23 July 2015

In high school, I almost didn't buy a fish magnet but then Kim talked me into it, fast forward 20 years

Posting another draft, as-is.

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I got my first aquarium about a week after my 8th or 9th birthday. At that time, it was something I had wanted for my whole entire life. And my Great Grandma Hanczewski had just died. I'm not gonna lie, it was a really big deal. She's the first person I had known and loved and saw deteriorate and then die.

I'm really lucky because I knew several older relatives - and actually remember them. Great Grandma and Grandpa Hanczewski (my dad's mom's parents); my Great Aunt and Uncle, Esther and Frank. My Great Grandma Marie, who I remember watching me quite a bit. She lived until I was in my early 20s, so I have strong memories of her.

What was I talking about again? Oh - the magnet!

So I got my first aquarium on whatever-age birthday I had when I was in 3rd grade. It was a 5-gallon with a filter that hung on the back. It sucked water in through a snorkel-tube, which then flowed through a fiber and charcoal filter. 

I loved fish, read about fish, collected fish, it really was an obsession through high school. I had never been to the ocean but really really wanted to be a marine biologist. I loved learning about fish, and how some lived in warm water, cold water, fresh water, brackish water, salt water. I really was obsessed then and I will get to the magnet, I promise.
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The end. 
.....of my draft.

I went to the St Louis Zoo a lot in high school and I really wanted this magnet but it has a black scuff mark across it. The gift shop didn't have another one but my friend Kim said that just made it unique and I should buy it anyway. I've had it now for 20 years. 

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Listening to: CCR
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