Copping to My Amazonian Past

Hey, guys, have you heard about the new cool thing for academic bloggers? OK, maybe it’s not really that cool, but it is new: copping to the first two things you purchased from  Even though it has little to do with the Middle Ages, and I’m not sure there’s much point to trumpeting your originary bourgeois ideotemporality, heck, why not?  I’ll play along:

According to my order history, the first thing I ever bought from Amazon was the second edition Mummy handbook for the World of Darkness tabletop RPG, back in 1997.* 

Then, apparently, I didn’t buy anything else until 1999, when I purchased a new Star Wars Episode I Electronic Naboo Royal Blockade Runner Playset.  I’ve already admitted a few times here on the blog that I used to collect Star Wars figures, so I can hyperlink to this purchase without shame.  Indeed, it looks like I got a pretty good deal on the toy at the time:  $40 bucks for something that retailed at around $120.  Too bad I would one day drop the thing off at the Salvation Army, after I tired of collecting and the bottom fell out of the collectibles market on eBay.**** C’est la vie.

So, there you go.  My Amazon records provide a record of the quick turnover in my (now long-discarded) hobbies.  What do your purchases say about you? 

Those of you without blogs, feel free to admit to your first two Amazon purchases in the comments here.  I promise not to judge you, and you’re certain to come off less geeky than me.

*If this blog were a WoD sourcebook, I would follow that sentence with, “Or, did I…?”  because all affirmative statements in the World of Darkness must be immediately undercut by the hinting the opposite and trailing off into elipsis.**
**Though some suggest that on the first night of Gehenna, all elipsis will be undone–but, this, perhaps, is itself but a story fit only for a newly sired childe…***
***Or is it…?
****Though some say that the toy is still, even today, in the deepest reaches of the Umbra, waiting…

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  • Brian W. Ogilvie

    I just saw this meme over at the Little Professor's blog, so I looked it up. My first Amazon order, in 2000, was a multi-book order, but the first ones to ship were Elaine Scarry's On Beauty and Being Just and the 3rd edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

  • Wacky Hermit

    I ordered a DVD of a Japanese film called "Kikujiro", its soundtrack, and the soundtrack to "Gladiator". My husband really likes soundtracks.

  • Jenn

    I tend to buy my own damn book. And then send it to others. :sigh:

  • Liza Blake

    Mine were both high school purchases: Deathtrap, by Ira Levin, in 2000, and then a big batch of sci-fi books, the first Alfred Bester's Computer Connection, in 2001.

  • TheOtherOne

    In July, 2001, I ordered a DVD set, Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids. In March, 2002, I bought Anthony Stewart Head's "Music for Elevators" CD.

  • commoncents

    Thank You for posting this! I love your blog!!

    Common Cents

    ps. Link Exchange???

  • Tigerlily

    In 2001 I bought two box sets of CDs: Unrepeatable and Definite Article, and Glorious and Dress to Kill, all by Eddie Izzard. I was working at a summer camp and had gotten tired of my roommate's repeated playing of the best of the Doors, and wanted to retaliate.

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