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June 9-13, 1999
Senior Week ’99
Myrtle Beach South Carolina
On Friday, June 4, 1999, I finished my high school career at Mt. View High School by graduating 69th out of a class of around 300. It was a very hectic week. Since I was in the Art Honor Society, as well as on the Project Graduation Committee, I had a lot of work to do to get ready for the party after graduation, and was one of the only Seniors allowed at the school for the entire week. Unfortunately, the telemarketing firm I was working for abruptly closed in the middle of the week, so I was out of a job and getting ready to go on vacation, all on top of graduation, one of the biggest life events for anyone.
This left me in an odd position. I had originally planned to go to Myrtle Beach for the latter part of Senior Week ’99 as I was not able to get off of work until Wednesday. But now I had the entire week (and longer) off, but with no reservations until Wednsday. Should I try to go earlier? Stay home and enjoy some down time? Ultimately I decided to be lazy at home for the first part of the week.
By Wednesday I was getting excited. This was my first trip to the beach without my family. I was finally 18 and going on vacation by myself! My aunt & uncle were planning to visit North Carolina and also leaving on Wednesday morning, so my plan was to follow them down as far as Salisbury, then head the rest of the way by myself. So around 8 am Wednsday morning I packed my car to head south towards the beach, an 8 hr trip from home. Unfortunately, my aunt & uncle were running way behind, so I made the command decision to head down by myself. I’m still very proud of myself for getting there safe and sound and only getting slightly off course in Columbia, SC.
I arrived in Myrtle Beach around 5 pm and checked into my room. I stayed at a small motel by myself called the Chip Inn, right beside one of the amusement parks in the area. On Tuesday I had called some friends of mine that were at the beach already, so after getting checked in and cleaned up I headed to their hotel down the street. Sara, Nick, and Dorthy were happy I had arrived since I had my own car. Though they drove down,they were forbidden to drive their parent’s truck once they arrived. I headed to their motel to pick them up before we went to Broadway at The Beach for a few hours of shopping, eating, and hanging out. While we were there, we checked out Ripley’s Aquarium, one of the more interactive aquariums I’d been to. The rest of that evening, we cruised down Ocean Blvd. before going back to their motel rooms for some much needed rest. Eventually I made my way back to my room.
Waking up Thursday morning I got ready and then it was off to the beach with my friends at their motel. That ended up being the only day I made it out to the beach on the entire trip. We spent the better part of the day swimming and lounging around their pool. We grabbed some fast food for dinner and headed back down town. There was a teen nite club in Myrtle Beach called The Attic that I’d went to as a teen often. I’d really wanted to go to an 18 & older dance club since we were 18, but they settled on this one. After dancing there till midnite we went cruising around town again before going to the Nightmare Haunted House. I’d been before but wanted to take my friends. After dropping the others off I went to get some ice cream at a convenience store and went back to the room, watching TV until I feel asleep.
On Friday we went back to Broadway At The Beach. They had a live webcam so we called some parents to let them know we would be on it and that they could watch. This was a fairly new thing in 1999 and we were excited to be broadcast to family on the internet. There was a Build-a-Bear Workshop at Broadway and we thought it would be cool to make our own teddy bears. Unfortunately, as it had just opened, we had to wait in line a couple of hours to make a bear. Mine was a graduating senior in full robes. For Dinner, we ate at Planet Hollywood.
We had planned to meet some other friends that evening at the Freaky Tiki dance club, but that started to fall apart as we walked from their hotel to the club, and I was the only one to finally make it to the Tiki. Our one friend decided to hang out with her boyfriend and left us on the walk there. Then our friend Nick decided it wasn’t for him and walked away. That left Dorthy, Sara, and myself, but as we arrived, the girls weren’t willing to wait in the small line to get in and decided to head back and go to The Attic again, so I was by myself. This was where I had the most fun all week. After waiting in line for about 15 minutes I was inside and saw a large group of my friends. We had a blast dancing all nite. They’d been going out nearly every night of the trip to dance.
I wish I’d have been with them instead of the group I was with. The Tiki closed and by about 3 am I was saying goodbye to my friends, ready to pick my car up at the hotel where my other friends were at. When I arrived, I’d knocked on their door (they were still up) to pick up my CD case. Instead, they all acted weird, wouldn’t open the door, and so I went to the office to have and employee call them and tell them I just wanted my CDs. As I got back to my car, my friends were running away. They’d opened the car for and thrown my CDs in and ran off. Not sure what that was all about, but that was the last I saw of them on the trip. I had much more fun without them that nite, and this was the end of my high school experience, so I didn’t see the need to waste time on people I wouldn’t be seeing much of for the rest of my life.
Most of the people I knew were leaving on Saturday or early Sunday morning, so they were spending the day packing and laying out on the beach or heading north. I decided to spend the day by myself. I went to the movies and saw Austin Powers The Spy Who
Shagged Me at the large theater at Broadway at the Beach and later that evening decide to have dinner at the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach. That nite I went to the Pavilion amusement park and shopped around town by myself. The Pavilion was always my favorite amusement park, and I had a wonderful time, as I had plenty of times in the past.
Sunday morning came early. I woke up, packed my things, and checked out of the hotel, heading north to West Virginia. Even though I got a little lost on the way back, I was able to find my way home, coming in to Charlotte, NC from a completely different way and driving by uptown Charlotte, something I’d never done before, and then finally getting home, ready to start life as an adult.