Throwback Thursday – Class Assignments

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic.

This week’s prompt is: Class Assignments We have talked about report cards and homework and other school related activities. Today I want to focus on specific assignments and what you remember about them.

1. What do you remember as the most interesting required reading assignment you had?

No question, Walter Lord’s A Night to Remember. The minute by minute account of the sinking of the Titanic. I was always fascinated with the story.

What class was it for? It was for a Senior elective class called “Survey of Non-Fiction.

2. Were you required to write a book report or were you required to give an oral presentation? We did many book reports, but non for that particular class.

3. What did you consider the worst book or article you were required to read?

Silas Marner by George Eliot.

What made it the worst? It was probably the most boring thing I have ever read. The entire class felt the same way. I remember the teacher, Mr. Young, even stopped a discussion because no one was really listening to him. He basically told us, “I know this book sucks, but we all have to get through this together…”

4. Were you ever required to debate other classmates?

In high school, no. College, yes.

If so, what class was it for? Business communications in college.

Do you remember any of the subjects and your ‘side’ of the debate? I am almost positive the topic was Universal Health Care. What side? I don’t recall.

5. Were you ever required to do a science project or enter school science fair? No

6. Did you have a Home Economics class or a Wood/Metal Shop class?

In Junior High, I was both wood and metal shop

What types of things did you make?

Wood shop – key rack, candle holder. Metal shop – metal box, shoe horn.

7. Did you frequent the library?

Only when needed.

Was it for class work or for pleasure?

Class work.

What book that you read for pleasure had the most impact on you?

Most reading I did in school was because I had to.

8. What was your most creative class? Band? Chorus? Art? Drama? Writing?

Band, for sure! I wish I had been in choir and art class. I can’t draw to save my life. I never did drama, because I never thought I could stand in front of people and “act.” The only real writing I did was for assignments.

What standout creative project do you remember most? In band, we had a group of us that went to Solo and Ensemble festival. I only remember doing this one time. It was a lot of work, but a great experience.

9.  Were you required to write a term paper or an end of year report in any of your classes?

Not in high school. If I did, I don’t remember. In college, I wrote a TON of papers – some of them I have adapted and used as blogs here.

10. Bonus Question: Did your teachers ever offer extra credit assignments ?

Some of them did.

Did you do them to help improve your grade? 

If my grades were bad, I took advantage of those extra credit assignments. Many times, I wished for extra credit assignments because my grades were in the toilet!

Throwback Thursday – Favorite Things

Today, Maggie from “From Cave Walls” is hosting Throwback Thursday. You can read her blog here:

She wants to know about our favorite things while adolescents.  She says: Pick any period of your adolescence and think back to all your favorite things. Feel free to elaborate as much as you want.

This week’s prompt is: Favorite Things

Pick any period of your adolescence and think back to all your favorite things. Feel free to elaborate as much as you want.

I am going to go with a time when I was in elementary school.

Who was your favorite relative? Not to play favorites, but who was the person you connected with more than others? Aunt, uncle, cousin, grandparent, or parent? Why were you closest to them?

I hate the thought of picking a favorite relative. I would say that I probably connected most with my dad’s dad. When my mom’s dad passed away, it was the first time I had ever lost someone to death. I realized that he wouldn’t be around forever, so I began recording his voice so I’d remember what he sounded like. The loss of one grandparent caused me to be closer with all my other grandparents.

What was your favorite TV show? Share a clip if you can find one.

I remember being in front of the TV to watch the Dukes of Hazzard.

What was your favorite book or favorite family story?

In fourth grade, I remember liking Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume. The little brother, Fudges reminded me of my brother.

What was your favorite, song, record, or album. Feel free to share a YouTube video of it.

I never listened to what my friends listened to. Very rarely was I listening to new music. I was always listening to oldies or stuff my dad was playing for me. I listened to a lot of Beatles music.

Who was your favorite teacher at that age? What grade were you in and what subject did they teach?

Mrs. Gallop was my fourth grade teacher. She taught all the subjects that year. She was a lot of fun.

What was your favorite subject (not teacher) in school?

In elementary school? It was probably reading. I loved to read.

Who was your favorite (aka best) friend? What things did you do together?

Jeff. He still is my best friend. We spent a lot of time causing trouble. We made a lot of silly recordings on cassette, played video games, played with Star Wars figures, walked around the neighborhood, ate at Wendy’s, etc. It seemed like we were always together.

What was your favorite way to pass the time?

Reading or listening to music

What was your favorite holiday? How did you celebrate?

Christmas. We’d spend Christmas Eve at my dad’s folks and Christmas Day with my mom’s family.

What was your favorite toy or possession? Doll, camera, radio, bicycle?

I had a silver metal cap gun. It looked like a real cowboy gun. I used it when we played cops and robbers.

Bonus: What was your favorite adventure? Family trip, amusement park, field trip, or vacation perhaps.

I loved going to Caseville with our family, but our trips to Mackinaw and Kings Island stand out too.

Prompt: First Dating Experiences

I enjoyed answering the questions last week, so I thought I would take part again this week. Read all about it here:

This week’s prompt is: Your First Dating Experiences

Here are the questions, along with my answers:

On your very first date, did you do the asking, or were you asked out?

I was actually asked out. I actually blogged about my first date once and you can read all about it here:

Were you typically stressed out before a first date? Did things seem to be easier the more you dated the same person?

I would say that I usually was stressed out before a first date. I think you just naturally want it to go well. The stress level is higher is you don’t really know the person. It would surely be easier if you had more dates with the same person. I believe that if you know the person, the date will be easy. When I asked my wife out on our first “date,” we had known each other for a while, so it was fairly comfortable.

What did you do to prepare for the date? Did you wear new clothes, or special outfits?

Well, you are obviously trying to impress on a first date. I don’t know that I went out and bought new clothes, but I certainly dressed nice. It also depended on where the date was. Dinner at a nice restaurant requires better dress than a trip to the movies.

How did you meet those first dates? Were your dates with friends of a family member, or friends of a friend?

My first dates were usually gals from school. After I graduated, I had a friend or two suggest taking one of their friends out. I once dated a radio listener who came up with her friend to drop off cookies or something. Her friend liked me, but I wound up asking her instead. One gal I took on a date I met at a mutual friends wedding. Many of those dates never led to additional dates.

Did you have a curfew on those early dates? Did you typically arrive home on time or were you constantly breaking curfew?

When I was in school, yes. I believe it was 11:00pm. My folks were pretty understanding and flexible, but I always made sure that my date was home when they were supposed to be. I don’t know that I was always late, and if I was it was only by a few minutes.

Did your parents insist on meeting whomever you dated?

I don’t know that they insisted, but if there was more than one date, I brought my dates to meet my folks. My very first date picked me up at my house and I think my folks were so excited that I was going out on a date that they embarrassed me by asking her a gazillion questions.

Where did you usually go when on a date? (movies, concerts, picnics, etc.)

Usually for a first date it was dinner and maybe a movie.

Did the boy/man always pay for the date or did you go Dutch treat?

I have been on plenty of Dutch treat dates, but I want to say that I paid for my date most of the time. I remember my dad asking if I had enough money to pay.

Were you typically the talker or the listener on a date?

I think both, but as a radio guy, talking came very naturally to me! I probably talked a little bit more.

What did you do if the date clearly wasn’t going well? (feign a headache, ask to go home, end the date early, etc.)

This made me laugh because I have had dates feign a headache, ask to go home and end the date early! Seriously, I only had a few dates where I felt that things were not going well. I am sure I finished the date and was just grateful that it was over.

A connection from the past to the present, if applicable. How long did you date your current partner before marriage?

I really don’t know that I can put a time to it. We were friends that became more than friends and then got married. I don’t think that either one of us didn’t feel right about it. We were in love and we got married. We were probably friends two to three years before getting married.

Bonus Question: Care to share a disasters first date??????

I don’t know that any of the first “bad” dates could qualify as a true “disaster.”

I would love to see YOUR answers to these questions.

Prompt: That Was Then, This Is Now

Maggie, at From Cave Walls, and Lauren, at LSS Attitude of Gratitude, alternate hosting Throwback Thursday. The idea of the prompt is for them to give us a topic and for us to write a post in which we share our own memories or experiences about the given topic.

This week’s prompt is: That Was Then And This Is Now  “Growing up, we all had dreams and aspirations.  I’d like you to think back about what you were like and what you wanted as a kid compared to the adult choices you made.

Here are the questions and my responses:

When you were a kid, did you like your name? Would you have changed it if you could? Do you like it now?

I suppose I liked my name growing up. I really didn’t have a reason not to like it. I was the only Keith in my class and I was ok with that. It always bugged me that people always spelled it wrong, even though I know why (i before e, except after c – so everyone spelled it Kieth).

I really don’t think I would change it. I wasn’t even aware that a name change was possible, and then I found out my dad had actually legally changed his name from Salvatore to Sam, which everyone called him.

Yes, I like it just fine.

As a kid, what always brought a smile to your face? What about now, as an adult? (family-friendly please)

As a kid – summer and all that came with it: vacations, baseball games with friends, trips up north, running through the sprinkler. As an adult, my family. My children make me smile everyday. My wife also makes me smile. The times that we can all be together are priceless.

What was the most important lesson your parents taught you? Did you pass that lesson down to your family? The most important lesson(s) I learned from my parents was to always be supportive, respectful and responsible. I hope that I have passed that down in the way I have parented my children.

Are there talents you started as a child that you still have? If so, what are they?

I don’t know that I would call it a talent, but I always seemed to be able to make people laugh, I truly try to bring levity and fun to wherever I go. I also seem to be good at whipping off some sort of silly rhyme on command. I am a far cry from Nipsey Russell, but I get by.

Is there something you regret not doing or starting when you were young? What was it?

This is sort of a loaded question, because I think I am where I am at today because of where I have been and the decisions made along the way (good and bad). I do regret not going to college right away, but it was probably better that I didn’t. I’m sure I would have flunked out. I also wish I had learned to play the guitar at a young age. My dad recently gave me an acoustic guitar that I hope to try to teach myself.

Did you have more close friends as a kid or as an adult? Any idea why?

I would guess I have more close friends today than I did as a kid. I had a couple good friends growing up (and they are still good friends today), but I think we were kind of the “weird kids” and we all decided to just hang out with each other. As far as “why,” I am not sure. The ones who were important to me still are. They are the ones I confide in, complain to, and share with.

Where did you go to think as a kid? Where do you go now?

As a kid I would often walk up to the elementary school and sit on the swings to think. I spent hours there, sometimes alone and sometimes with a friend. When I got my license, I would drive up to Jefferson Ave and sit by the water. On occasion, I would get to watch a moon rise which was spectacular. Now, I would guess I drive around in my car or go for a walk. If the weather is not ideal, I guess I think in bed.

What would be the name of the chapter of your life from 10 – 18? What would the name be the name of the chapter of your life currently?

Wow, that’s tough. That’s an entire 8 year span and so much was going on. Perhaps it might be called, “Finding Myself” or ” Struggle” or “What Next?” The chapter name for my life currently might easily be “A Wonderful New Beginning” or “The Second Chance” or “Happily Ever After.”

What wonderful thing happened in your adult life that your child self could never have imagined?

Divorce might not be what you expect to see in this answer, and as a child, I never thought it would happen to me. But it was a “wonderful” thing that brought about the opportunity to meet and marry my soul mate and have two more children.

Would your child self like your adult self? Why or why not?

I would think that my child self would like my adult self. After all, we both have the same taste in movies, music, and TV. We also love baseball, golf, and football. We also love the same types of books. I’d think we’d have plenty in common …

I’d love to see your answers to these questions, too!