The Wednesday Weigh-In: Your favorite memory

Here’s a video of a man with a camera asking 50 people on the street in Chicago what their favorite memory is. The results are predictably wonderful for a sap like me.

I think this is an impossible question, but, damn, it’s so sweet to see people try to think of their very favorite one on the spot. What’s your favorite memory?

Via The Hairpin. Transcript after the jump.


Oh my god. There are just so many. So many wonderful memories.

On man, I think you just made my day. They’re just flooding back and all these really great things.

My name is … and I live in Chicago with my daughter and I’m 74 years old.

My age is 32.

And I guess my favorite memory is probably Sunday morning when my dad would play his music with the huge sub-woofer. It would be like Billy Holiday of Supertram with the sun streaming in the windows.

My favorite memory was Christmas Day. I was 4 years old and I remember waking up to a brand-new bicycle.


One of my favorite memories is the first time I went skinny-dipping at night.

Uh, I got to play tug-o-war.

My English is not good, like I said. I watched with my little brother shooting stars.

My first kiss.

I’m from Chicago, I’m thirteen and my best memory was my first day of school.

Being on a rocky beach in Croatia with my husband on the Island of ….

The first day I moved to Chicago to be an actor.

Hi, I’m Nick and we’re from Connecticut and I’m 17 for about two more weeks or so.

I’m Andrea, I’m his mom and I’m gonnna be 60 very shortly. And we’re gonna share our favorite memory which was…

The time that we went to the Hartford Excel Center and saw Lady Gaga live. It was awesome.

Yes, Lady Gaga, she rocks!

Put your claws up!

Last summer I went to a water park with my friends…

Taking my first sailboat out.

And we went on this crazy ride were we flew like 20 feet in the air on an intertube.

It would probably be last summer when I went on vacation to Thailand and I met this girl.

That’s hard. I have a lot of memories.

Well, I used to play football and my best memory is winning the state championship.

Oh my god, that’s a real hard question.

My favorite memory is Toys R Us when I was a little kid right here on State Street. Jeffery the Giraffe–he was always there.

My favorite memory is going on a ship and then going to the science museum. I enjoy very much.

My favorite memory is all the hugs my mom gave me my whole life.

My mother flying across country and surprising me on my 21st birthday.

Growing up close to the city and just having the beach and the Cubs and the White Sox and everything accessible at my front door.

My favorite memory of all time is spending time on the lake, on Lake Michigan.

One of my favorite memories is actually I got to go on a high school choir trip to Ireland and one of my favorite parts of it was actually going to the Blarney Stone and kissed and then I got my Claddagh ring.

My favorite memory is my dad holding me as a child on the deck of a boat, as we were coming over from England, emigrating to the states, and showing me the whales.

My favorite memory of all time was when he was born. It was the greatest, absolute more wonderful moment of my life.

Mine’s becoming successful.

Being on the lake when I was a little kid.

My favorite is me picking Nola up here from the train station and stopping quite a bit of traffic in the process after not having seen her for several months.

My favorite memory of all time is adopting my Shitzu Pierre.

Wow, you just made my day. I’m gonna have a good walk home now.

St. Paul, MN

Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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