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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #500 on: July 12, 2018, 10:17:30 PM »
I'll bet no one has been to this island I just got back from...
Cagayancillo, Palawan, Philippines. I asked the mayor, how many tourists per year? And she said, 3 so far in 2018. And less than 10 in 2017. Hard to get to, need a good boat. In the middle of the Sulu Sea. The population is around 10,000.

I was hoping for good fishing and snorkeling.. and was disappointed. So, other than the Fort and Church, which was pretty cool, I can't recommend you go.


Much easier to get to and much better snorkeling/diving is Apo Island in Negros. I highly recommend Apo if you are traveling in the Philippines.

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« Reply #501 on: July 16, 2018, 09:36:51 AM »
I celebrated the day I turned 10,000 days old.* Had a nice party with friends in Chicago, counted down to midnight (which was the beginning of my 10,000th day). Then--early the next morning--I hopped on a plane to Texas, where I celebrated with a different group of friends. One perfect day.

*This day happens in the second quarter of the year that you're age 27 years.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #502 on: August 15, 2018, 10:50:21 AM »
Caught a hummingbird. Little bugger got stuck in our garage yesterday. Despite the door being wide open he was so determined to go up, I realized he would never make it out after about an hour of trying to lure him towards the door. I had my wife ease him towards me with a broom and I was standing on my jeep trying to gently cup him in my hands, finally got him and set him free.

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« Reply #503 on: August 15, 2018, 11:18:57 AM »
Caught a hummingbird. Little bugger got stuck in our garage yesterday. Despite the door being wide open he was so determined to go up, I realized he would never make it out after about an hour of trying to lure him towards the door. I had my wife ease him towards me with a broom and I was standing on my jeep trying to gently cup him in my hands, finally got him and set him free.

Phew, nice work!

I've handled hummers tons of times, but it is always a weird and wonderful sensation to hold one.  They have such miniscule feet!  They vibrate like joy buzzers!  We used to catch them (accidentally)  all the time while mist-netting for songbirds.  Often multiple males at a time b/c they are always fighting with each other and chasing each other.  The worst was when they would stick their super long tongues out and get them wrapped in the net....it was so stressful to make absolutely sure you could unwrap them and extract them from the net without hurting the tongue, wings, or eensy little legs. 

But DH just hand-captured one last month in a situation  similar to what you describe: it had gotten stuck inside a room and kept trying to fly out a closed window.

ETA: speaking of catching random birds stuck in buildings, DH and I and one of his students also just captured a burrowing owl that had gotten stuck inside a local car dealership for more than a week. It had apparently lived on cockroaches and maybe a mouse or two. It was a relief to the employees and us that we caught it within an hour of setting up, toted it to the rehabber for a check-up and a couple of robust meals of rodent, and then released it the following afternoon in suitable natural location.   
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« Reply #504 on: August 15, 2018, 11:54:45 AM »
Caught a hummingbird. Little bugger got stuck in our garage yesterday. Despite the door being wide open he was so determined to go up, I realized he would never make it out after about an hour of trying to lure him towards the door. I had my wife ease him towards me with a broom and I was standing on my jeep trying to gently cup him in my hands, finally got him and set him free.

I had a bat in the house this spring and had to do the same - apparently the echolocation wasn't up to finding the open window?

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« Reply #505 on: August 17, 2018, 09:03:18 PM »
I've seen bats completely miss an open window but always assumed it was because they were young and frightened out of their fuzzy little minds.  You were MOST courageous to give it a hand out of the way.  Me, I crawl away, practically screaming, into the bathroom and wait until they've settled before I pop out and open a window and/or door for them.  Ended up starving one little idiot to death because I couldn't find him to get him out and he could never find the open window.

My great aunt saved a little hummingbird that somehow got his beak stuck in a screen.  She gently pushed his beak back out and he flew off.  Me, I've caught a couple of small wrens that have got into buildings and knocked themselves silly which make them easy to scoop up and take back outside.

I caught a minnow by hand once as a kid.  Mom took me and a neighbor kid riding our bikes and we stopped at a local pond to cool our feet off.  A school of minnows came up to feed on whatever was in the cloud of mud we stirred up so I reached down and caught one in my cupped hands to everyone's amazement.  But probably others here have hand caught fish before.

I had a bald eagle zip by my second story kitchen window in downtown Marlborough NH.  I almost stopped breathing when I realized what it was.  Houses in the neighborhood are almost all on little quarter acre lots so it's not where you'd expect to see one.  I always guessed it followed the Minnewawa Brook (yeah, that's really its name) looking for fish and followed a cluster of pigeons into the neighborhood to try to take one for a meal.

Eons ago in the late 60's, we saw elephants in a field in Vermont.  I was maybe 4 or so and we were travelling to Middlesex to see my sister and her kids.  Up what looked to me like the most ginormous hill ever was a big elephant and a smaller one.  There's a fuzzy photo Mom took after she made Dad stop the car.  No one ever believes us until we pull it out to show them.

Mostly I feel embarrassed by how much cool stuff people on this forum have done.  I guess I make wallflowers look like wild floozies in comparison.

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« Reply #506 on: August 18, 2018, 11:37:32 AM »
Swam my way out of a construction site (under a gate through the mud) I'd been locked inside during a flood.

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« Reply #507 on: September 04, 2018, 10:45:51 PM »
A very long time ago, I was working at research facility that raise thousands of fish in big tanks. To make long story short, one of my colleague miscalculate a medication for them, so he ended up killing these fish. We were knee deep inside these huge tanks, shoveling thousands of dead fish out of the tanks, in the middle of summer.   

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« Reply #508 on: September 05, 2018, 07:24:40 AM »
I was in the World Trade Center 10 minutes before the first plane hit.

I saw the second plane hit the south tower.

(9/11 in downtown New York City in case you wondered)

Almost 17 years later, I have finally got over the trauma of this event to write about it on quora.

http://qr.ae/TUNgEH

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« Reply #509 on: September 05, 2018, 07:30:50 AM »
A very long time ago, I was working at research facility that raise thousands of fish in big tanks. To make long story short, one of my colleague miscalculate a medication for them, so he ended up killing these fish. We were knee deep inside these huge tanks, shoveling thousands of dead fish out of the tanks, in the middle of summer.

Haven't done that but probably volunteered with the same smell.  Our local playground was flooded by several feet of water and lost electricity for weeks after Katrina.  The playground's walk-in freezer had just been loaded with all the food supplies for the upcoming football season (chicken nuggets, hamburger patties, french fries, etc.)  The park had a volunteer day weeks later and some of us were shoveling that assorted previously-frozen mess into dumpsters. 

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« Reply #510 on: September 05, 2018, 08:10:38 AM »
I was in the World Trade Center 10 minutes before the first plane hit.

I saw the second plane hit the south tower.

(9/11 in downtown New York City in case you wondered)

Almost 17 years later, I have finally got over the trauma of this event to write about it on quora.

http://qr.ae/TUNgEH

How did you get home? Via subway/train? I assume all of NYC was in chaos - but that is an assumption.
Just seeing it in TV was shocking (I was watching morning news when the story broke, saw the 2nd plane hit). I had to force myself to go to work instead of staying glued to the TV.

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Re: Tell us one thing you have done that no one else here has.
« Reply #511 on: September 05, 2018, 08:28:59 AM »
I was in the World Trade Center 10 minutes before the first plane hit.

I saw the second plane hit the south tower.

(9/11 in downtown New York City in case you wondered)

Almost 17 years later, I have finally got over the trauma of this event to write about it on quora.

http://qr.ae/TUNgEH

How did you get home? Via subway/train? I assume all of NYC was in chaos - but that is an assumption.
Just seeing it in TV was shocking (I was watching morning news when the story broke, saw the 2nd plane hit). I had to force myself to go to work instead of staying glued to the TV.

Took the subway to midtown. Made sure the subway we took did not go under the WTC.

Then took the NJ transit back to Princeton Junction. We had to wait till about 3 until they finished inspecting the tunnels for any possible sabotage.

I was surprised by how quickly police, fire and other services reacted. They shut down Penn station and sent us to wait outside by about 11. Also, people were well behaved. I was a little worried that there might be violence, but the NYPD was great and kept law and order.

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« Reply #512 on: September 05, 2018, 08:34:20 AM »
Caught a hummingbird. Little bugger got stuck in our garage yesterday. Despite the door being wide open he was so determined to go up, I realized he would never make it out after about an hour of trying to lure him towards the door. I had my wife ease him towards me with a broom and I was standing on my jeep trying to gently cup him in my hands, finally got him and set him free.

They do hummingbird banding in my area and I used to volunteer, I got to catch, weigh and feed hummingbirds before releasing them.  It was a really cool thing to experience.  I also photograph hummingbirds as a hobby. 

For future reference:  If you get a hummingbird in your garage or house, the easiest way to get them out is turn off the lights, and place a hummingbird feeder near an open door or window.  They will get hungry, go to the feeder and then they can usually find their way out. 

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« Reply #513 on: September 05, 2018, 10:07:37 AM »
I was in the World Trade Center 10 minutes before the first plane hit.

I saw the second plane hit the south tower.

(9/11 in downtown New York City in case you wondered)

Almost 17 years later, I have finally got over the trauma of this event to write about it on quora.

http://qr.ae/TUNgEH

That is very, very hard, CowboyAndIndian. So glad that you and yours were safe that day.

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« Reply #514 on: September 05, 2018, 06:06:16 PM »
I was in the World Trade Center 10 minutes before the first plane hit.

I saw the second plane hit the south tower.

(9/11 in downtown New York City in case you wondered)

Almost 17 years later, I have finally got over the trauma of this event to write about it on quora.

http://qr.ae/TUNgEH

That is very, very hard, CowboyAndIndian. So glad that you and yours were safe that day.

Thank you

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« Reply #515 on: September 05, 2018, 06:48:13 PM »
 Not unique, but achieved the act of congress in Ohio Stadium. :)