My dad’s calculator. Not that I knew what the hell I was doing with it. It was on my Christmas list. What I got: a kids’ calculator which quizzed me with math questions I eventually got my own scientific calculator in college and played with it all night.
Reading, playing outside, flipping baseball cards (if I had only saved them-if my mother had not thrown them out). But as someone I knew (he’d been a minor league player) said that one of the Major Leaguers said, “Ya know if you all had saved your cards…they wouldn’t be worth anything now!” So I guess we did someone a favor by tossing them.
I was born the same year as the Macintosh, I grew up with computers in my house from the time I was old enough to walk. My dad had a TRS-80 that he dialed in to the work network to file stuff on, 1988? And I remember him being so frustrated with the acoustic coupler he disassembled it and used alligator clips to hook into the phone lines. Ever since then my favorite thing to do was tear apart electronics and see how they worked. I was reading Asimov and Heinlein in elementary school. I wasn’t like the other nerds, I hated math and word searches. I was a Boy Scout, I liked to build stuff in the woods and start fires. Coloring books, puzzles, mazes? No. None of that stuff for me. Give me a stick and some dirt or a screwdriver and a radio and I was a happy boy.
in order chronologically but not by interest level
really young kid: nursing
toddler: stuffed toys, running around outside, tormenting my sister
child: bike riding, playing outside, reading, board games, card games
early teens: tennis, bike riding, school, playing with other kids, reading, games
jr high: school, bike riding, tennis, reading
high school: school, working/earning money, reading, traveling, recreational MJ, girls
Ramping my bike off the porch (tried to be like evil kenivel), Legos, jumping out of 1st and 2nd story windows (child’s skydiving) with blankets/plastic bags, tarps, shooting cap guns. And CLIMBING! Trees, flagpoles, stone and brick walls, whatever could be climbed.
Of course, my mom wanted me to be a lady so I received lots of beatings and had to walk around with books on my head quite often to try to change my heathen ways.
Lego, playing outside with friends, riding my bike, Lego, swimming (in the summer, whether it was warm enough or not), Lego, reading. Did I mention that I like (that’s not the incorrect verb tense) Lego?
Reading, making up worlds with my stuffed animals, riding my bike, watching the older kids have chicken fights, hitting a spaldeen off the wall. I didn’t start doing crossword puzzles till I was a teen.
Watching TV-in fact in 6th grade if someone gave me a time in the evening and a channel, I could tell them what was on TV. Less channels way back then, but such a skill obviously didn’t nothing for me in my future endeavors.
In fact we took something called the Kuder Preference Test back in 9th grade which compared our answers to those of people who had taken the test and what jobs they had to maybe determine what interest and traits you had in common. The results said my answers had the most in common with people who were accountants and morticians.