Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Oh! Those High School Dances!

First off... I am at Mark Koopman's today, sporting it interview style! So hop over and check it out!

Now, let me thank Emily and Kelley for coming up with this! Such a fun idea! Seriously... so clever. Emily is the girl who did NOT love this stuff in high school, while Kelly DID love it! I'm going to have to join Team Kelley in saying that I loved high school and LOVED the dances. So.Much.FUN!

So... here are a few pictures along with my questionably funny story!
I'll leave the boys' names out of these since I didn't end up marrying any of them.
BUT... this was one of my favorite dances. We went with the coolest guys ever --- they were so much fun. Paint balling? I think so!
Funny about this pic... besides the fact that we both look stoned, my corsage is HUGE!
Everyone liked to tease me that it looked like part of the flower arrangement.

GUESS WHO?
 Yep. That's me! Figured I needed to share the Marilyn Monroe/Gwen Stephani/ Drew Barrymore look so you could all make fun of me! WOW! You shouldn't have trouble spotting me in the group pic below. (Fun-fact: I gave this dress to my cousin to use for her wedding!)
Pic below is of Cottilion. This was my favorite dress EVER! I still have it! You can't really tell, but it has the whole Mortitia thing going on. (notice my lovely "me" tag on my knee.) Yes- it's that cool! This dance was a blast. I seriously wish I still had a reason to get dressed up like this! And yes... that is the same guy in all 3 of the last pics. He's in pretty much all of them, so you're not seeing things.

Now for the FUNNY STORY...
at least I think it's funny now.
I promise you don't want to miss it.

I don't have a picture to share of this one, but that's probably good. He's not either of the guys in these pictures.

The first dance I went to, I was a sophmore. Now, I was at a new school where I didn't know anyone and I wasn't 16 yet, so I wasn't technically supposed to date. (Yes, this is a Mormon thing.) But... it was really close to my birthday and it was girls choice.

SO... I had a HUGE, MASSIVE crush on my older brothers friend. Lets call him Moe!
And even though Moe had a girlfriend, he was 19 years old and he was more than willing to take his buddy's little sophmore sister to the dance. *fans self with excitement*

We went! Had so much fun! Took a picture where I was giving him a piggy back. This was a large feat cause he was a huge football player. 

HERE'S WHERE IT GETS GOOD...
He's taking me home. We're going a weird route, but I'm too excited and nervous to care.
*yes. I'm giggling already.*
He starts talking to me about his girlfriend, and how he's worried that she is cheating on him. This makes me sad. How could she? Does she not see how awesome he is?

Then he confesses. "I just drove by the guys house and her car was there." Yes, it's somewhere around midnight.

Uh-oh.

So, being the awesome date that I am, I agree to drive by again to make sure.  

The car has just pulled out of the drive way so we follow it.   Oh yes. We're following the car now. We follow it up a main road, in a pretty big city, next to the JB's restaurant where all the cops eat.

The light turns red and we stop next to the other car.

Moe is out of our car before he can put it in park. (Remember, I'm not 16 yet, so I'm trying unsuccessfully to put the thing into park.) In the meantime Moe, has ripped the car door open on the other car and is beating the living heck out of the guy in there. Yes, this is the alleged cheater-man.

I finally get the car in park. Dive across the seat out the other window, grab Moe's arms and pull him back. (I don't know how I did this... remember Moe is HUGE football guy with lots of muscle.) His girlfriend and another girl are screaming at him, but thanks to adrenaline (only explanation) I have managed to pull him away. Yes, there was an excessive amount of blood covering cheater-boy. LOTS. OF. BLOOD.

Two second later a million cop cars pull up, several of them shouting, "Put your hands on the car!"

YES, I put my hands on the car too. They didn't care about me. They hand-cuffed him.

His girlfriend had to calm me down. No, I wasn't crying about the violence, I was crying because Moe was being arrested and I was worried. I felt so bad for him. 

His girlfriend  had her friend drive her car with cheater-boy. Probably had to go bandage him up. Then SHE, yes, the girlfriend... had to drive me home, while offering explanations about Moe being jealous and this guy was just a friend. Awkward, yes... but she knew me and knew I loved Moe. Also knew it was a little girl crush. Just take a minute to picture this awesome moment. Ahhh - the memories!

Best part was waking up my parents to tell them I was home and bawling cause Moe was in jail! My dad rushed to bail him out but his girlfriend was already there and took care of it.

Answers... NO- I wasn't mad a bit. I just felt bad for him. Now I laugh so hard at this story. OH. MY. HILARIOUS!
And YES - he felt TERRIBLE! Poor guy went and bought me a stuffed animal (Simba - from Lion King) and apologized to me and my parents over and over. None of us cared. We all still love him to this day!

Alright... if you can beat that story - I have GOT to hear it! Chasing dates girlfriend down, beating the hell out of anonymous jerk, ready to be arrested. Date getting arrested and his girlfriend driving you home so your dad can go bail date out of jail. Yeah - that will never be forgotten!

Spill the beans on your best or worst or funniest date story!

And check out everyone's posts for the hop!
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2. Kelley Lynn  19. Cortney Pearson  
3. Elizabeth Seckman  20. Writing Through College  
4. ilima todd  21. Jaycee DeLorenzo  
5. Jaye Robin Brown  22. Carrie Butler  
6. Cassie Mae  23. Danielle@EntertainingInterests  
7. Suzi  24. Lara Schiffbauer  
8. Angie Cothran  25. Victoria @ Twenty Something Fiction Writer  
9. Ruth Josse  26. Stacy S. Jensen  
10. Theresa Paolo  27. The Submission Process  
11. Writing With Hope  28. Brinda Berry Blogs  
12. Queendsheena  29. Amy Sonnichsen  
13. Leigh Covington  30. Ink Spot Plot  
14. Shelly Brown  31. Trisha @ WORD+STUFF  
15. Kate Coursey - Weaving Colors  32. tara tyler  
16. Writings, Workouts, and Were-Jaguars  33. Charity Bradford  
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64 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

I think this story would make an awesome movie! :D

Your photos are great, though I am still chuckling over the blonde photo! ;)

twentysomethingfictionwriter said...

Haha! That was great =D Holy cow did you have an eventful night and you looked like a pretty princess in your white Marilyn dress!

Joanna said...

No way can I beat this hilarious story. Flip you had met in stitches. this is a 'no way' kind of story and I can't believe how cool your parents were about the whole deal. Loved the pics!

Mark Koopmans said...

You had me in bits BEFORE I even started reading :)

PS... you are *SO* lucky your guest interview at my blog (today:) posted before I saw this...

I would soooo have pinched a pic or two :)

Happy memories - thanks for sharing :)

S.P. Bowers said...

Wow, that's quite the date. I don't know if I can beat it but here goes, My date was pulled over by my uncle once for speeding (my uncle was a cop) Or there was the blind date where they pretended to dig up one of the fellows grandparents (really it was flowers and marshmallows for roasting but some of the other girls were freaked out) Then there was the date who thought I was the other girl with my exact name on campus. I'm so glad I don't have to date anymore.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's what happens when a guy gets mad - our brains shut down. Gave you an interesting and memorable story though!

Suze said...

You made a drive-by on a date? Life is indeed stranger than fiction -- people can't make this stuff up. Great story!

(Second pic is priceless.)

Kathryn Elliott said...

Cannot stop laughing! Can you get a copy of the mug shot? Might be nice to slip it in alongside the dance pictures in a scrap book? Made my day – thanks for the morning chuckle-fest!

Suzi said...

Wow. Can't beat that. Such a nice guy for taking you to prom, just a wee bitty temper though.

I think you told this story to distract us from the Marilyn Monroe picture, cause I totally forgot until I scrolled back up to see the photo. :)

Dana said...

Wow. That's quite the story. Nothing I have even comes close. :)

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Too funny! That story would make an awesome teen movie. If only Drew Barrymore was just a little younger... :)

Trisha said...

Hhahaa, oh what a great story! Thank you for sharing :) I can't really beat it as I didn't have anything fun like that (not fun at the time, of course :P) happen to ME at a dance.

Tyrean Martinson said...

That is a totally unforgettable story! Wow! His girlfriend comforted you . . .and understood. That's amazing and sweet.

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

I LOVE your Gwen Steffani/Drew Barrymore hair. It's awesome!

I loved high school too. I cried at graduation because it was over. CRIED. I'm such a dork.

What? You didn't jump out and get a picture of your bloody date in cuffs? That was the picture I was here to see ;) What a story!!

Randy said...
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Randy said...

Quite a story.

J. A. Bennett said...

That is too funny! I probably would have reacted the same way at 15, but if that happened to me now I totally would have been mortified. who did that guy think he was? Anyway I love the pic of the white dress, so pretty!

(BTW, I just noticed I wasn't following you. What's wrong with me???)

ilima said...

Wow. What a story!

Jaycee DeLorenzo said...

That's quite an evening, to be sure! :D I've got a funny one too, if you wanna check it out.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Wow. What a traumatizing/exciting evening. I can't tell which word fits more. I like you as a blond. But I'm partial to blond people in general. That's just me. I know I'm weird.

Becky said...

AMAZING story! Nope, nothing I did even compares to that!

Danielle B. said...

Sexpot! Holy moly you in that white dress is smokin!

Cassie Mae said...

I would have loved to see you jump out of the car and snap a picture.

"Smile!"

Haha!

And how cool of your dad to rush off to bust him out. Mine would've done the 'That's nice' then gone back to bed. :)

Emily R. King said...

I snorted while I was laughing at your pictures. Really, I laughed that hard. And you didn't make too shabby of a blonde!

A dance and a jail story? Wow, girl. This is the high school drama I wanted to hear!

Angela Cothran said...

YOU WIN! That was the funniest story EVER! Prom. Violence. Blood. Cops. It sounds like an episode of 90210! In fact with the blonde hair you do look a little bit like Tori Spelling! Why didn't I notice that before.

Samantha said...

First of all, hair. Ohmygoodnessblonde.

Second, wow. I don't think any story could top that ever.

Your pictures are amazing though! I really really loved the white dress :)

Peggy Eddleman said...

Um, wow. Yeah... I don't think I could top that one! There was so much awesome in this post-- Flower arrangement wrist band, blondie, super-powered Abby... You've got it going on!

Jenny Morris said...

You win the prize my dear. And how cute are you with the blonde hair!!

Joshua said...

I think that beats my story. Junior year homecoming, my date, my best friend, and his date went to dinner. Time for the dance, we went outside...
...
...my car was missing.

Found it 10 minutes later parked behind the restaurant by the dumpster. Apparently my brother, his best friend, and their dates were at the same restaurant.

Charity Bradford said...

Holy cow! I feel like I've lived a very boring life. :)

Kelley Lynn said...

Oh my gosh your date went to JAIL!!! Holy crap, Leigh. Glad it was still fun.

And I do love the Marilyn look, you gorgeous girl you :)

elizabeth seckman said...

Love the Marilyn like Leigh (or Abby). And really enjoyed your interview with Mark.

Mara Rae said...

I love the hair! And the story was awesome. I was getting all giddy with you, thinking maybe he was going to tell you he liked you too! This would have been something that happened to me, if any of my brother's friends had actually been nice enough to go out with me.

Hope Roberson said...

That IS a fantastic story! What a prom!

My husband's work has annual fancy dinners so I get to wear fun dresses and get dolled up every January. Maybe on your next date-night with the hubs you should come out of your room wearing that dress :)

Jessie Humphries said...

You are one beautiful & hilarious girl! I love your guts.

Peaches Ledwidge said...

What a story! Great idea for this high school prom...

And, you look stunning in those photos. It's good that you shared your story.

Rachel said...

WOW, What a story Leigh! (an aside-I had no idea that Mormons couldn't date til 16. Interesting!) And that sounds intense....... the chase, the fight, the blood. LOL about the girlfriend driving everybody home though!

About your Cottilion dress- I have a very very similar one that I wore to my senior prom, and a friend's senior prom and I think since HS I have worn that sparkly dress about 6-9 times. LOVE it. I'm wearing it this summer to family wedding too. :)

Thanks for sharing Leigh (don't forget when you have a chance to stop by my blog)

Theresa said...

Ha! Wow! That is the best dance story I have ever heard. You should totally put it in a book.

Patricia T. said...

What a funny story! Will you share this one with your kids? Wow, did you look like Drew Barrymore!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

That is an unbelievable story. I haven't read another one that can top it yet!

Carrie Butler said...

With material like that, no wonder you become a writer! ;) You looked beautiful in all of your photos.

In fact, I kind of hate you now... ;)

P.S. Congrats on 300!

Jessica L. Foster said...

Wow that was a great story! I can't imagine what I'd do if that happened. Thanks for sharing.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

Hmm. I'm thinking no one can beat that story. Glad you and Moe survived.

inluvwithwords said...

Wow, you're right. That is quite a story! Love that you still have all those pictures. What fun!

Jess Stork said...

Oh man that is one unique story... I don't think I could top it.

Green Monkey said...

Found you on Mark's blog! He's one of my favorites!

Charlie Holmberg said...

OH WOW. I definitely don't have a story to top that! What a great first date! XD I would have been terrified!

Nice pics, btw!

Nicole said...

That's pretty hard to top! ;)

Coleen Patrick said...

Crazy and funny! I can't top that Leigh! Love the photos--so cute!

Kate Coursey said...

Oh no! Haha. I agree with what someone else said above, this could be a movie scene! But your photos are really cute :).

Candylynn Fite said...

Great story. lol! I love the picture of you in the white dress. I was thinking Tori Spelling at first!

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

This is an awesome story!!! Was the girl actually cheating on him and lying?

Lynn(e) Schmidt said...

Oh, and the photos are amazing!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Fantastic story! LOVED the pics! :) And not nearly enough dances in my high school career - I wen to an all girls school! :(

Tara Tyler said...

great story! ha!
better pics! love the blond, you stood out then and now!

i'm erin. said...

Oh my gosh I love your prom pics. They're funny and cute. And I love the white dress. You're hilarious.

Come move down to Pg and be a farmer here.

Leslie said...

Such a funny story! Sounds like something perfect for a Janette Rallison story!!!

But don't listen to Erin. Come to booneyville, WA and farm HERE!

Lisa said...

THAT is a classic!!! What a great memory!!

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Wow, now THAT'S a dance story! Oh my gosh. You seriously lived a YA novel!! :)

Annalisa Crawford said...

Great story! I'm impressed you could give this guy a piggy-back too :-)

Crack You Whip said...

Great pics and story to go with it!

Deniz Bevan said...

That makes for a great story! Glad to hear everyone got out safe :-)

Cortney Pearson said...

This is so hilarious! What a great story! And love the pictures!

Morgan said...

Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!! I'm DYING! Oh Leigh, you're such a babe. A hilarious babe!