I was going to write about gym class when i got home tonight. But something else ended up taking more of a precedence when i came home and saw my inbox in my email. Feel i kinda got desperate when it comes to asking ppl for donations. ANd yeah, I ended up sending out an email to a high school guy in whom I had a MEGA crush on back in the day. God, he had been so cute looking. and GOD, he was so artistically talented. We took the same photography class in high school. I remember i always looked forward to that class just so i could be in his presence. And GOD, he had been SOooo popular. He ended up being the prom king during senior prom night. Anyways, the only way I really discovered him was cuz he came across as a suggested person to add on linkedin. and okay, i thought... why not, i ended up deciding to send him an email that i discovered thru his website.. HONEST to god, I had ZERO friends in high school. Please, someone *PINCH ME*. I cant believe he wrote me back and made his personal donation.
My email i wrote to him and his response (I attached a photo of my high school diploma in the email)
This is TJ Hinnen reaching out to you. TJ Hinnen?? Who is this person you may ask. I realize while I may come across as a stranger to you, we actually had a "connection" with each other in the past. We actually graduated from the same high school, same year too - Kearny High School, 1990. If you still have your Kearny High School year book, you will see my photo in there.
I was pretty much unpopular in high school. Quiet and terribly shy. I threw away my high school year book because I did not have good memories from that time. You may not really remember me because I mostly kept to myself. But I totally remember you. You were a popular guy in high school.. and I remember I had a mega crush on you. But I think all the girls probably did, LOL...
In high school, we actually took the same photography class with Mr. Bednarczyk.
Senior prom, what a downer of an experience. I attended that prom with my sister's boyfriend because no other guy would go out with me that day. I had been THAT desperate... What made that night even more devastating for me is that you ended up being the prom king with some popular blonde girl who was the prom queen that night... I forget her name. But I remember she was blonde, tall and beautiful... and that I just wanted to die when I saw you two together. Oh my aching heart that night.
Oh, high school memories. The trials and tribulations.
I am 45 now. I like to believe I've grown out of that awkward stage.
I hope my email doesn't come across as too stalkerish. But how I came to stumble across you is that you came up as a suggest person to add on my Linkedin page. Your name, just triggered a memory. And I thought I would randomly shoot you an email.
I currently work for Whole Foods Market. I've been with the company for 10 years. And this year I got the exciting opportunity to run in this NYC marathon - running for a cause, fundraising for Team for Kids.
To view more details of my fundraising efforts and to make a small donation, you can go here. https://runwithtfk.org/Profile/PublicPage/52861
Yes, I feel it would be kinda cool to receive the support of a person I use to have a mega crush on back in the day.
Anyways, I'm happy for you that you seem to be doing really well in your career and have remained in the art field. Good to see you have followed through with your artistic talent.
What a nice surprise! Yes, of course I remember you. For all the jerks that came out of KHS its wonderful to see someone who is striving to make a difference and putting others first.....That's you TJ.
I would be honored to help you reach your goal, Ill visit the link now.
Good luck!....and thanks so much for reaching out!
OMG, PLEASE, someone *PINCH ME*