Asking Mr Howard questions

Friday 8th November

Hi diary. I’ve had a lot of melting experiences recently. I really did melt when Stephen spoke to me down the phone! I’m melting just thinking about it! Also, Teresa has been asking Mr Howard questions and she bought him a bendy ruler from Poole Pottery! Details in folder. Today, we saw him pull up in his car and at lunchtime he went and came back and as he strided across the car-park and [we] asked him something and smiled and further experiences in the folder.

Bye!

Sunday 10th November

Hi! Yesterday was sooo boring!!! In fact, I went to sleep for four hours then stayed up til 2:45am!! Today was okay, though. Julian came to the meeting today. He’s become a real outsider you know. When he went up to Calvin + Mark, they carried on talking, said a couple of words to him - they didn’t greet him or anything - then went back to talking to each other again! I’m going to talk to him - I’ve got it figured out - it’s not scary anymore. I’ve got enough self-confidence to handle anything cooly. I think it’ll be nice to be talked to by someone my own age-ish at the meetings. It’s surprising how similar we are. All you have to remember is boost his ego and he’ll carry on talking to you. If I talk to Julian he might come to the meetings more often. Well, we’ll see.

Bye.

11/11/96

Hi! Mr Powell + Mr Jarvis. [I think I spotted these two teachers smoking together at the bike sheds of something. Mr Powell was sweet, and my first year form tutor] Teresa phoning R.S. Results in a mo. Anyway, Stephen wrote back to me! Latest in the life of Jason: Got stood up (again) took Wendy out and says “I’m going to live a woman free life” Yeah, right, Jason, except at weekends!

12th November

Hi, diary - I took you to school but forgot to write in you - sorry. We’re not going to the meeting tonight ‘cause of Kerry and Nan. Anyway, can you believe this? My Howard actually volunteered some information!!!! Teresa asked him what kind of music he liked and he said “Well, I like most music… it depends who it is’ then, instead of walking away, he looked straight at Teresa for a reaction - facial at least. You could tell she wasn’t prepared for him doing that so she looked down and said ‘Oh, okay’ he walked away, satisfied he had given her a small fright. I reckon he was fairly pleased with himself. Also, there was a Mr. Kettlewell incident again! Mrs Kennedy went out to check a report that it was raining, just as she looked up at the sky and held her hand out Mr. Kettlewell turns the corner and sees her. He’s all in his football gear and when she comes back in he goes “It’s not raining - is it?” - all shocked and she goes, well, a bit. He strokes his hair and goes ‘well we can’t go out now’ and they all complain - he looks wildly at Mrs. Kennedy for backup and she goes ‘well, we’re not going out…’ Poor Mr Kettlewell, he’ll do anything to save his hair! When I told Tweezer, she violently cracked up! And, Mr Howard came to school in his leather jacket! He whizzes into a space (as he does) gets out (with his jacket on) slips it off and slings it back in his car! Oh, he did look gorgeous and even better when he put it back on! Phew! You know he had a little picture on the base of his palm it looked like this: (I think)

Something like that. Well, bye!

13th (Wednesday) November

Staff day today! You know Teresa was going to phone up the two G. Howard’s in the phone book? Well, she did today because if he lived at one, there would be no answer ‘cause he’d be at school. Anyway, she phoned up one and a man answered, and she could hear kids and stuff so she said she had the wrong number. Then she phoned the other one and there was no answer! I still can’t believe she did it! Well that’s it. Bye!!

Friday 22nd November

Turns out G. Howard with no answer isn’t him. ‘Cos we got him to sign the x-files autograph letter and he wronte G.T. Howard and the phone book is G.A.

See ya!

Saturday 23rd November

Cloudy is dead. We only got him on 27th September. It’s weird. Last night was sooo cool! I paid for us to go to Jason’s fashion show.We met all his mates, took

[there is now a large gap of time before the next entry, and it signifies a new era for Jess. Here’s the nex entry as a taster]

Monday 31st March 1997

(I’m 13)

O.K. Here it is. I haven’t written in ages but I’m going to now. Main things in my life:

  • School

  • Jason

1st. School. Pretty boring - My Howard thing is pretty boring now - we’ve asked every question under the sun but Tez is always going on about him - it’s got serious, birthday presents etc. Her mum is threatening to write to the school. That’s about it.

2nd - Jason.

On the last entry mentioned we met his mates - Royster, Fletch and Lumpy. (Roy)(Mark)(Mark). Since then J. has come round about a dozen times with vids, or to help with the car and twice (only briefly) we met Nigel. Hopefully he’s coming on Wednesday to fix the doors on my bedroom.

Now, up to the present - we agony aunt and advice J. in his failing love-life. He is really into (and has got us into) - Soppy films, Lucozade, the cinema and motorbikes. Also included - Toy Story and zillions of quotes from various films (and ones we’ve made up). On Friday we went to the cinema with him and RSR(Roy) T’was very cool! Tres bien! Etc. See the folder for more on J+co. There’s the National Take Your Daughter To Work Day comin’ up on April 2nd and a Line Dancing evening on the 25th. Both occasions when I’m going to see J. and on the 25th Roy. Right now I have a cough, and dad is coming at the weekend.

See ya!

P.S. I would like to be known as Lj (Little J. - J. being Jason)


More in the new era of 13-year-old Jess next week!

Tez and Bus Stop Boy

(1996 - I am 12)

27th September

I thought the Friday phenomena had ended but it’s Friday today! I’m listening to lucious Peter Andre. “Girl when I look at you, I fall in love…” Ahem, anyway! Stephen hasn’t written back but I’m not too bothered - he is doing his A-levels, I’ve been plastering my black folder with stickers and we’re on X-files theme now. Guess what? Laura Gilmore has left! Wednesday was her last day and she didn’t announce this til Wednesday morning! She kept it dead quiet. She’s not allowed to say where she is going or anything! Well now, Steph + Frances etc. are blaming Clare for her leaving!!! I told her if anything Laura brought it on herself and the whole form knows it - like it or not!

Guess what 2? We bought a second hand video + 27 inch TV! Cool aye?! Guess what 3? I’m in love with the boy at the bus stop! Well, I like him anyway. I’ve had offers as to what his name is:

Peter, Adam, Matthew, Mark, David and Daniel.

My bets are on Daniel and Matthew. Well I’ve run dry of newz. So, I’ll write when I have some.

Friday 11th October

Pippy’s dead. I know it sounds morbid, but it’s easier to say it like that. The noo one’s called Cloudy. I considered calling him Reeves but Mum wouldn’t hear of it! Pippy died on Friday 27th September. He was 3 days off being two. I’ve written to Stephen again. I also re-decorated my science folder with Keanu Reeves. We’re wallpapering the hall. Tez is coming over tomorrow (after a lacrosse match) Speaking of science, Mr Howard our new teacher, is really nice! On the field trip to the New Forest we asked him loads of questions. Usually I’m shy, but I handled this brilliantly. To see details ask Tez for the R.S. book. Rulers!!! I’ve gone off the boy at the bus-stop which is just as well really as he gets on the bus at a different stop now! Huh, I must have scared him! Bye!

Saturday 12th October

I think I read all through you when I’m depressed. Because I’ve just done that and I am a bit depressed. I had that lacrosse match - we lost 5-1 oh well. I took Tez to see the Jo’s and because she thought they were pathetic she was moaning at me the whole time!!! Oh, she’s such a drag! Surely she knew because I talked about them so much I would spend ages with them, regardless of her. Oh stuff her!!! All my friends are total wusses! I’m not taking any more of my friends to see them, they’re mine!! Well, enough of that! All what I did is in the folder. Also, juicy gossip x2!!!

  1. Thomas dumped Kerry! She isn’t too bothered. Apparantly, he was being really awful about it. So much so, David and the twins walked out of his house in disgust.

  2. I saw bus-stop boy!!! I was getting in the car when I noticed a really yellow van outside next-doors when this bloke skipped out (you know how men do) and in the van. ‘Big wow’ I thought, but then I noticed a cap waving around in the seat next to him and I thought ‘emmm, let’s get a closer look…’ when the reflections on the window cleared as they went past, there was bus-stop-boy!!! He looked 20% ‘What’s this?’ and 80% ‘Oh my God! I know her!’ Hot or Wot? Well, I can’t wait til Monday. See ya! Thanks, diary.

13th October (Sunday)

Hi diary, I haven’t got much to say but I just felt like writing in you. I’m all ready for the meeting but I’ve got at least 20 mins to wait yet. I’m listening to Peter' Andre’s c.d. and ‘Take it to the Top’ has just finished. Do you think I should see the Jo’s again, today? I’d like to. I think I’ll phone Joe Halifax first. See what he’s doing. I have got loads of homework to do, though. So what? Yeah. Anyway, bye!

Wednesday 16th October

Guess what? Thomas dumped Kerry a few days ago and she’s been asked out 7 times!!! (7 different boys that is) And, Teresa is going to be asked out! I mean, who’d ask Teresa out? Oh well who needs boyz as boyfriends anyway? Well that’s it, bye!

18th October (Friday)

Helloooo! It’s me. Who else would it be? In art

28th October (Monday)

Hi diary - it’s half term!!!!!

“Move your body close to mine…”

Sorry. Don’t ask me what happened up there ^ I don’t know. Dad came on Friday! Jason was going to take us to the pictures but dad said he was coming down and Jason said never mind I’m going with this girl called Louise on Wednesday anyway. Then Louise stood him up on Wednesday. ‘Ah’ we said and that was that.

Anyway we went to the pictures on Friday with dad and we didn’t see Jason until it went dark when he and his mates came in last minute. He sat right in front of me!!!! Mum taps him on the shoulder and says, ‘Hi Jason’ he goes ‘Oh no! Hide me!’ and he shrinks into his seat and mum goes, ‘Too late, Jason!’ and he gets up and says ‘Hi, guess who’s outside? Wendy!’ (his ex-girlfriend) and mum goes ‘Worse! Daniel is in here! Back about three rows,’ and she thumbs behind her. Anyway we watched the film and I wacthed Jason’s hair at timed intervals. Or when his hand brushing it back caught my eye. His hands are lovely. Dragonheart was really really good! I think the king, even though he was evil, was good-looking, well, he had something about him.

It turns out Louise turned up with another bloke on the same night, same film, same showing and everything! All knowing that Jason would probably be there. How awful? Well, dad helped me buy my book for my award! He also bought me a ‘Point Romance’ book called ‘Malibu Summer’. It’s really good! And it’s got a Jason as a main character! Well we’ve seen Dragonheart and The Nutty Professor! Bye!

29th October (Tuesday)

Hi! We went to Marlborough, Malmesbury and Avebury with Stephen, Sarah and Karen! It was great fun! Anyway, I’m dead tired so I might write the details later.

31st October (Thursday)

Yeah it was brill we went to Sillbury Hill - huh! That rhymes! And Long something’s barrow. There was night-lights and candles and wax everywhere! We walked around these stones and telling jokes etc. in-between. It was great. Sarah wasn’t too bad but I’m getting used to it. Apparantly Stephen was really nervous about meeting us because he knew we liked him but he wasn’t sure to what degree we liked him! Ahhh! I think he knows he’s just a mate to us now. Um, I read all the way through Kittens in the Kitchen. And that’s it, bye!

Friday 1st November

THEY WON’T LET ME SING!!! It’s not fair!!!

Bye!

2nd November

Hi diary! Guess what?! We’ve bought ‘The Lord of the Dance!’ Also, Nan bought me a watch. It’s really cool! But, I got Nan to cut me a fringe and it looks terrible! It looks worse down. Oh, well, never mind. Oh, I’ve just thought, I bet bus-stop boy turns up when I’ve got this awful fringe!!! Ah, well.

See ya!

Same day as ^

Guess what? Teresa rang me and said “My granddad has a friend who works on the cast of ‘The X-files’ and we might, if we write a very nice letter, be able to get David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson’s autograph!!!! So I was very um… overjoyed! So I phoned Stephen and told him all about it and he said it was really cool - he sounds really lovely on the phone! Oh, I nearly melted. Well,

See ya! (for the second time!)


Gonna leave it there until next week! Thanks everyone

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