Sunday, April 25, 2010

Geek Proof

My friend Erin sent me this picture last week. She has a scanner! I don't even have a printer. True story.

Look closely. Very closely. Yep, that's the one and only Periodic Table of the Elements t-shirt.

I don't remember exactly why or how, but Erin and I bought matching shirts and wore them with pride, although Erin apparently had the wherewithal not to take hers on vacation.

One thing is for certain - there's no arguing that it's me. Just look at those arms!

Here are my questions to myself:
1. Why was your hair so long?
2. Why are you wearing Mom jeans, at the age of 16?
3. For what reason did you decide to pack your periodic table t-shirt for a choir trip to Nashville?
4. Why were you in choir when you're really not a very good singer?

And just to provide a little more context, I will now include the email Erin included with the photo:

Marsha - I don't know if this will work. Let me know if it does not. I read your blog about the Periodic Table shirt. I happen to have a picture of you in said shirt. I realize that you probably have pictures of yourself in the shirt already because, seriously, we rocked those shirts often, but this one is special. You can't see the shirt that well because we're, well, what do you say? We were just being ourselves, but it is definitely the shirt. How much do I love this picture? Hmmm...We are clearly young and carefree. We are both wearing ginormous, ill-fitting men's shirts that was befitting the style of the time. My hair is french-braided (by whom I have no idea) AND held back with a hot pink scrunchy. And then, of course, we are pretending to kiss a statue at the Opryland Hotel. How random (and awesome) is that? Also, it was May 7, 1993 (my picture archiving skills were with me even in my youth). - Cheryl

Hi. Me again.

I should clarify that I called/call Erin Cheryl. And she called/calls me Marsha. But that's another story for another day.

A Memo to the people: I was nerdy. And I knew it. And I didn't care a single bit. And I like that.

40 comments:

  1. I love the arms! And the sweet, peachy faces.

    I was dubbed "The Oatmeal Child" when I was in high school---for my rosy complexion and my healthy packed lunches. Go geeks!

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  2. I don't have a printer either. Some technology is just so overrated--I'm thinking they probably won't even catch on...

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  3. I have a scanner, and a printer, but I'd trade them both in a hot second for a Periodic Table t-shirt, with documentation to prove that I owned one! We love the geek in you Marsha...please don't eva change.

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  4. Can't wait for the story about your names : ) nerdy isn't so bad I think most of the nerdy kids had much more confidence and way more fun than all the popular kids anyway oh and I do hope those jeans never ever come back "in"
    Have a great week!!

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  5. Adorable...and I had too long hair and wore the xttttra large shirts right along with you...oh and the bangs...lets not forget the elle macpherson bangs!
    ~Tara

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  6. I would curl my hair during my free first period - in the band room mirrors! How's that for geek? I was never able to "do" bangs because of the cow licks.

    I've never noticed the long arms you speak of until now :)

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  7. Marsha:
    My nerdiness from much younger days would scare the snot outta ya, seriously. So nerdy was I, that I would NOT post a picture. It would ruin me, forEVER.

    I love your bravery and courage here! But then, you DID post yourself wearing those wretched GLASSES...so I kinda already had guessed.
    Hehehee!!
    Ü
    Joni

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  8. classic. in every way. love the marsha/cheryl, mom jeans, scrunchy, and most of all the sincere friendships you share..... being cool is over rated anyways :)

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  9. When I look back at photos of myself and my dear friends from this very same time period and see similar oversized shirts and incredibly high-waisted jeans (those zippers had to have been 12" long!), I take heart that I see the same on 90210 reruns on Soap Net. Somehow knowing that Kelly, Donna and Valerie wore mom jeans and granny skirts with Doc Martens (and bushy eyebrows, chalky faces and dark lips) makes me feel like you and I weren't all that nerdy at all. Granted, we were probably 1-2 years behind trend in my tiny Missouri town, but it was the 90s and we were all in the same saggy baggy boat. Rather than the periodic table, though, I wore a necklace fashioned out of a rock with a hole in it I found, along with my giant Save the Earth t-shirts. So perhaps I was ahead of my time in some ways??? I'd love to be as thin as I was back then, but I feel much more attractive at 33 than I did at 17. And that's a good thing. Thanks for the memory jolt...

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  10. Love you Marsha, never change!

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  11. I have arms exactly like yours, in fact I had them already in the eight grade, and the feet to match, never did grow into them:)

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  12. Marsha, Marsha,Marsha! Love the picture. The jeans are causing me to have flashbacks...I think I had them in acid wash!!

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  13. omgoodness!!! that made me laugh out loud! the periodic table t-shirt is just too much. i had no idea such a thing existed! thanks for giving me a little chuckle before bed :)

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  14. Again. I had that shirt. It was given to me by my slightly eccentric Aunt...no wait, maybe it was my uncle. He's a professor of Pharmicolgoy at Wisconsin. I can't even spell Pharmocology. Pharmecolocy? Anyway, I don't know my elements either. I always dreamed of wearing that shirt to a chemistry exam, but I was too chicken. I though it was awesome, a precursor to those snappy quote shirts you see nowadays. It was unique right? sigh. I was a nerd too. I just found a folder that I had from childhood that I wrote "NEVER LET YOUR BRAIN RUST" on. What? I was cool like that.

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  15. Seems to me that the nerds back then are the coolest people these days. I guess being geeky was character building! I love this picture. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I love the outfits we wore back then with pride. I remember in HS I was a matchy match kind of gal and one of my outfits was red pants, red keds, white socks, a white shirt with red polka dots and red dot earrings. I pray no one has a picture of that! Great picture! Can't wait to hear more about Marsha!

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  17. Ain't NOTHIN' wrong with being a bit of a nerd. It's sorta sexy!

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  18. Mom jeans were cool back then... with a little belt and scrunched over the top. Acid wash maybe too? Pegged possibly? So many possibilities. So glad you rocked the elements shirt. NIce incorporation. :)

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  19. what I want to know is how did you manage to escape the 3 inch high bangs? I had that added to my mix as well. Oh How happy I am to NOT show ugly 80s pictures of me before braces and with a ginormous spiral perm! bleh!

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  20. Hahaha! I love it when friends remind you of how awesome and "cool" you once were. It cracks me up when my girlfriends share these pictures of us from back in the day!

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  21. hilarious! I love moments/fashions like this caught forever...I have a fav on my blog as well if you would like a good laugh...or to make you feel better! lol!

    http://donovanquads.blogspot.com/2008/08/happy-birthday-van.html

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  22. oh goodness I think we can all pull out photos of scrunchies and bad perms and huge bangs and florescent colored socks....so funny! Good times and those were the days right, carefree!

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  23. That's great! I was nerdy too. Actually I still am. It's not so bad. Love the photo!
    -FringeGirl

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  24. this is awesome! I love the periodic table shirt!!! hahahaha. so funny.

    oh, and I can't believe you don't have a printer!

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  25. Haha, that is great! I just finished writing a post for my blog where I linked to a Periodic Table t-shirt...then clicked over here. Must be something in the air. :) Geeks unite!

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  26. that picture is a RIOT...I LOVE it...and so glad you do too!

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  27. This seriously cracked my business up! Everything about it - the shirt, the hair, the pants! Gotta love the 90's - didn't we all look so good - or so we thought! Oh man what a photo!

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  28. I so totally LOVE THIS!!!! You are adorable!!!! I think the Mom jeans are making a comeback!!!!!

    My shirt of choice my freshman year of high school was of the "Coca-Cola" persuasion. Lucky me... I had my school picture taken wearing one such shirt... with the collar flipped up. I was so cool! Not to mention my Dorothy Hammell(sp?) haircut ...with a perm! I was rocking it! I thought I looked so good.. until I was asked by one of my Grandpa's far-sighted friends if I was my Uncle Cleo's Boy!!:-))))

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  29. We are kindred spirits. I confess I was a nerd, but no...I didn't have a periodic table shirt. How cool is that?!

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  30. haha! My friend Kristin is Nancy and I am Margaret and if my mom ever found out we smoked bubble gum cigarets on the roof outside my window, she'd kill us.

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  31. Very funny! Brings back great memories. I suddenly had a vision of my in my purple striped shorts I loved so much. I also like that Erin had already mastered how to hold her camera bag like a true mom does. In the crook of her elbow, instead of on the shoulder. When I'm in a hurry at the grocery with both kids I find my purse resting there and think, Man I'm old!

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  32. Seriously rolling with laughter over here!!! Mom jeans at age 16...I love it! At least you weren't wearing too tight Z Cavarici jeans with a ginormous men's polo oxford like I was {seriously why didn't I buy women's shirts?}...makes me shudder even thinking about it!

    You were too cute :)

    :) T

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  33. I was always so jealous of you. You were a fox and your periodic table T simply kept the wrong men away...or is it the right men away, I get confused. You ge the cutest Fisher grandchild award because of this T.

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  34. I think you grew in to those arms quite nicely. I love that you embraced your nerdiness. That you didn't care. It reminds me of a certain little 9 year old I know.

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  35. You're in NASHVILLE! :D I worked at that place for 2 years :D

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  36. Hey...I went to Opryland Hotel with my choir from NHS. My NHS was Noblesville High school (just north of Indy)and the year was 1984. Frightening. What was your NHS?

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  37. Ha Ha! I love, love , love this picture. I have a friend who hs soooo many of these "types" of pictures! Mine are geeky, but such FUN memories! I wouldn't trade those memories for all of the Cool in China!
    Joyce

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  38. I have read your blog for some time, along with a few others and never made a comment. I was at Target today and saw a man with a Periodic Table of Elements shirt on and I laughed and thought of you. Your children are beautiful and you are an amazing woman. Thank you for helping me thru my days as a stay at home mom!

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  39. I know this is an older post, but I wanted to make a comment :)

    First, I worked at Opryland for 2 years. I know the EXACT place you are standing. Yay for geeks and scrunchies! ;)

    Second, not sure if you have heard yet about the horrible flooding disaster we have had here in Nashville for the last few days. I wanted to share with you this link. About Opryland Hotel.

    http://www.wsmv.com/video/23435320/index.html

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