Monday, May 14, 2012

First Loves Blogfest

Ah, our first loves. They travel in our hearts with us forever. This cool blogfest is hosted by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh. The rules are simple. Post your first loves: first movie, first song/band, first book, and first person.

First movie: Before the hot vampires and slayers came around, I wanted to be an adventurer. Who didn't want to be Indiana Jones? Raiders of the Lost Ark. Classic pulp adventure. The closest I've ever become to my dream is living in Indiana. (The Fox and the Hound comes in a very close second. The only film to ever make me cry in a movie theatre.)

First song: When I was a little girl, I love to go to my grandparents' house and turn on their old record player. I'd put on the huge headphones and play my favorite song, singing it at the top of my lungs. "Cecilia" by Simon and Garfunkel. I don't know why this song resonated with me, but it still affects something deep down within me.

First book: I want to say so many books for this, but if I'm going to be true to my very first, I'll have to go back to my early childhood. I loved Dr. Seuss and the classic fairy tales, but the one book I kept long after I left childhood behind was The Poky Little Puppy. I identified with that little puppy. That was me! I don't have the book any more, but I need to find a copy to give to my son.

First person: I had a crush on a boy in grade four. (He will remain unnamed here.) I lent him my Merlin, and he broke it. I was furious. I didn't talk to him again after that. I was heartbroken and thought about him for years afterward, but I only had myself to blame for I chose not to talk to him any more. (Yes, I know, not romantic at all. In fact, I have absolutely no romantic stories about love. Perhaps that's why I write it!)

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  1. Indiana Jones is awesome! I've no clue why I love those movies so much, but I really do!

    Lol at your love story! One of my first crushes (when I was maybe...6 or 7... accidentally knocked my tooth out!

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    1. I think adventures like Indiana Jones are just plain fun. For any age! One of your first crushes knocked your tooth out?! He must have really liked you. *LOL*

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  2. The dark side of romance, not talking any more! :0) I have had so much in my life, that is why I DON'T write romance, I stick to children's books, much safer. :0)

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    1. Children's book definitely are much safer! Thanks for popping by. :)

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  3. Raiders is an excellent choice. Still the best adventure movie ever made. And I bet every kid owned the Pokey Little Puppy book.
    Thanks for participating in my blogfest!

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    1. I totally agree with you about Raiders. They don't make adventures like that any more. This is a great blogfest. Thanks for hosting! :)

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  4. Christine - I wanted to stop by and let you know that you've been Blitzed! In other words, you get a gift=) Stop by my blog to find out more info!
    http://writingreadingandlife.blogspot.com/2012/05/random-act-of-kindness-blitz.html

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    1. You're such a sweetheart! Thank you so very much. :)

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  5. I don't blame you for being mad at him for breaking your Merlin.

    And Raiders of the Lost Ark rules! Great choices Christine.

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    1. Thanks! Raiders still remains one my all-time favorites.

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  6. Oh,,, Cecilia by Simon & Garfunkel. that song brings memories. I remember a while back, upon introducing myself using my given name, someone would start whistling that song, or singing out loud...:D was quite a nightmare . But I love the song. And raiders of the lost ark.. I still want to be adventurer..when I finally grow up.. :D that means when my kids have grown and moved out. :D

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    1. Cecilia is such a lovely name, but I can understand how it would get annoying if everyone started singing it. You mean we have to grow up when our kids do? I thought we got to have a second childhood then! ;)

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  7. Girrrrrl, anyone who breaks your Merlin book deserves to what he got. mmm hmm. :) I recently watched all of the Indiana Jones movies and loved them!

    Andrea

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    1. The Indiana Jones films are classics. The boy was bad news anyway. Best I ended then! ;)

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  8. I think I would stop talking to a boy if he broke my book too. How dare he!

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    1. I don't know if he broke it on purpose, but he never apologized. Shame on him!

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  9. I love that song, it sounds so happy~
    Break a Merlin book, he could be cursed!
    Great list...great movie, too!

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    1. Thanks! I do wonder if the boy was cursed. He's still in the wee town we grew up in and I've traveled the continent.

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  10. I am Indiana Jones... I keep saying it all these years!

    We all love something...right!
    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Howlin' Wolf Records: On-Line Magazine

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    1. Do you have the hat? You can't be Indy without the hat!

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  11. oh i love anything by simon and garfunkel!

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    1. The song still makes me smile when I hear it.

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  12. OMG, Merlin? I think we had one of them. I have to go look it up and see if I'm thinking of the right game.

    Minutes later...

    Yes, he did. I remember it now. The precursor to the DS! And no video screen, we were so deprived in those days! :)

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    1. I loved the games on the Merlin. I bet kids these days wouldn't even understand what one of those toys were!

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  13. Ha! When my brother was three, I taught him actions to Cecelia - he'd drop to his knees and clasp his hands together, begging. It was the cutest thing EVER.

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  14. yay raiders & harrison ford!

    and cute story, hee, hee!

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    1. Indiana Jones still remains one my favorite all-time series. Thanks!

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  15. I love "Poky Little Puppy." You can still find copies of it--and all those other great Golden Books--in bookstores. Classic.

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    1. I always look at the Golden Books when we go to the used book store. I have yet to find "Poky Little Puppy" but I've seen a few other classics.

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  16. Aww! Great firsts! I wanted to be Indiana Jones. Hehe!

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    1. Thanks! Hey, I thought you still did want to be Indy! ;)

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  17. Aw, who doesn't love The Poky Little Puppy! Great choice. :)

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  18. I enjoyed the Indian Jones series and too bad about the boy...but breaking a fav book or game is bad manners. :)
    Cecilia is a beautiful song. Loved your firsts.

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    1. Thanks! Yup, breaking the game was bad manners and he never apologized. Doubly bad!

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  19. Love me some Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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    1. Me too! It's one of those films that stay with you forever.

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  20. Enjoyed your 'firsts' not playing just lurking.

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    1. Hiya! Thanks for popping by. :) I lurk a lot lately too.

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  21. He broke your Merlin and you're keeping his identity anonymous? You're a much better woman than I, Christine.

    Fun post.
    xoRobyn

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    1. Ha! Yeah, I figure the fact he never left the crappy little town we grew up in my victory. :)

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  22. Raiders of the Lost Ark is an EXCELLENT choice! Gotta love a man with a whip. ;)

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    1. Not just a whip, but a very cool hat too!

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  23. Raiders of the Lost Ark is a great pick! Classic films, classic. I also loved the Poky Little Puppy... I think we had it on tape :)

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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    1. Thanks! I wonder what Poky Little Puppy would sound like on tape.

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  24. I love the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Yesterday was in one of the local television channels, and accidentally my 3 years old son saw some minute about it... with wide-open-mouth. I think he loved it too. ;)

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    1. Hehehe! That's hilarious! I do wonder what would be a good age to introduce my son to Indiana Jones and Star Wars. He's only two right now, but maybe in another two years?

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  25. Great choices. My daughter had a Merlin but I think I played with it even more than she did!

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    1. Merlins were very cool. They had some awesome thinking games.

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  26. I definitely wanted to be Indiana Jones when I was younger...and then I wanted to be Dr. Alan Grant from Jurassic Park. Something about the wanderer/adventurer/discoverer life still tugs at me!

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    1. That would be cool to be Dr. Grant too. I don't know if I prefer running from a giant boulder or a T-rex though!

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  27. I've only recently rekindled my love of Indiana Jones. The current one was just weird though. Fun. But oddness abound.

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    1. I agree about the newest Indiana Jones film. They shouldn't have made it. Let the first three be forever classics.

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  28. Oh Indiana Jones- could any character get any hotter?

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    1. I re-realize my appreciation of him every time I watch the film! :)

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  29. I loved the Poky Little Puppy, too. I almost forgot about that book!

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    1. It's the one book I remember amongst a bunch of Dr. Seuss ones!

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  30. Ohh loved your love story... hehe he broke your Merlin:) Too cute.

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    1. Thanks! Hey, Merlins were cool. I was the only kid in my class who had one.

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  31. Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford and, oh, la, lah, I totally understand your fascination for this happy tale!

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    1. I believe a love for Indiana Jones never dies! One I can enjoy for all my life. :)

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  32. Oh my lord do I love Indiana Jones. Seriously, that is one AMAZING series (the first three of course...not counting the fourth).

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    1. I love the series, and like you, I don't count the fourth one as part of it!

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  33. Indiana Jones is a great first movie love! It's definitely at the top of my list for movies. Harrison Ford... yum! :)

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    1. Oh yes, Harrison Ford! He's had two classic roles: Indiana Jones and Han Solo. Thank you so much for that, Mr. Ford. :)

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  34. "I got up to wash my face; when I come back to bed someone had taken my place."

    Sorta say's it all about romance, yes? LOL. A great song pick.

    ........dhole

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  35. I don't know the song or the book, but I know Indiana Jones!

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  36. Nice list of first loves, Christine! I think it is neat that the ladies who participated don't want to name names of their first loves. Lol...if I had done this blog-fest, I wouldn't have either ;-)

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    1. Thanks! I think that's funny too. I just don't want the fellow to randomly come across my blog. Hehehe!

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  37. Love The Poky Little Puppy and Indiana Jones! Great choices!

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  38. Oh, I love, love, love Indiana Jones, and I also wanted to be an archaeologist because of him! Also, I have Cecilia in my head now. I suspect that will be happening a lot as I go through the participants.

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    1. I had the same problem with the blogfest. Lots of great old songs!

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  39. A little behind on visiting. Great choices! I loved the Fox and the Hound and the Pokey Little Puppy!
    -MJ http://creativelyspiltink.blogspot.com/2012/05/first-loves-blogfest.html

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    1. Thank you! I'm behind on visiting too. Eventually I'll find some time. :)

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  40. Hi Christine. Another Simon & Garafunkle fan. Sounds of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Water are my favourites although I love to bop along to Cecilia. It's so joyful. And what's not to love about Raiders? Timeless.

    Denise

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    1. That's a great song too! Indiana Jones will be a pulp hero for a long time, I think.

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  41. Sorry I'm late.
    Raiders! Love that movie.
    S&G were wonderful together and that song is so upbeat. Makes you want to dance.
    Great picks.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    Heather

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    1. Thank you, and nice of you to pop by. I'm late getting to some blogs too!

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  42. Awesome choices! Great take on the blogfest!

    Sharing the Love!
    English Speaking Zone

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  43. Although it wasn't my favorite movie ever, I thoroughly enjoyed "Raiders of the Lost Ark." (Have you seen the latest one?) I wanted to but a fedora and be an archeologist in those days! lol

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    1. I have seen the latest Indiana Jones movie and it's my least favorite of the films.

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