just noticed the pink and blue wreath above the gun. Awesome.

Secondly, yes, the puffy satin dress was popular. I believe mine was green.

Thirdly, I have a HUGE crush on Dave Navarro. Oh. My. God. I can't myself.

And finally, yes. Happy Birthday Jen!!!

Jen said...

Thanks Anne (and Ginger) for the birthday shout out! I just got back from a birthday dinner with my dad and read this and I feel like it's my birthday all over again!! I LOVE it!!

My dad is a huge collector of guns, still to this day, but now he has them all locked up safely in a gun cabinet! He is still mortified that we carried that gun around the house! It's a good thing he never kept them loaded!!

Anne, I have to clarify that the picture is actually from Homecoming 1993. Dan and I were on a "break" during that time and that's why I didn't go with him. I loved having you as my date! I will never forget that night you were the best date ever!!

I am know I recognize the name Steve Navarro but for the life of me I can't remember what he looks like!! Anyhoo, thank you so much for devoting an entire post just to me!! I love being center of attention!! You made my day!!

Oh and I have some more good photos of us but I am waiting for just the right time to post those babies!! Hee!!

happyfunpants said...

Good gravy! What is the problem with me and years/events from High School?

Well, I remembered it was 1993 and I know I was supposed to go with Steve. And I just confirmed that he did graduate in 1993...thus my confusion.

Jen said...

Don't worry about it Anne, you did the get the year correct so it's all good! I remember it was homecoming because that was the only "Dance" that I didn't go with Dan! That's what happens when you date the same person all through High School!!