So.. I feel like sharing a photo that I have had in an album since June 2000. It means a lot to me because throughout high school I chose to commute back and forth from Alameda to Newark. I took two buses and a train to get to school everyday, and then usually had to repeat the exact process to get home. Really. In my sophomore year, my very best friend Jackie, got her drivers license and she was able to drive me to BART everyday after school..sometimes during the week, when the commute was just too much stress, I would stay with my aunt and uncle and cousins who lived in Fremont and sometimes I would stay with Jackie, or in junior year, every Monday I moved in with my other best friend Mandy. It was an adventure for sure. A tough one. I was literally willing to do anything to make it to school, in Newark, everyday. My 3 best friends meant everything to me, and I happily got up three hours before I had to be there, to get to experience high school with the same 3 girls I had known my whole life.
I can say now it was worth it, as for the four of us, well, Kristy moved out of state and is now happily married with 2 children. Ana, we are not sure what happened to her.. she cut us out of her life back in 2006, and Jackie and I are still best friends to this day. Quite simply, I don't know what I would do without her and her family.
Okay, back to this group picture, taken at Grad Night, in LA, early June 2000, right before we were to all board the bus to go from this hotel parking lot to Disneyland. Everyone in this picture, minus one Mr. Class President went to Kennedy Elementary with me. Some of us remained close friends throughout our 13 years in school together, others mainly acquaintances. The point is that in some way, these people helped shape me into the 'determined to get to school in Newark' person that I was in high school. Silly to spend a lot of time reflecting on this period in my life, but an interesting picture that cannot be duplicated and a moment in time that none of us will forget. Okay, enough cheesy talk for the day-