“1995 was one of the best years of my life, and I think about a certain period of 1995 very often and very fondly.”
I remember it so well – it was March of 1995 and I had just gotten my first full-time job working at the local Winn-Dixie supermarket in Alpharetta, Ga. I was 15 years old and a sophomore at Milton High School, about to turn 16 in a few months. I was just starting to find the music that made me tick – some alternative rock but mostly heavy metal. Good times…
I was a shy kid and shy teenager – I was good at making people laugh as I’ve always had a goofy sense of humor but I was pretty insecure. I was scared of girls, didn’t have a ton of friends and liked to draw comic books in some of my spare time. I was too small and nonathletic to get involved in any high school sports and, truth be told, I didn’t care much at all about sports after little league baseball. I mean, just look at me back then:
I really started to turn the corner when I got my first real job and then I got my driver’s license. I didn’t have my own car right away but I did bounce around in the family’s 1991 Ford Taurus. It wasn’t a cool car, but just being able to drive myself around was awesome. I remember that White Zombie’s Astro Creep 2000 album had just came out and I would blare that CD in the Taurus all day long. I ended up working at Winn Dixie starting in 1995-1997 and then worked part time at the WD in Athens, GA when I started college at UGA. I had been promoted to frozen food manager at the age of 16, then the produce manager at 17. I was really climbing the corporate ladder…I had a couple of really good friends during that time that worked with me at Winn Dixie. We did a lot of silly stuff, all in good fun. We used to prank our own store all the time. My favorite was when we did a jerky-boys type of prank on the night manager, asking why we had to piss into a cup in order to get a job as a cashier. Ahh, fun times!
The music that I listened to during the spring and summer of 1995 is something that I will never forget. Just look at the hodge-podge listing of great bands/songs that came out in this period of time:
- White Zombie – More Human than Human
- Filter – Hey Man, Nice Shot
- Foo Fighters – I’ll Stick Around
- Hum – Stars
- Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings
- Live – I alone/Lightning Crashes
- Better than Ezra – Good, In the Blood
- Mad Season – River of Deceit
- Toadies – Possum Kingdom
- Spacehog – In the Meantime
Fast forward 20 years and I’m still the same goofy metal-head, I just don’t work at a supermarket and I’m married with two kids. 1995 was one of the best years of my life, and I think about a certain period of 1995 very often and very fondly. I haven’t seen many of those friends and acquaintances in a long, long time – but that’s OK. I prefer to remember them as they were.