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limeandpepper

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Badass strangers
« on: February 28, 2014, 05:41:59 AM »
Recently I went to a market and I saw this little boy busker hitting some pretty good rhythms on a makeshift drum kit (basically, plastic containers etc.). In front of him there was a box where you could put money in, and a sign that said, "saving up for a drum kit."

HOW AWESOME IS THAT KID.

Please share similar stories of your random encounters with badass strangers.

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2014, 06:12:53 AM »
All the joggers I see out at 5:30AM when I ride my bike. The most impressive was the couple running with their dog in a sleet/ice storm.

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2014, 10:56:47 AM »
On my bike commute I often pass a dad and his three girls biking the other way to the girls' school. All seasons, most any weather--I hope he is FIRE'd and what a great routine for the kids!

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2014, 11:23:27 AM »
The teacher at my kids' school who walks to and from work every day, through rain, snow, through sleet. 

Every day. 

In shorts. 

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2014, 12:25:37 PM »
When i was in Vegas a week ago , One of the street people lying there was holding a sign that said " Donations needed for Alcohol Research. At least the guy was honest.

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2014, 08:10:04 PM »
The young couple who, at Yellowstone Park, set up their propane stove and cooked their lunch at an outdoor picnic table.

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2014, 01:27:19 AM »
The young couple who, at Yellowstone Park, set up their propane stove and cooked their lunch at an outdoor picnic table.
On New Years Day I was at a beautiful, quiet, New Zealand beach and at 10am a group of 4-5 Japanese 20-somethings were cooking some good food on a propane stove and enjoying some beers.

So I know exactly what you mean by that being badass - they'd planned beforehand and were savouring the moment.

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2014, 03:12:17 AM »
Loving all these stories of badass strangers!

And I, too, think outdoor cooking is fun and awesome. That reminds me of a book I recently borrowed, titled "Camping in Style", written by a badass couple.

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2014, 06:11:08 AM »
Sauteeing or stir frying over a charcoal starter is great fun. Just make sure your pan can handle the heat :)

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2014, 08:33:15 AM »
My workplace has about 2,000 employees so I don't know everyone. Almost every day I see this one lady come in with her bike helmet in tow, along with a lunch bag. She's probably in her mid-50s, and she bikes to work in Manhattan. I suspect she has a mustache.

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2014, 05:58:22 AM »
She sounds like a cool, sensible lady, for sure!

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2014, 09:43:07 PM »
She's probably in her mid-50s......I suspect she has a mustache.


We will need pics for proof!

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2014, 10:34:30 PM »
About a month ago we passed two little girls who were manning a lemonade stand.  One was sitting at the table and the other was holding a sign and jumping up and down.  I asked DH to turn around so that I could buy some lemonade.  I told them I wanted a lemonade ($.50).  They were also selling cookies and tried to up-sell me.   I insisted that all I wanted was the lemonade.  You should have seen the look on their faces when I gave them a $5 and told them to keep the change.  It was some darn good, homemade lemonade too!!

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2014, 10:41:52 PM »
My employer has a summer program for minority high school kids, and I overheard one of them telling another about the two schools she'd been admitted to for the STEM field she wanted to pursue, and how she figured out that one was a way better deal in terms of tuition, required credit hours, and the financial aid package.

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2014, 07:34:21 AM »
I saw 3 kids at costco yesterday wearing a halloween pumpkin outfit.   Mom looks like a mustachian.

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #15 on: March 14, 2014, 08:14:49 AM »
I always wave at bikers and Tesla drivers.  One might be more badass than the other, but I'd probably piss away $70k on a Tesla if I won the lottery.

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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #16 on: March 14, 2014, 08:21:36 AM »
Sometimes I like to be the badass stranger. Folks walk from apartments in Old Manchester, on the other side of the Mighty James River (OK, not that mighty, but pretty darn wide) to downtown Richmond to work each morning. This morning there was no traffic behind me so I stopped long enough to give a guy lift downtown. It was 30 degrees and windy, not the nicest day for a walk on a tall bridge.

Well intentioned people have warned me about giving lifts to strangers, but when that person is walking downtown at 8AM on a Friday I am pretty confident I'm not picking up someone I shouldn't.
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Re: Badass strangers
« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2014, 11:39:22 AM »
my co worker walks to 99 cents a block away from our workplace and buys groceries every monday. last monday i was very curious as he was putting everything in the breakroom fridge and asked him, he told me it was his lunch for the week, he showed me his receipt for $11.88, and he already have a dozen eggs, brocolli, asparagus, mushroom, a bottle of salad dressing, cherry tomatoes, kale, lettuce and a can of tuna, i missed 2 more stuff but all at 99 cents each.