0. Are you a child of the 70's, 80's, or 90's?
80s! Well. Um. Technically 90s, since I was only alive about four months in the 80s.
1. Where were you born?
At a base hospital on MCAS Cherrypoint, North Carolina.
2. What city did you grow up in?
Cherrypoint, NC; Homestead, FL; Pt. Mugu, CA; Virginia Beach, VA; and Aurora, CO for the last nine years.
3. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
A football-playing lawyer astronaut. No shit. For a while in middle school, after I realized I was terrified of heights and hence astronaut? Not good idea, I wanted to be a teacher. Then I realized what hell THAT would be, and changed my mind again.
4. Name the first memorable vacation you took as a kid.
Trip to either Kitty Hawk, the Grand Canyon, or Disney World. I'm not sure when they were, all around the same year, so... All of them?
5. What was your first best friend's name?
Damien. And Melisha, but Damien was always my bestest buddy. Should see the picture of the two of us kissing, around age... three? He's sitting in the driver's seat of his dad's truck, holding onto the steering wheel and leaning out, and I'm standing on the ground and leaning up. We're so adorable. There's also a picture of me, Damien, and Melisha (Melisha would be Damien's older sister, FYI), all lined up at the side of the pickup. We're all wearing similar clothing, all have white-blonde hair, and are all grinning. We seriously look like triplets.
6. How did you meet them?
I have no idea. We lived in the same culdesac, so I'm assuming our parents just looked across the street, went "Hey, look! Other small blonde children for my small blond children to play with!" and tada.
7. Can you name all the schools you ever attended?
Princess Anne Elementary, Old Donation Center (during third grade), Mission Viejo Elementary, Laredo Middle School, Smoky Hill High School, Cherokee Trail High School, Smoky Hill High School, Humanex Academy.
8. Who was your first crush?
That I remember having? CR - or, rather, Christopher as he's known to everyone but me (his older sister is DB, and at one point he wanted to be special and go by two initials also). He's also my oldest friend who I'm still friends with, along with DB.
9. Were you a shy quiet kid or a very wild and rowdy kid?
Depends. In California, I was in the middle. I was talkative, but was nice and polite... until I'd just snap, like when I pushed Troy into his own pool and stalked away (he was having a pool party, invited everyone in the culdesac, and when I showed up, sneered and said "YOU'RE not allowed in!" to me). I also wasn't too good at following rules (I'd read during naptime, and I got in trouble for coloring carrots purple instead of orange). In Virginia, I was a wild child. Riding my bike all over the place, running through the woods, swimming in the lake that we weren't supposed to swim in, fishing in the lake that we weren't supposed to fish in, doing some off-road biking on the island in the middle of the lake (not a real island), running through other peoples' backyards... Good times. Then I came to Colorado, and became quiet and withdrawn.
10. When you were little what did you do for fun?
Again, varied. I was a big fan of coloring books and model cars/remote controlled cars/Matchbox/Hotwheels. Come to think of it, I mostly colored in pictures of cars and airplanes.
11. Were you closer to your Mom or Dad as a kid?
Technically, my mom. But I probably liked my dad more, he was my idol.
12. Do you have any embarrassing school stories to share?
Not really. I got embarrassed a lot at school, but I try not to remember those occasions.
13. What was the first record, tape or CD you remember buying?
Buying myself? Green Day's "International Superhits". I was nine. Green Day was my God.
14. Were you scared of anything?
Heights. I remember, age six or seven, going to the top of the Washington Monument and quietly freaking out. My mother attempted to reassure me: "It's been standing for a hundred years!" Me: "That just makes it all the more likely that it's gonna fall down right now!" And, of course, the first day of kindergarten when I climbed to the top of the jungle gym, shouted "LOOK AT ME!" and then couldn't get down because I was terrified of letting go of the bar I was holding that second.
15. What was your favorite class in school?
Spelunking. I also liked archeology, and the Egyptian class. Aerodynamics, yo, that's where it was AT. Aside from ODC classes, which were a little different, probably going to go with art or music.
16. Did you buy school lunch or bring your own?
Bought. I think I may have brought for a while back in Virginia, but I've been buying since I moved to Colorado.
17. Broke any bones or had any freaky accidents as a kid?
There's the concussion I got when my friend Christina's older brother dropped a swingset on my head. There was the concussion I got while sledding down a hill on an intertube (head + fence + REALLYREALLYFAST = ouchies). There was how I managed to break a tooth on a helmet when walking back from sledding. Sledding in general = pain for me.
18. Were you a bully?
Nope. Never really had the predisposition for it - not so much the being mean, 'cause I can do that and did do that, but actively going out and being mean in other people's faces. I'm more of an evil gossip (not that I do that, but if it was going to be one or the other, it'd be that).
19. Favorite board game of all time?
Life, dude. LOVE it. When I was a kid, though, it was Risk and/or Monopoly and/or Sequence (Sequence was for playing with mom; Risk with dad; Monopoly for everyone else). Pass the Pigs was also great fun, but less of a board game.
20. Did you play house or pretend to be a super hero?
Yep, both. Well... if by 'super hero' you mean 'Star Wars ship captain' and by play house you mean 'play countries at war'. I usually helped refugees sneak past their borders into safe countries. I... was possibly a little TOO realistic for an eight year old.
21. Random memory from when you were a kid?
Shit, I can't think of anything. Playing horses with DB, CR, and Amber! There we go. And creamsickles from Amber's freezer, and how shocked I was that you could get orange dreamsickles somewhere outside of the ice cream man's truck. I mean it, I was seriously bowled over with shock. And then we went and watched Jaws in her living room, but I was bored by it, and wound up staring at the cool sunlight they had. It was pretty rockin'.
22. Seriously...are you still just a kid at heart?
Now repost with the name "Childhood Survey" and see what your friends answer.