As a youth, I liked playing GameBoy and SNES, known as the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. My favorite game series was anything with Donkey Kong, and I loved playing computer games like Monkey Island. I used to find all kinds of books laying around at home, the library, anywhere and read them. Some were about DOS commands, apparently! My mom proudly loves reminding people how I once corrected an insurance salesman and fixed his malfunctioning software by inputting the proper DOS command. #LOL
I loved Hayao Miyazaki movies because my great aunt gifted them to me when she came back from her travels in the original Japanese. Any moment I went over to my great aunt and uncle's home was a blast! He married a lovely lady from Okinawa, so as you can imagine, I was heavily involved in both Midwestern and Japanese cultures and cuisines at once. She also encouraged positivity, much as if I were in Japan, so I had to do things like play piano, practice my flute, paint when she gifted me a paint set, learn about trees, or blow bubbles in her backyard. You had to have a perfect balance of work and fun. Origami was a major pastime. Always with a Roald Dahl book afterwards.
Back then, I was really into children's literature and learning about science from books made for kids. I loved books. But I also loved retro TV shows I took in with my cartoons and retro cinema. That Girl. Bewitched. Mary Tyler Moore. I'd poof my hair up and, starting when I was 7, dye my hair! I went blonde like Elizabeth Montgomery and deep brunette like Marlo Thomas. Hair dye at a young age isn't really the best hobby, I get it, yet when you think about it compared to smoking ciagrettes or the stuff other children start doing young, it's really harmless.
Going to the mall as a child getting free samples of grownup makeup, like red and pink lipstick, made me feel all the more like my favorite old film stars. I'd part my hair on the side, finger wave it, and pretend I was Jessica Rabbit, until I began dyeing it and wanted to be Veronica Lake, or whomever else made my day back then. I've never once felt like, "Yeah! I'm a girl, cool!" but me playing dress up was fun and made me feel special, like I was playing with dolls but on myself. You'd never have expected it from someone so geeky like me.
My family often took me to hotels, sometimes but not always to attend medical conferences, anywhere for a week to nine days. Whenever I was at a gift shop, I loved getting treated with an activity book. There were things like how to make lanyard bracelets, DIY pottery, anything activity based. A deck of cards with questions you could ask people on airplanes. Silly things. I loved playing tennis on a skyscraper terrace, a roller blading machine, the children's museums in every city, the adult art and science museums, and so on. I joke that I was BFFs with the mummies at the St. Louis museum! The zoos, oh yes, those were always amazing. I to this day love animals and conservation.
My lifelong love of going out to restaurants begin in childhood. Whenever I had a boring day, meh day, bland day, any day gone unhappy or tedious, a good meal at a restaurant made it all so much better. I was photographing my food before the web knew what a selfie was. People then thought it was a goofy habit. Today, all of you are imitating the younger me, haha, with your blogs and social media accounts! If I weren't living this life I am today, I would be a chef like Emeril Lagasse, Thomas Keller, Nobu Matsuhisa, and my other career role models because food, like film and music, is beauty, a perfect blend of art and science.