Huzzah. I have been tagged and must share the deepest secrets of my geeky backstory.
Well, maybe not the deepest secrets, maybe only the somewhat deep secrets. OK. Let’s face it. My secrets are pretty shallow.
Voyager tagged me as part of The Geeky Childhood Tag. It’s a tag game that he picked up and tagged a bunch of people. Thank you Voyager, for the tag and for finding my blog.
The only rule to this game is that it has no rules.
Question One: Where did your geek come from? Parents? Siblings? Destiny?
I had a clever answer to this question that involved a clearing, a sword and a bolt of lightning from the sky, but I’ve got wilty brain tonight, so you’re getting the not exciting answer.
It really started with my dad’s love for fantasy books and my grandmother’s love of science fiction. They both had bookshelves full of paperbacks when I was growing up. I loved those books.
Question Two: The first geeky thing that you got into?
The more I think about this question, the more I wonder what really counts as the “first geeky thing.” Believe it or not there used to be a collection of five localized Go Nagai shows called Force Five. I loved those shows, but I wouldn’t say I was geeky about it.
PBS used to broadcast the old Doctor Who shows, so I must have watched Tom Baker play the Doctor dozens of times. It’s hard to call that really geeky either because it was just something I did every day.
So this really leaves fantasy books. I shared part of this story in a recent blog post, but my dad had a copy of The Demon Lord of Karanda. It’s the fourth book in the Mallorean. I decided one day to borrow the first book, Guardians of the West, from the local library. I think I was in ninth grade at the time, and I was hooked.
I read Stephen R. Donaldson, Terry Brooks, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman and so many that I’m forgetting.
This lead straight into my love for Dungeons and Dragons, and my later appreciation for a bunch of other stuff.
Question Three: Favorite TV show as a kid?
I don’t really have a good answer for this, and I think a lot of my answers are tainted by my enjoyment of shows as an adult. But I have fond memories of Matlock, Magnum P.I. and Simon and Simon.
Like I said, I did watch the reruns of Tom Baker’s Doctor Who when I was a young kid. My favorite season was when they were looking for what I think was the Cube of Time. All I know is that I really liked Romana.
It was funny to know about Doctor Who before everyone knew about Doctor Who.
Question Four: Favorite movie as a kid?
If I didn’t have a good answer to the last one, I’m going to have a worse answer to this one. See my parents were late adopters for any technology. We didn’t get a VCR until 1987, so I watched a lot of movies on TV. I have memories of watching the original Star Wars and Return of the Jedi multiple times. But I don’t know if I would say that was my favorite movie.
I did watch It’s a Wonderful Life once a day for two weeks once. I still love that movie.
Question Five: Favorite video game as a kid?
Remember that thing about my parents being late adopters. Well, we finally got an NES sometime in the early 90s, and I had two games for it. The Super Mario, Duck Hunt and Track Meet combo disk and Mega Man 2. I played Mega Man 2 to death.
But I would say my favorite game was the X-Men arcade cabinet. I still get excited when I hear that theme. I only knew the characters from the cartoon show, so seeing Nightcrawler was awesome.
Question Six: Favorite book as a kid?
I don’t really remember a lot of books that I read as a kid, but I remember being affected by Where the Red Fern Grows and Bridge to Terabithia. When I was in middle school, I read a lot of mystery novels and a couple of thrillers.
In high school, I read a lot of fantasy novels, but the ones that stuck with me are Charles DeLint’s The Little Country, Stephen R. Donaldson’s The Power that Preserves and Wies’ and Hickman’s Time of the Twins novels.
Question Seven: Favorite memory as a kid?
My grandmother owned a bunch of woods behind the home I lived in. My sister and my friend next door used to go out there and explore and climb trees and run around. It was one of my favorite places to be.
Question Eight: Character that you looked up to as a kid?
So I really liked Tom Baker’s Doctor Who. I’m not sure why. It might have just been the scarf. But man I loved that scarf.
Question Nine: A character that scared you as a kid?
So after the Tom Baker episodes finished probably the third or fourth run, the local PBS channel switched over to Peter Davidson. Now I can’t remember the plot of this episode, but one of the episodes involved a man who took off a face mask and underneath was just this ball of green tentacles with one eye.
That freaked me out for years. I used to imagine that it was right outside of my window.
So there are my answers, and now to the questioning!
In the spirit of this, I’m going to ask questions about your past and geeky things.
1. What was the first toy that you wanted so bad that you thought that you would die without it?
2. What was the first time that you realized you were doing something geeky?
3. What was the first geeky thing you collected?
4. What was the first anime you watched that you knew was anime?
5. What was the first hobby that you had to explain to your parents?
6. How many geeky hobbies do you have, and when did you start them?
7. Why do you find joy in your geeky hobbies?
8. When was the first time you realized that you wanted to write about your hobbies?
9. If there is one blogger you wish you could have had as a childhood friend, who would it be?
And now for the tags.
So I’m going to bother some other people. You have been picked semi-randomly.
1. Josh from The Classic Anime Museum
2. Jon Spencer from Jon Spencer Anime Reviews
3. Jack Scheibelein at Animated Observations
4. Roderick J “Jay” Friz at RJ Writing Ink
5. Scott from Mechanical Anime Reviews
6. Justin Moriarity at Honey’s Anime
7. Magic Conan from The Animanga Spellbook
8.Dewbond at Shallow Dives in Anime
9. Voyager of Galvanic