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Old 06-19-2019, 02:16 AM
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Yes, I wasn't paying attention, when a ball came and hit me right in the eye socket. I think I was about 8 or 9 at the time.

HYE been the best student in any class?
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Old 06-19-2019, 03:25 AM
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Yes. I had done calligraphy for a number of years, and when I took night courses in graphic design at a community college, one of the courses was "Lettering." It was pretty much Calligraphy 101. The other students had never done proper calligraphy before (broad-edged nib, dip pot of ink, etc.), so they were starting from scratch. I was quite experienced, and ended up getting the best mark in the class.

Have you ever done any kind of artwork for pay?
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Old 06-19-2019, 05:06 AM
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Many, many. I had known Ayn Rand and Keith Hering, and had met Alan Greenspan, Mickey Spillane, Barbra Streisand, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and many others.

Have you ever eaten frog legs?
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Old 06-19-2019, 06:10 AM
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Yes, my grandmother used to fry them up whenever I(or one of my cousins) would gig enough frogs to make it worth her while. I also had them decades later cooked in a fancy frenchified way at a restaurant. Never could stand the taste, but I love just about anything else that swims.

HYE eaten something often/regularly that you don't care for, but said nothing out of politeness?
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Old 06-19-2019, 08:39 AM
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Yes, my sister once made a gawdawful spaghetti with lentils that is now near-legendary in our family. I ate it without complaint, but she could tell I didn't like it.

HYE known someone in seminary?
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Old 06-19-2019, 07:32 PM
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Yes, quite a number of people. I attended a couple of Catholic colleges which had connections or agreements with seminaries and so had seminarians in attendance.

Have you ever visited someone in jail / prison?
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Old 06-20-2019, 01:13 AM
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Many times. As a criminal lawyer, my job kind of involves it.

Have you ever got a speeding ticket?
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Old 06-20-2019, 02:20 AM
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Oh yeah, quite a few... but not recently.

Have you ever known a murderer or a murder victim?
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Old 06-20-2019, 06:30 AM
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Both, unfortunately - one murderer and two victims.

A 18 or 19 year-old guy I worked with about 35 years ago went 'crazy' with high levels of multiple drugs in his system, and stabbed three people to death at a party. I heard he hanged himself in prison a few years later.

One victim was a bartender who was into kinky sex and was murdered while strapped to his bed. The killer was never caught. The other was a friend who was the victim of gay-bashing and was beaten to death with baseball bats wielded by several 'youths' who were seen running from the scene but never identified.

HYE been awarded a scholarship?
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Old 06-20-2019, 10:07 AM
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No, but one of my sons was.

HYE testified in court in a criminal case?
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Old 06-20-2019, 11:13 AM
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Yes, when I saw someone deface a neighbor's house. The defendant interrupted my testimony saying "It never happened like that." AND was found guilty.

Ever get bitten by a stray dog?
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:46 PM
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No, but my neighbour's dog is quite playful, and has bitten me a few times (never seriously) when my neighbour and I have taken him to the park. He's a good dog, just a little excitable when he plays.

Have you ever been bitten by a pet cat?
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Old 06-26-2019, 12:08 AM
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Yes. My late cat Linus was usually a well behaved boy, but on a few occasions he bit me in earnest.

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Old 06-26-2019, 06:25 AM
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I love raw oysters!

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Old 06-27-2019, 11:13 PM
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Not as diagnosed by a medical professional, no; but I have had a few meals that perhaps were not prepared correctly, or used ingredients that were past their "best before" date, and I've met up with the porcelain telephone later.

Have you ever eaten something once, said to yourself, "Never again," and kept to that statement?
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Old 06-28-2019, 03:35 AM
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Yes, haggis. I took one bite and forced myself to swallow it. I then tried vegetarian haggis, made with oatmeal. They managed to duplicate the same vile taste.

Have you ever been arrested?
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Old 07-01-2019, 12:15 AM
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No, but I've advised many who have been. I've taken the phone calls that they have the right to upon arrest, and I have represented them in court--sometimes, within hours of their arrest.

Have you ever been to a pro wrestling match?
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Old 07-01-2019, 02:00 PM
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No, but my elderly grandmother used to go every week. When she couldn't go, she watched them on TV, even in the hospital after she had a stroke.

Have you ever attended a prom, other than your Senior Prom?
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Old 07-01-2019, 03:32 PM
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Yes, a tradition at the college I attended was the "Junior-Senior Prom", which I attended as a Junior.

Have you taken a plane, bus or train trip that lasted over 12 hours?

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Old 07-01-2019, 08:34 PM
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Way back in the late 40s, when I was a toddler, my mom, brother and I took the Greyhound from Cleveland, OH to Miami, FL, to visit our grandparents. This was before the Interstate system was created, and the trip took four days. I honestly don't know how my mom dealt with a 3yo and a 6yo on a bus trip that was 4 days each way.

Have you ever eaten something that was so vile that you had to spit it out? (I don't mean something that had gone "bad".)
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Old 07-02-2019, 01:29 PM
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Yes. It was a bit of a baked potato, actually, on a date. Part of her baked potato, which she said she wasn't going to eat any more of. My imagination filled in the gaps.

Have you ever bought a piece of candy at a restaurant?
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Old 07-03-2019, 12:17 AM
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Yes. Well, maybe not me, but my Dad, for me. When I was a child, Dad and I used to do the weekly grocery shopping (Mom was at home, looking after my baby sister). When we got what we needed at the supermarket, Dad would take me to a local open-kitchen diner, where we would sit at the counter and he would have coffee and I would have a Coke. The diner also sold candy and cigarettes at the cash register, and Dad always got me a treat of some sort (candy always, never cigarettes, of course) when he paid the tab.

Have you ever eaten at the counter at a real North American diner?
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Old 07-03-2019, 04:21 AM
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Yes, quite a few times, mostly on Long Island.

Have you ever vomited from eating too much Halloween candy?
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Old 07-04-2019, 06:24 PM
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My parents told me I had, but I don't remember it.

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Old 07-04-2019, 10:45 PM
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Sort of. I was right next to the Eiffel Tower for the Bastille Day fireworks (Spectacular!). The crowd was incredibly thick, worse than Times Square on New Year's Eve. Some couple had stupidly brought a baby in a carriage. Even though the crowd was very well-behaved, at one point someone lost his balance and landed on the baby carriage. Panic ensued, but it turned out the baby had only a slight bruise on its arm; the carriage was broken.

Have you ever seen a parade and/or fireworks in a foreign (to you) country?
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Old 07-04-2019, 11:08 PM
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Yes. I was vacationing in the UK, and staying with friends in Coventry. We were touring the countryside one day, and happened upon the town of Lichfield in time for the Lichfield Bower. We watched the parade of people and dancers and floats. The floats seemed to be organized by local charities, and were soliciting coins thrown by the crowd, for the charities.

Have you ever been part of a parade?
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:44 AM
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I've been in every Pride parade (or march) since 1971. The early ones were more civil disobedience (tear gas, arrests, etc.) than parades.

When I was a kid, we used to decorate our bikes and ride them in the Memorial Day ("Decoration Day") parade.

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Old 07-09-2019, 12:05 AM
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I did once have to fire my assistant. We worked at a law firm, and my assistant had committed a breach of professional ethics. For obvious reasons, I won't get into details, but I will say that thankfully, nothing untoward came of the matter. Still, somebody who would do what that assistant did, cannot stay around.

Have you ever attended a TV show taping?
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Old 07-09-2019, 03:07 AM
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If being on a TV show that was being taped (and not broadcast live) counts as attending a taping, yes, I have

Have you ever eaten pet food, deliberately or inadvertently?
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:55 AM
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Yes. Any time we change the flavor or brand of dog food we use I sample a piece or two. It's like trying a new cracker without the excess salt. I also used to 'share' sunflower seeds with my cockatiel when I was about 10 years old, but that probably doesn't count.

Prompted by yesterday's fishing - have you ever held a shark in your hands?
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:15 AM
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Yes - if hold an ex-shark (taxidermied and wall mounted for display) counts. I was helping a friend move and six of us were cleaning out his man-cave. He also had a small shark in a gigantic tank but he wouldn't even let us dip a finger in the water.

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Old 07-09-2019, 08:41 AM
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Yes. On March 2nd, wearing a cast on my arm and wanting something easy to fix I used the leftover eggs in the frig. Eggs I had bought for my December 25th B-day. I cooked and ate them. And puked them up, which is not easy to do with a cast on your arm.

Ever deliberately walked through a sprinkler on a hot day?
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Old 07-10-2019, 02:01 AM
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Sure have. Mondays are not busy at the local golf course, so I will often play on Mondays. When the sprinklers are watering the golf course. On hot days, hitting into where the sprinklers are sprinkling is welcome. I get cooled off. Of course, I make sure that my golf bag is well outside their range.

Have you ever had real French champagne?
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Old 07-10-2019, 05:17 AM
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Yes, when my husband and I were actually in Champagne, France. I don't usually drink, so I couldn't tell the difference.

Have you, as an adult, ever butted into a children's game?
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Old 07-10-2019, 08:49 PM
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Never butted into, but asked to take part and been welcomed plenty of times with my boys and, sometimes, their friends.

HYE played Dungeons & Dragons?
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Old 07-10-2019, 11:58 PM
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Oh yeah. For a few years, back in my twenties, every Tuesday evening. It was fun!

Have you ever been to the Smithsonian (any of its museums) in Washington DC?
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Old 07-11-2019, 10:17 AM
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Yes, many times, including just a few weeks ago (the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of American History). I'm a museum junkie.

HYE been to a museum in Moscow?
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Clarification request: Idaho or Russia?
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Clarification request: Idaho or Russia?
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No, but I've been to one in St. Petersburg: the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida.
I also saw an exhibit from Russia's St Petersburg, "Treasures of the Hermitage Museum," at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.


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Old 07-16-2019, 11:50 AM
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Northeast Blackout of 2003 My neighborhood had a block party.

HYE had tickets for an event that was cancelled?
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Yes, the Electric Light Orchestra concert in Cleveland in late October 2001. The whole tour was cancelled due to poor ticket sales, but many of the concerts would probably have been scrubbed anyway after 9-11.

HYE arrived at an event and learned that it started even earlier than scheduled?
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Yes, the Electric Light Orchestra concert in Cleveland in late October 2001. The whole tour was cancelled due to poor ticket sales, but many of the concerts would probably have been scrubbed anyway after 9-11.

HYE arrived at an event and learned that it started even earlier than scheduled?
Christmas party for my Sunday School class. It was rescheduled, but no one called us to tell us. We show up, gifts in hand, and the hostess answered the door saying "We missed you last night!" (We weren't the only ones they didn't bother to tell, and the organizers never bothered to apologize.)

HYE had brain surgery?
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