What is there that I can say about me? Well, my name is Talbot Mercer, but I go by Tal cause Talbot sounds why too preppy. I'd say I'm just your average, everyday, ordinary 15 year old sophomore in high school. Except maybe I'm not so average. Above average? maybe in my IQ (I'm a straight A honors student). Unique? maybe cause I don't want to be like the IN crowd (even though my so-called-friends worship them and one day will be them). Non-conformist? maybe cause my so-called-friends are always complaining that I dress like a total loser (there words exactly with a little bit of a valley girl accent. Even though we live about as far east as you can get from beautiful sunny California). I guess you could say I'm your smart, fashionably and socially inept jock. Yeah that's right I said jock. I love playing soccer.
It's the only thing I do in my school that would even remotely be seen as popular. My friend Posie (whose your perfect gorgeous blond) would tell you that I'm the most anti social person she has ever met in her life. That I have the amazing potential to be popular, if only I tried. I don't go to any of the school events, that is none that have to do with girls soccer cause I 'm required to go to those. I do my damnedest to avoid parties in general, cause I'm not into getting wasted and losing all my inhibitions. That's right I'm a virgin, and I'm guessing one of the few still left at my school. One of my other friends, Katy, has told us all in excruciating detail about her sex life, most of which I could live without (well not the sex part, cause I don't plan on being a virgin for the rest of my life, but having to listen to Katy tell about all the guys she's been with and what they've done in detail. That I can live without). Another friend of mine, Dasha, has never had actual sex, but she's done everything else (if you know what I mean). Posie, on the other hand, I couldn't honestly tell you if she's done the deed or not. With her it's hard to tell cause she doesn't talk about it, but I wouldn't be surprised if she has with that boyfriend of hers. They've been going out since the 8th grade and they still seem to be madly in love, or at least as madly in love as you can be at 15 and 16 years old.
Enough about my friends already, huh? Let's move on to my family. My parents, despite what seems to be all the rage these days, are still married. They've been happily married for 35 and still seem to be able to stand each other, even though they have different personalities. My dad is a journalist, he writes for a paper here in Boston (Boston is all your getting about where I live and which school I go to. I wouldn't want people hearing me bitch and complain about them on the Internet for all to see, and become even more of an outcast). My mother is a real estate agent, she sells the lovely homes that nobody whose middle class can afford. Oh, and I should mention that my mother is like an adult version of my so-called-friends. The way she talks about perfect Posie, with her size 2 body and full blond hair, I know she wishes her one and only daughter were her, not the thick brown haired, size 12, fashion disaster daughter she got.
There is only one person in my life that I can stand to be with for exactly who they are, and no it's not myself. It's my older brother, Patch. He is the reason I fell in love with the 80's, being that he was a teenager during them. Yeah that's right, my older brother is 20 years older then I am, he's 35. (I know it's a little weird isn't it him being 20 years my senior. Here's how it went down; my parents had Patch when they were just teenagers themselves. My mother was actually my age 15, my dad was 16. So, they've been married exactly as many years as Patch has been alive. Well after having Patch as teens they hadn't planned on having another kid at all, but 20 some years later, uh-oh, I came into the world as a little accident.) I think the age difference is why I adore him so much. He owns a record store called Music: Then and Now. It's got everything you could possibly imagine; to the newest rap, rock, country, or pop c.d.'s to vinyl from the 60's, 70's, 80's and much, much more. He's also an aspiring musician, he plays guitar and sings lead vocals in a local band he formed with his friends called You.Yes.You. If my parents would let me I'd move in with Patch, he's offered to let me stay with him cause he says I'm the coolest little sister a guy could have. But my parents being as old fashioned as they are think it would be wrong for a teenage girl to live on her own with only a sibling, even though he really is old enough to be my father.
Well I can't think of anything else to say today, but I'll be back I'll fill you in on all the ups and downs of my life. Buckle up it's going to be a bumpy ride.