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Michelle Ortiz (Berumen)
 
1986
2006

 

What did you do last night?

I remembered to return the Blockbuster movies, so we wouldn't get charged late fees. Responsible, huh?

What do you usually eat for breakfast?

Nothing, I usually try to eat lunch, dinner.

How many hours a night do you sleep?

Usually around 8.

What is your favorite hour of the day/night and why is it your favorite?

I think early morning or dusk.

Why?

Cause in the summer it's the coolest part of the day.

Where do you live now?

Oildale and proud of it! Official 08'er!

Why did you move there?

Liked the neighborhood and my husband grew up here. Big Jock at N.H.S.

Do you like living there? Explain.

My neighborhood is really quiet. My kids school is 2 blocks away. We have no backyard neighborhors and we get a fantastic breeze in the evening. And people trip when I tell them I live in the Dale!

What did you do in the years right after high school?

Worked. Partied. Worked to Party.

Tell us about your family? Kids? Spouses? Lovers? Partners? Divorces?

Married 7 years, together 14. 3 Kids: Logan 11, Chenoa 10, Jake 6. Thinking about # 4, not sure yet. And I don't like kids, if you can believe that.

Do you have a job outside of your home?

Yes, I work p/t for a fantastic insurance agent. Perfect hours 9-2. Late enough to drop off the kids at school and early enough to pick them up.

Do you like your job?

Love it.

Is it the job you thought you would have when you were back in High School and you contemplated the future?

Not at all! I don't think I had a plan after high school, as you can see by my after high school antics.

If you could have any job in the world what would it be?

I already have it. Wife and Mom!

What was your happiest day last year?

When my daughter ran cross country and came in 2nd in county. It was her 4th race and she had never tried cross country running before.

What is your biggest regret from the last 20 years?

Not travelling more while I was single.

Do you miss high school? What things do you miss about it?

Don't miss high school. Don't miss anything really.

What is one of your favorite memories from high school?

Waiting for the bell to ring so I could hook up with all the punks across the street and smoke. I don't smoke anymore, well, occasionally a good cigar.

What is one of your worst memories from high school?

The feeling of insecurity.

Who were your best friends in high school?

Karla Vawter, Mike Henson, Mark Carrillo, Cameron Hutchinson.

Have you kept in touch with them?

Only Mike, Mark and Cameron. I don't know what happened to Karla.

How is your life different than the life you thought you would have after high school?

I never had a plan. But I think I did alright. I got married to a fantastic person, have 3 spoiled kids and 2 dogs and a cat. I think it's better than I could have ever imagined.

Who was your favorite teacher?

I don't think I had one.

What was the biggest life lesson you learned in high school?

Don't judge a book by a cover. Even though someone looks different on the outside, doesn't mean they're different on the inside. Get to know someone one, before you decide whether or not you like them. We were all the same. Same insecurities,hangups.

Who was your favorite pop music band in high school?

Had to be Duran Duran.

Why do you want to attend a high school reunion?

See people.

Why do you NOT want to attend a high school reunion? Are you nervous about attending your high school reunion? Explain.

Nope.

Do you have any tattoos? What are they?

Lots. Wolverine from Xmen. My son is named after him. A drunk angel, a memorial to my brother who was recently killed in a car accident. A danzig skull. Cherries. And a backpiece.

What is your favorite food?

Anything my husband is BBQing. tri-tip, ribeye, fish, corn; anything he cooks is my favorite!

Are your parents still alive? How are they doing?

Both are still alive and driving me crazy.

Are you happy with the way you look these days? Please explain.

Yes. I think I have aged well. Hair is still short and tricolored. Actually I think I look better now than in high school.

If you won the lottery what would you do with the money?

Travel to all the Nascar races and dirt tracks in the US. Then buy me an island.

Are you religious? Spiritual? Agnostic? Is there a God?

I go to church and try to live with morals and values. I do believe in GOD.

What are your all-time favorite movies?

Too many to name.

In what ways have you changed the most from high school?

I still ask myself that question.

In what ways are you the same from high school?

Still out-going, different from other people.

Tell us about three of your happiest experiences since leaving high school.

Getting married, kids and moving to Oildale.

What do you like most about yourself?

My whole self.

What would you most like to change?

Nothing.

Do you talk on your cellphone while driving?

Sometimes, don't tell anyone.

Tell us something that very few people know about you.

I don't like to swim in the ocean.

What would you like to happen at the reunion? What would leave you satisfied? What do you NOT want to happen at the reunion?

I would like to see old friends and to leave with good memories. No attitude should be allowed.

Did you enjoy answering these questions?

They were Ok.

Tell us something interesting about yourself that wasn't covered in the above questions.

I have been at my kids elem school the vice president of PTA for 3 yrs now. I never thought I would enjoy such a close relationship with school faculty. But I love it and I probably won't quit until they kick me off. Some parents don't know how to take me. I think because of the tattoos and stuff, but once they talk to me and find me to be quite genuine, I can put them at ease. Bridging gaps, I guess still between them and us. I stil consider myself a punk. And I don't care if you do.