Look at that. Muppet Babies lunch box, Karate Kid 2 belt buckle, spiked hair, a winning smirk and a wicked pose. 1987 was good to me, man.
But here's another shot from the last day of school, on the other side of the same tree:
The spiked hair, the cool accessories, the smirk... all gone, and replaced by giant glasses. Ben seems to have done okay for himself, though.
And so I became a dork. But I have a theory that no one who is cool as an adult was not a dork in school. How often do you meet cool people who look back on high school and say "man, when I was in high school, I was awesome. I really had it together back then." Not very often, kids.