8/12/2005

Silly Little Survey IV: The Voyage Through Your Memories

Filed under: — Kate @ 10:22 am EST

More survey fun, this time about your childhood. Answer truthfully or lie your ass off, whichever you prefer.

1) What is your earliest memory?

2) Did you have a childhood pet?

3) At what age did you learn to ride a bike? Who taught you?

4) Without giving away the actual location (unless you want to), describe the area where you grew up. (Urban, suburban, or rural? Friendly neighbors ? Lots of kids in your neighborhood? Did you have a back yard?)

5) Video games or playing outside?

6) When did you learn how to swim?

7) What was your first word?

8) Who was your first celebrity crush?

9) Bert or Ernie?*

10) Where does the time go?

*Bonus Trivia: What other famous character pairing shares the names of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie? And don’t look it up—that’s no fun.

14 Responses to “Silly Little Survey IV: The Voyage Through Your Memories”

  1. Kamin Says:

    1) Standing in a hardware store with my dad… playing with an “I love 84 lumber” bumpersticker. I was 3 or 4.

    2) Benji… half golden retreiver…half.. something. My first terrible experience with death… I cried a LONG time when he died.

    3) My dad… age…. ??? 25!! Ha ha ha! Just kiddin.

    4) Suburban… Horrible neighbor (ended up being Stan’s wife’s grandmom! HA!) Not many kids that I knew… Played in my NICE neighbor’s yard constantly… they were cool.

    5) A little of both. I definitely rocked the Commodore 64, but didn’t get another video game system until I was a teenager. Played outside more than inside.

    6) Souderton pool at age 4 or 5. Kickboard and all! I remember being a “guppy”.

    7) *#&@!! No just kiddin…. I think dada. (Yasmin’s first word was definitely dada… NOT mama… HA PAM!!)

    8) Brittany Daniel… um…. I waited awhile.

    9) Ernie was WAY cooler than Bert. Adrenal vs. Thyroid.

    10) It goes out to punish Hootie and the Blowfish.

    BONUS) I have no idea.

  2. Larakin Says:

    1) Playing with my Tonka Trucks in the back yard.

    2) A black Lab Named Keystone.

    3) I dont knoe, very young, and my dad I assume.

    4)Small tourist town, Lots of frinedly kids around, we had Water fights that would use the whole block.

    5)Then, Outside. now Both!

    6) Again before I can remember..

    7) I wish I knew!!

    8) Tiffany Amber Thiessen - Saved by the bell!

    9) I dont remeber which is wich.. I like the orange guy better.

    10) Into the past?

    BONUS) Not a clue.

  3. Holz Says:

    1) What is your earliest memory?
    My childhood memories aren’t too good. Not emotionally scarring or anything, just too much TV getting in the way. Probably playing with Legos at my grandmother’s funeral.

    2) Did you have a childhood pet?
    Yep, my dog Hercules, and then a second dog, Teela.

    3) At what age did you learn to ride a bike? Who taught you?
    Had to’ve been early, by my dad, I remember going off dirt jumps when I was 8 or 9. I also remember jumping off a raised storm drain in the middle of the street, my bike doing a complete 180 in the air, and I landed on my head on the cement… my next memory is in the hospital getting stiches.

    4) Without giving away the actual location (unless you want to), describe the area where you grew up. (Urban, suburban, or rural? Friendly neighbors ? Lots of kids in your neighborhood? Did you have a back yard?)
    Suburbs, a number of houses connected ot eachother (can’t seem to get away from that). My neighbors were great, everyone hung out with eveyrone else, my best friend lived like 8 houses down. And everyone’s yard looked the same, excpet for the unique fences.

    5) Video games or playing outside
    Until my parents divorce, I was outside contantly, we had awesome forests to play in. The only videogames I remember playing were Dragon Warrior (when I was sick) and Afterburner (with my cousin).

    6) When did you learn how to swim?
    I want to say my aunt’s house, she had a small pool… it may’ve been a huge swimming area, Menlo Park, though.

    7) What was your first word?
    Honestly, no clue. I’d ask my mom, but she’s not online at the moment.

    8) Who was your first celebrity crush?
    Hmmm… probably Penny Parker, Teri Hatcher’s character on MacGuyver. But hardcore? I’d say Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years

    9) Bert or Ernie?*
    Bert… everyone knows Ernie is Evil.

    10) Where does the time go?
    I won’t be sucked into a philosophical debate by the likes of you!

    *Bonus Trivia: What other famous character pairing shares the names of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie? And don’t look it up—that’s no fun.
    You got me… knowing you, it’s probably some B&W movie…

  4. Kamin Says:

    Holz… I heard BERT was the evil one. Aren’t there pictures online of him hanging out with Hitler, etc…

    Oh, and yes, Winnie was pretty hot.

  5. Holz Says:

    Evil Bert is just a red herring. It’s communist propaganda disseminated by Ernie.

  6. Melissa Says:

    1)
    I don’t remember what was going on but I was at our house in New Hampshire, sitting at the kitchen table and listening to a song on the radio that went “I need a man with a slow hand…” and thinking “why a slow hand?” The next song was “playing with the queen of hearts” and I thought it was cool that someone had made a song about Alice in Wonderland. Does anyone know the name of the first song by chance?

    2)
    I had a cat that I named Spacey because I liked outer space and was completely unoriginal.

    3)
    Some might argue that I still don’t know how to ride a bike. I do, I just don’t ride well. But I was 8 and our next door neighbor who was 12 finally taught me because he thought it was silly that I couldn’t. I was so in love with him it was ridiculous.

    4)
    Suburban but more ethnic neighborhoods. My parents would move when the neighborhood crossed the line from lower income to dangerous. There were usually kids our age around so it worked. We always had apartments so no yard but we would have the whole complex to run around in which made for massive games of hide-and-go-seek and such. We actually made up this war game where we were fighting with the kids across the street for the key to Canada. It went on constantly for like three months, the only time you were safe is if you were like unloading groceries with your folks or something like that. If I remember correctly, the key was a freaking pinecone.

    5)
    Read until my mom would make me go outside and play. I was so stubborn that she would actually lock the door until I had played outside for at least a couple of hours.

    6)
    Technically, high school. I could get from one side of the pool to the other and such but for actually swimming, I didn’t learn until PE in high school. And only then because I had to in order to take the Scuba Diving certification class.

    7)
    Oui. My mom’s family is French Canadian (the derogatory is calling them frogs) and my dad taught me this game
    What do cats say? And I would meow
    What do cows say? And I would moo
    What do frogs say? And I would say Oui Oui
    Our act killed, let me tell you…

    8)
    Greatest American Hero and all of the A-Team. Biggest crush though? MacGuyver…and he kind of still is.

    9)
    Ernie. Bert was cool and all but WAY too uptight.

    10)
    I don’t know but I’d like to find the little bastard who has all of mine.

  7. Kate Says:

    Does anyone know the name of the first song by chance?
    I think the first song is actually called “Slow Hand,” but I’ll check.

    We actually made up this war game where we were fighting with the kids across the street for the key to Canada.
    That is freaking awesome.

    and my dad taught me this game…
    I LOVE it.

  8. Lushy Says:

    1) What is your earliest memory?
    Watching Star Wars on TV

    2) Did you have a childhood pet?
    Ginger. She was a cockapoo that lived to 16.

    3) At what age did you learn to ride a bike? Who taught you?
    4 and my dad

    4) Without giving away the actual location (unless you want to), describe the area where you grew up. (Urban, suburban, or rural? Friendly neighbors ? Lots of kids in your neighborhood? Did you have a back yard?)

    Small city with a huge backyard amd a park nearby.

    5) Video games or playing outside
    Usually video games, but I get cabin fever sometimes…

    6) When did you learn how to swim?
    Before I started school.

    7) What was your first word?
    coffee hot

    8) Who was your first celebrity crush?
    Susannah Hoffs, lead singer of The Bangles

    9) Bert or Ernie?*
    Neither. It’s all about Snuffelufagus and Cookie Monster

    10) Where does the time go?
    Usually they play right before Prince comes onstage.

  9. Kate Says:

    1) What is your earliest memory?
    Not really sure, but I vividly remember the day my brother was born (I had just turned 4). I also remember when my mom was pregnant with him, touching her belly, feeling him kick, so I guess that would be earlier, huh?

    2) Did you have a childhood pet?
    A very ornery old cat named Pickles. I adored her.

    3) At what age did you learn to ride a bike? Who taught you?
    Probably 5? My dad taught me.

    4) Without giving away the actual location (unless you want to), describe the area where you grew up. (Urban, suburban, or rural? Friendly neighbors ? Lots of kids in your neighborhood? Did you have a back yard?)
    Suburban (with a hint of rural that completely disappeared by the time I was around 10). Not too many kids my age on the street. We didn’t live in a development, and there were no sidewalks, so I wasn’t able to visit friends on my own until I was old enough to ride my bike in the street. But friends came over or I went to friends’ houses all the time. We had a nice big back yard with a sandbox, swing set, and a couple of apple trees for climbing. Oh, and huge forsythia bushes that you could tunnel into and build forts.

    5) Video games or playing outside?
    Playing outside. We didn’t have video games, so inside activities included reading, limited tv, and lots of make-believe.

    6) When did you learn how to swim?
    Well I’m told my parents had me in some “water babies” class when I was really, really little. But my memories of swimming were of my dad teaching me in various pools.

    7) What was your first word?
    “Hi.” Waving in front of the mirror.

    8) Who was your first celebrity crush?
    *cringe* Joey McIntyre.

    9) Bert or Ernie?*

    Ernie, because he had the whole song “I don’t wanna live on the moon” and it showed him in outer space and stuff.

    10) Where does the time go?
    It keeps on slippin’ slippin’ slippin’ into the future… Seriously, I think there’s a vortex right here above my computer.

    *Bonus Trivia: What other famous character pairing shares the names of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie? And don’t look it up—that’s no fun.
    Holz was right, it is from an old black and white film. But it’s not just any film. I guarantee most of you have seen it. And if you haven’t, well, there’s something wrong with you. I’ll hold off on the answer just a little longer, as I think at least one of my regular readers may know it.

  10. Holz Says:

    I also remember when my mom was pregnant with him, touching her belly, feeling him kick, so I guess that would be earlier, huh?

    Unless your family is really f’d up.

  11. Kate Says:

    Holz, you are twisted. That’s all I have to say.

    I shall answer the bonus question tonight, so any last guesses people?

  12. Holz Says:

    Hmmm… B&W that everyone should have seen… only ones I can think of that I’ve seen would be:

    Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Some Like It Hot…

    That’s pretty much it.

    And I just cheated, so I know the answer… and yes, I have seen it, and not included it above. I really don’t deserve to live, someone point me to the nearest bridge…

  13. Kate Says:

    Bonus: What other famous character pairing shares the names of Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie?

    And the answer is…

    The cop and the cab driver from It’s a Wonderful Life. I always assumed Bert and Ernie’s creators did this as an homage to the movie, but recently I read that it was just a coincidence.

  14. Stan Says:

    WOOHOO! Eating babies again!