I Kept a Diary

I found her diary underneath a tree
And started reading about JD

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Yes, I kept a diary, off and on during the 1970s. As you compare the entries below with my life today, you’ll see that these years were pretty damn exciting. My life these days isn’t nearly as thrilling, tho, of course, I do have the blog, for keeping track of such momentous occasions as buying a new door and watching movies about giant alligators.

It’s too bad I didn’t blog during the 70s. I wonder what my posts would’ve been titled. “I Eat An Incredible Amount of Junk Food so you don’t have to”? “I Receive Matching Underwear”? “I Wore a Cape”?

Would any of these entries be worthy of an I Do Things post? You decide.

Janet and I went to the library and met these two boys who squirted water at us and asked us if we wanted a cigarette. I said yes and Janet said no. Then we went to Walgreen’s. They have SO much makeup and jewelry. I bought Snoopy earrings where he’s in a raccoon coat carrying a sign that says, “Rah!” and a pink cat earring tree. Today I tried strawberry yogurt, and it’s even better than blueberry. Tape-recorded us smoking the cigarette.

Today was BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK. Report cards. Yeggh. Straight C’s and a D in Math. I’ve never gotten such bad grades in my whole life. Mom was so mad. Our gym routine is coming along good.

Today was our Progressive Luncheon. Sheri and Leslie brought garlic bread and snowballs with chocolate chips, and Wendy brought a green jello salad. After lunch we played charades and the hardest to guess was A Case of Rape.

Went to Butternut and got bread and chocolate pies. Luv ‘em! Went to Walgreen’s and got Love’s Baby Soft Body Mist. Neat! Rode by the pool and saw Neal and Greg. I think I love Neal. I hate Greg. He used to be so nice. I’ll never understand boys, but I love them.

Hi! Had donuts for breakfast! Then Janet and I went to Tony’s and I got Ding-Dongs. Then we rode by Greg’s house. Then we went to Cock Robin and I got a double-cheeseburger and fries. Then we went to Walgreen’s and I got 6 candy bars and a thing of Certs. Then we went to Janet’s house and had chocolate-chip ice cream. Then we went to my house and read Seventeen magazines. Then I washed my hair. Then we had hot dogs for supper. Tonight Evel Knievel and Miss America are on.

What a day. This morning I went to Marcia’s and we played Find the Stone. This afternoon I called Mary, and she came over and we listened to records. She had also seen Dinosaurus.

Went to Sears with Mom. I got a Rock Flower and four records: “American Pie,” “Black Dog,” “One of Those Nights,” and “Old-fashioned Love Song.”

We opened our X-mas gifts from Sheila this evening. I received a lovely turquoise bra and underpants. My mother received a kaleidoscope. Marcia called and wanted to come over. All we did was read a dumb book. I think Marcia and I should stop seeing so much of each other.

My supper was a SUCCESS! I made pigs in blankets, pear salad, cooked carrots, biscuits, and ice water. Finally taped “Who Do You Think You Are,” and it turned out great.

Gary’s got my lunch period! Yahoo Yay Yippie! I felt so nervous about eating in front of him, but he’s so gosh-darned cute I don’t care. I love him! He’s so tall and cute and skinny and nice and sexy and shy and seductive and gor. [Yes, "gor." Apparently I was too overcome to finish the word.]

Went to church and saw Reverend Hall’s mother, who is 80. It wasn’t warm enough to wear my cape. Went to Thom McAn and got blue boys’ gym shoes and blue bobby socks. Also Jonathon Livingston Seagull socks that say “Have the courage to be different.” I’m saving up for a ring, a heart necklace, lip potion, sandals, and mirror sunglasses. LaBelle was on Cher tonight.

Turned out all my lights and listened to Sonny and Cher and The Partridge Family. That is a really cool thing to do. Had fried bologna and whipped cream cake for lunch. Slept from 3-4.

Yeah. I thought so. But don’t worry. Things are gonna pick up around here. YOU HEARD ME! This weekend Dave and I will be trying out a new game. An ADULT game. An ADULT game with the word “SEX” in the title. Also “CASINO”! That means the name of this game is . . . SEX CASINO!

And, whether you like it or not, I will be writing about Sex Casino next week.

Now that’s gotta be more exciting than Snoopy earrings, right?

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47 Responses to “I Kept a Diary”

  1. 1 Bingo

    WOW I’d like to be a kid again, you did not have almost any worry. I enjoyed reading those entries. I’m looking forward to your sex casino post.

  2. 2 CatLadyLarew

    Shades of the Seventies! All that fine cuisine! And the exquisite taste in music! You must have been really cool! Can’t wait to hear about Sex Casino!

    BTW… did your diary have one of those little locks on it? You do realize that they’re incredibly simple for siblings to pick.
    .-= CatLadyLarew´s last blog ..We Are Not Amused… =-.

  3. 3 Shakespeare

    I am so glad I didn’t write a diary in the 70′s. I think I started one, but my sister picked through the lock (easily) and wrote, “Today I woke up and discovered I was a dork.” That cured me!
    .-= Shakespeare´s last blog ..Separation Anxiety =-.

  4. 4 Grace

    I am speechless LOL Since I am way older than you I don’t even know what some of that stuff is…:)
    .-= Grace´s last blog ..In Memory =-.

  5. 5 Chris@TheSnackHound

    Walgreen’s…twice in ONE DAY…get out! That would almost be too much to handle for just about anyone. Did you ring the bell on the pharmacy counter and run? I wonder what it sounds like when you play back an audio tape of people smoking. I probably don’t have to wonder too hard.

    Ah…the days before ThomMcAn was just another brand at Kmart. My moon boots came from Thom McAn…oh, but I’m dating myself. But I was a 4th grader with pretty darn huge “women’s department” feet.
    .-= Chris@TheSnackHound´s last blog ..Branson: Eat With The Stars =-.

  6. 6 LaTonya

    I can’t believe you kept it so long. I’ve kept up with my journals (big girl diary) through the 90s, and recent years. Looking back might be fun. I’m sure it’s all about the kids.
    .-= LaTonya´s last blog ..Oprah’s Flash Mob Dance =-.

  7. 7 Stephanie B

    Damn, I was evil. Sorry, Shakespeare. I seriously have no recollection of doing that. I do remember cluing you in to your plastic head, though.

    JD, I’m also glad you wrote in a diary so I didn’t have to. I almost bore myself to tears with my blog now. If I had a diary, I’d probably end up in a coma. I think I’ve own dozens of diaries, but I never used them for any appreciable period of time, probably for the good of all mankind.
    .-= Stephanie B´s last blog ..For Shakespeare: What About Reincarnation? =-.

  8. 8 Kathryn

    Well. The two common themes in your diary seem to be shopping and eating. Then, there was eating….and shopping.

    These two things were evidently important enought to you to document thoroughly.

    I’m surprised you weren’t bouncing off the walls from all that sugar.
    Or were you?? And maybe that’s how you lost one of the Snoopy earrings where he’s wearing the raccoon coat.

    Cool-io diary. Did you have a pet rock? How come we don’t get to hear the shenanigans of you with the pet rock?

    Now I want a candy bar….thanks for that.
    .-= Kathryn´s last blog ..Hold the Gallbladder =-.

  9. 9 Queen Katherine

    Man! You were way cooler than I was back then…and if you get to play any sort of sex game this weekend…hell, if you even get to HAVE sex this weekend, you’re way cooler than I am now.

    I’m such a loser. xx

  10. 10 Chris@TheSnackHound

    Btw, I am glad it wasn’t donated or sold at a garage sale like Marcia Brady’s was. Btw, I was just thinking the other day – why would Marcia and her sisters take their step-dad’s name. I know Mike was a widower, but wasn’t Carol divorced? You would think they would have kept the name they were born with. Oh, but then it wouldn’t be the Brady Bunch. It would have been hyphenated. Or you would have to call them the Brady and Others Assortment.
    .-= Chris@TheSnackHound´s last blog ..Simply The Best Chocolate Frosting Ever =-.

  11. 11 Anne

    Wow, that was a lot of junk food. All I kept thinking was the blog post that could come from it, “I Got a Stomach Ache So You Don’t Have To” (something to think about if you run out of topics). Except for the junk food and the boys, it sounds similar to my life now (although, do they make Love’s Baby Soft anymore?).

    I have a diary from a study program in England when I was in high school. I should probably try to find it. It might be good for a laugh.
    .-= Anne´s last blog ..Change is a Comin’ =-.

  12. 12 cyndi

    my x destroyed my journals when he read about a teen age crush 5 or so years after the fact.

    “Journal” keeping is/was ever so much more cool that a diary.

  13. 13 Daisy the Curly Cat

    Any dinner with pigs-in-blankets is bound to be a success!

    Even back then you were a good writer. I found it all strangely fascinating!
    .-= Daisy the Curly Cat´s last blog ..Fashion Friday: Purple is Pretty! =-.

  14. 14 JD

    Bingo: Heh. Nope, no worries. Just give me enough money to buy jewelry, junk food, and makeup at Walgreen’s, and I’m good.

    CatLadyLarew: Yes! It still has the lock (tho the key is long gone). I doubt if my brother (5 years older) would’ve cared enough to try to break it—but I definitely kept it locked just in case.

    Shakespeare: HAHAHA! Funny sister. Also a little mean. At least that didn’t deter you from writing in general.

    Grace: ARE you older than me? Are you sure you don’t remember Dinosaurus? (I don’t.)

    Chris@TheSnackHound: Dang, I wish I still had that tape. Probably just a lot of giggling and coughing. I didn’t realize what a big deal Walgreen’s was. And still is! I get all my sundries there, including candy bars. Some things never change.

    LaTonya: I really only kept one on and off thru the 70s and then VERY sporadically after that. In fact, I’m trying to piece together the random sheets of notebook paper (ALL UNDATED!) into some kind of order.

    Stephanie B: I’m not sure how any diary could be more boring than mine. But then maybe you never listened to Sonny & Cher in the dark.

    Kathryn: I think Pet Rocks came along a little late for me. I’d love to find those Snoopy earrings. Or that pink cat earring tree. I could use that now! My love of shopping died away years ago, but I still get a thrill going to Walgreen’s for a giant Caramello.

    Queen Katherine: No, you’re not! Oh, my gosh. I’m not sure what this sex game will lead to. I do sort of feel a headache coming on.

    Chris@TheSnackHound: HA! Where did all this Brady talk come from?! Oh, the diary episode. But Marcia got it back, didn’t she? Wasn’t it full of love poems to Desi Arnaz or something? Carol was divorced? I guess I knew that . . . You just don’t think about their former lives that much.

    Anne: I haven’t been able to find Love’s Baby Soft anywhere, even on ebay. Yes, find that diary. When you have no ideas for a blog post: DIARY!

    cyndi: Yes, that’s true. I keep a journal now. Sort of. But back then it was a diary, with the fake leather cover and tiny lock. I’m sorry your ex destroyed yours. I can’t believe I still have mine.

    Daisy the Curly Cat: So true! How can you go wrong? And with ice water as your beverage, you’re bound to have a hit!

  15. 15 Barb - WillThink4Wine

    I didn’t need to keep a diary – I have 3 sisters! We couldn’t keep a secret from each other to save our life!

    Love your entries! You apparently loved Walgreens!
    .-= Barb – WillThink4Wine´s last blog ..Jackpot! =-.

  16. 16 Lin

    Rah. I’m surprised that you don’t weigh 300 lbs eating all that crap!! Ahh, the good ‘ol days. :)
    .-= Lin´s last blog ..The Weirdville Army–all six of them =-.

  17. 17 Lola

    If you had a blog back in the 70′s I think you’d have to call it “What I ate…so you don’t have to”. Funny how when you’re a kid the eating and the shopping are the highlights. I think my kids are the same way. Only my daughter’s diaries are more about her illness flares, than regular teen stuff.

    I probably had a diary when I was a kid, I remember having one with the key, but I don’t really remember ever actually writing in it. It’s a good thing I never did because it would have likely alternated between writing about our constant bike riding to this store, that store and the mall, and my dark, depressed teen angst because my bff dumped me as a friend. Of course I could be wrong, I could have chronicled everything around me because I’m such a people watcher. (Now that would make an interesting read now. A teens people watching adventures…ok, I’m weird.)
    .-= Lola´s last blog ..Hey! Ask Me A Question! Please? Vol. 2 =-.

  18. 18 GoingLikeSixty

    This is just so random as to be perfect. It’s a kid’s life! (you were a kid then right? or was this last week?)

    Hope you jackpot twice during Sex Casino.
    .-= GoingLikeSixty´s last blog ..Europe ‘Final Countdown’ Head Banging Cellos. Great Riff =-.

  19. 19 Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry"

    Love the diet! I remember when I used to eat like that, sad those days are long gone!
    .-= Karen, author of “My Funny Dad, Harry”´s last blog ..Dog Trainer is Impressed With Me by Abby =-.

  20. 20 babs - beetle

    I didn’t ever keep a diary. I have no idea why, I just didn’t. It’s a shame because I think a diary written in the 50′s would be rather interesting reading now :)

    Reading your entries I could have been reading an aliens diary. I have no idea what anything you mentioned was. Partly because it was out of my time zone (I was married & divorced in the 70′s) and partly because you were talking all American – I wonder why ;)
    .-= babs – beetle´s last blog ..Fly by night? =-.

  21. 21 Your Daily Cute

    Hah! Love’s Baby Soft… Makes me want to pull out my old diaries. I’m scared. :)
    .-= Your Daily Cute´s last blog ..Have You Met "The Meows" Yet? =-.

  22. 22 Pricilla

    I love pigs in the blanket. Our family can’t have a get together without them.

    Do they have any redeeming value?Other than tasting good?

    You could always do a post about Wearing bad comic earring while eating junk food and smoking cigarettes so you don’t have to. You could save all our lives that way. Just think of all the good you could do for the world. Another excuse to wear your cape – cool enough or not.
    .-= Pricilla´s last blog ..AbbyDay – Yes, Harry is Gone. But That Means More Hay for Me! =-.

  23. 23 Florida Girl In Sydney

    Loves Baby Soft and Ding Dongs– we sooo could have been friends. Playing “find the stone”??? I’ve heard of hide the salami– but I must be thinking of something else…?? I’ll be waiting to hear how Sex Casino goes.
    .-= Florida Girl In Sydney´s last blog ..Honk If Your Husband Makes You Crazy =-.

  24. 24 Patty

    It seems a common theme with girls’ diaries…the shopping and eating, eating and shopping, with the occasional deliciously poppy song or movie thrown in.

    I inherited my grandmother’s diaries from her young adulthood and was so excited to read them, perhaps even put them in publishing order, I dreamed. I thought it’d be a ‘Little House on the Prairie’ meets ‘The Waltons’ sort of business: I couldn’t wait to dig into those things and learn Grandma’s deep and secret thoughts about the Roaring Twenties into the Great Depression. It turns out they were the same sort of drivel (no offense, my dear J.D.) of:

    Went to see ‘Flying Down to Rio’ with Donald Rash. Drank three Coca-Colas. Had a grand time!

    At least she had the commitment, I couldn’t ever keep one up for more than a day.
    .-= Patty´s last blog ..Threadless Tshirt Giveaway at jaypeeonline.net =-.

  25. 25 absepa

    I would buy a diary about once a year, commit to writing in it every day, and then lose interest after about a week. I think I was just interested in the diaries themselves–they were so cute, with the little locks! But I didn’t really have anything to write about. Drugstores fascinated me when I was a kid, too. I could spend hours in SuperX or Walgreen’s, looking at makeup, candy, and hair doohickies.

    Please, please tell me that the fried bologna and whipped cream cake were two separate food items.
    .-= absepa´s last blog ..It’s a major award* =-.

  26. 26 Kathy

    Ack! Love’s Baby Soft! Did you also buy Jean Nate Body Splash?

    Of all your scattered thoughts, this is the one I liked best: “I’ll never understand boys, but I love them.” So sweet and true for that age.

    And thanks for pointing back to your “I Bought a Door” post. That’s classic JD!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Fresh Baked Memories =-.

  27. 27 JD

    Barb – Will Think 4 Wine: Aw. I’m jealous. I always wanted a sister. Tho then I probably would’ve had to share my junk food.

    Lin: I don’t know how I didn’t become diabetic or obese. I did do a lot of bike-riding.

    Lola: No, you’re not weird. That WOULD make a good read. A helluva lot more interesting than what I bought at Walgreen’s. I wish I’d kept a diary/journal more regularly. There are huge gaps. And since my memory is shot, it’s like those years don’t even exist.

    GoingLikeSixty: HA! It almost could’ve been last week, except for the crush on Gary and the bad grades. I still make several trips a week to Walgreen’s for candy and junk food.

    Karen, author of “My Funny Dad, Harry”: Yup. They are definitely long gone. And to this day, I have not a single cavity.

    babs – beetle: I do tend to talk “all American,” but I bet you got the gist of it. I would LOVE to read a diary written by you in the 50s and 60s. At least you have a good memory so you can blog about those times.

    Your Daily Cute: Yes. Be scared. You may not like what you find. But you’ll no doubt find some funny stuff too.

    Pricilla: HA! I don’t even remember that cape. If there weren’t written evidence, I would never believe I’d owned one. How about a compromise? I’ll eat pigs in blankets and junk food AND wear the earrings but skip the smoking. That’s just gross!

    Florida Girl In Sydney: I don’t remember Find the Stone. I hope it was some kind of board game instead of us just literally looking for a rock. That would be pretty pathetic. I would expect Sex Casino to be along the lines of a more sophisticated Find the Stone.

    Patty: That’s awesome! I still think it’d be cool to read about those days, drivel and all. (No offense taken; believe me, I tried hard to find some non-drivel entries, but no luck.)

    absepa: YES! The fried bologna and cake were separate, altho in those days we did love to experiment with our food. The diaries I found were pretty sad affairs: months and months with nothing and then a spurt of furious writing. I loved the cute little diaries too. But they were hard to write in! I much prefer a good spiral notebook.

    Kathy: I STILL use Jean Nate Body Splash! I love it! There were hundreds of “I love boys” comments. Always confused. Why don’t they like me? Uh, cuz you act like an idiot perhaps?

  28. 28 Jay

    I bet those Snoopy earrings were pretty darned exciting at the time though, huh? Not as exciting as Neal or Gary – obviously – but those and the pink cat earring stand must have raised the blood pressure a tad, surely? LOL!

    Aaah… takes me right back. I remember all those records coming out, except Black Dog. You clearly had more disposable income than I did, though. I bought my records one at a time.

  29. 29 Jen

    Oh so many things to comment on.

    You taped yourself smoking? I’m assuming you meant tape recorded, probably with one of those red or blue panasonic cassette players that were all the rage back then. But why? Did you exhale really loudly?

    What ever happened to Neal?

    Lip Potion.

    Loves Baby Soft.

    In my diary I wrote about Billy Phelps all the time. He was hot. Still is, you can google him (without the y at the end of his name) he’s some photographer in NY or LA, I forget but still he’s hot. He never noticed me in that way.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Romper Stomper Bomper Boo =-.

  30. 30 ann

    so what ever happened to Neil Gary and Greg?
    .-= ann´s last blog ..Fall is in the air =-.

  31. 31 Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    This is so awesome! Although, when I first read it, I thought “Dang, how many times is she going to go to Walgreens and eat in one day?”

    Then I realized they were separate entries.

    I loved hearing about my era of growing up and I had forgotten all about those earring trees! And I collected Snoopy stuff too, so I know exactly what the Snoopy in the coat with the RAH! sign looks like.

    I’ve never met anyone who was “gor” before. Is that a regional thing?
    ;)
    .-= Margaret (Nanny Goats)´s last blog ..What I Did For Love, Or: How I Learned to Be a Pipe Cleaner =-.

  32. 32 DrowseyMonkey

    lol @ gor. hahahaha

    omg – priceless. I did a recent post about a found diary, mine was way more boring. I wrote short little entries about – well nothing much. lol
    .-= DrowseyMonkey´s last blog ..First Time Friday – First Time a Song Freaked Me Out =-.

  33. 33 Unfinished Rambler

    “Today I tried strawberry yogurt, and it’s even better than blueberry.” – Wow, that is exciting!!! Sounds like my life.

    As for Sex Casino, you and Dave are such freaks, aren’t you? I’d like to say I can’t wait too for that post, but really, I can. Just don’t show us any photos, all right? ;)
    .-= Unfinished Rambler´s last blog ..Above us only sky =-.

  34. 34 flit

    wow – that was all just so neat!

    Neato, even.

    I used to wear Love’s Baby Soft ….then I switched to Fresh Rain.
    .-= flit´s last blog ..Orientation Week =-.

  35. 35 Janna

    How funny!
    I kept a journal when I was younger, too– except mine wasn’t humorous at all.

    For some reason, it cracks me up that you went to Walgreen’s and bought “six candy bars and a thing of Certs.”

    Because, after all, it’s important to have minty fresh breath (with Retsyn!) after one has overdosed on chocolate and sugar and nougat and nuts. :)
    .-= Janna´s last blog ..Reason #14,372 why I am not a morning person =-.

  36. 36 Jeff

    So many cool things about that diary post.
    - the single cigarette
    - Evel Knievel
    - Partridge Family and all 4 songs from Rock Flower
    - Marcia’s dumb book
    - Your obsession with food. Holy crap…
    .-= Jeff´s last blog ..Allow me to paint you a sandwich =-.

  37. 37 natural

    well good gaud, walgreen’s has been around forever, i mean er um..how do you tape record yourself smoking? i never puffed, but i’ve watched and sounds during smoking? no. before? yes. after? no. ‘splain.

    man you loved your food, it reads almost like a food diary. nothing wrong with that.

    this made me laugh, it still holds true sometimes today with friends i spend a lot of time with. i know i get on their nerves and they mine: “All we did was read a dumb book. I think Marcia and I should stop seeing so much of each other.”

    thom mcan. oh my, what a trip down memory lane. what happen to woolworths?

    uh CS? waaay more exciting. should i wait until i get home from work to read it or if i read it at work, will i be seen running from the building trying to get home. i’m scared now.
    .-= natural´s last blog ..Herstory In the Making =-.

  38. 38 natural

    darn, SC! well either way i type it, it’s still S, so does it matter? nope. thank you.
    .-= natural´s last blog ..Herstory In the Making =-.

  39. 39 Margo

    I kept a diary on and off, but could never find them now – probably long gone – I hope (?) I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. The details are great and I found it all strangely riveting. Loves Baby Soft body mist, green jello, Walgreens, being the one who says yes to offered tobacco products – could have been lots of us. And who sang that diary underneath a tree song? Bread?
    .-= Margo´s last blog ..Postcard for a Girl Named Marie =-.

  40. 40 JD

    Jay: Well, they were 45s, after all. And yes, the earrings were IT! I can see them so clearly. But I would’ve given away ALL my earrings AND the earring tree for one smile from Neal/Greg/Gary. Sigh.

    Jen:ann: I don’t know! OMG! I just Googled Gary on FB and HE IS ON THERE AND CUTE! What should I do?????

    Margaret (Nanny Goats): I know, I don’t even really remember going to Walgreen’s THAT much over a period of time. “Gor.” I don’t know. Someone would have to be pretty amazing for me to consider them “gor.”

    DrowseyMonkey: No, yours was WAY more interesting. “Short little entries about nothing”? Yeah. See above, please.

    Unfinished Rambler: Too late. There are already photos. Maybe I’ll just zoom in so close you can’t really tell what it is. And yes, there WAS naked yogurt eating.

    flit: Ohhhh. Fresh Rain. How I loved that! Also the Lemon one and Green Apple. You canNOT find these anymore!

    Janna: I didn’t THINK mine was humorous at the time . . . really! I remember those Certs. They were fruit-flavored and not at all refreshingly minty. More like candy. Hence, the “thing.”

    Jeff: The food part was out of control. And I know you’re a guy and all, so you probably don’t remember Rock Flowers. They were sort of smaller Barbies with a hole thru their feet and legs and . . . beyond, so you could could stick them onto a record turntable and watch them spin around. And those four songs were the 45s by the original bands!

    natural: Yeees, Walgreen’s has been around a while, hasn’t it (side eye). I think all we did on the tape was cough and giggle and go, “Oooh, I’m smoking.” Dang, I wish I still had that tape. Sex Casino. I don’t think it’ll scare you. Haven’t decided yet how much to share. And yes, there are photos.

    Margo: Yes, Bread! Good guess. And, boy did THAT song just pop into my head. Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed my puerile ramblings. I think all girls of a certain age remember Love’s Baby Soft with nostalgia.

  41. 41 Maureen

    Ahahahaha! I had Snoopy earrings and Love’s Baby Soft too! I think my favorite thing was that you “made” ice water for supper! HAR! You were hilarious back then without even knowing it. Your diary entries are far more interesting than mine. When I remembered I had a diary and would actually write in it!

  42. 42 David

    Oh, this was priceless. I particularly enjoyed your purchase of “a thing of Certs.” Everyone knows that Certs come only in things. As do Life Savers.
    .-= David´s last blog ..In Which I Am Very Boring, Plus I Think I May Be Dying But That Doesn’t Alarm Me Enough to Actually Do Anything About It =-.

  43. 43 dcr

    I had a diary too, in the early eighties, I think. I don’t know that I want to go back and read the entries. I know I wrote some of them in code, and I don’t know if it’d be worth the effort to decode them. Geez, I wonder if I remember the code? Did I keep the key in the diary? That wouldn’t make sense. But, if I didn’t keep the key in the diary, I’d have absolutely no idea where that key might be now.

    I think I started a separate journal in the late eighties. I think I did one entry before I quit. I don’t think I want to go back and read that one either.

    Oh, I did find over the weekend a novel-in-progress that I started around the early 90′s or so. I knew about it, but didn’t remember that I had actually written anything for it.
    .-= dcr´s last blog ..Shine Sweet Freedom =-.

  44. 44 Ilana

    JD, you’re awesome. So I nominated you for the Kreativ Blogger Award! Now there’s something to write in your diary.
    .-= Ilana´s last blog ..I’m an Absolute Scream =-.

  45. 45 kathcom

    Your life was really interesting. I’d love to hear the tape recording of you smoking and see the charade clues for A Case of Rape. My best friend wore Love’s Baby Soft. I need to give her a call.
    .-= kathcom´s last blog ..9/11 Jokes: Forever Too Soon? =-.

  46. 46 Will

    I am clueless about much of that. After having to click the first three links to see what you were writing about, I realized I was hopeless. I must have led a sheltered life!

    But with the great way that you write, I think pretty much anything that comes to your mind will be a good post.
    .-= Will´s last blog ..This Recession Will Be Over When… =-.

  47. 47 JD

    Maureen: I rarely actually wrote in my diary either. There weren’t too many other entries besides the ones I included above. Yes, the ice water was an incredibly important component. It went perfectly with the pear salad.

    David: Right. “A thing.” Because I was too dumb to call it a “package” or “tube”? I dunno.

    dcr: The theme of this comment is: Go back and read your diary/journal/novel! I love the idea of code. That would make a great post: Decoding the Diary Entry. I bet it’ll be much more entertaining than you remember.

    Ilana: OMG! Thank you! I’m off to check it out . . .

    kathcom: Aw. I’m glad my reference to Love’s Baby Soft reminded you of your friend. I hope “A Case of Rape” doesn’t remind anyone of anything. It was pretty heady stuff for a made-for-TV movie.

    Will: You’re so nice! And I think you’re perfectly normal NOT to be familiar with any of this stuff, as it was mostly adolescent girlie stuff.


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