The Time Capsule Saga; Part Two.

As promised, welcome to the continuation of my trip down memory lane. Thanks to the inspiration of fellow bloggers, as well as the stack of 90's music currently shuffling through my Ipod, I've been writing a Time Capsule saga; documenting random memories from across the years.

If you've just arrived, head over to Part One; the Primary School Years first.

Welcome to Part Two, the High School Years.

Ah, the high school years. I loved and hated this time in my life, though looking back on it now I have mostly good memories. Things seemed so hard at the time, yet seem so much easier looking backwards. It's strange, isn't it? I wonder what it would be like to go back and experience a day in the life of the fifteen year old you. Since that's impossible (at least for the time being) the old thoughts will have to suffice. Here are some snippets from my high school years, ready to lock away in that imaginary time capsule.

-Watermelon Chupa Chups; our school canteen started selling these for a while, and we would buy them in bulk, take them to the oval and sunbake during lunchtime.

-A DVD of "Titanic"; did you know that I had my first real kiss during a session of this movie? Ah, how romantic.

-My first formal dress, worn when I was in year 10. I still have it, actually.

-Pictures of Dug & Sitty, my two dogs who passed away in 2000.

-The steps to the Macarena. Because everybody needs to know the Macarena.

-The "Tomb Raider II" computer game, before Angelina Jolie skankified it. I could kick arse at that game.

-A screenshot of the website, where I volunteered as a peer counsellor about eight years ago.

-The frigging tie that I had to wear as part of the student representative council.

-Tickets to the local bowling alley, where we used to go for school sport every week. They sold the best hot chips ever.

-The twisty candleabra that I made, the first and last time I ever took Metalwork.

-A copy of Memoirs of a Geisha, I remember sitting in the library reading this book in my free periods, like the bookworm that I am. Adore the story.

-My discman. No car trip was the same without it.

-The ring that my first 'real' boyfriend gave to me, as we were together a good three years of my high school life.

-My year 12 jersey, complete with "Ali" on the back. I wasn't Aly then. Don't ask me why.. perhaps it was just easier that way?

-A pair of yellow gold studs, that I was forced to wear for about two months after getting my ears pierced with their second holes. The sterling silver studs that came with the piercing kept getting infected, and I had to resort to proper gold until they healed. (I hate gold, unless it's white gold and in the form of well, bling.)

-A McDonalds staff discount card, for remembering my first job.

-The "Backstreet's Back" CD by the Backstreet Boys. I can sing along to every single song on that album, and still have half on my Ipod. Good times. Actually, scratch that. Try every Backstreet Boy album.

-Oh, and the Spice Girls "Spice" CD. I remember taping myself and another certain someone singing along, thinking I was wonderful.

-An assortment of cow printed stuff; at one point, my whole bedroom was cow-themed. Seriously! The bedspread, the pillows, the decorations.

-Blue light disco passes, as everybody went to those. Even me.

-My DUX certificate. Because once upon a time, I was smart. S-M-R-T!

And the music? Well, I don't think I could list all of the songs from those days which I loved and adored. How about a teeny tiny selection instead?

  • It's My Life - Bon Jovi*

  • Torn - Natalie Imbruglia*

  • Five - When the Lights Go Out*

  • Everybody - Backstreet Boys*

  • Bye Bye Bye - N'Sync*

  • No Diggity - Blackstreet*

  • Mouth - Merril Bainbridge

  • Turn Off the Light - Nelly Furtado

  • Fast Love - George Michael*

  • Beautiful Day -U2*

  • Missing - Everything but the Girl

  • Tubthumping - Chumbawamba

  • Gettin' Jiggy With It - Will Smith

  • Graduation - Vitamin C

  • Honey - Mariah Carey*

  • Drops of Jupiter - Train*

  • Bent - Matchbox 20*

  • Rock DJ - Robbie Williams

  • Don't Let Go - En Vogue*

  • Carnival - Natalie Merchant*

  • Mambo No 5 - Lou Bega*

  • That Thing - Lauryn Hill

  • Truly Madly Deeply - Savage Garden*

  • Livin La Vida Loca - Ricky Martin

  • It Wasn't Me - Shaggy

  • Coco Jamboo - Mr President

  • Your Woman - White Town*

  • California Love - Tupac*

  • Baby One More Time - Britney Spears*

  • Twisted - Keith Sweat*

  • Here With Me - Dido*

  • Trouble - Coldplay*

  • Never Ever - All Saints*

  • My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion

  • Come on Over - Christina Aguilera

  • Man! I Feel like a Woman - Shania Twain

  • Smooth - Santana & Rob Thomas

  • Crush - Jennifer Paige*

  • You Get What You Give - New Radicals

  • Pony - Ginuwine

  • Hanging By a Moment - Lifehouse*

(*It's incredible how many of these I actually have on my Ipod. I'm such a nerd.)

Stay tuned for yet another tantalisingly terrific post in the Time Capsule Saga in the coming days. In the meantime, what do you remember from your own High School days? Get reminiscing, people!

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Jen said...

Where is the Hanson, damnit?

And you were Ali or Aly when I met you. I remember asking if you preferred one, you said you didn't mind and I said I'd call you Aly since it made more sense. Maybe Aly just took over?

Kristabella said...

I think I'm with you. High school seemed rough at the time, but looking back, it is all good memories. And still now some of my closest friends are from high school.

My biggest memory would be going to the $1 movie theatre on the weekends. I think they knew our names we were there so often. So thrifty in my youth!

enny said...

I never went to a blue light disco :o(

BUT I did go to the Henry's disco once :o)

Jennei said...

Drops of Jupiter is still one of my all-time favorite songs.

Jennie said...

I totally spelled my name wrong. Wow. Hello Friday!

nancypearlwannabe said...

I totally heard the Chumbawamba song at the dentist the other day and was immediately transported back to freshman year at college. Minus the teeth drilling, of course.

Leslie said...

I'm old. (sniff) Hits from my junior and senior year in high school include.....nevermind, it was the 80's.

Katie said...

Did you steal my Ipod? :) What a great list of songs!

elise said...

OH MY GOSH, "Never Ever" by All Saints got WORN OUT by me and my friends during out-of town volleyball and softball trips in high school! I mean, we knew every word, every pause, every intonation - I freaking loved that song. Off to try and download it now!

What a great posting idea, by the way! So fun :)

Laurel said...

I love that you loved "Torn." That song got me through my first (of several) breakups with my high school boyfriend. You Aussies produce some good music.

grungedandy said...

Arr the memories just flood back, do you have smells that transport you back? I have various different perfumes or aftershaves or even deodorants
Just a whiff of Lynx oriental deo can take me straight back to being 15 & madly in love with Phil! Oh Boy! LoL
Seeya Hugya


Ps have you seen the Torn on you tube with Natalie & Johnan Lippowitz it’s just the best!

Tina Vaziri said...

Yay! Video games! I wish I still had endless hours to play games.

breathlessfromkc said...

Hey you big spastic.
I want to add to the song list Take my breath away but i am not sure what year it is from but add it anyway.

If you dont know which one it is let me know and i will you tube you.


Aurelius said...

You have been found guilty of disseminating the Macarena ear-worm virus. Tomorrow, for your crimes against music and humanity, you will be taken out into a field and played "Achy Breaky Heart" until your ears bleed.
That is all.

Michelle said...

i'm guilty of having over half that list on mine as well!

and keith sweat's "twisted" was always one of my favorites. how twisted is that?! haha

Pixelation said...

This... is great. It's the best idea for a blog post I've seen in a while. Can I steal it (what I call the Microsoft approach), or do I have to come up with my own thing that's eerily similar to it (what I call the Microsoft approach)?

kirby said...

I can honestly say, I have very few good memories of high school. Mostly all I remember is the teasing, the bitching, the gossiping and the cancer-causing-ray-of-popular-girl-hate that did actually come with a very exciting death threat at one point by means of "anonymous" phone calls one Sunday afternoon, which was practically the point my self esteem hit the 'I want to curl up and die' point.
Yeah. High school was TOPS. But I'm glad someone had fun.

Hana said...


The Watermelon Chupa Chups!!
The cow prints!!
The BEST hot chips EVER!!

What about the letter books?
And hellloooooo Hanson anyone??

Good times.

Jess said...


"Oh, and the Spice Girls “Spice” CD. I remember taping myself and another certain someone singing along, thinking I was wonderful."

ahem... wonder who that could have been!

Aww man, that's such a memory kicker. I remember a lot of those things too. I still have my candelabra too hehe... Also, the first and only time i took metal work... Gosh remember what a true dickhead that metal/woodwork teacher was??? I was always relatively well behaved, but I somehow I managed to end up fighting with him!!

Memoirs of a geisha... aww awesome book!

I wish I had fonder memories of high school. *goes to check your primary school post*

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