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September 22nd, 2015 (01:15 pm)
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Hi, all! Have a meme, courtesy of celandineb!

How this works:

You comment, I give you an age (please tell me how old you currently are - I don't know all of your ages, unfortunately, so I don't want to pick an age for you that is impossible) and you fill out the meme questions with what applied to you back then, and now.

celandineb gave me age 20.

At 20...

I lived in

My dorm at Harvard, most of the year. At 20 I was still rooming with an excellent roommate with whom I got along very well, even if she was ten times smarter and more driven than I was.

I drove:

Nothing. At the time I think I still thought I was going to get a license eventually, though, and I was attached to the idea of getting a lime-green Volkswagen Beetle, which I thought perfectly summed up my aesthetic even though at that time no one was talking about their aesthetic.

I was in a relationship with:

I think I was on the tail end of 20 when I got in my first relationship, with a brilliant, charismatic, intermittently charming girl who turned out to have a case of borderline personality disorder that wound up making me miserable. Despite changing her hairstyle weekly I don't think she ever actually had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead, but it is certainly true that when she was good she was very very good and when she was bad she was horrid. And I was addicted to her, thereby fueling a lot of drama that couldn't have occurred without my emotional complicity.

I feared:

Change. The future. Adulthood.

I worked at:

The Harvard Coop, which is Harvard's official bookstore. At the time I think I was still a good employee there; I think the year when I was 20 was the brief mentally-healthy respite that I had when I had gotten my bipolar disorder mostly under control but had not yet lost my sanity to my relationship with the girl who didn't have a curl right in the middle of her forehead. By 21 I think I had started to be a terrible employee, but you didn't ask about 21.

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NOW! (34 years old)

I live in:

Boston, in the same zip code where I grew up. We have a very nice little house and I feel very settled.

I drive:

Nothing, and at this point I don't intend to, because I have realized that thanks to the spatial-relations difficulties I have that are a consequence of my NLD, I would probably kill somebody. (I know some people with NLD can drive and do just fine, but my few attempts at learning to drive have gone spectacularly badly.) I hope Uber doesn't get regulated out of existence, because cabs won't come to where we live, and Uber has been a godsend.

I'm in a relationship with:

λ, my wife. She's lovely beyond words.

I fear:

Change, still. Not being able to get pregnant. Losing λ. Losing my intellect.

I work at:

A transcription center. It's mindless work, but it's a paycheck and it gives me structure and a routine.

I want to be:

A mother. A writer. A better human being than I am at present.

Comments

Posted by: Elenbarathi (elenbarathi)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2015 05:24 pm (UTC)

I'll do it. I'm 58 now.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)

37!

Posted by: Ponykins (rolypolypony)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2015 06:17 pm (UTC)

Oy, 39 now.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)

I'm curious about Roly at 19!

Posted by: Ponykins (rolypolypony)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2015 06:41 pm (UTC)

Oh, good choice! if I can remember! ;)

Posted by: Pirate Jenny (deliriums_fish)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2015 08:23 pm (UTC)

I wanna do it!  I'm 29.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2015 08:40 pm (UTC)

Yay, you're posting here again! ^.^

I want to choose an age from before I met you, so I'm choosing 14 because did you know I met you on here a really long time ago?

Posted by: write_out (write_out)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2015 10:57 pm (UTC)

I love reading these; I'm endlessly curious about people and these memes play right into it. It sounds like you are in a really good place right now. Keeping everything crossed on the baby front!

I'll play too. I'm 43.

Posted by: She that is giddy (charliesmum)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)

I just love your Nancy Drew icon. :)

Posted by: write_out (write_out)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2015 11:09 pm (UTC)

:) Nancy Drew is awesome! My first detective love. I still have all of the books I got when I was a kid.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 24th, 2015 03:21 am (UTC)

ME TOO

I see your icon is the same Titian-haired Nancy that I read stories about. In both earlier and later series, they made her blonde.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 24th, 2015 03:18 am (UTC)

Sorry, getting to this late! I pick 30!

Posted by: Colin (drbuzzkill)
Posted at: September 22nd, 2015 11:58 pm (UTC)
Hobbes

Oh yeah, good old-fashioned LJ meme fun. Count me in!

I'm 33 currently, no matter how I act in public.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 24th, 2015 03:18 am (UTC)

Picking 17 because that's when you met λ (roughly?) and I'm curious!

Posted by: Colin (drbuzzkill)
Posted at: September 24th, 2015 11:23 pm (UTC)
sun in splendor

Gods. I'll have to wrack my brains for this one. Stand by.

Posted by: M (llythefaerye)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
Little Desire

Oh why not . . . 32.

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 24th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)

I pick 25!

Posted by: M (llythefaerye)
Posted at: September 25th, 2015 02:54 am (UTC)
Blaaaahh!!

Done!

Posted by: She that is giddy (charliesmum)
Posted at: September 23rd, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)

Oh, me! I'm 48 now (yikes)

Posted by: the girl with violets in her lap (slammerkinbabe)
Posted at: September 24th, 2015 03:19 am (UTC)

How the hell are you 48 you still look 30. Um, picking... 23.

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