Saturday, October 14, 2017

Saturday 9

1)  Chattanooga is Tennessee's fourth largest city. Have you ever visited Tennessee? If so, where did you go and what did you see? About a year ago, I made like Paul Simon.

Since Glenn Miller's recording of "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" was awarded the first-ever gold record, we're going to devote the next questions to your firsts.

2) What was the first award or accolade you ever won? The earliest I remember is a check from the local newspaper that I received when I was 8. They ran a "teacher of the year" contest. While my teacher didn't win, my nominating essay did. I used the money to buy a Madame Alexander doll. It meant a great deal to me when I found her among my late mother's things. My mom kept that first prize all those years!

3) We know about your blog. But which was the first social media site that you posted to? (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, MySpace ...) Twitter.
4) Where did you go on your first plane ride? MDW to FLL. Midway to Fort Lauderdale. My cousin Kathy and I went down to visit my uncle, who had just moved to Lauderdale. It was the summer between my junior and senior years in high school.

5) Tell us about your first cell phone. I believe it was this Motorola StarTRAC. If this wasn't the first, it's the earliest one I recall. That antenna wasn't just for show.

6) Tell us about your first tattoo: Where is it on your body? Where did you have it done? What does it depict? No tattoo. I have no enthusiasm for letting a stranger inject me with ink.

7) How old were you when you had your first piercing? Immediately after I graduated from high school. Until then, my parents wouldn't allow it. I always wanted pierced ears.

8) What had you been drinking the first time you suffered a hangover? Harvey Wallbanger. I've never had another. It's funny how I blame the drink, and not my own complete lack of judgement.
9) Was your first ticket for parking or was it a moving violation? I've never had a ticket.


  1. Congratulations on never having gotten a ticket. I'm impressed. I always wanted my ears pierced, too, but parents wouldn't allow it. I had them pierced after I was married. Nice job on the award for the essay and sweet memory about the doll. We also had a phone similar to that, but it wasn't our first. Our first were the big clunkers.
    Thanks for hosting this.

  2. I had forgotten about Madame Alexander. I had her version of Alice in Wonderland. I think she is in my mom's attic. I adored her long blonde hair and was under threat of throttling if I ever tried brushing or styling it. I believe she even came with a hair net that I was required to leave on.

  3. There was a quite kid who lived next door. When he graduated high school he became a tattoo artist. Now his entire body and FACE are covered in tatts. I wouldn't even recognize if I saw him walking down the street. Everyone is flying the blue W and talking about here. Everyone that is but, those Cardinal fans who have faded to their Green Bay Packers fall mode.

  4. My mother is a virgo and as soon as I left home, she cleaned out everything -- my diary, my favorite dolls, favorite books. Later, she threw away her cookbook when she decided she wasn't going to cook any more. It had all of my favorite recipes in it and she never thought to ask me if I wanted it. No frivolous items in HER house. :(

  5. I'm still amazed by smartphones. Looking at the little antenna in your picture--wow, how I envied those!

  6. No tickets, eh? Ah well. My mother kept very little of my stuff. Before she died she gave me an envelope with a few old report cards in it but that was about it. Of course, their house did burn down in 1989 and a lot of my childhood stuff went up in smoke with it. So there is that.