Thursday, September 25, 2008


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.

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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.


United Studies said... number 10. Very sweet.

Am I first?

Mom Thumb said...

So, um, do you have a picture from the bowling ball head period?

JD at I Do Things said...

What the . . . "Bring me back some grass??? What kind of weirdo kid were you?

JD at I Do Things

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

jacki - So you go straight for the romance and ignore the car, drinking and cockroach ones? Your such a girl.

mom thumb - I don't think I do, but Lois might. If she can find it I'll post it! Oh and btw... I received something yummy in the mail today!!!

jd - Just a groovy dude looking for his Mary Jane. Now quit harshin my buzz man.

Elizabeth said...

Oh my gosh, I'm having a hard time getting passed question #1. You got a perm?? I agree with Jacki, I think we need to see a picture!

Babs (Beetle) said...

Bowling ball? Grass? Ha ha! Good answer to No 10 :O)

Kathy said...

I love that you were pulled over after your driver’s test. Beautiful! And, yeah, a bowling ball head picture is in order. Oh, and did you just call your wife a pet? I think we need to hear from Charli about that!

Thanks for answering my questions with such honesty, pothead.

Unknown said...

Stealin' your stolen meme

Kathy said...

Oh, and thanks for referring to my questions as a meme. I always wonder how these things get started. Now I can say I kicked one off. Cool.

Roger Miller said...

I'm cracking up at number 4, and believe that is why my parents wouldn't let me drive home after - I guess they figured I would be too excited, or something.

I can so see you in number 7. Now what would have done if "the Grass-man" had actually brought you home some?

Anonymous said...

I don't remember giving you beer, I thought Mark was the bad influence. I've got a really ugly picture of your perm in one of my old photo albums, your lips are HUGE. I'll bring it in next time I'm in town.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

elizabeth - I thought perms were required in the 70s. I'm making a prediction right now that they'll be back in style for guys within the next 5 years. Unfortunately.

babs - Good answer? What is this, Family Feud? ;b

kathy - I didn't actually know that you wrote this. Good job Kathy, it's one of the better ones I've seen. And it sounds like my brother might have evidence of a bowling ball head indeed. Yikes!

gette - Steal away! I'm looking forward to it.

roger - Either he or I would have gotten into a WHOLE lot of trouble!

rick - No, it was you... and Steve and Tim. We were sitting at the kitchen table. I'll never forget it.

Heather said...

I love the visual of your mom driving by, shaking her head at you.

Michelle said...

Ok, so you said you "first" perm if memory serves. You mean you got others after that disaster?

Jen - Queen of Poo said...

Very cool meme. I might have to steal it sometime. ;-0

I married my first love too. We just celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary. :-)

Anonymous said...

I'm curious about the getting pulled over after your driving test. What in the world was the violation?! Going too slow? having a bowling ball head? tell me, man. And your Mom didn't stop?! Sheesh.

Anonymous said...

So I want to know about Grassman. Did he make it back OK from Vietnam? Did you ever talk to him again? Did he go back to teaching?

This is a good meme. You can tell a lot about a person from their "firsts." Not having a blog, I think I'll just send this to some friends.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

heather - Yeah, we can laugh now.

michelle - Oh hell ya. I had perms for most of the next 10 years. I was in an 80s hair band... hello!

dftf - Hey congrats on that! We just celebrated our 19th. Cool!

ann - What else?... speeding. I had a full year of pent-up speed stuck in my foot and I had to get it out. I think my mom was just trying to say, "hey kid, you're on your own with this one."

kc - No, I never heard from (or about) him again. I went on to a different school before he would have come back. I've always wondered about him though. Oh, and I never got my grass either :-(

Elizabeth said...

OMG, I just realized the beer in the picture is a Hamms. Now I can't get that jingle out of my head!
From the Land of Sky Blue Waters,
From the land of pines' lofty balsams,
Comes the beer refreshing,
Hamm's the beer refreshing.
Do they still make Hamms?? DO they still use the bear as a mascot??

SHW said...

I had a paper route too! I had a couple of customers that went months without paying! Most paid up though, harder to say no to a cute girl (without a bowling ball head). I won tickets to the Fair one year for the most new subscribers or something.

I also hit up customers with all my fundraisers though when I collected...Girl Scout cookies, Happenings Coupon Books, jelly beans, etc.

cathouse teri said...

You whacky dude! Cute answers. Forget the first kiss, though, when did you first have sex! THAT is the important question!

These memes are far too tame. ;)

Ed (zoesdad) said...

Never understood the whole perm thing...then again, I'm naturally Buckwheat Curly so I never needed one.

Susan said...

I'm with everyone else, let's see a picture of the perm! (Or should we say one of the perms, since you refer to it as your first.)

Maureen said...

I've often wondered how many broken relationships were due to bad perms... hmmmm.

Oh, and doesn't your Mom and Dad read this blog???? I couldn't answer these questions, since my family reads mine.

Well, I couldn't answer HONESTLY, that is...


Jeff and Charli Lee said...

elizabeth - Yes, Miller Brewing makes it now. And no, I don't think the bear is still being used. :-( In fact, I can't remember the last time I even saw an ad of any kind. Nice job on recalling the song!

sexy - The only upside I remember about collecting is that around Christmas you could get tipped by some of the more generous people. IF you were lucky.

teri - Well that should be obvious. On my wedding night. Duh.

ed - You always want what you don't (or can't) have.

susan - You got it. I'll need a few days to go through some old photo albums. Plus, my brother claims he has an incriminating picture of me as well.

maureen - Sure, they're my biggest fans. Which part of this were they not supposed to see?

Ed said...

Hey, I'm number 26!! Sweet...

I suspected you were an outlaw from day one and that speeding ticket just validates it!

cathouse teri said...

I knew you'd say that!

It's a good answer. I'd stick with that. ;)

Anonymous said...

any more pictures?

Anonymous said...

Wasn't that fun? It was fun to read!

BTW, when I clicked your link from my blog, it took me to Google's homepage. I had to hit "enter" about 4 times before it took me to yours. WTF?

April said...

16?!? For a musician, you were a late bloomer!