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Hope Springs Eternal

Posted on 2005.08.19 at 13:37
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
Current Music: The Bevis Frond - Termination Station Grey
I still get a newsletter from my old high school. I hated my old high school with a white hot rage, and then with a dull orange rage that comes from being downtrodden back then, but I have to admit that I had some really good teachers there, amid the torment. One of them, in fact one of the first ones who got me to really really enjoy history, asked that this request be published:

"This request will stretch your memory. Think back to 1969. Did you borrow a Kodak slide carousel and a sound tape of a Hindu rite reburial from then history teacher James Alverson? If you have knowledge of the whereabouts of the material, Mr. Alverson would like to hear from you."
And then contact info.

Mr. Alverson was an interesting figure, somewhat imposing with his bald head, grey beard, and lurching gait, the result of a prosthetic leg he had won in Korea. He had the air of a beatnik, and once told my senior philosophy class that he had taken LSD three times, so if we had any questions about it, we could ask him.

And he thinks that someone still has his slides from 1969.
This has some serious potential for pranking, but I can't quite come up with a plan.


Release the Kraken!
delerium69 at 2005-08-19 23:06 (UTC) (Link)
I was about to ask why any high school student would steal a sound tape of a Hindu rite reburial, but then considering the year was 1969...(I know, speaking of LSD)

I also would hate my high school with a poison passion but for some great teachers and meeting one of my dearest friends, so I save my venom for junior high, otherwise known as the ninth circle of Hell.
theservant at 2005-08-19 23:08 (UTC) (Link)
I had the same thing, except that my school was combined 7-12, so... ugh.
metalclarinet at 2005-08-20 03:16 (UTC) (Link)


For a minute I thought you said that your high school occupied the 7-11 circle of Hell. Did that mean that the Dumbed-Down Dante now had a level where the inmates were fed Slim Jims and slurpees? Or did it mean that Dante's literary estate was now selling naming rights?
shullie at 2005-08-20 08:37 (UTC) (Link)
and have you.. got the slides that is?
theservant at 2005-08-20 22:49 (UTC) (Link)
Um... you think I was in high school in 1969? Nope.
mrfares at 2005-08-21 04:40 (UTC) (Link)
Didn't you mean to say,"Bwahahaha?"
theservant at 2005-08-21 04:42 (UTC) (Link)
Upon reflection, I did.
So the question is... what does a 1969 sound tape look like, and how can we fake one? Is it reel to reel?
mrfares at 2005-08-22 03:01 (UTC) (Link)
I don't think it matters too much since we'll be delivering it at 3 am in a halo of lighting effect and highly amplified ape noises. And reverb, lots of reverb.
theservant at 2005-08-22 03:03 (UTC) (Link)
Plus all of us dressed as Ganesha.
shullie at 2005-08-21 08:41 (UTC) (Link)
u could have been a child prodigy....
theservant at 2005-08-22 03:04 (UTC) (Link)
Could be, but I remain much more unincarcerated than most of them tend to be by my age.
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