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#61 of 95 Old 04-19-2013, 12:48 AM
 
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-i went to 4 different high schools
-overcame an eating disorder as a teenager that nearly took my life
-visited Tahiti
-almost drowned in the ocean as a toddler, my aunt saved me
-i'm clairvoyant and clairaudient
-i'm an unassisted birther
-have healed a tremendous amount of emotional pain and grown considerably because of it
-was a raw foodist for 2 years
-my hair was only a few centimeters long (buzz cut) for a few years
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I've helped an Ostrich out of it's shell

- Eaten and enjoyed Ostrich meat"



 



Did the second immediately follow the first? winky.gif


Hahahahahaha! They may have been on the same trip lol but they were different beasts wink1.gif My aunt and Uncle owned and raised ostriches. The ostrich I helped "birth" didn't make it he wasn't strong enough greensad.gif

But I have eaten ostrich many ways, roasted, ground, jerkied! It's yummy and tastes like a rich beef smile.gif

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Oh wow, we used to ride around in the backs of pickup trucks all the time as kids.  Well, not all the time, it made my mom nervous, but we did it plenty of times.  We loved it.

 

Oh, we did that, too. (I think most people with pickups did that when I was a kid.) This was a moving van - full size. We rode about two hours, out of town and on dirt roads. It was one of my biggest adventures as a kid.

 


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I haven't done a whole lot, but I've done a few things many people haven't.

 

- Joined the military at the age of 18.

- Learned to read and speak Arabic (though I've forgotten most of it and I was never fluent).

- Spent a week at The Farm in TN, studying midwifery with Ina May Gaskin herself.

- Been to a Star Trek convention. It was the 40th anniversary one in Chicago. I met Leonard Nimoy, William Shatner, Robert Picardo, and a bunch of others. DS got 2nd place in the junior division costume contest as a toddler and we spent the whole weekend hanging out with Barbara Luna. It was awesome.

- Spent a week in Italy. Not extremely unusual, but I did get to see a lot of stuff many people don't. I saw the David, the Birth of Venus, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the Florence Duomo. It was the best week of my life.

 

Something cool that my son's done is being in a commercial. He's been in two actually. This is a local ad for the Star Trek convention. You can see DS 11 seconds in on the left. He was about a year and a half old and he's toddling around in his Starfleet uniform. This is the second one. DS is the little blonde boy that's sometimes wearing a green jacket. He had so much fun filming that one! He also auditioned for a Disney producer who said he did a great job, but they have a lot of kids his same demographic, so it didn't go any farther than the audition.

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I have played piano/organ/directed church choirs since I was 14 yrs old, with only a handful of organ lessons (read lots of books & practiced)

Caught my neighbor's 4th baby in the front seat of her Ford stationwagon in their driveway 2 weeks after my high school graduation.

Transported Paul Newman in my ambulance after he crashed during an SCCA race at Pocono International Raceway.  (He was so nice!)

Was on the cover of Parenting Magazine with my boys and won a home office makeover from them.  They came here and had a photo shoot and I even got a personal makeover as well.

Ran for town council at the ripe young age of 32 and won a seat - everyone else on the board was 50+ and male.  There have only been 3 councilwomen in the 100+ yrs of our town's existence.

Did all kinds of crazy jobs to pay for my college, but the two I was best at were car salesperson and exotic dancer.

At 38 years old, decided to take a class in velodrome bicycle riding and then did a race, which I won - my first-ever athletic trophy.

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these are really great posts! 

 

- in 2010 drove from NM through Mexico to Guatemala over 6 days by myself in an old Land Cruiser

 

- my DH and i communicate with each other in our 2nd languages

 

- had a thing with a lucha libre wrestler who was missing a finger

 

- don't use facebook

 

- 3 time hula hoop champion :)


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Caught my neighbor's 4th baby in the front seat of her Ford stationwagon in their driveway 2 weeks after my high school graduation.

Ooh, I want to hear about that! Were you scared/grossed out/nervous, like I imagine most teenagers would be in such a situation?

 

Minkajane, your son is so cute in his Star Trek uniform! I made my son a Voyager command uniform variant - not out of any particular love for Voyager, it just worked with the fabric I had. :p (I mean, I'm not anti-Voyager, once it picks up, minus Janeway's Mom cut and the stupid Chakotay romance - the Holodoc has some awesome moments - but it's no DS9, y'know?) He wore it to a friend's "geek" themed 30th birthday party, and someone thought he was Luke Skywalker. *sigh*


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This is such a fun thread. I like reading people's post but I don't want to influence my answers so I will read the rest afterwards

1) Listened to heavy metal music the last couple years of high school

2) Lived in Costa Rica for 3 years.

3) Can identify edible plants of the San Gabriels in California.

4) Bachelors degree in Deaf Studies and had classes only in sign language. Grad school at UCLA degree in social justice.

5) I bellydance!!!!

6) Zipped lined across a rain forest.

7) Got food poisoned in Panama;-(

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I transcribed a Civil War diary for the state historical society.
 

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Minkajane, your son is so cute in his Star Trek uniform! I made my son a Voyager command uniform variant - not out of any particular love for Voyager, it just worked with the fabric I had. :p (I mean, I'm not anti-Voyager, once it picks up, minus Janeway's Mom cut and the stupid Chakotay romance - the Holodoc has some awesome moments - but it's no DS9, y'know?) He wore it to a friend's "geek" themed 30th birthday party, and someone thought he was Luke Skywalker. *sigh*

Thanks! For the costume contest part, we put a Bajoran nose and earring on him. And of course I have zero pictures! They're trapped in the desktop computer that died two years ago that I still haven't managed to crack open for the hard drive. He's 8 now and loves the fact that he was on TV. He's a Trekkie just like his mom. We love Voyager. And there's nothing wrong with a little Chakotay romance! orngtongue.gif

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Pfft. Seven belonged with the Holodoc.


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Pfft. Seven belonged with the Holodoc.

I have to admit, I hated his trophy wife. That was a total cop-out.


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Studied for a Chinese test during "Break" at a Dead concert.

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Tried to be a "playground evangelist" in a public school before getting punished

 

I suffered from an accident at age nine that caused nerve damage in my right arm- well, I think, all I know it wasn't broken, but I was in pain for three weeks

 

I suffered from severe ADHD and Dyscalculia (math LD) which drove me to depression and slipping grades repeatedly- I also never took Calculus, I took Financial Algebra instead

 

Became severely allergic to peanuts suddenly when I was 15

 

Had bedroom in the attic of my house

 

Tried to shave my face when I was five because I was jealous that boys got to shave all the time

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My life is pretty ordinary, but I have given birth on the sidewalk (with spectators to boot).

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My life is pretty ordinary, but I have given birth on the sidewalk (with spectators to boot).


That's nuts! Where is the birth story?

 

I once saved a girl and her mom that were floating down stream in a runaway canoe.

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I'll try to dig it up soon.. It's been 6.5 years now. :)
 


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I was held at gunpoint in the Syrian desert once.  This was long before the civil war.  

 

I spent time in the Siwa Oasis in Egypt.  It was the most beautiful and amazing place I've ever seen.  

 

I've eaten squirrel.  Tastes like chicken.  Really.  

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Some of these posts are really hard to follow, but here are mine:

 

- When I lived with my parents I answered the phone one day and the voice on the other end said "This is such-and-such from the White House, can I speak with your father"

- I interned in the office of the former and now deceased president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, during which I: swam in his pool, drank beer from his private stash, was invited to his place in the countryside and on the way there his motorcade picked up 2 hitchhikers (his request), I bummed a cigarette from the first lady, lived in the castle and sneaked a boyfriend in, I climbed over the walls of said castle at midnight, had sex in said castle, flirted with the guards at said castle, I crashed an army general's birthday party with the president's head of security, saw places in the castle and cathedral that most people don't have access to

- I speak 4 languages

- I camped in the desert in Oman and rode on a camel

- I shook Stevie Wonder and Al Gore's hand (same day)

- I was in the same room with Jaromir Jagr for a couple of minutes (he's huge)

- I drank absinthe

- I eat snails every Christmas

- I witnessed a flood

- I hitchhiked with my cousin and was picked up by a guy in a convertible

- I've been on TV

- I hosted a college radio show

- I had an affair with a professor

- I walked on the Spiral Jetty

- I saw a herd of desert bighorn sheep on two occasions

- I have a poem written about me

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What have you done that most people have not?

I have been as far north as Pt Barrow and as far south as Tasmania
Swam in the Arctic Ocean
I have been as far west as Kauai and as far east as Tasmania
I have been to Jerusalem and delivered a prayer to the Wall; walked the Via Dolorosa; saw both sites of the Resurrection.
I went to a Bar Mitzvah at Masada and swam in the Dead Sea
Walked across the top of the leaning tower of Pisa while four months pregnant.
Went to the Grand Prix in Monaco 1980, and in Long Beach, 1985.
Was in Scotland the day Margaret Thatcher was elected
Was in London down the street from the Iranian Embassy when they took it over.
I have lived mostly as a raw vegan
I have drank raw milk all my life.
I helped with the homebirth of my brother when I was 14 and my sister when I was 17.
I was born at home unassisted and premature at 4 lbs, 12 oz.
I have never been vaxed and neither have my children.
My children were born at home and bfed for a long time.
I met Groucho Marx.
I met Ruth Buzzi and "Uncle Leo", Len Lesser at the post office.
I took ballet with Stephanie Zimbalist
As a classroom teacher, I taught the niece of Jennifer Aniston
One of my students is a professional soccer player is Romania
I went to school with former child actors Claire Wilcox (40 lbs of trouble) and Gary Grimes (Summer of 42 ) and Mitch Vogel (Bonanza)
I lived across the street from Jon Erik Hexum
Lived two blocks from Tim Burton.
Went to the University during the Watergate hearings with Hank Haldeman, Jr., and congressman Sherman as students
Shook the hand of candidate Richard M. Nixon on his way to NBC to film a cameo on "Laugh-In" saying, "Sock it to me?"
Shook the hand of candidate Ron Paul
I went to a fundraising party at the Playboy Mansion
My BFF and I sneaked into a private party and met Warren Beaty, Sonny Bono, Mayor Bradley, Jerry Brown, Linda Ronstadt, Barbie Benton, and more ...
Met Michael Medved, Tammy Bruce, Dr Robert Mendelsohn, Patty Bragg and Dr Leonard Horowitz.
Saw Elton John get his star on the Walk of Fame. 1975
Saw Ray Briem get his star on the Walk of Fame. 1993
I answered fan mail for "Happy Days" and ate lunch with the cast many times.
I was in charge of the babysitting at the peak of the career celebration party for Dodger Ron Cey
Took meditation classes with Jane Lynch
Babysat Kristie McNichol
Homeschooled my youngest to community college.
Went to the movie premier of BOBB and met Ricki Lake.
Met Graham Nash in the waiting room of my homebirth doctor.
Went to Mommy'n'Me classes with the mom and older brothers of Mara Wilson.
Had lunch at Club 33 at Disneyland in Aug,1981.
Buried my husband, the love of my life.

Not me, but my son skateboarded around Notre Dame Cathedral while everyone else blade skated.

“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. NEVER apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you are right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the Truth is still the Truth.”

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Oh, @applejuice , I do hope I can sit and have a cup of coffee with you someday...you are the kind of lady that many mama's (myself included) could learn so much from...You sure have lived, and I respect you so much!

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So you want to hear about the party at the Playboy Mansion?

“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. NEVER apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you are right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the Truth is still the Truth.”

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Sure I do!

I know you were a bunny, weren't you, applejuice? You were Heff's fav, weren't you?
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“Many people, especially ignorant people, want to punish you for speaking the truth, for being correct, for being you. NEVER apologize for being correct, or for being years ahead of your time. If you are right and you know it, speak your mind. Even if you are a minority of one, the Truth is still the Truth.”

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Just remembered.

I sold undies to Diana Ross.
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I've achieved every goal that I'd set for myself in youth.

I know things that I didn't know could be known.

I'm living a life now that is entirely different from anything that I ever imagined in every beautiful way.

I suspect that few people have had such profound changes in their life's trajectory.
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I lived across the street from Jon Erik Hexum

I loved him.

I played with Sarah Mclachlan's dog.
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Speaking of famous people, I harvested bamboo from Michael Stipe's (REM) Athens GA front yard for a flute.

It's a funny story. Back in my hitchhiking days, and my first really big road trip across country, I decided I wanted to make a pilgrimage to Athens, Georgia. It is the home of the B-52's and REM, and producer and musician Mitch Easter (alternative hit "Every word means 'no'") Why, well, I don't understand, but Atehns turned out to be an incredible stop, and we stayed longer than we intended. Food and coffee were fantastic, people were friendly.

We were walking back to downtown from a friend's house and passed by an unassuming house--looked like a university crash pad, really-- with a hedge of bamboo around the front yard. My boyfriend wanted the bamboo to make flutes, one of the ways we'd been making money. So I stay on the sidewalk with our packs, and he goes up and knocks on the door. Someone was talking through the door "Who is it? What do you want?" And my boyfriend says he wants some bamboo. The door opens, and a head sticks out and the two talk about flutes. My boyfriend shows the guy his handmade flutes and they talk and he gets permission. All without incident.

Well, I'm standing on the sidewalk, not seeing quite what's happening because of the bamboo, but I instantly recognize Michael Stipe's voice, and my boyfriend has no clue who this guy is, which is all for the best. We harvest the bamboo and as we leave I tell him who I thought it was. Sure enough, later in the day we are walking in the center of town, I see Stipe and Peter Buck (who still lived in Athens at that time) commanding a bench and as we walk by, Stipe asks how that flute was turning out. It's going great, thank you so much for the material, and we leave. It was all very surreal, not the least of which that REM, with all their fame were still the town boys, hanging out like they always did. I'm so glad my boyfriend was completely clueless.

On another note, I've also baked bread in handmade, woodfired ovens in far-flung forests of northern Nevada, southeastern Oregon, and backwoods Florida.

I've slept next to alligators. Thankfully I only noticed the next morning, when I'm woken up by a colossal croak like a bullfrog the size of a minivan.


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sweetsilver- That is cool. I hung out in Athens, GA hoping to bump into the B52's. I have meet a few different bands & musicians. My favorite was Weird Al.
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