I've always had an interest in robots - specifically those that seemed to have personality. I'm not unique in that way, after all, who didn't like R2D2?
My father gave me some construction and electronics kits for birthday presents which we put together in the basement and it must have planted a seed. Since the robots I wanted to meet do not exist (yet), perhaps I could make one. Rather than being too ambitious for a humanoid, the idea of a robot pet might be feasible.