Pax (funcrunch) wrote,

Ten Years Ago meme

(swiped from kineticphoenix)

1) How old were you?
THEN: 28
NOW: 38

2) Where did you go to school?
THEN: Had long since graduated. Was taking some UC Extension courses in programming and tech writing.
NOW: Taking bass lessons at the Blue Bear School of Music.

3) Where did you work?
THEN: UCSF Information Technology Services
NOW: UCSF Library

4) Where did you live?
THEN: El Cerrito, CA
NOW: San Francisco, CA

5) How was your hairstyle?
THEN: Black TWA ("teeny-weeny afro")
NOW: Shoulder-length curly, dark chocolate with caramel highlights

6) Did you wear braces?
THEN: Nope, got them off in '88 (TWENTY years ago, sigh)
NOW: Nope, thank goodness

7) Did you wear contacts?
THEN: Nope
NOW: Nope

8) Did you wear glasses?
NOW: Yep

9) Who was your best friend?
THEN: My then-husband, Robert A.
NOW: My now-husband and soulmate, boyziggy.

10) Which of your pets were still alive?
THEN: None; childhood pet cat died around '94
NOW: None; we keep meaning to get a cat someday

11) Who was your boyfriend/girlfriend?
THEN: My then-husband, Robert A. I had been dating a couple of other guys too, but I think we'd broken up by this time in '98.
NOW: My now-husband, boyziggy.

12) Who was your celebrity crush?
THEN: Can't remember
NOW: Hmm, does Josh Kornbluth count? ;-)

13) Who was your regular-person crush?
THEN: Probably several.
NOW: Definitely several.

14) How many piercings did you have?
THEN: None.
NOW: None.

15) How many tattoos did you have?
THEN: None.
NOW: None.

16) What was your favourite band/singer?
THEN: Genesis
NOW: Nick Drake (with Genesis a close second)

17) Had you smoked cigarettes?
THEN: Never
NOW: Never

18) Had you gotten drunk?

19) Had you DRIVEN?
THEN: Only once since I got my license in '89.
NOW: Hasn't changed.

20) If so which car?
THEN: Had never owned a car.
NOW: Still don't. boyziggy drives us around in City CarShare and ZipCar.

21) Looking back, are you where you thought you would be in 2008?

Definitely not. I thought I'd still be with my first husband, who I'd only been married to a year at the time. We'd talked about moving to Arcata and buying a house for cash after saving up for a few years. I'd just started working at UCSF and didn't expect to still be here ten years later (though I've changed departments twice since then); I had planned to try to get a higher-paying job back at UC Berkeley eventually if we stayed in the East Bay. I definitely didn't expect to be living in San Francisco; Robert never would have gone for that.

I was in much better physical condition then, running 5K and 10K races regularly. But I can't say I was happier. I am doing a lot more with music now, and photography, and have been a lot more sexually adventurous (though that's had its downsides too). I like where I'm living, despite the fact that we're still renting, and more importantly, I have a partner who's much better-suited to me. My ex also remarried, to someone much better-suited to him, so things worked out well that way.

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