I have been tagged and asked to talk about my geeky past. I prefer the word niche over geek, probably because geek was slightly derogatory term in the past, but whatever… nine things about me. Keep in mind I was born in 1979, so my childhood was the mid to late 80s… late Gen X.
1. What was the first toy that you wanted so bad that you thought that you would die without it?
I was really obsessed with having Voltron when I was very young, but the most important toy was LEGO hand downs. I could build anything I dreamed of, within limitations of the bricks at the time, and I still have a passion for the studded plastic bricks. The original NES was an amazing device at the time too (and even still, minding the fact you have to tinker with it)
2. What was the first time that you realized you were doing something geeky?
I guess when I realized what I love to do, or have interest in did not conform to the standard mainstream?
3. What was the first geeky thing you collected?
Perhaps the Robotech comic books released by Comico. I also collected baseball cards as they were cheap back then. The Robotech comic collection finally reached completion later in life and the baseball cards are mostly gone… shows where I landed on my tastes in general in life?
4. What was the first anime you watched that you knew was anime?
I kind of knew that Robotech featured animation from Japan, perhaps Voltron as well, but maybe it was Akira, Record of Lodoss War or Venus Wars as these were titles my friends had. Even with awkward dubs or adaptations, all the stuff that originated in Japan always had
5. What was the first hobby that you had to explain to your parents?
I have to explain everything to my parents to a certain degree. LOL! The good thing about anime is I got my mom into it via Miyazaki/Ghibli and Osamu Tezuka titles. She loves animation in general so it was an easy fit.
6. How many geeky hobbies do you have, and when did you start them?
Anime, animation and cartoons: since 1984, Video Games: since 1988, Astrology: whole life, yet it has peaked and valleyed over the years, LEGO: as long as I can remember, Gender Bending: since maybe age five to six
7. Why do you find joy in your geeky hobbies?
They are like great friends, or an extension of myself, a way of individual expression
8. When was the first time you realized that you wanted to write about your hobbies?
I guess I always wanted to talk about what I enjoyed, but it wasn’t until 2016 that I launched CAM.
9. If there is one blogger you wish you could have had as a childhood friend, who would it be?
Tough call… I would have loved all of you to hang out with me as a kid, we could have been power in numbers against all the bullies and had fun times at my house watching cartoons and having a snack.