The past. The present.

Sometimes when I’m finished writing a post I click the button at the top that says random post.  It brings up some post from the past.  I usually do this two or three times before I go to bed.

This was a post from March 4th 2007.

I’ve seen this meme around this week and I thought it was very insightful so decided it would be nice to do.  It’s amazing to think how much has happened in the last 20 years.

20 years ago

1.) How old were you? 21
2.) Where did you go to school? I was getting ready to graduate from a small liberal arts school in Kentucky.
3.) Where did you work? The college bookstore
4.) Where did you live? I was living in my fraternity house.
5.) Where did you hang out? At my frat house mostly
6.) Did you wear glasses? No
7.) Who was your best friend? Liz was probably my best friend at  the time.
8.) How many tattoos did you have? No tattoos.
9.) How many piercings did you have? No piercings.
10.) What car did you drive? 1971 Ford Galaxy….it was a tank.
11.) Had you been to a real party? Just parties at my frat house which were reserved since there was no drinking on campus.
12.) Had your heart broken? Just a small little break that didn’t amount to much.
13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced: Very single.

10 years ago

1.) How old were you? 31
2.) Where did you go to school? Not in school
3.) Where did you work? I was teaching high school in Cincinnati.
4.) Where did you live? Living with my boyfriend Keith in Cincinnati.
5.) Where did you hang out? Mostly at home…we hosted poker night on a regular occasion.
6.) Did you wear glasses? Yes, when I remembered them.
7.) Who was your best friend? Keith.
8.) How many tattoos did you have? No tattoos
9.) How many piercings did you have? None yet.
10.) What car did you drive? A Ford Escort Station Wagon, my friends called it the family car.
11.) Had you been to a real party? Not really.
12.) Had your heart broken? Yes, the heart break that still defines them for me.
13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced: Taken, but not for long.

5 years ago

1.) How old were you? 36
2.) Where did you go to school? I had a B.A. and an M.A. from two schools in Kentucky
3.) Where did you work? I was working for a Fortune 500 company in Connecticut, hating every minute of it.
4.) Where did you live? I had a great apartment in Brooklyn
5.) Where did you hang out? I was in Connecticut most of the time so didn’t hang out much.
6.) Did you wear glasses? Yes, again when I remembered them.
7.) Who were your best friends? Louis when I got to see him.  Michelle when I got to see her which wasn’t often.
8.) Who was your crush? There was no one at the time.
9.) How many tattoos did you have? Still none.
10.) How many piercings did you have? None, now.  I hated it so I took it out and let it close up.
11) What car did you drive? Lived in NYC so didn’t have a car, but rented one every week to drive to Connecticut.
12.) Had you had your heart broken? Yes, still from 1995.
13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced/Bitter: Single, but in a couple of more months would begin a two year relationship.
14.) Any kids? NO!!!

Present

1.) How old are you? 41
2.) Where do you go to school? Now have three degrees the third from a school in California.
3.) Where do you work? At a small college in Iowa.
4.) Where do you live? My home is in NYC but I’m residing in Iowa while I teach.
5.) Where do you hang out? At the movies in Iowa and at home.
6.) Do you wear glasses? I lost them two years ago and have never replaced them.
7.) Who are your best friends? Michelle although as always we don’t get to see each other as often as we would like.
8.) Who is your crush? Don’t really have one.
9.) Do you talk to your old friends? I talk to a number of them on a regular basis.
10.) How many tattoo’s do have? Nope, probably won’t happen.
11.) How many piercings do you have? Done with that too.
12.) What kind of car do you have? No car…walking suits me.
13.) Has your heart been broken? Several times by now.
14.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced/Bitter? I would say bitter at the moment, but hoping it won’t last.

15.) Any kids? Hopefully never will.

I thought it would be fun to do it again three years later.

20 years ago

1.) How old were you? 25
2.) Where did you go to school? I was in my first year at the University of Kentucky.  Getting my MA in theater.
3.) Where did you work? In the scene shop.  And at Daryl’s Restaurant.  All of the chain has closed since.  There is a Rite Aid where it used to be.
4.) Where did you live? In an apartment at The Cloisters apartment complex.
5.) Where did you hang out? School.  It was all I did.
6.) Did you wear glasses? I had just gotten my first pair.
7.) Who was your best friend? I didn’t really have one at that time.
8.) How many tattoos did you have? No tattoos.
9.) How many piercings did you have? No piercings.
10.) What car did you drive?  A Suzuki Sidekick.  My friend Kelly called it my Jeepy thing.
11.) Had you been to a real party? School parties.  A very interesting birthday party what involved making out in the bathroom while my boy friend was in the living room
12.) Had your heart broken? Barely.
13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced: Dating Jim.  It didn’t last much longer.

10 years ago

1.) How old were you? 35
2.) Where did you go to school? Wasn’t in school.
3.) Where did you work? At a small internet company in the financial district.
4.) Where did you live? Just around the corner from my office.  In the financial district.  Will forever be my WORST apartment ever.
5.) Where did you hang out? Went out to a bar called Ty’s and The Lure.
6.) Did you wear glasses? I should have been but I didn’t very often.
7.) Who was your best friend? Maybe Sam.  We talked a lot on the telephone but our relationship was slowly disintegrating as he became more and more involved in the drug scene.  And definitely Michelle.  We talked a lot.
8.) How many tattoos did you have? None
9.) How many piercings did you have? The piercing of my nipple had come and gone.
10.) What car did you drive? Was living in NYC.  Didn’t have a car.
11.) Had you been to a real party? Many
12.) Had your heart broken? Yes.  A couple of times.  One really bad time.
13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced: That’s an interesting story.

5 years ago

1.) How old were you? 40
2.) Where did you go to school? I was in grad school in San Diego.  Getting my MFA.
3.) Where did you work? Was a teaching assistant at school
4.) Where did you live? On Indiana Street in San Diego.  Cut little San Diego style apartment.
5.) Where did you hang out? I was at school 90% of the time.
6.) Did you wear glasses? I’d lost them by then.
7.) Who were your best friends? Michelle.  She’d been to visit many times.
8.) Who was your crush? I don’t know why they wait till now to ask this question.  I didn’t really have one.
9.) How many tattoos did you have? Still none.
10.) How many piercings did you have? None, now.  I hated it so I took it out and let it close up.
11) What car did you drive? I’d just sold my Mini Cooper and bought a Honda Accord.  It seemed more practical. Looking back.  I wish I still had the Mini.
12.) Had you had your heart broken? Yes.
13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced/Bitter:  Single.  And VERY bitter.
14.) Any kids? NO!!!

Present

1.) How old are you? 45
2.) Where do you go to school? Finished with three degrees.  Currently looking for a teaching job.
3.) Where do you work? At a very busy Times Square Restaurant.  I just celebrated my three year anniversary.
4.) Where do you live? Inwood.  Manhattan.  New York City.  New York.
5.) Where do you hang out? At home with Adam mostly.
6.) Do you wear glasses? Have to wear them everyday to see.  Need to get a new prescription.
7.) Who are your best friends? Michelle will always be my best friend.
8.) Who is your crush? I don’t have one.  🙂
9.) Do you talk to your old friends? Just Michelle.  And sometimes Todd.  I haven’t talked to Kelly in forever.
10.) How many tattoo’s do have? Nope.  But Adam wants me to get my last name tattooed on my arm.
11.) How many piercings do you have? Pretty sure that will never happen again.
12.) What kind of car do you have? No car again.
13.) Has your heart been broken? One serious time.  I thought for a while that David broke my heart.  But you know looking back on it.  It was for the best.  And I think I mourned mostly because I felt like that was what I was supposed to do.  And it helped me deal with the anger that I still feel for him.
14.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced/Bitter? VERY MUCH TAKEN.  And seriously in love.  And very happy.

15.) Any kids? Hopefully never will.

As I type this.  Adam is in the kitchen making brownies.  And then pasta with pumpkin and sausage.  One of our favorites.  Tomorrow we are going to make Christmas cards while a huge pot of home made pasta sauce simmers on the stove.  We’ll have some for dinner tomorrow night.  On the super fresh pasta we bought today at Eatily.  A great new market in Manhattan.

Now I have to go make a drink and sit and watch Adam cook.

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3 thoughts on “The past. The present.

  1. Java November 6, 2010 / 23:01

    You seem happier now than you have most of your adult life. At least that how it seems from reading this post.

    Tomorrow sounds like a fun day. Enjoy!

  2. Lemuel November 7, 2010 / 14:32

    Always interesting. I found it even more interesting how the answers modified when given the “time slide” of three years.

  3. Jeremy November 8, 2010 / 10:43

    OMG – you work in Inwood IA – are you serious?? I grew up there – where are you working there?? Did you grow up there- Living in Houston now – read your blog religiously – but did not realize you were working there – LOL

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