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[November, 1989] Bad Ideas



Dear Journal,

Tomorrow, guess who’s house I’m going to????


I really hate that a$%hole now. Yesterday he actually had the nerve to call me! What a s@#&head!!!!!! Maybe it will be a little fun.

Also I have a new love!!! I’m over Francis (who hasn’t called since the date) and back on the track!

His name is J.D.

He’s 15 and gorgeous. I love him!!!!

Just a few little problems.

1. He lives in Staten Island and I live in Brooklyn.

2. He doesn’t know I’m alive!

3. He’s 15 and I’m almost 12.

But I can fix all that (not the age or Staten Isl thing but the rest!).

The way I got to know him is that he is my cousin Anna’s brother’s friend and when I went over to her house I saw him there!

God I love him a lot!!!!!!

I will make sure that very, very soon, J.D. will like me as much as I like him! (maybe even more!)

J.D., I love you!

Also, me and Elaine might start our own baby-sitting club! Isn’t that great!!!! It will be lots of fun!

and Damiella's bad idea

Total word count: 189

Total number of exclamation marks: 42

Aside from my ludicrous idea of what love was (which clearly did not include getting to know the person or even speaking to him much), I had lofty goals.  I set out to win the heart of an older man and to create a babysitting empire to rival the fictional one in Ann M. Martin’s Babysitters Club series.

Not only did these books enlighten me about diabetes, they also made me believe I could easily make money baby-sitting while having lots of fun doing it. Never mind that I had no experience watching children, no business acumen, and wasn’t even old enough to drive. I had enthusiasm and a library card that caused plenty of lofty delusions.

Mom put the kibosh on the baby-sitting scheme just as Elaine and I were brainstorming flier ideas.  She did not want her 11-year-old daughter to be responsible for other families’ children and I can’t say I blame her. I was initially upset, but it did free up more time for me to concoct a scheme to get J.D.’s attention. That’s a story with another chapter to go…

  1. November 18, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    BSC #37: Damiella and the Older Boy

  2. November 19, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    My mother like last month wanted to donate or sell or even throw out all my BSC books. I threw a huge fit. The question is did you later have goals of being “the babysitter”, oh you know what I mean…… 😉

    • damiella
      November 19, 2009 at 5:40 pm

      I let go of my BSC and Sweet Valley High books without a fuss, but I did hold on to my Christopher Pike novels (some did go missing, though). One of these days, I’m going to spend the day in pajamas rereading the books of my youth…

  3. November 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Love this post.

    First, I love “I can change all that. Not the SI thing or the age thing, but the rest!” Meanwhile, the “rest” is only 1 of 3 points. haha Also, I love that you loved a Staten Island boy! hehehe Wonder if he’s still on the Island and if he’s cute! haha (Tell me his name in real life!! Hmmm…that means he’d be…5 years older than me?)

    Also! That pic of the exclamation point perfume!! I remember now that THAT is the perfume I bought a friend for Christmas and the Electric Youth was give to ME! I have to search my boxes of crap I never throw out and see if I still have it. I might’ve ACTUALLY gotten rid of it though…

    • damiella
      November 22, 2009 at 7:41 pm


      I thought of you while writing this post and hoped you would get a kick out of the SI thing. Sadly, I don’t know where this guy is today or even what his full name is (I only wrote down his initials).

      Exclamation was the best and I wore it nearly as much as I wore Electric Youth back in the day.

  4. December 15, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Did you get the picture text I sent you with a picture of Exclamation for sale at K-Mart?!?!! AWESOME! 😛

  1. November 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm

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