new york state of high school

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

in prepping for my trip to new york next week i started to recall a trip to NYC that i took when i was a senior in high school.

as a preface to this story i have a confession: i was in choir and drama club in high school. i also sang the national anthem at center court before home varsity basketball games, but that's another blog.

this affiliation with choir and drama club had a couple of perks but hands down the best one was the yearly bus trip to new york city. we would check out two broadway shows, shop, and see the major tourist sites.

but at the tender age of 17 i knew that i only needed to ride the ferry to see the statue of liberty once in my lifetime, and that happened when i was 16. so when the time came during the school trip for the statue of liberty boat ride i had devised my own plans for me and a couple of my friends.

we were going to go to soho and shop.

we had almost four hours from when the bus dropped us off to when we had to meet back at the bus, meaning i had plenty of time to sneak out. lucky for us though there was so many students they wouldn't miss me.
looking back i don't know how they trusted us, i sure wouldn't have.

so me and two of my friends hopped in a cab and headed as far away from where we were supposed to be as possible. becoming officially AWOL from our school trip.

we found ourselves somewhere in soho among ridiculously expensive art galleries. think back i know the shop owners had to be like how the hell did these unsupervised teenage tourists from ohio find their way here?

at one point we were even dumb enough to try to get served a beer. after that failure i bought a bracelet instead. i can only imagine what fools we looked like trying to look at expensive art and buy a beer. but in our eyes we were the coolest kids around - we were drama club rebels. (which is an oxymoron in itself)

after all the rebel action time was starting to tick, we needed to get back to the group but we couldn't find a cab. i literally started to sweat thinking of how i was going to get kicked out of high school a month before graduation if i didn't get back to that bus.

thankfully we got a cab in time and promptly got dropped off near the bus but out of sight from our chaperones. we had made it! our rendezvous was a success, we had a real life nyc story to tell to our friends back in ohio - they were going to be so jealous.

and they were!

until monday morning back at school when my partners in crime and i were called into the principals office.

busted.

here's to hoping this upcoming nyc trip doesn't land me in the principal's office again, unless i've been really naughty. rawr.

33 comments:

  1. You're so lucky! I never got to go to NY in high school. And even if I had, I was too much of a goody good to ever sneak off. That's an awesome story!

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  2. school trips always turn out crazy like that haha sounds like you guys had a good time :) you know, besides the whole principle's office...

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  3. I went to NYC on an FBLA trip...

    While I didn't do too much stuff that was horribly bad, we did get pretty roudy on the bus ride home.

    Bleh.

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  4. Sounds like an awesome trip. I love sneaking out, this reminds me of debaucheries with my cousins when our dads were in golf tournament in Palm Springs and left us in LA to have fun and not get bored. We kicked it up a notch by catching a bus to Cancun :P

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  5. straying from the group is the biggest adrenaline rush! great story :)

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  6. I demand you record the national anthem and post it asap.

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  7. Oh busted! I have some similay high school orchestra stories... I was in the orchestra, but we called it the dorkestra.

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  8. This is too funny! I'm glad you were still able to graduate. When I was a senior in high school the math club (which I WASN'T a member of) got suspended for doing drugs after school. How's that for irony?

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  9. I don't care how naughty you get, what could you possibly do that would get you retroactively called to the principal's office?

    Unless maybe you vandalize the school mascot.

    Don't do that.

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  10. best NYC story EVER. i was a drama/music geek in high school and i'm pretty sure i ditched the group on my fair share of field trips too, except ours were to cool places like GEORGIA. (really, who goes to georgia on a class trip? we had to bear the humiliation of singing in a competition at six flags. ha!)

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  11. if that were me, id probably be kidnapped and working as a sex slave in columbia. I am so not well traveled, I had my first cab ride in columbus 2 years ago with a group of friends, and i was still nervous.

    trapsing around the big apple like that, in high school...thats impressive!

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  12. I was a drama kid too -- except that whenever something went wrong we were some of the first ones suspected.

    The mind boggles at how much we actually got away with.

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  13. Am I the only one that wants to hear you sing the national anthem now? Please! please!

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  14. oh you rebel you!

    i never went on any school trips mainly because i lived in saudi and it's basically mostly desert. not much to see there.

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  15. You're coming to New York!? Email me if you have time to do lunch :)

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  16. Chris is totally going to rat you out.

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  17. as i'm reading, i'm all NO SHE DID NOT GET AWAY WITH THIS. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT REALLY GET AWAY WITH THESE THINGS?
    because, clearly, i'm not one of them, and i figure it only happens in the movies - being all sneaky without getting busted.
    then the principal's office happened, and you confirmed my theory.
    whew, close call.

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  18. Are you kidding me? The only cool field trip we ever got to go on in HS was on a freaking whale watch. And that was only cool because there were lots of places to make out, I mean hide, on the boat.

    Have fun, love!

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  19. Oooh, I was totally a band geek in high school. Don't feel bad, I was talking about band camp last night before bed...yay for nerds!

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  20. you bought a bracelet?!?!

    REBELS!

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  21. when i was in highschool in NJ, they'd have a sign up sheet every other week for a show, and the first 10 or 15 people to sign up would pile into a van on saturday afternoon and be ferried into the city for the play. HOWEVER, they'd drop us off at the theater around 6, give us our tickets, and tell us to find dinner and be back for the play to start at 8 or 9. they'd SEND HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS OUT UNACCOMPANIED to forage for their own dinner in manhattan. at the time, we thought it was totally awesome, but looking back, it seems INSANE.

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  22. i was a drama clubber too in high school! hells yeah!

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  23. Will you sing while Wrigley howls?

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  24. NYC is full of naughty. I've never been without getting in trouble...or covered in unexplainable bruises.

    Good luck!

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  25. You need to do a Vlog with you singing!!

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  26. Wow, you were so much cooler as a high school student than I was. Not only was I in band, but I never would have had the guts to break any rules!

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  27. oh how i love nyc. such a fun place. just think, at least now that you're going you don't have to check in with chaperones, haha.

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  28. Sounds like fun. I love NYC. So what was the punishment and how was your cover blown?

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  29. Saying you were in choir is a badge of honor. I was the TREASURER of our high school chorus. Beat that.

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  30. High School You sounds awesome. High School Me would have been way to worried about getting caught.

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