Since I Was a Kid: The Geeky Childhood Tag

This is a new one! A tag that has no rules? It’s just about our geeky childhoods. Cool. I like it!

And I love the timing: just in time for my birthday! What a perfect time for a bit of nostalgia! 😀

My thanks to Tiger for tagging me! 🙂

So, what shall I be talking about? Let’s see these questions!

Where did your geek come from? Parents? Siblings? Destiny?

A bit from one column, a bit from another…

Heh, my parents are about as non-geek as it gets. I hear that my mother’s grandfather was way into tech stuff, such that a cabin he owned on the Norwegian coast had television, by which to watch Perry Mason, without ever having plumbing. Heh. But that skipped a couple generations, it would seem, and came out in me and my sisters. We do not have identical areas of expertise, but we are much more tech—savvy than our parents, and we used it each for our own ends.

My “end” was consuming entertainment, including books, music, movies, television, and games. 😉 And then I’m sure I wore my family’s patience thin talking about what the various characters ought to have done instead, LOL!

My sisters were more into sports and computers or fashion, socializing, and boys, respectively, but we all loved Star  Wars and Star Trek. Oh, the routines we would do, quoting and acting out all of our favorite scenes! And singing all the Disney songs! And so much more! 🙂

So I suppose it was destiny, and siblings, and ancestry all at once. 🙂

The First Geeky Thing You Got Into

Hmmm… I’m going to go with the two star-themed franchises: Star Wars and Star Trek. Not sure which one I got into first, but I grew up with the both of them from a very young age, so I suppose it’s a moot distinction. 🙂

Favorite TV Show as a Kid

Ah, favorites. A tricky thing with me. On the one hand, I was pretty much an instant fan of the latest thing, insisting that it was the greatest thing ever and anyone who didn’t see that was clearly not as smart as me. (Oy vey!) On the other, I didn’t really have “favorites,” per se, or at least none that lasted very long.

So, my favorite TV show as a kid… I’m going to pick two.

ThunderCats, a classic cartoon.

And Walker: Texas Ranger. I just loved how he was so noble and strong.

…not sure how I feel about this reboot…

Favorite Movie as a Kid

Running into the same problem as with any other favorites of mine, I am just going to say… The Princess Bride! …or maybe Return of the Jedi. 😉

Favorite Video Game as a Kid

Ah, an easier one. I’ve always loved the franchise, The Legend of Zelda. 🙂

…then again, I also liked the Kirby game for the original Nintendo, with the twist in the final villain at the end.

And the first game I recall ever actually beating (my mother heard my whoops of triumph despite having most of a house between us) was Megaman 6! 😀

Favorite Book as a Kid

Ah, finally an easy one! The Prydain Chronicles, by Lloyd Alexander! 😀

Favorite Memory as a Kid

Christmas morning, when my sisters and I would get up early, ascend the stairs, and see the rosy glow of the lights around the corner, and then to behold the presents!

I also love  the memory of me and my sisters doing our impersonations together. I was always Chekhov. 🙂

And when my father would tell us bedtime stories, most of which I’ve forgotten, but I clearly recall one story he was talking about these men sharpening their knives: “ssssnik! ssssnik!”

I love time with my family. 🙂

A Character You Looked Up To as a Kid

Hmmm… not so much a single character as a class of character: the mentors. I liked the heroes well enough, but I always wanted to be the mentor, wise and knowing and usually right, a strong support, a teacher, a protector, no matter what it cost them. I liked that. I always wanted to be that.

A Character That Scared You as a Kid

Winnifred Sanderson, from Hocus Pocus! No competition! Her sisters were hilarious idiots, but she was downright nasty! Oh, she was the figure my mind conjured up when I was afraid of the dark!

A Movie That Scared You as a Kid

Jurassic Park.

The movie that gave me my very first ever jump scare, which I have never lived down in the decades since seeing it in theaters, partially because I’d had a box of candies in my hand at the time, and several of said candies went sailing all the way across the theater.

And then I came home and found the little horse toy that my grandmother had given me, and which I had courteously (but not with enthusiasm) thanked her for, before promptly burying it under my dinosaur toys. I got the horse toy out and hugged it after that movie, LOL.

…and that’s my geeky childhood! 🙂

Now, the hard part…

For when there are no rules, how does one proceed?

In my case, I am going to tag a few friends on their respective blogs:
A Winter’s Reverie
The Moyatorium
Keiko’s Anime Blog
Ospreyshire’s Realm
The Things I’ve Seen

And ask the same questions:

  1. Where did your geek come from? Parents? Siblings? Destiny?
  2. The First Geeky Thing You Got Into
  3. Favorite TV Show as a Kid
  4. Favorite Movie as a Kid
  5. Favorite Video Game as a Kid
  6. Favorite Book as a Kid
  7. Favorite Memory as a Kid
  8. A Character You Looked Up To as a Kid
  9. A Character That Scared You as a Kid
  10. A Movie That Scared You as a Kid

Looking forward to your answers! 🙂

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7 Responses to Since I Was a Kid: The Geeky Childhood Tag

  1. Keiko says:

    Those were great answers! 😊 and thanks for tagging me! I’ll get to this soon 🙂

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  2. ospreyshire says:

    Hey, Merlin! Thanks for tagging me and for following my main blog. You had some great answers for these questions. Funny you mention The Prydain Chronicles since one of my characters in my Revezia series references one of the main characters of that series.

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  3. moyatori says:

    Ooh, haven’t seen this tag going around that much, so thank you! I would love to know the story behind the Chekhov impersonations, haha. And Winnifred Sanderson! Too scary to even have her image in this post, I see!

    Liked by 1 person

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