The other night I was trying to scan some slides. It is a slow and tedious process, so what I was doing was starting a scan then surfing the web. Repeat until I needed to go to bed. I ran out of things to surf for and started Googling people I knew years ago to try to see if I get any hits. (I don't show up myself, either)
There was a girl, one year behind me in high school, that went to Neville H.S. up through the 11th grade. After that, she left to go to one of those 'Fame' type, performing arts high schools somewhere. I'll leave her name out of it. She is the niece of a famous TV actress from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Then around 1982 a high school friend told me he was at a club one night that was showing MTV on a big screen TV. Both MTV and Big Screens were pretty new then and he said he looked up to watch a certain group's video, and there was Year-Behind-Me-Girl as the main dancer. Essentially she danced and portrayed the girl the song was about.
Then years later when we're living in Georgia, around 1990, I'm trying to wind down after work and started watching some cheesy late, late, late, movie (I worked 3:30 to Midnight then and got home at 1am) and there was Year-Behind-Me-Girl in some horror movie. I didn't stay up to watch the movie despite having known her in high school.
So the other night, I'm striking out with my searches on the internet and it hits me that maybe at least Year-Behind-Me-Girl might show up on a search. Sure enough I got a few hits and saw stuff about the couple of horror movies she did, and stand in gigs for actresses who needed a dance double.
And in one of the links I saw that her actual name is not the nick name we knew her as, it's a full name. Like a Joey in high school might later prefer to be called Joseph as an adult. So I Googled that full name.
And there she is in all her glory. She is presently a world travelling Pet Psychic!
Excuse me. Pet Communicator.
She's even been on quite a few national TV shows here and abroad.
And here's the kicker. I read the WHOLE site thinking, well, good for her, she's successful and all, so more power to her. Then I got to reading her Bio on the site and it says she was born in 1973. I, being the mathematical genius that I am, did the math in mere seconds. That would mean she was 6 and 7 years old when I knew her and when she was a junior at Neville.
So, either she was a mature looking, genius, 7 year old when I knew her, or she's, shall we say, stretching the truth about her age on her web site.
I went to Louisiana public schools, but even I can't buy that she was born in 1973.
So, after all that, I was a bit let down. I mean, I can understand vanity and lying about your age, but isn't trying to get people to take you seriously as a pet psychic tough enough without lying? Yeah, not many people would really know that she's around 42 and not 32, but still, why lie about it?
And I have to hand it to her, the years have been very kind to her and it's obvious she takes great care of herself. If she can pass for ten years younger than she actually is, she's doing better than me in that regard.
But it makes the whole pet communicator gig seem kinda sketchy if you ask me. She even has some well known people saying good things about her abilities and has published books on the subject that you can get on Amazon.com.
Say, we DO have one dog, Lilly, who is pretty schizoid, I wonder if Year-Behind-Me-Girl could... Nah! Never mind.
And though I suck at being a gossip, this is too good not to share. I don't even have the guts to name her here.