Wednesday, January 02, 2008


Stolen from a lot of people, this meme is based on the work of Dr. Will Barratt, apparently.

Bold (with asterisks to help it show up)for what applies; italics for what might apply.

1. Father went to college

2. Father finished college

3. Mother went to college

4. Mother finished college

5. Have any relative who is an attorney, physician, or professor.

My ex -brother-in-law was an attorney - does that count?

6. Were the same or higher class than your high school teachers

Dr. Barrett's Measure of Social Status rates firemen lower than high school teachers, so no.

**7. Had more than 50 books in your childhood home

8. Had more than 500 books in your childhood home

**9. Were read children's books by a parent

**10. Had lessons of any kind before you turned 18

Ballet, for two years

11. Had more than two kinds of lessons before you turned 18

12. The people in the media who dress and talk like me are portrayed positively

Let's see... I was considered fat even though I was the ideal weight for my height. And women with Ph.Ds in physics abound in the media, eh?

13. Had a credit card with your name on it before you turned 18

14. Your parents (or a trust) paid for the majority of your college cost.

15. Your parents (or a trust) paid for all of your college costs.

16. Went to a private high school

**17. Went to summer camp

Two summers, mandatory for high school marching band. I know some of the cost was ameliorated by fundraisers.

18. Had a private tutor before you turned 18

**19. Family vacations involved staying at hotels

Sometimes even something as high class as a Best Western!

20. Your clothing was all bought new before you turned 18

Most new, but some was made by hand or were hand-me-downs

21. Your parents bought you a car that was not a hand-me-down from them

My parents did not buy a car for me, nor my siblings.

22. There was original art in your house when you were a child

I remember one painting - original or not, I don't know.

**23. You and your family lived in a single family house

24. Your parent(s) owned their own house or apartment before you left home

I don't consider someone to "own" a home until the mortgage is paid off, so no.

**25. You had your own room as a child.

Yes, once my sister moved out (when I was around 4).

26. You had a phone in your room before you turned 18

27. Participated in an SAT/ACT prep course

28. Had your own TV in your room in High School

29. Owned a mutual fund or IRA in High School or College

30. Flew anywhere on a commercial airline before you turned 18

31. Went on a cruise with your family

32. Went on more than one cruise with your family

33. Your parents took you to museums and art galleries as you grew up.

34. You were unaware of how much heating bills were for your family.

I grew up in California, so heating bills isn't quite an accurate measure. I do recall how much time my parents spent at the dining room table once each month doing the bills, though.

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