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Old 12-23-2012, 09:27 AM   #41
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My first zip line was in Costa Rica and was over 1/2 mile long and about 600' high.

Also, climbed a mountain in the Canadian Rockies.

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Old 12-23-2012, 09:41 AM   #42
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Played in a band at the Hollywood Bowl twice.

Played in the NCAA Final Four. Water polo, not b-ball.

Paddled out in triple overhead surf on Savaii the day after a hurricane, took 2 waves and made them both. Amazing how something so intense can focus your attention.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:52 AM   #43
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"Met" quite a few musicians and other celebrities, as in spent a few minutes in a recording booth with them, recording brief segments for shows. Sometimes we chatted, other times they did their stuff and left. People like:

James Brown, Rick James, Leonard Nimoy, Bjork, Tony Bennett, Robert Smith (The Cure), Tricky, Henry Rollins, Adam Ant, Moby, Boy George, Seal, George Clinton, George Martin, Horace Silver (jazz pianist), Jamiroquai, Jerry Casale (from Devo), John Rotten, John Taylor, Kato Kaelin(!), Malcolm McLaren, MC Hammer, Moon Unit Zappa, Mos Def, Neneh Charry, Ravi Coltrane, Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Richard Branson, Robin Williams.

Also got to interview a few, including John Taylor from Duran Duran and Moby - both in front of live audiences.

Got to introduce Hilary Clinton and Emmy Lou Harris on stage (at separate events).

Have had brief encounters, as in stood in close proximity to and/or exchanged words with/got autographs from, many other celebrities/actors/musicians, including Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, J Lo, Patrick Stewart, Dustin Hoffman, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jimmy Page, Brian Warner and Twiggy from Marilyn Manson, Bono and Adam Clayton from U2, Donovan, Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Quentin Tarantino, Donny Osmond etc etc. I have probably forgotten more than I can remember. It was a fun part of working in Hollywood. We'd exchange "guess who I just saw/spoke to" tidbits at work on an everyday basis. It was fun.

I remember the time I was doing voice-overs in a studio in Hollywood. I was in the VO booth and the engineer for the session told me (over the talk-back line) that Richard Simmons was in the front lobby. Apparently he was running around hugging everybody. We weren't sure whether to venture out or not!

George Clinton and John Taylor recorded messages for my answering machine and I wish I could find them now.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:13 AM   #44
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:17 AM   #45
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When I was about 10 years old, I won a pony in a contest. A real, live pony Every little girl's dream, no?
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:19 AM   #46
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When I was about 10 years old, I won a pony in a contest. A real, live pony Every little girl's dream, no?
Holy cow - winning a pony is a HUGE thing for a young girl. I bet you were so excited! Did you keep it?
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:25 AM   #47
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Nothing interesting or eventful to report in my life. Lots of 'almost happened" stuff. Now, if the thread were about dumb stuff I've done, or embarrassing moments, I'd have lots to talk about, and even if I didn't, family members would jump in with all the details.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:30 AM   #48
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Holy cow - winning a pony is a HUGE thing for a young girl. I bet you were so excited! Did you keep it?
Yes, amazingly, I did get to keep the pony for a while. My parents were really "city folk", and knew nothing about horses or livestock. But we found a little farm a few miles from home that was willing to board the pony for a reasonable fee, and I kept the pony for probably a year or two before I outgrew her. I had to pay for most of what the pony needed, so I ended up picking up a lot of babysitting jobs, did some lawnmowing, and other odd jobs that a kid can do. I think on the scale of things, it probably wasn't as expensive then as it would be now.

It really was probably the highlight of my childhood, and sometimes even now people don't believe my story.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:32 AM   #49
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Old 12-23-2012, 11:30 AM   #50
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:31 PM   #51
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I forgot a big one: I was, tangentially, witness to a murder. 4 killed, 3 wounded. I say tangentially because it happened in my neighborhood, and I heard every shot. Saw police response, but wasn't ever personally in the line of fire.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:04 PM   #52
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When I was in Cub Scouts, won the Pinewood Derby. :-)
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:56 PM   #53
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I forgot a big one: I was, tangentially, witness to a murder. 4 killed, 3 wounded. I say tangentially because it happened in my neighborhood, and I heard every shot. Saw police response, but wasn't ever personally in the line of fire.
This reminded me of something. When I was a divorced mom, I occasionally had a friend babysit my children for a couple of hours in the evening. He was the head of the gifted and talented program for our schools and had won many awards.

About 3 years after I last saw him, ( my kids were old enough to be alone for short periods), I came home from the store. My son told me that this guy had killed his new wife and cut off her head! It was on the news. I was horrified. It turns out that he was an alcoholic and had started drinking again. During a drunken weekend, this happened. He was still teaching at the time. I guess you just never know about people, but I figured that as much as the schools trusted him and various mutual friend, that he was ok.
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:19 PM   #54
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Maybe not so interesting or different - I've been married to the same woman for over 40 years. Maybe more interesting, I have been friends with her for 60 years. You be the judge because YMMV.
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:29 PM   #55
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so far, I think winning a pony, as a kid, is number one
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:35 PM   #56
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Built a trebuchet with our sons to throw an 8lb pumpkin over the length of a football field. Felt pretty proud of myself until I attended

Punkin Chunkin

and saw that my accomplishment was not very significant.

From a professional perspective, received the 2nd highest score on the CPA exam in my state when I took the test over 25 years ago.

From a hobby farm perspective, we have over 200 people join us on an annual basis to make apple butter and apple cider with our antique 160 year old cider press.
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #57
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Throughout the 1980's my sister and her partner were members of the Romance Writers Guild and wrote many Harlequin Romance Novels that were published. (People might be surprised how many romance novels are written by people who are gay in real life, both men and women.)

Anyway...one novel they wrote is dedicated to me because the plot is largely based on a romantic situation I found myself in during that time. It was complicated, a mess, and nothing I'm proud of....but there it is romanticized for all to read. I'm happy they made some money from it.

And no.....I am not telling you the title.
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I guess I forgot about this, but it might qualify.
During my first permanent assignment in the Air Force, my office was actually inside a computer. AFAIK, it was the largest (physical size) computer ever built, with a boatload of vacuum tubes and a crew of over 60 technicians who spent a lot of their time changing burnt-out tubes.

The machine, affectionately known by those who worked with it as "Clyde", probably didn't have as much computing power as the phone in your pocket, but was pretty awesome in its day.

I worked in an office that was physically in the computer (massive banks of electronic racks filled with plug-in modules), on the second floor of a SAGE blockhouse, for nearly three years. There was an auxiliary building with six of the biggest generators you've ever seen that was solely to run the air conditioning system to cool the building down from the heat of all the vacuum tubes in the computer.

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Old 12-23-2012, 04:47 PM   #60
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