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#1077804 - 07/04/06 03:07 PM "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Lets face it, we all can't talk about piano's all the time....can we??.

Many of us visit this site every day, (hardcore members even more!!). We've (in a way) gotten to know one another fairly well, (or as well as we can over the internet) and I think it would be interesting to hear about some of the daily events that occur in everyones lives.

Local events, accomplishments you have made, stories and experiences of things that took place, whatever you want!

If you want to share/discuss/vent or simply get a little more insight as to what others are doing on a daily basis.....this is the place!

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#1077805 - 07/04/06 03:11 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Just an observation, I sure hope that the AB forum does'nt turn into a "used car lot" so to speak!

Lots of brand new members posting up piano's for sale. Is'nt that against the rules??

Spend the seven bucks you cheap bastards while also supporting this site and place a proper ad in the "for sale" section of this web site!!

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#1077806 - 07/04/06 03:25 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Euan Morrison Offline
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Registered: 12/01/05
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Stories, eh?

I suppose my latest one happened on Sunday afternoon. I went cycling over some high ground about 4 or 5 miles from my house. The weather was warm, but cloudy. Out of nowhere, the heavens just opened, and myself and my bike got soaked very quick. I thought 'No problems', I shall push on. Then I saw lightning not too far away.

So I was in the middle of nowhere, on a bike, with lightning nearby. I think I would have given Lance a run for his money, because I sprinted home as fast as I could pedal!

[Sorry, there isn't a lot of excitement in my part of the world - that's the best I could do \:\) Surely someone has been skydiving, wrestled a crocodile, wing-walked etc recently?!]

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#1077807 - 07/04/06 04:05 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Astra Offline
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Euan, go swimming into the lake of Nessie \:\)

(I dont know if it is near St. Andrews, I only know that its on Scotland, so forgive me if it is far from it)

Ontopic :I : I would post some stories but I have so terrible English! \:\(
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#1077808 - 07/04/06 04:07 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Peyton Offline
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This is not an every day experience (thank God) but I was recently in a flash flood in Ohio. I'm an artist and bring my paintings around to various art shows around the country. I was in a show in Boston Mills (just outside Cleveland). We were all set up for a wine and cheese opening night when the sky opened. It poured. There is a stream that comes down just to the side of the show and it grew and grew and grew. Finally a tree came washing down, hit a bridge and that began the flow of water into the show tents. I was in three feet of water at my booth. I put half my work up on my booth ceiling and tried to keep my booth from getting knocked over (luckily I had it braced well). There were some that lost their entire booth and pots, paintings and you name it flowed past. By 9pm it was over and the water was subsiding. Then of course we were standing in about 6 inches of mud... The only good thing to come of the night was the fact that cases of wine also flowed into the tent and most of us were extremely corked by the end of the evening.

Here is a link to the show pictures http://bmbw.com/BosMills/bmphotogallery.php?categoryid=17&img_count=14
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#1077809 - 07/04/06 06:24 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Glad you could pedal, Euan. When my husband was a teenager he actually survived a lightening strike when he got caught out in the weather like you. It knocked him about six feet backwards and unconscious.
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#1077810 - 07/04/06 10:00 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
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Loc: Arizona.
So Frycek, are you trying to say that he invented the Tazer??

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#1077811 - 07/04/06 10:29 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Loc: New Hampshire
I went to a Los Lonely Boys concert the Friday before last at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton, New Hampshire. For those that don't know, they are a blues/rock band of the genere and skill of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Hendrix. I went with my father who is a diehard fan and had gotten skybox seats from his job. As we were walking in, there was a guy wearing an LLB teashirt, hat, and cowboy boots walking in front of us. He was video taping the area which wasn't particularly interesting IMHO and it seemed a little odd. He spun around and tape my father and I as we walked by and said "Hi guys" or something to that effect. We politely replied and continued to walk inside to watch the show.

It was a really enjoyable concert, and for a finale, the boys announced they were gonna bring out a special guest, their father, to play with them. So Out walks the guy we walked in with who was now donning a cowboy hat and an old fender strat. He proceded to play a couple old time hits like Old Prison Blues. It was a fun night for us and apparently, we are a part of the LLB hampton homevideo! \:\)
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#1077812 - 07/04/06 11:15 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Sonata Offline
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Posts: 313
Loc: AK, NZ
Mr. Mr_Superhunky! You've already known our interests, our background, our lookings and ages, now you want us to tell you stories, what else you want know deeply? Maybe one day, you would like to meet everybody? \:D But honestly, because of you, we never feel lonely, you make the forum more interesting, and you make the members more colse, more like a family. I love your ideas! \:\)
I have lots of stories, but at this moment I can think nothing, because I have a really mess holiday! When my holiday began, my parents had a heavy cold and cough, I looked after them for about a week, when they were getting better, I have a cold and cough, and lost voice for three days! I'm a talkative person at home, but three days I couldn't speak at all. Moreover, I expected to improve my piano skill little bit in this holiday, but until now, I haven't touched one key \:\( . My holiday still has one and half week remain, I wish the story will end with a happy ending. ;\)
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#1077813 - 07/04/06 11:57 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Loc: Florida
I listened to a whole bunch of MIDI files from www.piano-e-competition.com today.

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#1077814 - 07/04/06 11:59 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Everyone loves a happy ending!! ;\)

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#1077815 - 07/05/06 10:50 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
rocky Offline
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Originally posted by Euan Morrison:
Surely someone has been skydiving, wrestled a crocodile, wing-walked etc recently?!] [/b]
Well, it definitely wasn't recently....but I have skydived....twice!!! The first time I tore all the ligaments in my ankle and couldn't walk for a couple of weeks. So.......I had to prove that I could actually do it without injuring myself, so I jumped the second time...without injury!
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#1077816 - 07/05/06 11:03 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Loc: United States
A couple of months ago, I awoke early on a sunny Saturday morning. A devious plan began to uncoil itself in my mind... I crept to the kitchen where there was a bag of the large marshmallows. I grabbed my 8-year old's sidewalk chalk and went outside. I lined up marshmallows about three feet apart, and then at the end of the line, put a small pile of them. Then, with Julia's chalk, I drew an arrow to the pile, and below that, wrote in shaky letters, [sic]"Snowman Terds."

I went back in the house and made coffee, read the paper, and relaxed. Later on, I heard my wife yelling from the deck, "WHAT is THAT?!?" I went out, acting innocent, and she was pointing at the "terds," which the sun had melted to white blobs. Julia was squatted down, poking at them with a stick and saying, "Ewwwwwwwwwwwww....."

\:D
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#1077817 - 07/05/06 11:06 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I don't have any good stories [sublimiminal message] buy markb's piano[/subliminal message], but I agree with Super H [subliminal message]buy markb's piano[/subliminal message] that offers to sell one's piano should be made solely in the Pianos For Sale section [subliminal message]buy markb's piano[/subliminal message].
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#1077818 - 07/05/06 11:31 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Loc: Manila
When my son was 4 years old, he whispered in my ear "Mommy, I know a bad word." I asked what it was and he relayed cautiously, "Cinnamon bits!" Puzzled, I asked for details. He continued, "A bad man was shouting on tv, Get back here you cinna-mon bitz!". \:D

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#1077819 - 07/05/06 11:41 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I few weeks ago I went in an arcade. I went over to a photo machine that costs 3$ for a picture! (ouch!!). Anyway, the machine talks and says the following as a advertisment:
Come on, its fun (cute voice)
You know you want to (cute voice)
Try it now (cute voice)
Its so fun (cute voice)
Insert your money now! (robotic voice)

Are we being brainwashed or what?

Another

My brother came over once for Thanksgiving and said, "hey I learned how to tune a piano!, All you need is a guitar and a screw driver" I quietly took him over to the corner and wispered in his ears, out of earshot of relitive, "If you come within 10 feet of my piano with a screwdriver, I will saw off your arms"
He never mentioned my piano again!

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#1077820 - 07/05/06 11:51 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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One more:
A couple of years ago I was in the atlanta airport while it was storming. While looking at the storm I noticed it was directly over us. The next thing I saw was a bolt of lightning strike a light pole 20 feet from where I was looking out the window. I felt a shook under my metal seat. Later in the same terminal their was comotion and they grounded all flights. The storm had passed but the guy said that the wind was too much for the plane to take off. I went to get some ice cream, and went into a shop called the Hudson News. On the tv there I read on the little crawling line the following: Today at 2:24 (It was 2:38) the Atlanta airport recived a bomb threat and has grounded all flights.


What a day

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#1077821 - 07/05/06 11:52 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by markb:
I don't have any good stories [sublimiminal message] buy markb's piano[/subliminal message], but I agree with Super H [subliminal message]buy markb's piano[/subliminal message] that offers to sell one's piano should be made solely in the Pianos For Sale section [subliminal message]buy markb's piano[/subliminal message]. [/b]
Gosh...I suddenly have this urge to buy a piano. Mark...do you have a piano for sale?
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#1077822 - 07/05/06 11:55 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Mr Super-Hunky Offline
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Rocky:

I always wanted to go skydiving; I mean, thats just got to be the ultimate thrill.

Its just that I can't get over this vision of me pulling the chute cord and all that comes out of the pack is a bunch of forks and knives like in the cartoons!!

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#1077823 - 07/05/06 12:03 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
rocky Offline
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mr_S-H, well when I jumped I was hooked to a static line, so I didn't have to pull the rip cord. However, there was still the possibility of the parachute not opening correctly! My jumps were only from 3,000 feet. It was a little bitty plane (only holds 4 people). I had to sit in the door of the plane first, then put my foot on the little tiny step and reach out and grab ahold of the wing and then they tell you to let go! Wooohooo!!! It was exciting I have to admit. And floating down to the earth was something else...so peaceful. Now, the landings, another story. They taught us how to land and roll. Well.....when I landed it was....SPLAT!!!

It was a great experience, but one I don't think I will ever do again. My younger sister actually made over 200 jumps!
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#1077824 - 07/05/06 12:28 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Neat stories! rocky, I've always had a secret hankering to skydive, but I've read too many horror stories about skydiving fatalities to actually do it. Peyton, your flash flood story was truly scary. Three feet of water is more than enough to sweep away and drown people. Glad you were all right.

I have one sort of scary lightning story. Some years ago I was out for a run, and one of the afternoon thunderstorms we get in Kentucky summers came up. I like to run in the rain so I didn't give it a second thought and kept running. A few minutes later there was the brightest lightning flash I had ever seen and a simultaneous[/b] horrendous thunder boom. I thought to myself "yikes, THAT was close! I better be careful" and kept on going. Five minutes later an ambulance came by with sirens blaring. I found out later that the lightning had hit and killed a teenage girl who was outside holding a rake less than a quarter mile from where I had been running. I guess it wasn't my time to go, but I hate to think it was hers...

For a more recent story, I will leave you all with a description of just one of the disasters in my disaster-plagued vacation. (Let's just say I now need a new vacation to get over my vacation!) This happened yesterday, as we were going through Customs in Atlanta. We walked up to the Customs desk that was manned by a stern-looking official from the Department of Homeland Security. My 7-year-old son, who is PDD (mildly autistic), somehow got it into his head to look straight at the official and utter the following: "You mediocre pretentious little mollusk!" (This is a line of dialogue from SpongeBob Squarepants, but unfortunately for us, the customs official evidently missed that episode.) I am not joking when I say that handcuffs were produced.
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#1077825 - 07/05/06 12:29 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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So,Mr. S-H, you want a story, eh? Anything goes, eh? Okay - I'll dip into my brain and try to come up with something. Mmmmmmm. Thinking. It takes a while, ya know. Ah - I've got something. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. Nothing is knew, nothing exciting. Just same old stuff, but happy - that's a plus [buy Markb's piano] .... it's always a plus to be happy. At work - that's good - work is good and [buy Markb's piano] I always enjoy coming into the city. So that's about it.... I'll probably edit this when I get inspiration but other than that [buy Markb's piano] all I have to say, really. My birthday is tomorrow...if anyone is interested. I've already picked out something pretty that I'm sure my husband won't mind seeing on the credit card - (hehehehehehe).... oh, and I'm celebrating the 4th anniversary of my 39th year - so that's a major WOOT! But it's more than just getting older it's actually [buy Markb's piano] means to me that I'm getting better....

Excellent idea for a thread - as always, Mr. S-H. Nice readings off of everyone. Peace... and if anyone is interested they should really look into buying Markb's piano. He's a great guy - I met him in person - fun character - (hope he thinks the same of me).... and I know for a fact his piano is for sale.

Later, gang!
Sincerely.....
Sharon (who's given up smoking some years back, but just likes this graemlin). ;\)
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#1077826 - 07/05/06 12:36 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Hi Monica. Welcome back from vacation. Just giving you a shout out, my dear! This off-topic thread is groovy!

Cheers.....
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#1077827 - 07/05/06 12:40 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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He's told us about his piano before I do believe and I think I will stick with my digital....but thanks! :rolleyes:
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#1077828 - 07/05/06 12:53 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Sharon, I was thinking of you on our trip because we took one sea kayaking tour where we rowed out to a little island that was a nature sanctuary for rock iguanas. It was very cool to see all these iguanas just sitting out in the sun and oblivious to us all. They were a lot smaller than your iguana, though. \:\)
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#1077829 - 07/05/06 01:19 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
IrishMak Offline
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Hmmm- a story, huh? Well, ok-
Those (few) of you who have poked about on my web pages will probably have figured out that I am mildly Journey obssessed...(Ok, maybe a bit more than "mildly"!) So we went to see them (and Def Leppard) last week at the Mohegan Sun Casino arena in CT. After the show, we were walking around the place, trying to figure out where we wanted to go to get something to eat- and keeping an eye out for random band members, as they often wander about after shows at these type of places. So, I am talking to my husband, with my head turned, when he says: "Aren't you stopping?" I said (very coherently!): "huh?" He replied that Jon (Jonathan Cain, keyboard player) was "over there." Turned my head and sure, enough- there he was, surrounded by fans. Now, not only is he my favorite member of the band because he plays piano beautifully (and not just r'n'r- jazz and new agey stuff, too), but he is also the "rock star crush" I never got over! Now, I have talked to him before, but will never miss an opportunity! So I walked over, Mike had the camera out, and told him how great the show was, and we chatted for a moment. I was just about to ask if I could get a picture, when he got a phone call- I believe from his wife (Darn her! lol), so I didn't get my picture. It's ok, I have others. So then a bit later, we are in one of the restaurants, and Neal Schon (guitar) and Ross Valory (bass) are at the table across from us. I did not bother them while they were eating, but one of the girls called then, and I was telling her that we were right across from "Neal and Ross" as I looked up at them and just at that moment, Neal looked up and he must have read my lips, 'cause I got this great big grin! It was a good night!!

Sooooo- that's my story of the day.....
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#1077830 - 07/05/06 01:40 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Sharon, I was thinking of you on our trip because we took one sea kayaking tour where we rowed out to a little island that was a nature sanctuary for rock iguanas. It was very cool to see all these iguanas just sitting out in the sun and oblivious to us all. They were a lot smaller than your iguana, though. \:\)
Monica, that does sound absolutely cool - whoa! Yup, my Sonny is a big guy alright. Those fellas though, out in the wild, probably wouldn't trade places and be locked up for nothing. To be free, and not held captive - even if they have to watch their backs every minute or sleep with one eye open.... at least they are free.... unlike, my poor baby, Sonny. But then again... nobody ever told Sonny he was locked up... so if he never tasted freedom, he don't know what he's missing.

It sounds like you'll be having lots of exciting tales to tell us, my dear. Very ultra Kool!


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BTW: Rocky... no worries on that piana ;\) just messing around ... (we'll just stick to our - 'erm - uh, (grimace) Casios for the meantime....hehehehe - whatever gets the job done... \:D
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#1077831 - 07/05/06 01:45 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
s54mo827 Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by IrishMak:
but he is also the "rock star crush" I never got over!
Mak - the best. Can just taste the excitment... (Too bad the wifey called, grrrrrr..... but, that's life - and in a way, it's nice). Great story... (and I, for one, have been on your site)... very cool!
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#1077832 - 07/05/06 01:51 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Peyton:
 Quote:
Originally posted by markb:
I don't have any good stories [sublimiminal message] buy markb's piano[/subliminal message], but I agree with Super H [subliminal message]buy markb's piano[/subliminal message] that offers to sell one's piano should be made solely in the Pianos For Sale section [subliminal message]buy markb's piano[/subliminal message]. [/b]
Gosh...I suddenly have this urge to buy a piano. Mark...do you have a piano for sale? [/b]
No. Why do you ask? [subliminal message]PM markb for details about PSO he'd love to unload[subliminal message]
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#1077833 - 07/05/06 01:56 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
markb Offline
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Sharon wrote
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I've already picked out something pretty that I'm sure my husband won't mind seeing on the credit card -
Sharon, should I gift wrap the piano before I ship it up to you?
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#1077834 - 07/05/06 01:57 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
IrishMak Offline
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 Quote:
Originally posted by s54mo827:
(Too bad the wifey called, grrrrrr..... but, that's life - and in a way, it's nice). Great story... [/b]
Ah, she's a sweetie, too, so it's ok! LOL And see them together or listen to him talk about her and the kids, and you know he just adores them. Maybe I'll get another chance in CA next month.... Who knows?
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#1077835 - 07/05/06 01:58 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
markb Offline
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Journey and Def Lepard are going to be somewhere around here coming up. It seems like an odd pairing to me.
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#1077836 - 07/05/06 02:26 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Marshmallows, anyone?
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#1077837 - 07/05/06 03:22 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by Frank_W:
Marshmallows, anyone?
Oh, BTW, Frank, pretty "original" idea with those marshmallows..."Snowman Terds" - who woulda thunk?hehehehe - \:D


Mak - my thoughts exactly - it's nice when they know priority (family)... but next time get a pic. ;\) (Plus just cool to be around it all, anywho.


Mark - just ship it any ole way, dear. I don't care about the wrapping ;\) (giggle)
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#1077838 - 07/05/06 03:39 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Mark, I feel bad. You keep your piano. I mean, well, thanks for the offer and all that. (Besides - ain't Cathy Harl gonna trade ya one day for one of those beauties in her shop? (Let's hope so). ;\) (I still have my heart set on that Bohemia in the window.... oh, the sound of it set my soul on fire).

Back to work!

Cheers! \:D
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#1077839 - 07/05/06 03:54 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Alrighty, Sharon, the piano goes back in the hopper for the next lucky contestant.

I think that Bohemia would make a very nice birthday present from your husband.
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#1077840 - 07/05/06 04:02 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Ok guys...

Not a story, but... Tomorrow I will receive my new Kawai!!! (Snow white polish, just beautiful) I'll take pics tomorrow and I'll post them! I'm so excited!!!

It's my first Grand Piano \:D
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#1077841 - 07/05/06 04:23 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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We just got back from New York - my family was there for the week, and I went up for a couple days. Caught a couple shows, and did the long drive back to DC with the family in tow. We did lots of fireworks yesterday, and we're planning our summer trip - this year, it's to Colorado, so I expect we'll be shooting lots of pictures of the kids.....

Speaking of iguanas, we found a few in the Bahamas, too:

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#1077842 - 07/05/06 04:34 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Hi Guys

Okay...here goes, yesterday is junior school sports day

I get the job (as usual) of video-ing all the 3 races [buy markb's piano] our 8 year old is in.

Last year I got soooo excited recording the relay race his team won I ended up not watching what I was recording [markb has a piano for sale, its a bargain] and ended up taping the grass half way through!! (it is still brought up from time to time, let me tell ya! ;\) )

So 3 races this year and a great chance to redeem myself!

race 1: I accidentally pressed the record button too soon and then when the race started pressed pause...recorded nothing doh! \:\( [piano for sale at markb's]

race 2: In the first race he was wearing a white baseball hat as it was a very sunny day and the next race (race 2) was a longer race started from way, waaay over the other side of the field, it was soooo sunny (you know that kind of sun where you really can't quite see the LCD screen?) [buy markb's piano] anyways I spotted him in his white baseball hat and followed him all the way cheering him on...only to find he didn't wear the hat and I recorded a blonde haired boy in another lane!! Oh No!


Third race: I captured it all perfectly but it was the relay race and the change over before ours the baton was dropped [please someone buy markb's piano] and we came in 3rd

next year I am not doing it!!


Rocky there is no way I could ever, EVER sky dive...you are so brave \:\)

Nice story too Mak


regards


Lee \:\(
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#1077843 - 07/05/06 04:39 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Journey and Def Lepard are going to be somewhere around here coming up. It seems like an odd pairing to me. [/b]
It's actually [markb has a piano for sale- buy it!]a great show!
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#1077844 - 07/05/06 04:41 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by s54mo827:
Mak - but next time get a pic. ;\) (Plus just cool to be around it all, anywho.
[/b]
Yes, ma'am- I sure will try!! Funny- some of them (band and family) are starting to recognize my face.... I am NOT a stalker- I swear!!! LOL
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#1077845 - 07/05/06 04:52 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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kokomo wrote: "We just got back from New York - my family was there for the week, and I went up for a couple days."

Dude, we were there last week, too! A couple of days in NYC for a wedding, then out to Montauk. Got back Saturday night.

I think I saw your family there.
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#1077846 - 07/05/06 04:53 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Alright, *now* I have a story. This is really weird, but today I've been getting all kinds of PMs asking how much I want for my piano. What's up with that?
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#1077847 - 07/05/06 05:00 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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What a nice day!
(sublim...whatever message/on) ˝markb give me your piano˝ (/off)

... I hope it works ... \:\)
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#1077848 - 07/05/06 05:17 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Dude, we were there last week, too! A couple of days in NYC for a wedding, then out to Montauk. Got back Saturday night.

I think I saw your family there.
I wouldn't be surprised.....We were in the city on Weds/Thursday, then drove back Thursday afternoon (surprisingly little traffic). Took my daughter to see Phantom, and later that night, took my sister in law to see "Sweeney Todd." (I think I wrote this in another thread).
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#1077849 - 07/05/06 05:18 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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piano00b, trying to get my piece of carp piano into Slovenia would likely be seen as a hostile act and could sour the diplomatic relations between our two countries. For the sake of international security and diplomacy, it should never leave these borders.
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#1077850 - 07/05/06 05:21 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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kokomo, then we missed each other. We left NYC last Tuesday to head out to Long Island. The only things we saw in the city during our brief stay were Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the American Girl Place (woo-hoo!), and Ben's Kosher Deli (my personal favorite). That was all crammed into one day.
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Well, you will probably send it to Slovakia. \:\) It happened on European Cup, where one Slovenian won the gold medal, the organizator played Sovakian hymn.!
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#1077852 - 07/05/06 05:23 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Hmmm, one question: What is an offtopic to a topic called offtopic??
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#1077853 - 07/05/06 05:32 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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When I was little, I was home with the flu. My sister was supposed to be babysitting me, but instead, she was outside talking with her girlie friends, so I went into her room and decapitated all of her Barbies. Then I went to the kitchen and emptied out the ice dispenser. Then I ran hot water in the sink to get rid of the ice. Next, I put all of the Barbies' heads in the ice dispenser. When she came in, I moaned that I had a fever and asked for a glass of ice water. It sounded something like this:

"rrrrrrrrrrrr... ka-klink! ka-klink! ka-klink!"

"AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! FRANK!!!!! I AM GOING TO KICK YOUR FACE IN!!!!!"


(and yes, it was worth it) \:D
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Frank:

This is the stuff I live for!! decapitated Barbies!!, TOO funny!!

BTW, you can force a Barbie leg into a shoulder socket if you push hard enough!! I have a sister too!! :p

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OOH, OOH! I have a lightning story! :p

Many years ago I was working in Taipei and decided to visit the infamous snake market one evening.

The market was a bit weird/gruesome so I was already feeling uneasy. Next thing I know, I felt my hair stand on end (a miracle in itself-just look at my avatar!), and heard an enormous buzzing sound at the top of a telephone pole just a few feet away. Then KABOOM!

(Lightning struck the pole)

I'm glad I didn't end up fried, like some of those snakes.
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#1077856 - 07/05/06 06:28 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by markb:
Alright, *now* I have a story. This is really weird, but today I've been getting all kinds of PMs asking how much I want for my piano. What's up with that? [/b]
Must be [markb has a piano for sale] something in the air. Or maybe [buy markb's piano] the power of positive thinking???
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#1077857 - 07/05/06 07:05 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Ok Irish Mak, this ones for you.

Back in my steroid-riddled glory days of weight lifting and bodybuilding, I was asked to work security at an upcoming outdoor AC/DC concert.

I had never worked "security" before, and had no idea what I was in for!, but I accepted the offer nontheless.

The next day when I arrived at the stadium, I had met with about 30 other "security personel" [just a bunch of hired thugs!!], and the bands promoter decided that it would be cool to "walk" the lead singer of AC/DC into the crowd while performing a song.

I'm not sure why, but he picked me to be the person to put Angus on top of my shoulders and walk him into the crowd of around 30k people surrounded by only 30 other "security" personel.

The song was "for those about to rock...we salute you", and after the cannon shot off to start the song, I proceeded to walk into the crowd with Angus around my neck.

At first, it was incredibly exciting, until we all started to realize that the math of 30 bouncers vs 30k wacked out fans just did'nt cut it!!

The drunk/stoned/triped out concert goers decided that they all wanted to "touch" Angus, possibly even wanting some sort of a souvenier!

The 30 security people could in no-way hold back the "rush" of the crowd and before long things got WAY out of control!!

Long story short, we all surrounded Angus and crawled through the stages scaffolding back up onto the stage where actual armed police officers took control of the situation!

After a short intermission, the concert resumed without any further complications; however, no more walks into the crowd for obvious reasons!

I later learned that-that was the one and only time AC/DC attempted to perform amongst the crowd. Looking back, it was a very scary event for everyone involved, but it is an event that I will never forget!!

I had never spoken to Angus again since that occurance, but I know that he will always remember that day as well!!

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#1077858 - 07/05/06 07:27 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by mr_super-hunky:
Frank:

This is the stuff I live for!! decapitated Barbies!!, TOO funny!!

BTW, you can force a Barbie leg into a shoulder socket if you push hard enough!! I have a sister too!! :p [/b]
Your crazy!!!
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#1077859 - 07/05/06 07:29 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by markb:
Alrighty, Sharon, the piano goes back in the hopper for the next lucky contestant.

I think that Bohemia would make a very nice birthday present from your husband.
And you know I told him you said so. And he said, "Sure, Cherron," in his voice. Not this year, that's for sure....hehehehe


Hey...by the way.... speaking of barbie dolls - I used to give my brother's action figures airplane rides off of the ceiling fan in the bedroom. WOOHOO! Tie them up with string and watch them fly. (Sick kid).


Mr. S-H - only you would have such a story.... and steriods - what's that all about?????!!!!!?

okay...gotta go practice piano... and record.... I will Lee, I will...... :rolleyes:
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#1077860 - 07/05/06 07:58 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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"And you know I told him you said so."

Oh, sure, get *me* in trouble.
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#1077861 - 07/05/06 08:07 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Ok Irish Mak, this ones for you.
[/b]
Oh, my!! I am lmao here!!! That was great!
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#1077862 - 07/05/06 08:27 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Well,

I bought a piano last week, and I don't think it is MarkB's! I am too petrified of comments from the POPs here to post about it...

And my one and only daughter is at camp for 4 weeks. The hormonal balance of our home has shifted. My 2 sons, My DH and My (male) exchange student have me outnumbered. And they love (electric) guitar. En masse. I need noise cancelling headphones.

I wanna go to camp too.

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#1077863 - 07/05/06 09:18 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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AQP and Dorrie: Let's hear about your pianos!

I can't wait until my kids can go to overnight camp. Three daughters and a wife here--talk about hormonal imbalance. The only other known males are a gerbil and at least one fish.
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#1077864 - 07/05/06 09:23 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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"And you know I told him you said so."

Oh, sure, get *me* in trouble.
Sorry, there, Mark. You don't expect moi to get into trouble. Rest was deleted.....
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July 4th Concert from the Capitol last night on PBS?

That bass drum player behind Jason Alexander is my daughter. This picture is from rehearsal on Monday.
Copper - that is major something to be proud of - being good enough to play at the Capitol. That's like wow!!! Good for your daughter!!! \:D And also bravo to the rest of the group, as well. And pretty cool, with Jason Alexander - whose done lots of films.
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#1077867 - 07/05/06 10:03 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Rocky:

I always wanted to go skydiving; I mean, thats just got to be the ultimate thrill.

Its just that I can't get over this vision of me pulling the chute cord and all that comes out of the pack is a bunch of forks and knives like in the cartoons!! [/b]
What...jump out of a perfectly GOOD airplane??? are you crazy or what??
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Marshmallows, anyone? [/b]
Last Xmas I saw a little box of really small marshmellows ...and the box was labeled...Snowman Poop...no REALLY it was. The wife wouldn't let me buy it, go figure
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#1077869 - 07/05/06 10:31 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Very Kewl! Jason Alexander = George Costanza on "Seinfeld"

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#1077870 - 07/06/06 08:32 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by mr_super-hunky:
Frank:

This is the stuff I live for!! decapitated Barbies!!, TOO funny!!

BTW, you can force a Barbie leg into a shoulder socket if you push hard enough!! I have a sister too!! :p [/b]
\:D
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#1077871 - 07/06/06 08:35 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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 Quote:
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 Quote:
Originally posted by mr_super-hunky:
Frank:

This is the stuff I live for!! decapitated Barbies!!, TOO funny!!

BTW, you can force a Barbie leg into a shoulder socket if you push hard enough!! I have a sister too!! :p [/b]
Your crazy!!! [/b]
Yes... Yes, I am. Muahahahahaha....
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#1077872 - 07/06/06 08:38 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Okay... Something in a bit darker vein... (probably the worst thing I've ever done)

A superior was building B.S. cases against people and getting his subordinates kicked out of the Army to make himself look good. (He was in danger of being booted out because he was overweight) He didn't think I was smart enough to know what he was doing, so one day, he comes over to my barracks room after having been across the street at the gym, all sweaty and nasty, and sits his foul stinky self down on my bunk and says, "Hey, buddy!" (at this moment, inspiration hit!) I said, "Gosh, sergeant! You look like you could use a glass of water!" He agreed, so I went into the bathroom, ran the sink, dipped the glass in the toilet bowl, wiped the outside of the glass, then turned off the sink and carried it back to him. He drank it down like it was Evian or something. Then he left. I laughed 'til I cried... A month later, I received a much envied transfer to the local aviation unit, and he was booted out of the Army.

Moral of the story:

1. Don't mess with medics. They are devious.

2. Karma is a real mutha!
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#1077873 - 07/06/06 09:10 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Copper.....how cool !!! You must be proud!

Frank....ummm......how devilish (is that a word) of you!!

P.S. Seinfeld is one of my all time favorite shows....always cracks me up!!
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#1077874 - 07/06/06 09:23 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I'm flattered... LOL!
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#1077875 - 07/06/06 09:54 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Growing up in California, all of the breaker boxes were mounted on the outside of the houses. Every Christmas, our white trash neighbors on all sides, would erect the most gaudy, horrid Christmas decorations. Big, illuminated plastic Santa on the rooftop with the plywood sleigh and reindeer, thousands of yards of Christmas lights, etc. ad nauseum. A buddy and I would run around and throw the mains. The coup de grace was when the people living in the three-story house down the block had a HUGE Christmas party. The whole place was lit up like, well, like Christmas. There were people all over the place, on all floors, Christmas tree lit up, lights everywhere...

Richard and I crept up to the breaker box and POOF!!!!! "Tenebris ex Lux." LMAO

Cue mass confusion... LOL
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[Note to self: Don't accept any refreshments at Frank's place should he host a piano party.]
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#1077877 - 07/06/06 10:09 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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hahaha... I have more stories. I'll save them for another time. Honestly, I am a gracious host. This guy really had it coming. He'd messed over a LOT of people and I'd put up with his constant assault on my medical and soldiering reputation and honor for nearly a year. If the worst that ever happens to him is that he drank a glass of toilet bowl water, he got off very lightly.
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I'm with Monica ...BYOB here
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#1077879 - 07/06/06 11:05 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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 Quote:
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If the worst that ever happens to him is that he drank a glass of toilet bowl water, he got off very lightly.
That's a little sick, Frank. But in the same vein, in the early days of my secretarial career, I often had to "fetch" people coffee. Sometimes, I did mind, because either I didn't like the person or their attitude. Anyway... to make a long story short....I often wondered how they liked the taste of my saliva.


(Note: Monica... I'm a gracious host, don't worry, I won't spit in the drinks.... and if you it pleases you... just open a fresh can or bottle of whatever - and make sure to watch it during the party... hehehehehe. \:D
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#1077880 - 07/06/06 11:10 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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[Thinking back to the DC piano party and trying to remember if Sharon brought me any drinks.]
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#1077881 - 07/06/06 11:43 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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You also need to be careful if I'm cooking.... \:D

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#1077882 - 07/06/06 12:03 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!

Some of you are ....shall we say.....just a bit nasty!!!
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Yuck! Yuck! Yuck!

Some of you are ....shall we say.....just a bit nasty!!!
You know, Rocky - you are right. Looking back on my behavior... it was indeed a dangerous thing to do. Seriously. With all these diseases and AIDS and so many germs... I actually did this act like around 1983 or thereon... before... really... any stuff like that was on people's consciousness - certainly not mine. For the record - I'm pretty healthy... never had any of those kinds of problems (knock wood)... but you're right... Rocky... it was yucky.

And no, markb - I didn't bring you any drinks.

And as for Frank_W and his toilet water high tale - just major yikes - (shaking you up in a rough sort of way) - whatever were you thinking, man??? EWWWWWWWWWW.

kokomo61 - nooooooooooooo (screaming and racing around the kitchen......(it wasn't chicken?)...
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#1077884 - 07/06/06 12:46 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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kokomo61 - nooooooooooooo (screaming and racing around the kitchen......(it wasn't chicken?)...
Just a funny picture, that's all. You don't have to worry unless my signature changes to "and 1 cat!" ;\)
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There's the one about the chap on his last day at work who told the HUGE caretaker of the offices that the Managing Director needed an axe in his office immediately. He then told the Managing Director that the huge caretaker was running amok with an axe...and left.
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#1077886 - 07/06/06 03:29 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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There's the one about the chap on his last day at work who told the HUGE caretaker of the offices that the Managing Director needed an axe in his office immediately. He then told the Managing Director that the huge caretaker was running amok with an axe...and left.
Gill - it must be my blondness.... but I read this three times and I still don't get it. Huh?

kokomo61 - -erm... 1 cat? noooooooooooooooooooo!
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#1077887 - 07/06/06 04:32 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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You also need to be careful if I'm cooking.... \:D

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Which reminds me of a funny thing that happened here in Maine about two years ago. We had a Chinese restaurant near by. The kids wouldn't eat any where else. Well one day some of the staff were caught out back snaring seagulls. It seems they were serving the gulls as chicken. True story! The kids didn't eat Chinese food for at least a year after that. Ahhhh...I could finally go to an Italian restatraunt. :p
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#1077888 - 07/06/06 04:51 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by s54mo827:
And as for Frank_W and his toilet water high tale - just major yikes - (shaking you up in a rough sort of way) - whatever were you thinking, man??? EWWWWWWWWWW.[/b]
Well, it was either that, or I was going to garrote him.
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#1077889 - 07/06/06 07:52 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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hey let's go for a three-peat. delete.
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#1077890 - 07/06/06 07:55 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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silly, nonessential comment... had to delete it.
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#1077891 - 07/06/06 09:25 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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again... part of my foot-in-mouth problem... deleted.
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#1077892 - 07/07/06 09:28 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I was riding the commuter trains in Tokyo. There was no place to sit, so I was standing, minding my own business, when one old fart looks across at another and says in Japanese (of course), "Look at this big ol' gaijin!" (foreigner) The other says, "What a buffoon!" The first fella says, "What a barbarian!" And they go back and forth, playing this little game, trying to one-up each other. It was actually quite funny, and I pretended not to understand a lick of what they were saying. The last comment, as the train was pulling up to my stop was, "I hate foreigners. I wish they all would leave." I turned to the fella who'd said it, and replied in Japanese, "Well, if you'll pay my plane fare, I'll leave tomorrow!" Then I smiled and exited the train. The looks on their faces were priceless. \:D
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\:D \:D LOL! Great story, Frank!
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#1077894 - 07/07/06 10:22 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I was standing, minding my own business....
Well - at least you didn't garrote them.. and way cool you can understand the Japanese language...cool story....

Do tell us another one, Uncle Frankie. \:D (all in good time)...

Peace. \:\)
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#1077895 - 07/07/06 10:46 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Haha... I'm trying to stick with the tamer stories. Most of my others end up in fights. LOL

After coming back from Desert Storm, I was living in an Army housing area, in Japan. There was a guy living next to us who would come home every night, around 2 a.m., bass thumping, and then go in the house and proceed to have loud screaming matches with his old lady. Several of the neighbors had tried asking him to be more considerate, to no avail.

In early spring, all of the cats in the neighborhood went into heat. Competition among the males was especially fierce. Jerk-boy came home again, around 3 a.m., had a huge screaming match with his old lady, and then passed out or went to sleep... Whatever....

I went to the kitchen and opened a can of tuna. I also scrawled a polite note on a piece of paper, asking him to please keep his cRAP music turned down, and to quit screaming at his toothless crack ho of a wife, every night. (That's another story) I went out to his car, which was unlocked. (Army housing area: Safe, right?) I opened the driver's door and put the can of tuna on the passenger seat. I waited until three large tomcats had leapt in to investigate, and then slammed the door shut.

The noise was horrific...

I placed my polite message under his windshield wiper, and then went back in and went to bed. Two days later, he had a new car, and he was a much more considerate neighbor from then on.

I just love a happy ending... *sniff*
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#1077896 - 07/07/06 10:56 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I'd come home from a late late medevac, and was trying to sleep, during the day. My rude neighbor's wife was in her house, with the windows wide open, and screaming at the top of her lungs at her kids.

I opened my window and yelled out, "HEY, YOU TOOTHLESS CRACK WH*RE!! QUIT THAT SCREAMING!! I'm trying to sleep!"

She stuck her (ghastly) head out of her window and said, "WHAT did you call me?!"

I looked her in the eye coolly and said, "I called you a toothless crack wh*re! I'm trying to sleep. Stop screaming at your loinfruit, over there!"

She said, "No one calls me that and gets away with it!"

I raised my brows and asked, "So, does this mean you've been called a toothless crack wh*re a lot?"

She muttered something and slammed the window, and I had a very nice nap.

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#1077897 - 07/07/06 11:55 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Stop screaming at your loinfruit....!"
What the ?????


Oh gee, man.... LMAO....
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#1077898 - 07/07/06 12:43 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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The whole family was a real piece of work. "You can take the people out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the people." *sigh*
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#1077899 - 07/07/06 01:09 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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(Come on, people! I can't be the ONLY one with stories!)
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#1077900 - 07/07/06 02:05 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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(Come on, people! I can't be the ONLY one with stories!)
Okay, I have a story... but it's a kindly story (meek and mild, if you will). When I was like 12 years old I found a beautiful strawberry blonde tabby in the street. I look the cat into the house and hid her in my room. But I'm allergic to cats (dander) so it wasn't soon before my eyes became teary and I began sneezing. My mother suspected I was hiding something in my room. She looked and saw the cat. Well...I knew I would have to get rid of it... and soon (according to my mother). It was raining outside... and I didn't want to throw the cat out in the rain. So, I went out in back and made a little makeshift tent (with a wooden crate that I found and some plastic... it was really cool... it was like camping out... and I set the cat up there all nice and neat and comfy. I stayed with the cat, too, until my mother called me back in. I found out she had placed some calls and found the cat a temporary home... my mom had a soft spot and I'll never forget that... so the cat got a home and wasn't stray any more. The cat's name, the name I gave it, was Samantha. I always liked that name. I wrote that name, Samantha, on the metal frame of my bed in black ink that couldn't wash off... so I would always have her as a memory. That's my story. \:D
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#1077901 - 07/07/06 02:17 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I'll throw in a cat story, too -

When I was 7 years old (back before we invented dirt...), I was riding with my grandmother in her car. When we got close to her house, we discovered that her black-and-white long-haired cat had been struck by a car, and was lying, dead, by the side of the road. I was upset, as was my grandmother, but we went to the house, got a shoebox, collected the body, and buried it in her backyard (complete with a popsicle-stick cross as a marker).

Later that afternoon, I heard a scream from the kitchen, along with the crash of dishes falling to the floor. I ran into the kitchen, to see her black and white cat SITTING IN THE WINDOW!

We were both dumbstruck as to how that could possibly be, but eventually, we figured out that we buried somebody elses (identical) cat.......
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#1077902 - 07/07/06 02:18 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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That is really sweet, Sharon!

When I was a boy, a bird smacked into our kitchen window and was lying on the ground, obviously hurt. I went outside and picked it up, cupping it in my hands, and wondering if I took it to the vet if he would be able to help the bird. Suddenly, it seemed to sort of "wake up." It hopped up to my index finger, crapped in my hand, and flew away.

Hrmph... Gratitude... I gave the bird the bird. :p
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#1077903 - 07/07/06 02:19 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by kokomo61:
I'll throw in a cat story, too -

When I was 7 years old (back before we invented dirt...), I was riding with my grandmother in her car. When we got close to her house, we discovered that her black-and-white long-haired cat had been struck by a car, and was lying, dead, by the side of the road. I was upset, as was my grandmother, but we went to the house, got a shoebox, collected the body, and buried it in her backyard (complete with a popsicle-stick cross as a marker).

Later that afternoon, I heard a scream from the kitchen, along with the crash of dishes falling to the floor. I ran into the kitchen, to see her black and white cat SITTING IN THE WINDOW!

We were both dumbstruck as to how that could possibly be, but eventually, we figured out that we buried somebody elses (identical) cat....... [/b]
OMG... Pet Semetery! LOL
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#1077904 - 07/07/06 02:29 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Hmmm.....let's see.....well I cut school for two weeks when I was in the 6th grade....they sent the truant officers after me :rolleyes:
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#1077905 - 07/07/06 02:37 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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For two whole weeks? Wow... We used to cut school all the time and go swimming in the Southern California Edison canal. A guy from Edison and one of the school's administrators were trying to chase us once. We laughed at them and flipped them off as we drifted down on the current. LOL
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#1077906 - 07/07/06 02:53 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I think Frank needs his own thread.
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#1077907 - 07/07/06 03:04 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Sorry... I have lots more stories, too. LOL
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#1077908 - 07/07/06 04:21 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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When I was a boy of 12, a buddy of mine came over with a pet mouse that his mother had bought him for his birthday. Well, at the time, I had quite a large and lazy Maine Coon cat. I was holding the mouse and petting it, and I began holding it out to the cat and then pulling it back. I did this a number of times, when suddenly, Tilly the Cat gave herself over to her baser instincts and gulped half of the mouse down her gullet. We ran after her in the hopes of rescuing the poor mouse, but Tilly wasn't having any of THAT!! She'd stolen it fair and square!

I looked at my buddy and he had big tears in his eyes.

I ended up buying him an identical mouse so his mom wouldn't find out.

\:\(

I felt badly. (And I swear, the damn cat was wearing a smug little smile)
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#1077909 - 07/07/06 04:32 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I think Frank needs his own thread.
Ya think?
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#1077910 - 07/07/06 04:32 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Okay... No more stories, for now. LOL
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#1077911 - 07/07/06 04:33 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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For two whole weeks? Wow... We used to cut school all the time and go swimming in the Southern California Edison canal.
Frank, I gets the impression you were quite a hellion in your younger days... a rebel, even. I just get that impression.

Tell us more stories, Uncle Frank! \:D


No.... (((((waaaaaaaaaaa))))) I want more stories... I want more stories!!!!!!!


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#1077912 - 07/07/06 04:36 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Who, me? *smiling innocently*

My mom did something that ticked me off, so for revenge, I used furniture polish on the linoleum floor in the kitchen. She came through later, to do something, slipped, and landed on her backside.

I laughed and laughed.

I'm sorry mom. I'm so sorry....
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Who, me? *smiling innocently*

My mom did something that ticked me off, so for revenge, I used furniture polish on the linoleum floor in the kitchen. She came through later, to do something, slipped, and landed on her backside.

I laughed and laughed.

I'm sorry mom. I'm so sorry....
You told us that one already..... but I bet you were sorry.... and ouch - that must have hurt!

Uh oh.... mean boss coming straight at me... I'm outta here... Cheers, you guys.
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#1077914 - 07/07/06 04:39 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Oh man... I forgot that I'd told that one. (I must be getting old, turning into one of those annoying old farts that constantly tells the same stories over and over...) LOL
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Oh man... I forgot that I'd told that one. (I must be getting old, turning into one of those annoying old farts that constantly tells the same stories over and over...) LOL [/b]
That makes you my mother, you know.... \:D
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#1077916 - 07/07/06 06:13 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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ROFLMAO!!
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Later that afternoon, I heard a scream from the kitchen, along with the crash of dishes falling to the floor. I ran into the kitchen, to see her black and white cat SITTING IN THE WINDOW!
If I didn't mention it before, I'll say it now - THAT'S ACTUALLY HEART STOPPING FRIGHTENING.... I WOULD HAVE FREAKOUT OUT.

********and....

Rocky - I don't know about you....mmmmmmmmm (wondering).... I used to cry if the crossing guard threatened to report because I jay walked. I talked/cried my way out of it (good ole tears). So never mind being truant. hehehehehe \:D
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#1077918 - 07/07/06 10:59 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Rocky - I don't know about you....mmmmmmmmm (wondering).... I used to cry if the crossing guard threatened to report because I jay walked. I talked/cried my way out of it (good ole tears). So never mind being truant. hehehehehe \:D [/b]
I had just changed schools and hated it! I was (and still am really) very shy. I just skipped one day, which led to the next and then the next and just kept snowballing. It's the only bad thing (well, maybe not the only) that I did as a youth. I was a perfect child otherwise \:D
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 Quote:
Originally posted by s54mo827:
Rocky - I don't know about you....mmmmmmmmm (wondering).... I used to cry if the crossing guard threatened to report because I jay walked. I talked/cried my way out of it (good ole tears). So never mind being truant. hehehehehe \:D
I had just changed schools and hated it! I was (and still am really) very shy. I just skipped one day, which led to the next and then the next and just kept snowballing. It's the only bad thing (well, maybe not the only) that I did as a youth. I was a perfect child otherwise \:D
I believe you were a perfect child, Rocky. Well, for the most part. I believe you were a good child... as was I. As, really are most children. I'm sorry you had a rough time of it when you changed schools.... but it was just a short period of unrest... and then you got it together... or so (again... like the rest of us). And it still continues to this day... getting it together.... overcoming shyness... PRACTICING OUR PIANOS.... okay.....going overboard as usual.... but what the heck.... this is the "Off-topic" thread.... (smirk) so,.... have yourself a nice day, Rocky.... later.

Sharon \:\)
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#1077920 - 07/08/06 08:55 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Sharon....I like you, I really like you (said like Sally Field) \:D
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#1077921 - 07/09/06 07:52 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Sharon....I like you, I really like you (said like Sally Field) \:D
I like you too, Rocky. I also like my piano playing again (don't even ask.... let's not even go there....... but I do). Good rest of the evening to you, Sir. \:D Tip of my hat... I can tip my hat to you... even though I am the female.... to heck with the rules of society. *giggle* Enjoy!
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#1077922 - 07/10/06 09:26 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Who, me? *smiling innocently*

My mom did something that ticked me off, so for revenge, I used furniture polish on the linoleum floor in the kitchen. She came through later, to do something, slipped, and landed on her backside.

I laughed and laughed.

I'm sorry mom. I'm so sorry.... [/b]
Note to self...Don't tick of Frank.
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#1077923 - 07/10/06 09:27 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I'd come home from a late late medevac, and was trying to sleep, during the day. My rude neighbor's wife was in her house, with the windows wide open, and screaming at the top of her lungs at her kids.

I opened my window and yelled out, "HEY, YOU TOOTHLESS CRACK WH*RE!! QUIT THAT SCREAMING!! I'm trying to sleep!"

She stuck her (ghastly) head out of her window and said, "WHAT did you call me?!"

I looked her in the eye coolly and said, "I called you a toothless crack wh*re! I'm trying to sleep. Stop screaming at your loinfruit, over there!"

She said, "No one calls me that and gets away with it!"

I raised my brows and asked, "So, does this mean you've been called a toothless crack wh*re a lot?"

She muttered something and slammed the window, and I had a very nice nap.

\:\) [/b]
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#1077924 - 07/10/06 09:59 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I once opened the drawer of an antique writing table on display at the Detroit Metropolitan Musuem of Art. I was around 11 at the time and was visiting with my aunt. A guard came around and caught me, and quietly told me not to touch the exhibits. I turned around and saw my aunt, cocking one of her eyebrows at me. I was horrified and traumatized for life. \:o (My brothers didn't call me goody-two-shoes for nothing).

PS: I saved my really bad behavior for when I left home. ;\)

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#1077925 - 07/10/06 11:24 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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We went to visit my wife’s parents during the winter months. As usual, we took Brandy ... "dog" (a westie). They were raising their grandchild at the time and he had moved in since our last visit. We got to the back door and my wife (Deb) let the dog down, we started to say our "hi's" when Brandy came bounding out from the back room - had only been in the house for all of 2-3 min- Deb looks at the dog and says...how did she get all that dirty gray snow on her face ... her mom yells ... "the Bird" ... yup they HAD a gray Cockatiel...end up going out to buy a new one. When we got home, the bird is making noise in the box and the "dog" has a look on her face like ...."great, you brought me something else to play with??" cost … $80
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#1077926 - 07/10/06 01:24 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Hahahaha!! Poor bird...

Back when I was flying ultralights, I was on my way to attend "Sun & Fun" (a huge aviation expo) in Lakeland, Florida. The guy I was traveling with had to drop off a couple of ultralight engines to a guy who lived in Ocala or Orlando... (I can't remember which.) Anyway, by the time we pulled up, it was pretty late, so the guy put us up for the night. He warned me that if I went outside to smoke, not to let the egrets in. Apparently, they've become quite accustomed to people, and they'll walk right in the house if you leave the door open.

The next morning, I awoke and went outside for a cigarette. I finished it and was getting ready to go inside, when this egret comes waddling up to me and tries to force his way through the sliding glass door. I sort of nudged it back with my foot, and he got all pi$$y about it and started hissing at me, so I cocked my boot back and kicked him hard enough to send him sailing over the 6' privacy fence dividing the guy's yard from his neighbor's. I didn't realize that the neighbor had a rather large, angry dog, but all I heard was "ROWWWWWRRRR!!!!! RUFF RUFF RUFF!!!!" (sound of bird making horrible noises of distress, and more growling and snarling...)

And then there was silence.

Oops... \:\(


I can only imagine what that dog must have thought. He was probably napping when seven pounds of discombobulated bird landed on his head. "Whoa!! Snack time!!"

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#1077927 - 07/10/06 02:18 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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bunches and bunches of interesting stories on here!!! this is the only one i will tell as it was when i was 2 maybe 3 years old. my mom put me down for a nap but i didnt want a nap so she laid down with me so I would goto sleep only SHE fell asleep not me. i was bored so i thought well let me get my sisters barbie and cut off her hair next to my mom so when she wakes up she will think it hers. so i picked a barbie with the same color hair and when she woke up she had a fit and i was laughing hysterically!!!! she did not think it so funny---i still find it hilarious!!! i brought this up to my mom as i got older and she said you remember that??? i was like yeah, i remember what i was thinking too!!! For the record she finds it funny now!!!
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#1077928 - 07/10/06 02:35 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Barbies really seem to fare quite poorly around here, huh? \:D
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#1077929 - 07/10/06 03:05 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Note to self....Let Frank sleep. \:D [/b]
Haha.... Don't wake me up, don't make me angry, and don't inpinge my reputation, and I'm the most easygoing person in the world. LOL
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#1077930 - 07/10/06 03:43 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Frank--you are much too funny, and i must admit you need a post all to yourself:) your stories are very entertaining!!!!
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#1077931 - 07/10/06 03:58 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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LOL! Thanks, Funburger. \:D I've led a colorful life. ;\)
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#1077932 - 07/10/06 04:33 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Frank- i can read that---i think its cool. i like the story with the neighbor then he got a new car....i got such a laugh out of that one!!!!
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#1077933 - 07/10/06 04:38 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Frank- i can read that---i think its cool. i like the story with the neighbor then he got a new car....i got such a laugh out of that one!!!! [/b]
Haha... Me too! \:D
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#1077934 - 07/10/06 05:00 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I was working at Safeway supermarket one summer, as a stockboy. I was up on a ladder with the price gun, wearing my red vest, black bowtie, and white shirt, pricing cans of stuff on the top shelf. Middle-aged woman comes trundling her cart down the aisle, rollers in her hair, Virginia Slim hanging out of one side of her mouth, lime-green polyester stretch pants... Anyway, you get the picture. She stops, looks up at me and asks in a nasally voice: "DO YOU WORK HERE?!"

I looked down at her for a long moment and then smiled and said, "NOPE! SURE DON'T!"

She shuffled off down the aisle, looking confused.
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#1077935 - 07/10/06 05:05 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I was working part-time in a bookstore, as a young man. A woman came in and asked for a book on the Kama Sutra. She looked like someone's Sunday School teacher: Long skirt, muted colors, sensible shoes, permed and coifed silver hair, squarish glasses...

Who am I to question peoples' tastes in reading though, right? But I asked her, "The Kama Sutra?" She nodded.

Hoooo-kay.... So, I led her to the rear of the bookstore and on the top shelf, I pulled down the volume and handed it to her. She opened it and began to peruse the pages, the color rising in her cheeks.

She suddenly exploded, "WHAT IS THIS SMUT!?!? This has NOTHING on plants and furniture and fountains and painting walls!!"

With that, she crammed the book into my hands, turned on her heel and began striding for the exit. I called after her, "Ma'am, you are looking for a book on Feng Shui!!"

She was having NONE OF IT and left in an angry huff.

I had to sit down for a moment because I was gasping with laughter and tears were pouring down my face...

"The Art Of Placement." INDEED!!
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#1077936 - 07/10/06 05:26 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Well hell, I can't compete with some of these stories but I'll contribute this one. I was brought up in Queens and lived in an apartment. One day my brother and I brought a bowling ball up to the roof (three floors). The plan was to wait until no body was around and drop it to the bushes below and ...well see what would happen. Problem was we neglected to note the air conditioners sticking out of the windows. Ever see an air conditioner ripped out of a window by a bowling ball? Ain't a pretty sight.
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#1077937 - 07/10/06 05:37 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Oh...and this one is good. I used to shoot off Estes rockets. For those familiar with those kinds of rockets you will know that the solid fuel engines have a final charge that shoots out the front for the purpose of ejecting the parachute. Well sometimes when a rocket had seen better days I would put a cherry bomb in the parachute section and glue the nose cone down. The rocket would reach it's apogee and explode in a magnificent shower of debris.

As mentioned I lived in Queens...in fact very close to Laguardia airport...in fact right under the area that the helicopters would fly from the PanAm building in Manhattan to Laguardia. (These were those big twin motor jolly green giant type choppers). Well one time I shot off one of my arial demolition rockets and neglected to check for oncoming aircraft. The thing must have gone up just a bit too close and exploded because within ten minutes port authority police were driving up and down my neighborhood as I quivered in fear down in a basement. That was my last rocket for quite a while.
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#1077938 - 07/10/06 08:48 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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A story, eh?

On December 28, 2005 I awoke at about 5:30AM with heartburn. Went downstairs and got drink of water and took one of those acid pills. Went back to bed and all seemed well for about 30 minutes. The heartburn returned, except this time it felt like acid reflux, so I went down and drank a cup of warm, mild tea. I felt a little better and went back upstairs and showered, shaved and dressed for work. The slight pain dead center of my chest would not go away, but it wasn't sharp or anything like that. I sat in front of the TV for a while and ate a small breakfast. It's now 7:30 and the pain is about as it was 2 hours ago. Well it finally dawned on me that something might be wrong. I called my doctor and luckily he returned my call almost immediately. I explained my situation and he directed me to call 911 and tell them I was having a heart attack. I was floored by the news. I've been on cholesterol drugs for a while, but there has been no hint of any other trouble. And up until a couple of years ago, I was a 25 to 40 miles a week runner. Anyway, I called 911, unlocked my front door and sat there waiting. They arrived in no time; popped two nitro pills under my tongue, phoned in my vitals and off we went with sirens blazing. Luckily, one of northern Virginia's best cardiologists was on duty in the ER. He did a quick workup, put me on a helicopter to our local heart center and at 11:30AM I awoke in my hospital room with three stints in my ticker. My right carotid artery was 95% blocked and the left one was 80% blocked. I spent a month at home under the care of my angel girlfriend and then went back to work for two weeks before I took off for a 4 day golf vacation to Orlando. Played 18 holes on Thursday, 36 on Friday, and 36 more on Saturday before flying home on Sunday. The irony of all this is that my golf game has improved markedly. Go figure.

My advice to you: if your are over 50, have a thallium stress test performed. It could save you a lot of trouble later on.

I feel very lucky.

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#1077939 - 07/10/06 08:57 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by ROSSO Z:
A story, eh?

On December 28, 2005 I awoke at about 5:30AM with heartburn. Went downstairs and got drink of water and took one of those acid pills. Went back to bed and all seemed well for about 30 minutes. The heartburn returned, except this time it felt like acid reflux, so I went down and drank a cup of warm, mild tea. I felt a little better and went back upstairs and showered, shaved and dressed for work. The slight pain dead center of my chest would not go away, but it wasn't sharp or anything like that. I sat in front of the TV for a while and ate a small breakfast. It's now 7:30 and the pain is about as it was 2 hours ago. Well it finally dawned on me that something might be wrong. I called my doctor and luckily he returned my call almost immediately. I explained my situation and he directed me to call 911 and tell them I was having a heart attack. I was floored by the news. I've been on cholesterol drugs for a while, but there has been no hint of any other trouble. And up until a couple of years ago, I was a 25 to 40 miles a week runner. Anyway, I called 911, unlocked my front door and sat there waiting. They arrived in no time; popped two nitro pills under my tongue, phoned in my vitals and off we went with sirens blazing. Luckily, one of northern Virginia's best cardiologists was on duty in the ER. He did a quick workup, put me on a helicopter to our local heart center and at 11:30AM I awoke in my hospital room with three stints in my ticker. My right carotid artery was 95% blocked and the left one was 80% blocked. I spent a month at home under the care of my angel girlfriend and then went back to work for two weeks before I took off for a 4 day golf vacation to Orlando. Played 18 holes on Thursday, 36 on Friday, and 36 more on Saturday before flying home on Sunday. The irony of all this is that my golf game has improved markedly. Go figure.

My advice to you: if your are over 50, have a thallium stress test performed. It could save you a lot of trouble later on.

I feel very lucky.

\:D [/b]
Yikes!!! Did you ever have any warning before? Just out of the blue?
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#1077940 - 07/10/06 09:10 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Rosso:[/b] you are one lucky fella! It must have been a scary experience for you. You should count your blessings
Frank:[/b] you are one heck of a storyteller! You should write sit-coms! \:D

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#1077941 - 07/10/06 09:40 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Here's another narrow escape story...

2 years ago yesterday, July 9th, 2004 (my mother's birthday BTW), I had a motorcycle accident. I was a beginning rider, although I had taken lots of performance driving instruction on real race courses, I was still a novice rider. I'd been practicing in a local parking lot, and tooling around my neighborhood - nothing very adventurous.

While practicing in the elementary school parking lot (with no cars around at all), I was practicing figure 8's, S-turns and slow speed turns. I was also practicing stops. I would accelerate the bike, then go hard on the clutch and brake to practice harder stops, since that was one of the things that they would do in the MSF course.

I had only planned to be out for about 15 minutes of practicing, and I had full gear on - full face helmet, armored jacket, kevlar gloves, riding boots and riding pants....but that didn't help what happened next.

I took off, and when I got ready to hit the clutch/brakes, I slipped on some sand in the parking lot - and because of my hand position, I accidentally pulled back on the throttle, while my fingers slipped off of the clutch....and the bike shot forward. Before I could react fast enough, I hit a curb. If it were a normal curb, I would have hopped over it, and might have gone over the handlebars into the grass...but it wasn't a normal curb. Instead, it was a drain ,where the pavement sloped down 3-4 inches from the rest of the lot. Because of that higher ledge, the bike stopped suddenly (from 25 MPH or so), tossing me off the back of the bike, and my back hit the sharp edge of the curb. I knew I was hurt. Bad. Fortunately, someone saw it happen, and called 911. When the paramedics got there, they asked if I could stand, so I attempted to move, and suddenly, I felt a HUGE amount of pain, and couldn't feel my right leg, so I stopped, and told them I couldn't move.

They put me on a back board, and transported me to the emergency room, where they found that I had fractured ('exploded' as my doctor said) my L2 vertebrae, compressing my spinal cord by 60%. If I had tried to stand, I'd be in a wheelchair today. For whatever reason, I didn't. After 2 days of being heavily sedated, they operated, fusing 4 vertebrae and adding 2 metal rods, along with a bone graft from my hip.

After a week of recovery (and 2 failed attempts at standing (with a LOT of help), I went to a rehab hospital, where I spent the next month learning to stand, to walk with a walker, a cane, and eventually unassisted for 2 steps, then 4, then 10, 20, 100, etc. I had to learn to walk up and down stairs, to go to the bathroom unassisted, LOTS of things that we all take for granted. When I went home, I took a walker, a TLSO brace (armpit to hips), and a set of toilet seat rails....the prognosis was that I'd learn to walk relatively normally, but more than that was a big question mark.

Well, 2 years later, here's where I am. Through a LOT of hard work, some excellent doctors and rehab pros, a supportive wife, and a bit of luck, here's where I am:

I can walk...a lot. I've walked as many as 10 miles in one day. I can run. Right now, I alternate between using an elliptical trainer and a treadmill for 45 minutes, 6 days a week. On Saturdays, I ride my bike (weather willing). This last Saturday, I rode 27 miles round trip.

When I left the hospital, I could lift 5 lbs over my head. I started lifting weights as I felt better, and although I mostly stick to machines (to protect my back), I do 90 lbs on the bicep/tricep machine, 100 lbs on the military press, 155 on the chest press, lat pull and upright row and 260 on the squat machine. There are lots of people who can lift a lot more, but most of them aren't held together by titanium rods and screws..... ;\)

What can't I do? I don't know...but I'm not getting on a motorcycle again. I know that I'm not even close to where I can eventually get, if I keep working...and that brings me to what's happened in the last year or so.

After getting signed off by my orthopaedic surgeon, I went back to being 'normal.', and wanted to take on something new - I had played 'at' the piano for years. Even though I can read music (as a long-time guitar player and former trombone player), I usually didn't do it when playing piano. I just read the chord charts and comped along. I decided that I wanted to be a 'real' piano player. So, I bought a decent digital, and my daughter and I started taking lessons. After about 6 months, I decided I wanted a 'real' piano, which brought me to PianoWorld, where I learned a lot from the helpful folks here. I bought the Piano Book, and learned even more. With the supplement, I learned about pricing, and by playing lots of pianos, I eventually found what I liked enough to buy. Again, through a lot of hard work, a supportive wife (and a bit of luck), I ran into Cathy Harl, who had THE piano, which is sitting in my living room as we speak.

Long story short, I'm a lucky guy.
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#1077942 - 07/10/06 10:21 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Yikes, kokomo61, what a harrowing story! And one that could have so easily turned out to have a really really bad ending. I'm very happy for you that you have recovered so well.

I'm leery of motorcycles. My mom was a passenger on a motorcycle when she was about 20. The driver (her boyfriend at the time) wiped out and she was thrown off. She was wearing a helmet, which saved her life, but her left leg was shattered. She was taken to a teaching hospital where the doctors decided to try to save her leg rather than amputate. She ended up being in the hospital for over a year, much of it immobilized with her leg in traction (this was back in the late 50s when rehab hospitals weren't around much). She never fully recovered.

I've never had the slightest desire to own a motorcycle after hearing her talk about the experience.

p.s. The boyfriend felt so guilty about the accident and injuring her so badly he couldn't deal with it and never even visited her. But she met my dad there (he was working as an orderly), so I guess it wasn't a totally bad thing. ;\)
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#1077943 - 07/10/06 10:37 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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If the piano is divinely inspired, the motorcycle is an instrument from hell.

Years ago I worked in a Little League Dugout, passing out snowcones and selling coffee and listening to the other parents chatter. Hell, I chattered a little myself. Everybody wanted to ride a bike. Over and out. This was, well, the Greek system. We were all cool, and the coolest had done that. . .

Then this woman, an ER doc, ended a testosterone driven (okay, the guys were in their 30s and the sap wasn't rising quite so much) conversation by sharing with us what they called motorcyles in her emergency room.

The technical term, if you are interested, is 'donor-mobile'. This is pretty rough. Is there ice in the cooler, we've got a liver. Do we have a pulse?--we've got a heart donor. The corneas are good if the corpse isn't stiff. And so on . . .

We did good selling coffee and bagels. Our children had a great time winning, and losers had the free snowcone to console them.

But . . .

I don't like,
The Bike.
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#1077944 - 07/10/06 10:40 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Kokomo:[/b] I was moved to tears by your story, You should be so proud of yourself , keep believing in yourself. So many people in your situation would have given up.

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#1077945 - 07/10/06 11:49 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I don't dislike motorcycles or people who ride them - (with the exception of 'squids' - sport bike riders who do wheelies in traffic, and generally ride stupid)....my mistake was a beginners mistake, and could have easily happened at any time on a public street. I was lucky it wasn't worse.

My wife didn't want me to get the bike, and I didn't listen - it took a LONG time to work through that. I had a lot of humble pie to eat....

And, rehab was tough (I think it's still going on). Although the first few weeks were the absolute worst, wondering what was going to come back, and what wasn't. Fortunately, everything came back. You know what helped the most?

Anger. I found it an extremely useful emotion. I was angry with a lot of things, but mostly myself for getting into that situation. Once I learned how to push it in the right direction, it really helped me get moving.

The one thing I remember most about the rehab hospital was the nurse who was on duty when I moved from the critical care hospital to the rehab. Her name was 'Peace', and she was from Ghana. I must have been moved too early, because I really deteriorated on the trip to the rehab. In the ambulance, I started coughing up stuff, (this is a very mild description of what was actually going on), and almost got sent back to the ER, it was so bad. They had to tube me to get all the junk out, and I couldn't breathe or swallow for over 24 hours - I got to the point where I was praying just to fade out.....and I told them to take the tubes out - I didn't care what the consequences were.

Fortunately, I stabilized, got well enough in a few days to start actually working rehab. Most of this happened on another floor, and I got transported to and from there in my wheelchair. Even though I was working very hard, Peace never got to see the progress I was making, which was a shame, since she saw the shape I arrived in.

After 3 weeks there, I called Peace over one afternoon, and told her to hold my wheelchair. I stood up, and walked around the nurses' station and sat back in my chair. When I came back, she had tears streaming down her face.

If you meet me today, you would never know anything ever happened. But I can show you a heck of a scar that tells me it did.....

Like John Cleese said in Monty Python and the Holy Grail....

"I got better."
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Because of a family tragedy involving a motorcyle I dislike them myself.

Another thing that I totally don't understand.....
We have seatbelt laws everywhere. In Kentucky we used to have a helmet law for motorcyles. They changed it, you no longer have to wear a helmet. Now....if they are so concerned about our safety while driving a vehicle that one can be ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt. Why in the world, would you not require a helmet for motorcyles?
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Awesome, Kokomo!! Welcome back!! What a great story!
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#1077948 - 07/11/06 09:08 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Reading these motorycycle stories compels me to share my own from last year, the day before Thanksgiving.

I was in my car coasting toward a red traffic light in the right lane of a four lane road. A car was already stopped at the light in the right lane and I briefly considered moving into the left lane which was open. Instead, I stopped behind the car in the right lane.

After stopping at the traffic light, I noticed in my rear view mirror a motorcyclist in the left lane starting to slow down for the same red light, and then this light changed to green. Instead of slowing down, the motorcyclist accelerated briskly.

We all made it safely through the intersection and the cyclist accelerated up to the 45 m.p.h. speed limit on this four lane road when from a parking lot of a small shopping center on the right side of the road a lady in a behemoth SUV made the decision to quickly dart across all four lanes into the parking lot of another shopping center across the four lane road. I suppose, if the motorcyclist wasn't on the road then her rapid dart across the road might have seemed safe to her, but she obviously was in a hurry and if she was going to make it across the road she needed to do it quickly. Evidently, she saw only the cars on the road, and not the motorcyclist.

It happened right in front of my eyes, the motorcyclist had no time to react at all, none. In this split second in time, the SUV simply "appeared" in front of the cyclists who was certainly traveling at the speed limit of 45 m.p.h.. The motorcylclist was obeying the law and was doing nothing wrong.

It was horrifying to watch, and the image of the brutal impact played over and over in my mind. Long past Thanksgiving day, I would wake nights in a cold sweat reliving these few seconds in time.

At the time I also felt sorry for the driver of the SUV that pulled into the path of that motorcyclists. Although she was not physically harmed in this tragic accident, she may never fully recover herself, I imagine.

Selfishly I wondered how many times I might have changed the course of events around me. I know if I had moved into the left lane, the motorcyclist would have been forced to come to a full stop and instead of hitting the broad side of this SUV, would have simply been annoyed with me for accelerating at only a modest rate, and likely been impatient for me to move over to the right lane so he could pass.

You never know.
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#1077949 - 07/11/06 09:14 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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My first piano teacher was a rather staid, elderly woman. Truly, one of those genteel Southern Grand Dames. She had a 7' Steinway, and there was NO music BUT classical and opera, and anything else was just vulgar and beneath her notice. She would sit to the side of the piano with a white musician's baton, tapping the counts and using it to point with, and I couldn't help but think that eventually, she was going to hit me with it.

She started me out with a kiddie book, playing some crappy little tune like "Pop Goes The (friggin) Weasel," or something... I stuck it out with her for nearly a year, before frustration really set in HARD.

During my next lesson, I sat back on the piano bench with a sigh and said, "You know, I really don't care if I ever learn 'Pop Goes The Weasel.' What I REALLY want to play is blues so nasty, that a stripper could be swangin' and grindin' on top of your piano and doing her thang to the dirty blues I'm crankin' out on the keys!"

I had been looking at the keys while I was blurting all of this, and when I looked up, she had that "deer in the headlights" look, and her eyes were as big as silver dollars. She didn't say anything, so I quietly gathered my materials and left.

She never phoned to ask why I'd left or if I was going to continue my lessons. In hindsight, that was a real blessing -- perhaps for both of us!
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#1077950 - 07/11/06 06:17 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Opus, i am sorry you had to witness that!! that must have been horrifying!! i too have a cousin at the age of 16 who died while he was riding a motorcycle. i wasnt close to him, but it was still pretty horrifying.

and frank--your story was once again hilarious!!! i couldnt believe you said that out loud!!!! but that was a good thing in the end, but still it was hilarious!!!!

Rozzo--wow, you were very blessed to have caught that in time!!! i am glad you are much better now!!!

kokomo--- that must have been scary but you have come a loooooong way since then!!! runnng?? how do you do it?? your just amazing!!!
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#1077951 - 07/11/06 06:58 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Frank, Hilarious!!!!!

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#1077952 - 07/11/06 09:23 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Reading these motorcycle stories brings back memories of my best friend Sandy in high school, she had a hunk of a boyfriend named Tony. They went together all through high school. In his senior year he got a motocycle. One rainy night , there was a freak accicent on a 4 lane highway involving Tonys' motocycle and two other cars. Tony wasn't wearing a helmet and he was severly brain injured. He became a "vegetable". He was placed in a nursing home . My bestfriend Sandy was devestated and she was never the same, she stopped hanging out with me until 3 years later. She visited him every week in the nursing home, he didnt know who she was and wasn't able to respond to her. Even though he didn't know her it didnt stop her from visiting him weekly for 5 years until he died.. She did eventually marry , only it ended in divorce. She told me no man could ever have her heart the way Tony did.

Everytime I see a motocycle on the road, I can't help but think about a very tragic lovestory between my best friend and Tony. \:\(

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These "motorcycle" stories are bringing back some frightening memories of a few years ago when I crashed my dirtbike and completely "displaced" my left hand (hanging by skin near my elbow!!)

Here's a link to the post back in Oct '05.

http://www.pianoworld.com/ubb/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?/topic/32/1433.html

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#1077954 - 07/11/06 10:59 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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hey dude: I read your previous post about your motorcycle accident, that must have been a painful ordeal with your hand! I imagine your hand must still hurt some!

keep on playing that beautiful music...........I'm glad you rediscovered the piano, what a great way to recover the strength of your hand.
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#1077955 - 07/12/06 09:53 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Whoa, S_H... Scary stuff. Glad you made it, bro.
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#1077956 - 07/12/06 10:02 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Peyton, somehow I missed your bowling ball and rocket stories (perhaps too distracted by the near brushes with death of Rosso, kokomo61, and super-hunky. Yikes! I'm STILL shuddering over all those stories). Those were hilarious! I would have loved to see the bowling ball incident. And was the rocket thing pre- or post-9/11? I don't think you'd be wanting to pull that stunt these days, or risk being swept away to Guatanomo, never to be seen again. ;\)
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This one time, at Band Camp...


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#1077958 - 07/12/06 10:06 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Peyton, somehow I missed your bowling ball and rocket stories (perhaps too distracted by the near brushes with death of Rosso, kokomo61, and super-hunky. Yikes! I'm STILL shuddering over all those stories). Those were hilarious! I would have loved to see the bowling ball incident. And was the rocket thing pre- or post-9/11? I don't think you'd be wanting to pull that stunt these days, or risk being swept away to Guatanomo, never to be seen again. ;\) [/b]
Haha... My thoughts exactly! LOL
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#1077959 - 07/12/06 12:20 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by Monica Kern:
Peyton, somehow I missed your bowling ball and rocket stories (perhaps too distracted by the near brushes with death of Rosso, kokomo61, and super-hunky. Yikes! I'm STILL shuddering over all those stories). Those were hilarious! I would have loved to see the bowling ball incident. And was the rocket thing pre- or post-9/11? I don't think you'd be wanting to pull that stunt these days, or risk being swept away to Guatanomo, never to be seen again. ;\) [/b]
We are talking way way way pre 9/11. Around 1967. I was 12.
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#1077960 - 07/12/06 01:04 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Wow - I'm amazed after reading all these stories!

I suppose my worst injury happened on New Years Eve 2002/03. I was through in Edinburgh at a party with my mates. Just before midnight, four of us throught it would be a great idea to climb Arthur's Seat (a steep hill) to watch some fireworks.

Everything was going great until the descent. Near the bottom, I thought it would be really funny to roll to the bottom of the hill.(You need to understand that I had been drinking heavily since 12noon that afternoon)

Unfortunately I forgot that there was a 12 foot ledge at the bottom, and I sailed into fresh air, and came down onto a road.

After a few mintues, I staggered to my feet and proceeded to walk back to the flat with the others. I knew my arm was injured, but I wasnt sure how serious. We walked to the local hospital, and my friend said "lets see your elbow". I pulled up my sleeve, and saw this...

http://www.euan1234.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/03ny6.jpg

The end result was three days of morphine heaven, two months with the cast, four months of a wired-up elbow, and two operations. I struggle with racket sports as I can't straighten my arm quite fully, but I can still hit a decent golf shot. \:\)

The surgeon said it was the worst elbow injury he had ever treated (severe communited fracture).

p.s. I was sporting my Oakland Raiders jersey in the photo!

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OMG, Euan, what a picture! [grows pale and has sympathetic elbow pains]. I gotta ask--was there snow on this hill, or did you decide to roll over rocks, brambles, etc?
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Holy crap, Euan!! That looks GNARLEY!!!!! Nice job!!

When I was a lad of 16, I was at a youth function being held at a local church. I had arrived early, so I walked around the grounds. The back portion of the grounds bordered a horse pasture. There was a mare near the fence, grazing. I went over and began feeding her handfuls of grass. I began climbing the fence, still feeding her bits of grass. When I got to the top of the fence, I leapt onto her back, seized fistfuls of her mane, and yelled, "C'mon, B____H!! LET'S RIDE!!!!" Well, it turns out that she was an unbroken horse. She was not best pleased at the wild demon that had suddenly lighted on her back and yanked the hair on her neck, so she did everything she could to throw me. It was quite the wild ride, and if it would have been a rodeo, I would have taken first prize!

Finally, I decided that I'd had enough, so I began sliding off of her flank, when she stopped and heaved her hindquarters into the air. I went up, up, up, and then down, down, down, and put out my left arm to break my fall. I heard my wrist snap like a dry branch. "POW!!" Like the sound of a knuckle popping, magnified by a hundred.

My parents were quite agitated with me, for that. I ended up in a cast from my hand to my shoulder, for eleven weeks, and then a forearm cast for five more. Man, that sucked... LOL
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#1077963 - 07/12/06 01:32 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Frank - you really do have the coolest stories! Although they were painful at the time, they do make a good read now \:\)

Monica - no snow, brambles etc. Just two complete rolls, then off the ledge. I just can't believe that I managed to land on my elbow, rather than head/back etc.

I had never climbed that hill before, and after visiting it in daylight - I would even attempt it now. Lots of rocky drops. Amazing that we didnt get into bother (climbing in pitch dark whilst intoxicated)
And the best bit was that because I was so drunk - I didn't feel the slightest bit of pain!

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#1077964 - 07/12/06 01:37 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Peyton asks if I had any forewarning of my heart attack.

The answer is no. It was out of the blue, except as I stated about being on Zocor.

However, in retrospect there have been several things that may have been signals that warranted attention. About 10 years ago I had a chest pain even worse then with the heart attack while driving home after a big argument at work, but I went to the doctor, had a stress test, and all appeared fine. Also, a few weeks before the attack, I was sitting in church and all of a sudden my throat got very dry and my jaw started aching. I simply got up and drank some water and all seemed well. A thalliun stress test at any time in the last ten or so years would probably have revealed the blockage. I've also been told that if you are going to have a heart attack, the earlier in life you have it, the better the recovery and prognosis. But, let's say I had the test 15 years ago and was diagnosed with the blockage. What if the technology was not what it is today with the stints and drugs we have access to? Anyway, I am lucky.

Thanks for the comments.

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#1077965 - 07/12/06 01:46 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Haha....

Stupid drunk stories... Oh god...

Okay: I was fifteen or sixteen, and a couple of my buddies had raided someone's liquor cabinet, and of all things, had come up with two bottles of 90-proof peppermint schnaaps. We drove down to the lake, lit a campfire, and began drinking. Well, after we were pretty well tanked, my buddy Richard nods to a motorhome parked on the sand close by, and says, "Hey, I wonder what he's got in that ice chest?" So, he and I sneak over like ninjas, as quietly as only two drunken teenagers can, and took the ice chest back to our site. We opened it: Glory be!! Three "Old Milwaukee" beers!! Huzzah!!!!!

We put the beers in the bed of the truck, and we began taking the ice chest back, when we heard the screen door of the motorhome open and the sound of a shotgun jacking a round into the chamber. A mean old man's voice growled, "Whatcha' got there, boys?!" S***!!!!

We dropped the ice chest and took off in a panicked run. We crested part of the mountain, then fell down the sheer face of the cut-out where the four-lane highway was, rolled, stumbled, and ran over the highway, and began running up the side of the mountain on the other side. I don't remember much, at this point. (Well, except for hanging out over a boulder and having a Technicolor yawn over the side, and watching it go all the way to the bottom, which seemed impossibly far below.)

Our buddy, Eddie, pulled up in his car and Richard hauled me down the mountain and piled me into the car. Eddie was yelling, "If you puke in my car, I'm going to kill you!" so we're blasting down the highway and I've got my head hanging out the window like a dog, terrified of blowing chunks inside of Eddie's car.

I don't think anyone was injured.... (Although I couldn't stand the taste of ANYTHING peppermint for a week after. I brushed my teeth without toothpaste, even!)
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#1077966 - 07/12/06 02:02 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Since we're on the topic of substances...

When I was a wee lad, around the age of ten, one of my buddies was named Brett. Brett was a dirty, scuzzy little kid that reminded people of the character, Pigpen, from the cartoon strip, "Peanuts." His mother ran a convenience store and the local pub.

One day, he comes to school, pleased that he'd scored two pouches of Redman chewing tobacco. We started chewing that stuff, and chewed it all morning, but we couldn't spit the juice or else people would know that we were chewing tobacco. With no other alternative, we swallowed the juice.

Around about lunchtime, I got sick. It was epic. When I say I got sick, trust me: This is understatement of the year! Holy God, was I sick!! I was like "The Incredible Human (puke) Geyser"!

So, I went to the front office, and they called my mother to take me home. (Of course I didn't tell anyone WHY I was sick!)

My mother drops me off at home and props me up in bed with a toy catalog, and then returns to work. I'm flipping through the toys and come across the Star Wars action figures. "Hrmmm... Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, C3PO... Chewbacca!!!!!" "BLEARRRRRRGH!!!!!!" and I was sick all over again...

Hahahaha...
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#1077967 - 07/12/06 02:27 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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#1077968 - 07/12/06 02:31 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by ROSSO Z:
Peyton asks if I had any forewarning of my heart attack.

The answer is no. It was out of the blue, except as I stated about being on Zocor.

However, in retrospect there have been several things that may have been signals that warranted attention. About 10 years ago I had a chest pain even worse then with the heart attack while driving home after a big argument at work, but I went to the doctor, had a stress test, and all appeared fine. Also, a few weeks before the attack, I was sitting in church and all of a sudden my throat got very dry and my jaw started aching. I simply got up and drank some water and all seemed well. A thalliun stress test at any time in the last ten or so years would probably have revealed the blockage. I've also been told that if you are going to have a heart attack, the earlier in life you have it, the better the recovery and prognosis. But, let's say I had the test 15 years ago and was diagnosed with the blockage. What if the technology was not what it is today with the stints and drugs we have access to? Anyway, I am lucky.

Thanks for the comments.

\:D [/b]
So glad you made it... That must have been terrifying. I don't recommend peppermint schnaaps or Redman chewing tobacco as possible treatments, by the way. \:D
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#1077969 - 07/12/06 03:20 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I don't recommend peppermint schnaaps or Redman chewing tobacco as possible treatments, by the way. \:D [/b]
No...17 year old Bowmore scotch should do the trick.
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#1077970 - 07/12/06 04:03 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Most definitely. Lagavulin or Glenfiddich is nice, too. ;\)
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Here's my attempt to keep pace with Frank W - In Feb 2001 I also had bad indegestion, took Pepcid and waited 2 hours - no improvement - just had meds for diabetes changed so I thought I was having a bad reaction so went to Urgent Care and 4 hours later I was on a table with my chest opened up - 1 at 100% 1 at 90% and one at 75% - if not for the fear of bad reaction to meds, I know to this day I would not have gone in. Anyway, thats not the story - while in the hosp recovering, my wife called our son and he came up to see me. He was coming into town and talking with my wife on directions. The hospital was not that easy to find, so she told him to take exit 281, turn right at the light and pull into the parking lot on the right where she would meet him to guide him in. He followed her instructions to the letter and found himself in the parking lot for a funeral home, and damned near had a heart attack himself. Donna never realized just what the business was that was attached to the parking lot. Needless to say, he and I will not let her forget it.
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#1077972 - 07/12/06 04:20 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Haha! Oh man... Too funny!

I was on a business trip to Omaha, Nebraska. I missed a turn, and the next sign I saw read, "Pavement Ends." Well, I reasoned that perhaps the place I was looking for, was located a little further out, so I kept going. The pavement ended. I kept on going and found myself in the middle of at least 200 acres of corn. I stopped because I'd passed a hand-painted plywood sign hanging on a fence that read, "Used cows for sale." I turned around and got the hell outta' there!
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#1077973 - 07/12/06 05:19 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Haha! Oh man... Too funny!

I stopped because I'd passed a hand-painted plywood sign hanging on a fence that read, "Used cows for sale." I turned around and got the hell outta' there! [/b]
But just think what you could have done with a used cow! (Compared to a new one anyway). :p
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#1077974 - 07/12/06 05:37 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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I don't know... Way out there in the middle of 200 acres of corn, I imagine that everything possible to do to a cow has already been done. *shudder*
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Originally posted by Frank_W:
"You know, I really don't care if I ever learn 'Pop Goes The Weasel.' What I REALLY want to play is blues so nasty, that a stripper could be swangin' and grindin' on top of your piano and doing her thang to the dirty blues I'm crankin' out on the keys!"
Is it me, or is it hot in here.... whew... swooning....
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#1077976 - 07/12/06 07:33 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by Euan Morrison:
I suppose my worst injury happened on New Years Eve 2002/03. I knew my arm was injured, but I wasnt sure how serious. We walked to the local hospital, and my friend said "lets see your elbow". I pulled up my sleeve, and saw this...

http://www.euan1234.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/03ny6.jpg

The end result was three days of morphine heaven, two months with the cast, four months of a wired-up elbow, and two operations.
Awwwww - that sure wasn't a pretty picture, Euan - ewwwwww - ouch! I can imagine it was quite painful to the touch!

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p.s. I was sporting my Oakland Raiders jersey in the photo!
Nice jersey, though! ;\)
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#1077977 - 07/12/06 07:49 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Euan, you'll be glad to hear that your story performed a valuable public health lesson. I just showed my 10-year old daughter the picture of your elbow and told her how you got it that way. She swore never to touch a drop of alcohol until she was 21. \:\)
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#1077978 - 07/12/06 08:49 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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A ski story (and no serious injury!). I'm a back country telemark skier and I was climbing in the mountains up around Jay Vermont with friends. We were skinning up and had fairly large heavy packs. At the top one friend headed down a very narrow chute to get to some very sweet powder below. The chute he had picked had a tree growing right in the middle and the only way to get down was to straight line on either side...there was no room for a turn. Well foolishly I decided to do one turn just before the tree and ended up clipping the rocks and falling. The chute was so steep that I actually went head first into the branches. I ended up...if you can picture this, hanging by my skis upside down from the branch swinging with my head about three feet from the snow. My pack was hanging down by my head and all my stuff (climbing skins, thermos, food, clothing) started falling out. The guys I was skiing with had already gone ahead and were out of sight in the woods so I was alone to contemplate my awkward situation. I probably hung there for about five minutes (it seemed like an hour) before I managed to break enough of the branch to get one ski undone and get my self down. At the time all I could think of was how lucky I was that no one was there to take a picture. Now I kind of wish I had one. :p
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#1077979 - 07/12/06 08:58 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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 Quote:
Originally posted by Peyton:
[QB] A ski story (and no serious injury!).
Peyton - call is hoaky if you will - but someone up their was watching you, my friend.... Oh how lucky it wasn't worse. Next time - get pic! ;\)
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#1077980 - 07/13/06 02:47 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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LMAO! My eyes are watered down good for all the tears that came after laughing so hard...
That must be why some people get teary eyed and say they are "only tears of joy"

Some really great stories!

A piano $85,000.00
Sheet music $3.00
Stories told by members in the pinao world forums is entertainment thats priceless..

Some of ya'll need to take it easy if you plan to live a long life... Most of you know that I am sure but I just had to comment...

I will have to share some stories later but keep em coming..
\:\)
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#1077981 - 07/13/06 07:32 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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LMAO, Peyton! That is hilarious...

Thanks, tolovemoon! I still want to skydive and hang-glide. \:D
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#1077982 - 07/13/06 10:11 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Okay: The word for today, ladies & gentlemen, is "Percussive Vascectomy."

This occurs when your well-meaning parents buy you a bicycle for Christmas that you will "grow into." The only problem is that it's one of those big ol' beach cruiser ten-speeds and you can only touch the ground with your tiptoes. You go riding around, but everytime you hit the brakes, you slip off of that shiny new leather seat and bang your "nacho" on the crossbar. In fact, in a single day of riding around, you've done this so many times, that you're certain that you will never be able to have children.

Eh... Not that I'm speaking from personal experience or anything... \:D
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#1077983 - 07/13/06 10:18 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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As a teenager, I once rode a borrowed boy's bike that was too big for me, and I forgot about it when I hopped down off the seat. The cross-bar was at a height about two inches higher than a very sensitive portion of my anatomy. OUCH!! I may be one of the only women in the world who lost her virginity on a bicycle... \:D
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#1077984 - 07/13/06 10:19 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Ouch!! That makes me wince, just to think about! Poor Monica... \:\(
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#1077985 - 07/13/06 10:35 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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When I was 6, My brother 'taught' me to ride a bicycle by putting me on my sister's Schwinn (thank God for the lowered top tube), and giving me a gentle push.....from the top of a hill.

I was OK at first, but as I picked up speed, I realized that I didn't know how to stop. Doing what comes naturally to a 6-year old, I started yelling as I rocketed towards a parked car. (Evidently, the ability to steer also left my consciousness once I broke the sound barrier).

There was a family having a cookout in their front yard nearby, when they noticed a screaming 6-year old re-entering the atmosphere from low earth orbit (at least that's how fast it seemed to me) headed right for their car. Everyone scattered, and I got stopped by the bike wedging its front wheel into the wheel well of their car. No damage to the car or me, but the fender on the bike was bent...and I think the handgrips still had indentations on them from my death grip....


All of which - I had to explain to my sister, since it was her bike....I'm lucky I was a fast runner.
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#1077986 - 07/13/06 10:55 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Haha!! The family must have been SO scared! LOL!

Sounds like my experience with snow-skiing. I had gone down the bunny hill a few times and coasted to a stop. My girlfriend at the time, said, "Whoa.. You're a natural! C'mon! Let's go the intermediate hill!"

We boarded the lift and got to the top. The wind was whistling around my head, and the first twenty-five yards of the slope were damn near vertical. I'm standing there, just about to turn around and say, "This probably isn't a good idea," when she plants her hands in the small of my back, yells, "GO!" and shoves me.

"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!"

I actually made it to the bottom, but I was going full-tilt and hit a low fence and smacked right into the lift line. Everyone fell like dominoes. No one was hurt, and I had to admit, the sheer speed was A LOT OF FUN!! So we went back up and I dropped off the edge again, this time, trying to zig-zag a little, so I could have more control, but my skis lost traction, and I hit an ice hump, which catapulted me OUT of my bindings.

I went UP, UP, UP, and then began somersaulting end over end. WHAM!!!! I hit the slope and bounced, my ski glasses going up and down, turning everything into a disco of "yellow white yellow white..." When the slick nylon of my suit finally quit acting like an out-of-control sled and I came to a stop, here came my skis... end over end... One of them planted itself like a javelin, between my thighs, perilously close to "the twins."

*shudder*

Scary... Very scary...
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#1077987 - 07/15/06 06:46 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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All I have to say is frank; you are a wild man.

I do not know if it is very funny but here it is:

When I was around 16 me and my buds were drinking and there was this little punk kid that was around 13 or 14 that thought he was the coolest. He wanted some beer and we told him sure but first he needed to prove to us he was a "man".

Well, we told him he had to pass our situp test. We folded up a towel and and layed it across his eyes and pressed it to the floor. He tried to sit up but could not and we cheered him on.

While all of this was going on one of my indian buddies that was the biggest amongst us droppes his shorts and stuck his bare crack right over his face. He grunted trying as hard as he could to get up and we lifted the towel off his face and all you heard was a face smacking into a but crack.

Talk about brown nosing. It was perfect, his nose hit the target.
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#1077988 - 07/15/06 11:24 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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so you do have a dark side

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#1077989 - 07/16/06 12:15 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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Originally posted by Debussy20:
so you do have a dark side [/b]
Who was that reply to?
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#1077990 - 07/16/06 02:39 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
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If we are posting childhood stories here, I am not sure the statue of limitations has run out yet.


okay, one of my stories involves

illegal fireworks from Mexico,

Nitrous Oxide pressured cans of whipping cream,

and one very dead cow.

enough said.


growing up in Oklahoma

not proud

so not proud
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#1077991 - 07/16/06 10:08 AM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
Frank_W Offline
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LMAO, Psychopianoman! Too funny....
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#1077992 - 07/16/06 12:59 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
psychopianoman Offline
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Loc: Oklahoma
 Quote:
Originally posted by keyboard samurai:
If we are posting childhood stories here, I am not sure the statue of limitations has run out yet.


okay, one of my stories involves

illegal fireworks from Mexico,

Nitrous Oxide pressured cans of whipping cream,

and one very dead cow.

enough said.


growing up in Oklahoma

not proud

so not proud [/b]
Yes, Oklahoma is great. The bordom as a child will drive you to do crazy things. There was nothing better to do than terrorize anything you could get your hands on.
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#1077993 - 08/02/06 06:53 PM Re: "OFF-TOPIC" post your stories here!!
tolovemoon Offline
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Registered: 01/13/06
Posts: 152
Loc: South Carolina
 Quote:
Originally posted by Frank_W:
Okay: The word for today, ladies & gentlemen, is "Percussive Vascectomy."

This occurs when your well-meaning parents buy you a bicycle for Christmas that you will "grow into." The only problem is that it's one of those big ol' beach cruiser ten-speeds and you can only touch the ground with your tiptoes. You go riding around, but everytime you hit the brakes, you slip off of that shiny new leather seat and bang your "nacho" on the crossbar. In fact, in a single day of riding around, you've done this so many times, that you're certain that you will never be able to have children.

Eh... Not that I'm speaking from personal experience or anything... \:D [/b]
You mean like this one....


\:D Yes this is me in my younger days!
My first brand new bike, a christmas gift...
My bike with a banana seat was demolished by my cousins so I rode my moms old blue bike that was as big as this one, maybe bigger. I think that she thought I liked her bike better, but the truth is the only real reason why I rode it was because atleast the other kids in the neighborhood noticed me. That bike got nicknamed the "Milk bike", cause it looked like the old style of bike a milk man would deliver milk with..
:rolleyes:
No one really much cared about bikes after I got my new one or maybe its just that I moved south and kids had that southern, friendly, charm... \:\)
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