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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #50 on: October 06, 2017, 02:12:52 PM »
The funnier thing is that the accusers seem to think it's an insult!

Well, I've never been mistaken for a gay commie, but I bet I would be pretty insulted.

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« Reply #51 on: October 06, 2017, 02:21:31 PM »
I hovered/landed an SH-60B Seahawk helicopter on various merchant ships to deliver medicine and supplies to survivors of the Achille Lauro cruise ship after it caught on fire late November 1994.

Yeah but what have you done lately?

Seriously, that is pretty badass.

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« Reply #52 on: October 06, 2017, 02:27:43 PM »
I hovered/landed an SH-60B Seahawk helicopter on various merchant ships to deliver medicine and supplies to survivors of the Achille Lauro cruise ship after it caught on fire late November 1994.

Yeah but what have you done lately?

Seriously, that is pretty badass.
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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #53 on: October 06, 2017, 02:30:54 PM »
I've been mistaken as gay - probably more times than I know about, thank you pixie cut - but not as a communist. I think.

-I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Got it as a teenager, now very out of practice. Probably not the only one.
-Been paid to play weddings/other shmancy events in a string quartet, maybe?
-Got rained on in Death Valley.

Oh wait. I know the actual one.

-Successfully completed National Novel Writing Month eight years in a row. (AKA eight 50k word "novels" - realistically 6 novels, 1 novella with a little schoolwork thrown in, and a science blog.) Gearing up for year 9.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #54 on: October 06, 2017, 02:32:19 PM »
I took veterinary penicillin to treat a bacterial infection because I couldn't afford health insurance. It worked, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #55 on: October 06, 2017, 02:35:36 PM »
I've been mistaken as gay - probably more times than I know about, thank you pixie cut - but not as a communist. I think.
Same here. Or a gay hippie. Which is not too far off the mark actually.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #56 on: October 06, 2017, 02:56:47 PM »
Hitchhiked from Pretoria, South Africa to Livingston, Zambia, to Maun, Botswana, to Sossusvlei, Namibia (that was a tough one), to Cape Town, South Africa. By myself most of the way. About 4000 miles total.


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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #57 on: October 06, 2017, 03:00:10 PM »
- ate sushi blindfolded with 85 co-workers in Bolivia
Your list is wonderful, but I just can't shake this one.  Is that a thing people do in Bolivia?
Fancy-pants 'sensory experience' at a high end restaurant. The idea being we couldn't tell what it was without looking at it, and we'd be surprised when the blindfolds came off. Sure enough, it was prepared in such a way no one knew it was sushi

The funnier thing is that the accusers seem to think it's an insult!
Well, I've never been mistaken for a gay commie, but I bet I would be pretty insulted.
In this case it was meant in a very friendly way.
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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #58 on: October 06, 2017, 03:11:26 PM »
on a spring break cruise, I went through a couple of "authorized personnel only" areas and went up some ladders to get to what I would call the "crow's nest" where the radar spins. alcohol and a girl clouded the judgment. I stood up a little too high and the radar hit me in the head HARD. probably had a concussion. was pretty dangerous getting up/being there, but it seemed like a good idea at the time and was really cool.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #59 on: October 06, 2017, 03:40:24 PM »
Told a shadow cabinet minister he was stupid* on live primetime national television. Was congratulated by said MP afterwards and told I should consider standing for parliament.

*this may not have been the exact word, but it was of the order of stupid or pathetic.

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« Reply #60 on: October 06, 2017, 04:33:13 PM »
Some fun ones here!

- rode BMX bike off the marina dock in Westlake Village CA
- Backpacked 28days straight in Sierra Nevada Mountains; zero re-supply, zero contact w/outside world
- rode mtb bike up Pikes Peak Barr Trail, the hiking trial. well, mostly pushed.
- Rode mtb back down. had several blowouts on the way down b/c the rim brakes got the rim so hot the tubes melted.
- routinely mowed 45 lawns/wk during Houston summers.
- Mowed 17 laws/day Saturdays, for some weeks after college started and Sat was my only free day to make $$
- tried really hard to open a screw-cap bottle of gin with a bottle opener. I may have been inebriated.
- high centered a rental Jeep in Moab and got lost on the walk back in November at night while on honeymoon
- Identical twin daughters born on the 4th of July
- Drove 1,000 miles in 14hrs in a 500hp Corvette and got 32mpg
- lost my virginity on my wedding night
- Bought a dozen Caped Flying Screaming Monkeys from Amazon because...  self explanatory
- Wore a Utilikilt to an Indian/Cajun wedding/reception
- was mistaken for a homosexual Communist
- Took 24 credit hour load and made 4.0 in 1 semester
- took 6 children + DW camping
- Built an isobaric subwoofer
- built an infinite baffle subwoofer
- removed perfectly functioning AC from vehicles. Twice.
- owned 5 personal vehicles at once, all of which operated perfectly (pre-MMM of course)
- walked 15 miles r/t to work for 3 weeks in 100 degree heat
- was gifted a polished stainless Colt 1911 45ACP for high school graduation.
- ate sushi blindfolded with 85 co-workers in Bolivia

Tomorrow, and most Saturdays:
- take 7 children on an 8 mile walk for breakfast tacos

32 MPG in a CORVETTE!? Tell us more!

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #61 on: October 06, 2017, 04:44:59 PM »
Some fun ones here!

- rode BMX bike off the marina dock in Westlake Village CA
- Backpacked 28days straight in Sierra Nevada Mountains; zero re-supply, zero contact w/outside world
- rode mtb bike up Pikes Peak Barr Trail, the hiking trial. well, mostly pushed.
- Rode mtb back down. had several blowouts on the way down b/c the rim brakes got the rim so hot the tubes melted.
- routinely mowed 45 lawns/wk during Houston summers.
- Mowed 17 laws/day Saturdays, for some weeks after college started and Sat was my only free day to make $$
- tried really hard to open a screw-cap bottle of gin with a bottle opener. I may have been inebriated.
- high centered a rental Jeep in Moab and got lost on the walk back in November at night while on honeymoon
- Identical twin daughters born on the 4th of July
- Drove 1,000 miles in 14hrs in a 500hp Corvette and got 32mpg
- lost my virginity on my wedding night
- Bought a dozen Caped Flying Screaming Monkeys from Amazon because...  self explanatory
- Wore a Utilikilt to an Indian/Cajun wedding/reception
- was mistaken for a homosexual Communist
- Took 24 credit hour load and made 4.0 in 1 semester
- took 6 children + DW camping
- Built an isobaric subwoofer
- built an infinite baffle subwoofer
- removed perfectly functioning AC from vehicles. Twice.
- owned 5 personal vehicles at once, all of which operated perfectly (pre-MMM of course)
- walked 15 miles r/t to work for 3 weeks in 100 degree heat
- was gifted a polished stainless Colt 1911 45ACP for high school graduation.
- ate sushi blindfolded with 85 co-workers in Bolivia

Tomorrow, and most Saturdays:
- take 7 children on an 8 mile walk for breakfast tacos

32 MPG in a CORVETTE!? Tell us more!

Modern Corvettes (particularly '01-'06 [28mpg EPA highway], '14-'16 [29mpg EPA highway]) get excellent gas mileage.  The cars are super light and have really low gearing (1,800 RPM @ 60mph).  You could easily get 32 mpg during the right road trip.
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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #62 on: October 06, 2017, 04:47:09 PM »
  • Present at the first known sighting of an out-of-season bat in the Kartchner Caverns
  • Won a national fencing title
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  • Got carried out of a Sumo tournament on ESPN with a blown ACL and fractured leg; the ACL tear I had when I arrived but I stupidly took the advice of an urgent care doctor who told me I was fine and the injury was imaginary and cleared me to compete
  • Rode from Calgary to Halifax and back on a Honda Shadow 500cc motorcycle (just to call it a "Bat out of Halifax" tour)
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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #63 on: October 06, 2017, 05:40:18 PM »
Licked my elbows!
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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #64 on: October 06, 2017, 07:07:48 PM »
Got yelled at, threatened, and then apologized to by a Hall of Fame baseball player over a scoring decision.
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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #65 on: October 06, 2017, 10:33:26 PM »
Returned lost dogs to both Ron Howard and Charlie Sheen (guess that's 2 things).

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #66 on: October 06, 2017, 11:36:24 PM »
Sold our first home, 2 cars, and most of our possessions and moved to Norway with our 1 and 3 year olds.  Have a very sweet picture of them 2 years later in bunads for the May 17th Constitution Day (kinda like Independence Day) festivities.  If you haven't seen pictures, it worth a little Googling (bunads and/or Syttende Mai, images).

By the way, great idea for a thread.  I kept thinking of things, but either I really didn't want to share (made a lot of really enjoyable mistakes in my youth) or possible that someone else here has done something close.
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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #67 on: October 07, 2017, 12:30:39 AM »
  • Once when I was still in HS, while walking close to home at night, I noticed something odd about a utility box near the intersection. It was open. So being the curious person I am, I walked up and opened it to look in. There was a bunch of stuff that made no sense to me, however...however, there were 3 switches smack in the middle of all that. They looked just like a light switch, so I flipped them all. Immediately, the whole corner went black. The street lights went out as did the traffic signals. I tried to flip the switched back up, but no dice. So....I closed the door and walked back home. Later I came back out to see what happened. Police had set up stop signs and someone was trying to repair it.
  • I have stealth camped at both Saguaro NP and Death Valley NP while on my moto. At both NP's we arrived after they had "closed" so we just found an out of the way area after dark and camped. Left first thing in the morning.

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« Reply #68 on: October 07, 2017, 01:29:43 AM »
 I have had a Sourtoe cocktail in two Canadian provinces and one American State.

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« Reply #69 on: October 07, 2017, 02:13:25 AM »
I sawed up a whole partially-cooked spitroast pig with a breadknife.

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« Reply #70 on: October 07, 2017, 02:25:38 AM »
I rode a camel in Timbuktu.

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« Reply #71 on: October 07, 2017, 02:55:12 AM »
Some of these are awesome, but somehow the big lists seem less impressive.

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« Reply #72 on: October 07, 2017, 04:09:31 AM »
I graduated from high school in Naples Italy.
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« Reply #73 on: October 07, 2017, 05:24:23 AM »
Wrote a piece of legislation that is now law in 32 countries including the USA and all the EU.
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« Reply #74 on: October 07, 2017, 05:33:38 AM »
I have slept on top of a Mayan pyramid.

I've done this!! In 2001 in Guatamala at Tikal. I snuck up the side of a pyramid to see the wood carvings at the top. I had to wait for all the people to clear out before I came back down. So I took a nap :)

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #75 on: October 07, 2017, 05:44:10 AM »
Got paid to steal people's children*


*Before I end up on a list, this came from working far too long in child welfare, which I'm guessing most people around here are smart enough to avoid the overworked/extremely underpaid trappings of CPS.
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« Reply #76 on: October 07, 2017, 06:12:16 AM »
Placed 2nd at the National Mandolin Contest

Played 3700+ concerts.

Started SCUBA diving when I was 8. Speared my first fish at 8. And at 10 we drove in one day with Humpback Whales, giant manta rays, 3 different types of sharks, and thousands of huge fish. At Isla Clarion 600 miles off the Mexican coast.

Elk hunting on public land. I've gotten 13 elk in 11 years hunting. Average success in the area we hunt is 15%. So about one every 8 years.

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« Reply #77 on: October 07, 2017, 06:16:58 AM »
My NYC rock and roll moment:

Went to a party at the Plaza Hotel in midtown New York City - I'd always wanted to go to the Plaza Hotel(!!)

Drank an awful lot of champagne with the lovely young model I was dating.

Got the great idea to sneak out of the Rose Room and "explore the hotel"....then it gets fuzzy.

Woke up in the morning in the Penthouse Suite on the top floor of the Plaza Hotel, totally confused as to where we were.

.....over time it came back that we somehow got onto the roof of the hotel, and climbed across the balconies until my lady friend discovered the empty penthouse suite had the sliding glass door open........

Of course we didn't sneak out the window, we took the private elevator downstairs, held our hung over heads high, and strolled out the front door......

The bummer was that after that, no date I could take her on could top that one......but I can forever say that I stayed in the Plaza Hotel Penthouse for free!!
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« Reply #78 on: October 07, 2017, 06:17:16 AM »
Rode a bicycle across Australia's Nullabor Plain


(This is my favorite thread on the site, by the way)

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« Reply #79 on: October 07, 2017, 06:42:48 AM »
Appeared on Jeopardy!
Interviewed Saul Bellow for my high school paper.
Been in the excercise yard at The Federal prison in Chicago.

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« Reply #80 on: October 07, 2017, 07:07:43 AM »
Met Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg on board the USS Normandy during a Veterans day observance.
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« Reply #81 on: October 07, 2017, 07:12:31 AM »
Marched in a parade in honor of the 300th anniversary of the Russian Navy.
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« Reply #82 on: October 07, 2017, 07:21:53 AM »
Got six French bulldogs in one day.

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« Reply #83 on: October 07, 2017, 08:35:00 AM »
Shot an Ex-US Coast Guard ship with a Penguin anti-ship cruise missile.
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« Reply #84 on: October 07, 2017, 11:35:56 AM »
Shot an Ex-US Coast Guard ship with a Penguin anti-ship cruise missile.

Augh!

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #86 on: October 07, 2017, 12:38:05 PM »


Okay...it didn't go quite like this. But I did have a large male orca swim right beneath my kayak (the complete incident report was one of my first posts here years ago now). And whereas the kid in the gif is apparently jubilant...I would say my feelings were 20% elation and 80% scared sh*tless as the difference between a 200 pound human and a 20,000 pound cetacean in its native ocean realm came suddenly into focus.. The feeling of my kayak rising up in the water as it's tremendous, torpedo-shaped bulk displaced the water beneath me...is something that will forever be seared into my brain.

There have been other nature type encounters that I suspect are unique to me. But this is the one that usually springs to mind.

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« Reply #87 on: October 07, 2017, 01:16:55 PM »
Got six French bulldogs in one day.

I'm gonna need the story behind this one.

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« Reply #88 on: October 07, 2017, 01:48:48 PM »
I found it amusing this was the thread immediately next to this one in my recent unreads:

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I kill fluffy bunnies and feed them to my children

It seems that would apply, too? :)

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« Reply #89 on: October 07, 2017, 02:49:47 PM »
Got six French bulldogs in one day.

I'm gonna need the story behind this one.
haha, ok.

Our elderly friends raised French bulldogs. We met them when they were breeding English Bulldogs and I adopted my first bulldog from them in 1994. Anyway, near the end of their lives they had 6 French bulldogs. The dogs were dirty and ill kept as this couple had lost their eyesight and ability to keep up with the work of the dogs, their hoise, their grounds.

Their daughter said "I will come and take care of you and clean this filthy house, but these dogs have to go!" Since DH and I were active in Bulldog rescue, we volunteered to take them and adopt them into other homes. We already had one French bulldog from them. So, we had 7 Frenchies running around the house.

We placed 4 of the dogs n other homes. DH and I kept rhe two eldest, a mother and daughter duo. I thought they wouldnt live much longer at ages 10 and 12. WRONG! The eldest dog of this entire lot  lived to be 16 years old and outlived all of them.

Our elderly Frenchies were bred in the days before the explosion of popularity that is now
French bulldogs. They were both champions and cute little buggers. But they were dumb as rocks, yappy, and bossy.

Wont be doing Frenchies again, at least, not in quantity.
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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #90 on: October 07, 2017, 07:33:48 PM »
Got six French bulldogs in one day.

I'm gonna need the story behind this one.
haha, ok.

Our elderly friends raised French bulldogs. We met them when they were breeding English Bulldogs and I adopted my first bulldog from them in 1994. Anyway, near the end of their lives they had 6 French bulldogs. The dogs were dirty and ill kept as this couple had lost their eyesight and ability to keep up with the work of the dogs, their hoise, their grounds.

Their daughter said "I will come and take care of you and clean this filthy house, but these dogs have to go!" Since DH and I were active in Bulldog rescue, we volunteered to take them and adopt them into other homes. We already had one French bulldog from them. So, we had 7 Frenchies running around the house.

We placed 4 of the dogs n other homes. DH and I kept rhe two eldest, a mother and daughter duo. I thought they wouldnt live much longer at ages 10 and 12. WRONG! The eldest dog of this entire lot  lived to be 16 years old and outlived all of them.

Our elderly Frenchies were bred in the days before the explosion of popularity that is now
French bulldogs. They were both champions and cute little buggers. But they were dumb as rocks, yappy, and bossy.

Wont be doing Frenchies again, at least, not in quantity.

This is awesome. I love Frenchies, but their popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. We stick with rescuing Boston Terriers, which I call "poor man's frenchies." None of them have seemed to mind.

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« Reply #91 on: October 07, 2017, 09:49:48 PM »
Shot an Ex-US Coast Guard ship with a Penguin anti-ship cruise missile.

I was really hoping this statement would stop right there.
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« Reply #92 on: October 08, 2017, 12:39:39 AM »
Have escorted (VIP protection is part of my main job) many semi-famous folks, mostly politicians,  all over my state. Dated seriously a fairly well-known adult entertainer for about 7 years or so.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #93 on: October 08, 2017, 03:44:58 PM »
Played Purple Haze on violin.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #94 on: October 08, 2017, 04:22:06 PM »
Slept in a quinzhee of my own making for three nights, during a cold-weather wilderness camping trip.

Or is this something that teenagers do for fun in Canada?

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #95 on: October 08, 2017, 04:31:37 PM »
I met Ron Jeremy once in Vegas.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #96 on: October 08, 2017, 04:57:26 PM »
I did the sign-off for NPR’s Sound Money at Carnegie Hall in NYC the week after 9/11.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #97 on: October 08, 2017, 05:11:27 PM »
Dang, I thought I was cool jumping out of an airplane at 12,000 feet until I read some of these replies.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #98 on: October 08, 2017, 05:25:52 PM »
  • Moved to Ethiopia for a year+ to write software for their government.
  • Used both my hands to plug gunshot holes in someone's chest, front and back.   Needed several more hands, though, so he didn't make it.  Continued on my way and ate dinner at a restaurant with blood all over the back of my pants because I was travelling and didn't have a car or the time to take a taxi back and forth to my hotel to change.
  • Rappelled down an earth dam wearing medieval armor.
  • Mrs. SwordGuy is persona-non-grata in the Bahamas, i.e., not allowed to enter the country.
  • Mrs. SwordGuy has been an xray tech in an emergency room, a librarian, a professional artist, a political consultant, co-manager of a hotel that changed the bed sheets every hour and re-rented the room, a programmer, helped run a concrete factory, ran a testing center for a private school, a construction worker, a university professor, an author, and a real estate investor.  That's 12 different career fields!

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #99 on: October 08, 2017, 05:40:28 PM »
I was once told by armed government agents not to allow a book-signing to end (part of a charitable fundraising event), because the director of the ATF was running late and really wanted an autograph.
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