Yet Another Blast from the Past

This was in my Facebook Memories from 11 years ago. It’s kind of interesting to look at these slices of life, I think.

Tired of all of those surveys made up by high school kids?! “Have you ever kissed someone? Missed someone? Told someone you loved them? Drank alcohol?” Well, here are 37 questions for the people who are a little older…

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
The mortgage; such a big chunk of money, all gone at once.

2. Where was the last place you had a romantic dinner?
House of Genji.

3. What do you really want to be doing right now?
Can I pick only one? How about visiting Paris for the very first time?

4. How many colleges did you attend?
Let’s see. Portland Community College, College of Marin, Vista College, Contra Costa College, Foothill College. That’s five.

5. Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now?
It’s my bathrobe …

6. What are your thoughts on gas prices?
Glad I’m still paying less than I was in 2006.

7. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
Why can’t the cats understand about weekends?

8. Last thought before going to sleep last night?
Wow, that book was great!

9. Do you miss being a child?
Not so much, no.

10. What errand/chore do you despise?

11. Get up early or sleep in?
As much as I would love to sleep in, economic necessity and cats have dictated otherwise.

12. Have you found real love yet?
Yes. I’ve been fortunate enough to love passionately four times in my life … and three of those men are still around (one of them is my husband and two of them are dear friends).

13. Favorite lunch meat?
Roast beef.

14. What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart?
I don’t go into WalMart if I can help it. The last thing I bought there was a Breyer (model horse) special run that I couldn’t get anywhere else.

15. Beach or lake?

16. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual?
No; I see it as a public statement of commitment.

17. Sopranos or Desperate Housewives?
Have never watched either one.

18. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
David Bowie. (This should surprise *no one.*)

19. Have you ever crashed your vehicle?
Technically speaking, no. I was hit-and-run once by a semi — and was amazed that I was a) uninjured and b) that the structural integrity of the car was not compromised. A couple of panels replaced and a paint job … but no damage to the frame whatsoever. Talk about luck!

20. Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?

21. Ring tone?
“Waterloo,” by ABBA

22. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
I guess that the bathroom of a Virgin Atlantic jet is the only one that qualifies. Oh, wait — by the water pump at a camp ground. Either one.

23. Do you go to church?
Sometimes. I’ve found a nice community at MCC.

24. Do you have a “go to” person?
For everything? How ridiculous.

25. Are you where you want to be in life?
In some regards, yes.

26. Growing up, what was your favorite cartoon?
Pepe le Pew.

27. What about you do you think has changed the most?
My age, LOL. In all seriousness, I’ve learned to pick my battles more carefully than I used to do.

28. Looking back at high school, were they the best years of your life?
Not at all. I try *not* to look back at high school.

29. Are there times you still feel like a kid?
I was never very “kid-like” even as a kid. The first time I remember feeling a childlike sense of wonder was at Disneyland — the first time I went, in 1987. I was 23.

30. What was a “fad” you remember from your childhood?
Malibu Barbie.

31. Did you ever own troll doll?

32. Did you have a pager?
I had a boss who made us drag them around in 2005. I hated the damned thing.

33. Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager?
I wasn’t allowed to “hang out” when I still lived at home. When I moved out, I made friends with a group that often met at a local park.

34. Were you the type of kid you would want your children/friends children to hang out with?
I was very smart and bookish; I don’t think most kids would have wanted to hang out with me.

35. Who/What do you think impacted your life the most?
Everyone you meet makes some impact on you, whether for good or ill. I would cite two of my teachers: Diane “Edge” Edginton, my speech/debate coach, for giving me the gift of confidence *and* getting me over the number one fear (public speaking). Ron Gerard, my civics teacher, for giving me the gift of critical thinking. He taught it as part of his course, and it’s never left me.

36. Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out for you?
See above.

37. Do you tell stories that start with “when I was your age”?
Every once in a while, I say something like “I wasn’t always a plump, middle-aged woman” and then tell a story about wearing a dog chain as jewelry, or black lipstick, or something. I was one of them thar punk rockers back in the day.

3 thoughts on “Yet Another Blast from the Past

  1. This is fun, Sharon. I enjoyed learning more about you. I also didn’t have a troll doll [they came out after my dolly years in South Africa]. Seriously, does anyone like high school? Maybe only people who are not smart and bookish like us.

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  2. This is great! Going to copy some for journal prompts jar.
    Had a friend in high school who loved speech class so much she tried to talk everyone into it. I never did ,but used her story on my son. He always has to give presentations in front of the class. It helped.

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