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Tue, Jul. 19th, 2005, 01:47 am
ilostmynamesake: One year later...

So, seeing as it's the one year anniversary of that last good-bye we remember so painfully well, I thought I'd do something nice on here.

Leave a comment.
Put a memory of GHA.
Then one from after GHA that made you wish you were back there.
Then write how you think your life would be now if you hadn't gone.
Finally, two reunion ideas: One for the near future, like before we go to college next month, and one for the distant future, like ten years from now.

Thanks for the memories. They've lasted a year so far, and I know there's more to come.

Tue, Jul. 19th, 2005 06:01 am (UTC)

The spinning contest under the trees that one night.

The reunion by the river about a week later.

I'd still be with my ex-girlfriend. She might be trying to make me go to Mountain State. I wouldn't though, however, I might not even have applied to so many out of state schools if GHA hadn't given me a taste of a larger world. Meanwhile, my band would've gotten tired of playing standard emo cover songs and would've broken up, having never won the talent show or recorded an album. I wouldn't know real love, or how it feels to lose love, both experiences of which I'm grateful for. I wouldn't have met Amanda, which I something I wouldn't trade for anything.

A campout/picnic type thing. Somewhere where there are trees to climb and we can see the stars. Not to mention an open place for a spinning contest.

Sometime in the summer, everyone take a couple days off work, bring your families if you have them by then, get a room in Huntington, and we'll all spend two or three days reliving a microcosm of the whole thing.

Tue, Jul. 19th, 2005 04:28 pm (UTC)

Spinning/climbing trees/laying out under the storm clouds

The 2 1/2 hour drive home from the Braxton Reunion.

My senior year might have been a bit better, but only because I wouldn't have had GHA to compare it to. I wouldn't be very open with people, much like I was when GHA first started. I wouldn't know any of you, which, knowing what I know now, would've been a huge loss for me. The academic meets would've felt a bit lonely, since I wouldn't know the members of so many other teams (State Meet was awesome).

We do need a reunion. How about wreaking very mild havoc on some city like Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg... You know, just wandering through the town doing stupid stuff. Though the picnic/campout would be good if we could figure out a place for it.

Huntington sounds good, and since it'll be summer, we can visit the campus (without seeming creepy) and try to relive certain parts of the experience.

Tue, Jul. 19th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)

Dancing for NINE HOURS STRAIGHT. Dirty rap's never seen nothin' like this before. :D
Going to the beach with two of the hottest girls ALIVE.
Without GHA, I probably would have let myself settle in a relationship that was half-fulfilled, not really understanding that I deserved more, that there were people out there who truly loved me and would immediately and unconditionally.
A while ago we discussed camping out on Allie Butler's land one night- campfires and everything. Everything's just gotten so busy now, though.
Anything. Anywhere, Anytime, Anyplace.

Wed, Jul. 20th, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)

Let's see, a memory from GHA... well, pick one. The one that first comes to mind is my and Senior Dailey's conversation about cockroaches... not sure how many people know about that, though...

After GHA, I'd say the first day of school, when Julie told me to shut up before I got through the second line of the Russian song I learned there. Anyone at GHA would have joined in.

My life would be entirely different. I'd probably still want to just be an editor with some publishing house instead of having the semblance of confidence to go for the State Dept.

Near future reunion? I dunno, how about we ransack Buskirk Hall?

10 Year reunion... We'd definitely have to have it at Marshall somehow... make it a whole weekend, with a formal banquet involved... and there has to be a dance. :)

I heart you all!!!!!!


Wed, Jul. 20th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
allstar05: Sweet Memories

Climbing up into the trees with senior Yurick and Mitch then climbing back down and spinning till I was almost unconcious with Dina...then the long talks that Steve and I always had on our outings, somehow they always made sense. Oh, and trying to convince Jenny that we were the smallest standing forms in the field therefore we weren't going to get hit first. The DCI Tri-State festival where I thought I was going to pee my pants because I was so so happy....I could go on forever.

When I went to yearbook camp in Gettysburg and was totally and utterly alone in my dorm room and at the camp for six days. I missed Kristin and everyone so much. After I returned home to find that my friends weren't the same, my boyfriend wasn't either and things weren't as I had left them when I left a month before. It made me long for the stability of 'true to themselves' people with interesting ideas and stories..and mostly it made me long for the feeling of firmilarity and belonging that I had never had in my life and to this day can't truly find.

My life wouldn't be totally different but I can say that through GHA I learned that everyone won't always except you for who you are but those who do are precious. I would've never broken up with my boyfriend and would've taken the initative to get into another relationship only to have it faulter. Yet, through GHA I learned to take risks, challenge who I am and who those are around me to somehow create that sense of stability because I know now that the friends I have and the person I am are who they want to be and who I want to be regardless of anyone's disliking. The relationship I have now with the said boyfriend has been through so much and yet it's survived. I proved that I'm not my own worst enemy and neither is the world.

In the near future we should go white water rafting at the new river or have a pic nic there or something of that nature...ya know make a whole day of it.

In ten years we should meet on the lawn of Buskirk and host a field day/mini-classes day where we and our families bring photos and share memories of the experience and we have line dancing and taka drums as well as the crazy russian producer from the play...yes all of that in one day.

I Love You All!! and you too Sarah!!! (threw that in there coz you said you loved me =D )

Wed, Jul. 20th, 2005 06:28 am (UTC)
keltrim05: oh how time goes by...

After seeing this post, it has encouraged me to dedicate an entire post to GHA, which will probably happen tomorrow night. But for now, I will respond to your request, Nick, since I'm sitting in Tiffany Campbell's family room eating pizza rolls and watching the Home Shopping Network/MTV. =)

There are so many memories...ahhh...so many...must I pick just one?
The last day of GHA, everyone was exhausted from sleep deprivation from the night beofre. To top it all off, I was extremely emotional. It just wasn't fair. Why did it have to end? It didn't. That's what was good. But I remember packing my final items in my suitcase and walking up to Tiffany Campbell's room to say "goodbye." I cried. In fact, I sobbed. And she just said, "Kelly, just remember anytime you need someone, I'll be here." It was so amazing to know that I had finally made friends that understood me.

Again...too many things make me wish I was back at GHA. The beach trip with the two Allisons was absolutely fabulous, because we spent most of the time recalling EVERY wonderful moment from GHA.

To put it mildly, my life would be a disaster if I hadn't gone to GHA. I would have never received a random phone call from Tiffany Campbell in the middle of April to set me up on a blind date with Josh for his prom. WOW. That situation turned out perfectly. :oD

Before college, I'm up for the whole camping thing...wherever everyone wants to go. The ten year reunion should be the invasion of Buskirk, assuming it's still standing. :o)

Wed, Jul. 20th, 2005 07:15 am (UTC)
(Anonymous): Posted by Tiffany Campbell

A post about GHA is wonderful although I'm sure all of us could write a book about it. There should definitely be another reunion before we all start leaving for college.

I'm not sure if I can pick out one single memory from GHA. There are simply too many wonderful ones to choose from..... OK. Now that I've sat here for the past 15 minutes trying to describe different favorite memories from GHA to Kelly, I think I'll just rock, paper, and scissors it with her. Well it was between the GHA mornings and the GHA evenings and somehow torturing John Estep in the van won. Everyday our broadbase class risked our lives in order to get to the art museum while riding in the van with Mr. Estep. I don't believe the streets of Huntington have ever seen such a driver, and our class was sure to let him know about it. However, our complaints weren't without reason. He went up on sidewalks, side swiped vehicles, and I swear there were times when we were on two wheels around those curves. Tonya, Anna, Alex, and I might have been the worst ones of yelling out the random insults on his driving. "Hey John, that light was red....it's too hot back here John....ever been called Johnny....late again Mr. Estep....streets are for vehicles, sidewalks for people, and you get them confused....car, Car, CAr, CARRR, you nearly were guilty of vehicular manslaughter there John....you have bad taste in music John....been drinking John?....I think we're lost....do insurance companies even cover you?" We would berate him the entire ride there and back while we rounded the recommended 25mph curves at speeds of 60 at least while riding in the very back in a crammed van that felt like 100 degrees. But, it was absolutely hilarious. There was an understanding that it was all done in good fun; I can't remember a vehicle ride that has compared to any of those.

I was one of the last to leave the Marshall campus, and after most of the GHAers had gone, I began to miss it. Although I was still at that place, it wasn't GHA. While I was watching the vehicles drive off and waving to the people in them, I was just in tears because I hated saying goodbye and knowing it was really over.

Ok, now that I've written a page on that one memory, I'll make sure to briefly summarize the next. In a word, my life without GHA would've been terrible. I couldn't imagine missing out on the memories, friendships, and experiences I've had thanks to GHA. I mean, I'm sitting beside Kelly Trimble right now. I really found the place where I belonged amongst everyone there.

I say we head to Allison Butler's farm for a camp out and bonfire. She's already offered to hold a reunion there. Honestly, it doesn't matter where it is because if there's GHA people there, I'd love to come.

Well, we'll be 28 and by then, one, if not more of us, will be a millionaire with a huge place. Therefore, it will be that person's duty to host a GHA reunion at their place. Either that, or in ten years we need to collectively fund an actual GHA School and can celebrate the opening with a reunion.

Wed, Jul. 20th, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
lil_lex: Just a simple sigh...

Oh My goodness, where to start...

Well, i guess a memory from GHA would be Jon Burns and Yuri in the Broadway Broadbase dressed in nothing but leopard skin towels doing ballet leaps across the floor. haha, oh gosh, so funny. and big hugs from Ben Johnson! or during the early morning of the last day, Cara, Daphne and I all running around wtih cheap little watter guns squirting the poor sleepy little guys like Wakim, Ben, Boone, Chase....fun stuff.

A memory since then.....being in the PSHS parking lot and hear John Pino's voice from behind me going "Alexia Fernandez"....it's amazing how excited one can get by the simple voice from a cherished memory. Oh! Or, at the Marshall Band Competition, after the Pom squad winning our award, hearing Allison Broadwater Scream my name up in the stands! (I love you!) great times.

It's so hard to say how I would be different when it's even harder to think of my unawakened spirit before GHA. Well, for one thing, I wouldn't know my roommate at WVU haha. I would still be trying to please everyone. Like Mitch, I might have had a better senior year, but that doesn't matter. My experiences at GHA have cultured and given me a change that is so precious i wouldn't change it for anything. I miss it desperately.

Shane Dragan once offered his boat at one of the lake's...I can't remember, but he left Daph and I to organize, but if you guys wanna do it, let me know and it's done!

I agree with Tiffany, most of us should either be filthy stinkin rich, or on our way. ;) Let's rent out a couple of hundred rooms at the Greenbrier. lol, and of course a big elegant night of dancing in one of the ballrooms.