Self-Deprecating Sunday (13) Guest Post
In which the YA author shares what’s Great and Awkward about the teenage years.
Today we have my first guest post with Josh Berk. This week we’ve been celebrating the upcoming launch of his YA novel, The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. It releases this Tuesday from Knopf books for young readers. And I’m 100% excited to read it. Probably you’ve figured that out. So let’s conclude this Berkparty with a little self-deprecation.
I give you “Berk as a member of the East Hills Middle School Marching Band.”
About the picture: I was only in band for one year — 6th grade. I was never really good at the saxophone and being part of a marching band did not appeal to my desire to always be the center of attention. So I quit probably soon after this picture was taken. I do remember enjoying that saucy hat. And the gloves! This would have been 1987. I was eleven years old. I also remember that my reed broke right before the parade started and I had lost my spare reeds so I didn’t even play the instrument. I just marched while pretending to play the sax. Probably I wasn’t even really good at marching in time. And certainly the hat wasn’t as cool as I thought it was.
22 thoughts on “Self-Deprecating Sunday (13) Guest Post”
Hi Jody & Josh 🙂
I love the pic!
All the best,
I’m not sure if it’s the outfit, or the fact he’s clearly so happy wearing it, that is making me grin so wide!
In any case, Josh, wishing you one of the most memorable weeks of your life, anot to mention really, really LOW numbers on Amazon and BN.com (‘cuz I know you’re gonna be watching)…
Ha! Thanks so much, Tina!
Josh, that is indeed one saucy hat. The photo is adorable, as is the fact that you pretended to play your sax during a parade. HAHAHAHAHA… awesome! I will note, however, that you’ve posted on yourself at age 11, at which time one is still young and cute enough not to be truly awkward. (I have personally attempted to destroy all photographic evidence of myself at age 13, for instance. Perhaps you did the same.)
Thanks! And oh, I kept my teen years pictures of EXTREME awkwardness! I kept them in a drawer. WHERE THEY WILL STAY! 🙂
I never had a crush on you Berk…until now.
Your fellow sax playing geek,
Awesome! I was a “faker” in my award-winning HS marching band. They needed bodies to fill out the ranks and make the pretty patterns so I didn’t play, just pretended to while marching around. I even “faked” in the Rose Parade. I faked both clarinet and tenor sax depending on where they needed me. Ah…good times, although I think your uniform was just a bit snazzier than mine.
Wow, this made me grin. But I’ve got to agree with Tammara… you’re young enough there to be nerdy-cute instead of nerdy-pathetic. We demand more embarrassing pictures of Berk!
Ha! I have plenty of nerdy-pathetic pictures & I’m not afraid to show ’em!
(OK, am a little afraid.)
LOL! This is great. What percentage of high school musicians are faking? Someone needs to do a poll.
I forgot to mention I played the saxophone too. I didn’t fake it, but I probably should have.
Also, I heard somewhere there was a photo of Berk that involved wearing spandex. It mysteriously couldn’t be found for the post…perhaps someday it will turn up.
Thanks for all the comments, guys! I’m digging it very much.
My eyes just exploded from the awesome.
Fantastic! I am still laughing…WITH you, Berk, not AT you.
Now we just need the “today” picture with you in that white turtleneck. You know you still have it, Berk. Don’t hold out on us.
MY EYES MY EYES!!!
I totally want to be on this, by the way. But I need to find something.
Lucky Berk has a SLEW of hideous pictures from the past.
Kidding! I mean, awesome. Awesome pictures of the past.
“It’s more fun than Church” lol! 🙂
I think Josh looks quite dapper! This band uniform screams drum major! Much better than the cowboy hats my band had. 🙂
way better than my band uniform! and i think the hat is even cooler than you thought it was. thank you for this!
Congrats Josh on your debut book. What a great title. I’m looking forward to reading it. Perhaps sometime you can post advice on what went well with marketing the book.
If only I had known about this post sooner. The entire direction of my life would’ve changed. Ahh, Berk. You are a gem. 🙂