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That "Years Ago" meme

20 years ago…
I was in eighth grade, halfway through junior high, which (like many of us) I didn’t experience so much as survive. I was lucky to have a truly great friend in the form of David Carlton (who, like most of the Goth-influenced people I know, was hilarious and not at all Dour-ly DeathPants); last I heard he was living in Ontario province. I’d spent a couple of weeks at a summer camp that summer, and it wasn’t really my most fun vacation (I think the camp was too large and involved a complex for me). My real fun time in 1987 was spending three days that September on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. John F. Kennedy as it sailed from Portland, Maine to Norfolk, Virginia; my dad brought me and his dad (my Grandpa Irv) with him on what’s called a Tiger Cruise. I wandered the ship and watched air ops and got a blistering sunburn and had a blast. And at the same time, though I didn’t know it, one of my future favorite films ever was trying to start filming in Rome and having trouble getting started. That’s Terry Gilliam’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen; you should see the grin I grin while watching that film.

15 years ago…
I was a freshman at the University of Oregon. That spring and summer I’d wrapped up my senior year of high school, including school newspaper work I’m still very proud of (I’d been the Entertainment Editor my last year). I was getting over my lingering crushes on my high school newspaper colleagues Kathryn and Carmen (remember them, Tarah?) and developing an even more serious crush on Lori, in my college dorm. I went more than a little nuts over her, but knew quickly that there was No Damn Way we’d hook up. Friendship happened instead.

That summer, by the way, I’d done one of my favorite volunteer gigs, at the National Air and Space Museum’s Star Trek: The Exhibition. I wrote a guest article about the experience for my high school paper.

10 years ago…
I was having a…dramatic year. For a lot of tough reasons, including a break-up and then a death. I moved to Hermiston, Oregon in late August and started at the Hermiston Herald that September. (True story of tough timing: my first night in town, my parents and I were hooking up my television. The first coherent thing we heard from the TV was a reporter announcing that Princess Di and her partner Dodi Fayed had indeed died after their car accident, which we’d heard nothing about.) I settled into three years of writing-reporting there, plus editing, proofing, movie-reviewing, photographing, and driving really long distances for my job.

5 years ago…
I was kind of recovering from the move I’d done in August 2002, and the circumstances that had led to said move (long story short: I learned I couldn’t trust my housemates). I was renewing my voter registration, which I think I had let lapse (or at least I needed to update it post-move). I was still working swing-shift at the Vesta call center’s fraud prevention department; I’d get demoted out of that job in January 2003. All four of my grandparents were still alive. I started reading Lemony Snicket. I also started following the online forum of this intriguing author named Caitlin R. Kiernan; since then I’ve become the sort of fan of hers who sends her stuff, including music by s00j.

2 years ago…
I met Neil Gaiman. I attended a wedding on the chilly shore of Lake Tahoe (recuonted in far greater detail here). I didn’t yet know octoberland or zarhooie or a bunch of others; I hadn’t even met coffeeinhell in person yet, though we were corresponding. (One time, I’d quoted back to her a line from a review she wrote for the now-gone weekly Our Town in 2001. She replied “Day-um, that’s the very first movie review I wrote for Our Town.”)

1 year ago…
I was basically doing what I’m doing now. I did, however, get to hear Stephen King speak. And that summer, I went to another wedding, this time in the warmer climes of Northern Virginia. (Yay Tarah and John!)

6 months ago…
Was April, and that month I road-tripped to see family in the Columbia Gorge, followed by seeing Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge. And in early May I treated myself to a long weekend at Lincoln City. I’m still learning how to vacation…

Yesterday…
I worked, recovered from the night before (long night; long story) and listened to Metallica to keep my energy up while doing both of those things.

Today…
Work happened, a decent day of it, too, and afterwards I took an express bus to the Hawthorne Fred Meyer for 24 bucks worth of groceries. I also bought the Star Trek novel Q & A by kradical. Now I’m listening to my first Richard Thompson CD (Front Parlour Ballads) and digesting some noodles. I considered going to David Loftus’s reading downtown and then getting my groceries, but decided I wasn’t up for that. At the moment, the sounds in my apartment are the rain outside and 30 Rock on my TV.

Tomorrow…
Workin’ for the weekend.
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