Jim Lanier

Profile Updated: October 27, 2022
Jim Lanier
Jim Lanier


Jim Lanier


Yes! Attending Reunion
Residing In: Murphys, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: I've been married 13 years to Rebecca, my second wife.
Occupation: Self employed
Homepage: http://jimlanieronline.com
What are your favorite memories of NHS?

The parties we put on with money from the Students for a Better School; playing the hippie dippy weatherman in a skit and writing the bathroom interview skit for an assembly; playing guitar and singing "Country Roads" at a choir concert; roaming the halls on a pass from Dave Marks' class; working backstage in "Fiddler on the Roof"; being detained by police on the school roof after delivering a Volkswagen (the police didn't buy my explanation that I was merely fiddling); singing a James Taylor song accapella with Carmel Davis before school.

Possibly the best, though, was while we were in rehearsal for the play "Dark of the Moon."
I played Uncle Smelique, played guitar and had quite a few lines. One rehearsal, I accidently showed up stoned, what can I say? I was a victim! We got well into the play before Jane Ferguson stopped everything. I was studying the upper balcony, looking at the lights, lost in my reverie. I realized later that Jane had stopped the show to just rip me a new one, in front of everybody! She thoroughly castigated me for my lackluster performance! I thought I was doing pretty well, remembering my lines and all the songs!
I got even during dress rehearsal for Hello Dolly. I played the painter/wall paperer. The plot point was, the male lead was giving in to Dolly, by choosing blue wallpaper. I had no lines. I was supposed to look around the set upstairs, reappear downstairs and be ushered off. During dress rehearsal, I refused to be ushered off. I said very loudly, "I ain't got no blue wallpaper!" Jane had to laugh, even as she was threatening me with mayhem.

Oh, yeah, and Dave Smith and I once got thrown out of Physics class by Norm (I forget his last name), but we refused to leave. That was fun.

High points of your life since high school?

The big highlight was leaving Cubicle Hell. I worked for a Fortune 500 company for 12 years, until they downsized and offered me a buyout. I said, "Let me get this straight-- you'll pay me to leave? I'm outta here!"
Since then I've been homesteading in the Sierra Nevada foothills. I built a strawbale house (post and beam, with actual straw bales as infill walls, making the walls two feet thick-- really good insulation, about R60) with the help of my wife, Becky. We're off-the-grid, using photovoltaic panels for electricity and a wood stove (five acres of woods to thin) for warmth.
I'm semi-retired, as retired as any of us will probably get, with the government giving away our Social Security. I make part of my living singing and playing guitar (I went to the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, back in 1980) locally. I recorded a CD of original music back in 2004, which didn't make me rich or famous. I've had some of my poetry published, but that don't pay!

How often do you get back to Niles, MI?

I think the last time was nineteen-hunnert and ninety-three! No, make that ninety-four. Thanks for the memory jog, Teri!

Do you still see/talk to/hang out with any classmates? Who?

Digitally. Rick Harris, Terry Whistler, Dick Crocker, Randy Mace, Dave & Terri Howells, Pam Payne, Sharon Simmons, Tracy Reed, I could go on and on.

Did you have any nicknames in school? If so, what were they?

Boogie; Constant High; OPC#1

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Chop wood, read, write poetry and songs, play guitar and seek out spiritual enlightenment. I have a fruit orchard and (fairly) organic garden. And it looks like I'll be building my house longer than Jefferson took on Monticello...
All of a sudden, I'm working with a band, are you ready for this? It's called Juke Joint Jim and the Jammers.
Well, gotta update that. Don't even remember JJJ & the J's. Working with 3 bands now, enjoying the local musical scene.

If you own your own business, tell us about it and let us know if you have a web-site.

I kinda live off my wits (a poor living, I can hear Dick Crocker say) and muscle and some music. I mostly try not to spend any money. Ever.

I actually make some money playing music these days . . .

Other comments for your classmates:

I do not remember Durm's Pond. And I have bad news for those of you who listed those parties as favorite memories: Durm's Pond was like the '60's; if you remember them, you weren't there! Unless you remember regurgitating Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill, TJ Swan, Annie Greenspring and, could that be the bouquet of Stroh's/Jack Daniels/kaluha???!!?

Extended family: two black labs: Joe (8) and Bodie (7); two black cats: Mausser and Meuler (both 7); and a pot-bellied pig named Lilith.

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Posted on: Oct 27, 2022 at 2:41 PM

I’ve been making music since high school, and I kind of summed things up with a studio album of original songs. One of the things I learned was that it’s better to share music with a few friends than a thousand strangers. So this is for my friends from NHS, you’re still in my heart. It’s available on all the streaming services I know of.
I guess this thread doesn’t do links, so if you can’t copy and paste it, look up
The Evening Train by Jim Lanier.


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Posted on: Oct 07, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Hi Wendy, I noticed no one has posted reunion pics; I couldn't figure out how to do so on that page, maybe others are having the same problem?

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Hey I'm in town. Make sure you find me.

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Posted on: Jun 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Hi Wendy, sorry it took so long to get back to you. I imagine you've been sitting my your computer waiting?? :) I just tried again to post to the forum, no good. I get the page, but no curser in the page area. I typed in something (no words were visible) and hit submit and got this: Sorry, your message contains javascript or other attributes not allowed.
But I'm able to post to your profile. This doesn't preclude being re-slapped, though . . .

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Posted on: Jun 09, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Wendy, you may need to re-slap me and call me stupid again. First, thanks for the work that tied us into Classmates. Second, I tried to put up a message in the forum, and it didn't seem to work. Can't get the cursor/words to go up at the top of a really long page. Other parts seem to work, like this comment and navigation and such.

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Posted on: May 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Hi Wendy! I tried to fill out the survey, but it won't take answers on question 2, and you can't submit it without an answer to Q2 if you said yes on Q1.
Sorry to send bad news!
Have a good one!

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Posted: Mar 09, 2014 at 12:00 AM
My wife, Becky, will be furious I posted this photo. This was last October in Yosemite.
Posted: Mar 09, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Tom Bonner says, "It's just not fair!
Jim Lanier still has his hair!"
Here's Jim with one of his dogs, Joe, in front of the home he'll always still be building.
Posted: Mar 09, 2014 at 12:00 AM
This is the view from our home.
Posted: Mar 09, 2014 at 12:00 AM
All the color's inside. Yep, I made that hearth, from the native stone.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
This is THE status symbol in our neighborhood, a one-eared, pot-bellied pig, named Lilith.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Bodie loves playing in the snow.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
After we went and saw "Up," Becky started looking more like the old guy in the movie...
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
This cat Shaft's a bad mother...
(Shut your mouth!)
But I'm talkin' about Shaft!
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Our holiday greeting card to all my classmates!
Now, if I could just get someone to remove the fake snow...