Megan over at A Geeky Gal posted this on Monday (and originally got it from Michelle, at A Geek Girls Guide) and I just had to participate. Below the cut are nine questions related to how you grew up geek. I get into Return of the Jedi, Jurassic Park, 80’s era She-Ra, and a plethora of other stuff from decades that are now considered “retro” and it’s strange. Also, high waist jeans didn’t look good on our moms then, they certainly don’t look good on anyone now.
But I digress! Onto the nerdom!
- Where did your geek come from? Parents? Siblings? Destiny? My mom and grandmother both got me into gaming. My grandad bought grandma an Atari on release date as she was pregnant and missing her job. She taught me and my sister to play games like Galaxian and Pong. My mom was the Nintendo whiz, she showed us Mario, Legend of Zelda, and Duck Hunt (to name a few), and was always there to help us with a tricky fight or level. My dad played too, though point-and-clicks, tactical games, or Chess Master were more his speed. He got me into book series like Redwall and the Lord of the Rings, as well as movies and TV like Star Wars and Star Trek. Also, I’m sure destiny had something to do with it.
- The First Geeky Thing You Got Into? Star Wars, probably. Before I knew what “fandom” was (and if it existed in the early nineties), I was watching Return of the Jedi over and over till the VHS warbled and shook. I loved that movie, and the whole trilogy, of course, but Return had Leia in her speeder outfit, which is my favorite, and Wicket is my friend, so all the non believers and Ewok haters can take a walk on this one.
- Favorite TV Show as a Kid: Oh… hard question. It might be Homicide: Life on the Streets, or it might be Unsolved Mysteries, but if we’re completely honest the show that caused the most visceral excitement and the strongest response was the The Lawrence Welk Show. I am completely serious, though I referred to it as “The Bubble Show” for the ever present bubble machine that often accompanied that performances. I wish we had variety shows like this in America still, instead of competitions.
- Favorite Movie as a Kid: Ugh, this is hard! I think it has to be Jurassic Park, though there’s a lot of close contenders (Return of the Jedi, Labrynth, The Last Unicorn), I watched this movie every day after school for an entire school year. Thank goodness for my grandmother not minding. I’d sit down with my homework and a snack after Day of Our Lives ended and watch Dr. Grant and Dr. Sattler (the two I cared most for) try and survive. How did this 200+ viewing of dinosaur chaos change me as a person? No one can say for sure.
- Favorite Video Game as a Kid? Hmm… Kingdom Hearts didn’t come out till 2002, which feels a bit late in the “kid” game for me, though I guess I still was one, I felt old and grizzled by then. So instead we’ll go for Star Ocean: The Second Story. With it’s fun crafting system, great characters, and mix of science fiction and fantasy, it was (and still is) one of the best RPGs of all time. And the healer AI is second to none, decades have passed since this game released and I have never had a healer class take care of me as well as Relena does in this game. Thanks girl.
- Favorite Book as a Kid? Another tricky one, and I think we have a three way tie because of it. C. S. Lewis’s Prince Caspian might have been the earliest, with it’s dancing trees and pagan tour of the country side. But Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce and Salamandastron by Brian Jacques are just as beloved… You guys… I’m wish I was kidding when I ask, “Where the HELL did my copy of Salamandastron go?” Why does this keep happening to me?
- Favorite Memory as a Kid: There’s so many! Halloween with my dad, carving pumpkins and trick-or-treating around the neighborhood. Going to Disneyland when I was eight with my family. When it snowed during Christmas break and I spent all day in it with my friends then came home and watched a Peter, Paul, and Mary Christmas special on PBS. Cooking with my grandma and listening to her stories about WWII. Or just laying on the living room floor of my best friends house, eating molasses cookies and playing video games.
- A Character You Looked Up To as a Kid? OG She-Ra, Princess of Power, baby! Powerful (duh), smart, ass-kicking, and friends with a sarcastic flying horse, she was everything I wanted to be. I still want to look like a Disney princess while fighting bad guys and protecting my home. And that crown/headpiece! God she was so cool! I haven’t been able to get into the new She-Ra because she just doesn’t look as cool to me. I dunno…
A Character That Scared You as a Kid? Fucking CHERNABOG from the “Night on Bald Mountain” sequence in Fantasia. What in the gods names was Disney thinking? Sure, sure, it’s well animated and light wins in the end. But one second it’s all dancing hippos and baby Pegasus and the next it is a demon the SIZE OF A MOUNTAIN summoning ever spirit, skeleton, ghost, and ghoul he can while terrifying music pummeled my tender child ears. I should have known this was going to happen when they showed DINOSAURS DYING, but really Disney, that was a dark time, do you wanna talk about it?
There it is, and here we go. If you’d like to participate, here’s the questions:
- Where did your geek come from? Parents? Siblings? Destiny?
- The First Geeky Thing You Got Into
- Favorite TV Show as a Kid
- Favorite Movie as a Kid
- Favorite Video Game as a Kid
- Favorite Book as a Kid
- Favorite Memory as a Kid
- A Character You Looked Up To as a Kid
- A Character That Scared You as a Kid
Hope your week if full of more ewoks and flying horses the it is towering monstrosities of shadow and terror. I’d love to know if you participate, so drop a comment if you do!