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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Twenty One Firsts

I'm not usually one to fill out the question memes and post them in my blog, but I liked this one, and I liked the exercise, fishing back through the mostly distant memories and swimming through time. Anyway, I give you twenty one firsts.

1.Who was your first prom date?
Mark, my 7th grade boyfriend. I hadn't been planning to go to prom at all, but he asked me to go to his, so I went. Then I ended up going to my own prom too, because, well, I already had a dress.

2. Who was your first roommate?
Jocelyn. We had a place on T Street in downtown Sacramento. 2 bedrooms for $400 a month. And we had the best on-site manager ever. He chased down the guy who broke into my car and got my bag of cassettes back from him. And he got the wood beetle out of my shoe. (He came down because he heard screaming. That wood beetle was frikkin huge.)

3. What alcoholic beverage did you drink when you got drunk the first time?
Well, really, mai tais when I was 30. Sure, I'd had champagne at New Year's and such before that, but two mai tais at Trader Vic's and then my face was kinda numb and I asked Rick where the bathroom was and he said, "Go down this hall, down the stairs..." and I said, "There's stairs!?" and decided I'd need to wait for a little while before attempting stairs.

4. What was your first job?
Paid job? Working at Harding Plaza Cinema in Roseville. It was a 1 screen theater in a strip mall. I learned how to assemble a movie from the cans there and that Diet Coke is a great degreaser.

5. What was your first car?
1982 Datsun King Cab diesel truck. That thing got great gas mileage and had a choke that roughly approximated cruise control. It was a good little truck, even if I wasn't much a of a truck person.

6. When did you go to your first funeral?
My Uncle Lee, in 1990. I miss him so very much.

7. How old were you when you first moved away from your hometown?
Twenty, from Sacramento to Berkeley, to live on Sacramento Street.

8. Who was your first grade teacher?
Mrs. Bradbury. She was the owner, principal, and first grade teacher at Deerfield Commons. She was also Welsh and slightly crazy. But her phonics lessons made me a very good speller.

9. Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane?
Hmm... not sure really. Probably Texas.

10. When you snuck out of your house for the first time, who was it with?
I don't recall ever sneaking out per se. I was always more of a bend the rules than a break the rules sort of girl.

11. Who was your first Best Friend and are you still friends?
Hmm... probably Yencina, or maybe Christina. I don't see either of them anymore. I know Christina is a lawyer now (I think). Her mom and my mom are still friends. I haven't seen Yencina in very long time. She was cool though. She introduced me to Michael Jackson and Madonna when my parents listened to Barbara Striesand and Barry Manilow. Many blessings for that intervention.

12. Where was your first sleepover?
There were a lot of slumber parties. Probably at Ross and Nikki's house, my cousins. My mom and their mom were friends.

13. Who is the first person you call when you have a problem?
Depends on the problem. Rick, Fred, and Kevin are always at the top of the list though.

14. Who's wedding were you in the first time you were a bridesmaid or groomsmen?
My cousin Susan. The wedding was in Texas so my grandma made my dress (pink moray taffeta) for me here and then we flew down for it. I think I was 12.

15. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
Snuggle Pixel. Usually this is enforced by his standing on me.

16. What was the first concert you ever went to?
The Monkees. In 1990 at Cal Expo. That was also the first place I ever smelled pot smoke. It smells bad.

17. First tattoo or piercing?
Never have. Neither. Like I need more holes in my head?

18. First celebrity crush?
Dirk Benedict – Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. He is a very pretty man.

19. Age of first real kiss with tongue?
13 maybe? With my 7th grade boyfriend, Mark. Hmm, or maybe Danny. Not sure honestly.

20. First crush?
Oh heck, probably Mark too. Or maybe Danny. No, definitely Mark. Well, I dunno, I guess I met Danny first, back in sixth grade. There was dating Mark, then breaking up, then dating Danny, then dating Mark again and well, heck, it was all just kind of like that for a while. Sure set up a big pattern for my life. Those who I'm intimate with stay as friends even if the relationship doesn't exactly work out for long term partnership. And Danny and I are still friends, and I still talk to Mark occassionally, but he's in the Marines and is very different from the boy I once knew.

21. First REAL love?
I think I'd still count that as Mark. I hope he's doing okay and not stuck back in Iraq again. I think I'll go send him an email now...


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