Max: On that same note did they ever do the crashed car outside of your school? Mariel: Oh yes… what was it, uh…
Max: Yeeeees. Mariel: Shattered dreams! (You guys ever do that?)
Max: Shattered dreams! Yeah, yeah. Mariel: That– yeah, that’s fuckin’… the U.S. school system. They pretend your friends are dead. Barbara: Oh my God!
Mariel: And then they put them in a casket!
Max: Yeah. Barbara: (I’ve never had that.)
Mariel: You’ve never heard of Shattered Dreams? Let me– let me walk you through it–
(Max laughs) Mariel: And you know what the fucked up part was? It’s that you wanted to be the kid who died because you got out of school for the day!
Max: Yes! Yes! Yeah! You’d… Max: You got to go chill and then wake up in a casket! Barbara: Fuck is wrong with you guys, what…?
Mariel: So then, it was like… the… Mariel: The police department, like the fir– it was like this whole day of like staging a death. (Barbara laughs)
Max: Yes… yes. Yes!
Mariel: I’m ser– yeah! Mariel: And so… Mariel: There would be like one lucky kid, who like was the deceased.
Barbara: (One lucky kid…) Mariel: And… so they would pick… they would pick a couple of kids, and they would… I think it was like a scholarship program too. Mariel: So if you were like, one of the kids, like… you got to participate all day… and they would stage like an actual cra- Mariel: They would pull cars out of a junkyard, flip ’em over, and then you’d have to like… watch your friend be dragged out of a car… and like, have fake blood– and it’s like a whole production! Barbara: Why are both of you in total acknowledgement of this being an okay thing? Mariel: It’s not an okay thing!
Max: It just happened. Maggie: You’re the only two people in this room apparently that have experienced this thing. Mariel: No, other people let me know! Shattered Dreams. It was a thing!
Max: They know, they know. Mariel: There was another thing too where it was all about against drunk driving So they would ring a bell like throughout the day, and then like one person like whoever was the designated kid would like leave out of class and we’d put like crosses in the front yard of the school. Barbara: I thought’ you were gonna say like they’d put a dummy in the seat and like – MaxL That would be so cool!
Barbara: – He’s still here. Maggie: Do they do that in religious schools? Mariel: No! I grew up in like –
Max: No, that was like a public highschool. Mariel: a fucking small ass like conservative town Barbara: That’s really weird. Max: *laughing* This was in North Austin for me!
Mariel: It is. Mariel: And then at the end of the day they would have a huge assembly and like, the worst part – oh my god I forgot about this – they would have a casket and it wasn’t your friend. But they would be like: “Go check out the casket before you leave.” And so you would have to walk by the casket and then those motherfuckers put a MIRROR in there so you could see yourself in the casket! Barbara: Ewww! Mariel: It’s fucked up!
Maggie: I mean, that sounds kinda fun.
Barbara: It’s so fucked up! Mariel: It’s fucked up. Barbara:Listen it’s good to have kids be aware –
Mariel: Yes! Don’t drink and drive! Mariel: Be smart about it. Max: And we are gonna put on the biggest show of the century! Mariel: *laughing* Yeah! Like a whole production, like they’d put it in the paper. Barbara: My school had like silly hair day. Maggie: Yeah, we had that too.