Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

March 2, 2007

"I'm an Upstart!"

Val wanted to see some pics of me when I was really into punk rock. The date on the back of these photos is Oct. 14, 1981. I was a senior in High School, and age 16. My b-day was not for another month. As you can see, I was "juggylicious", yet I still had no boyfriends!! Why my family harangued me about my weight I'll never understand because I look back on these pictures and I was not fat. Mom never could take a picture w/o cutting off the top of someone's head.

Here I am with the full-on "cat eye" makeup, including bright purple eye shadow. And my beloved army jacket which I think my mother tossed out after removing the pins and patches.I did an incredibly stupid & immature thing. In Feb. 1982, I started going out with a punk rock dude from the next town over; he too was a senior in high school. We were really tight for those first six months; we fell in love right away, and he'd even asked me to marry him about 2 months into our relationship. Then I went off to college in Maine in August, 1982, and our relationship completely fell apart. He dumped me in Feb. 1983. I was so heartbroken that I destroyed every single photograph of us, him, our friends, etc. I even destroyed the negatives. I wanted no reminders of my time with him. So my photo albums have a huge gap, from late 1981 to the fall of 1982 at St. Joe's. These 3 photos are all that survived of my punk days.

13 comments:

  1. Anonymous8:22 PM

    julie...

    you are so cute in these pictures. I wish we knew eachother back then so that we could have shared the punk lifestyle.

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  2. No kidding!!! It would have been such a blast!!

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  3. aww, i've done that too. but i can't say i regret it. different circumstances i guess. very cute pics though:) i just came across some some me in the early nineties, HUGE hair!!

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  4. Lizzzard10:18 AM

    Hey Jojo, thanks for the walk down memory lane! I still have my buttons- minus a couple I gave to a newer punk! ( No not Kathleen!)

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  5. Mine are in a cigar box in storage above the garage! I just don't have any room for them in the house, although some of my faves are on a cork board.

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  6. you looked amazing.... and so beautiful and not at all fat... what on earth was mummy talking about.

    I destroyed all my wedding photographs the day I came home from receiving my Jewish divorce... but I also have a cigar box with even older memories before HWIHTO came on the scene.

    lotsa luv ann xxxxx

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  7. Ok, to day you look lovely would cefeat the purpose of your being a punk, but you were pretty and had a good figure. You were a little rebel!

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  8. You look GREAT!!!!

    J was into punk I believe,although he has no photographic evidence,just a load of old vinyl's.Have to confess it passed me by completely

    Eliza xxxxx

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  9. you look hot girl!

    ah, the 80's

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  10. DNGRKITTY6:48 PM

    You're a Tonic for the Troops! Wicked cute.

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  11. Anonymous8:33 AM

    wow you look so awesome ....wish i knew you back then ...

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  12. You look Incredible!! I tried to be a punk...(As much as you can be a punk at the University of Nebraska!) I had a buzz cut and triple pierced my left ear!

    A friend later told me that a triple pierced left ear meant I was gay?? Is that true?? See, I'm still clueless!

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  13. Tess - they were pulling your leg. There really is no "straight" or "gay" to the ear piercing thing.

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