Friday Five for March 5, 2004

Wow … it’s been a few weeks since I’ve done the Friday Five. There weren’t any new ones last week … and the week before, I think I didn’t like the questions or something like that … so I just avoided.

But I’ve got a couple of posts that I’m punching out that are sorta sapping me some … so I figured I’d do something mindless and trivial … you right, right up my alley !! 🙂

What was…

1. …your first grade teacher’s name? Mrs. Dale. First Grade was Mrs. Dale; second was Mrs. McCracken (she used to pull my ears whenever I wasn’t paying attention); third I can’t remember – but I liked her; fourth was Mrs. Hill – everyone thought she was like this really, really mean intimidating teacher … really scary, but her and I bonded, she was my favorite elementary school teacher; fifth was Mrs. Young, she was really nice; and, sixth, I can’t remember her name, but I remember her and I got along fine – by this time I was comfortably developing my skills in the ways of The Force and pretty much able to coast. Mrs. Dale was an older, short woman … pretty strict and pretty stern … but she wasn’t scary, she was a nice, good teacher, firm on the discipline. The only issue I had with her was that whole color blind thing … I remember wanting one of the blue thick pencils that we were being assigned, if you did well on the coloring project, you could pick the color you wanted, if you didn’t, then you had to just randomly pull one out of the box … my coloring was perfectly in the lines, but I wasn’t allowed to choose the one I wanted because I was not coloring things the right color. And I got stuck with this hideous colored pencil (at least in my eyes) for the entire school year. It was another two years before they realized I wasn’t stupid or just being difficult when it came to colors.

2. …your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?

Scooby-Doo is my favorite. I still watch all the time still … as you might gleam from my occasional usage of Zoinks and Yikes and Ruh-roh !! Though I really like Bugs Bunny too … and I could watch The Road Runner and Coyote cartoons all day long !

3. …the name of your very first best friend?

Hmmmm … I’m relunctant to say I’ve had a best friend, because that ranks friendship, which is something I don’t do. Instead, I tend to have a few friends that are really, really close. My first really close friend was Johnny. Then when I moved to Tennessee (age 4), my close friend there was Jonathan for about a year and then Donnie was added to the mix. Donnie and I remained really close until my family moved again when I was 13. Ricky and David were in the close friend circle too. When I moved it, my first close friend was Rob, followed by Chris. I met Baked Apple (formerly known as Morrie, I agreed to change his name after a very worthy appeal on his part) around this time and he’s been one of my closest friends ever since. Ex was next on the close friend list, and even after our separation, we’ve remained close friends … then Shaft came to the scene, followed by Singer. Hottie, Sister and Miss Daisy are the most recent additions to the list of close friends in the past few years.

4. …your favorite breakfast cereal?

Coffee. Second would be Apple Jacks. I also like Frosted Flakes and Wheaties with a ton of sugar just layered on top.

5. …your favorite thing to do after school?

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve been in school … but for the most part, here’s the way it went:

Elementary school – goofed off with the neighborhood kids, though around second grade I started doing a lot of daydreaming about being “normal”.

Middle school – Basketball and baseball practice, watch television, video games and occascional excursions to the library trying to figure out if I was “normal”.

High school – Street football, lots of basketball, video games, paper route, bagged groceries and did regular trips to libraries trying to figure out if I wasn’t “normal”, what was I?

College – Alcohol. Lots of it. Trying to forget I wasn’t “normal”.

Law School – I went to night school, so after school I would usually come home, eat dinner around 11:00 – 11:30 pm, study for a bit and then went to bed. Avoided and ignored the fact that I wasn’t “normal”.

Yeah, yeah, yeah … I know, what’s “normal”? But you know what I mean ! 🙂

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  1. Is it bad luck to mention the name of a witch? Fearing it might, I won’t mention my first grade teacher by name. I learned to expect abuse for my feminine nature from other students, but my first grade teacher was worse. Ridiculing and threatening me in class wasn’t enough, I had to take home notes to my parents in which she complained I acted “like a girl”. It wasn’t a happy school year.

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