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Leah Toppin
1986
2006
   

What did you do last night?

Loading the trailer, we’re heading for Pismo.

What do you usually eat for breakfast?

Whatever I can grab running out the door

How many hours a night do you sleep?

6 - 8

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

Sunrise, everything is new and beginning all over.

Where do you live now?

Bakersfield.

Why did you move there?

Born and raised, it’s where my family is.

Do you like living there? Explain.

I think eventually we’ll move out of state,  I’d like to live somewhere a little less crowded

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

Got married and started having babies

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

Greg and I have been married 20 years, it was rough at times, but I’m really glad we’ve made it this far, he’s become my best friend.  Amanda is 19 and working at Euro Tan, she’s taken some classes at BC, I’m trying to get her to get serious about college.  Matthew, 17, will be graduating in June of 2007, he of course wants to be in a metal band, but he is starting to think about college.  And Sydney, the baby, she is 14 and a freshman at Foothill, she’s already checking out colleges.  I’m very proud of my family.

Do you have a job outside of your home?

Yes, I’m a Project Coordinator at ProSoft Technology.

Do you like your job?

I do, I’ve only been here a month and I’ve already learned so much.

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

No, I went to San Joaquin Valley College to be a Legal Secretary, but along came Amanda and put my career on hold

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

Photographer, traveling the world.

What was your happiest day last year?

Watching my daughter walk across the stage at graduation

What is your biggest regret from the last 20 years?

I only have mistakes no regrets, but I’ve learned a lesson from every mistake I’ve made, I like to think they’ve made me a better person.

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

I don’t miss high school, I miss some of the friendships I had during that time.

What is one of your favorite memories from high school?

I had a lot of good memories, it’s hard to pick one.

What is one of your worst memories from high school?

I don’t have bad memories from school, the worst thing I think about is finding out about Jerry being killed and going to his funeral, it was a slap in the face from reality!

Who were your best friends in high school?

Tonya Flannery & Lori Johnson

Have you kept in touch with them?

Tonya and I have just reunited, it was like we never skipped a beat.  I haven’t talked to Lori in years.

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

I’ve become my mother.

Who was your favorite teacher?

I liked a lot of the teachers, but what girl wasn’t in love with Mr. Reese?

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

I can’t really say there were any big life lessons then, it was after graduation and starting a family that I realized that high school wasn’t so bad.

Who was your favorite pop music band in high school?

Bon Jovi, Def Leppard.

Why do you want to attend a high school reunion?

I don’t know, just to catch up

Why do you NOT want to attend a high school reunion?

There’s really no reason

Are you nervous about attending your high school reunion? Explain.

No.

Do you like answering these questions?

Sure.

Do you have any tattoos? What are they?

Yes, on my right ankle a hear with my kids initials across it.

What is your favorite food?

Italian (& it shows!!)

Are your parents still alive? How are they doing?

My dad is still here, my mom passed away 4 years ago.

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

No way, kids and age have done a number on me!

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

Invest and share with my family & friends.

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

I do believe in God, but we don’t go to church like we should.

What do you watch on TV?

Desperate Housewives, CSI Las Vegas.

What are your all-time favorite movies?

Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club.

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

I don’t think I’ve really changed that much, just matured

In what ways are you the same from high school?

Always a smile on my face (it makes people wonder).

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

Getting married and the birth of my children, oops that’s four

What do you like most about yourself?

I like to think I’m a caring person, I would do anything for anyone, well, just about anything

What would you most like to change?

A little liposuction here and there would be nice.

Do you talk on your cellphone while driving?

Yes.

Tell us something that very few people know about you.

I think I’m pretty much an open book.

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

Just seeing old friends.

Did you enjoy answering these questions?

Yeah, makes you think about things.

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

That’s really hard to say, after reading everyone else’s answers, I feel like my plain life is pretty boring.  Don’t get me wrong I’m extremely happy the way my life has turned out so far.