Life I Need Some Help
posted by June 22 at 14:37 PMon
When I was in high school (which was an anus-clenchingly short time ago, according to some of my older superiors), I lived in a wealthy suburb outside of Boston. Every year, we would go to the auditorium to watch something I always referred to as “The Pepsi Show,” because it was sponsored by Pepsi. I am trying to find these programs, because they were so weird, just a weird alternate universe of education, but I don’t know if they were shown to kids on the west coast at all, if they were even shown other places than my high school. I will describe the program to you, and maybe you can assist me with your collective consciousness.
The auditorium would be set up with three large projection screens, side by side, and the program came from three different projectors, although sometimes they were in sync. The point of the programs were to get us to not do drugs, commit suicide, cut ourselves, drive drunk, or any other out-of-proportion teen affliction. They were made with really mid-nineties iconography (I was class of ‘03, so this was already outdated), and they told us that we could be ourselves, even if that meant we were a total skateboarding rebel. They always had lots of mid-nineties songs like “Closing Time” by Semisonic and that song about doing heroin that goes, “I push the needle in/I pull it out…” But it wasn’t like other school programming because the stories, which were about teens that were purportedly going through the same things as us, were projected on these gigantic screens and the music was played really loud.
If you find a YouTube video of this, I will seriously mail you a box of cookies.