WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL TWO RIVERS WI CLASS OF 1989

Thursday, January 12, 2006

BRANDON PODHOLA

By request, here is what I know about Brandon.

Here is what I know about Brandon...

Umm... wow... Brandon...

I don't know jack shit about Brandon!

Brandon wasn't popular. But he wasn't part of the dork crowd either. He was a step above them. If memory serves, he hung out with people like Mike "don't call me Bruce/call me Bruce" Schroeder and Scott Stephens. He also had a dislike for Paul Streubel - as most of us did - more on him later.

My one main memory of Brandon is this. Knowing that I was a Beatles' fan, he asked me if I could make a copy of the song "Revolution" for him. His intent? He wanted to play it to fire himself up before basketball games. Brandon wasn't on the team. But apparently he and his friends wanted to jam to the tune to get rowdy beforehand.

Richard and I came up with this plan to provide him a copy of the Beatles' song "Revolution 1" - which is a much slower version of the song. Brandon obviously wanted the kick-ass, fast version that the masses are familiar with. It would have been a good joke. But no tape was ever made anyway.

That's all I got! Wait, no. There's more. Today, Brandon is apparently married to a woman named Marea. And he was allegedly working at some place in Green Bay.

UPDATE - 8/1/06 - Brandon has sent me a recent photo of himself. Look down to see it. He's promised to send a family photo at some point in the near future as well.



UPDATE - 10/9/06 - On Saturday October 7th, 2006, Brandon went to The Sands in Green Bay to see Greg Pagel perform. Fellow classmate Lisa Pauze was also there. You can see the picture below.



UPDATE - Thanks to Shannon Koch for providing this photo of Brandon (at least I think it's Brandon) from graduation day, June 4th, 1989.

14 Comments:

At Fri Jan 13, 12:20:00 PM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

I met this goon back in 7th grade. He sat behind me in Mr. Monka's social studies class. For some reason, Richard seemed to like him so I figured I would too, since Richard and I shared so many like opinions. After all, we both thought Andy Warhol's Flesh for Frankenstein was a masterpiece so why wouldn't we agree on Brandon?

Well I'll tell you why. And this is something I never really admitted to at the time but always suspected.

The guy was, in my humble opinion, a dick! He just had this way about him that was instantly grating. Though, as Burt stated, not officially part of the "dorkus malorkus" crowd, he certainly should have been. What I gathered from him is what I gathered from many at the time: they exuded desperation. They wanted to be that oh-so-fleeting thing: COOL.

And Brandon just frickin' tried too hard. He wore his desperation on his sleeve and it was ultimately his undoing.

By the way, all the caveats that Burt mentioned I must reinforce. This is nothing personal against Mr. Podhola. For all I know, today he is a successful power broker with a houseful of kids and is the greatest guy on the planet. So when I say, "The guy was a dick!" it in no way is intended to cast any aspersions on the REAL Brandon Podhola. In fact, what I write on these pages has nothing to do with REALITY. It is merely a recording of my perceptions at the time.

And, as we all know, perception and truth having nothing to do with each other.

 
At Fri Jan 13, 01:10:00 PM PST, Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

For the record, Mr. Monka was our 8th grade social studies teacher.

 
At Sun Feb 05, 02:27:00 AM PST, Blogger getaclue said...

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At Sun Feb 05, 02:43:00 AM PST, Blogger getaclue said...

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At Sun Feb 05, 02:50:00 AM PST, Blogger getaclue said...

Ok TWORIVERSWALRUS you need to get your facts straight. You know nothing about me, Paul Streubel. I went to Washington High my senior year only and I was glad it went quickly. Everyone was very unfriendly to me as a new student, which should be expected considering we are talking about Two Rivers. I found about 99% of the students to be nothing but a bunch of narrow minded assholes and bitches. I was a graduate of the 1988 class. So why don't you just leave me out of your 1989 smear campaign. Do you really think you can say "as did most of us did" and speak for an entire class of students. Honestly, is your life so sad you have to relive all of your precious high school memories. High school is 4 years out of what 70 for the average person. How meaninless is it really. So TWORIVERSWALRUS these may be your opinions and things the way you see them, but maybe you should also think about checking your facts and learning to let go. After all these years it is really necessary to be such an ass about such trivial things. Instead of spreading your blogs of slander. Being in Law I would think you would have a more professional view about what you say and post. GET A CLUE!

 
At Sun Feb 05, 06:34:00 AM PST, Blogger the_meff said...

Wow...

Your first unhappy customer, Burt.

 
At Mon Feb 06, 08:05:00 AM PST, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

Now it's getting good...

 
At Tue Feb 14, 03:17:00 PM PST, Blogger Brad Strouf said...

I miss Paul Streubel, he was making things interesting.

 
At Mon Feb 20, 12:47:00 AM PST, Blogger moptopjen said...

Brandon is the first guy I ever kissed. I think it was 1st or 2nd grade; on the playground. We were neighboors & he was a perfectly nice kid, and I think he stayed that way. And if I remember correctly, his mom was awesome. Hope he and his are well.

Then in 5th Mrs. Kadow called my mom to bitch that I was kissing all the boys on the playground.

Can I comment on the crabby one? If we're talking stats, most every1 to have participated has seemed to enjoy it. But that's my opinion. Good thing every1 is entitled to one.

 
At Thu Apr 27, 07:23:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brandon P. said...

Love the site Burt. I never really knew you very well. I remember you as being quite strange, but in a funny way. After reading some of your material, I'm glad you and I didn't have much contact. You would have gotten me into so much trouble. We have such a similar sense of humor. I was a total follower in high school and I would have taken to you like the Germans took to Hitler in the 1930s.

I quickly left T.R. after graduation and had absolutely zero urge to return so this really brings back some memories. Here are some random thoughts and info of my own:

As you correctly mentioned, I live in Green Bay and I'm married to an incredible woman named Marea. We met in 1991 at U.W.S.P. and got married in 1994. I am the lead chemist at a nutraceutical company. Marea has a degree in Dietetics but has chosen to stay at home and raise our son, Jake who is going to be 7 this year. I spend most of my free time at our place up north, fishing, attending concerts and collecting live music.

My recollections of high school are sketchy since I have very limited contact with anyone from high school. The only person that I kept in touch with was Scott Stephens but that was only until sometime around 2000. He was my best man when I married Marea but I unfortunately lost touch with him shortly after my son was born. He was living in Kansas but I think he was looking to relocate. I don't know where he ended up.

Burt, I remember the "Revolution" request you mentioned above, it was while we were at Clarke. I don't recall using it to get fired up for basketball games but who knows. You did give me a tape with "Revolution 1" from the White Album on it. Or maybe it was Richard, somebody did. I remember thinking, "what the hell is this crap" in a Beavis and Butthead sort of way. I was so disappointed. I had no idea you were screwing with me. Good one. How the hell did you remember that? I went and listened to "Revolution 1" after reading your memories of me. I got a good laugh.

 
At Thu Apr 27, 09:07:00 PM PDT, Blogger Greg Pagel said...

Brandon! My first bass player.

Hope you're good. I have a 7 year-old, too. Man, those SUCK!

 
At Tue Aug 15, 06:31:00 AM PDT, Blogger Chris said...

Brandon was a good friend and fellow musician. We had some good times in the past, shared some great music, and outrageous bonfires out @ Dave Yaugers house. I hope you are doing well Brandon!

 
At Thu Aug 17, 04:43:00 AM PDT, Blogger Chris said...

Yes Brandon, I have recurring nightmares of the ear incident. If you remember correctly it happened during gym class in the pool. Jeff Rehrauer witnessed it as I came up from underneath and you decided to use my head as a kickboard. If you still have my ear, I would like it back, as my equilibrium has been off for some time!

 
At Thu Aug 17, 06:43:00 PM PDT, Blogger Brandon P. said...

Uh, yeah, sorry about that. How did I get the pool mixed up with drinking?

I found a big piece of cartilage underneath my big toenail after you asked. It might be yours.

 

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