Jan. 2nd, 2008

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 Based on an exercise developed by Will Barratt, Meagan Cahill, Angie Carlen, Minnette Huck, Drew Lurker, Stacy Ploskonka at Illinois State University. If you participate in this blog game, PLEASE acknowledge their copyright. BOLD WHICH APPLY TO YOU:

  • Father went to college -- Not sure for how long.
  • Father finished college
  • Mother went to college
  • Mother finished college
  • Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor
  • Were the same or higher socio-economic class than your high school teachers
  • Had more than 50 books in your childhood home
  • Had more than 500 books in your childhood home
  • Were read children's books by a parent  - Dr. Seuss!
  • Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 -- I had ice skating lessons, skiiing lessons, and trombone lessons.
  • The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively -- Well, no.
  • Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 - Gosh no!
  • Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs  - Lord no.
  • Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs - I'm still working on student loans.
  • Went to a private high school
  • Went to summer camp -- Went to Camp Fire Girls camp. Camp Hitaga in Iowa. It was a blast both times.  I'm not sure how we afforded it, but we did.
  • Family vacations involved staying at hotels 
  • Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 - Handmedowns to the max. I was the youngest of four.  
  • There was original art in your house when you were a child - One my grandfather painted, and the other one, I don't remember who it was by.
  • You and your family lived in a single family house -- We lived in base housing till I was 10. Sometimes that was an apartment, sometimes it was a house.
  • Your parent(s) owned their own house(s) or apartment before you left home - The day they sold that house, my childhood home, I bawled my eyes out.
  • You had your own room as a child. - When sisters started getting married, I got my own room. I think I was 15.
  • You had a phone in your room before you turned 18
  • Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course
  • Had your own TV in your room in High School
  • Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College
  • Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 - My dad was in the Air Force, so when he got stationed in Germany, we flew there. I was about five when we went over, 8 when we came back.
  • Went on a cruise with your family - We all went on a Disney cruise a few years back.
  • Went on more than one cruise with your family
  • Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up - While in Germany, especially. We went to all the museums, art galleries, went to the ballet and the opera, old castles, beer houses, Octoberfest. We were overloaded with it.
  • You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family -- Not for a minute. Especially after my dad got out of the Air Force and money was tight. The whole "don't touch the GD thermostat!" That house was drafty, I tell you. It was cold in winter.


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