Even had a short memorable stint in the Student Counsellor's Club, believe it or not! Learnt way back then that being an agony aunt wasn't for me since I spoke much too plainly even then. More than a few troubled boys went wailing out of that counselling room, I can tell you that :P
Come join us!
( And I did! )
Seriously. I collected club memberships like other boys collected stamps or soccer player cards. Crazy juggling the entire lot but I somehow managed the near impossible. Not sure exactly what was my motivation was back then but it seemed like a fine idea at that time to reach out and socialize - I was a shy, tongue-tied wallflower back then but that didn't stop me from spreading myself around as the resident wallflower for as many societies as I possibly could.
Anyway it looked great on my resume.
But I steered clear of certain clubs. Two to be precise - the Brass Band and the 12 Drums Lion Dance Committee. Purely because they held activities during the weekends ( come on, wake up early on a weekend just to go bang on a drum? ). And partly because of the pure geekiness factor, I have to admit. Have you actually seen the unconventional uniforms? Somehow or rather these two clubs never held any appeal for the general masses - at least not in my school. Saturday Detention ( ah, mission schools and their love of penance ) and the two societies mentioned were synonymous - and obviously associated with juvenile delinquents and quirky society outcasts.
Schoolboys can be cruel, I know.
Well at least that's what we all used to think.
Paul : Horrible but true.
Calvin : But I was a charter member of the Brass Band. I played the oboe.
Paul : OMG.
Calvin : We won competitions!
Paul : You know, I might have locked you in the boy's toilet once. Maybe even gave you a swirlie.
Ironic. The guy I'm going out with actually attends Brass Band Competitions - until now! How cute is that! According to an earnest Charming Calvin ( not that I believe a word of it ) only the elite kids get to be chosen for the oh-so-cool brass band. Must make him dress up in his band uniform and let him play a tune for me :P
Then I can corner him in the men's room.