Sunday, May 17, 2009

Yearbook Panic, Brown Bags & Underwear

I spent most of the weekend trying not to hyperventilate and trying, rather unsuccessfully, to ignore my annual YBP–as in YearBookPanic.

Forget the Y2K hullabaloo. Never mind the stock market meltdown. And don’t you even worry your pretty head about the Swine Flu Pandemic Panic.

YBP eclipses everything. Nothing–and I do mean nothing–quite sends chills up and down your spine like yearbook delivery time. (I’ve written about it before. Let’s all hope we can go another year yelling, “Not it! Not it! Not it!)

Apparently my sick, twisted friends over at my yearbook reps office didn’t think I was quite jittery and jumpy enough. No siree, Missy. They thought it would be hilarious to send me that CNN link about the girl from Florida who went to school sans underwear, sat in the front row for her club group photograph and now appears to have pulled a Paris Hilton-Britney Spears-Lindsay Lohan shot for all eternity in the 2009 Sickles High School Yearbook (minus, of course, any good fame or fortune).




Mom now wants the school to quit handing out the yearbooks, confiscate the ones already passed out and reprint the entire book minus the offending photograph.

Jeepers Creepers. Someone hand me a brown paper bag. So you can see why I can’t wait until the 1,300 copies of our 2009 yearbook appear at my schoolhouse door. I’m sure there’s a mistake or two somewhere in those 304 pages despite ordering everything checked and rechecked. We do name checks. We do hand gesture checks. We do fact checks. We check, recheck and check again.

But an underwear check? Goodness gracious.

11 comments:

MrsD said...

Oh goodness.

Will not send that link to the Yearbook coordinator at my school. I don't think there's enough paper bags for that

cupcake said...

I, too, am a yearbook advisor, and we had our distribution last week. One kid threatened to sue me for "ruining" her senior year, a former staffer warned me to "prepare for the fire" he will rain down on me, and we could not have messed up one senior ad more if we had been dared to do it.

Get the paper bag. We all know everyone loves to complain about the yearbook, so even if you don't have any girls baring their woman parts or subversive staffers sneaking in naughty words, you still have to deal with the flak.

mybellringers said...

How right you are, cupcake! It's amazing how every year, we yearbook advisers have "ruined" the lives of so many. My paper bag is at the ready!

Clix said...

Lord, lord... have you seen the OTHER yearbook disaster story?

It made me want to hide under the bed!!!

mybellringers said...

Clix,
OMG, OMG, OMG! Now I'm starting to sound like a Valley Girl! I just went to the link you sent. I'm ready to hide under a bed, too! Jeepers Creepers!

Jenn S. said...

I am a yearbook adviser as well. Our books came in today and I will be spending the night triple checking the 324 pages, hoping I don't find anything too offending! I love being a yearbook adviser but get so nervous when it's time to distribute them!

mybellringers said...

Jenn S,
I know… it's just so nerveracking! I'll be glad when this week's over and we can finally relax and enjoy the book. Good luck with yours!

Anonymous said...

Oh geez... There were three other girls on the front row and they obviously knew how to keep their legs closed, sans underware or not! Has she not ever heard of thongs?

HappyChyck said...

Do you think that there were other days she went commando? Do you think she sits like that a lot? Could it be possible that people have...you know...seen it before? Ew!

Great...another thing I have to check for in the yearbook.

I hope your book is full of only pure images!

Patricia said...

I always share my yearbook experience with students whose names are misspelled. In college I was in the yearbook three times and each time my name was misspelled and each time it was misspelled a different way. It did not scare me for life....it turned me into a yearbook adviser.

Melissa B. said...

Holy Guacamole! And I thought we had problems with our Index this year...I think I'd rather have a screwed up Index than girl sans panties in the yearbook! What was she thinking? BTW, if you have a chance, please stop by my Silly Sunday Sweepstakes. Featuring Flower Power today!