On the Edge of June-Part 2

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Before I started high school my world felt very narrow and small. Now here I was in one of the best high schools in the city and I didn't know what to expect. Actually maybe I expected loads of school work and stress but I never expected that my mind would be opened to new possibilities-new music, new fashion and new friends that I never expected.

Submitted: April 25, 2017

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Summer vacation had ended and now I had to face the reality of high school.  Let me tell you-it freaked me out.  The halls were long and confusing.  I had to get from one end of the building to another in under 4 minutes (and somehow make a stop or two at my locker to change books).  The first day I couldn't even find my locker.

But once I got past the confusion of the first year, I began to have time to really see my new world.  And NEW it was indeed.  I saw all sorts of people from all sorts of nationalities and religions.  I saw the usual cliques of jocks and cheerleaders, of skaters and goths and the heavy metal crowd.  It was this last group that began to interest me by my second year of high school.

The year was 1999 and heavy metal was still hot with groups like Metallica, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, Tool and Pantera (among countless others).  I can't describe the music scene now as it pertains to high school teens because I no longer am there to describe it.  But I can describe how it was back then.  I saw guys with longer hair and band t-shirts and cargo pants and metallic "bar-bell" necklaces.  This was the "official" attire for this group.  I guess you can say it was a "look" somewhat unchanged from the earlier 1990s styles (except for the acid washed denim of 1990). 

I liked this look and I liked this music.  From all the music that was popular in the late 1990s, heavy metal music seemed to speak to me.  It made me feel good and it made me happy.  And suddenly there were these other people who also felt like me. 


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