What was your first car?

My first car was a hand-me-down Oldsmobile Cutlas Sierra from the early 1980s.  It was a boat and I was still driving it when Oldsmobile stopped being not only my father’s Oldsmobile (which the car once was) but a company at all.  It had air conditioning (sort of) and four doors and was an automatic, which are all things my parents usually do not get in cars.  You had to start it just right or the engine would flood and then you’d have to wait for it to unflood before trying again.  I mostly used to to drive my sister to her lessons (which is why my mom agitated for me to finally get my license).  After I went off to college, my sister took charge of it, which is why she also considers it to have been her first car.

This is such an American question  :-)

#2’s was a 4-door Saturn (remember those?) named Oobleck.  She ran a little hot so you had to watch out if you drove home from college and then got stuck in traffic after driving for a few hours.  She was also whatever color they had on hand, which was something dumb like “champagne”.  My father helped me with financing and I paid him back over several years.  I got the car when I was 18 because I was working as a “floater” for a bank– the person who replaced other people when they went on vacation.  Therefore I had to be in weird and far-flung suburban locations that changed daily or weekly.  She was recent enough to have driver’s-side airbag and anti-lock brakes, but I’m old enough that I had to remember not to pump on them manually.  Good ol’ Oobleck lasted until past the point where I was living with my partner, and when she broke down too much to fix, I donated her to charity and had them haul it away.

What was your first car?

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What is your favorite candy?

This was recently a lengthy topic of discussion during one of our trips to the city.  Many candies were discussed!  We discussed mainstream branded candy vs. gourmet candy vs. different types of candy.  We talked about the candy of our childhood and wondered why those stupid candy dots are still made.  I miss the divinity that my grandma used to make.  Anybody remember maryjanes?

DC1 likes twix and skittles.  DC2 comes decisively on the side of gummy bears (or gummy bunnies).

#2 likes Heath Bars and Kit Kats. Did you know that in Japan they have different flavors of Kit Kats, like Green Tea?  It’s ok.  Oh, and peanut mnms!

#1 agrees on Kit Kats but always finds heath bars to be disappointing.  I think chocolate covered almond toffee is my favorite with Trader Joe’s edging out See’s… though homemade almond toffee is pretty amazing. Definitely peanut mnms, though I like almond mnms better.

#2 thinks the peanut ones go down better than the almond ones.  But she doesn’t buy much candy.  “I mean if I’m getting something on purpose, it’ll be dark chocolate, often with nuts. Because I like dark chocolate and nuts. But that’s not often candy. Most candy is not high-quality enough and I don’t feel like spending money on good stuff.”

#1 only buys high quality dark chocolate bars, but that’s mainly because they don’t make me feel like crap.  If I could eat all the candy in the world without it causing negative consequences, I would buy a lot more candy at TJ’s!  I’m not sure that I actually like green and black better than kitkats, but one square of green and black will do for me what takes an entire kitkat, and if I eat too many kitkat I sugar crash later.

#2 usually prefers salty crunchy things to candy.  She should try chocolate covered potato chips and chocolate covered pretzels because they are so good!  The worst thing about Jimmy Fallon’s new job is that they changed his ice cream flavor.

Also we are agreed on Frango mints being awesome.  Those are also my sister’s favorite.

What is your favorite candy and tell us about your candy memories (especially the sweet ones)!

Fun books that our parents read as young adults

And we read at the library as teens…

I wonder if our kids could do the same or if they’re long gone?  Ah, the glorious 60s.

Richard Armour wrote a series of brilliant hilariously funny lite-history books, with titles starting, “It all started with…”  It All Started With Eve, It All Started with Columbus, It All Started With Europa: Being an Undigested History of Europe from Prehistoric Man to the Present, Proving That We Remember Best Whatever Is Least Important, and so on.  I devoured these in the non-fiction adult’s section.   Twisted Tales From Shakespeare was another fun one.

Peg Bracken wrote a brilliant cookbook called The I Hate to Cook Book.  I recently purchased another copy and read through it, marveling at how nice it is that women are no longer responsible for 100% of the cooking.  And how many of the recipes in there were already familiar to me– things I know how to make from memory because my mother and everybody else’s mother made them too.

Jean Kerr wrote a series of books collecting delightful essays together.  She was in the humor section.  (Please Don’t Eat the Daisies was made into a movie.)  I remember most her essay about why she writes– because she has children and she wants to sleep in and therefore must make enough money to hire a nanny.  Sleep is an excellent reason/way to choose a career.

Erma Bombeck was not quite as good as Jean Kerr, but still good to read.

I suppose James Thurber will still be around and not forgotten… his stuff probably qualifies as classics.

What are your favorite books from the 50s, 60s, and 70s?

What do you miss from high school?

We miss different things than CPP.

Holy shit, I miss almost nothing.  I miss some of the people, but I could always call them or something.  I miss NOT being the smartest person in the room — generally I miss hanging out exclusively with really smart people.  That’s about it.  There were more things I enjoyed, but sure as hell not enough to go back.

I don’t miss the angst, depression, terrible food, boyfriends dumping me, looking for a boyfriend, not getting enough sex, worrying about Cell Bio, math problem sets, restricted freedom, rules, communal living (we went to a boarding school), coming down with mono, my parents having power over me, not being able to live with a cat, lack of privacy, moving all my stuff twice a year, classes that started at 7:30AM, etc.  Criminy.

Lucky for me, high school was not the best time of my life.  It was certainly the best time of my life UP UNTIL THEN!  Particularly senior year, that was pretty sweet.  Except that my life kept on getting better after that, too!  I love getting older.  Joking aside, being a grownup pretty much rocks.

#2 totally agrees with all of the above, except she kind of liked the math problem sets, and sometimes has to make solution sets for them these days (and, for the most part, she still hangs out with super smart people).

How does your life compare to high school?  What’s better and what’s worse?