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vintage Kaiser, part 1

With the 20th reunion coming up tonight – it really has me going down memory lane. So I thought I would post some thoughts about a few of the many places I have lived growing up..
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Green acres Elementary, village area of Warren
2nd through 5th grade
There really is no other place to start than when I attended Green acres. when you move a lot it’s hard to remember names, so much of before this is a blur to me. But we lived on Peck for four solid years and even though much of the specifics are fading.. I remember a lot of this time of my life.

We lived in an old farm house built in the 20s – almost on the corner of 14 & Mound. It was a cool house that was great for an exploring kid with a wild imagination. The cellar was spooky, it had many little rooms, nook & cranny to have adventures. There was a separategarage that seemed almost more like a small barn. Out behind the garage was an empty lot mostly wooded. Next to the house was an empty field, perfect for flying kites and destroying my star wars figures. Time spent at the house was mostly fun, though lonely. These were mostly “people watching” days for me, never really finding my groove socially.

The was a kid named Marshall that was one of the closest things I had to a buddy. We talked a lot on the bus ride both ways. He introduced me to rubicks cube (and all the spin offs… remember the snake one?) and this other cool toys where these hallow globes with gears inside them could connect to build floating cars and stuff that ran on batteries.

I remember this kid in second grade was already an incredible artist. He drew this pirate ship with an intense battle scene and attacking sharks…. it blew me away. The teacher (Mr Brown, I think) hung it up over the blackboard. This kid really inspired me to start drawing more. Though we weren’t really friends – he did show me his secret to drawing sharks, and I reveled in making them over and over again.

My parents would have these card parties with a few friends and I’d stay up late, hanging out at the top of the stairs, listening to the conversations going on below. They would usually play in front of the fireplace and it would go on fairly late. We had this German Shepherd/Collie mix names Kandy. She was a great dog – friendliest dog you ever seen. She had this habit of biting a shovel if you tried to dig anything… so of course i tried to dig as much as possible to watch the hilarious odd behavior.

I had the biggest crush on the Essig twins. I did whatever I could to hang out with them, like volunteer hall monitor (bathroom duty, I think) and even attending church with them. Somehow – their parents drove me to church once (can’t remember how I swindled THAT one). I was the worlds biggest, goofiest geek and had absolutely no idea how to act around girls…. talk about being too sheltered. Of course – I probably still don’t know how to act around girls. Funny how your first crush is one you remember so clearly.

I think it was 4th grade when a TV program picked our classroom to be on their show. The show was called “ask a silly question” and was kind of an early Nickelodeon type of thing. I remember Mike Wilson really impressed the show with his bird-watching hobby. I also remember getting cut from most of the final program. Apparently, when a silly question is asked – there is a limit to how silly the answer is suppoed to be.  I can’tseem to find any reference that the show ever existed… :/

My sister must have been about two when we moved to Peck. I think we moved away after she was about the start Kindergarten. for me – this is where she became a part of the family… changing from this immobile little thing to something that I was occasionally in charge of. I was ill-prepared to watch a little sibling.. I can tell you that.

Those were all good days for me, as lonely as they sound. At the time – I was mostly happy being a loner. These were the last days my folks were still married, and for a while after that – we would start to move a couple times a year from school to school. There were a lot lonelier days ahead….

8 comments to vintage Kaiser, part 1

  • Srewey Decimal

    >>With the 20th reunion coming up tonight (snip)

    Dear Internet Fans,

    We regret to inform you that Mr. Kaiser will no longer be able to post on the InterTubes until he pay for his late high school library books + 20 years of back interest.

    Class reunions are our biggest fund raisers. Support your local library!

    Sincerely,
    Srewey Decimal
    LHS Librarian

  • Srewey Decimal

    >>With the 20th reunion coming up tonight (snip)

    Dear Internet Fans,

    We regret to inform you that Mr. Kaiser will no longer be able to post on the InterTubes until he pay for his late high school library books + 20 years of back interest.

    Class reunions are our biggest fund raisers. Support your local library!

    Sincerely,
    Srewey Decimal
    LHS Librarian

  • Scott

    Good post Bill. I was thinking of doing something similar a few months ago, but then that would mean… posting. 🙂

    I bought my dad a Rubicks cube this past Christmas. He insist I use to be able to finish all the sides but I know I’ve never been able to. Okay by me! I still have mine, along with the snake and the pyramid along with a couple others. The pyramid is still my fav; Mine is so old and worn out that the pieces fall out if you move it too fast.

    I think we might want to hear a little more about the Essig twins 🙂

    Scott

  • Scott

    Good post Bill. I was thinking of doing something similar a few months ago, but then that would mean… posting. 🙂

    I bought my dad a Rubicks cube this past Christmas. He insist I use to be able to finish all the sides but I know I’ve never been able to. Okay by me! I still have mine, along with the snake and the pyramid along with a couple others. The pyramid is still my fav; Mine is so old and worn out that the pieces fall out if you move it too fast.

    I think we might want to hear a little more about the Essig twins 🙂

    Scott

  • Thanks! I didn’t put much thought into it.. hard to blast something like that out while you’re on a break. whatever popped into my head at the moment made in the post

    I never solved a rubicks either. Remember they would put people on TV that could solve them with their feet? haha

    I now remember a toy that took over my third grade…. STOMPER TRUCKS. Those little AA-powered things were all the rage

  • Thanks! I didn’t put much thought into it.. hard to blast something like that out while you’re on a break. whatever popped into my head at the moment made in the post

    I never solved a rubicks either. Remember they would put people on TV that could solve them with their feet? haha

    I now remember a toy that took over my third grade…. STOMPER TRUCKS. Those little AA-powered things were all the rage

  • Scott

    Working lights, detailed design and 4 wheel drive!!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pko_iTP4sQ

    I don’t remember them, but I’m sure they were something I wanted. Heck. I think I want one now. Woohoo!

  • Scott

    Working lights, detailed design and 4 wheel drive!!

    I don’t remember them, but I’m sure they were something I wanted. Heck. I think I want one now. Woohoo!

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