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Andrew Huff / September 3, 2009 11:17 AM

Question suggested by Lizzy M. If you have an idea for a Fuel question, send it to

I was fairly outgoing in first grade, as I recall. It wasn't until we moved in third grade that I got all shy and introverted -- which didn't wear off again until sometime in high school. I still have to struggle to keep the extroversion going sometimes.

sb / September 3, 2009 1:26 PM

Now I'm the same guy. In my 20s I strayed. I forgot to go fishing and love insects for too many years. Nice to be back.

Amanda / September 3, 2009 2:13 PM

Not very. I still have trouble coloring inside the lines.

annie / September 3, 2009 3:32 PM

I am the same, almost freakishly. I look alot like the little girl that I was with an updated haircut, but still short.
I'm akward and out going and say the wrong things and I still love to chat up strangers. Yep, I'm still strange.

crystal clear / September 3, 2009 4:32 PM

I always asked questions, talked a lot, always wanted to tell my teachers interesting facts and stories...I think to a certain extent, minus the growing self-consciousness cultivated since jr. high, I am more or less the same. Minus the purity and simplicity of youth...

charlie / September 4, 2009 7:37 AM

Once a child always a child. I still need to get up out of my chair every 5 minutes or so. The only difference is now I don't have to ask if I can go to the bathroom.

spook / September 4, 2009 8:48 AM

yea I'm basically the same old kid who once wore a hand sewn
Apache brave suit
who now wears man made chaos

SickSadWorld / September 4, 2009 9:08 AM

8 years of church school changed me from an out-going, bright, happy kid into a neurotic mess with a massive inferiority complex and a terror of authority. On the plus side, I quit going to church!

flange / September 4, 2009 9:20 AM

still a tom waits wannabe. i just drink less than i did then.

Andrew / September 4, 2009 9:48 AM

You were a hard-drinking Tom Waits wannabe in first grade, flange? Really?

Kristina / September 4, 2009 9:53 AM

From what I remember, filtered through what I now hate about kids, I think I was kind of a loudmouthed jackass, and a flirt. So yeah, not a damn thing's changed, and I'm ok with that.

Mucky Fingers / September 4, 2009 10:16 AM

I just can't remember back that far.

Guy Smiley / September 4, 2009 11:06 AM

Was involved in words then (had to represent the first graders and read a Columbus Day piece on the school PA system) and involved in words now. Also was lousy at math then and, well...

flange / September 4, 2009 11:12 AM

well, i grew up in the sixties, before there were juice boxes. so yeah: ovaltine straight, no chaser.

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