Back Where I Come From — Playing Catch-up

Suzanne McClendon’s September Challenge is comprised of 30 questions (one per day) regarding your background and history. As an anonymous blogger, I didn’t think I wanted to participate because I thought the questions were somewhat intrusive.

However, after seeing a few other bloggers participating in this challenge and reading their posts, I thought it was fun to learn about of their backgrounds.

But I figured it’s already one-third of the way through the month and I’ve not responded to any of the prompts, so I missed the proverbial boat. Besides, no one cares where I came from.

Then I thought why not? So today I’m going to play catch-up and respond to the first 11 “somewhat intrusive” questions in a single post. Ready?

Day 1: Were you raised in the town in which you were born? Where were you raised?

No, I was born in a Boston suburb, but was raised in the DC area.

Day 2: Were either of your parents raised in your hometown? If not, how did they end up there?

No. My parents were both immigrants who came to the US as young adults. We moved to the DC area from Massachusetts when my father took a job there. I was five.

Day 3: Were you raised in a town/city or in a rural area? Do you live in the same type of place now?

I’ve always lived in or near relatively large cities, as I do now.

Day 4: What were your hobbies as you were growing up?

Collecting baseball cards and comic books, playing baseball, riding my bicycle, and hanging out with my buddies.

Day 5: Where did all the kids “hang” in your hometown?

The mall, of course. Or the recreation center. Or the bowling alley. Or the car hop area at the local Hot Shoppes restaurant. Or the community pool during the summers.

Day 6: Did your town have a river running through or near it? What was its name?

The Potomac River.

Day 7: Did you ever participate in creating graffiti or any type of artwork that would have been confrontational?

I was a doodler. I would often doodle caricatures of my fellow students or teachers. It was only confrontational when I got caught doodling by my teachers, particularly if any of my doodles were of the teachers who caught me.

Day 8: How old were you when you took your first drink of alcohol, if you ever have? What were the circumstances surrounding that moment?

I was probably about 8 or 9. My parents had gone out with a couple from out of town who were visiting us and one of their kids was an older girl about 12 years old. After our parents left the house, she suggested that we taste some of the wine that my parents kept in their dining room buffet. We did. And the two of us got quite snockered after polishing off almost the entire bottle of wine. My parents were not happy about it.

Day 9: Do you plan to move back to your hometown area in your older years? Why or why not?

Nope. If anything, I’ll move to an isolated spot near the ocean where I can sit on my porch and listen to the surf breaking on the rocks.

Day 10: How do you feel about the place that you came from?

The DC area? I now associate DC with politics, hypocrisy, dysfunction, and dishonesty. That said, it is a beautiful city.

Day 11: Were there a lot of churches in your hometown? What about where you live now?

Not nearly as many as there are where I live now. There are more churches than there are Starbucks around here. By an order of magnitude.

Okay, I’m going to try to keep up with Suzanne’s September Challenge prompt going forward. See you tomorrow for Day 12.

15 thoughts on “Back Where I Come From — Playing Catch-up

  1. newepicauthor September 11, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    That was very interesting, thanks for sharing all of your private information.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Scott September 11, 2017 / 1:29 pm

    Living on the Ocean sounds great. It is good to get to know you a bit.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango September 11, 2017 / 1:56 pm

      It’s a delicate balance between maintaining my anonymity and revealing so much about where I came from.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Scott September 11, 2017 / 2:14 pm

        I know what you mean. Who cares let the creepers creep. There are real people out there that make the risk worth it.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Suze September 11, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    wow.and now (of course) I am wondering which side of the potomac you were on and in which suburb…….cause, ya kow…that’s where I come from! lol
    I know the best clue is the hot shoppes..we had on in Springfield..but I think there was one in annandale, alexandria, fairfax, colonial beach, bethesda, rock creek…….up above the rock creek pike in md that is…college park, hyattsville, oxen hill and silver spring…….not sure about chevy chase area. rats, this is going to be harder tha I thought to narrow down…..grrrrrrrrrrrrr

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 11, 2017 / 2:03 pm

      Ha! I knew that participating in this prompt would be too revealing for someone like me who wants so desperately to maintain his anonymity! It’s a good thing for me that those old Hot Shoppes restaurants dotted the entire DC metro area!

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  4. Emilio Pasquale September 13, 2017 / 7:49 am

    I love this. It’s like a mini memoir. Only thing is, when you play catch up, your answers are some times too short. I really enjoyed this. Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango September 13, 2017 / 8:31 am

      Glad you enjoyed it. Going forward with this challenge my answers will be a little longer, since it’s one per day instead of 11 at a time.


      • Emilio Pasquale September 13, 2017 / 12:07 pm

        Great. Can’t wait!

        Liked by 1 person

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