Wednesday, January 2, 2008

I Scream

What better way to start the year than with a MEME! I'm not asking you. I'm telling you. It seems that Redneck Diva is back in my life, and she considerately dropped this meme in my lap. Which I definitely prefer to her droppin' one of her yellowjackets, or a dead mouse, or any of those kittens named Cindy Brady. Yep. A meme. I scream, you scream, we ALL scream for a meme. Don't contradict me, people! Diva has christened her meme

"Were You A Snot-faced Spoiled Brat When You Were Growing Up?"

Which I think is a bit wordy for a meme title, and I can assure everyone that the answer is no, but let's get to it, shall we?

Bold any that apply:

Father went to college (one semester at Mizzou)
Father finished college (umm...see above)
Mother went to college (night school when I was a kid)
Mother finished college (she got 'er done)
Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor (no, but 6 are teachers, which apparently is not good enough for this hoity-toity meme)
Were the same or higher economic class than your high school teachers (I'd say same)
Had more than 50 books in your childhood home (Yes. All mine)
Had more than 500 books in your childhood home (No. Were you not listening? We were the same economic status as teachers, by cracky! Who could afford that many books?)
Were read children’s books by a parent (Yep. Until I learned to read)
Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18 (Nope)
Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18 (Unless you count all those times my dad said, "I hope you've learned your lesson now!)
The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively (No. Have you seen the movies? Teachers? Election? Fast Times At Ridgemont High? We're badly-coiffed, unfashionably-dressed laughingstocks!)
Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18 (No way!)
Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college costs (I had a trustee's scholarship by way of graduating valedictorian. Cut me some slack!)
Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs (No. My brain paid for some of it)
Went to a private high school
Went to summer camp (not unless you count the two weeks Grandma took in all the grandkids to give our parents a break)
Had a private tutor before you turned 18 (Now what would I need a TUTOR for?)
Family vacations involved staying at hotels (on occasion, though most were spent in the back of a GMC pickup with a camper shell and a plywood bed for the parents. The metal ridges of that truck bed were none too comfy to sleep on)
Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18 (Yeah. From Sears.)
Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them (Yes. And I use the term 'car' loosely. My cousin called it an aluminum can, slowly melting)
There was original art in your house when you were a child (Art? There was that one pencil drawing I made of some quail in the snow, which was bought by a friend of my mom. There went the art)
Had a phone in your room before you turned 18 (No. And my dad even worked for the phone company. We had 3 phones. I was lucky to get a keychain with a teeny tiny plastic phone on it.)
You and your family lived in a single family house (Yes)
Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home (Yes. They paid payments religiously, by driving to a nearby town and putting the envelope straight in the contractor's mailbox. Which seems like an odd arrangement now.)
You had your own room as a child (After the 6th grade, when we moved from the trailer into our newly-built split-level home)
Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course (I don't recall. I don't think we had such things back in the olden days.)
Had your own TV in your room in High School (Itty-bitty black-and-white, which got 3 channels, and one of them was PBS)
Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College (NO FREAKIN' WAY)
Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 16 (to Alaska to visit my uncle. I also flew on a 4-passenger float plane.)
Went on a cruise with your family (does a ferry from Ketchikan to Juneau count?)
Went on more than one cruise with your family (Ketchikan to Juneau, Juneau to Ketchikan?)
Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up (No, but we went to the Corn Palace)
You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family (Not on the electric bill, but we also had a fireplace. I know what we paid for a rank of wood from my cousin. The one who made the nasty crack about my car)

There. Read it and weep.


Redneck Diva said...

I read, but I ain't weeping. Am I supposed to be weeping? I mean, I know you said, "Read it and weep" and all, but do I have to? Because I'm really not in the mood. If I weep now do I have to do it again later or can someone else just do it for me now? Please? It's not fair? I don't WANT to weep!

Woah. Sorry. Guess I was channeling my children who really need to go back to school.

Hillbilly Mom said...

Just so you know...I answered this once already, but Blogger spazzed on me. He does that a lot. I am starting to take it personally.

Since you only completed half of your assignment, I can only give you 50%. You still have 9 weeks to bring that up above 60. Don't get complacent.

The school year is almost over, you know.