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Luebbe's blog embraces a #throwbackthursday type of nostalgia that's all about not being the hippest kid in school. She writes in the intro, "If you are thinking this will be the diary of a popular girl who talks about all her cool friends, hot dates, and exciting parties…well…then PLEASE continue thinking that and do not read on." It's about recalling a decade that now seems simple and sweet—when you actually hung out with friends at the mall instead of online and when making mixed cassette tapes was the apex of technological know-how. "It's the only time when you have such passionate feelings for Brandon Walsh from '90210' or your Popple," she says. "I think people like to remember things that were a huge deal to them once."
Growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska, Luebbe describes her childhood as "totally normal and middle class." One challenge for her as a girl was being a skinny 6-foot-2 by her early teens. She writes in the blog, "I entered the awkward phase earlier than most and stayed there for well over a decade."
Another ongoing struggle she relays in her first journal posts (she's planning on putting up a few a week for the next six months) is what we will refer to as "the bangs saga." In one entry, she describes confronting her mother after watching an episode of "Beverly Hills, 90210":
I asked her a question I had been [dying] to ask her for about 2 years. Can I grow my bangs out? She said, "Well, you would have to cut your hair so short to match your bangs." NOT!!! No one else [does]!
P.S.= Sometimes I want to die!
In a later entry, she has been allowed to change her style, but is now engaged in an unanticipated daily hairspray war. After discovering the journals in her parents' house, she recalls, "I was surprised by the extreme emotions that came up. Whether or not my crush spoke to me or if my mom let me get a pair of Guess jeans were cause for sheer delight or passionate angst. You don't have a lot of perspective at that age—or at least someone as sheltered as I was did not."
Despite her glasses, braces, and not-so-average height, Luebbe reveals that she was something of a player when it came to her main crush, Dan. Another entry reads:
Today I thought Dan looked cuter than ever. He wore black shorts and a very big sweater. The other day Dan sat in front of me while our teacher was reading. I slowly touched my hand to his [gentle] back and [scratched] it softly. He looked back and smiled at me and I smiled at him. He is a HUNK!!!
Luebbe, who performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City, said she hopes to turn the blog into a Web series or monologue. Meanwhile, we'll keep checking back for updates to see how her Paula Abdul-inspired choreography is coming along and whether Saturday afternoon meant TCBY or Baskin-Robbins.
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