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the story of an invisible girl
renniekins
renniekins
Back to School
I was in Target the other day, and as I wandered around trying to figure out where they kept the frames, I walked past the Back To School section.

Back to school. I miss it, and I didn't even really realize it until now. I want a new backpack. I want to shop for new shoes and a warm fall jacket. I want a bunch of spiral notebooks, the kind with the narrow-ruled lines, empty and unwrinkled and full of possibilities. I want a Trapper Keeper, and a package of multi-colored pens.

I want to walk to school through mounds of dry leaves, kicking them with my feet and hearing them crunch. I want to spend hours picking out what I will wear on the first day back. I want to hang out by my new locker and compare schedules with my friends.

...but I'm at work, I didn't have the summer off, and there's nothing new to come back to this fall. I thought about walking into the section when I saw it there in Target, just to admire the shiny new school supplies. But it was full of children and parents, rummaging through everything. So I just kept on walking.
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bighoward From: bighoward Date: September 5th, 2003 12:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Come to my house about midnight. I'll teach you everything you need to know. Howard
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 5th, 2003 12:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darling, you are such the dirty old man.
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: September 5th, 2003 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Why make her wait until midnight?
theuglyvolvo From: theuglyvolvo Date: September 5th, 2003 12:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my GOD this made me want to go back to school.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 5th, 2003 12:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
Glad it's not just me!
cathrynclaire From: cathrynclaire Date: September 5th, 2003 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had a Trapper Keeper with a tiger on it. My dad bought it for me at the thrift store because my mother wouldn't get a Brand Spanking New one for me. I should call her and yell at her now.

Actually, my favourite part of being in college now is going to buy school supplies. I wish I still had to get crayons and compasses and kleenex. (And new shoes! I'd get those light-up sneakers... I don't understand why they don't make them for adults)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Aw, that's too bad. Maybe you should buy yourself a shiny new Trapper Keeper, just for old times' sake. If they even make them any longer...
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: September 5th, 2003 01:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

School supplies

I walked into Target over a month ago (school starts here as early as mid-July) and bought a bunch of college rule spiral binders for 10 cents each and a box of crayola colored markers (just for fun) too. Last year I picked up a messenger bag about the same time of year, real cheap, that I used in Europe in May. And I've been out of school a lot longer.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2003 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: School supplies

Cool...fun!
cpip From: cpip Date: September 5th, 2003 01:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
School supplies can indeed be fun. I used to compulsively buy notebooks at every opportunity, and packets of pens...

I miss those days.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2003 12:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, exactly. I still occasionally buy such stuff, but I have no real need for it any longer, so it just sits around not being used.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: September 5th, 2003 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heheheh, you want a trapper keeper? You're retro Riff!

Conferences give me incredibly fancy notebooks, I occaisionally write in them (I started a paper journal during the power outage) more frequently lose them or give them away. I have one 3x6 tear-off notepad in a stainless steel case, from RSA & EDS, that I have no idea what to do with, maybe I should put it on my desk. Somewhere I have a neat leather one with a pen. Would you like me to dig through and find you a nice one, or buy you some cheap ones?

I don't really see the attraction, tho. All that stuff is lo-tek, I love my blackberry.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2003 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Let me check my Trapper Keeper...."

It's really just nostalgia. I occasionally buy notebooks and pens and such, just because having them brings back fond "excited to start a new year" sorta memories. But I really have no use for them any longer. They just sit around after a few journal entries, sketches, or whatever get put in them. Maybe I want a reason to need them again!

..but when you get right down to it, it's true. I hate writing by hand; I type everything I can. I just love the promise and potential of a brand-new empty notebook.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: September 8th, 2003 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. You're just sweet.
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: September 5th, 2003 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
When I was kid and went grocery store shopping with my parents, I would all of these shelves filled with items that I just knew that I couldn't buy. And to make matters worse, these shelves were located right by the check out counter.

It was never just candy, it was the cool Matchbox Cars and little cheap toys that little kids go nuts over.

So now, whenever I go grocery I buy a little cheap ass toy... and I call my mom up to let her know that I did.

It's a small victory, but you got to take them whereever you can.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2003 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good for you!
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: September 5th, 2003 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

thanks for the trip down memory lane

Trapper Keeper!
god do they still make those... I'll bet this generation needs all sorts of gizmoes on them to keep them happy... ours just had cool graphics and pockets....
but boy it sure brings back memories!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2003 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: thanks for the trip down memory lane

I don't think they do! A quick google search didnt' really turn up anything. I did find a couple on ebay though....

Yep, fun memories.
joline From: joline Date: September 5th, 2003 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I want a new backpack. I want to shop for new shoes and a warm fall jacket. I want a bunch of spiral notebooks...

yes, and i want mom to pay for them, like she used to!! hee hee!

when i was a little kid (and teenager, too!), i could not get normal clothes to fit me. i was as tall as my peers but gawky and skinny and just didn't match any of the normal-kid sizes. so for me, september was about being dragged from store to store, trying on racks and racks of clothes and not finding anything (besides sweatshirts and stretch pants) that fit my weird body. i would cry. my mom would lose her patience and yell. she'd finally buy me another batch of ugly, 80's-style spandex pants and we'd go home in a huff. i hated it!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2003 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
aw, that's sad...but I understand. I often had trouble finding nice-fitting clothes too. (Notice I was waxing nostalgic mostly just about jackets, shoes, and notebooks!) Not quite as bad as you describe, but finding clothes for short-muscular kids was a pain too.

Clothes shopping is so much fun when it goes well, but such a pain otherwise!!!!
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: September 5th, 2003 10:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
i think i've replaced my want for trapper keepers for an unhealthy obsession with Office Supply Stores. i can spend hours in them, and hundreds of dollars.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2003 12:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
ah yes....I too am addicted to office supply stores. (:
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 6th, 2003 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
What's a Trapper Keeper?

One could argue that you yourself have new things to look forward to.

I think one reason I like going to science fiction cons in the fall is the sense of discovery and adventure, of walking along swishing leaves with your feet.

I never used to rake leaves until after Halloween because I wanted the kids to have the same experince.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2003 12:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here's one for sale, to give you an idea:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2949895154&category=3142

Trapper Keepers were hugely popular among US schoolchildren in the 1980's. It's just a 3-ring binder sorta thing, mean to hold your folders and paper and such, with a velcro closure to keep stuff from falling out. They came imprinted with huge variety of designs. Everyone had one!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 8th, 2003 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh I own one.

I have just never think of it by that name.

To me its just the green binder with the velcro flap on the cover.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 8th, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
huh...that's funny!
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