This meme shamelessly stolen from l’empress, because I know she’ll forgive me!
- What was your first alcoholic drink?
It was rosé wine. I was 18, on a date, and I tasted it out of curiosity. It was all right, but nothing that drew me in. I still drink wine now and then, and it’s still just all right. I think it’s safe to say I’m not prone to alcoholism.
- What was your first job?
Which one? My first paying job was mowing lawns. I think I was about 10 or 11. After that, I was hired to babysit two small children while their parents were at a three-day seminar of some kind. I was 12. My first “real” job was working as a store clerk at Grant’s Department Store. I began on my 16th birthday.
- What was your first car?
My first car was a little blue Pinto. It was a POS and was under warranty, but in the 1970’s it was useless for a young woman to take it in for repairs and my dad didn’t want to be bothered – right up until it fell apart completely, for exactly the reason I’d been taking it to the dealership, one week to the day after the warranty expired. My parents ended up paying something like $750 to repair it – and this was in the 70’s, so think what it would be in today’s dollars.
- What was your first mobile phone?
I had an old brick that my employer gave me at one point. It barely worked most of the time. I don’t remember why he gave me the cell phone; probably because I didn’t want to be bothered and he was known to phone me at ungodly hours of the day and night already.
- What is your first proper memory?
I remember a trip via train, looking out through the windows at sunset on the mountains. During the same trip, we went to the ocean. I remember a woman taking off her dress to reveal a modest one-piece bathing suit beneath, and my mother and uncle discussing the scandal of her disrobing like that. I was two years old at the time.
- Who was your first teacher?
My kindergarten teacher was Mrs. Stover. The only thing I remember about her was the fact that she left in the middle of the year to have a baby.
- Which fictional character do you wish was real?
That’s a tough one. It wouldn’t be someone with magical powers; they’re awesome in books but would be disastrous in reality. It would probably be an honest politician from one of the books by the guy who wrote Bourne Identity. I can’t for the life of me remember the author’s name right now.
- Where did you go on your first ride on an airplane?
It was to San Jose, California, for business.
- Who was your first best friend?
My first best friend lived next door to us. Her name was Renee Shickels. (Or Shickles, I can’t remember how it was spelled.) I’ve wished more times than I can count that I knew how to reach her.
- What was your first detention for?
I don’t think I ever had detention, unless it was part of a classroom detention for the whole class
- What’s your strongest sense?
My sense of the absurd, I think.
- Who was your first kiss?
My first kiss was a young man named Joel Thorne. He was a definite rock-and-roller and I was as milquetoast as they come. When he kissed me, I have to admit I was pretty underwhelmed.
- What was the first film you remember seeing at the cinema?
My parents didn’t do movies. I was 18 when I saw my first movie at a theater, and it was The Hiding Place, a Holocaust story based on the autobiography of Corrie ten Boom
- What’s the largest amount of money you’ve ever won?
I won $500 in a drawing at work
- What’s the largest amount of money you’ve spent in one spree?
When I got my settlement for the injury to my hand, I spent something like $500 for clothing for myself and my son. Before that I’d been surviving on hand-me-downs and my old maternity wear. My son was about 9 months old at the time, so maternity stuff was getting mighty tiresome. My then-husband gave me hell for spending my money that way, then he promptly spent double that on clothing for himself alone.
- If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
Don’t push my buttons. You only think I’m mild-mannered until you push the wrong one.
- Have you ever got sweet revenge on anyone?
I tend not to do revenge, because there is no revenge like allowing people to hang themselves.
- Have you ever been to a live concert?
Of course. I’ve performed in them, too.
- Have you ever been to see stand up comedy?
No. I would have to go alone and that removes all appeal for the process
- Have you ever needed stitches?
Yes, a couple of times. I had stitches several times over for skin grafts after burning my hand; and a couple of years ago I had stitches after the removal of a large mole from my nose
That’s it for today, kids. I’ve started writing book 2 and all my collective brain cells are stuck in book-writing mode