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Old 04-02-2019, 05:22 AM
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Yes. A musician friend was playing out of town on New Yesr's Eve, and somebody had to drive us all out there. I drew the short straw, so I drove. Well, the boys had a great time drinking beers and shots; I drank Cokes all night, and I was sober as a judge when it came time to drive them home. They all got home safely, as did I.

Have you ever planned on a night of boozing, and taken a taxi, so you don't have to worry about driving?
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Old 04-16-2019, 01:55 PM
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Yes, but with a designated driver instead of a taxi

Have you ever had an argument with a taxi driver or driver of any other hired vehicle? (Uber, car service, limo etc)
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Old 04-16-2019, 03:38 PM
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Yes, once, a mild one, when I thought the cabbie was taking a longer-than-necessary route in Cleveland.

HYE thought of driving a cab, or for Lyft or Uber, yourself?
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Old 04-16-2019, 09:55 PM
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I thought about driving a cab, years ago, when I was doing my undergrad. A friend of mine was doing it, and was making good money. But in the end, I decided against it--those 12-hour night shifts were obviously taking their toll on my friend, and some of the passengers he told me about--no, thanks.

Have you ever won a lottery prize (of any amount)?
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Old 04-16-2019, 10:20 PM
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Yes, if you count scratch offs. Not much. Usually I'm the big loser. I'm so unlucky at those kinda things i won't spend very many dollars on them. I might as well throw the money in the trash. I always post the numbers in the second chance things, so maybe a big win is in my future.

HYE caught a wild bird in your hands? (Yes there's a story)
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:15 PM
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If a wild bird alighting in my hand counts, then yes. When I lived in Calgary, it was a tradition for me to take a walk through the city's Bird Sanctuary on Christmas Day. Although visitors weren't supposed to, I took along some bird seed, and could often entice the black-capped chickadees to my hand. At other times of the year, when I walked through the Bird Sanctuary, I gave them nothing; but it was Christmas, and I felt that the chickadees deserved a Christmas treat.

Have you ever visited a wild animal or bird sanctuary?

(And Beck--what's your story?)
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:09 AM
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Oh, Spoons, your tale is much prettier than mine. I had my French doors opened to the deck yesterday and a little sparrow flew in. The cats went insane. I knew I had to catch it before this little adventure would end in its gruesome murder. It landed on a tall bookshelf. The cats bee-lined to their beam. They were plotting murder. I was thinking of a way to catch or shoo the bird. He flew down to my counter top and landed on the paper towel holder. The cats were on it like a shot, I reached over and just grabbed. I was shocked when I realised it was in my hand. In one very graceful (yeah, right) move I put the bird out the doors and had them shut before kitties followed.
And, I have visited a bird sanctuary in Upper Michigan. I think it was mostly ducks and geese.
HYE petted a big cat?

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Old 04-17-2019, 01:27 AM
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Only if your definition of "big cat" includes my 27-lb. tabby. I once tried to get him to exercise, so I bought a harness (dog-size) and leash, and took him out to the sidewalk. He refused to walk, and as I tugged on the leash he left long nail scratches on the sidewalk. He was embarrassed by the neighbors' laughter.

HYE taught a bird (parrot, etc.) to talk?
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:01 AM
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I've taught our African Grey, Rocco, many dozens of words and phrases. Technically I've taught him to mimic (there are no birds that talk).

HYE had a bird on your shoulder?
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:16 AM
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Yes, several times, parrots and macaws IIRC. None of them pooped on me, fortunately.

HYE had an animal pee or poop on you?
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:07 PM
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Not sure what the above post was all about, so...

Yes, many times. Puppies, kids(goats), most varieties of domestic fowl, parrots, a cockatiel, a conure, many parakeets, many pigeons, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, seagulls, and toads.

And a word to the wise: when admiring the beautiful perfect V-shaped formation of a flock of pelicans, no matter how magnificent the pinkish or golden glow of the sun shining through their wings, do NOT look up when they are directly above you

HYE had to poop and just waded out a little further in the surf to drop trou?
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Old 04-19-2019, 04:03 PM
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Not me, but one of my friends when I was a kid would do that. Naturally, the rest of us got well away.

Have you ever been asked to speak at a graduation ceremony?
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I have the salutatory at my own highschool graduation ceremony.


HYE been so nervous about speaking in public that you threw up?
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:30 PM
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No, but I once was so nervous about singing in public (a duet, "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story) that my hands went numb. At least I didn't lose my voice!

HYE wanted to get rid of a neighborhood animal? (a stray cat has been yowling outside my window the past hour)
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:43 PM
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I once had a neighbor with a dog that barked at all hours of the night. Eventually he moved.

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Old 04-25-2019, 01:42 AM
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In a way, yes. I had a role in a community theatre production of Kiss Me Kate, which is based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.

Have you ever sent back a meal in a restaurant?
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Old 04-25-2019, 04:56 AM
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I returned a carry-out pizza. It was ice-cold and raw.

HYE dropped a carry-out pizza before getting it home?
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Old 04-28-2019, 12:57 AM
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Yes. I was bringing pizza to a park for a kids party. I got 8 large pizzas out of my car and turned around and stumbled over something dropping all the pies. It was a big mess. Have I told you I'm a wreck most days?

HYE stumbled to a big audience and totally embarrassed yourself?
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Old 04-28-2019, 04:00 AM
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Yes, during one of my Gay Men's Chorus concerts, at one point the chorus was to exit off the risers, in the back. Instead of the lights dimming, they went completely out. Total blackness. We were all feeling around, trying to get off the risers, and I stumbled. I said "Oh fuck!" The audience couldn't see me, but some of them heard me.

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Old 04-29-2019, 06:12 PM
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Not in person, but I've seen a few LGBTQ choruses perform on TV.

Have you ever attended a performance of classical music by a symphony orchestra?
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:15 PM
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Yes, dozens of times, I'm a classical music fan and used to live within walking distance of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in NYC, where the NY Philharmonic plays. I've also attended symphony performances at Carnegie Hall and chamber orchestra performances by groups like Tafelmusik in Toronto and Academy of St Martin in the Fields in London.

Have you ever given up on playing a musical instrument?

(I tried to learn to play the guitar but couldn't get my fingers in the right position to hold down the strings firmly and play chords)
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:21 PM
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Yes. My Daddy made us all take piano lessons. All my sibs are fair, one or two are really good. I'm terrible. I can play one song and chop sticks. And that's all. I gave up early, but I plunked away at lessons all thru school.


HYE sang a solo to an audience. (I'm a closet soloist)
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If karaoke counts then yes, many times. My go-to song was DESPERADO by the Eagles although I do have a slightly hazy memory of what I'm told was a non-heinous version of Meatloaf's Bat Out Of Hell. If karaoke doesn't count then I had one time at a school function when we had kind of a "Gong Show"/talent show fundraiser event. The whole idea was to get up and embarrass yourself and,...I succeeded. I don't think I'll ever be forgiven for what I did to Bob Seger's Against the Wind.

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Old 05-10-2019, 01:51 PM
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Yes. We were giving a friend a surprise birthday party. Another friend was carrying in her cake, and she was about to see the cake too soon. I shouted, "Hey (Name), look at this table!" while pointing at an utterly unremarkable table. She stared first at me, then at the table, and the rest of us were able to sing "Happy Birthday" all together.

Have you ever planned a surprise party?
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Old 05-13-2019, 03:55 AM
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To a degree, yes. It was a bachelor party, and the groom thought he was getting plenty of beer, a poker table, and some tired-out porn videos. What he got was a catered affair, with plenty of food provided by the deli counter of a local supermarket, a blackjack table, a roulette wheel, a poker table, a professional comedian who roasted the groom, and a stripper. I was in on the plan, and helped to plan, but the groom was definitely surprised at what we had for him.

Have you ever driven more that 600 miles (1000 km) in a day?
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Have you ever driven more that 600 miles (1000 km) in a day?
My bolding. That should be "than."
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When I was living in Philadelphia, I arranged a job interview in Pittsburgh. I woke up early, drive to Pittsburgh, interviewed, then drove back to Philadelphia. Total miles that day was 640.

HYE driven a truck (bigger than a pickup)?
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Old 05-14-2019, 02:44 AM
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Yes. I learned to drive an 18-wheeler back in the day. Got my license, made a number of runs, then I found a better job. But it was kind of fun to operate the biggest vehicle on the road, and I have many happy memories.

Have you ever played music in a band?
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Old 05-14-2019, 08:30 AM
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I was a flute player in my high school orchestra.

HYE shaken hands with a famous musician?
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Old 05-14-2019, 09:58 AM
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Yes, I met Leonard Bernstein once. He was to conduct the national anthem at a GMHC Barnum & Bailey Circus fundraiser, and I was there to do some graphics work. I also met Beverly Sills once.

HYE shaken hands with a famous politician?
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Old 05-14-2019, 10:02 AM
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Sure. Obama during his 2012 reelection campaign. Got my photo taken with him too. (I had to pay for it, but we both pretended it was real)

HYE met a famous general or admiral?
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Old 05-22-2019, 11:32 PM
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I can't say that I have, but when I was a child, one of our neighbours was an RCAF officer in WWII who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Have you ever won a free game on a pinball machine?
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:01 AM
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Yes, many times. Pinball used to be my go-to way of spending time at a bar when there was no game on the TV. It was also a great way to impress cuties with my wizard-like skill

HYE won cash by playing Bingo?
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Old 05-23-2019, 09:08 AM
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Yes, we won $200, the grand prize, at Bingo night at my kids' school some years ago.

HYE won more than a few dollars in a lottery or raffle?

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When I was living in Philadelphia, I arranged a job interview in Pittsburgh. I woke up early, drive to Pittsburgh, interviewed, then drove back to Philadelphia. Total miles that day was 640.
And, kayaker, did you get the job?

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Old 05-23-2019, 09:19 AM
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And, kayaker, did you get the job?
I was offered the job. I did the Philly-Pittsburgh drive one other time a week or so later and was offered that job as well. I took the second job offer and kept the job for 15 years.
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HYE won more than a few dollars in a lottery or raffle?

Yes. While working at Blockbuster, we had a contest for who could sell the most Rewards cards on a certain day or weekend. The winner would get his first pick of several lottery tickets. I won the contest, picked a card, and won $100 from it. It bought Christmas presents.

Have you ever been asked to leave someone's house, or a public place?
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Old 05-23-2019, 04:27 PM
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Yes, back in college, I used to frequent a burger joint that was a popular student hangout. One night, after I ate, I was playing with what was on the table and started a small contained fire. I was told to leave and never come back.

HYE had a pet that gave birth in an unusual place?

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Old 05-30-2019, 12:48 AM
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Yes, our cat had her 2nd litter on my brother's bed.

HYE been on a trip and found that you lost or forgot something important like your ticket, ID or passport?
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I once went on a five day fishing trip without my fishing and driver's licenses on me. Didn't notice until I got there and changed clothes after a four hour drive. Fortunately I never saw a game warden.

HYE gotten into trouble(ticketed/warned/fined/thrown off a jobsite) for not having the proper documentation, permit or license for what you were doing?
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Old 05-30-2019, 09:06 AM
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Oh, yes. I did construction for 26 years, and it happened several times, usually for a very trivia matter.

HYE been in a tornado?
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:11 PM
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Not a tornado, but something similar known as a microburst. I was driving to a golf game at a course outside of town, and it was pretty obvious our game would be cancelled, as it was raining (it wasn't when I left home) and the sky was quite dark and threatening. But if I could get to the course, I could meet my playing partners, and we could at least have a drink in the bar.

Nope. With a few miles to go, the wind picked up, the rain went sideways, and it became impossible to see. I pulled over to wait it out. My truck weighs three tons, and at one point, I thought it would be blown over. When the storm passed, I continued to the golf course, to meet my playing partners. The course was unplayable, with downed trees and branches. We had all been caught in the microburst, and needed a drink after that.

Have you ever driven in a blizzard?
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Yes, or at least it was a very heavy snowfall. A truck carrying a house zoomed by me.

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Old 05-30-2019, 09:57 PM
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Yes, several times, a couple of moderate ones in Mexico and Japan and a huge one, magnitude 7.7 in the Philippines. I was 80 miles from the epicenter, but it was still really scary.

Have you ever been in a fire?
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Old 06-02-2019, 05:35 AM
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Never been in one, per se, but have certainly been around enough brush burnings to know how dangerous fire can be,

Have you ever driven wayyyy too much over the speed limit?
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Yes, I had just gotten a new car (1976 VW Rabbit), and just to test it, drove over 100 on the Long Island Expressway. It was exhilarating and scary at the same time.

HYE broken a bone, falling while ice skating?
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:31 PM
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Yes. In my younger days, I was a figure skater. Some years after I stopped skating, my girlfriend want to go skating on a date. So we did. I found out the hard way that if you don't practice figure skating often, you won't be able to do it years later. I ended up falling, breaking an elbow in the process.

Have you ever broken a bone while participating in any sport?
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This is coming dangerously close to falling off the first page, so I'll answer:

No, but I did experience some moderate knee pain while playing basketball, and it was diagnosed as Osgood-Schlatter Disease. The doctor was funny, though annoying at the time: "If it hurts to jump, don't jump; if you jump anyway and it hurts, don't come bitching to me."

Eh, I was a terrible basketball player anyway, particularly by Indiana standards.

Have you ever gone to a movie theater and not seen the movie you were intending to? (Either deliberately or due to happenstance?)
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Yes-Night before getting shipped to San Antonio for basic training I went out to see Mahogany and somehow ended up in the theater showing Jaws.

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Yes-Night before getting shipped to San Antonio for basic training I went out to see Mahogany and somehow ended up in the theater showing Jaws.
Not in play: Very appropriate in a way, since the repeated line in "Theme From Mahogany" is "Do You Know Where You're Going To?"

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No, I have not ever caught a foul ball or homer at a major league game, although I've had some fall very near me.

HYE been hit by a ball as a spectator at a baseball game?
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