Finally, after whatever the hell happened between 1997-98 (I was too busy eating...?) I realised I was good at something.
I had started Drama as an elective and we were having a school play.
Wasn't I always being called a drama queen?
Now was my chance.
Lucky me, I could also hold a tune and the musical was "Little Shop of Horrors".
I got to mix with the older kids (people a bit more my size) and show off the talent I had.
Modesty being the key, I'll tell you I wasn't the best person in the show.
I was the second best - the other guy was pretty much the coolest, most talented and popular guys in Year 12.
He's married to the girl next to me in this photo.
So I got to feel a bit like being the big fat one didn't matter.
I still insisted that I had to cover my arms for the show, as I felt these were a particularly bad part of my body.
But I felt - cool.
And a monster was created.