I got tired of just posting Lost, 24 and movie reviews so I made myself a little project that should keep me occupied.
I was beginning to wonder how I got the way I am so I came up with this. I broke my life down into six or so “eras” starting with grade school (I have little to no recollection of my life prior to that).
Years: 1983 – 1991
Highlights (in no particular order):
- Little League Baseball for five seasons. One championship. One playoff team. Three horrendous last place teams
- First kiss at age 10 (last day of Young People’s Day Camp)
- Met my current active longest running friendship (Eric, 1st grade)
- Bought my first comic book: “Transformers vs. G.I. Joe #1”
- Shoplifted for the first time: A WWF Magazine with Randy “Macho Man” Savage
- Learned wrestling was fake: Survivor Series in 1990, my cousin replayed Ultimate Warrior horrible acting slow motion replay
- Went to my first baseball game: a Mets game
- Victimized by “The Kill Sean Club” in the 5th Grade (Full story – Parts I, II & III)
- Went to my first movie: Transformers The Movie (I cried when Optimus Prime died)
- Went to England for the first and second time
- Got into a bike accident when I was 13 that left a scar under my right eye (caused by my abnormally thick glasses)
- Got my ear pierced at 13 by my friend Lance (oldest inactive friend)
- Went to camp with the sole purpose of learning how to swim. Never did.
- Took me four years to get Student of the Month honors despite having one of the highest grades in the class. Teachers complained that I questioned them too much.
- Went to Jamaica for maternal grandmother’s funeral at 13
- Shaved my head for the first time (Actually I should say I had my head shaved against my will)
- Was awarded with a $500 Bond at graduation for an essay entitled “What America Means To Me” I plagiarized the opening paragraph from one of my best friend’s throwaway drafts.
- Was the only one from St. Brigid’s to go to St. Mary’s High School
Permanent Traits Developed During This Era
- Television: I had a television in my room since I was about 10 years old (maybe younger). Also, I was a latchkey kid so all I did growing up is sit in front of the TV until someone made me do homework
- Comic Books: I read my brother’s comic books off and on but it wasn’t until my father’s friend gave me a drawer full of comics when he moved away that I became obsessed to this day
- Procrastination: I was never good at going home and doing my homework. I would close my door, set out my books (in case my father came in) and listen to the radio or read comic books for however long I thought it would be believable that I was doing homework
- Sports: I became a fan of the Yankees because when my mother used to leave me at my aunt’s house in Brooklyn, all she watched were Yankees games. Also, my father gave me a Don Mattingly bat he got from work (I think). I became a Knicks fan because of Patrick Ewing (he was Jamaican and looked like some family members. I became a Giants fan because Lawrence Taylor was awesome (I would later find out his awesomeness was tied to his drug habit)
- England: When I was 10, I went to England for the whole summer because my trip to Disney World was cancelled at the last minute. Despite being depressed the whole time I was there, it did lead to an love of all things English (slavery aside)
- Dominance of Female over Male Friends: If all your male friends in grade school formed a club who’s sole purpose was tormenting you, you’d be leery of them too.
- Horror Movies: My father used to let me stay up late and watch horror movies. In my room. By myself. What the fuck was wrong with him? Do you know how long I slept with a nightlight on? That said, I loved Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. My father even took me to the theater to see a couple of Freddy Krueger movies. Seriously, questionable parenting.
Next up: The St. Mary’s Era!