MALIBU HIGH: SOME DAYS OF SENIOR DAZE

Created by Cebe Loomis

January 2013

When I went home this past month for my final winter break as a college senior, I stepped back into a world I had thought had gone with the wind (and four years of college). Living as seniors in high school, my brother, Apollo, and his friends share something any nostalgic soul would sweetly and sadly smile at. This "something" includes the years growing up playing soccer together, the first punch thrown on the playground of elementary school, or the carpooling to skate parks in the rebellious days of Eminem and that first spliff.

I understand those days as a wormhole of immortality, perpetuated by the physiological madness of youth, and on first arriving home, I believed that dimension to be vacuum-sealed to my brother and his friends, but I was wrong. That alternate reality that seems like a lucid dream, exists not only to those living within it but also to those who have already created and experienced it. 

This is the reason why the heavy bows of adolescence may fondly weigh us down as we get older, because it will always live within you just as vibrantly as you once lived. 

It is because of my brother and his friends that I was able to come to this conclusion, and for that reason I thought it appropriate to create a photo-essay dedicated to their time as seniors in high school. The project is titled: Some Days of Senior Daze, and documents my brother and his friends on some of those days back in high school where you wished someone with a camera was around to capture the memories.

Name: 
Jake Wexler


Age: 
17


Occupation: 
1. Student, Malibu High School, Class of 2013
2. Summer Camp Counselor
3. Movie Theater Employee


Question: 
Where are you right now?


Answer:
"I am in the best place in the world."

Name: 
Apollo Wallace Weston Loomis


Age: 
18


Occupation: 
1. Student, Malibu High School, Class of 2013
2. Movie Theater Employee


Q: Where are you right now?


A: "As of right now I am in a good spot. It’s an exciting time for all the boys and really the only thing we want to do is enjoy it. Like the song, we want to make every night as dope as it can possibly be. If it is posting in a cul-de-sac with some instrumentals or raging at some house party all we want to do is have a good time. That’s where I am at, just trying to have fun. I am just trying to smoke a spliff, drink a beer and enjoy the moment, and not think ahead too much. I’m excited, a little sad too, but more so confident that the road I am on now is filled with excitement, opportunity, and even sicker memories. I will never forget what has gone down here in Malibu though; love all my boys till death."

Name: 
Kenyon "Kenon" Solomon


Age: 
18


Occupation: 
1. Student, Malibu High School, Class of 2013
2. Artist/Producer, Independent
3. Pizza Delivery Boy


Q: Where are you right now?


A: "Alright, so my answer to the question, "where I am right now?" is very boring because I'm sitting on my ass in an Economics class doing busy work as a second semester senior. F this! I'm trying to graduate high school and get the hell out of here and venture out into the world. Experience my own life independently. I applied to like 9 different colleges but my number one choice is NYU. I want to get a degree in music production and become my own hip-hop producer and hopefully make my own record label. I love all these friends that I have grown up with, I am going to the deathbed with these homies. Even though we are all going separate ways after we graduate, I will always keep in touch with these guys and I will be friends with them for the rest of my life. Some senior days...... Peace out."

Name: 
Wynn "Winifred" Jacobson-Galan


Age: 
17


Occupation: 
1. Student, Malibu High School, Class of 2013
2. Amateur Astronomer
3. Jazz Musician
4. Aspiring Engineer
5. Golfer
6. Skateboarder


Q: Where are you right now?


A: "The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle of Quantum Physics (a branch of physics that describes the motion and actions of most particles in the universe) states that any given particle can consciously know where they are or how fast the are going (momentum) but not both. Now since humans are made up of atoms and atoms are made up of quantum particles, one could conclude that I as a human am influenced by these same quantum laws. However, a real physicist could point out that I'm full of shit for making such a philosophically inclined connection and that my scales are really all wrong. But nonetheless I'm rolling with this tangent of thought. So, I as a human at this moment, have momentum and a location but unfortunately I cannot know both. And I think this is pretty relevant to any teenager today. I really do think I know where I am: I'm in high school for a couple more months, I know my town and my environment, I know my family and my friends and I think I know myself as of now. So my location is settled, presently. But my momentum is a different story. I believe that my momentum is the passions that I believe will carry me on my next life journey; the one after high school. Now I may be a wiseass, self-indulged teenager (like the rest), but I do understand the fact that no matter what I consider my location now(consciously), I still have momentum to take me to my next life location, whatever that may be. So really, my quantum journey through life has many factors that determine where I will go after this present location that was my teenage, high school years."


But I am content with what I have now and where I appear to be. As I should be. I'm privileged to be in the place I am now and I will always look back on it with nostalgia. Maybe my life is already pre-determined and I'm just viewing one small portion of a finite stream of consciousness. Or maybe I'm just observing one of an infinite number of multiverses that house different scenarios of my life (a topic better understood by someone taking fat moles to the dome than by the average human being). However, no matter what happens, life moves pretty fast (for quantum particles and even for teenagers) but I'm learning to stop, and observe and enjoy the various places in my life I end up because I only have one chance to do it.


Thank you and goodnight.


Sincerely,
Winifred"

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