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Old 12-23-2012, 05:00 PM   #61
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When I was in college I saw a girl in the cafeteria line and told my buddy that I was going to marry a girl like that some day. He knew her, introduced us, and year and a half later I did.
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:21 PM   #62
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My brother and I discovered a large limestone cavern many years ago. Google earth shows that it's entrance is now filled by a bank of washed in sand. It appears to remain undisturbed, even though there are scattered houses near it now. It's location is roughly 8 miles north of a forum member here.
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When I was in college I saw a girl in the cafeteria line and told my buddy that I was going to marry a girl like that some day. He knew her, introduced us, and year and a half later I did.
...and a year and a half later I did (marry a girl like that)? So, do you know what ever happened to the girl in the cafeteria line who was your prototype?
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Old 12-23-2012, 06:50 PM   #64
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...and a year and a half later I did (marry a girl like that)? So, do you know what ever happened to the girl in the cafeteria line who was your prototype?
The remarkable thing is that she is now one of the regular posters here. Small world, isn't it?
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The remarkable thing is that she is now one of the regular posters here. Small world, isn't it?
I heard she went to work for a dentist til she got fired.
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So, do you know what ever happened to the girl in the cafeteria line who was your prototype?
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:38 PM   #67
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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.
Reminded me - I was an eyewitness to an attempted shooting. Interesting story actually.

The couple living in the apartment above us had separated and she was seeing another man. Early one morning I heard her scream LOUDLY and I thought someone had broken in to her apartment so I ran out the back door towards the outside stairs. As I opened the back door I saw a shadow on the stairs and a shotgun and I froze in my tracks - a second later a muzzle flash (not in my direction). I turned tail, locked the door, hit the floor and grabbed the phone and called 911. To make a long story short, the assailant ended up being her husband who had come home and found her in bed with another guy, went out to his truck and got his shotgun, went back up to their apartment, she screamed, her lover took off down the back stairs and the husband followed and took a pot-shot at the guy as he was fleeing the scene.

I was later interviewed by the ADA and the husband's defense attorney and a key thing was whether or not the husband had shouldered the gun. I told them there was no way he could have since the floor would have been in the way - he shot from the hip. We actually went down to the scene and I had to show them how it happened. The state then reduced the charge against the husband.
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:50 AM   #69
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Since I've been in the military I've gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, crawled through the inside of the great pyramid of Giza, stared up at Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, walked along the Great Wall of China, parachuted out of airplanes, rappelled out of helicopters, lived and worked on several different continents, and flown thousands of hours behind the controls of rotary and fixed wing aircraft in various countries around the world...not too bad for a poor kid from the country.
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Since I've been in the military I've gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, crawled through the inside of the great pyramid of Giza, stared up at Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, walked along the Great Wall of China, parachuted out of airplanes, rappelled out of helicopters, lived and worked on several different continents, and flown thousands of hours behind the controls of rotary and fixed wing aircraft in various countries around the world...not too bad for a poor kid from the country.
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I was chased by a moose in Yellowstone. I got close to take a pic of him and he started after me - it was terrifying! What saved me were trees that were growing close together. His antlers would not fit through easily and I got away/he lost interest. Now I use a telephoto lens......
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:53 PM   #73
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In 1974 I started going on a fishing trip to Sioux Lookout, Ontario - there was a core group of 6 guys. Although there have been some additions and some guys missing a year here and there (i.e. birth of a child), the same group of guys has gone every year through 2012 except for one year missed.

The countryside and fish pictures still look the same, but the guys in the group do NOT.
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:45 PM   #74
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"... all this and a paycheck too!"
Quite a deal, indeed! Of course, there's also the matter of getting shot at multiple times during repeated deployments to some pretty crappy parts of the world...but the sightseeing has definitely been good!
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As a 17 year old I took a Greyhound bus from Philadelphia to Mexico City and lived with a Mexican family for two months.

I helped manage the Hubble Space Telescope Flight Systems & Servicing Project as the financial manager, leading up to the 2nd and 3rd servicing missions.
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I was chased by a moose in Yellowstone. I got close to take a pic of him and he started after me - it was terrifying!
I thought I was the only one dumb enough to do stuff like that.......I once chased a troop of baboons in Senegal, West Africa, in an attempt to get some good pics........as is their wont when being 'pursued' the males lag behind, climb small trees and shake the branches to offer the illusion of size.

Luckily for me realization set in in time and I ceased the chase......( sometime later, I read a report about baboons cornering a leopard and tearing it to pieces).
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I used to carry out groceries for ex-President Truman and his wife Bess from the grocery store I worked at during high school. He was a bit gruff, lol. When he died, the high school where I attended (Truman High School) was used as a staging point for many of the army guard troops that were part of the funeral procession. Since he died during the Christmas holidays (1972), we didn't miss any school. I was standing in the front row of the crowd at the entrance to the Truman Library when a limo carrying several former presidents arrived for the ceremony.
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Old 12-24-2012, 05:23 PM   #78
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I've spent over 3000 nights at Hilton Hotels - that's 10 years of my life I won't get back. Some great trips and stories but I'm not sure the statute of limitations has run out on some incidents, so I'll save it for the book.
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Ran a 5K race (certified) on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier (USS Carl Vinson) in the middle of the Indian Ocean back in the 80's. As I recall they had a picnic and cold beers for us afterwards. Nice break after being at sea for 30+ days.
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