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[Meme] Stuff Meme

Ganked from technoshaman...

1. Oldest possession: Either a bit ~2000 year old Roman glass from Jerusalem, or ~2000 year old potsherd from somewhere in Israel. I'm not sure which one is actually older.

2. Posession owned longest: Leo the Cross-Eyed Lion, a stuffed lion I was given when I was only a few weeks old. Leo's from a leavings bin; his face was sewed on wrong, so it's lopsided and he's cross-eyed, but he slept with me for years.

3. Most expensive: Skuld, my 2002 New Beetle. I imagine a horse farm could well surpass that eventually. :)

4. Most precious (to me): Hrm. There are about three possibilities which means a great deal to me, but I'll have to go with BlueJeans Elephant. BlueJeans, or BJ for short, is an elephant I was given when I was four. He was made by my paternal grandmother (not the one who passed away this year), out of my grandfather's favorite pair of blue denim jeans. BJ has this surprisingly comforting aura to him; anyone who holds him feels better, and he's nursed several past roommates through horrible flus. He's been mended rather clumsily by an 11-year-old with thread and needle, but he still has the place of honor on the table beside my bed. And always will.

5. Rarest: That'd be another hard one. My grandfather's set of Pogo books? The set of first-edition Oz books from my grandmother?

6. Oddest, strangest, or silliest: Handmade, button-eyed, bat-winged cyan Plushie Cthulhu.

7. Newest (non-food): plushie horse named Amigo, in honor of the recently-deceased horse of the same name at the stables, who plushie-Amigo somewhat resembles.

8. Which possession most sums up my personality: I have... no idea, at all.


Most of the things I have left intact from my childhood are stuffed animals. I think this is partly because when I was really little, my family had basically NO money -- our furniture was pressboard and cinder block, for instance -- but stuffed animals from the leavings bin were really cheap, or handmade animals only cost the materials.

Then when my father got a better-paying job as a federal agent and began to travel a lot, he'd bring back gifts for me... usually a stuffed animal of something. When he was in Alaska, he'd bring back stuffed seals, stuffed puffins, etc. When he was in California, he'd bring back a stuffed condor, a stuffed mountain lion, etc.

Though most of my stuffed animals have long since been donated to children's charities, I have a few who I kept and brought with me. So those, as some of my only remaining childhood things, are special to me.

Well, and Plushie C'thulhu... but he was a joke at the time, back when I worked on first-person horror-themed shooters in the video game industry. The folks on the team all bought each other something C'thulhu or horror themed for Christmas one year. That said, I think he's still probably the oddest thing I own. At least, nothing odder occurs to me. :)

As for the car, Skuld-the-Beetle doesn't have a stuffed animal. Skuld has a nuigurumi (UFO Catcher Doll), which is something completely different. At least according to diehard otaku sorts. I never got into collecting nuigurumi, but I did have a Skuld one who used to sit on my monitor at work and ward off coding bugs. After Mike Agney christened the Beetle 'Skuld' (because she flattens all other Bugs), it seemed only appropriate to dig up the old nuigurumi and stick it on the dash. :)