Ah, yes. My first full-blown obsession at the ripe old age of 14.... I was crazy for Elton John ever since I heard "Tiny Dancer". Perhaps this is why I have never again made a New Years Resolution.... gaahhhh.
January 2, 1975:
Am finding it hard to collect things for my scrapbook right now. But I'm listening to "Greatest Hits".
Geez. I had given it one whole day to "collect things" for my scrapbook. Bravo, Maureen. Patience was obviously NOT my virtue.
January 21, 1975:
Today I got "Caribou". It's fantastic! Listened to it all night. #2 Elton.
And my parents were upstairs thanking the Gods that my bedroom was in the basement.
January 29, 1975:
Today I got "Empty Sky" #3 Elton.
Hmmm.... Eight days later and yet another record purchased. Albums must have been cheap back then. And I don't recall a music store so close to home that I could run to it every friggin' day.
February 3, 1975:
Got "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player". #4 Elton.
What the hell? Did I get a load of cash for Christmas that year or something???
February 4, 1975:
Listened to more of Don't Shoot Me.
Oh good. Play the poor things till they were scraped smooth. This is why I recall taping a penny or two to the stylus so they wouldn't skip...
February 14, 1975:
Want to get "Yellow Brick Road!"
Well, of course I did! I mean, it HAD been a whole 11 days since my last Elton John purchase! What the hell was I waiting for???
February 22, 1975:
Painted first portrait of Elton. Turned out good, if I do say so myself!
Oh, gad. Modesty was obviously not a trait of my 14 year old self.
March 12, 1975:
Second portrait of Elton completed. I hung it up right away with the other one over my bed.
Okay, give me a break. I was a naive teen girl and this was before he "came out of the closet"... ahem... But I DO still have that one with the yellow background. I think I painted over the others.
March 25, 1975:
Today I celebrated Elton's birthday. Hope you had a happy one!
OMG. I can't believe I wrote that. Did I REALLY think HE would even care that some geeky teen in Canada wished him a Happy Birthday? Criminy. Maybe I thought I could send him good vibes via telepathy. And yeah, I shan't have worried. With his millions, drugs and alcohol, I am POSITIVE he had a "happy one"!
May 12, 1975:
Got Tommy! FANTASTIC!!
And I remember seeing the movie later... Um. Let's just say the music was the best part. Yikes. I would never look at baked beans the same way again.
May 19, 1975:
Got "Captain Fantastic" # 7
What? No "FANTASTIC" comment???? Oh yeah. I already said that - twice.
May 30, 1975:
100 Pages!! Finished First Scrapbook!
And that was one of the last entries I ever wrote in my diary.
I wish I still had that scrapbook. Unfortunately it's been lost with the most of my collection over the years. But I still have a photo of my Elton John shrine... and there's the infamous Scrapbook sitting in the middle of it all.
So this was my first bout of OCD, as documented in my Five Year Diary.
Man. I kept that thing squirreled away, locked and hidden for years. It's only with age that I am now brave enough to show you the most embarassing Elton John entry of them all:
March 2, 1975:
Oh. My. God.
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