More from Michael:
I used to be fascinated by the school intercom and, for my birthday one year, asked for a set of Radio Shack intercoms for use at home. I had one intercom in my bedroom, and my brother (with great reluctance) had the other intercom. Our house was not large. My bedroom was directly next to my brother's bedroom. If I wanted to say something to my brother, I would hit the "tone" button first and then said, "May I have your attention please: Adam, please contact Michael; Adam please contact Michael. Thank you." It did not take long for my brother to threaten to destroy the intercom.
As a small child I liked that my grandfather played muzak in his car as opposed to the Oldies that my parents played. So, I recorded some muzak with my cassette tape recorder and would sit in the back seat of our car and play it when we'd go out. Mind you, my parents were still playing the Oldies station at the same time.
I used to spend hours ironing my Levi's cords with a super sharp crease down the legs.
I was obsessed by "The Wizard of Oz" and Judy Garland. I can recite almost the entire script/score. I recorded the musical parts with my cassette tape recorder. Same thing with "The Sound of Music."
I used to steal rhododendrons from a neighbor's garden in order to put them on a vase on our dining room table.
I really wanted a Barbie Dream House when I was in second grade. I did not get one.
I also really wanted to wear Dr. Scholl's classic slide sandals like some of my girlfriends. They seemed so practical and I liked the noise they made.
From a young age, I mastered making my grandmother a brandy Alexander. I always was quite generous with the brandy.
The year we got our first microwave oven, I made Christmas dinner from the microwave cookbook (this was probably 1980). I remember scallops wrapped in bacon, ham, cheesy potatoes, and green beans almandine. I also made homemade dinner rolls (but not in the microwave).
When I was quite young, I put on my mothers sanitary napkins like they were socks.
I remember traveling from Massachusetts to Connecticut and stopping at a highway rest area with a McDonald's. I wanted to sound sophisticated and said to the person at the register something like, "This is very similar to the McDonad's we have in New England." He replied, "This is New England."
I had a gay science teacher in 6th grade and he had a very effete way of walking on his toes. I started walking this way at home until my mother told me to stop.
At family gatherings I always preferred to hang out with my mother and aunts in the kitchen, rather than with my cousins.
I affected a Mid-Atlantic accent and spoke in the cultivated manner of a 1930s actress.
I LOVED the Batman series and really wanted to live in a mansion as an older man's ward. I also wanted a maiden aunt and butler to look after things.
I was fascinated by Jeannie's bottle.