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Today in My History

2001:  Nose to the Grindstone
To Me from Me
Oh Those Wacky Australians
Comfort Food
Give the Little Lady Her Cathedral

2006:  And So It Begins
2007 Zombie State
2008:  The River Lethe

Gem of the Ocean

Books Read in 2008
Updated: 12/28
"The Black Echo" 

Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
(created 2/12/09)


Berkeley Hills from Bev Sykes on Vimeo.

and on You Tube

Look at these videos!
Balls in San Francisco
Paint in Glasgow
Player Hater (Ned is so talented!)
Farewell to Great Moments in Presidential Speeches
Party Crashers
Mom & Baby Elephant play in the water

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A Very Small Sample of

Peggy's Africa Photos

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Airy Persiflage

Bev's 65 x 365



12 February 2009

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This was a meme that was floating around Facebook, and that I did there, but I haven't done it here, so I thought I would give it a go (this version is more detailed). 

The photo at the left is me at age 16-1/2, in my Sophomore year, I believe.  (My senior photo, in cap and gown, was just stupid!)

Our uniforms were the white blouse, a green jacket and a green and white plaid pleated skirt.

Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!!  (well, I don't know about that...)


1. Did you date someone from your school?

That certainly would have raised lots of eyebrows--I went to an all girls school!

2. Did you marry someone from your high school?

See question #1

3. Did you car pool to school?

Nope--I commuted by cable car! (and the fare was only 15 cents).  Actually I took the Hyde St. cable car down to Geary Street and transferred to the 38 Geary bus, which took me up the hill to school.  For anyone who has been in San Francisco, the school was where the Catholic cathedral (St. Mary's) is now.  Geary St. was only 2 lanes wide and the houses around it (which are now expensive high rise condo buildings) was part of a slum.

4. What kind of car did you have?

Car? Me? Surely you jest. I have never had my own car.  I drove the family's car, when I needed to (it was a Chevy)

5. What kind of car do you have now?

We have a champagne colored Honda Accord (only one car; we share it)

6. It is Friday night...where are you NOW?

It's actually Wednesday night, but I am at home (if it were Friday night I'd be reviewing a play)

7. It is Friday night...where were you then?

God only knows. That was 50 years ago.  Sometimes there was a party, but since we were scattered all over San Francisco, there really was no "getting together" regularly on any night of the week.  If we got together to hang out, that was more likely to take place during the day on the weekend.

8. What kind of job did you have in high school?

Just babysitting.

9. What kind of job do you do now? For pay?

Theatre critic, very part time and not exactly lucrative.

10. Were you a party animal?

Definitely not--and I'm not now either.

11. Were you considered a flirt?

Nope. I'm the perennial wall flower

12. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir? I always sang in the choir, in high school and later when I was at Cal...and after that in church choirs. 

13. Were you a nerd? Nah.

14. Did you get suspended or expelled? No.  I was a good girl.

15. Can you sing the fight song? I don't remember a fight song. I remember a school song though. "For the school that we love we'll sing the praises, long and loud to all / united firm in pleasing words, which can no breaking know...." (It was a very sappy song!).  I actually think there was a fight song and if someone starts me, I'm sure I could sing it--seems to me it was stolen from some well known college song.

16. Who was/were your favorite teacher(s)?

Sister Anne, my typing teacher. We remained friends from high school until she died about 12 years ago. Our daughter was named after her (Jerilyn Anne).

17. Where did you sit during lunch?

I don't remember. Probably in the cafeteria.

18. What was your school's full name?

St. Vincent High School.  After the big Cathedral on Van Ness Avenue burned down, they tore down our school, built the new cathedral monstrosity that has often been described as the agitator of a washing machine and built a new school to replace St. Vincent's.  It merged with Sacred Heart (the boys' school two blocks away) and is now called "Cathedral High School."  Oddly enough Ashley is a graduate of Cathedral High School, and her sisters go there now.

19. When did you graduate? 1960

20. What was your school mascot? I don't think we had one.

21. If you could go back and do it again, would you?

Probably. I loved high school--but I wouldn't want to have to go through all the "growing up" years from age 18 to 65 again..

22. Did you have fun at Prom? Jr/Sr Banquet

I had fun at my junior prom, but my boyfriend entered the seminary between my junior and senior years and I went to the senior prom (they called it the senior ball) with a neighbor and hated it.  (I don't recall any Junior or Senior Banquet)

23. Do you still talk to the person you went to Prom with?

No, but we exchange Christmas cards.  (I don't remember ever seeing my Senior Ball date after the dance was over!)

24. Are you planning on going to your next reunion?

The next will be the 50th, next year. We had the worst spirited class in the school history and I don't know that anybody would even come.

25. Do you still talk to people from school?

Talk, no. But I exchange cards (and occasional e-mails) with three other people--there were only 60 in my graduating class.

26. School Colors?

Blue and White

27. What celebrities came from your high school?

To my knowledge, none.

28. Did you play a sport?

Nope. I was in every other activity possible, not not sports.

29. What was your favorite club?

Yearbook (I was the editor for 3 yrs--the sophomore editor, the junior editor and the Editor in Chief my senior year)

30. What class or teacher did you fear?

I was afraid of Sister Zoe (Senior homeroom) until she came to my defense in a very special way. Then I realized she was all bluster, but a real softie.  There were teachers that I didn't like very much and I hated all of my math and science classes, but Sister Zoe was the only teacher I came close to actually being afraid of.


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Sophomore, Junior and Senior yearbook entries
with our moderator, Sister Mary William

(I was the sophomore editor)



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