Hi! My name is Jenny, I live in Canada, and I am twenty-five years old. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m pretty much the coolest kid in the universe.
coolcherrycream.com was born on October 10, 2004, though parts of the site have been around much longer than that. Being fourteen years old at the time, my brand new domain name had to be approved by my dad. My first choice, Blow Away, after the George Harrison song, was vetoed because it sounded dirty. And somehow Cool Cherry Cream did not. Anyway, the name comes from The Beatles’ song “Savoy Truffle”:
Cool cherry cream, nice apple tart
I feel your taste all the time we’re apart
Coconut fudge really blows down those blues
But you’ll have to have them all pulled out
After the Savoy truffle
The band that started it all for me was The Monkees. I became a huge fan when I was 12 years old after I saw the biopic Daydream Believers on Much More Music. I didn’t know this at the time, but part of the movie was filmed in my hometown. Despite swearing that I would never love another, The Beatles eventually stole my heart. From there, I got into The Who, and then classic rock in general. Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Aerosmith, The Doors, Def Leppard, and The Rolling Stones are all pretty cool too. I’ve been lucky enough to see most of my favourite bands in concert at one time or another. I got back into The Monkees again before I went to see Micky, Peter, and Davy together on their 2011 tour, and since then, the Monkees have reclaimed the title of my favourite band.
I like learning to play different instruments, but I never spend enough time on any of them to get really good; I guess I just like knowing how things work. I’ve (incorrectly) played the keyboard for fun since I was little, I learned a few guitar chords during my first wave of Monkee fandom, I tried out the harmonica on a whim during the Beatle era, and I even got into the drums after discovering Keith Moon. I also like to sing on Rock Band — quite well, according to the game, but quite badly according to anyone who walks into the room while I’m playing. My favourite instrument to play is the drums, and my favourite drummers are Keith Moon and Alex Van Halen, but I also enjoy playing John Bonham’s stuff. Sadly, I haven’t played in years, and my drum set kind of resembles a tetris game, all squeezed in one corner of my room. I have a fondness for steel drums and the guiro, but I play neither. My greatest regret in life is not learning to play a brass or woodwind instrument in middle school.
I was lucky enough growing up in the ’90s to have a computer geek dad, so there was always a computer in the house. I can remember getting my first email (or e-mail, as we called it back then) around 1996 or 1997; it was from Elmo or some cartoon character, and I was very upset about it, though I don’t remember why. I loved playing old DOS games, particularly Pepper’s Adventures in Time, Mixed-Up Fairy Tales, Mario Travels Through Time, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, and Wolfenstein 3D. Later, I got into Roller Coaster Tycoon and The Sims. I’ve never been a big gamer; whenever bad guys showed up, I’d make my brother or mom beat them for me. The only part of games I really like are collecting things, maxing out skills, earning achievements; anything that I can tick off as completed.
I’ve been making websites since I was nine years old, starting with a Spice Girls fan site made in Microsoft FrontPage, which consisted entirely of hotlinked images from other fan sites and information painstakingly typed up (at the time, at an impressive 20 words per minute) from my teen magazines. In January 2002, I joined Neopets, and I soon started learning about HTML and CSS so that I could teach other people how to make their user lookups look pretty. My Neopets website, Darkest Faerie Lair, was pretty popular for a while, and it was even shut down by my web host once for using up too much of the server’s resources. Awesome.
In 2005, I got my first introduction to a real programming language in my grade ten computer science course where I learned (eww!) Visual Basic 6. In my grade eleven and twelve computer science courses, I learned Java, and during my free time in those classes, I made a text-based Jeopardy game using only one class, one function, and one loop. Outside of school, I taught myself PHP and MySQL, and I’ve been making elaborate unfinished websites ever since.
From 2008 to 2013, I majored in computer science at university. Lots more Java, some C, C++, Prolog, and I taught myself Python one summer. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a minor in Applied Linguistics in June 2013 (but don’t ask me what either of those things actually mean; I’m still not sure).
I got my first job in March 2013 working as a web developer at a small local company. It’s basically the best job ever, because I get paid to do something I’d be sitting around at home doing anyway, and I get to learn new things. In just the first year at my job, I learned things like C#, Ruby, Drupal, and how to actually do web development right. I now know that all my websites on Cool Cherry Cream are in almost no way done “right”.
Besides programming, I also like graphic design, though I’m not as good at it. I spend most of my free time on my computer, making and updating websites, organizing files, making pointless lists and spreadsheets, and browsing the internet.
Television and Movies
As a teenager, I mostly watched old TV shows like The Brady Bunch and Three’s Company. One day, I happened to catch an episode of Happy Days; it was the one where Chachi wanted to join a gang, but Fonzie talked him out of it. Anyway, I thought the show was really weird, but that one young guy was cute, and from there came an obsession with Charles in Charge.
In terms of newer shows, some of my favourites were That ’70s Show, Lost, Breaking Bad, and Community. I’ve watched Coronation Street on and off since about 2008 (thanks a lot, mum). If you’re interested in what I’m watching now, well, I’ll never remember to update this page, so you won’t find that out here.
My favourite movies also tend to be older movies or movies about the past. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Help!, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (yes, that one), Tommy, and Wayne’s World all fall into the former category (if you count 1992 as old), while my two all-time favourite movies fall into the latter: Almost Famous and Forrest Gump. I like to watch classic movies so that I understand pop culture references (and Netflix has been
horrible great for this), but even more, I love watching bad old movies, usually horror films. Consequently, I’m also a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000. My favourite episode is probably Hamlet. (I know, I know.)
My dad was always a big Boston Bruins fan, but I was never all that interested in sports growing up. I watched in 2011 when they won the Stanley Cup, and since then, I’ve become a full-blown hockey fan. I went to my first hockey game at TD Garden in Boston in November 2013, and since then, I’ve also been to NHL games in Buffalo and Columbus. My favourite player is Tuukka Rask, and it’s kind of a psychological dilemma with me, because I feel like I’m not supposed to like things/people who are popular. So of course I’m also a fan of Jonathan Toews. And I kind of love David Pastrnak and hope he’s going to be a star and the Bruins don’t trade him away.
I would love to learn how to play hockey, and actually just how to skate, but I’m too chicken and no one will go with me.
I don’t know very much about other sports, but the Blue Jays’ Game 5 versus Texas was pretty entertaining, and I might watch baseball if all games were like that.
Reading and Writing
Reading was my favourite hobby in elementary school, but I don’t read as much as I’d like to any more. I have a long list of books I’d like to read someday, mostly dealing with aliens, time travel, or something equally science fiction-y and strange. Some books that I like are Catch-22, House of Leaves, and Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions.
I also like writing, as you may have guessed. I tend to write stories involving my current favourite classic rock band members, and generally, the stories are purposely Mary Sue-ish, because I’m afraid if I try to write a serious story, it would be boring and bad. I have a theory that all of my stories are 80% stolen dialogue from Monkees episodes and obscure things I’ve seen.
In school, I liked drawing and filmmaking, but I don’t have much of a chance to do those nowadays. The only artistic thing I do anymore is photography. My current camera is a Panasonic Lumix FZ-150, which isn’t a fancy DSLR, but it’s the right one for me. I take a lot of pictures of flowers, the sky, and my pets. An advantage to not having a removable lens is I can take it to some concerts and hockey games and get some nice pictures; my photos from the second row at the Monkees concert in Buffalo are my favourite I’ve ever taken.
I also like green hats, genealogy, typography, Davy dancing, lucid dreaming, watching people falling down, babies in the road, triangular sideburns, definitely not Carey Price, songs with my name in it, old school Pokemon, Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, blogging, grammar, punctuation, and ducks.
I don’t like driving, eating, being away from my computer for extended amounts of time, you, phones, Times New Roman, %20, when life gives you lemons and you try to be witty, soft rock, alternative rock, any other permutation of John Paul George and Ringo, the World Health Organization, and ducks.