10 years ago, it was 1997. Specifically, April 2, 1997.
1.) How old were you? 18.
2.) Where did you go to school? Ketcham High School, home of the "Indians". Dirt bike racing was popular in my town. So was hard core drug addiction. We had several knifings, but only one shooting, I think. I also went to Vassar part time and didn't make friends with a single Vasshole. I'm not cut out to be a commuter.
3.) Where did you work? I was a lifeguard at the JCC, until one of the regulars there died. Thankfully not in the pool. But it still depressed the hell out of me. I got my second lesson in depression that year when I decided I would work a few months at McDonald's. And by a few months, I mean a few weeks, when the combination of eating McDonald's every day, being seen wearing a visor indoors, and having the fry guys repeatedly try and paw me wore out my last nerve.
4.) Where did you live? With my parents until I went to Drew. Then I moved into Tolley where my roommate had half a tattoo, was half Wiccan, and owned a tamagachi that could not be killed. She also had 83 stuffed animals which she kept on her bed right under a black light poster of the kama sutra.
5.) Where did you hang out? I dug the theme parties and I would frequent The Other End and I played a lot of racquetball. Otherwise, I spent a lot of time at NYU visiting Matt.
6.) Did you wear glasses? Yup.
7.) Who was your best friend? Steph.
8.) Who was your crush? Matty and I had been together for about a year at this point.
9.) How many tattoos/piercings did you have? Three in my ears. How salacious!
10.) What car did you drive? Drove a VW Jetta until I left for school.
11.) Had you been to a real party yet? Define "real party". You mean, like one with BOYS? Um, let's see. Stupid drunk people? check. Poor innocent me being turned into a Liz sandwich on the dance floor? Check. Schedule 3 narcotics being done in plain view? no. Drew also wasn't known for its masked orgies or its dead hookers and we didn't even have a football team. Interestingly, I don't think I went to a proper keg stand/beer funnel party until after I graduated.
12.) Had your heart broken? Nope, Matty and I had a lot of good times.
13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced/Bitter: Haven't we been through this?
5 years ago, it was 2002. April 2, 2002, specifically.
1.) How old were you? 23.
2.) Where did you go to school? Oh, if only.
3.) Where did you work? At the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, working on my second festival and making friends with the poets.
4.) Where did you live? Morristown, NJ, in the garret apartment of what I came to understand was a half-way house. My neighbors were a gamer/martial arts expert renting a closet-sized room well into his 30's; a cocktail waitress who liked to aerobicize in her room at 6am; a big, friendly and generous stoner; a young guy just out of a homeless shelter; and later, a family of five who crammed themselves into a 12x12 room and fought all the time, with occasional police involvement.
5.) Where did you hang out? Lots of diners and Italian restaurants, two things Jersey's actually good at. I was in the city once or twice a week, and I hung out in Boston, Philly or DC once a month.
6.) Who did you hang out with most? Steph, Jeremy, Matt, Greg, Anne, Susan, Kristen, Bryan, Kenny, Joe.
7.) [In the history of the internet, no one has ever, ever written a quiz that was numbered correctly.]
8.) Who was your crush? Oh geez, I think I was terminally pining for Kenny already. I'm glad we were able to work together undetected, and I'm more glad that we're still friends.
9.) How many tattoos did you have? Still none.
10.) How many piercings did you have? Add a naval ring to the list.
11.) What car did you drive? Hand-me-down Honda Accord which wouldn't last much longer.
12.) Had you had your heart broken? Yes, gruesomely. And little did I know, I was on the verge again . . .
13.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced/Bitter? Single & pathologically optimistic.
1.) How old are you? 28.
2.) Where do you work? PMC.
3.) Where do you live? Jamaica Plain. On the third floor of a triple-decker, with a kitchen roughly the size of my first apartment, a yoga room, and temporarily a guest room, which I just decorated for Steph's arrival this evening.
4.) Do you wear glasses? Nope. Better living through technology.
5.) Who do you hang out with most? Kristopher, Linda & Paul, Hugh, Brad, Michelle & Angus, Lauren & Derek, Anthony, Zach & Becky, Liz, Kristen & Ryan, and all my favorite Milky Way folk.
6.) Do you talk to your old friends? Last spring I went to the Memphis wedding of my best friend from second grade, so I think she's my most outstanding credential in this category.
7.) How many piercings do you have? Down to three. I guess I'm all growed up.
8.) How many tattoos? Ok, look, just because I use the internet does not mean I have to have a tattoo. This is not 1991, and I am not a subversive punk hacker.
9.) What kind of car do you drive? Cranberry red 2002 Saturn. Only 8 payments to go!! Thank the lord, because I already have over 100k miles on her.
10.) Has your heart been broken? Yes, but not recently.
11.) Single/Taken/Married/Divorced/Bitter: Traveling the eastern seaboard and cooking a lot of risotto with my boy Kristopher.