Jul 9, 2007

FIRST First Meme

I was looking back at memes on the blog of one of my favorite Icelanders, Gunnella. Turns out, Gunnella tagged me in April 2006, and I somehow overlooked it. Since we are birthday buddies (same month, a "few" years apart) I feel compelled to respond, right now! Here you go, Tokyo Girl:

Amnesia Lane 8 Meme

First town you ever lived in:
Santa Rosa, California, where I spent 18 years. Luther Burbank once said, "this is the chosen spot of all this earth as far as Nature is concerned." I have to agree. It is a step away to the wine country, the Russian River, San Francisco, the lovely, rocky coast of the Pacific, and is just 3 hours from the Sierra Nevadas. What more could you want?

First album owned: The Monkees.
...and it still resonates, because I too "get the funniest looks from everyone I meet." Here's the one I was in love with...Peter Tork. What a hunk, huh?







First gig seen:

That would be Elton John, Oakland Coliseum, around 1971 or 1972. I wore a cute polyester pants suit, with small light-blue-and-white checks, that my mother made me, and it got a cigarette hole burn in it (NOT my cigarette). Elton wore HUGE glasses, and an Uncle Sam-type red white and blue get-up. He was so fabulous.

First Celebrity Crush:
See Peter Tork, above. Would this have been the origin of the name Peter for my pet rabbit? (the one that I took on bike rides in a pillowcase hanging from the handlebars) Not to mention son #2?
After seeing the picture of Peter Tork, would it surprise you to learn that subsequent crushes included Jerry Brown, Woody Allen, and Armando Manzanero?


First Film you remember seeing:
Wizard of Oz. Still scares me. Don't like it.

First time you drank alcohol:
This is so easy to remember. I was about 14 years old. I went to a wedding with my best friend, Michele, in Berkeley. It was her aunt's wedding, and there was lots of champagne. When I got back to Michele's house I called home to say I'd be spending the night. Wrong! "Your tongue is sticking to the roof of your mouth so badly that you can't even talk! I'm coming to pick you up RIGHT NOW!" (my Mom)

First paying job:
Besides working for my Dad, it would be my job at JC Penney. Clerk. (Oh, and model. Ha.)

First Kiss: Oooh, Craig. Donner Lake. In the boat tied up at the dock. He was late to dinner and got grounded!

Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Gunnella. I tag Munkay.

5 comments:

Karen said...

This sure beats working!

First town you ever lived in:
Cheektowaga, New York. The Cheek is/was a suburb in the Buffalo Rust Belt.

First album owned:
The Beatles "Revolver," I think. I had a lot of 45rpms.

First gig seen:
Mariposa Folk Festival, Toronto

First Celebrity Crush:
Honestly never had one until 2006 and that is all I am saying about that!

First Film you remember seeing:
HA! It was "Arrivederci Roma" (with Mario Lanza). Must have been because my parents couldn't get a babysitter as it is a rather odd selection for a child. Or even an adult.

First time you drank alcohol:
Age 14, alone while my parents were out. I was sooo sick.

First paying job:
Kleinhans Men's Department Store. I worked there (mostly part-time) from age 16 through Grad School.

First Kiss:
Jim Garbarino, cousin of heart throb Mike Keller. I also had my first date with Jim. We double dated with Barb Schmitt and her boyfriend and saw "Night of the Living Dead."

Rose said...

Karen! Don't leave us hanging like that! 2006...? We can't stand it. "You need to press her on that" says John. And, didn't you just say you wanted to find it easier to talk to people? Here's your chance--GIVE US THE DISH ON YOUR CELEBRITY!

Karen said...

Don't you want to be surprised if I show up with him at the next ALA? Just as a companion, of course. : ) : )

Gunnella said...

He he thank you :^) Have to admit that I`m not familiar with the Tork guy though ;-P
Huuugs

Rose said...

MISS YOU, Gunnella! I hope we can get back in communication now that you're on vacation and not studying your tail off ;-) Great to hear from you.