11.28.2009

That's sad ...

Indulge me for a moment while I reminisce of days of old ... I mean, you don't have to. But if you do, 10 gold stars for you. :)

Do you remember Gelly Roll pens? In case not, here you go:

I feel like they used to be a lot more popular than they are now. But whatev. That is beside the point ... Here is the point: my senior year of high school I received a 12-pack of these babies as a birthday present. I adored them. And took them to school so I could do all of my assignments in multi-colored fun [much to Bruce R. Crane's dismay ... 10 more stars of you know who he is ... and 10 more if you think he looks like who I think he looks like!].

One afternoon, heading into the locker room after having ran a cross cross country race, I saw my backpack lying on the floor. I wanted to kick myself as I saw it lying there, first off, because who puts anything they actually plan on touching again on the locker room floor and secondly, although I live in Logan, Utah where about one crime happens biannually, I always took extra precaution. As I got closer I saw the front pocket was opened, and I knew I hadn't done it.

When looking in the pocket, I realized immediately that the only thing taken was my brand new 12-pack of Gelly Rolls. As I continued to look through the front pocket I realized that the thief had only gotten away with 11 ... for the navy blue pen was not in the package, but hiding in the very bottom of the pocket. I'm not positive, but I am sure I coddled the little blue pen for a minute, blamed myself for living the bag out in the first place and depressively [no, not a word] went on my not-so-merry way.

The following day in the locker room, getting ready for practice, one of my teammates who knew about the larceny, told me that in one of her classes a girl had a brand-new pack of Gelly Rolls.

My eyes widened with interest.

"Yes," she continued, "and guess what color was missing?"

Jaw open, head shaking, "Not the navy blue one!" I say.

"The navy one blue one!" she confirms. "And, to top if off, she is on the volleyball team and should be coming into the locker room any minute!"

Just as my mind began racing about what was I going to do ... she walked in. I immediately grabbed my navy blue Gelly Roll and walked up to her. I held out the pen and say, "Here you go."

"What?" she asks.

I try to hand it to her again. "Here. I figure you might as well have this one since you took all the rest."

"What?" she says. Again.

"You took the rest of my Gelly Roll pens so I figured you might as well have this one, that I assume you left behind by accident."

"I don't know what you are talking about."

"Yes, yes you do. Now, either you can give me back my pens, all 11 of them, or I can go to chat with someone with higher authority to get them back. Which would you prefer?"

"Well," she says, "I do have some Gelly Roll pens ... I can give them to you."

"You mean you have my Gelly Roll pens and you will give them to me."

Then my favorite line, as she is rummaging through her bag, "I didn't know they were yours."

Snotty Mindy then replies, "I realize it might have been difficult to realize they weren't yours, especially when you took them out of my bag."

She immediately starts handing me the pens individually and as she does, I count them out loud, "One ... two ... three ..." all the way to eleven to make sure I have them all.

Now, why do I tell this story? Because I ran into her, I dare not say how many years it has been, but years later and my immediate thought is, "You're the girl who stole my pens." And that, that is sad. Partially for me [forgive and forget, Mindy], but mostly ... mostly just for her and her larceny.

I cannot help but wonder if she recognized me ... I also couldn't help but wish I would have had a Gelly Roll with me to leave behind as a reminder.

21 comments:

Robby Spratt said...

That is a great story Mindy. I didn't know you were so assertive. I'll never look at Gelly Rollers the same way again. I think someone gave me a small pack of these many years ago. I might even still have a few left.

Erin said...

I need some gold stars...I totally remember Gelly Roll pens...they actually remind me of my friend Krista! She loves them too. Also, I totally know who Bruce Crane is, and I think he looks like Ned Flanders. Gold stars for me?? :)

Dennis and Amber Ogilvie said...

Hey I should get 400 gold star for remembering the whole story from high school days! By the way I love gelly roll pens too.

Krystal said...

Bruce Crane was your 11th grade history teacher, and he SO did not appreciate you adding multi-colored fun to your assignments (this is all just an elaborate guess :) ) BUT, I totally remember gelly pens and they were my favorite pen for seminary! Loved to mark my scriptures in PINK :) !!! AND, I think I would be exactly the same as you, I totally hold grudges that way (I am dreading my 10-year reunion next year, because the first thing that will come to my mind with everyone I see is probably something awful like this story, and they will be like "really, 10 years later, you still haven't gotten over that?? Grow up, Krystal!" *giggle*) You make me laugh, and you are definitely not alone in this problem. I think the way you solved it is quite funny!

Mike said...

"Hidely-ho neighborino!" That was my best Mr. Crane impression. I had forgotten all about gelly roll pens, but immediately remembered them when you brought them up. And p.s., I found out that my sisters ya-yas (philippino nannies) sleep in the bottom bunk together.

Scott, Andi and Jack said...

HA HA HA!
That dirty old logan high locker room! Someone stole my clothes one day while I was in gym. For the love! It was a denim shirt for Pete's sake. My mom's denim shirt at that! I hope that weasel is enjoying it.

Cali said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOh.. I'm dying to know that volleyball playing thief. I seriously thought we volleyball players were all honest and nice. :) Guess not. I do love Mr. Crane though- he was one of my favorite teachers of all time. What a guy.

ShaeandJustin said...

You crack me up! That is freaking hilarious. I always can go to your blog and get a laugh!

Avree said...

Loved that story. Stealing makes me really mad, I love it when people get caught. That's too bad she would steal something as small as Gelly Roll pens.

Nicole Anderson said...

Bruce Crane... where do we start? He's still teaching... if we can call it that... ;) but I'm not real sure who you think he looks like.. and I'm glad you caught the girl who stole your pens... :)

Erin Hatch said...

Mindy, you are hil-arious. Just as much as ever. I love reading your blog and I love you to pieces.

Allison and Josh said...

hahahaha! What an awesome story! And yes, I completely love Gelly Roll pens as well! I used to buy them frequently. I even bought some for people to use to sign my guest book at my wedding. I wish they were still as easy to find as they used to be. I loved the glitter ones and the lightning ones that had the silver streak in them. Oh and I also had a neon yellow one that I would use to highlight scriptures!!

DeeAura said...

I'm gonna feel really left out with this comment...but...

Is it okay for me to feel a little bad for her? I mean...she shouldn't have stolen your pens. And it's only logical she would be embarrassed for stealing them..(though - GUTSY of you to confront her like that! phew!) I just feel bad for her. She probably thought twice before ever taking something again?

Yikes.

Jeremy and Marie said...

I had Mr. Crane as well, for sociology of course. Hey, you owe me some stars bytheway. I gave you some missionary ideas awhile a go, what gives?!

Burke and Emily Adams said...

Dear Mindy,

I read your blog faithfully and it always lifts my day. This particular blog made me laugh my head off at your gumption. *Sigh* If only I was so brave.

Sincerly,

Your Cyber Stalker and Biggest Blog Fan

Meg said...

I must claim my ten gold stars for indulging you. That is quite the story. I doubt I would have been strong enough to confront her. I probably would have just silently hated her every time I saw her. I think your method is better.

Michelle said...

I too, shall now read your blog faithfully. Great story! I remember gelly rolls! And of course I remember Bruce Crane. I loved how at the end of the hour every day as were slinging our backpacks over our shoulders so eager to exit the classroom into the hallways, we would hear him chant in a chipper voice was..."See you, tomoree!"

Lissa Clair said...

but the question is... did any of these gelly pens glitter? those were my FAVORITE in junior high.

Jade said...

That's funny. Although I never did understand the craze with the gel pens cause they only worked half the time you were using them. They kinda bugged me.

It is so time for me to get some gold stars.

Julie M. said...

Multi-colored notes were the best! I love Gelly Rolls! And that locker room. Man, I have stories. Someone once stole my sports bra. Um, hello? :)

Kristin said...

Gelly rolls are the BOMB! I indulged your story and loved it, then read it to my husband who cackled with me. Thank goodness for the blue pen that saved the day!!! SOOO glad she got caught- ah sweet justice. I once had a super cute shirt stolen from my locker when I forgot to lock it, and it was borrowed for the school dance that night. I ended up going to the dance in my dirty gym shirt!! (Why didn't Mom bring me a fresh one??)

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