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Old 07-21-2019, 02:46 PM   #1
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Most Daring/Crazy Thing You've Ever Done

I was reminiscing my youth the other day. When you're young, nothing seems absurd. When I was 19, a couple of friends were at the Miami airport getting ready to spend spring break in Florida. Looking at the arrivals and departures we saw The Cayman Islands. It felt like an instant decision. We bought tickets and flew to the Cayman's. It was very remote back then, several large banks. I think one resort. Mostly hut like living. We rented a jeep and drove all over. Didn't have much money, but it was enough to rent a room from local resident. We snorkeled among the jelly fish and barracuda. We saw the giant sea turtles in their natural habitat. The crabs were monsters as they creeped along the beach at night. When I got older and married, I developed panic attacks from the big city, Chicago. They're pretty much gone now, but I often wonder if they were my penance for what I did that spring

My mom did not find out until I told her years later. She always wondered where i got that amazing conch shell. She didn't think FL had those anymore.
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Old 07-21-2019, 02:48 PM   #2
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Old 07-21-2019, 03:21 PM   #4
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I did some interesting things on motorcycles in my late teen years. I will not elaborate.
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Old 07-21-2019, 03:31 PM   #5
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It felt like an instant decision. We bought tickets and flew to the Cayman's.
Mine is similar. I was in law school at the University of Texas and it was Mardi Gras week. A friend was talking about wanting to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras so we decided to just leave and go. As far as assets, we had a little money and a gas credit card. We had no reservations and knew no one.

We ended up parking near Tulane and ran into a student who was going to leave town for the week. He offered us his room for free! So we had a place to stay. Anyway, it ended up being a great few days. We met a lot of nice people and even ran into some fellow students.

This is so unlike me. I am incredibly risk averse and that was definitely crazy to do. Our reasoning was that if we couldn't find a free place to stay or ran out of cash we could just drive back to school since we did have that gas credit card.
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A buddy and I were known as the pranksters around school. We did a lot of stuff and *almost* never got caught. Not too long after we graduated, we were sitting around the airport reminiscing about our lost celebrity status and hatched a grand scheme for the BEST PRANK EVER.

So...after some planning and with some help from some friends, we took out his Dad's airplane and flew over our former high school and dumped out a ton of hand written notes disparaging teachers/students/(no one was safe).

Initially we thought we missed (flew over the school as fast and low as possible for the element of surprise) but I got home to a mess load of messages on my answering machine asking if we "made it snow!!!" at the school. Oh, did I mention that the school was an open campus and there were hundreds of students outside during lunch?

Got caught, went to jail (for about 10 minutes) and it almost kept me out of the Air Force. And for the record, even in the early 90's, they could most certainly pull fingerprints off of paper. Who would have thought?!?

These days if you pulled a prank like that, they would throw you under the jail.
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#3. Thought of another one. I refinanced my paid for house in 2009 to buy equities. That one worked out, I wouldn't do again now.
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Only stayed there for 3 years (and they closed down about a year after I left), but I gained a huge amount of self confidence, being the face with the client. Also, met DW.
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I l;lived on my per diem, banked my salary, and since I did not have to pay tax on it, made for a nice little starter nest egg.
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In my mid teens, I "unintentionally", lost control and flipped a car doing well over 100mph (intended) and was thrown out on the first roll over. No seat belts in those days. Car was absolutely demolished but I walked away! Too many crazy things on motorcycles to list here.
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