Kathy has published a meme where she asked her readers to answer the following 10 questions. I thought they were excellent questions so I've chosen to answer her challenge here instead. No need to answer these yourselves unless you really want to.
1. When was your first kiss?
When I was 16 in the back seat of my friend's Mustang after we met two girls while skiing one evening. We set up another "date" for the following week but a few days later I got my first perm and my head looked like a bowling ball. Then when we ran into them the next week "my" girl made an excuse about why we couldn't hook up and took off for the night.
2. When did you first start buying holiday or birthday gifts for other people and stop thinking about what people would buy for you?
Well, I've never stopped thinking about what people should buy for me. Everyone should always buy me gifts. All the time. I started buying other people gifts as soon as I had my first "real" job at about 15.
3. When was the first time you thought of yourself not as a kid/teen, but as an adult?
Probably when I was 17 and playing music in bars all over northern MN. I really had no business doing that at that age. Mom and dad, what were you thinking?
4. What do you remember about the first time you drove a car?
Absolutely true story... I got pulled over for speeding ON THE WAY HOME FROM MY DRIVER'S TEST! Seriously. My brother drove me out there to take my test and my mom followed in her car, all so I could be a big shot and drive home alone in my own car. A few minutes after passing my test I was pulled over and watching my mom shake her head in disbelief as she slowly passed by in her car.
5. Tell me about your first pet.
A parakeet named Charli, which coincidentally is my wife's nickname. I consider her my last pet.
6. What was your first job?
A paper route. And in the days when a poor 12 year old kid had to actually go door-to-door and collect the money from the 100 or so people he delivered to. And people actually had the nerve to make excuses for why they couldn't pay and ask me to "come back some other time." And if I didn't collect all the money it came out of MY salary. It was insane.
7. Who was the first teacher to make a positive impact on your life?
My 3rd grade teacher Mr. Grassman. Great teacher... I loved the guy. He got drafted to go to Vietnam and I was in awe of the fact that he was going to have to go to war and shoot a machine gun and possibly get killed - all for our country. The day before he stopped teaching I asked him if he would bring me back a souvenir from Vietnam and he said, "sure, what would you like?" I couldn't think of anything specific and just thought anything from Asia would be cool, even plant life so I said, "Oh, I don't know... how about some grass?" (hey, he was the Grass-man) I can't even imagine what was going through his head at that moment.
8. If you’ve lived in more than one house or apartment as an adult, tell me about your first one.
My first apartment was a one-room efficiency in a seedy part of south Minneapolis. It was tiny and full of cockroaches but I loved it and was proud of it all the same.
9. What was it like the first time you got drunk (assuming you remember).
I was about 15 and was in my kitchen with my brother and his friends (who were 5 years older than me) and they were sitting at the table drinking some beers. They decided it wouldn't do any harm to let me have a beer. But after I finished it I started crying for no reason and everyone started laughing at me.
10. Did you marry your first love?
Technically yes. As you've read over and over in my Dear Diary serious, I thought I was in love many times in my youth, but it wasn't until I met Charli that I realized what real love was all about.