My First Jr. High Dance

I’m now a World Cup soccer fan, all because of a girl named Sue.

In 1977, my friends and I had barricaded ourselves in a booth near the dance floor at the Holy Rosary Catholic School (pictured), site of our first Junior High dance. Sue approached our booth, grabbed my arm and yanked me onto the gym floor under the streamers and mirror ball.

I remember two things: 1) Andy Gibb singing, “I Just Want To Be Your Everything”, and 2) I enjoyed dancing!

I danced 21 times with 18 different girls that night.


  • I loathed running, until I tried it.
  • I hated avocados, until I tasted guacamole. (recipe below)
  • I mocked Country music, until I listened to it.
  • I was scared of girls, until I dated one.
  • I despised soccer, until I finally watched it.

Certainty can limit you. Try stuff. (140 words)

Bonus: Andy in action (add screaming girls here)

Double Bonus: My Wife’s Guacamole Recipe

Total Time: 10 min

Prep: 10 min

Yield: 3 cups

Level: Easy

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4 ripe Hass avocados

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (1 lime)

1/2 cup small-diced sweet onion (1 small onion)

1 large garlic clove, minced

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 medium tomato, seeded, and small-diced


Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the flesh out of their shells into a large bowl (cube). Immediately add the lime juice, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper and toss well. Add the tomatoes. Mix well and taste for salt and pepper.

Eat as a dip with chips.


  1. Sue Treu says:

    Thanks for the flashback – I remember the Bee Gees! And thanks for the recipe – we love guacamole – especially Gary! I’ll give it a try. One question . . . how do you get 3 tbsp. fresh lime juice from 1 “lemon?” 😉

  2. Bee Gee fevah! That Becky is pretty talented, no? Hope to have you make me up a batch when I visit sometime soon! 🙂

  3. Brian Mahoney says:

    I was just driving by Holy Rosary yesterday with my wife and commented on how I remember going to dances in the old gym there…great memories!

  4. Great memories, indeed! I walked past Lincoln Elementary (what remains of it, that is), and shared stories with my son of the beaten path from my desk to the principal’s office. Detroit Lakes was a wonderful place to be raised, to be sure. Thanks for chiming in, Brian!

  5. Sue Harris says:

    Great story, great memories of DL. Yes, a cool place to grow up.

  6. Ha. I remember the dances but the song stuck in my head from those nights was Paradise by the dashboard light…

  7. Beth Tyberg Funkhouser says:

    Thanks for the great memories. Yes, DL was a great town to grow up in.

  8. Spent the weekend with my mom, so fun. Went to the beach for two days and bored my son with story after story of my childhood. Of course, I couldn’t recant ALL the stories. 🙂 Have a wonderful day, Sue, thanks for stopping by! #Lakerfriend

  9. Oh, great…now THAT song is stuck in my head for a day or two. Haha, good cal! Take care, my friend.

  10. Amen! The beach was packed this pas weekend, felt like old times. My body didn’t feel like old times, just old. 🙂 Hopefully you get back to visit from time to time, Beth! Next reunion? Take care, thanks for swooping in!

  11. Wow, flashback!
    3 things I remember from Holy Rosary Catholic School –
    1) Jamming on the 9 ft. rims – We thought we were Dr. J!
    2) Disco w/ Angie, Lisa, and Linda – what other guys were there? 🙂
    3) Dancing to Nazareth: “Love Hurts”
    My how the years fly by…
    My mom often says “a good town to grow up in.”
    Will be there with the family over the 4th!
    Brent, I will not believe you had a path to the Mr. Lee’s office at Lincoln. No way! Plus, you’re not old, just getting better with time!


  12. Hoops! You have one, terrific memory on ya, love it. I’d need 7 ft. rims at this point. Disco isn’t dead, but we just about killed it. 🙂 Just downloaded “Love Hurts” on iTunes…my wife is gonna hate that song really soon. Your mom is a wise woman, spot on. Mr. Lee…that guy was stylin’, no? Thanks for your encouraging words, you’ve always had a gift of making others feel good about themselves, appreciate you! Have fun on the 4th weekend, walk the beach, peek in the Pavilion, drive up and down the strip and reminisce away!

  13. I just couldn’t stay away from DL and moved back. Tom and I were looking through yearbooks the other day talk about flashbacks, i think I saw a picture of you in a caveman outfit? Ran into Mr. Lee on Thursday at the pavillion, felt like a kid again and he remembered my name. Gotta love small towns.

  14. Beth Tyberg Funkhouser says:

    We are planning on being back over the 4th. It is always wonderful to go home. My youngest is going to Concordia next year so that she can be closer to DL. Don’t worry we aren’t old – yet!

  15. Hope you came across my sweet grad pic with the hair parted down the middle and feathered bangs going over the ears. Hmmm…funny, never did have a girlfriend, wonder why?! How much to burn that caveman pic? Of course he remembers your name…you were a “nice” girl. 🙂 That’s so fun that you saw him, love the small town atmosphere!

  16. Haha! Tru dat. So happy you get to come home…enjoy!

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