Welcome back to
Sunday Stealing which originated on
WTIT: The Blog authored by Bud
Weiser. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of
the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find
the most interesting and intelligent questions. You may have heard
the expression, “honor among thieves”. In that age-old tradition, we try
to credit the blog that we stole it from, if possible. We also provide a
link to the victim's questions in our "Previous Victims" widget. (It's
our way of saying "Thanks!") Sometimes we edit the original meme, to
make it more relevant to our global players, to challenge our players,
to select the best questions, or simply to make it less repetitive from
recently asked questions from a previously post. Cheers to all of us
month, kids from all over will be going back to school (if they haven't
already gone back). I thought it might be fun to look back at our own
school days, some of them more recent than others. I couldn't find a
meme to steal, so this was cobbled together from a bunch of "questions
to ask students" sites, and a couple of my own ideas. Have fun!
1. What kind of school did you attend (Big? Small? Public? Private?
Specialty? One-room schoolhouse?)
I attended a small Catholic school for both grammar and high schools
(two different schools). My high school had only 200 students.
2. What did you wear to school (uniform? dress code? Whatever you
I wore a uniform for 12 years -- pleated skirt and middy blouse with
Navy tie in grammar school, plaid skirt and white blouse in high
school. (Age 10 and 15, below)
3. How did you get to school?
In grammar school, I walked (about 3/4 mile--only uphill in one
direction) and in high school, I took public transportation.
We lived a block from the cable car in San Francisco, so I took the
cable car most of the way and transferred to the bus the rest of the
4. Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
Sister Anne was my typing teacher. We became friends working
together on various projects. She became my lifelong friend,
until her death 20 years ago. Our daughter is named for her
5. What was your favorite subject? Why?
Obviously I loved typing, but I also loved English and languages.
We studied Latin and French. I always wanted to speak another
language (and can bumble along very badly in French today). I
loved English because I got to read and to write and I was good at
6. What was your least favorite subject? Why?
Math!!!! Loathed it. I still can't add 2 and 2 and come
up with the same answer every time. I also was not fond of
Chemistry because it required math. In later years, when I was
typing for a psychologist who assessed learning disabilities, I
learned that one can be intelligent and still not understand
specific subjects -- so I'm generally smart, but math-stupid.
7. Did you belong to any clubs?
I can't remember any except the Legion of Mary, a religious club.
I don't think we had a lot of clubs in my school. I sang in
the choir for 4 years and was on the yearbook staff for 3 (editor my
8. Were you a picky reader?
Not sure what "picky" means, but I loved any books about animals
and, it being a Catholic school (especially in grammar school), read
the lives of all the saints our library had books about.
9. What did you do in your free time?
Mostly, I read.
10. Did you get good grades?
I was pretty much an A-/B+ student, with Cs in math. I did
in my class and gave the class prayer at graduation
11. Did you like/participate in sports?
Hated sports. I remember playing volleyball in high school,
and spending a lot of time on the bench because I was so
12. Did you have a boyfriend/girlfriend in high school?
I met Bill the summer before I started high school and we dated
through my junior year, when he entered the Jesuits (I drive men to
the clergy!). I briefly dated my leading man after our Senior
Class Play, but we didn't see each other after I started college (I
suspect he was gay, so I didn't exactly break his heart)
13. When did you get your driver’s license?
On my 16th birthday. I became a hit and run driver that night.
14. What kind of kid were you? (Popular? Class clown?
Shy? A nerd?
I was the shy kid in the corner with my book, or teacher's pet,
depending on the teacher.
15. Who were your heroes?
St. Therese of Lisieux. I wanted to be a Carmelite.
16. Were you ever bullied?
I can only remember once, and it wasn't so bad. I was a year
younger than everyone else ('cause I excelled at coloring in
kindergarten!) and so was slower to develop and I remember being
surrounded by a group of girls all checking to see if I had boobs
yet (I didn't) and teasing me about it. But that's the only
thing I remember.
17. Did you learn how to touch type?
Yes. I took Typing I in my junior year and by the end of the
year, I typed faster than anybody in Typing II. We learned on
big clunky black manual typewriters like this, with the keys
covered. There were two electric machines in the class and
toward the end of the year, when we knew how to type, we got to take
turns using them
18. Who was your best friend? (Are you still friends today?)
Gayle was my best friend in grammar school. We are friends on
FB, but our opinions on EVERYTHING are diametrically opposed, so
it's good we don't see each other. I did have lunch with her
and a few other grammar school friends recently and we stuck to
"safe" topics. Joyce and Anne were my best friends in high
school. We still exchange Christmas cards, but haven't seen
each other in years, though we keep taking about getting together.
19. What is one thing you regret about high school?
I honestly can't think of anything
20. What were you most proud about?
I am proud of the yearbook I put out in m senior year. I had
practically zero cooperation from other seniors and my friend Anne
and I did it all on our own. We missed every deadline and the
books came out late, but I'm proud of how they turned out.
you like high school?
Loved it. Those were the best years of my life to date.
I wouldn't want to go back and repeat them today, but I loved almost
everything about high school.