There are certain moments in life that people will remember forever. Whether it’s a birthday, a wedding, funerals, or even a sporting event, there are just certain days and events that stick with you always. For me however, those moments are a little different.
Unlike most people who remember important moments in their lives, I tend to remember the most random stuff you can imagine. I’ll remember what the weather was like, who was with, what day of the week it was etc. But ask me something I needed to know for school or work, and I couldn’t tell you a thing. I don’t know why this is, but it has happened as long as I can remember. Take today for instance, December 18, I have some very clear memories of this day.
December 18, 1997, was my last day of exams at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater Ma. I was really exited to get out of there after my last exam, because the next morning I was flying south to spend Christmas with my family.
On the way home from Bridgwater State, I decided to visit the New England Comics in Brockton for some reading material. This is where the memory thing I was talking about comes in. I can’t remember which test I took this morning, but twenty years later I can still tell you which comics I bought that morning. Here’s the list:
Avengers vol. 3 #1
The Fantastic Four vol. 3 #1-2
Alpha Flight vol. 2 #1-2
Batgirl Adventures #1
Ghost Rider #93
Incredible Hulk #461
Iron Man vol.3 #1
JLA Year One #1
As you can see I went a little nuts at New England Comics. And those are just the comics I bought off the wall, I didn’t even mention the stack of issues I grabbed from the dollar bins. Let’s just say that I was more than ready for any flight or weather delays during my travel day.
But December 18 wasn’t over yet, not by a longshot. My good buddies Laneit and John had kindly agreed to drive me to Logan airport early the next morning, but since it was going to be an early day, I suggested they stay over at my place. Laneit had to work until 9 that night, so I picked up John first. Before he even said hello, John says “Chris Farley died.” I was shocked to hear the news, and asked John what he died from. His answer was: “I dunno.”
Seriously dude? You can’t just drop a bomb like that on me and not have the required answers to the questions you know I’m going to have. This was 1997 for Pete’s sake, it’s not like I could pull out my cell phone or google it.
Anyways, we picked up Laneit and headed back to my place. John had been smart enough to bring along his Nintendo 64, and Laneit was smart enough to bring along a ton of games. I remember we played GoldenEye for a while, but eventually John and I got tired of Laneit winning. The next few hours were spent playing the highly underrated WCW vs. nWo: World Tour game. While none of us were great at the game, the worst one by far was John.
John was playing as Hulk Hogan, but for whatever reason, John couldn’t figure out the controls for the old Hulkster. Instead of landing the famed leg drop, John would instead pose for the crowd and the camera. This led to John constantly getting his ass kicked by either Laneit or I. It was funny to watch, but sucked when John and I were in tag team match.
Our night ended by watching this hardcore wrestling video from Japan that Laneit bought. I was pretty tired by this point, but I will never forget watching Terry Funk riding a horse to the ring. It was just one of those weird things I couldn’t un-see.
The match itself was brutal, but I was interested in something that wasn’t WCW or WWF. I made a comment to the guys about Terry funk, and when I got no response I realized the two of them were sound asleep.
At that point I thought to myself “Why am I still up? I gotta be on a plane in three hours.” Ah well, I was exhausted later that day, but it was worth it. Just don’t ask me what I learned in college that semester.