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Title: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 06, 2009, 08:48:51 PM
Follow my lead and let us know five (interesting?) things we don't know about you.

Here's mine:

1. I went to University with Farrah Fawcett, and she came to my apartment once to see a roommate of mine with whom she had attended high school.  They were working on an art project together.

2. I have a hearing deficiency, but it's manageable.

3. I'm on a quest to visit all the US national parks.

4. I couldn't read until I was 9 years old.

5. I have traveled extensively or lived on every continent.

Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 06, 2009, 09:44:02 PM
1) I was in a few minutes worth of a pre-fight video package that aired before my trainers title fight in the WEC a few years ago.

2) I once fell off the back of a moving, as in a moving company, trailer and into a garbage pit

3) I wrestled the same kid four years in a row in the state quarterfinals for wrestling, lost all four times and he went on to win the state title all four years

4) I went to jail for a short amount of time when I was 19 for assaulting a 40 year old guy who lived on my street and threw rocks at my then 9 year old brother as he walked by his house

5) I finished third in the 1999 state history decathlon (why they called it a decathlon when it was only one event I don't know) and I lost because of a question involving Canada, damn you Canada

Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on October 06, 2009, 09:53:59 PM
1. I am a Mennonite pastor, although I grew up without any religion and had never heard of Mennonites 15 years ago.

2. I used to regularly make 15 hour trips between Orange County, CA and Portland Oregon, and once I drove from Los Angeles to St. Paul in 30 hours straight.

3.  I only drink water or tea, so I am literally a "teatotaler".  And whether iced or hot, I only like my tea brewed-- instant is really gross!

4. A six month trip to India and Bangladesh in 1985 opened my eyes to poverty and I have been working with, supporting and assisting the poor ever since.

5. My wife and I have been married for twenty years and neither she nor I have ever dated anyone else.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on October 06, 2009, 09:56:18 PM
5. I became the morning announcer at my middle school because my CAPT teacher heard me yelling before class. She wanted somebody who could project and I guess I could.

4. (a few of you may know this one already...) I was the voice of God in one of my youth fellowship Sunday church services. I channeled a bit of James Earl Jones to get the full deepness.

3. I went to the state supreme court (or something like that) with my fifth grade choir class to perform for a group of people who were becoming US citizens.

2. I only eat PB&J or grilled cheese for dinner. And lunch. And breakfast. Just kidding, I don't eat breakfast.

1. I job shadowed with a semi-famous painter by mistake. Was told he was a photographer by the school. We bought disposable cameras and walked around Hartford instead of doing other, possibly more "important" job shadow-y things.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 06, 2009, 10:42:07 PM
5) I've had sex with a famous person (I am not going to say who).
Pretty please.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: StarCarly on October 06, 2009, 11:24:12 PM
5) I've had sex with a famous person (I am not going to say who).
Pretty please.

Seriously, please.
Also, this is by far my favorite thread ever.

My 5:

1. I attended the same high school as Ron Livingston. One of the most memorable moments of my life was when he came to a high school basketball game I was cheering at. Not only did we make eye contact while I was in a stunt, but my family and I saw his butt crack.

2. I was born on Hitler's 100th birthday.

3. I hold the record at my high school for most FBLA conference trophies won in one year.

4. My dad is the captain of police in my hometown, and he is retiring in November.

5. As long as I can remember I've decorated everything possible with stars. My walls, doodling on papers, every piece of jewelry I wear, my tattoo, and my screen names.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on October 06, 2009, 11:38:25 PM
3. I'm on a quest to visit all the US national parks.

Very cool! On a related note, are you aware that this exists (http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/38522/national-parks-americas-best-idea-the/)? And if so, have you seen it? It sounds INCREDIBLE!
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on October 07, 2009, 12:19:41 AM
3. I'm on a quest to visit all the US national parks.

Very cool!

I have soooooooo wanted to do this.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on October 07, 2009, 12:25:29 AM
1. Before I dropped everything and moved to Winnipeg to day trade and I was apprenticing to be an auto mechanic.

2. I used to ride this. These days I don't have a car, motorcycle, or even a valid driver's license (I think I'm becoming more practical as I get older). I just walk or cab to get around now.
(http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/Gallery%20%20A/Yamaha%20XJ550%20Maxim%20%201.jpg)

3. I recently went through the process of getting a gun license. My buddy is a gun lover and convinced me (a guy who saw no point in anybody owning a gun these days) that I had nothing to lose by getting a license. He also said he'd sell me his Winchester... so I caved. I have no use for the damn thing lest zombies attack. Still though, when I hold it I can pretend I'm in a western. In that way, it's kinda worth it.

4. I've never thrown a punch at anyone or been in a real fight.

5. I used to be allergic to chocolate.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: 1SO on October 07, 2009, 12:47:33 AM
1. I'm adopted.  I was raised in an Italian Catholic house, but learned only a couple of years ago that my birth parents were Jewish.

2. I was convicted of Grand Theft after I was caught stealing from my job at Universal Studios Florida.  The punishment (2 days in jail and 3 months on house arrest) actually was light considering the thousands I stole.  But I did learn my lesson and I've walked an honest path ever since.

3. My wife is Autistic, which required a major lifestyle change from me if we're to work as a couple. (Like, no alcohol and attending very few social events).  But she's Lovely and Amazing and well worth the changes.

4. People find it weird that I made the choice to not lose my virginity until I wanted to.  I could've lost it at 15, but seriously... how bad would that have been.  (This decision definitely cost me some girlfriends in high school).  My first encounter was at 18, and my 2nd time was not until I was 22.  I didn't find a partner who I enjoyed being with multiple times until I was 28.  (She was 36.)  Like I said, it reads as strange but I can think of a few women I'm really glad I didn't sleep with.

5. In high school I would print a weekly 2-page movie review column, with a fresh review, a list of the Top 5 films now playing and a list of films to avoid.  It would be available in the School library.  When I moved to L.A. I got a side job as a film critic.  Subscribers included Development Executives and studio personal.  (And a famous Oscar-winning director.  I'm not going to say who... but Basil and Adam definitely know his work.)  I also co-hosted a local television show entitled "Films in Focus".  When I heard about podcasting, I saw it as an opportunity to continue working as a film analyst.  Then I discovered a little show called "Filmspotting", and that dream came to an abrupt end.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Holly Harry on October 07, 2009, 12:52:47 AM
When I moved to L.A. I got a side job as a film critic.  Subscribers included Development Executives and studio personal.  (And a famous Oscar-winning director.  I'm not going to say who... but Basil and Adam definitely know his work.) 

If you don't mind me asking, how did you find this out?
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: 1SO on October 07, 2009, 01:11:44 AM
When I moved to L.A. I got a side job as a film critic.  Subscribers included Development Executives and studio personal.  (And a famous Oscar-winning director.  I'm not going to say who... but Basil and Adam definitely know his work.)

If you don't mind me asking, how did you find this out?
My review emails started out going to just a handful of people in the business. They would forward my posts to others.  I would receive replies from people asking to be included on my address list.  Stacey Sher was one of the people who ended up on my direct mailing list after she read my review of Out of Sight.  Sometime during the filming of The Limey, She sent me an email offhandedly mentioning that she forwards my reviews onto Steven.

My reaction...  :o
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Basil on October 07, 2009, 01:15:54 AM
Glad you got to him before he stopped paying attention to critics!  :)

Pretty cool stories all around.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on October 07, 2009, 09:18:25 AM
1. I have needed eye glasses since I was in the third grade.

2. My goal/dream is to travel the world and see as much of it as possible. I intend to do this once the kids are all graduated by teaching English in as many countries as possible. I already have my TEFL certificate and did some student teaching in Prague in 2005.

3. My brother and I both waited on George Clooney in the same year in 2 different restaurants in 2 different cities (Chicago and New York). He is very cool and easy going.

4. I started reading The Lord Of The Rings trilogy in 4th grade and have read it nearly year until I was in my mid-20s'. Now I go a few years in between reads.

5. I once lived a high flying and criminal lifestyle. I had to lose everything, move across the country to Phoenix and back in with my parents (at 38) before I straightened my life out. I walked away from the life and serious drug addiction and never looked back. It was the hardest thing I have ever done but now, I also know I can do whatever I set my mind to.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 07, 2009, 09:54:20 AM
5) I've had sex with a famous person (I am not going to say who).
Pretty please.

Clovis, aren't you from Manitoba or some silly place like that? The only famous person to come out of there is Nathan Fillion. That said, if it is Fillion then I am quite jealous.

 ;)
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 07, 2009, 09:56:39 AM
Manitoba or some silly place like that
Watch it, vermin boy.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 07, 2009, 10:01:20 AM
Manitoba or some silly place like that
Watch it, vermin boy.

You should know by now that I love Canada dearly, but I love to make fun of nearly every province and region. The only one that probably gets crapped on deservedly is Quebec. Also, as an Ontarian, Albera can suck it.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 07, 2009, 10:33:52 AM
Manitoba or some silly place like that
Watch it, vermin boy.

You should know by now that I love Canada dearly, but I love to make fun of nearly every province and region. The only one that probably gets crapped on deservedly is Quebec. Also, as an Ontarian, Albera can suck it.

All I need to say to that is LOL Maple Leafs!
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on October 07, 2009, 10:37:17 AM
Fillion is from Alberta.  And if it IS him, add me to the jealous list.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on October 07, 2009, 10:39:27 AM
Martin--wow.  That's pretty amazing.  People who have been in that life up to that age generally don't pull out of the spiral.  I'm impressed.  How old are the kids who need to graduate?

Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 07, 2009, 10:41:46 AM
Manitoba or some silly place like that
Watch it, vermin boy.

You should know by now that I love Canada dearly, but I love to make fun of nearly every province and region. The only one that probably gets crapped on deservedly is Quebec. Also, as an Ontarian, Albera can suck it.

All I need to say to that is LOL Maple Leafs!

I mostly don't care about the Leafs. They're a lost cause. At TIFF before each movie they played a vintage piece of film featuring Toronto. One of the ones played was of the 1967 Leafs Stanley Cup parade. I'll admit to feeling sad every time I saw it.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on October 07, 2009, 10:53:08 AM
5.  My first presidential election vote was in 1984.  I voted for Reagan.  *blush*

4.  I've been hit with a bullwhip, but it wasn't the most painful thing I've ever been hit with.

3.  I used to have my left nipple pierced, but after an unfortunate incident involving my jewelry and my partner's jewelry entangling during an intimate moment, it grew out.  I always meant to get it done again but then I went into law enforcement and hey, the less things to grab during a fight, the better off I am.

2.  I once arrested a man on a sergeant's orders for basically pissing off the police.  I charged him with disorderly conduct.  I knew it wasn't right at the time but I also knew that I would be in deep doo-doo if I disregarded a direct order from a supervisor.  I felt sick to my stomach about doing it and I still do when I remember it.  I deliberately didn't show up on the court date so the case would be dismissed.

1.  I find transmen (FTM transsexual people) incredibly hot but I go terribly shy when I'm around any that I'm attracted to.  I've figured out flirting with men and with women, but this is still a mystery to me.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: 1SO on October 07, 2009, 11:04:29 AM
Colleen, when you're ready to sell the rights to your life story, message me.  Your list would certainly maintain interest if you told the really long version, and it sounds like you have a couple of dozen more equally fascinating stories in your biography. 
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on October 07, 2009, 11:07:56 AM
LOL.  It's funny to me because my everyday life is so boring most of the time.  Work, home, eat, dogs, internets, sleep.  I mean, some days I open the "What I Learned Today" thread and have nothing to write because I didn't do or learn anything new that day at all.

Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: alexarch on October 07, 2009, 12:22:30 PM
5. I can imagine loving a woman and enjoying sex with her. My few experiences with women have shown me that I would enjoy the sex.

4. I once knew how to solve a Rubick's cube without consulting a book, though the skill came from a book. No, it didn't involve taking apart the cube or rearranging the stickers.

3. I can't bear to buy off–brands. They are dirty to me.

2. I spend a lot of my interior life getting into imaginary fights with people.

1. I have used household object for purposes for which they were not intended, washed them thoroughly, and used them for their intended purposes with guests.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on October 07, 2009, 12:41:06 PM

1. I have used household object for purposes for which they were not intended, washed them thoroughly, and used them for their intended purposes with guests.

Awesome.  If I ever get to visit you I will be speculating about every object I see.

Reminds me of when a online friend, who knew Jan, me and our next door neighbors via our various online diaries (all, alas, now defunct) came to visit.  Those diaries contained a great deal of sexblogging so all the readers were familiar with Deb and Joan's attic/dungeon/den of sin and crafts.  This person asked for a tour of the attic and we took her up there.  She was pointing at everything and asking "What's that for?  What is that?" and we were like, "That's a baseball.  For playing baseball." "That's a can of silicone spray for lubricating the weight machine."   The attic had such a reputation that everything up there looked like a potential sex object to her.  It was funny.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 07, 2009, 12:51:53 PM

1. I have used household object for purposes for which they were not intended, washed them thoroughly, and used them for their intended purposes with guests.

Awesome.  If I ever get to visit you I will be speculating about every object I see.

Reminds me of when a online friend, who knew Jan, me and our next door neighbors via our various online diaries (all, alas, now defunct) came to visit.  Those diaries contained a great deal of sexblogging so all the readers were familiar with Deb and Joan's attic/dungeon/den of sin and crafts.  This person asked for a tour of the attic and we took her up there.  She was pointing at everything and asking "What's that for?  What is that?" and we were like, "That's a baseball.  For playing baseball." "That's a can of silicone spray for lubricating the weight machine."   The attic had such a reputation that everything up there looked like a potential sex object to her.  It was funny.

Awesome! It's so fun when sexual newbies learn new stuff. On a recent Dan Savage podcast someone actually called in because they could not understand how gay sex worked! People know so very little about sex.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on October 07, 2009, 12:57:33 PM
Martin--wow.  That's pretty amazing.  People who have been in that life up to that age generally don't pull out of the spiral.  I'm impressed.  How old are the kids who need to graduate?

I didn't start until I was 32 and it was only supposed to be for the summer and in the clubs. I ended up staying and doing a few "circuit parties" for 5, almost 6 yrs. I can say that I never committed an act of violence on anyone during that period, or owned a weapon as well. I was a bartender/waiter for most of my working life until that point. I do realize how lucky I am as I just found out yet another of my "associates" from that time is dead only yesterday. He was actually a pretty good friend that I knew as a civilian and he found himself in over his head.

As for the kids - the youngest is in second grade and the oldest is in 8th. I would have actually loved to bring them along and have them spend some of their childhood in Europe or Asia but their parents split custody and Dad is not going to let them leave.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on October 07, 2009, 01:23:24 PM
I was a masked wrestler for a few years on an independent circuit and I wrote for an indie masked wrestling magazine.

I was a volunteer scuba diver for the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific here in California. Feeding the fish, being bullied by sharks and cleaning the exhibits.

I worked as a body piercer for almost three years. I have had 16 piercings at one time and a surgical stainless steel heart shaped chest implant which I removed for wrestling.

I would eat just about everything with my hands if it didn’t get me evil looks from so many people.

I think the way I want to live my personal life would be looked down upon by many modern progressive women.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: 1SO on October 07, 2009, 01:24:34 PM
2. I spend a lot of my interior life getting into imaginary fights with people.

You just broke the first 2 rules of Imaginary Fight Club.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 07, 2009, 01:37:50 PM

1. I have used household object for purposes for which they were not intended, washed them thoroughly, and used them for their intended purposes with guests.

Awesome.  If I ever get to visit you I will be speculating about every object I see.

Reminds me of when a online friend, who knew Jan, me and our next door neighbors via our various online diaries (all, alas, now defunct) came to visit.  Those diaries contained a great deal of sexblogging so all the readers were familiar with Deb and Joan's attic/dungeon/den of sin and crafts.  This person asked for a tour of the attic and we took her up there.  She was pointing at everything and asking "What's that for?  What is that?" and we were like, "That's a baseball.  For playing baseball." "That's a can of silicone spray for lubricating the weight machine."   The attic had such a reputation that everything up there looked like a potential sex object to her.  It was funny.

Well, That was strange.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 07, 2009, 02:36:50 PM
Manitoba or some silly place like that
Watch it, vermin boy.
You should know by now that I love Canada dearly, but I love to make fun of nearly every province and region.
I know, just playing along.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 07, 2009, 04:50:01 PM
5.  My first presidential election vote was in 1984.  I voted for Reagan.  *blush*
He was the last president that had a pair so I don't know why you feel embarrassed about that.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on October 07, 2009, 06:12:45 PM
Reagan sucked - he allowed the AIDS epidemic to rage on unchecked. His pair was not big enough to allow him to step for the gay community.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 07, 2009, 06:31:55 PM
Reagan sucked - he allowed the AIDS epidemic to rage on unchecked. His pair was not big enough to allow him to step for the gay community.

The current state of Reagan love is historical revisionism at its best (or I guess I mean worst).
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 07, 2009, 06:45:05 PM
The current state of Reagan love is historical revisionism at its best (or I guess I mean worst).
The right remember him fondly because he united foreign policy neo-cons, market liberals/deficit hawks, and the moral majority...and electorally he was really CINECAST!ing popular. I'm not a fan (at all), but I wouldn't call it revisionism, from that agenda's perspective, he was a great success. And also, be it accurate or not, he gets to take credit for ending the Cold War.

He was the last president that had a pair so I don't know why you feel embarrassed about that.
Not sure what that means, but I'm pretty sure I disagree.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: roujin on October 07, 2009, 06:47:28 PM
I think he's suggesting that every president after him had vaginas. That's how I'm reading it.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 07, 2009, 06:48:52 PM
Now I get it.  :D
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 07, 2009, 06:51:48 PM
I think he's suggesting that every president after him had vaginas. That's how I'm reading it.

They could be transsexuals also.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: roujin on October 07, 2009, 06:52:53 PM
Very interesting claim, sammy.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on October 07, 2009, 08:27:35 PM
Reagan sucked - he allowed the AIDS epidemic to rage on unchecked. His pair was not big enough to allow him to step for the gay community.

The current state of Reagan love is historical revisionism at its best (or I guess I mean worst).

Under Reagan, homelessness increased and it has continued doing so to the present time.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 07, 2009, 10:10:54 PM
5. I was sexually assaulted by a friend of mine when I was a teenager. Because of this, I was afraid to have sex until I was 20.

4. Multiple friends of mine went to jail for and/or died of narcotics before I had ever tried pot for the first time (my parents smoked my whole young life too, so you can't blame their influence).

3. I briefly worked as a mime (no makeup, not french tradition), but was fired because my pantomimes were "unintelligible". Same complaint occurs in charades.

2. I've been bulimic since I was 12.

1. I've been detained three times (not in years colleen, I swear) for jail time offenses and talked my way out of it with the cop each time.

Sorry, looking back most of those weren't much fun. I'll in a freebie: I graduated high school six months early.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 07, 2009, 10:18:33 PM
Who knew Filmspotters were all outlaws. I am the only person here who has never been in trouble with the law! :D
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 07, 2009, 10:19:46 PM
Who knew Filmspotters were all outlaws. I am the only person here who has never been in trouble with the law! :D

I've never been in trouble with the law. In fact, I'm generally pretty vanilla, which is why I have nothing to contribute. Also, I haven't been fortunate enough to sleep with Nathan Fillion and then not tell people it was Nathan Fillion I slept with.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: StarCarly on October 07, 2009, 10:26:14 PM
Who knew Filmspotters were all outlaws. I am the only person here who has never been in trouble with the law! :D

Me neither! I've never even been pulled over.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 07, 2009, 10:26:51 PM
Don't blame me, blame my milieu.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on October 07, 2009, 11:02:55 PM
In fact, I'm generally pretty vanilla, which is why I have nothing to contribute.

this is the same with me...I have been thinking for days and haven't come up with one interesting thing yet
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 07, 2009, 11:04:49 PM
In fact, I'm generally pretty vanilla, which is why I have nothing to contribute.

this is the same with me...I have been thinking for days and haven't come up with one interesting thing yet

Lies. Everyone is interesting.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on October 07, 2009, 11:10:23 PM
In fact, I'm generally pretty vanilla, which is why I have nothing to contribute.

this is the same with me...I have been thinking for days and haven't come up with one interesting thing yet

Lies. Everyone is interesting.

don't worry...i'm still thinking
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 07, 2009, 11:42:17 PM
In fact, I'm generally pretty vanilla, which is why I have nothing to contribute.

this is the same with me...I have been thinking for days and haven't come up with one interesting thing yet

Lies. Everyone is interesting.

Oh, I know I'm interesting  ;). I just don't feel I have many particularly interesting details. It's more a collective thing. A personality thing. But I'll give it a go anyway.

1. I lived for two and a half years in Ankara, Turkey from beginning of '96 to mid-'98. While living there I went to a Department of Defense school called George C. Marshall. It was situated on a former American military base, and most all my friends were American, though the school was filled with many other nationalities due to all the children of parents who worked at the various embassies. I barely know a word of Turkish. I tend to believe that the constant watching Disney/other VHS movies brought from Canada were what eventually led me to my love of film.

2. I have had quite extensive dental work done over my relatively short life. While living in Turkey I had surgery done on my right incisor. That tooth was, in fact, two teeth. It was the incisor, plus an extra tooth which had grown fused to the main tooth. I had the "teeth" split apart, with the extra one removed, and a root canal done to let the one tooth live on its own.

I then wore braces for about a year to correct the location of that tooth. After not wearing braces for a couple years, it was decided that I needed full and proper orthodontic work done. This involved the pulling of four teeth to make more room, as well as the realization that the previous root canal had been botched and had become infected. Another root canal was done, which effectively rendered the tooth dead. i then wore braces for nearly 5 years before getting them taken off.

Now, a number of years after getting the braces out, it came time to see what should be done about that dead, unsightly incisor. My dentist figured all it would need was a crown, but he sent me to a consultation today to find out for sure that the tooth could support veneering. As it turns out, not only is the tooth incapable of supporting a crown, but the tooth, close to the bone, has remained infected. The tooth needs to be removed as soon as possible, which will require a bovine bone graft. I have that surgery, which will require full sedation (my first time, cool!) scheduled for November 4th, and hopefully, six months down the line, the graft will have set effectively and I will be able to have a dental implant. If not, then I will be stuck with either forms of bridges or dentures. Yay!

3. I once wrote a 140-page screenplay for an adaptation of the Monkey Island series. I later trimmed it down to 100 pages. It was mostly an adaptation of the third game in the series, but with a lot taken from the first game as a means of introduction to the world of Monkey Island. Unfortunately, I lost the only copy of that script when I forgot to copy it from the hard drive of my old computer, and then my dad threw that computer away. If you search online you should be able to find a much earlier, and much worse attempt at adapting the first game practically scene-for-scene. It shouldn't be very long, and it's obviously incomplete, but it's there somewhere.

4. In high school I mostly coasted right through, until grade 12 when that "coasting" was causing me to nearly fail. As a result I did not get into university and had to take an extra year. It sucked.

5. I always wear a watch. I never take it off. Never. I feel naked without my watch, and in my opinion it is the most important thing I own.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: StarCarly on October 07, 2009, 11:47:05 PM






The tooth needs to be removed as soon as possible, which will require a bovine bone graft. I have that surgery, which will require full sedation (my first time, cool!) scheduled for November 4th, and hopefully, six months down the line, the graft will have set effectively and I will be able to have a dental implant. If not, then I will be stuck with either forms of bridges or dentures. Yay!


I have a dental implant too.  Mine is in the back of my mouth, so it isn't visible when I smile. It hurts waaaaay less than a root canal, so don't worry!
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 08, 2009, 12:27:51 AM






The tooth needs to be removed as soon as possible, which will require a bovine bone graft. I have that surgery, which will require full sedation (my first time, cool!) scheduled for November 4th, and hopefully, six months down the line, the graft will have set effectively and I will be able to have a dental implant. If not, then I will be stuck with either forms of bridges or dentures. Yay!


I have a dental implant too.  Mine is in the back of my mouth, so it isn't visible when I smile. It hurts waaaaay less than a root canal, so don't worry!
Root canal and fake front tooth here as well!
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on October 08, 2009, 12:33:44 AM
5.  My first presidential election vote was in 1984.  I voted for Reagan.  *blush*
He was the last president that had a pair so I don't know why you feel embarrassed about that.

After tangling with religion in the other thread I'm going to let that one lie.  I'll simply say that I voted for him because my parents were Republican and therefore I was Republican, just like they were white Irish-American Catholics and therefore so was I, and I knew nothing beyond that yet.  No matter who I would have voted for under those conditions, it is embarrassing to have voted knowing so little.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on October 08, 2009, 12:37:11 AM
I was a masked wrestler for a few years on an independent circuit and I wrote for an indie masked wrestling magazine.

I was a volunteer scuba diver for the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific here in California. Feeding the fish, being bullied by sharks and cleaning the exhibits.

I worked as a body piercer for almost three years. I have had 16 piercings at one time and a surgical stainless steel heart shaped chest implant which I removed for wrestling.

I would eat just about everything with my hands if it didn’t get me evil looks from so many people.

I think the way I want to live my personal life would be looked down upon by many modern progressive women.



Not sure what you mean by the last one but I'm hella impressed with the stuff you've done so far.  That is one interesting list.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on October 08, 2009, 12:39:28 AM
In fact, I'm generally pretty vanilla, which is why I have nothing to contribute.

this is the same with me...I have been thinking for days and haven't come up with one interesting thing yet

Lies. Everyone is interesting.

I was going to say the same thing.  I am fascinated by people and what they get passionate about and why they do what they do. 
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on October 08, 2009, 01:57:11 AM
Ima gonna challenge myself to post in this thread.

pixote
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: roujin on October 08, 2009, 06:02:57 AM
I'd like to see you try.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: duder on October 08, 2009, 06:14:17 AM
I'd like to see you try.

I'd like to see you try.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: roujin on October 08, 2009, 06:30:22 AM
What are you looking for out there, duder? Tell us!
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on October 08, 2009, 07:21:07 AM
5. I always wear a watch. I never take it off. Never. I feel naked without my watch, and in my opinion it is the most important thing I own.
Your father's golden watch?  ;)
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: alexarch on October 08, 2009, 08:50:49 AM
5. I was sexually assaulted by a friend of mine when I was a teenager. Because of this, I was afraid to have sex until I was 20.

4. Multiple friends of mine went to jail for and/or died of narcotics before I had ever tried pot for the first time (my parents smoked my whole young life too, so you can't blame their influence).

3. I briefly worked as a mime (no makeup, not french tradition), but was fired because my pantomimes were "unintelligible". Same complaint occurs in charades.

2. I've been bulimic since I was 12.

1. I've been detained three times (not in years colleen, I swear) for jail time offenses and talked my way out of it with the cop each time.

Sorry, looking back most of those weren't much fun. I'll in a freebie: I graduated high school six months early.
Wow, face. I feel for you. I can't imagine.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 08, 2009, 08:58:35 AM
I felt I had to change the name of this thread from (interesting?) to fascinating in light of your posts here.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 08, 2009, 10:12:38 AM
5. I always wear a watch. I never take it off. Never. I feel naked without my watch, and in my opinion it is the most important thing I own.
Your father's golden watch?  ;)

He hid it in his ass for years while he was a POW.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Basil on October 08, 2009, 10:18:46 AM
I think I've already shared the most interesting thing about myself...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on October 08, 2009, 10:23:03 AM
In fact, I'm generally pretty vanilla, which is why I have nothing to contribute.

this is the same with me...I have been thinking for days and haven't come up with one interesting thing yet

Lies. Everyone is interesting.

Agreed...scandalous does not equal interesting..in some cirlces I used to run in...my "interesting" tidbits would be yawned at.

BTW: 7000 posts!

Also - thank you to everyone who posted - it's always a brave thing when you step out from behind the anonimity of the internets.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on October 08, 2009, 10:35:07 AM
BTW: 7000 posts!

Way to go!
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 08, 2009, 10:56:29 AM
5. I was sexually assaulted by a friend of mine when I was a teenager. Because of this, I was afraid to have sex until I was 20.

4. Multiple friends of mine went to jail for and/or died of narcotics before I had ever tried pot for the first time (my parents smoked my whole young life too, so you can't blame their influence).

3. I briefly worked as a mime (no makeup, not french tradition), but was fired because my pantomimes were "unintelligible". Same complaint occurs in charades.

2. I've been bulimic since I was 12.

1. I've been detained three times (not in years colleen, I swear) for jail time offenses and talked my way out of it with the cop each time.

Sorry, looking back most of those weren't much fun. I'll in a freebie: I graduated high school six months early.
Wow, face. I feel for you. I can't imagine.
It's not as bad as it sounds, seriously. Except the mime stuff, that was just as bad.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: winrit on October 08, 2009, 11:22:40 AM
Here we go:

1. I have a disorder where I pass out if I stand up too long. No standing-room-only concerts for me. BTW I forgot to tell my boyfriend about this and he got a little freaked out when I nearly blacked out at his birthday party.

2. I was regularly sick until the second grade. This was a constant phenomenon until I got my tonsils out. I was never sick after that. My siblings had their tonsils removed at birth thanks to lessons learned from me. Fortunately for me this whole thing lead to a love of school. I couldn't go to school for most of kindergarten and 1st and 2nd grade because I was too sick. I was so jealous of all the well people who were going to school. After I got better I had perfect attendance every day since.

3. My two front teeth are fake. I used to have a space between my two front teeth. Later when I broke one of my front teeth off in an accident, they decided to fix the gap and the broken tooth at the same time.

4. I kissed a girl on my 21st birthday while my boyfriend was waiting outside for me.

5. I performed in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Texas, on national television, in a white leotard and a cowboy hat adorned with gold sequins.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 08, 2009, 11:43:04 AM
Man, everybody busts their teeth in here.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Melvil on October 08, 2009, 01:09:40 PM
Staying on topic, teeth terrify me. I used to have frequent nightmares about them falling out, and I swear it caused me physical pain. When I went to get my wisdom teeth removed I had to reschedule because I made it into the operating room and passed out.

I met Kenny Baker in a public bathroom once. It was awkward and awesome.

I was homeschooled / self-taught for a large part of my education, and it was probably the best thing that could've been done for me at the time. It also lead to...

My brother and I started working in computer service on the side during high school. We incorporated when I was 16, and it remains our full time jobs.

My little sister was adopted from Guatemala when she was 5. She's now 14 and baked me a cake for no reason yesterday, proving that she is awesome.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on October 08, 2009, 01:13:02 PM
My little sister was adopted from Guatemala when she was 5. She's now 14 and baked me a cake for no reason yesterday, proving that she is awesome.

This is the best thing I've heard all day  :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: alexarch on October 08, 2009, 01:23:56 PM
I met Kenny Baker in a public bathroom once. It was awkward and awesome.
R2D2 or the blue–grass singer? (Wikipedia tells me there is such a person.)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 08, 2009, 01:27:18 PM
Man, everybody busts their teeth in here.

I didn't mention it in my list but I have a degenerative tooth disease. It doesn't matter how much I take care of my teeth or how diligent I am in brushing, washing and flossing them they will all rot and fall out eventually. I've already had four of them pulled and have a bunch that should probably be pulled right now.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 08, 2009, 01:36:04 PM
Hmmmm....16 years old and not a great memory of pre Ireland life but, I'll give this a shot:

When I was four, my little brother died from a rare disease whose name I can't remember(The disease, my brother was Finlay). he was 2.

I don;t know if I mentioned this, but I lived in Boston until I was thirteen, when we moved to Dublin. I've been here three years.

I'll add more when I think of them.

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 1SO on October 08, 2009, 01:59:22 PM
5. I performed in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas Texas, on national television, in a white leotard and a cowboy hat adorned with gold sequins.
Please tell me there's a screenshot somewhere.

I met Kenny Baker in a public bathroom once. It was awkward and awesome.
I was at the Hurt locker premiere and ended up in the restroom line right behind James Cameron.  We peed side by side, and it was also both awkward and awesome.  I didn't even tell anyone because I didn't know how it would be taken.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on October 08, 2009, 02:00:44 PM
1. I broke my arm in a tobogganing accident when I was 10ish. I went flying over the snow bank that was supposed to be the end of the run. I'm told that everyone at the top of the hill said "whooaaaaahhhhhh!" and that I got a good 10 or 12 feet of air. I was knocked out so I have no idea. Unfortunately nobody caught it on video.

2. I made an entire chess set from a maple that fell down in the back yard of the house I grew up in. Pieces and all. It's one of my favourite mementos.

3. When I was young a horse stepped on my foot. It hurt less than I expected, but scared the hell out off me! Being just a kid I think I was expecting my foot to have been flattened like a pancake (cartoon style).

4. My family had a small sailboat when we were growing up. One time we got caught in a bad storm. 2meter waves were hitting us broadside and we nearly capsized. It was exciting, but mostly terrifying. What's funny about it in retrospect is that we just happened to bring a cousin along on this trip. It was her first time on a boat.  :D

5. I reupholstered my first car. Bought some fabric, borrowed mom's sewing machine and got crackin'. It turned out really well too! I must say, I did a pretty pro job of it. A combination of black vinyl, black fabric and red stitching. I wish I had pictures! It was an interesting learning experience.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 08, 2009, 02:01:24 PM
I met Kenny Baker in a public bathroom once. It was awkward and awesome.
I was at the Hurt locker premiere and ended up in the restroom line right behind James Cameron.  We peed side by side, and it was also both awkward and awesome.  I didn't even tell anyone because I didn't know how it would be taken.

That is both strange and emmensly awesome at the same time. Did you talk to him(While in the line, not while peeing side by side)?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on October 08, 2009, 02:18:01 PM
Man, everybody busts their teeth in here.

I haven't.  Yet. 

Now I've probably guaranteed that today I get into a fight or wreck that busts them.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on October 08, 2009, 02:21:04 PM
I was a masked wrestler for a few years on an independent circuit and I wrote for an indie masked wrestling magazine.

I was a volunteer scuba diver for the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific here in California. Feeding the fish, being bullied by sharks and cleaning the exhibits.

I worked as a body piercer for almost three years. I have had 16 piercings at one time and a surgical stainless steel heart shaped chest implant which I removed for wrestling.

I would eat just about everything with my hands if it didn’t get me evil looks from so many people.

I think the way I want to live my personal life would be looked down upon by many modern progressive women.



Not sure what you mean by the last one but I'm hella impressed with the stuff you've done so far.  That is one interesting list.

Thank you. My personal life - well... I have really traditional views about what the role of a woman (that woman being me) should be. I think those all stem from my hyper sexual submissive side. It makes me happy but I know this idea makes some uncomfortable and they look down on me for going against "their fight for women's lib". I happen to not find that movement the best for me personally but I'm a strict believer in people being able to live how they want as long as they aren't hurting anyone and its consensual. Especially with their sexuality.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 1SO on October 08, 2009, 02:28:13 PM
I met Kenny Baker in a public bathroom once. It was awkward and awesome.
I was at the Hurt locker premiere and ended up in the restroom line right behind James Cameron.  We peed side by side, and it was also both awkward and awesome.  I didn't even tell anyone because I didn't know how it would be taken.

That is both strange and emmensly awesome at the same time. Did you talk to him(While in the line, not while peeing side by side)?

I hardly ever talk to movie people cause it feels awkward. (I turn into Chris Farley in his SNL interviews.)  There were a lot of famous people at that party.  Know who I approached and talked to?  Dave Poland
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on October 08, 2009, 02:29:57 PM
Shrug.  "Women's lib" means you are free to choose that role if you want to, and leave it and do something else if you don't want to anymore.  It means that that isn't the only choice for everybody.

If it's what blows your skirt up, have at it!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 08, 2009, 02:32:18 PM
Anne Murray once came to my theatre to watch a movie. She saw Children of Men. She liked it.

I once met Jack Layton. His mustache is pervilicious.

I shook the hand of Hilary Clinton back when she was First Lady.

I haven't had sex with any famous people, but at the top of my wish list would be Natalie Portman and Keira Knightly, followed closely by Nathan Fillion (I am jealous of Clovis.)

Also I know some people who knew James Cameron when he was a young lad up in Kapuskasing. He's probably the most successful person ever to come out of Northern Ontario.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FLYmeatwad on October 08, 2009, 02:54:32 PM
Anne Murray once came to my theatre to watch a movie. She saw Children of Men. She liked it.

I once met Jack Layton. His mustache is pervilicious.

I shook the hand of Hilary Clinton back when she was First Lady.

I haven't had sex with any famous people, but at the top of my wish list would be Natalie Portman and Keira Knightly, followed closely by Nathan Fillion (I am jealous of Clovis.)

Also I know some people who knew James Cameron when he was a young lad up in Kapuskasing. He's probably the most successful person ever to come out of Northern Ontario.

I don't know who any of these people are.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: chesterfilms on October 08, 2009, 02:54:53 PM
1. I used to clean up after crime scenes, suicides etc.
2. The first time I ever had sex was on my wedding night. I was 20.
3. My wife left me for another woman.
4. I have lived in 18 different houses/apartments in my lifetime.
5. I used to play in a Christian Ska band, and won a Dove Award (Christian music's equivalent to a Grammy).
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on October 08, 2009, 03:08:28 PM
Man, you guys drop some bombs in this thread.

I applaud the openess and trust that we have going on here.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 08, 2009, 03:15:36 PM
3. My wife left me for another woman.

I can't relate to the wife part as that is way beyond what happened to me, but I did go out with a woman for about four months before she decided to tell me she was actually a lesbian. Parental and religious pressure led her to continually becoming involved in heterosexual relationships, she was also raised in a strict Catholic house in Poland, just to make herself right. While I understood her position I did feel betrayed that she lied to me from the start and as much as I like her I couldn't remain friends with someone who put such an emotional hurting on me.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 08, 2009, 03:21:15 PM
3. My wife left me for another woman.

OK, now you're breaking my heart. :'(
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on October 08, 2009, 03:28:16 PM
I felt I had to change the name of this thread from (interesting?) to fascinating in light of your posts here.

Maybe move it out of Idle Chatter, too.  :D

pixote
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 08, 2009, 03:30:46 PM
I felt I had to change the name of this thread from (interesting?) to fascinating in light of your posts here.

Maybe move it out of Idle Chatter, too.  :D

pixote

What's the better topic? 
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on October 08, 2009, 03:41:50 PM
What's the better topic? 

I thought just plain old No Movie Talk Allowed, where the threads are more likely to have substance (and I'm pretty sure this one qualifies, omg!).

pixote
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: winrit on October 08, 2009, 03:46:45 PM
Bonus confession: I am a feminist.

I once broke off a friendship because the friend could not accept me as a feminist. She actively made fun of and disrespected my beliefs, so I couldn't continue on with the friendship. I wasn't asking her to identify as a feminist, but I did need her to accept me for who I am. Every time I didn't shave my legs it she called me a feminist. Lol.

BTW, my definition of feminism: no one person should have power over another based solely on their gender. (Thank you Bell Hooks.)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 08, 2009, 03:49:08 PM
BTW, my definition of feminism: no one person should have power over another based solely on their gender. (Thank you Bell Hooks.)


Hmm, I believe technically that would align you with me as a humanist and not as a feminist.  :)

No need to get too deep into this if you don't want to, and trust me when I tell you I'm not questioning you on your feminist beliefs, but what would you say makes you a feminist as opposed to a humanist such as myself?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on October 09, 2009, 03:59:04 AM
Hmm, this is difficult.

pixote
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 09, 2009, 04:17:59 AM
Fascinating maybe not...but here's mine (I've shared some before)

1)  I am the Board of Directors Chair for a Non-Profit in Portland
2)  I used to co-own a music studio in New York where we recorded bands (including my own) and composed music for local commercials and on-hold music
3)  I've taught every grade level from Kindergarten to College except 7th and 11th grade  (but now I'm a computer programmer :S)
4)  I run a hiking group/website in the Northwest and lead hikes and trail work crews
5)  My wife and I started dating when she was 14 and I was 16.  That was 23 years ago.

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on October 09, 2009, 09:00:59 AM
People here are even awesomr than I thought.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: winrit on October 09, 2009, 10:30:56 AM
BTW, my definition of feminism: no one person should have power over another based solely on their gender. (Thank you Bell Hooks.)


Hmm, I believe technically that would align you with me as a humanist and not as a feminist.  :)

No need to get too deep into this if you don't want to, and trust me when I tell you I'm not questioning you on your feminist beliefs, but what would you say makes you a feminist as opposed to a humanist such as myself?

I don't know much about Humanism, but I'm assuming that the key difference is that feminism is focused on gender as a form of power where humanism involves a broader spectrum. What are the foundations of Humanism?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 09, 2009, 10:36:33 AM
BTW, my definition of feminism: no one person should have power over another based solely on their gender. (Thank you Bell Hooks.)


Hmm, I believe technically that would align you with me as a humanist and not as a feminist.  :)

No need to get too deep into this if you don't want to, and trust me when I tell you I'm not questioning you on your feminist beliefs, but what would you say makes you a feminist as opposed to a humanist such as myself?

I don't know much about Humanism, but I'm assuming that the key difference is that feminism is focused on gender as a form of power where humanism involves a broader spectrum. What are the foundations of Humanism?

Humanism is an ethical foundation/system for atheists, agnostics, and other people of no faith. It is rooted in rationality and based on the simple premise that it is our responsibility to be/do good. I have been a long time member of several humanist organizations and the president of the Alberta Humanist Society for several years.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 09, 2009, 10:42:02 AM
BTW, my definition of feminism: no one person should have power over another based solely on their gender. (Thank you Bell Hooks.)


Hmm, I believe technically that would align you with me as a humanist and not as a feminist.  :)

No need to get too deep into this if you don't want to, and trust me when I tell you I'm not questioning you on your feminist beliefs, but what would you say makes you a feminist as opposed to a humanist such as myself?

I don't know much about Humanism, but I'm assuming that the key difference is that feminism is focused on gender as a form of power where humanism involves a broader spectrum. What are the foundations of Humanism?

Humanism is an ethical foundation/system for atheists, agnostics, and other people of no faith. It is rooted in rationality and based on the simple premise that it is our responsibility to be/do good. I have been a long time member of several humanist organizations and the president of the Alberta Humanist Society for several years.

This is true, but as far as gender is concerned humanism preaches gender equality above all else. What separates it from feminism is that it's not concerned with the elevation of one gender to be equal with the other, the focus is on the belief that all genders should be equal to begin with.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 09, 2009, 10:51:00 AM
BTW, my definition of feminism: no one person should have power over another based solely on their gender. (Thank you Bell Hooks.)


Hmm, I believe technically that would align you with me as a humanist and not as a feminist.  :)

No need to get too deep into this if you don't want to, and trust me when I tell you I'm not questioning you on your feminist beliefs, but what would you say makes you a feminist as opposed to a humanist such as myself?

I don't know much about Humanism, but I'm assuming that the key difference is that feminism is focused on gender as a form of power where humanism involves a broader spectrum. What are the foundations of Humanism?

Humanism is an ethical foundation/system for atheists, agnostics, and other people of no faith. It is rooted in rationality and based on the simple premise that it is our responsibility to be/do good. I have been a long time member of several humanist organizations and the president of the Alberta Humanist Society for several years.

This is true, but as far as gender is concerned humanism preaches gender equality above all else. What separates it from feminism is that it's not concerned with the elevation of one gender to be equal with the other, the focus is on the belief that all genders should be equal to begin with.

I think its safe to say feminism is a part of humanism. While there is no "one" humanist platform most contain these basic ethical/political foundations:

-gender equality
-an adherence to natural law, altruism (i.e. murder, rape etc are wrong)
-pro choice
-right to die
-separation of church and state
-religious liberty
-anti-torture
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 09, 2009, 10:55:15 AM
BTW, my definition of feminism: no one person should have power over another based solely on their gender. (Thank you Bell Hooks.)


Hmm, I believe technically that would align you with me as a humanist and not as a feminist.  :)

No need to get too deep into this if you don't want to, and trust me when I tell you I'm not questioning you on your feminist beliefs, but what would you say makes you a feminist as opposed to a humanist such as myself?

I don't know much about Humanism, but I'm assuming that the key difference is that feminism is focused on gender as a form of power where humanism involves a broader spectrum. What are the foundations of Humanism?

Humanism is an ethical foundation/system for atheists, agnostics, and other people of no faith. It is rooted in rationality and based on the simple premise that it is our responsibility to be/do good. I have been a long time member of several humanist organizations and the president of the Alberta Humanist Society for several years.

This is true, but as far as gender is concerned humanism preaches gender equality above all else. What separates it from feminism is that it's not concerned with the elevation of one gender to be equal with the other, the focus is on the belief that all genders should be equal to begin with.

I think its safe to say feminism is a part of humanism. While there is no "one" humanist platform most contain these basic ethical/political foundations:

-gender equality
-an adherence to natural law, altruism (i.e. murder, rape etc are wrong)
-pro choice
-right to die
-separation of church and state
-religious liberty
-anti-torture

Feminism preaches the elevation of one gender at the expense of another, it wants to achieve equality not because both genders deserve to be equal but simply because the female gender is currently viewed as lesser than the male gender. I can see why this movement took hold but I can't go along with it because for the most part I don't agree with the message or the methodology. I became a humanist because it approaches gender so differently than feminism, it simply wants the genders to be equal, it doesn't push one over the other or anything like that. It wants true equality, something that I often find feminism doesn't really want, it favors female elevation over actual equality.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 09, 2009, 11:22:40 AM
This conversation is reminding me of something  :)

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Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: winrit on October 09, 2009, 01:00:41 PM
The reason I stick to my pretty basic definition of feminism (no one person should have power over another solely because of their gender) is because it strips it down to something that most people can agree on and leaves out implications of competition. It also opens the door so that men can be feminists and participate in the movement with the same agenda to end sexism.



Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 09, 2009, 01:28:17 PM
(Thank you Bell Hooks.)
Hey, no capitalization.  :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: StarCarly on October 09, 2009, 02:27:27 PM
(Thank you Bell Hooks.)
Hey, no capitalization.  :)

Someone capitalize e e cummings on their facebook status the other day. I threw a tantrum.

Althought Wikipedia tells me he preferred it to be capitalized  :-X
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 09, 2009, 04:11:48 PM
Hmmmm....16 years old and not a great memory of pre Ireland life but, I'll give this a shot:

When I was four, my little brother died from a rare disease whose name I can't remember(The disease, my brother was Finlay). he was 2.

I don;t know if I mentioned this, but I lived in Boston until I was thirteen, when we moved to Dublin. I've been here three years.

I'll add more when I think of them.



Also, I once nearly got run over by a bus.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 09, 2009, 04:23:29 PM
When I was four, my little brother died from a rare disease whose name I can't remember(The disease, my brother was Finlay). he was 2.

For some reason I missed your original post.  I must ask, did your parents manage to stay together?  Statistics are not good for mariages where a kid dies young.  This must be something they still think of every single day - which must also have tough ramifications on you!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 09, 2009, 04:35:30 PM
When I was four, my little brother died from a rare disease whose name I can't remember(The disease, my brother was Finlay). he was 2.

For some reason I missed your original post.  I must ask, did your parents manage to stay together?  Statistics are not good for mariages where a kid dies young.  This must be something they still think of every single day - which must also have tough ramifications on you!

You know, It's funny you put it that way, because I've never looked at his death as that damaging(Not to mention that my dad's best friend died soon after). It's been a tragedy, but never destructive of our family in any way. Thankfully. We still have a very happy family.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 09, 2009, 04:45:12 PM
When I was four, my little brother died from a rare disease whose name I can't remember(The disease, my brother was Finlay). he was 2.

For some reason I missed your original post.  I must ask, did your parents manage to stay together?  Statistics are not good for mariages where a kid dies young.  This must be something they still think of every single day - which must also have tough ramifications on you!

You know, It's funny you put it that way, because I've never looked at his death as that damaging(Not to mention that my dad's best friend died soon after). It's been a tragedy, but never destructive of our family in any way. Thankfully. We still have a very happy family.

It's very good to hear :)   

And I'm sorry if I was being presumptuous at all.  My mom has six kids and still occasionally talks about the one still birth she had.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on October 12, 2009, 01:19:22 PM
Everyone is so interesting.  Keep the lists coming.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 12, 2009, 03:00:36 PM
Everyone is so interesting.  Keep the lists coming.

I'd like to see more too!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on October 12, 2009, 03:29:04 PM
Here goes:

1) I was president and captain of my rugby team in college.

2) I can fit my entire fist in my mouth.

3) I have never been beaten in a beer chugging contest (see 1 & 2 of this list)

4) I was in a 4 year relationship with someone who is mentally ill, he was verbally and mentally abusive, and was hospitalized 5 times while we were together (this was at the same time I was getting my PhD, which added to the stress).  It was the hardest thing to do leaving someone who you thought you could help, but who was totally damaging to you at the same time.  It still affects me.  That was not the first bad relationship that I had been in, and now I am with a wonderful guy, and I don't know if I can ever be as open with him as he deserves because of my past.

5) I have horribly vivid, violent, disturbing dreams.  It has been this way for probably the past 7 years, it severely affects my sleep because I wake up completely unrested.  I am to the point where I am considering seeing a sleep specialist. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 12, 2009, 03:30:09 PM

2) For several years I was the president of the provincial atheist/humanist society.


We cannot accept this entry. We already knew this about you.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 12, 2009, 03:38:36 PM

2) For several years I was the president of the provincial atheist/humanist society.


We cannot accept this entry. We already knew this about you.

Not in this thread so I stand by its inclusion!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 12, 2009, 03:45:26 PM

2) For several years I was the president of the provincial atheist/humanist society.


We cannot accept this entry. We already knew this about you.

Not in this thread so I stand by its inclusion!

I DEMAND A REPLACEMENT FASCINATING THING!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 12, 2009, 06:08:59 PM
Five more,

1) As a senior in high school I made it all the way to the semifinals of the Junior Nationals in amateur wrestling before losing to eventual NCAA all-American and MMA fighter Jake Rosholt.

2) As a youth I was in and out of trouble with the law, but the mayor was a family friend so most of my problems were swept under the rug, I realized early on that I was tougher than most people so I settled my problems that way. The worst incident was across the street from my grade school, I got into a fight with some other kid for some reason and I ended up picking him up and throwing him right through the top of a park bench.

3) In the seventh grade I discovered amateur wrestling and stopped being so violent. It wasn't until I was sixteen that I got into another fight and this one was with my step-dad, not my later step-dad Mike who passed away a few years ago, but the dude who just happens to be the father of my two kid brothers. He came home drunk, he was an alcoholic, and smacked my then 5 year old brother across the face and all that rage I'd learned to leave on the mat came back to me. I started beating on him and eventually we ended up outside where I kept on beating on him until the cops came and pulled me off of him. I broke his orbital bone, cracked his collar bone and separated his shoulder, and for that I spent a few months suspended from school and in a Juvy center. I'm still convinced the only reason I was allowed to stay in school was because the police told the Brothers that he hit my little brother.

4) I wrestled a girl my junior year of high school, and unlike the girl from California I would wrestle my senior year in some invitational tournament this one wasn't any good. The contest lasted about four seconds, I shot in under her grip, picked her up and slammed her to the mat, cracking two of her ribs in the process. It was all legal because the side of my body hit the mat a split hair before her. On the one hand I felt bad about injuring someone, but on the other hand it's a competition and that sort of stuff happens.

5) I used to be a youth baseball manager for 13-15 year old kids. I had one kid who was really hard on himself, he was the best pitcher in the league by a mile, but he was always worried he would let his teammates down and that sort of stuff. One game he was losing his cool on the mound (this was with an 8 run lead and he only had two more outs to go to get the win, so you can see how I think he was hard on himself) so I went out to talk to him and we didn't talk baseball. He was a fourteen year old boy so we talked about various hot chicks for a minute or so until his mind was off the game. The catcher thought it was funny that we spent our time on the mound talking about Jessica Simpson and others and told his mom. That mom complained to the board that I was engaging in lewd conduct with the kids on my team and I had to go through a month long review process just to keep coaching. I coached one more year after that, until all the kids I had started with as 13 year olds moved to the next level, and then I quit because of parents getting involved in that way.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 12, 2009, 06:28:11 PM


5) I used to be a youth baseball manager for 13-15 year old kids. I had one kid who was really hard on himself, he was the best pitcher in the league by a mile, but he was always worried he would let his teammates down and that sort of stuff. One game he was losing his cool on the mound (this was with an 8 run lead and he only had two more outs to go to get the win, so you can see how I think he was hard on himself) so I went out to talk to him and we didn't talk baseball. He was a fourteen year old boy so we talked about various hot chicks for a minute or so until his mind was off the game. The catcher thought it was funny that we spent our time on the mound talking about Jessica Simpson and others and told his mom. That mom complained to the board that I was engaging in lewd conduct with the kids on my team and I had to go through a month long review process just to keep coaching. I coached one more year after that, until all the kids I had started with as 13 year olds moved to the next level, and then I quit because of parents getting involved in that way.

Don't you know, the proper thing to discuss at the mound is what gifts to get for an upcoming wedding?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 12, 2009, 06:34:59 PM

4) I was in a 4 year relationship with someone who is mentally ill, he was verbally and mentally abusive, and was hospitalized 5 times while we were together (this was at the same time I was getting my PhD, which added to the stress).  It was the hardest thing to do leaving someone who you thought you could help, but who was totally damaging to you at the same time.  It still affects me.  That was not the first bad relationship that I had been in, and now I am with a wonderful guy, and I don't know if I can ever be as open with him as he deserves because of my past.

Sorry to hear this.  Thanks for sharing this story
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 12, 2009, 07:57:19 PM

4) I was in a 4 year relationship with someone who is mentally ill, he was verbally and mentally abusive, and was hospitalized 5 times while we were together (this was at the same time I was getting my PhD, which added to the stress).  It was the hardest thing to do leaving someone who you thought you could help, but who was totally damaging to you at the same time.  It still affects me.  That was not the first bad relationship that I had been in, and now I am with a wonderful guy, and I don't know if I can ever be as open with him as he deserves because of my past.

Sorry to hear this.  Thanks for sharing this story

You can't save other people.  Take care of yourself.  (I'm speaking from  a personal lesson learned the tough way.)  Good for you that you can recognize a "wonderful guy" when you see one. Some make the same mistake, choosing abuse over and over.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on October 12, 2009, 08:01:10 PM
You can't save other people.

But I have to try!

pixote's hero complex
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 12, 2009, 08:02:34 PM
You can't save other people.

But I have to try!

pixote's hero complex

Good luck!  Maybe it will work for you.  I hope so.

saltine's realistic self
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on October 12, 2009, 08:03:31 PM

4) I was in a 4 year relationship with someone who is mentally ill, he was verbally and mentally abusive, and was hospitalized 5 times while we were together (this was at the same time I was getting my PhD, which added to the stress).  It was the hardest thing to do leaving someone who you thought you could help, but who was totally damaging to you at the same time.  It still affects me.  That was not the first bad relationship that I had been in, and now I am with a wonderful guy, and I don't know if I can ever be as open with him as he deserves because of my past.

Sorry to hear this.  Thanks for sharing this story

You can't save other people.  Take care of yourself.  (I'm speaking from  a personal lesson learned the tough way.)  Good for you that you can recognize a "wonderful guy" when you see one. Some make the same mistake, choosing abuse over and over.

I realized that you can't save other people, no matter how hard you try, and I was always putting his needs in front of myself.  That was the eventual breaking part, I couldn't be there for someone who wasn't willing to help themselves.  I've learned so much about myself from that experience, and I would never want to go through that again, but at least I came out of it with something.  
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on October 12, 2009, 08:10:55 PM
1.I like to sleep in my cloths.  I know weird, but I don't do it every night, I just like the way it feels.

2.I have this insane ability to date women who are vegetarians or vegans even though I'm a ravenous carnivore.  In fact the last 4 women I dated had specialized diets, as in 3 vegans and 1 vegetarian.  Its always an accident, and when we make dinner plans for the first time, this is generally when I discover this, and always makes it difficult.  The relationships don't last.

3.I always where two layers, be it a t-shirt and a polo, button down or jumper.  You will never see me only in a T-Shirt.

4.I played high school football for Don Bosco Prep, one of the most storied teams in the Nation.  See the USA Today poll:  http://www.usatoday.com/sports/preps/football/poll/2009-super25.htm
Currently ranked number 2 in the Nation.  Oh, by the way, I was terrible.  But I did block for and graduate with Green Bay Packers Runningback Ryan Grant.

5.Met my Mentor and Hero, Adam Kimmel (DP of Beautiful Girls, Capote, Rudio y Cusio), through Myspace after trying for years to contact him through his agency and proper channels.  He contacted me after seeing his name on my profile.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 12, 2009, 08:17:12 PM


5.Met my Mentor and Hero, Adam Kimmel (DP of Beautiful Girls, Capote, Rudio y Cusio), through Myspace after trying for years to contact him through his agency and proper channels.  He contacted me after seeing his name on my profile.

very cool
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 12, 2009, 08:28:21 PM


5.Met my Mentor and Hero, Adam Kimmel (DP of Beautiful Girls, Capote, Rudio y Cusio), through Myspace after trying for years to contact him through his agency and proper channels.  He contacted me after seeing his name on my profile.

very cool

When you first told us at the forum about this, Chris, I remember being so very happy for you!  I still am, especially knowing that you got to work with Kimmel as well.  Because you loved Beautiful Girls and Adam Kimmel, I watched the film. 

It's all tied to the beauty of these boards.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on October 12, 2009, 08:39:39 PM
I'm glad you watched the film, more importantly I hope you liked it.  How's the Land Down Under?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 12, 2009, 08:57:43 PM
I'm glad you watched the film, more importantly I hope you liked it.  How's the Land Down Under?

Hi, Chris, I enjoyed Beautiful Girls, a film I would never have found on my own, so thank you!  Life down under is great.  We leave the US on Sunday for our journey to Perth, 6 month stay. My God, how great is my life!  I  hope you can say the same, my friend.  CG
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: alexarch on October 12, 2009, 09:11:31 PM
1.I like to sleep in my cloths.
I like to picture Chris on his bed, covered in napkin-sized pieces of brightly colored and sequined fabric.

[Editor's Note: You are such a pervert, Alex, sequins? really?]

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on October 12, 2009, 10:52:57 PM
I admit or deny nothing. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on October 12, 2009, 11:48:38 PM
Time to take the plunge

1. I once turned an unassited triple play in baseball in little league.

2. I am very accident-prone, though not in recent years, knock on wood. When I was younger I smashed my finger in a window. I jumped off the back of the couch, acting as though I was super man, and smashed into the corner of the coffee table right above my eye, requiring stitches. I was trying to climb a tree in my front yard one Easter Sunday. I wasn't tall enough to reach the first branch, so I got a kids plastic wheelbarrow, turned it over, stood on it and jumped to reach the branch. I got, for a second, then plummeted to the earth, thereby breaking my arm. I was at Estes Park in Colorado and my brother was running down the path in front of me, so naturally I chased him. I ended up tripping, splitting my knee open, and requiring more stitches and also ruining that day of vacation with my family. On a similar note, I once contracted an ear infection while on vacation.

3. In high school I could name the entire starting line-up of every Major League Baseball team. I don't keep up as much with it anymore to do it now though.

4. I have never had what society would recognize as a girlfriend. This may seem sad and lame, but it has been my choice thus far for I have had my chances to have one. Moving right in the middle of the 6th grade and going to 4 different schools in 5 years between 5th and 9th grades and going to an all boys High School wasn’t advantageous for this cause, but for the most part it is because I want to find myself first, then find the rest of myself if that makes sense. I am to that point now and am searching, but I do not wish to start something just to say I am in a relationship, I want it to at least be someone I like and someone I might be able to see myself with down the line. This has made me a bit shy, but deep inside I am just a hopeless romantic. Make whatever assumptions you wish based on this "thing" as the topic calls it.

5. I am not religious. I was born and raised Catholic, but I do not believe in God in that sense. I wouldn't go so far as to say that I am an atheist, I just have my own viewpoints. I believe people are inherently good and have an endless capacity to love and in that there is some special force that makes us go and that started life in the universe. I don't know what it is and it's not important to know. The point is to to live life to the fullest, loving everyone and everything to the max. Whether there is a God or an afterlife or any of that stuff, it doesn't matter to me, because what good will that knowledge do me here on earth. My faith is to be the best possible person I can be and that's it. No other religious cares. And on a side note, I believe there are only two things that are unexplainable in the universe: The true nature of the universe, how it began, its expansiveness, etc.; and the true nature of love, why it exists, and its expansiveness, etc.

So yea, those are the best five I can come up with right now. You can probably tell I am an idealist.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 13, 2009, 12:04:06 AM
3. In high school I could name the entire starting line-up of every Major League Baseball team. I don't keep up as much with it anymore to do it now though.
Ditto.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: winrit on October 13, 2009, 10:30:15 AM
5) I have horribly vivid, violent, disturbing dreams.  It has been this way for probably the past 7 years, it severely affects my sleep because I wake up completely unrested.  I am to the point where I am considering seeing a sleep specialist. 

My BF has the same thing. He says it helps him to try to fight whatever it is in his dreams. Try to face whatever it is head on. Since he started doing that, he has had fewer bad dreams and when he does have them they are shorter because he goes right after whatever it is that is trying to scare him.

One thing is when he and I go to see horror movies he always says that's nothing you should see the sh*t in his dreams.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: winrit on October 13, 2009, 03:51:15 PM
3. My wife left me for another woman.

It's been a year since my "divorce" (the ending of a ten year relationship). I also had a leave of absence from the boards that I'm just coming back from. To better days and more Filmspotting time. Will you still be connected when you are out of country?

5)  My wife and I started dating when she was 14 and I was 16.  That was 23 years ago.

Aww... Chester and I are jealous. :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: StarCarly on October 13, 2009, 04:00:12 PM


5) I have horribly vivid, violent, disturbing dreams.  It has been this way for probably the past 7 years, it severely affects my sleep because I wake up completely unrested.  I am to the point where I am considering seeing a sleep specialist. 

Have you ever looked into Lucid dreaming? I was never very successful at it, and it takes a lot of practice, but it is supposedly very successful at combating nightmares.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on October 13, 2009, 09:02:47 PM


5) I have horribly vivid, violent, disturbing dreams.  It has been this way for probably the past 7 years, it severely affects my sleep because I wake up completely unrested.  I am to the point where I am considering seeing a sleep specialist. 

Have you ever looked into Lucid dreaming? I was never very successful at it, and it takes a lot of practice, but it is supposedly very successful at combating nightmares.

I have read some stuff about it, but I haven't tried to employ any of the practices.


3. My wife left me for another woman.

I am so sorry chester.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 13, 2009, 11:43:49 PM
3. My wife left me for another woman.

It's been a year since my "divorce" (the ending of a ten year relationship). I also had a leave of absence from the boards that I'm just coming back from. To better days and more Filmspotting time. Will you still be connected when you are out of country?

5)  My wife and I started dating when she was 14 and I was 16.  That was 23 years ago.

Aww... Chester and I are jealous. :)


Yes.  it is very sad to hear the stories of when it doesn't work out.  We're counting ourselves blessed that things have worked out for us thus far.  It's total serendipity.  I can assure you at 16 I wasn't worried about our policitical and ethical compatibility or whatever the heck it is that has made the partnership fairly easy through the years.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: edgar00 on October 15, 2009, 10:51:00 AM
1- I spent most of my childhood and teenage time at my grandmother's place when not at school or with friends.

2- I spent a couple months in the countryside of a Latin American country for a school program, living with locals and learning Spanish. Since then I have practically lost all my Spanish.

3- I learned to ice skate very late (compared to other Québec children). I played baseball as a youngster instead.

4- I lived almost a year in St. Louis Missouri when I was a child.

5- All my life I've been the odd man looking in when it comes to the question of Québec. I come off as the enemy when I talk about the matter with both my francophone and anglophone friends.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: chesterfilms on October 15, 2009, 11:09:44 AM
For those who are asking, I am doing really good right now. It has been a really hard year, but I'm in a much better place right now. Life changes a lot when the person you have been with since you were 15 leaves you when you are 30. Half my life has been with her. Thanks for asking guys!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 15, 2009, 11:28:24 AM
For those who are asking, I am doing really good right now. It has been a really hard year, but I'm in a much better place right now. Life changes a lot when the person you have been with since you were 15 leaves you when you are 30. Half my life has been with her. Thanks for asking guys!

I can only imagine how difficult that must be.  Glad to hear you things are a better now
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 15, 2009, 12:30:56 PM

5- All my life I've been the odd man looking in when it comes to the question of Québec. I come off as the enemy when I talk about the matter with both my francophone and anglophone friends.


You're French-Canadian. The French-Canadians are always the enemy. But I won't hold it against you.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 15, 2009, 12:46:16 PM

5- All my life I've been the odd man looking in when it comes to the question of Québec. I come off as the enemy when I talk about the matter with both my francophone and anglophone friends.


You're French-Canadian. The French-Canadians are always the enemy. But I won't hold it against you.

Damn Torontoginians? Torontoites? Torontonians? Torontoers?  ;)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 16, 2009, 12:39:09 AM

5- All my life I've been the odd man looking in when it comes to the question of Québec. I come off as the enemy when I talk about the matter with both my francophone and anglophone friends.


You're French-Canadian. The French-Canadians are always the enemy. But I won't hold it against you.

Damn Torontoginians? Torontoites? Torontonians? Torontoers?  ;)
Torontholes.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 16, 2009, 12:40:34 AM
1- I spent most of my childhood and teenage time at my grandmother's place when not at school or with friends.

2- I spent a couple months in the countryside of a Latin American country for a school program, living with locals and learning Spanish. Since then I have practically lost all my Spanish.

3- I learned to ice skate very late (compared to other Québec children). I played baseball as a youngster instead.

4- I lived almost a year in St. Louis Missouri when I was a child.

5- All my life I've been the odd man looking in when it comes to the question of Québec. I come off as the enemy when I talk about the matter with both my francophone and anglophone friends.

So, I may have learned to ice skate younger than you. Huh.

To other anglos, I actually do come off as a member of the FLQ. I assume the Francos just hate me.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 16, 2009, 12:40:55 AM

5- All my life I've been the odd man looking in when it comes to the question of Québec. I come off as the enemy when I talk about the matter with both my francophone and anglophone friends.


You're French-Canadian. The French-Canadians are always the enemy. But I won't hold it against you.

Damn Torontoginians? Torontoites? Torontonians? Torontoers?  ;)
Torontholes.

I like it. We need to popularize that asap.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on October 16, 2009, 12:45:18 AM
For those who are asking, I am doing really good right now. It has been a really hard year, but I'm in a much better place right now. Life changes a lot when the person you have been with since you were 15 leaves you when you are 30. Half my life has been with her. Thanks for asking guys!

I am glad that you are doing better, and that you are back on the boards.  We missed you.  And just in time for the holidays!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 1SO on October 16, 2009, 12:56:47 AM
For those who are asking, I am doing really good right now. It has been a really hard year, but I'm in a much better place right now. Life changes a lot when the person you have been with since you were 15 leaves you when you are 30. Half my life has been with her. Thanks for asking guys!
Chester, I won't pretend to know you very long or very well.  But you're my friend here, and I will always read what you have to post.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 16, 2009, 12:57:09 AM

5- All my life I've been the odd man looking in when it comes to the question of Québec. I come off as the enemy when I talk about the matter with both my francophone and anglophone friends.


You're French-Canadian. The French-Canadians are always the enemy. But I won't hold it against you.

Damn Torontoginians? Torontoites? Torontonians? Torontoers?  ;)
Torontholes.

I like it. We need to popularize that asap.

Your petty name-calling is simply a product of your jealousy. Manitoba or wherever it is you come from is a freezing cold wasteland. Ontario rules, and Toronto pwns. Montreal seems like a nice place, but then you have to deal with the French, and nobody wants that.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 16, 2009, 01:11:10 AM

5- All my life I've been the odd man looking in when it comes to the question of Québec. I come off as the enemy when I talk about the matter with both my francophone and anglophone friends.


You're French-Canadian. The French-Canadians are always the enemy. But I won't hold it against you.

Damn Torontoginians? Torontoites? Torontonians? Torontoers?  ;)
Torontholes.

I like it. We need to popularize that asap.

Your petty name-calling is simply a product of your jealousy. Manitoba or wherever it is you come from is a freezing cold wasteland. Ontario rules, and Toronto pwns. Montreal seems like a nice place, but then you have to deal with the French, and nobody wants that.
It is a nice place, even with the French. It reminds me very much of what I know of NYC in the 70s, but safer. Still doesn't beat Philly.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 16, 2009, 03:06:44 PM
Hey FroHam, why can't you ever remember where Clovis is from? Oh wait, it's 'cause he doesn't mention his hometown in every one his posts.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 16, 2009, 03:17:11 PM
4. I have never had what society would recognize as a girlfriend. This may seem sad and lame, but it has been my choice thus far for I have had my chances to have one. Moving right in the middle of the 6th grade and going to 4 different schools in 5 years between 5th and 9th grades and going to an all boys High School wasn’t advantageous for this cause, but for the most part it is because I want to find myself first, then find the rest of myself if that makes sense. I am to that point now and am searching, but I do not wish to start something just to say I am in a relationship, I want it to at least be someone I like and someone I might be able to see myself with down the line. This has made me a bit shy, but deep inside I am just a hopeless romantic. Make whatever assumptions you wish based on this "thing" as the topic calls it.

I'm going to be cool and use this as the reason I've never had a girlfriend.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 16, 2009, 03:19:07 PM
Hey FroHam, why can't you ever remember where Clovis is from? Oh wait, it's 'cause he doesn't mention his hometown in every one his posts.

...............ZING!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on October 16, 2009, 03:19:20 PM
A couple more interesting things about me, just to keep things rolling:

6. I've found two dead bodies at homeless camps and I've identified a third.  At one point, seeing me, the coroner of Portland said, "You again?"

7. I live in a community house with six bedrooms and a couple sheds out back.  At one point last year, we had 16 long term members of our community.  Right now we are at a smaller, but more manageable, 10.

8. We have a very small salary, having only been above the poverty line for two years in my life.  We make ends meet by donations of food, housing and transportation.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 16, 2009, 04:13:43 PM
Hey FroHam, why can't you ever remember where Clovis is from? Oh wait, it's 'cause he doesn't mention his hometown in every one his posts.
...............ZING!
:)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: StarCarly on October 16, 2009, 08:34:54 PM


6. I got fired from my first job when I was 15 for joining an online group called "Pizza Ranch Sucks." My parents made me write an apology letter, and I cried about it for hours, but looking back it was really stupid.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: edgar00 on October 16, 2009, 09:02:09 PM

5- All my life I've been the odd man looking in when it comes to the question of Québec. I come off as the enemy when I talk about the matter with both my francophone and anglophone friends.


You're French-Canadian. The French-Canadians are always the enemy. But I won't hold it against you.

Damn Torontoginians? Torontoites? Torontonians? Torontoers?  ;)
Torontholes.

I like it. We need to popularize that asap.

Your petty name-calling is simply a product of your jealousy. Manitoba or wherever it is you come from is a freezing cold wasteland. Ontario rules, and Toronto pwns. Montreal seems like a nice place, but then you have to deal with the French, and nobody wants that.
It is a nice place, even with the French. It reminds me very much of what I know of NYC in the 70s, but safer. Still doesn't beat Philly.

I've never been to Philly, but from I've heard some good things. Montréal is overrated anyhow.

And because I'm feeling surprisingly generous:

6-No, I don't actually model my lifestyle based on James Bond. Maybe in some regards (relatively healthy and fit, clean shaven, an continuous desire to travel and dive into other cultures to become attain some sort of 'sophistication'), but there are plenty of things about me that aren't very Bond-ish at all.

7-I have Russian family ties (Bond doesn't).

8-I would like to become a teacher in the near future (Bond wouldn't).

9-I like watching television in French but listening to the radio in English.

10-When the Montréal Canadiens are doing poorly or are eliminated in the playoffs, the Boston Bruins (terribly evil rivals) actually become my sentimental second team (Bond probably doesn't a hoot about hockey).
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ¡Keith! on October 18, 2009, 12:03:23 PM
1. i may have a jazz hard-on right now.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 19, 2009, 05:25:16 PM
1. i may have a jazz hard-on right now.

How does one "take care" of that?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on October 19, 2009, 05:51:26 PM
1. i may have a jazz hard-on right now.

How does one "take care" of that?

5 to 10 minutes on the trombone oughta do it.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: edgar00 on October 19, 2009, 06:08:56 PM
1. i may have a jazz hard-on right now.

How does one "take care" of that?

5 to 10 minutes on the trombone oughta do it.

Writing from experience?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on October 19, 2009, 09:46:39 PM
1. i may have a jazz hard-on right now.

How does one "take care" of that?

5 to 10 minutes on the trombone oughta do it.

Writing from experience?

I've played a solo or two if that's what your asking.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 19, 2009, 11:54:11 PM
Hey all, a lot of cool stuff in this thread, and for those of you who shared really personal stuff, it's really cool that you felt comfortable doing so.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: edgar00 on October 20, 2009, 10:14:07 AM
1. i may have a jazz hard-on right now.

How does one "take care" of that?

5 to 10 minutes on the trombone oughta do it.

Writing from experience?

I've played a solo or two if that's what your asking.

But was it in front of an audience?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on October 20, 2009, 10:55:32 AM
1. i may have a jazz hard-on right now.

How does one "take care" of that?

5 to 10 minutes on the trombone oughta do it.

Writing from experience?

I've played a solo or two if that's what your asking.

But was it in front of an audience?

Nah, I'm a studio musician at best. ;)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: alexarch on October 20, 2009, 11:48:05 AM
I've played many 'bone solos, during class, at home, and in front of an audience.

That's a lot less exciting when it's meant literally.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on October 20, 2009, 11:53:20 AM
"Out of Context" thread whores!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: alexarch on October 20, 2009, 01:41:49 PM
5. Cats find my lap irresistible.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2543/4029103245_e4407328ac.jpg)

4. I played the trombone.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2772/4029857582_894986bb4d.jpg)

3. I like to pose with inanimate objects.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2634/4029102883_e4c0fb869f_m.jpg)(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2754/4029862196_4fd5c05907_m.jpg)(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2466/4029104783_049db10f29_m.jpg)(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2763/4029104117_5f75dc2a12_m.jpg)

2. I have made an art form out of casting disapproving looks.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2802/4029858582_6b518cf0e9.jpg)

1. I've always been at least a little gay. (Note the hip-thrust.)
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2696/4029107553_94d070f8e5.jpg)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on October 20, 2009, 01:47:40 PM
Awesome, alex.  :)




Also,
Hey all, a lot of cool stuff in this thread, and for those of you who shared really personal stuff, it's really cool that you felt comfortable doing so.
what matt said. One of these days I'll have to stop reading and do posting my own here. If I can ever think of anything fascinating about myself, that is.  ???
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on October 20, 2009, 01:52:17 PM
Alex taking it up a notch. Nice.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: alexarch on October 20, 2009, 02:17:07 PM
I'm pretty sure I've posted this before. And thank you to all the people that encourage my narcissism.

1a. I feed on the dreams of your children.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2452/4029232981_b2f936b671.jpg)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 20, 2009, 03:48:36 PM
1a. I feed on the dreams of your children.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2452/4029232981_b2f936b671.jpg)

Should have expected that.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 22, 2009, 01:33:25 AM
Awesome, alex.  :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 22, 2009, 01:37:38 AM
Hey FroHam, why can't you ever remember where Clovis is from? Oh wait, it's 'cause he doesn't mention his hometown in every one his posts.

Not sure how I missed this. The answer is that wherever he's from it's out in the middle of nowhere, where the delineation between municipalities is basically an excuse to charge different amounts in taxes.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 22, 2009, 01:40:14 AM
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Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jdc on October 23, 2009, 04:03:30 AM
For some strange reason, many people tell me that I look like Nick Cage and sometimes John Cusack.  I even had an auditor once ask to pose for a picture with me cause she said I looked like that "face off" actor and once had convinced a girl that works at a bar near by to my office that Nick Cage is my brother.  I really do not like him as an actor though.

I have had over 20 addresses in 20 years.

I moved from NC to California without ever thinking about it before hand.  I got a call once from a friend that asked if I would considering moving out to work in the Bay Area.  In less then 3 weeks I had resigned, moved and started a new job.  I moved from California to Singapore in the same manner.  One morning something happened that just made me decide it was time to look for something new, 3 weeks later I was in Singapore starting a new job.

I spent most of my collage life sleeping on couches or floors and hardly ever in a bed.  Even when I had one to sleep in.

I worked at a fast food fried chicken rest for 2 years during high school in the Chicago area.  I ate fried chicken between 4 to 6 times a week for 2 years and I never got tired of it.  I think I should try to open a Brown's Chicken in Singapore one day
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 23, 2009, 10:11:34 AM

I have had over 20 addresses in 20 years.


The song "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" just popped in my head

Thanks for sharing these!  Cool - Singapore.  We have friends that live there.  From all accounts it's an awesome place to hang your hat for a few years.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 23, 2009, 10:47:45 AM
Man jdc115, if getting a job is as easy for you as you make it sound, you're gonna give me a complex.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jdc on October 23, 2009, 04:31:47 PM
Man jdc115, if getting a job is as easy for you as you make it sound, you're gonna give me a complex.

Sometimes I just really think I am lucky, which is better then being smart.  Though talking over dinner with friends, we discussed something that I just thought I should have mentioned in this thread.  i have been robbed 3 times in either armed or violent situations while working in stores that were public.  The first 2 times happened within a 14 hour period at different locations but by the same person.   Sometimes the easy jobs are not the best...

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jdc on October 23, 2009, 04:42:44 PM

I have had over 20 addresses in 20 years.


The song "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" just popped in my head

Thanks for sharing these!  Cool - Singapore.  We have friends that live there.  From all accounts it's an awesome place to hang your hat for a few years.

it was a few years to start but now I have past the 5 year mark.  i have actually lived in the same condo now for more then 2 years which probably makes it a record.  Even though i bought it, i am starting to think about looking at different places....
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on October 23, 2009, 06:02:10 PM
In the spirit of sharing, here are five sport related things,

1) I only cut a ton of weight for wrestling once, when I was a junior my coach signed me up for a tournament at the wrong weight. The tourney officials said I had to compete at that weight or just go ahead and forfeit. The day before the weigh-ins and competition I dropped 28 pounds. Needless to say I completely drained myself and was wasted in the tourney.

2) Jeremy Roenick, former Blackhawk and all around prick, came to my little league opening day parade when I was 12. He was smashed and ended up signing everything as Jerm Roonic.

3) As a sophomore my football team played the perennial powerhouse Joliet Catholic and lost in the most lopsided contest in school history, 87-0

4) I was taken to the hospital after the first game of the season in the same sophomore year and the Polish orderly who spoke barely any English almost gave me a shot of Penicillin, the world's best medicine that I just happen to be deathly allergic to. Luckily the doctor was looking over my chart at the same time and physically tackled the orderly to make sure he didn't give me the shot.

5) In my entire amateur boxing/MMA/whatever career I have only backed out of two different fights for whatever reason. Both guys I was scheduled to face died around a month or so after I pulled out of the fight.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on October 23, 2009, 07:51:12 PM
I've got a couple more.

1.I've had several Paranormal experiences.  The first was when I was 6.  I woke up in the dead of night because I felt like I wasn't alone.  I rolled over and a tall white woman was standing next to my bed.  Full figure, with a dress and a face.  It just stood there.  I rolled back over, pulled the cover over my head and pinched myself as hard as I could thinking I was dreaming.  When I opened my eyes and removed the blankets she was still there.  I tried talking to it, it didn't speak, only made gestures with its arms before plummeting through the floor.  After that experience, if I ever got that feeling again in the middle of the night I'd leave my room and go watch a film in the basement, our basement was the least scary place in the house.  Never saw her again, but a bunch of weird things happened in that house up to the day we moved.  Haven't experienced anything since leaving it in 2001.  Most people don't believe me, so I don't generally tell anyone but I know what I saw, and I know the difference between a dream and reality.

2.I've seen two shooting stars in my life.  The first was on my 13th birthday.  The second was on my 23rd.

3.I have my name on 1 patent.

4.The first movie my mother claims to have taken me to was Poltergeist.  It was a day or two before I was born and the only movie she saw while pregnant with me.  She swears its why I love Spielberg.

5.I grew up  literally a 10 minute drive from the origin of the Ghost Prom Date story.  You know the one, where a group of guys are driving to the prom and they see a girl all dressed up walking on the side of the road, they pull over to giver her a lift to the prom.  She tells them her date stood her up, so they spend the whole night with her and drive her home later, drop her off.  The next day one of the guys realizes she was wearing his jacket when he dropped her off, and goes back to the house to get it, only to be told she's been dead for a few years.  He then visits her grave to find the jacket neatly folded on top of her resting place.  According to a book on American Folklore, I used to drive by her road everyday on my way to high school.  Weird.  Northern New Jersey is one of the strangest places on the planet.  Check out weirdnj.com
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 23, 2009, 08:05:16 PM
2) Jeremy Roenick, former Blackhawk and all around prick, came to my little league opening day parade when I was 12. He was smashed and ended up signing everything as Jerm Roonic.
:D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on October 23, 2009, 08:11:10 PM
1.I've had several Paranormal experiences.  The first was when I was 6.  I woke up in the dead of night because I felt like I wasn't alone.  I rolled over and a tall white woman was standing next to my bed.  Full figure, with a dress and a face.  It just stood there.  I rolled back over, pulled the cover over my head and pinched myself as hard as I could thinking I was dreaming.  When I opened my eyes and removed the blankets she was still there.  I tried talking to it, it didn't speak, only made gestures with its arms before plummeting through the floor.  After that experience, if I ever got that feeling again in the middle of the night I'd leave my room and go watch a film in the basement, our basement was the least scary place in the house.  Never saw her again, but a bunch of weird things happened in that house up to the day we moved.  Haven't experienced anything since leaving it in 2001.  Most people don't believe me, so I don't generally tell anyone but I know what I saw, and I know the difference between a dream and reality.
You're scaring the c**p out of me! I love a good ghost experience anecdote!
At 4-5 years of age I thought there was an arm with a plaster-cast that kept bashing me as I slept in my bed. Upon later reflection [when I was older] I realised I was just banging my head against the wall... no ghosts for me. YET!

Can you imagine how much the film Lady in White scared me when I later saw it?  

Since then I've been really interested in ghost studies and phenomena.  I'd do anything to work with TAPS for a few months.  I guess its one of the reasons I love Blair Witch, Paranormal Activity and Ghostbusters so much.

Even in high school, the night I went to see Sleepy Hollow my friends and I went to the actual place at like 2 in the morning, hoping fences and such.  One of the most fun and creepy experiences of my adolescence.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 25, 2009, 01:03:17 AM
3.I have my name on 1 patent.
This really stands out to me and I'd love to hear more.

Also, since when are you from north jersey?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 25, 2009, 11:26:32 AM
Those with over 2000 post who have not added their top 5 to this thread should get on it. It should be a requirement imo. :D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 25, 2009, 12:12:33 PM
Those with over 2000 post who have not added their top 5 to this thread should get on it. It should be a requirement imo. :D

but I dont have five interesting things about me.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on October 25, 2009, 12:14:46 PM
You probably do. Or not. You might be like me where nobody cares about what you wrote. But still, write it.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 25, 2009, 12:32:35 PM
Those with over 2000 post who have not added their top 5 to this thread should get on it. It should be a requirement imo. :D
What if we can't come up with 5 semi-interesting things?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on October 25, 2009, 12:37:23 PM
3.I have my name on 1 patent.
This really stands out to me and I'd love to hear more.

Also, since when are you from north jersey?

I spent the first 19 years of my life in the town of Ringwood, New Jersey, right on the NY State border. So, I'm from Jersey.  Moved to NC to go to film school, moved to London to go to grad school.  I now live in CA.

As for the patent, my father was in product design and plastics for 30 years.  He was working on a client's automatic pill dispenser but couldn't get the loading mechanism to work.  Everything else was perfect.  He built at least 5 different variations of the mechanism that all worked, but none worked reliably, and the machine would jam.  So I sat there and stared at the stuff for a while, then reassembled a new system that worked every time.  So, my father put me on the patent.  The machine never went past the prototype phase into mass production, and the guy who hired my dad actually was on the first season of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: facedad on October 25, 2009, 12:51:29 PM
3.I have my name on 1 patent.
This really stands out to me and I'd love to hear more.

Also, since when are you from north jersey?

I spent the first 19 years of my life in the town of Ringwood, New Jersey, right on the NY State border. So, I'm from Jersey.  Moved to NC to go to film school, moved to London to go to grad school.  I now live in CA.

As for the patent, my father was in product design and plastics for 30 years.  He was working on a client's automatic pill dispenser but couldn't get the loading mechanism to work.  Everything else was perfect.  He built at least 5 different variations of the mechanism that all worked, but none worked reliably, and the machine would jam.  So I sat there and stared at the stuff for a while, then reassembled a new system that worked every time.  So, my father put me on the patent.  The machine never went past the prototype phase into mass production, and the guy who hired my dad actually was on the first season of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Awesome.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on October 25, 2009, 04:32:56 PM
You probably do. Or not. You might be like me where nobody cares about what you wrote. But still, write it.
Awww, Junior. That's heartbreaking! Don't say that! Just because one doesn't comment or ask anything doesn't mean it wasn't interesting.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on October 25, 2009, 05:24:23 PM
Thanks for the kind words, but I'm ok with the fact that I haven't exactly lead a life of excitement and intrigue. Yet. It's been a generally happy life and that's about all I care about.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 25, 2009, 06:22:05 PM
You probably do. Or not. You might be like me where nobody cares about what you wrote. But still, write it.

I never read yours, Junior.  Now I've looked back through the thread and can't find it.  Did you take it down?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on October 25, 2009, 06:49:19 PM
You probably do. Or not. You might be like me where nobody cares about what you wrote. But still, write it.

I never read yours, Junior.  Now I've looked back through the thread and can't find it.  Did you take it down?

Nope. It's one of the first ones on the first page.
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 25, 2009, 06:58:27 PM
5. I became the morning announcer at my middle school because my CAPT teacher heard me yelling before class. She wanted somebody who could project and I guess I could.

4. (a few of you may know this one already...) I was the voice of God in one of my youth fellowship Sunday church services. I channeled a bit of James Earl Jones to get the full deepness.

3. I went to the state supreme court (or something like that) with my fifth grade choir class to perform for a group of people who were becoming US citizens.

2. I only eat PB&J or grilled cheese for dinner. And lunch. And breakfast. Just kidding, I don't eat breakfast.

1. I job shadowed with a semi-famous painter by mistake. Was told he was a photographer by the school. We bought disposable cameras and walked around Hartford instead of doing other, possibly more "important" job shadow-y things.

found it.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 25, 2009, 07:12:28 PM
Junior, you're a very interesting young man.  The problem is that you have good, strong teeth and bones so you don't have any horror stories.

Who was the semi-famous painter?  Did you not recognize his/her face or name until later?

God, huh?   
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on October 25, 2009, 07:30:10 PM
I don't recall the painters name. I liked what he had in his apartment, though.

I knew I should have cracked my teeth when I had the chance. I have a cool eyebrow scar, though, so that's close enough, right?
Title: Re: Five (interesting?) things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 25, 2009, 07:41:06 PM
5. I became the morning announcer at my middle school because my CAPT teacher heard me yelling before class. She wanted somebody who could project and I guess I could.

4. (a few of you may know this one already...) I was the voice of God in one of my youth fellowship Sunday church services. I channeled a bit of James Earl Jones to get the full deepness.

3. I went to the state supreme court (or something like that) with my fifth grade choir class to perform for a group of people who were becoming US citizens.

2. I only eat PB&J or grilled cheese for dinner. And lunch. And breakfast. Just kidding, I don't eat breakfast.

1. I job shadowed with a semi-famous painter by mistake. Was told he was a photographer by the school. We bought disposable cameras and walked around Hartford instead of doing other, possibly more "important" job shadow-y things.

found it.

Wierd I'm glad Junior said something.  I'm not sure why I missed his list the first time?  

So Junior, now I totally want want to hear an audio clip of your voice!  Can you record one of your movie reviews some time?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on October 25, 2009, 07:42:20 PM
If you want to send me a free USB microphone that I could then use on The Beatles Rock Band I would be happy to do such a thing.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on October 26, 2009, 12:03:22 AM
[redacted ... i'll try to do better]
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 26, 2009, 12:13:50 AM
3. I've had at least one dinner with at least one Filmspotter with over 300 posts.
If people are making dinner plans and not inviting me, that's total BS. My real life friends would never diss me like that.  :P
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on October 26, 2009, 12:16:29 AM
Ooh! Pixote got Pixote'd!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 26, 2009, 12:17:35 AM
[redacted ... i'll try to do better]

I think at least one of those was making fun of me.  ;)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 26, 2009, 12:50:34 AM
Haha, I quoted you before you deleted it.  :D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on October 26, 2009, 12:51:05 AM
3. I've had at least one dinner with at least one Filmspotter with over 300 posts.
If people are making dinner plans and not inviting me, that's total BS. My real life friends would never diss me like that.  :P
Haha, I quoted you before you deleted it.  :D

And you wonder why you weren't invited!

pixote
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 26, 2009, 12:53:19 AM
Haha, I quoted you before you deleted it.  :D

(http://s3.amazonaws.com/curbly_uploads_production/photos/0000/0006/2098/lolcat-funny-picture-moderator1.jpg)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 26, 2009, 01:50:15 AM
And you wonder why you weren't invited!

pixote
Touché.  :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 26, 2009, 06:51:02 AM
And like that...It's gone!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on October 26, 2009, 07:09:40 AM
And like that...It's gone!
*poof*
(http://x32.xanga.com/88ec8a4056530227912152/b179413472.jpg)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 26, 2009, 07:10:17 AM
And like that...It's gone!
*poof*
(http://x32.xanga.com/88ec8a4056530227912152/b179413472.jpg)

thank you.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: OmNom on October 26, 2009, 04:09:38 PM
1.  No, you only *think* it was me in that porno.  I have never, ever been in a porno.  Or an adult magazine.  Stop looking.
2.  I have been in about 9 commercials, a few magazine covers--- I have a face that can sell things like milk and soap.
3.  I had to sit on Chow Yun Fat's lap for one commercial.  I was 17.  He was very cool. 
4.  I won't ever watch Citizen Kane.  I'm afraid it might ruin my favorite Simpsons episode.
5.  I seriously hope someone makes a film about The Silmarillion someday.   :) 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on October 26, 2009, 04:20:37 PM
Never been in a porno?  You sure?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 26, 2009, 04:22:05 PM

2.  I have been in about 9 commercials, a few magazine covers--- I have a face that can sell things like milk and soap.


You realize you are not allowed to post this without links or at least one image! :D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on October 26, 2009, 04:22:28 PM
5.  I seriously hope someone makes a film about The Silmarillion someday.   :) 
This would be interesting.  :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: OmNom on October 26, 2009, 04:26:57 PM

2.  I have been in about 9 commercials, a few magazine covers--- I have a face that can sell things like milk and soap.


You realize you are not allowed to post this without links or at least one image! :D

Oh dear.  Lemme go search YouTube-- I know that Chow Yun Fat has a dedicated fanbase.  Lots of his things from the '80's are out there.  Eeeeeek.   

Now that I have a teenage daughter this is all so tricky.  "You let him kiss you?"  she says.  "Yes, but I was *paid* for it," I say.  Doesn't quite work... "It was my job."  Nope.   Doesn't work...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: OmNom on October 26, 2009, 04:30:04 PM
If you watch it now, you'll roll your eyes at all the things Wells ripped off the Simpsons, so you're good to go.  ;)

I knew it!  It all makes sense now...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: OmNom on October 26, 2009, 04:35:50 PM
Never been in a porno?  You sure?

Heh.  Very sure. Perhaps I missed out on an exciting career opportunity, but no. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on October 26, 2009, 04:56:51 PM
4.  I won't ever watch Citizen Kane.  I'm afraid it might ruin my favorite Simpsons episode.
If you watch it now, you'll roll your eyes at all the things Wells ripped off the Simpsons, so you're good to go.  ;)

"This is all your fault!" - Hitler to Bobo
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 26, 2009, 05:04:14 PM
4.  I won't ever watch Citizen Kane.  I'm afraid it might ruin my favorite Simpsons episode.
If you watch it now, you'll roll your eyes at all the things Wells ripped off the Simpsons, so you're good to go.  ;)
"This is all your fault!" - Hitler to Bobo
Great episode.

"Have the Rolling Stones killed."
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FifthCityMuse on October 27, 2009, 05:33:19 AM
5.  I seriously hope someone makes a film about The Silmarillion someday.   :) 
I always liked The Silmarillion. I probably like it more than LOTR. It's good stuff. Really good stuff.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: winrit on October 27, 2009, 01:18:43 PM
5.  I seriously hope someone makes a film about The Silmarillion someday.   :) 
I always liked The Silmarillion. I probably like it more than LOTR. It's good stuff. Really good stuff.

It is hard for me to imagine how it could be made into a film. I'd go see it, but seems like a big undertaking. Of course so was LOTR.

The copy of the The Silmarillion that I read had a printing error so I got 3/4 of the way through and then the book started over again from page 1. I always meant to go out an buy a new copy, but never got to it. Still haven't read the end!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on October 27, 2009, 01:56:00 PM
5.  I seriously hope someone makes a film about The Silmarillion someday.   :) 
I always liked The Silmarillion. I probably like it more than LOTR. It's good stuff. Really good stuff.

It is hard for me to imagine how it could be made into a film. I'd go see it, but seems like a big undertaking. Of course so was LOTR.

I think some of the stories in it could make for good individual films? The Luthien and Beren story, for example, might be cool.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on October 27, 2009, 03:56:59 PM
Túrin Turambar has always been my favorite story, and yes, I loved Children of Hurin.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on October 27, 2009, 08:58:53 PM
Adding a few Kinda sorta fascinating thing about me:

I got to climb Mt St Helens two times while it was "active" a few years back.  Giant plumes of steam were coming out of it while we were up there.  Very cool

(http://i35.tinypic.com/2uzoz91.jpg)

(http://i33.tinypic.com/21l0exe.jpg)

That was very cool :)

If you look closely you can see trees in the water in Spirit Lake in the background.  Those trees are still floating in there from the 1980 erruption.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 27, 2009, 09:05:46 PM
Adding a few Kinda sorta fascinating thing about me:

I got to climb Mt St Helens two times while it was "active" a few years back.  Giant plumes of steam were coming out of it while we were up there.  Very cool

That was very cool :)

If you look closely you can see trees in the water in Spirit Lake in the background.  Those trees are still floating in there from the 1980 erruption.

That is cool.  I sometimes come across ash from that eruption in my archaeological excavations. The coolest is when we find ash from the eruption of Mount Hood in Oregon which formed Crater Lake. That eruption was 6700 years ago. It was so big that we sometimes find half a foot of ash all the way up here in Alberta!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on October 27, 2009, 09:09:18 PM
So cool, ferris!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 27, 2009, 09:19:35 PM
That is cool, ferris.

During the big Yellowstone fires I climbed to the top of El Capitan in Guadalupe Mountain National Park, and I could see the smoke from those fires. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 27, 2009, 09:25:46 PM
Very nice Ferris! Went up Mount Etna once. Couldn't see five yards around you with the huge amount of fog. Was beautiful.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 27, 2009, 09:29:15 PM
Very nice Ferris! Went up Mount Etna once. Couldn't see five yards around you with the huge amount of fog. Was beautiful.

Isn't there a lot of rubbish dumped on Etna?  Maybe it wasn't fog, but steaming heaps of...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 27, 2009, 09:33:44 PM
Very nice Ferris! Went up Mount Etna once. Couldn't see five yards around you with the huge amount of fog. Was beautiful.

Isn't there a lot of rubbish dumped on Etna?  Maybe it wasn't fog, but steaming heaps of...

 :-\. Maybe. But I didnt notice it then.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 27, 2009, 10:08:23 PM
Only joking with you, 'Noke.  I often forget the smileyface.

I was fascinated when I was near Mt Etna that people have built homes on the side of the volcano, an active volcano!  What's the insurance premium for that!?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on October 27, 2009, 10:11:06 PM
Only joking with you, 'Noke.  I often forget the smileyface.

I was fascinated when I was near Mt Etna that people have built homes on the side of the volcano, an active volcano!  What's the insurance premium for that!?

 ;D

I bet the rent is quite low though.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on October 28, 2009, 03:58:12 PM
5.  I seriously hope someone makes a film about The Silmarillion someday.   :)  
I always liked The Silmarillion. I probably like it more than LOTR. It's good stuff. Really good stuff.

I've thought so myself.  Then I think, "Wait, why give the opportunity for someone to ruin it?"  Then I have an argument with myself.  Someone usually gets hurt.  It's always me.  :'(
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on October 28, 2009, 05:10:29 PM
5.  I seriously hope someone makes a film about The Silmarillion someday.   :)  
I always liked The Silmarillion. I probably like it more than LOTR. It's good stuff. Really good stuff.

I've thought so myself.  Then I think, "Wait, why give the opportunity for someone to ruin it?"  Then I have an argument with myself.  Someone usually gets hurt.  It's always me.  :'(

Ah, yes. The tragic consequence of being both a film lover and a book lover, no?  :-\
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on October 28, 2009, 05:12:41 PM
I have attended the San Deigo Comic Con about 7 or 8 times now. Both as working behind the booth and as an excited geek attending the awesomest convention ever.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on October 28, 2009, 11:23:40 PM
5.  I seriously hope someone makes a film about The Silmarillion someday.   :)  
I always liked The Silmarillion. I probably like it more than LOTR. It's good stuff. Really good stuff.

I've thought so myself.  Then I think, "Wait, why give the opportunity for someone to ruin it?"  Then I have an argument with myself.  Someone usually gets hurt.  It's always me.  :'(

You gotta be more optimistic. It really helps in avoiding self inflicted wounds.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on October 28, 2009, 11:27:49 PM
5.  I seriously hope someone makes a film about The Silmarillion someday.   :)  
I always liked The Silmarillion. I probably like it more than LOTR. It's good stuff. Really good stuff.

I've thought so myself.  Then I think, "Wait, why give the opportunity for someone to ruin it?"  Then I have an argument with myself.  Someone usually gets hurt.  It's always me.  :'(

Ah, yes. The tragic consequence of being both a film lover and a book lover, no?  :-\

So true!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 29, 2009, 08:23:19 PM
5) I have a large collection of "big things of the prairies" photos. These are an odd prairie town tradition whereby they construct a very large statue of some significant item (Corn husk, potato, perogy, nickel etc).
Heh. You need to come to Australia: the big pineapple, merino, banana, Murray Cod, prawn etc etc etc... you name it we've got it.  :)

Do not forget the big earthworm.  It's my fav.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 29, 2009, 08:25:54 PM
Quote
I am narcissist

Nah, you're fascinating.

That ground zero stint was heavy.  I couldn't even watch the tv coverage.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FifthCityMuse on October 29, 2009, 08:55:09 PM
5) I have a large collection of "big things of the prairies" photos. These are an odd prairie town tradition whereby they construct a very large statue of some significant item (Corn husk, potato, perogy, nickel etc).
Heh. You need to come to Australia: the big pineapple, merino, banana, Murray Cod, prawn etc etc etc... you name it we've got it.  :)

Do not forget the big earthworm.  It's my fav.
I'm pretty sure that I've been to the big earthworm. And not just to it, but inside it as well. It's down in Gippsland somewhere, yeah? Or are there two?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on October 29, 2009, 09:15:54 PM
5) I have a large collection of "big things of the prairies" photos. These are an odd prairie town tradition whereby they construct a very large statue of some significant item (Corn husk, potato, perogy, nickel etc).
Heh. You need to come to Australia: the big pineapple, merino, banana, Murray Cod, prawn etc etc etc... you name it we've got it.  :)

Do not forget the big earthworm.  It's my fav.


I'm pretty sure that I've been to the big earthworm. And not just to it, but inside it as well. It's down in Gippsland somewhere, yeah? Or are there two?
http://www.australianexplorer.com/australian_big_icons.htm (http://www.australianexplorer.com/australian_big_icons.htm)

Damn I have to make it there to add to my collection!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FifthCityMuse on October 29, 2009, 09:18:23 PM
Yup, I've totally been to the Big Earthworm in Bass. Probably ten years ago or so, but still. I remember enjoying myself.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 29, 2009, 09:24:52 PM
The Big Earthworm was my first, and I loved it.  The Big Murray Cod is pretty amazing too. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jbissell on October 31, 2009, 02:19:13 AM
I somehow managed to miss this thread. Can't wait to go back and read them all.  I'll do more than 5 to make up for lost time

1. I have a freakishly long tongue (and know how to use it! don't judge  ;))
2. I have appeared in drag on more than one occasion, and not just for Halloween.
2b. I know all the words to "Like a Virgin"
3. I'm so nearsighted it's ridiculous.  I've had crazy thick glasses since I was 5.
4. I got suspended for a week during Junior year of high school for attending a basketball game after drinking all day. My BAC at the time was only 0.01 and two of my friends that played in the band and were noticeably drunk managed to escape punishment. This resulted in me being blackballed from the National Honor Society (the only eligible member of my class not to get in), but I didn't need to be in their stupid club anyways  :P
5. I was a biter until the 1st grade. I drew blood on more than one occasion, including once in the middle of kindergarten story time.
6. I have never had a cavity or braces. ;D
7. I dislocated my shoulder playing basketball in HS gym and to this day if I swing a bat or club, there's a good chance it will pop out.  In fact, it once popped out because someone gave me a high five.
8. I ran for class President my Junior and Senior years of high school and won Senior year. It was quickly determined that voter fraud had been committed on my behalf (not even by my friends, by a bunch of guys I hated that hated the girl that won).
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 31, 2009, 02:30:25 AM
Aren't you rather hirsute as well?  I think I remember that from a posted pic. 

Sorry, just trying to get a vision of the dressed-in-drag thing?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jbissell on October 31, 2009, 08:37:36 AM
Aren't you rather hirsute as well?  I think I remember that from a posted pic. 

Sorry, just trying to get a vision of the dressed-in-drag thing?

I only had a little stubble going.  This was in a small town in South Dakota so half the guys had full beards.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on October 31, 2009, 09:13:49 AM
I somehow managed to miss this thread. Can't wait to go back and read them all.  I'll do more than 5 to make up for lost time

7. I dislocated my shoulder playing basketball in HS gym and to this day if I swing a bat or club, there's a good chance it will pop out.  In fact, it once popped out because someone gave me a high five.


I've dislocated both my shoulders multiple time from playing rugby, now it happens on occasion (last time I was serving in a tennis match, and it popped out), every time I put it back in, it makes me think of Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon.  My doctor told me if I want to reach my kitchen counters when I'm 50, I have to stop doing damage to my shoulders.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on October 31, 2009, 02:14:28 PM
Rugby injuries? You're badass, ses.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on November 01, 2009, 04:22:39 PM
5.  I seriously hope someone makes a film about The Silmarillion someday.   :) 
I always liked The Silmarillion. I probably like it more than LOTR. It's good stuff. Really good stuff.

I missed this - but I wanted to chime in and say I wholeheartedly agree! :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 02, 2009, 10:05:31 PM
2. I don't do "original"
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Basil on November 02, 2009, 10:16:42 PM
5. I really like Steven Soderbergh.
4. I go to USC.
3. Gee, well, I feel like you already know the rest.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 1SO on November 02, 2009, 10:56:08 PM
5. I really like Steven Soderbergh.
4. I go to USC.
3. Gee, well, I feel like you already know the rest.
Actually, we already knew the prior.  We're interested in the rest.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jbissell on November 02, 2009, 11:05:02 PM
I think I mentioned this in my Election verdict but my sophomore and junior years of high school, I ran for class president against a popular girl.  I lost the first election in a landslide but won junior year, only to have my win overturned after it was discovered that a group of guys who disliked my competitor had stuffed ballots for me (I actually didn't like these guys at all).  This was all dealt with very quietly and I only found out what happened after the fact.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Basil on November 03, 2009, 12:15:32 AM
5. I really like Steven Soderbergh.
4. I go to USC.
3. Gee, well, I feel like you already know the rest.
Actually, we already knew the prior.  We're interested in the rest.

Therein lies my attempt at humor.  :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on November 03, 2009, 06:51:57 AM
Just one this time, and it's not something I consider fascinating or cool or anything like that, but it's a really personal thing that I don't talk about all that much.

1) I love dogs, I've had dogs all my life, but dogs die, and they die way too young. I never had to deal with my first dog dying because my mom was forced to give her up when we moved, nor did I have to deal with my Grandma's two dogs dying because she did the same thing when she moved. The first dog that I ever thought of as mine was Precious, and I had her for 14 years, and with her I was around till the very end. Since she was my dog I was tasked with being with her when she started to get sick a few years ago and when the vet decided it was in her best interests to be put down they said I could be in the room with her when she was put down. I didn't want my dog to be in that room with strangers so I agreed, and it was the hardest thing I ever did. No morbid details or anything like that, but they tried telling me what it would be like and I still wasn't ready for it. I don't think the nurses were ready to see a grown man who looks like a complete hard ass 99% of the time alone in a room holding his dead dog in his arms, balling like a two year old the entire time.

Sadly I realize I will probably have to go through this process again years down the line with Spot and then years later with my next dog, and then probably at least one more time after that. Like I said, not fascinating or cool, but it's one of the experiences in my life that sticks with me the most.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on November 03, 2009, 09:44:10 AM
Just one this time, and it's not something I consider fascinating or cool or anything like that, but it's a really personal thing that I don't talk about all that much.

1) I love dogs, I've had dogs all my life, but dogs die, and they die way too young. I never had to deal with my first dog dying because my mom was forced to give her up when we moved, nor did I have to deal with my Grandma's two dogs dying because she did the same thing when she moved. The first dog that I ever thought of as mine was Precious, and I had her for 14 years, and with her I was around till the very end. Since she was my dog I was tasked with being with her when she started to get sick a few years ago and when the vet decided it was in her best interests to be put down they said I could be in the room with her when she was put down. I didn't want my dog to be in that room with strangers so I agreed, and it was the hardest thing I ever did. No morbid details or anything like that, but they tried telling me what it would be like and I still wasn't ready for it. I don't think the nurses were ready to see a grown man who looks like a complete hard ass 99% of the time alone in a room holding his dead dog in his arms, balling like a two year old the entire time.

Sadly I realize I will probably have to go through this process again years down the line with Spot and then years later with my next dog, and then probably at least one more time after that. Like I said, not fascinating or cool, but it's one of the experiences in my life that sticks with me the most.

This just made my eyes well up a lot... seriously. I'm a cat person but I really love all animals. My Dad took my two cats who passed. I just couldn't do it. Ugh... now I'm all emotional.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Colleen on November 03, 2009, 12:38:18 PM
Just one this time, and it's not something I consider fascinating or cool or anything like that, but it's a really personal thing that I don't talk about all that much.

1) I love dogs, I've had dogs all my life, but dogs die, and they die way too young.

I 100% hear you on this Bill.  I was "lucky" (if you could call it that) that I went through the process with 2 dogs I wasn't very attached to first--one dog was found on the street, very elderly and apparently abandoned.  She was heartworm positive and couldn't survive the treatment for heartworms so we had the vet euthanize her.  I felt good that we had fed, watered her (she was very hungry and thirsty when found) and bathed so she wasn't stinky and covered in fleas anymore.  At least she didn't die in misery on the street. 

Then a senile schnauzer who was a permanent foster (unadoptable) had to be euthanized after living with us for a year and a half.  She was already showing clear dog dementia when we took her in, and developed more neurological conditions and got weaker as time went on.  We were out of town when things hit a crisis and our friend who was taking care of our dogs had to take her to the vet for us.  So I'd been present for the process with a dog I didn't really know, and mourned for a dog I cared more about but wasn't there for.

Which prepared me for the inevitable with the older of the first two dogs we adopted, Sammy.  He'd had Cushings for years and had become more and more of a little old man, sleeping 80-90% of the time, walking slowly, deaf and mostly blind, so we knew it was coming.  Still it was a very very sad day taking him to the vet and I vividly remember holding him in my lap during the ride and being in the room with him when the vet did the injection.  And yes, the two of us held him and cried for quite a while before we were ready to let go of him and go home.  He was 16 and we'd had him for 9 years.

And now the younger of the first two dogs we adopted, Tyler, is in that old man stage.  He is my favorite dog ever and he's still doing pretty well, even if he is stinky and sleeps most of the time, but I know the day isn't too far off and I dread it.

The only positive thing is that given our habit of taking in rescues and fosters, we'll never have to make the awful trek home to an empty silent house after one of those trips to the vet.  I don't think I could stand that.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on November 03, 2009, 03:14:18 PM
I have had a total of 6 known concussions. The last time I had one it was really bad and my doctor told me "Quarterbacks retire after 5 concussions. Are you going to retire from life?"

I have brain damage. It killed my short term memory for about a year. I couldn't remember anything. There would be full cans of soda all over the house because I opened it, took a sip, sat it down and completely forgot it ever happened. I still have problems with my short term memory but not as bad as it use to be.

Good thing is people can tell me the same jokes over and over again and I still find them funny like it was the first time.  :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on November 03, 2009, 03:18:51 PM
[...]I have brain damage. [...]
This doesn't mean she wouldn't be attracted to me if she didn't have brain damage. I just want to be clear on that!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on November 03, 2009, 04:46:06 PM
How in the world have you managed to suffer so many concussions? Have you considered wearing a helmet, like everyday?

Seriously, concussions have repercussions.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on November 03, 2009, 04:55:13 PM
Well, yeah they have repercussions... I'm a walking, talking, not remembering what you just said proof of that. Some of the accidents were:

I had one concussion when I was about 15 or so when I was riding a skateboard, trying to do a kickflip off of some stairs. I was alone. I missed the landing and flew backwards hitting my head on the corner of the stairs.

I was punched in the face randomly at a gas station by some guy who must have been holding something in his hand.

One when I was practicing moonsaults from the top rope and some punk kid who was training hit the rope. I fell on the outside of the ring, just past the mat. Head on concrete is bad.

The last one was a bad car accident. They ran a red light, hit just behind where I was sitting. Not good.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on November 03, 2009, 05:06:20 PM
Geez!  That's amazing.  I'm so sorry your poor head has been through so much.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on November 03, 2009, 05:16:47 PM
Thanks. I'm okay. I just say "ummm. I don't remember" a lot.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 03, 2009, 05:17:46 PM
I still have yet to come up with 5 things about me that are even slightly interesting.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on November 03, 2009, 05:24:12 PM
I still have yet to come up with 5 things about me that are even slightly interesting.

Where does your obvious interest in art come from?  Are you an artist or connected to the art world in any way? 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on November 03, 2009, 05:27:27 PM
I still have yet to come up with 5 things about me that are even slightly interesting.

I have said it before and I'll say it again. Everyone is interesting.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Solid Blake on November 03, 2009, 08:46:43 PM
1. My first name is not Blake, it's Josef.. I'm named after my great uncle, who was a train conductor in Sweden. Josef Blake Holstrom.
2. During a summer semester in Rome, a friend and I biked from Rome to Naples in under 24 hours with only a compass to guide us.
3. I severed my pinky finger when I was 8, and subsequently had it sewn back on by my father (who was a volunteer EMT).
4. I climbed a mountain barefoot on a bet.
5. I won a "Best Essay" award at a Phi Alpha Theta Historical Society conference at West Point Military Academy and it was then submitted for publication.


.... never heard back on that last one.  :-\
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on November 03, 2009, 08:55:33 PM
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3. I severed my pinky finger when I was 8, and subsequently had it sewn back on by my father (who was a volunteer EMT).

Did it heal properly?  nerves and all?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Solid Blake on November 03, 2009, 08:57:01 PM
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3. I severed my pinky finger when I was 8, and subsequently had it sewn back on by my father (who was a volunteer EMT).

Did it heal properly?  nerves and all?

More or less, it does not bend as well as my left hand, but it's never got in the way of any of my hobbies (guitar, pinky wrestling, etc.).
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on November 03, 2009, 08:59:39 PM
I remember a story about a bike trip to Naples and you ended up stranded or something?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on November 03, 2009, 09:06:09 PM
I'd also be interested to know the topic of your essay.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 03, 2009, 10:47:56 PM
1. My first name is not Blake, it's Josef.. I'm named after my great uncle, who was a train conductor in Sweden. Josef Blake Holstrom.
My middle name is Blake as well and that's what most people call me. Never brought it up because I figured that would just be confusing.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Solid Blake on November 04, 2009, 06:47:30 AM
I'd also be interested to know the topic of your essay.

Boring stuff, really. I was calling on Colonel T. X. Hammes' (US) hypothesis of a "fourth generation warfare" was being used in the Iraq War (using minimalist resources, manipulating media coverage, guerilla tactics, etc.), noting that we were fighting with 3rd generation, Clausewitzian tactics (strength in numbers, highly trained soldier, advanced technologies, etc.) against an unconventional war. I also used the snafu in Mogadishu to support my theory. Now, of course, this was before we actually started a legitimate counter-insurgency in Iraq, so I guess that's why they picked me. I'm not too confident in my writing. In addition, being a crunchy liberal kid from Boston and spouting off military analysis in front of many shaved heads at West Point was close to horrifying...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on November 04, 2009, 09:11:30 AM
I assume you used Black Hawk Down as a source.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Solid Blake on November 04, 2009, 09:48:14 AM
I assume you used Black Hawk Down as a source.

Haha, no.. but I'm sure some explosions would have spiced up my presentation.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on November 04, 2009, 09:54:33 PM
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3. I severed my pinky finger when I was 8, and subsequently had it sewn back on by my father (who was a volunteer EMT).

Did it heal properly?  nerves and all?

whoa!  Good "fascinating thing"  !!

Ever seen Suicide Kings? 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Marbe on November 05, 2009, 10:59:23 AM
1. I was sent home from school I was in 3rd grade for writing a threatening note another boy named Kyle in my class with my new detective invisible ink pen.

2. I once participated in a flag burning. And bible burning. Not my proudest moments.

3. I received a ceramic collectible dragon from my parents on my graduation./ They also gave me a book of Jimmy Stewart's poetry when I was 8.

4. I'm switching majors again so I can teach middle schoolers Social Studies.

5. I'm quadingual: English, Pig Latin, Hong Kong Latin, and just regular old Latin.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on November 05, 2009, 09:15:28 PM
What did the note say?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on November 05, 2009, 10:24:33 PM


5. I'm quadingual: English, Pig Latin, Hong Kong Latin, and just regular old Latin.

isthay is oolcay
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on November 06, 2009, 12:27:20 PM
1. The first McDonald's in Canada also happens to be the first McDonald's I ever went to. (It's in Richmond, BC) It was only about 10 minutes away from where I grew up.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Marbe on November 06, 2009, 02:52:37 PM
What did the note say?

Essentially give me money or I will kill you. To be fair we had been playing cops and robbers.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on November 13, 2009, 02:03:23 PM
Fact #1:
I used to draw a comic strip for a local newspaper. It was a weekly gig but I’m proud to say there’s only one strip they ever refused to publish. It was a lame joke about the masked murderer from Scream asking for directions to the nearest High School.

Fact #2:
I’ve never had a nosebleed in my life.

Fact #3:
When I was a kid I had a lisp. On top of that I faceplanted in the playground and knocked my front teeth out which didn’t exactly help with speaking properly. I had speech training and it took me about a year to get rid of the lisp. That’s when I started stuttering. It took me another year to get rid of that. I still have a form of stuttering where I will start a sentence again even though  I was already halfway through it. I don’t do it all the time but it happens now and then.

Fact #4:
I have no recollection of my first time having sex. None. I know who it was with but I don’t remember anything else, not how I felt leading up to it, during it or afterwards. It probably wasn’t horrible (blocked memory due to PTSD) because the relationship with that girl lasted another few months. It makes me really sad that I would forget something a lot of people consider an important memory.

Fact #5:
Twice I’ve been really close of becoming a paid movie critic. I was 17 when opportunity knocked on my door the first time: A friend of my older brother was working for a radio station and they needed a movie critic. He didn’t know me but my brother must have mentioned me being into movies a lot. Unfortunately I didn’t get the job because I wasn’t 18 yet.
Years later I met someone online who just had put a youth magazine together and was hiring writers. I got the job as “the movie guy” and handed in a couple of reviews and a column. Due to financial problems and writers who couldn’t meet the deadline the whole project fell through and the first issue of the magazine would remain the last. Well, three’s a charm, right? Better luck next time.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on November 13, 2009, 02:07:06 PM
Great list!

Of course now you're going to have to share some of your comics (i thought the rejected one was kinda billiant actually!)


No nosebleeds!  Great.  Must be you keep your finger out of there, huh?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on November 13, 2009, 02:08:51 PM
I've had countless nosebleeds. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on November 13, 2009, 02:14:33 PM
I've had countless nosebleeds. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
This might be giving away a little too much but ... let's just say .. despite having used cocaine, no nosebleed.

Great list!
Of course now you're going to have to share some of your comics (i thought the rejected one was kinda billiant actually!)
No nosebleeds!  Great.  Must be you keep your finger out of there, huh?
It was shortly after Columbine. I think that had to do with it. About posting one ... I see what I can do.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 13, 2009, 02:17:17 PM
I've had countless nosebleeds. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

:: pictures Anne on a bender::
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on November 13, 2009, 02:17:42 PM
I've had countless nosebleeds. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
This might be giving away a little too much but ... let's just say .. despite having used cocaine, no nosebleed.

This tie into fascinating thing #4 at all?

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on November 13, 2009, 02:21:43 PM
Careful Kimble, don't let Colleen see that.  :D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on November 13, 2009, 02:29:59 PM
Careful Kimble, don't let Colleen see that.  :D
What? Why? Because she's a .. oh .. right, right. Naw, I stopped doing that a long time ago.

I've had countless nosebleeds. Cocaine is a hell of a drug.
This might be giving away a little too much but ... let's just say .. despite having used cocaine, no nosebleed.
This tie into fascinating thing #4 at all?
Even though I was doing drugs during that period at time I don't think it has anything to do with it. Nice job of connecting dots there though.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jdc on November 14, 2009, 04:35:05 AM
Fact #2:
I’ve never had a nosebleed in my life.

Then they all came to me, I have literally had 1000's of them.  From as young as i can remember up until i was 18, I probably would get one ever 2 to 3 days.  I had them so often I could easily use it as an excuse to leave class by just quickly grabbing my nose and walking out. 

I moved when I was 18 and it got really had, one to two a day that were sometime hard to stop.  After about a month of having them everyday I finally went to the doctor and my nostrils cauterized and they mostly stopped it.  I will still probably get one a month or so, especially if I am traveling and doing a lot of flying.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on November 14, 2009, 09:42:49 AM
Fact #2:
I’ve never had a nosebleed in my life.

Then they all came to me, I have literally had 1000's of them.  From as young as i can remember up until i was 18, I probably would get one ever 2 to 3 days.  I had them so often I could easily use it as an excuse to leave class by just quickly grabbing my nose and walking out. 

I moved when I was 18 and it got really had, one to two a day that were sometime hard to stop.  After about a month of having them everyday I finally went to the doctor and my nostrils cauterized and they mostly stopped it.  I will still probably get one a month or so, especially if I am traveling and doing a lot of flying.

I had tons of them too. No clue why.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on November 14, 2009, 11:14:55 AM
...I’ve never had a nosebleed in my life...

Then they all came to me, I have literally had 1000's of them.  From as young as i can remember up until i was 18, I probably would get one ever 2 to 3 days.  I had them so often I could easily use it as an excuse to leave class by just quickly grabbing my nose and walking out.  

I moved when I was 18 and it got really had, one to two a day that were sometime hard to stop.  After about a month of having them everyday I finally went to the doctor and my nostrils cauterized and they mostly stopped it.  I will still probably get one a month or so, especially if I am traveling and doing a lot of flying.

Here's a friendly suggestion (http://www.moviewavs.com/php/sounds/?id=bst&media=MP3S&type=TV_Shows&movie=Simpsons&quote=ralphfinger.txt&file=ralphfinger.mp3)

(Kidding aside, I had them pretty bad as a kid too.  Went away before high school though.)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jdc on November 14, 2009, 11:19:56 AM
...I’ve never had a nosebleed in my life...

Then they all came to me, I have literally had 1000's of them.  From as young as i can remember up until i was 18, I probably would get one ever 2 to 3 days.  I had them so often I could easily use it as an excuse to leave class by just quickly grabbing my nose and walking out.  

I moved when I was 18 and it got really had, one to two a day that were sometime hard to stop.  After about a month of having them everyday I finally went to the doctor and my nostrils cauterized and they mostly stopped it.  I will still probably get one a month or so, especially if I am traveling and doing a lot of flying.

Here's a friendly suggestion (http://www.moviewavs.com/php/sounds/?id=bst&media=MP3S&type=TV_Shows&movie=Simpsons&quote=ralphfinger.txt&file=ralphfinger.mp3)

(Kidding aside, I had them pretty bad as a kid too.  Went away before high school though.)

Simpson's rock... and you do have to keep it clean, you know. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: lise on November 16, 2009, 05:06:59 PM
1. I avoid going on dinner dates. It isn't that I don't want to spend time talking to the guy... more that I end up sounding like the world's most high maintenance girl. I get sick if I eat anything cooked in canola oil, and that is pretty hard to avoid these days. I end up sounding like a loon, but if I do end up eating something with it I either feel moderately unwell or like I have food poisoning. For a while it made me nervous to eat out at all.
2. I toyed with the idea of double majoring in voice and chemistry, but then realized it would take 5 years to finish my degree. To stay sane in college I spent time in the theater and taking english classes. It drove my science profs crazy. I'm still looking for the perfect job that combines my love of science and my need for non-science things.
3. I am not really superstitious, but I carry a couple of good luck charms around because I could be wrong. I got them as a gag gift when I was thinking about moving back to the DC area. After Katrina, and having to evacuate for the fires in san diego a few years ago my friends were nervous about my luck. I said the plague of locust (ok cicadas) happened while I was gone, but they weren't having any of it. They bring up the fact that I required hospital attention 3 times the summer between my college freshman and sophomore years... 3 weeks to the day apart. As I said I'm not taking chances.
4. I still have to compile a script in my head before I go somewhere I don't know people, or call someone on the phone for the 1st time. Most people don't realize, because I decided when I was in high school not to let the nerves get the best of me... even when I don't feel confident I fake it. Within a few minutes I'm usually ok, but until then it is usually bluster.
5. I had debilitating OCD as a child that I grew out of. I said good night the same way every night for several years (and it wasn't a short script). I also "needed" to know things and wouldn't stop until I thought I knew enough. The craziest of the topics I decided I needed to know was the history of debilitating and deadly epidemics. I may have been the only 7 year old who could discuss polio, smallpox and the development of vaccines.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on November 16, 2009, 05:13:59 PM

2. I toyed with the idea of double majoring in voice and chemistry, but then realized it would take 5 years to finish my degree. To stay sane in college I spent time in the theater and taking english classes. It drove my science profs crazy. I'm still looking for the perfect job that combines my love of science and my need for non-science things.

I don't know.  I got my major in theology with a minor in Interpreting for the Hearing Impaired and a second minor in Koine Greek and it didn't take me... oh, wait.  That's right, it DID take me five years.  Sometimes it's worth the five years, I guess.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: alexarch on November 16, 2009, 05:17:17 PM
Everything that lise wrote makes me want to snuggle next to her in a worn, chalky pink booth at a malt shop. Lay my head on her shoulder and make googly eyes at her.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: lise on November 16, 2009, 05:20:23 PM
Everything that lise wrote makes me want to snuggle next to her in a worn, chalky pink booth at a malt shop. Lay my head on her shoulder and make googly eyes at her.

oooh a malt shop! I could make that work
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on November 16, 2009, 05:25:42 PM
Everything that lise wrote makes me want to snuggle next to her in a worn, chalky pink booth at a malt shop. Lay my head on her shoulder and make googly eyes at her.

Totally.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: lise on November 16, 2009, 05:27:34 PM


2. I toyed with the idea of double majoring in voice and chemistry, but then realized it would take 5 years to finish my degree. To stay sane in college I spent time in the theater and taking english classes. It drove my science profs crazy. I'm still looking for the perfect job that combines my love of science and my need for non-science things.

I don't know.  I got my major in theology with a minor in Interpreting for the Hearing Impaired and a second minor in Koine Greek and it didn't take me... oh, wait.  That's right, it DID take me five years.  Sometimes it's worth the five years, I guess.

The problem was I went to insanely expensive private college, and while I love music it was never going to be my vocation. It ended up for the best though, during both my junior and senior years in college I developed pneumonia as a secondary infection after the flu, so while I still sing my vocal range never totally recovered. Turns out we have a family disposition towards it, my sister ended up in the hospital for the better part of a week when it happened to her a few years later.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: StarCarly on November 16, 2009, 06:47:04 PM

 
4. I still have to compile a script in my head before I go somewhere I don't know people, or call someone on the phone for the 1st time. Most people don't realize, because I decided when I was in high school not to let the nerves get the best of me... even when I don't feel confident I fake it. Within a few minutes I'm usually ok, but until then it is usually bluster.


You're not alone. Especially with the phone I need to have a full conversation planned out, as well as ways to get out of it.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on November 16, 2009, 06:49:26 PM

 
4. I still have to compile a script in my head before I go somewhere I don't know people, or call someone on the phone for the 1st time. Most people don't realize, because I decided when I was in high school not to let the nerves get the best of me... even when I don't feel confident I fake it. Within a few minutes I'm usually ok, but until then it is usually bluster.


You're not alone. Especially with the phone I need to have a full conversation planned out, as well as ways to get out of it.

I always just wing it and then come off very awkward.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 16, 2009, 07:09:34 PM
I don't use the telephone when I don't have to, something about talking to no one bothers me. I either want no voice and just text, or voice, face, and the whole thing. I can't have it in the middle.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on November 16, 2009, 07:10:49 PM
I don't use the telephone when I don't have to, something about talking to no one bothers me. I either want no voice and just text, or voice, face, and the whole thing. I can't have it in the middle.

I completely understand this.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: lise on November 16, 2009, 09:24:53 PM
woo hoo! I'm not the only one!!! oops... maybe i need to go post in the "you might be a nerd" thread now
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ¡Keith! on November 16, 2009, 10:39:41 PM
you guys are like the cutest.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on November 16, 2009, 10:42:05 PM
you guys are like the cutest.

Of course. I'm a hamster.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on November 17, 2009, 03:27:00 PM
3. I've had at least one dinner with at least one Filmspotter with over 300 posts.

1. I never had any grandparents.

pixote
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on November 17, 2009, 04:19:10 PM
3. I've had at least one dinner with at least one Filmspotter with over 300 posts.

1. I never had any grandparents.

pixote

Are you your own grandpa?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: lise on November 17, 2009, 05:55:10 PM
he's actually an amoeba ... he is really just a clone
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on November 18, 2009, 11:21:26 AM
Nearly all of my elementary, middle school and jr. high school pictures for the yearbook or for your family have me sporting a black eye, split lip or some sort of bruising. I was a rough and tumble kind of girl... I think I still might be.  :D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: edgar00 on November 18, 2009, 12:10:41 PM

2. I toyed with the idea of double majoring in voice and chemistry, but then realized it would take 5 years to finish my degree. To stay sane in college I spent time in the theater and taking english classes. It drove my science profs crazy. I'm still looking for the perfect job that combines my love of science and my need for non-science things.


You know, the Bond producers will need to recast the role of Q in the near future...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: edgar00 on November 18, 2009, 12:12:52 PM
I don't use the telephone when I don't have to, something about talking to no one bothers me. I either want no voice and just text, or voice, face, and the whole thing. I can't have it in the middle.

To a degree, I echo this sentiments.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 18, 2009, 12:50:36 PM
I don't use the telephone when I don't have to, something about talking to no one bothers me. I either want no voice and just text, or voice, face, and the whole thing. I can't have it in the middle.

To a degree, I echo this sentiments.
I've made about 20 calls on my cell phone since I got it a year and a half ago. I think I've charged it less than 15 times.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: roujin on November 18, 2009, 01:07:01 PM
It's like a watch or something.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FLYmeatwad on November 18, 2009, 01:07:54 PM
I use text messaging all the time, I hate the actual calling thing though.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on November 18, 2009, 01:15:19 PM
I use text messaging all the time, I hate the actual calling thing though.
I've never sent a text message.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on November 18, 2009, 01:21:42 PM
I use text messaging all the time, I hate the actual calling thing though.
I've never sent a text message.

same here.  Phone and email seems to work pretty well still.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on November 18, 2009, 01:23:27 PM
I use text messaging all the time, I hate the actual calling thing though.
I've never sent a text message.

same here.  Phone and email seems to work pretty well still.

Hi!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on November 18, 2009, 01:25:25 PM
I use text messaging all the time, I hate the actual calling thing though.
I've never sent a text message.

same here.  Phone and email seems to work pretty well still.
Oddly, my mom sent me a text the other day, and she's almost completely computer illiterate - she doesn't understand email. But then, she's always been a phone person, so maybe it's a more natural progression for her.  :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on November 18, 2009, 01:27:31 PM
I use text messaging all the time, I hate the actual calling thing though.
I've never sent a text message.

same here.  Phone and email seems to work pretty well still.
Oddly, my mom sent me a text the other day, and she's almost completely computer illiterate - she doesn't understand email. But then, she's always been a phone person, so maybe it's a more natural progression for her.  :)

My mom is the same she can handle texting but anything else on the computer is hopeless. I wonder what our children will say about us in 30 years? :D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on November 18, 2009, 01:29:31 PM
I use text messaging all the time, I hate the actual calling thing though.
I've never sent a text message.

same here.  Phone and email seems to work pretty well still.
Oddly, my mom sent me a text the other day, and she's almost completely computer illiterate - she doesn't understand email. But then, she's always been a phone person, so maybe it's a more natural progression for her.  :)

My mom is the same she can handle texting but anything else on the computer is hopeless. I wonder what our children will say about us in 30 years? :D

no doubt.  cuz it's not if it's gonna happen, it's WHEN it's gonna happen. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on November 18, 2009, 01:31:36 PM
I use text messaging all the time, I hate the actual calling thing though.
I've never sent a text message.

same here.  Phone and email seems to work pretty well still.
Oddly, my mom sent me a text the other day, and she's almost completely computer illiterate - she doesn't understand email. But then, she's always been a phone person, so maybe it's a more natural progression for her.  :)

My mom is the same she can handle texting but anything else on the computer is hopeless. I wonder what our children will say about us in 30 years? :D

no doubt.  cuz it's not if it's gonna happen, it's WHEN it's gonna happen. 

For sure.


"God my dad is so lame. Whenever he teleports anywhere he ends up in the wrong place. It's so easy. How can he not figure it out!"

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on November 18, 2009, 01:35:23 PM
I use text messaging all the time, I hate the actual calling thing though.
I've never sent a text message.

same here.  Phone and email seems to work pretty well still.
Oddly, my mom sent me a text the other day, and she's almost completely computer illiterate - she doesn't understand email. But then, she's always been a phone person, so maybe it's a more natural progression for her.  :)

My mom is the same she can handle texting but anything else on the computer is hopeless. I wonder what our children will say about us in 30 years? :D

no doubt.  cuz it's not if it's gonna happen, it's WHEN it's gonna happen. 
Haha, seriously! It's so odd to think that my children knew how to use a mouse practically before they could talk. And I remember the days back in 4th grade when my classroom had one computer, and if I was lucky, I got to play the Oregon Trail game.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on November 18, 2009, 01:38:40 PM
I use text messaging all the time, I hate the actual calling thing though.
I've never sent a text message.

same here.  Phone and email seems to work pretty well still.
Oddly, my mom sent me a text the other day, and she's almost completely computer illiterate - she doesn't understand email. But then, she's always been a phone person, so maybe it's a more natural progression for her.  :)

My mom is the same she can handle texting but anything else on the computer is hopeless. I wonder what our children will say about us in 30 years? :D

no doubt.  cuz it's not if it's gonna happen, it's WHEN it's gonna happen. 
Haha, seriously! It's so odd to think that my children knew how to use a mouse practically before they could talk. And I remember the days back in 4th grade when my classroom had one computer, and if I was lucky, I got to play the Oregon Trail game.

Nothing beat the hour a day I got to watch my party die over and over again from dysentery, or get swept away in a river while playing The Oregon Trail on an archaic Mac back in grade school.   :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on November 18, 2009, 02:06:44 PM
Nothing beat the hour a day I got to watch my party die over and over again from dysentery, or get swept away in a river while playing The Oregon Trail on an archaic Mac back in grade school.   :)
Good times.  :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on November 18, 2009, 03:01:04 PM
Nothing beat the hour a day I got to watch my party die over and over again from dysentery, or get swept away in a river while playing The Oregon Trail on an archaic Mac back in grade school.   :)
Good times.  :)

Apple IIe for us.  For a time I taught this game to 7 classes of grade school students a day in the early 90's.  (I was living in NY at the time.  At the time I had no idea i'd be living in Oregon!)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bill Thompson on November 18, 2009, 03:02:29 PM
Nothing beat the hour a day I got to watch my party die over and over again from dysentery, or get swept away in a river while playing The Oregon Trail on an archaic Mac back in grade school.   :)
Good times.  :)

Apple IIe for us.  For a time I taught this game to 7 classes of grade school students a day in the early 90's.  (I was living in NY at the time.  At the time I had no idea i'd be living in Oregon!)

How many people did you lose on the journey over?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: StarCarly on November 18, 2009, 03:11:34 PM
Nothing beat the hour a day I got to watch my party die over and over again from dysentery, or get swept away in a river while playing The Oregon Trail on an archaic Mac back in grade school.   :)
Good times.  :)

Apple IIe for us.  For a time I taught this game to 7 classes of grade school students a day in the early 90's.  (I was living in NY at the time.  At the time I had no idea i'd be living in Oregon!)

How many people did you lose on the journey over?
:D :D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: lise on November 18, 2009, 03:46:11 PM
I started texting during mardi gras out of shear necessity. There is no way to hear anyone on the phone, and getting dropped happens all the time. It was much easier to just text the people you were meeting. Then when evacuating it was the only way you could get through most of the time.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on November 19, 2009, 01:38:19 AM
Nothing beat the hour a day I got to watch my party die over and over again from dysentery, or get swept away in a river while playing The Oregon Trail on an archaic Mac back in grade school.   :)
Good times.  :)

Apple IIe for us.  For a time I taught this game to 7 classes of grade school students a day in the early 90's.  (I was living in NY at the time.  At the time I had no idea i'd be living in Oregon!)

How many people did you lose on the journey over?

Only the ones we had to eat.

All of us in Oregon have a cannibal story somewhere.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on November 25, 2009, 08:03:37 AM
0. I keep your fingerprints in a pink folder in the middle of my table.

pixote
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on November 25, 2009, 08:18:59 AM
0. I keep your fingerprints in a pink folder in the middle of my table.

pixote

I thought it was a blue folder. Letting me down pixote.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on December 14, 2009, 12:21:10 AM
So I participated in a flash mob today. We found out this morning that there was going to be a flash mob/rave in the student union at ten and the three of us (the fourth apartmentmate decided not to go so that he wouldn't get arrested. Which is dumb.) went and it was pretty cool. Dunno how many people were there, but there were a lot. We had all the usual chant-y things including some school specific ones. There was a Tinkie-Winkie and a green man. Both crowd surfed and T-W even crowd surfed up a big flight of stairs. Two people jumped down from a second floor area that is about 30 feet higher than the ground floor. After that the thing was pretty quickly broken up. Don't think anybody actually got arrested, though. I'll post pictures and videos when I find/download them.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on December 14, 2009, 12:29:27 AM
Cool and yes we need pictures.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on December 14, 2009, 12:33:25 AM
This is the first location. You can see me in the bottom right corner at around the 4 minute mark. You can also see me in the preview shot in the bottom middle/right area (below the right side of the play button in the middle) in the grey coat. Also, Tinkie-Winkie crowd surfing up the stairs.
UConn Rave Part 2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6_YrD2wzK8#normal)


This is the second location. It's where the people jumped from. Quite a drop... Tinkie-Winkie and green man visible crowd surfing
Uconn flash mob rave 3 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iYc1EG1RK8#normal)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on December 14, 2009, 04:28:18 AM
I thought of another 5 facts:

fact #6
You know paper cuts, right? I managed to get a corn-cob-leaf-cut when I was around 10 years old. It tore the ring finger on my left hand wide open. I simply ripped a corn cob off the plant and did this in the perfect angle so the little hooks on the edge of the leaf ripped into my finger. I could see the tendon ... before the blood stared gushing out of the wound.

fact #7
I had over a dozen car breakdowns with around six different cars. I have never been in a car accident and but I’m sh*t out of luck with cars. It doesn’t matter if a friend lends me his car or if I use my own one, the car will eventually die on me. I’m the son of a car mechanic and he taught me how to treat a car nicely. It doesn’t matter, every car will die when I’m driving it.

fact #8
It has come to my attention that people have very different opinions about my temper. I’ve been told that I’m the calmest and most patient person to walk the earth, others say I have a bad temper and that I should try to do something about my anger issues.

fact #9
I speak four languages: German, Italian, French and English. You could count the dialects too then it’s six languages, add Leccese-dialect (south of Italy) and Swiss-German. I’m not sure if they count though because they are both only spoken and not written languages. Note: My French is a bit rusty. (don’t quote me out of context!)

fact #10
Ok, I need a dumb fact now to balance out fact #4 and to make sure I don’t come off as someone who’s full of himself. Let’s see, something dumb, shouldn’t be to hard. Oh, there you go: I used to do some photography and my girlfriend at the time asked me if I could take pictures on her grandmother’s 80th birthday. The whole family had gathered and there were around 50 people total. It was a chance of maybe getting a sympathy bonus from my girlfriend’s family. The vast majority of them didn’t particularly care for me and I figured with good pictures comes good will. I did my job, filled film after film (yes, analogue photography, does anyone remember?) and sent them to my favorite photo lab. A week went by, two weeks, nothing. I called and they never got my films. I was stupid enough to send all the films in the same box. My films were in the 0.01% of mail that gets lost every year. There is no photo evidence that gathering ever happened. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you piss off the entire family of your girlfriend.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on December 14, 2009, 09:08:35 AM
I'll never look at corn the same way again.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ¡Keith! on December 14, 2009, 01:32:49 PM
don't be messin with corn - corn is bad ass.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: OmNom on December 14, 2009, 06:30:41 PM
fact #9
I speak four languages: German, Italian, French and English. You could count the dialects too then it’s six languages, add Leccese-dialect (south of Italy) and Swiss-German. I’m not sure if they count though because they are both only spoken and not written languages. Note: My French is a bit rusty. (don’t quote me out of context!)


I think I love you.  Either that or I'm just so impressed I can't tell the difference.  Wow!  Lessee...bilingual, trilingual, quadrilingual...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: alexarch on December 14, 2009, 07:44:35 PM
fact #6
You know paper cuts, right? I managed to get a corn-cob-leaf-cut when I was around 10 years old. It tore the ring finger on my left hand wide open. I simply ripped a corn cob off the plant and did this in the perfect angle so the little hooks on the edge of the leaf ripped into my finger. I could see the tendon ... before the blood stared gushing out of the wound.
I'm aroused.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on December 15, 2009, 02:18:26 AM
Lessee...bilingual, trilingual, quadrilingual...
I was raised bilingual (my father is Italian and my mother is Austrian). I grew up in Switzerland where  French, English and proper German are mandatory school subject. Because my father is from a hillbilly-area of Italy and only spoke in this dialect to me I picked it up. This dialect is to Italian what Brad Pitt's gibberish in Snatch is to English. You might understand a word here and there but you have to pay close attention.

I'm aroused.
This story arouses you? That's not good.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on December 15, 2009, 07:14:34 PM
3. I've had at least one dinner with at least one Filmspotter with over 300 posts.

1. I never had any grandparents.

4. I never post here by clicking on the Post button.  I always hit Shift-Tab then Enter.

Fascinating!

pixote
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on December 15, 2009, 07:24:56 PM
Lessee...bilingual, trilingual, quadrilingual...
I was raised bilingual (my father is Italian and my mother is Austrian). I grew up in Switzerland where  French, English and proper German are mandatory school subject. Because my father is from a hillbilly-area of Italy and only spoke in this dialect to me I picked it up. This dialect is to Italian what Brad Pitt's gibberish in Snatch is to English. You might understand a word here and there but you have to pay close attention.

I'm aroused.
This story arouses you? That's not good.

chicks dig accents.

do you have an eye patch?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: OmNom on December 15, 2009, 09:15:30 PM
Lessee...bilingual, trilingual, quadrilingual...
I was raised bilingual (my father is Italian and my mother is Austrian). I grew up in Switzerland where  French, English and proper German are mandatory school subject. Because my father is from a hillbilly-area of Italy and only spoke in this dialect to me I picked it up. This dialect is to Italian what Brad Pitt's gibberish in Snatch is to English. You might understand a word here and there but you have to pay close attention.

Yes, then, it's all settled.  You are my new pool boy.  Your job will be to recline on my sofa and read to me.   :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: OmNom on December 15, 2009, 09:24:32 PM
Lessee...bilingual, trilingual, quadrilingual...
I was raised bilingual (my father is Italian and my mother is Austrian). I grew up in Switzerland where  French, English and proper German are mandatory school subject. Because my father is from a hillbilly-area of Italy and only spoke in this dialect to me I picked it up. This dialect is to Italian what Brad Pitt's gibberish in Snatch is to English. You might understand a word here and there but you have to pay close attention.

Yes, then, it's all settled.  You are my new pool boy.  Your job will be to recline on my sofa and read to me.   :)

What if he knows four languages, but has a voice like Jerry Lewis?

Completely acceptable.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on December 16, 2009, 02:57:39 AM
chicks dig accents.
do you have an eye patch?
They don't if you sound like the bad guys in Indiana Jones - kinda.
Believe it or not, I did have to wear an eye patch for several weeks when I was a kid. Sand got in my eye and scratched my something-something.

Yes, then, it's all settled.  You are my new pool boy.  Your job will be to recline on my sofa and read to me.   :)
Sound like a damn good deal! I can just lay there, read out loud and yell the occasional catch-phrase you're expected to yell when you have a german-ish accent: BLITZKRIEG! SCHNELLER! SCHNELLER! Naw, I'm told my accent isn't too horrible.

What if he knows four languages, but has a voice like Jerry Lewis?
Shut up or go BLITZKRIEG on your ass.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on December 16, 2009, 04:11:02 AM
Yes, then, it's all settled.  You are my new pool boy.  Your job will be to recline on my sofa and read to me.   :)
Sound like a damn good deal! I can just lay there, read out loud and yell the occasional catch-phrase you're expected to yell when you have a german-ish accent: BLITZKRIEG! SCHNELLER! SCHNELLER! Naw, I'm told my accent isn't too horrible.

And then, as the majestic queen walked towards her SCHNELLER!! chef, she asked him SCHNITZEL!!! "Do you, dear barton, believe in god?" and he said "BLITZKREIG!!!"
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DrKimble on December 16, 2009, 06:47:00 AM
That made me laugh out loud.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on December 17, 2009, 12:38:08 PM
Well, what do we have here? While I'm away OmNom has stolen my man to be her new pool reading boy...

OmNom... you and me might have to fight... or... maybe I can come over and swim and lounge by the pool too. He can read to us both!  :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on December 17, 2009, 12:48:32 PM
A UGG appears!! Hows the house buying coming along?

Anyways, after my represnetation do you still want him to read to you?

(Also, it doesn't matter cause apparently Clovis is gonna marry Omnom anyways)

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: UberGeekyGirl on December 17, 2009, 01:35:54 PM
Yeah, I do because I know how nice it is to be read to by him.

The house isn't mine yet... still waiting for PMI approval before I can start escrow. *sigh* So frustrating, oh well.

Good news though... I have someone looking at my heater today so maybe I won't freeze my ass off while at home. Oh and this semester is over... whew!!!!!

Now I have to figure out the whole water leak thing so I stop apparantly using 700+ gallons of water a day. I've turned the water off but now I need someone to find the leak *sigh*.

I am ready for some video game playing, movie watching, cooking and relaxing.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Basil on December 27, 2009, 08:12:08 PM
5. I distrust coat racks.
4. I aspire to retire early, be overweight, wear Tommy Bahama shirts, and read 1,000 page biographies.
3. I eat at the same restaurant at least twice a week.
2. I don't shower on weekends.
1. I make the world's best shish kabobs.

That was difficult.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on December 27, 2009, 08:12:56 PM
1. I make the world's best shish kabobs.
 

Recipe maus?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Basil on December 27, 2009, 09:09:46 PM
Secret! Happy to make them for you anytime though.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on December 27, 2009, 09:14:23 PM
with lamb?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: alexarch on December 27, 2009, 10:54:26 PM
with lamb?
I love that this post starts a new page. Without looking at the previous page, take ten minutes to think of a statement that might prompt this question, given the thread title.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on December 28, 2009, 12:14:52 AM
with lamb?
I love that this post starts a new page. Without looking at the previous page, take ten minutes to think of a statement that might prompt this question, given the thread title.

Or just put it in the Out of Context thread, and see what you think of.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on February 22, 2010, 06:25:49 AM
I'm giving this thread a bump to see if we can get our newest members (or any others) to share.

1. Seeing Orion in the western sky means we're soon to leave here and return there.  I love this summer constellation.

2. I married lucky...the second time.

3. I'm a grandmother.  We named our one and only grandchild Grace because she was long-awaited and God's gift to us all.

4. I'm a dual citizenship of USA and Aus.

5. I twist my hair when I'm tired.  Always have, always will.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: joker on February 23, 2010, 11:41:39 AM
1. Married, and have a son.
2. I refuse to have any friends
3. I have 7 tattoos
4. I am a fitness nut,
5. I am a cigar lover.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: zarodinu on February 23, 2010, 12:25:16 PM
1.  Addicted to Red Bean Asian ice cream
2.  Smoke pot but never pay for it
3.  Love to get in a car and drive for a week
4.  Shook hands with Obama
5.  Own a Duxie-Corgi mix (its called a Dorgi and Queen Elizabeth has a litter too)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 23, 2010, 12:26:52 PM
4. I am a fitness nut,
5. I am a cigar lover.
I don't see how these two are compatible but such is the human condition.  :P
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: zarodinu on February 23, 2010, 12:28:45 PM
Rush Limbaugh

(http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2008/07/01/magazine/06cov-500.jpg)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on February 23, 2010, 12:30:26 PM
He needs to be in movies as the cigar chugging mobster in the background.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: joker on February 23, 2010, 12:32:45 PM
4. I am a fitness nut,
5. I am a cigar lover.
I don't see how these two are compatible but such is the human condition.  :P

if you knew me... it would make complete sense... wife calls me the bigest walking contradiction in the world...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Tequila on February 23, 2010, 12:33:50 PM
4. I am a fitness nut,
5. I am a cigar lover.
I don't see how these two are compatible but such is the human condition.  :P
(http://i47.tinypic.com/2crtzs4.jpg)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: joker on February 23, 2010, 12:38:31 PM

(http://i47.tinypic.com/2crtzs4.jpg)

I live by the quota of that man.... HE IS THE ONLY LIVING GOD!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on February 23, 2010, 12:45:50 PM
Such a rad picture.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: joker on February 23, 2010, 01:00:32 PM
Such a rad picture.

how can you not look at that and go.... "awesome"
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on February 23, 2010, 01:23:34 PM
3.  Love to get in a car and drive for a week

yep!  It's gets harder with family though.  More potty breaks than I need.  (recall the what is your superpower thread (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=5895.msg264266#msg264266))
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: zarodinu on February 23, 2010, 04:41:14 PM
3.  Love to get in a car and drive for a week

yep!  It's gets harder with family though.  More potty breaks than I need.  (recall the what is your superpower thread (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=5895.msg264266#msg264266))

When I drive, bathroom stops are determined by the strongest bladder not the weakest.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on February 23, 2010, 04:53:49 PM
3.  Love to get in a car and drive for a week

yep!  It's gets harder with family though.  More potty breaks than I need.  (recall the what is your superpower thread (http://www.filmspotting.net/boards/index.php?topic=5895.msg264266#msg264266))

When I drive, bathroom stops are determined by the strongest bladder not the weakest.  ;D ;D ;D

Only if you want puddles on the seats.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: m_rturnage on February 23, 2010, 05:48:08 PM
1. I used to work in a hospital where my job duties were (among other things) cleaning and preparing the bodies for the morgue and then transporting them to the morgue.

2. I was an insane comic book fan for years, and had a number of letters printed in the back of comics. I even wrote some comics that were published in... of all things... Vamperotica.

3. I landed an assistant editor summer internship with Eclipse Comics the spring before the company imploded. I showed up for my summer internship and found the doors closed and the co-owners of the company divorcing.

4. When I was in high school, I interviewed Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong) for my school paper. The article was rejected because it alleged that Tommy Chong supported the legalization of a certain leafy green controlled substance, and high school students didn't need to know about this sort of thing.

5. I wrote a drew a webcomic for two years, but stopped when I got married.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: mañana on June 03, 2010, 03:55:02 PM
I had a secretary named Lincoln and Lincoln had a secretary named movie watcher.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 1SO on August 19, 2010, 11:52:40 PM
(http://i34.tinypic.com/2mrzehg.jpg)

This is too good a thread to let die, and there are a lot of new active members who haven't responded.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bondo on August 20, 2010, 12:37:55 AM
I guess I'll take up this challenge.

1. I've got a wafer of donor bone, about the size of a couple quarters stacked, in my knee. I've not yet noticed any supernatural powers or distinct personality change. The Eye lies. Anyway, my knee had been hurting so I went to the doctor and they thought it was tendonitis. A few days later I was sitting down on the couch and I heard a pop and felt the worst pain of my life. A chunk of bone (that I would find out had the blood cut off and died over a long period of time) had broken off the end of my femur and gotten stuck in my knee, keeping my knee from straightening. It was stuck long enough that I still am lacking about 5° in straightening that leg, have a limp, was on crutches for three months at the time, off high impact for a year and am again after the graft took less well than anticipated. I hope to play tennis again someday.

2. Stickers make me gag on sight. I don't like looking at them and especially if they are on the ground as litter. I also try to avoid wearing nametags that are stickers.

3. I used to write video game reviews for a few now defunct websites as well as my uni paper, the former of which got me a couple free review copies and the later of which paid me marginally. A 'zine I produced four issues of in coordination with one site was featured in an issue of Electronic Gaming Monthly and I was quoted in the Wall Street Journal in an article about the GCN-GBA link.

4. I was accepted into Mensa. They didn't seem any smarter than any other group I've hung out with.

5. As a legislator on the student union while I was in grad school, I was bothered by the student fee increases being voted in so I offered an amendment to the budget to axe legislator stipends (which would be symbolic, negligible savings). It only got two votes. I think we need more politicians who have Asperger's-like characteristics.

6. I'm a cautionary tale for the online generation. I made a political joke on facebook but by fluke instead of going as a comment to my own status, it went as a comment on a post from my employer's "page" which happened to be right next to it. I "involuntarily resigned" for infringing their "bipartisan" spirit even though I'm unaffiliated. The self-censorship I now have to practice and the general stifling PC environment is killing me a bit inside. It is really infuriating that you can be a fantastic employee for over a year and one little fluke is enough to be pushed out.

7. Speaking of teeth (since it seemed a popular topic early in the thread)...I used to play french horn and was set to be first chair in the school band (and we were a really strong program). Then I needed braces. My orthodontist was the father of the kid who ended up beating me out for first chair. Eventually the braces wore down my nerves in my lips enough that I lost some precision and ended up giving up on the instrument at the end of HS. Apparently now they have removable braces.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: roujin on August 20, 2010, 09:47:52 AM
1. Never broken any part of my body. Never injured any part of my body. I even got my head hit with a huge rock and bled everywhere. I didn't need stitches.

2. I used to think that I could never really love old movies because I couldn't really "relate" to them. So dumb.

3. I don't know anything about cars. Don't like driving them, don't like dealing with them.

4. The best thing I did this summer was start playing soccer again. I missed it so much.

5. I have no memory of my father.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bondo on August 20, 2010, 09:52:48 AM
2. I used to think that I could never really love old movies because I couldn't really "relate" to them. So dumb.

I still think that, so what are you implying :D.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 20, 2010, 09:59:53 AM
1. Never broken any part of my body. Never injured any part of my body. I even got my head hit with a huge rock and bled everywhere. I didn't need stitches.

Directed by M. Night Shayamalan

2. I used to think that I could never really love old movies because I couldn't really "relate" to them. So dumb.

Directed by Peter Bogdonovitch

3. I don't know anything about cars. Don't like driving them, don't like dealing with them.

Directed by Woody Allen

4. The best thing I did this summer was start playing soccer again. I missed it so much.

Walt Disney Pictures Presents

5. I have no memory of my father.

Directed by Stephen Spielberg
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Tim on August 21, 2010, 11:24:36 PM
Keith, Brilliant!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Beavermoose on August 22, 2010, 02:10:21 PM
This topic is heavy.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: pangea on August 22, 2010, 02:43:23 PM
What a neat thread. Fascinating is right.

I’d like to do my part to keep it alive.

1. I was born and raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. To a certain extent, I still am. I go through the motions just so I won’t break my parents heart and lose my closest friends. These past couple years have been an internal war. My faith in the idea of God and the Bible has been completely upturned. I sincerely believe almost nothing the Witnesses believe. I don’t know what to do. Nearly everyone I know and love - wonderful, intelligent, kind people - think I believe in something I don’t and depend upon me to do so. It’s tearing my life apart. And no one knows.

2. Last summer I rode my bike from to border of Iowa to Canada, through the entire length of Minnesota.

3. The most fulfilling romantic relationship of my life was probably in the 6th grade. I had a major crush on this adorable Bosnian girl. She would often choose to work with me and it touched me very much. It was completely innocent. I think there might be a correlation between that aspect and it’s greatness.
Last semester at school, my Chemistry lab partner was this very pretty girl. She was smart and almost unbearably kindhearted. I made her laugh and we talked about a lot while mostly ignoring the Chemistry teacher. We talked about what our duty is to the impoverished, and really connected. Then I found out that she is incredibly religious and loves Jesus very much. My entire life up to this point has been undoing my personal belief in what she believes. On the last day of class I wrote her a nice letter and I’ll probably never see her again.

4. I haven’t eaten an animal since I was 16. (I’m 18.)

5. No matter what I say, I am grateful for each and every day. The long leaves on the tree outside my window are bobbing very gently right now and it just kills me. I would go through all the pain and heartache in the world just to watch the sunrise.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: CSSCHNEIDER on August 22, 2010, 08:53:44 PM
Pangea, I completely understand what you are going through.  I consider myself very spiritual and still a Christian, but I've broken away from the sect of Christianity my family grew up in.  My parents did too, so it was easier, but its put a strain on a number of relationships.

I'm wrecked and need to rest my brain, so I figured this would be relaxing...

1.  I hate the telephone.  I like 1 to 1 conversations, they're way better.

2.In high school my grandmother set me up with one of her friend's grand daughters.  I didn't know it was a set up, but we did date for a time.  We were teamed up over a game of Cranium.  It was pretty cool.

3.We recently had to kick my mother's parents out of our house after they lived with us for 15 years.  It was one of the hardest and most traumatizing moments in my life, but they were to bitter vile people who were desperately trying to break up my parent's marriage and blaming them for the demise of my aunt and uncle's marriage.  We live 12 hours from my aunt and uncle and at the time hadn't seen them or really spoken to them in several years.  It was strange and weird.

4.Theater experiences where the cast interact with the audience are NOT my thing.  It stresses me out.

5.At one time I thought very hard about going into seminary and becoming a minister.  But after meeting with a number of ministers and talking it over with my grandfather (a minister of over 30 years) I decided against it.  My grandfather was a great man with the skills and talents to lead a flock, because more than any minister he was a servant.  Most of the others I met with seemed to fix themselves as parasites on their congregations.  I could see that being too easy a fate for me and steered clear.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: GothamCity151 on August 22, 2010, 09:13:30 PM
My 5 things....which will be rather simple because all y'all know about me now are my favorite films, age, location, etc.

1. I've lived in three of the hottest places in the US (Orlando, Las Vegas, Austin).

2. I can do quite a few impersonations (my favorites being Katharine Hepburn, Michael Caine, and Corky St. Clair)

3. I am an atheist who goes to a catholic school....oh the irony.

4. I am named after my father....so I am a junior.

5. Sadly, I have never had a girlfriend.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on August 22, 2010, 09:14:59 PM
Phoenix is hotter than all of them. ;)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: GothamCity151 on August 22, 2010, 09:16:14 PM
Phoenix is hotter than all of them. ;)

Phoenix is unbearable too....but haven't lived there.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on August 22, 2010, 09:17:14 PM
Its roughly 2 blocks from hell. Count yourself lucky.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bondo on August 22, 2010, 09:20:18 PM
3. I am an atheist who goes to a catholic school....oh the irony.

Well if they aren't going in then I imagine many are going out ;)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 22, 2010, 09:28:06 PM

4. I am named after my father....so I am a junior.


So he's not GothamCity150?  Odd.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 23, 2010, 05:26:13 PM
1. I am a lapsed Catholic. I have done the full works all the way to being confirmed. At sixteen I turned around and walked home on the way to church with my dad. He didn't stop me but was incredibly disappointed about it. From  the beauty of particle physics to the wonder of astrophysics I tend to believe the universe is too amazing to have been any one entities idea.
Interesting, I believe that the universe is too amazing to not be designed by some divine entity.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on August 23, 2010, 05:33:23 PM
There is nothing remarkable about me, so this is a test to find five even remotely fascinating things to say.
You passed the test. :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bondo on August 23, 2010, 06:06:02 PM
1. I am a lapsed Catholic. I have done the full works all the way to being confirmed. At sixteen I turned around and walked home on the way to church with my dad. He didn't stop me but was incredibly disappointed about it. From  the beauty of particle physics to the wonder of astrophysics I tend to believe the universe is too amazing to have been any one entities idea.
Interesting, I believe that the universe is too amazing to not be designed by some divine entity.

That is why I'm polytheist...or something. I like to think of them as MPs and then you've got your head god...like Thor or something. Show me a man who can control the weather and I'm down on all fours.

HT: Coupling, a show that never fails to have a suitable reference.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: verbALs on August 23, 2010, 09:22:04 PM
1. I am a lapsed Catholic. I have done the full works all the way to being confirmed. At sixteen I turned around and walked home on the way to church with my dad. He didn't stop me but was incredibly disappointed about it. From  the beauty of particle physics to the wonder of astrophysics I tend to believe the universe is too amazing to have been any one entities idea.
Interesting, I believe that the universe is too amazing to not be designed by some divine entity.
...but I totally respect and am awed by other people's faith.

There is nothing remarkable about me, so this is a test to find five even remotely fascinating things to say.
You passed the test. :)
:)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Tim on August 24, 2010, 06:16:19 AM
There seem to be a lot of religious things coming up on this list recently. I think it might be becoming a religious outcasts anonymous meeting......well........

1. Remember a few months back when Matty hypothesised that a Mormon Australian would have to be one of the nicest people on earth, and he would like to meet one......well......I was one. But I was not just any Mormon, I was the grandson of one of the leaders who had regular meetings with the president of the church in Utah. My father hopes to follow in his footsteps.

2. I was brought up in an extremely strict household. The combination of mormonism and my parents high aspirations and commitment to the religion, mingled with the fact that we lived in a small town and were the only mormons in the town and therefore had to be a super excellent example to all the non-mormons who lived there. We could not even drink coca-cola, or visit friends on sundays or watch any kind of tv on sundays.

3. When I was about 17 I told my Dad that I did not want to go to church one week. He told me I had the choice - I could either attend willingly or unwillingly. I went willingly........

4. When I turned 19 I served as a missionary in eastern Europe. I met two of my best friends there, and I vomited almost every morning because of the stress of the job. Please be nice to missionaries when they knock on your door. You probably do not want to hear what they have to say, but at least be nice when you tell them you are not interested. Like many missionaries I was there because of expectation and naive immaturity - not because I liked annoying people on their door steps. My best times there were when I was teaching free english classes in the universities and when I was sight seeing. I also enjoyed learning about nazism, communism, and socialist politics from the many many people I met.

5. When I got home two years later I moved into a "singles" ward so that I could meet a nice mormon girl (I had met very few up until that point), marry and have a nice mormon family. Instead I got more into politics, and philosophy and I realised that I had nothing in common with any mormon (male or female) I met there (I would totally disagree here that australian mormons are nicer!). I started dating non-mormons, and started critically analysing mormonism and my life, and realised this was not right for me. So after many internal struggles and lots of arguments with my family I finally left the church. Soon afterward I was excommunicated - something I kind of instigated. My parents stopped talking to me for about a year. It probably took a few more years of internal struggle before things started feeling right again. I have not been into a church since, except for one wedding reception, and I could not attend my brothers and sisters mormon weddings because I was not allowed. Despite this I have no regrets about my decision. flieger was really helpful around this time, even though he probably does not really know it. His is a voice of reason and logic. Noam Chomsky, Douglas Adams and Anne Rice helped out too!

6. I can probably count on one hand the number of films I saw in a cinema before I was 21. It wasn't even a mormon thing, it was more a money and locality issue - I totally made up for this at University ;)

7. Despite excelling in Taekwondo I only ever went in one competition (it was an interstate championship), but I freaked out when I kicked my opponent square in the face and knocked them over. I got top points for that, but I couldn't continue the fight, and lost my enthusiasm for taekwondo afterward.

8. I want to be lead singer in a gothic/black metal band, and mix in orchestral and noise art/glitch components. I want Dr Avalanche to be my drummer. I plan to start the band within the next 12 months!

9. I usually forget someones name within about 2 minutes of hearing it, although I will remember everything else about them.

10. My daughter was born at home without a doctor or midwife present. I caught her, cut her cord, and wrapped her up in a blanket. We took her to the hospital for a check up two days later - we were just too tired to rush there when it happened. The doctor got mad at me because he felt threatened that I did the job he paid all the money to be trained for, despite the fact that doctors only got involved with births in the last century.
 

(I did a list of 10 because I had to include a few more upbeat things!)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Adrienne on August 24, 2010, 07:26:25 AM
1. I was educated by:
(http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af69/qtadbam/nuns.jpg)
The upshot of this was atheism, but I still believe my soul is in my left shoulder. The Nun's Story 1959

2. The Beach Boys sang Barbara Ann to me in an airside corridor at Heathrow, I can still recall the absolute joy of it. They then signed my LP.
(http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af69/qtadbam/BBs002.jpg)
That's a Wilson in the middle, but I can't remember which one it was. Anyone recognise the scrawl? Amadeus 1984

3. When I was an au pair in Val d'Isère, I had to feed Sylvia this 3 days a week.
(http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af69/qtadbam/brain.jpg)
Sometimes I wonder if she grew up dreaming of sheep. Blade Runner 1982

4. I hold the unbroken UK record for underwater bead-threading.
(http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af69/qtadbam/beads.jpg)
                                                  Catch Me If You Can 2002

5. I can not be alone in thinking that life is often like this.
(http://i994.photobucket.com/albums/af69/qtadbam/effet_escher_convexconcave.jpg)
                                                 Ma vie est un enfer 1991 jokes
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: verbALs on August 24, 2010, 09:31:19 AM

7. Despite excelling in Taekwondo I only ever went in one competition (it was an interstate championship), but I freaked out when I kicked my opponent square in the face and knocked them over. I got top points for that, but I couldn't continue the fight, and lost my enthusiasm for taekwondo afterward.


My son had the same experience from the other side! In his first competition in Glasgow, he came out to fight slipped backwards and as he did the other guy kicked him on the chin and put him spark out. Lovely black eye.
Somehow that didn't put him off and this year he hopes to get his Taekwando black belt so he can teach others how to be kicked in the face.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on August 24, 2010, 09:53:15 AM
3. When I was about 17 I told my Dad that I did not want to go to church one week. He told me I had the choice - I could either attend willingly or unwillingly. I went willingly........

I like this.  I'm stealing this line.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 24, 2010, 11:58:11 AM
3. When I was about 17 I told my Dad that I did not want to go to church one week. He told me I had the choice - I could either attend willingly or unwillingly. I went willingly........

I like this.  I'm stealing this line.
You mean for use on children when they don't want to go somewhere or as a stolen bit of history from your childhood?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 'Noke on August 24, 2010, 03:33:41 PM
There seem to be a lot of religious things coming up on this list recently. I think it might be becoming a religious outcasts anonymous meeting......well........

1. Remember a few months back when Matty hypothesised that a Mormon Australian would have to be one of the nicest people on earth, and he would like to meet one......well......I was one. But I was not just any Mormon, I was the grandson of one of the leaders who had regular meetings with the president of the church in Utah. My father hopes to follow in his footsteps.

2. I was brought up in an extremely strict household. The combination of mormonism and my parents high aspirations and commitment to the religion, mingled with the fact that we lived in a small town and were the only mormons in the town and therefore had to be a super excellent example to all the non-mormons who lived there. We could not even drink coca-cola, or visit friends on sundays or watch any kind of tv on sundays.

3. When I was about 17 I told my Dad that I did not want to go to church one week. He told me I had the choice - I could either attend willingly or unwillingly. I went willingly........

4. When I turned 19 I served as a missionary in eastern Europe. I met two of my best friends there, and I vomited almost every morning because of the stress of the job. Please be nice to missionaries when they knock on your door. You probably do not want to hear what they have to say, but at least be nice when you tell them you are not interested. Like many missionaries I was there because of expectation and naive immaturity - not because I liked annoying people on their door steps. My best times there were when I was teaching free english classes in the universities and when I was sight seeing. I also enjoyed learning about nazism, communism, and socialist politics from the many many people I met.

5. When I got home two years later I moved into a "singles" ward so that I could meet a nice mormon girl (I had met very few up until that point), marry and have a nice mormon family. Instead I got more into politics, and philosophy and I realised that I had nothing in common with any mormon (male or female) I met there (I would totally disagree here that australian mormons are nicer!). I started dating non-mormons, and started critically analysing mormonism and my life, and realised this was not right for me. So after many internal struggles and lots of arguments with my family I finally left the church. Soon afterward I was excommunicated - something I kind of instigated. My parents stopped talking to me for about a year. It probably took a few more years of internal struggle before things started feeling right again. I have not been into a church since, except for one wedding reception, and I could not attend my brothers and sisters mormon weddings because I was not allowed. Despite this I have no regrets about my decision. flieger was really helpful around this time, even though he probably does not really know it. His is a voice of reason and logic. Noam Chomsky, Douglas Adams and Anne Rice helped out too!

6. I can probably count on one hand the number of films I saw in a cinema before I was 21. It wasn't even a mormon thing, it was more a money and locality issue - I totally made up for this at University ;)

7. Despite excelling in Taekwondo I only ever went in one competition (it was an interstate championship), but I freaked out when I kicked my opponent square in the face and knocked them over. I got top points for that, but I couldn't continue the fight, and lost my enthusiasm for taekwondo afterward.

8. I want to be lead singer in a gothic/black metal band, and mix in orchestral and noise art/glitch components. I want Dr Avalanche to be my drummer. I plan to start the band within the next 12 months!

9. I usually forget someones name within about 2 minutes of hearing it, although I will remember everything else about them.

10. My daughter was born at home without a doctor or midwife present. I caught her, cut her cord, and wrapped her up in a blanket. We took her to the hospital for a check up two days later - we were just too tired to rush there when it happened. The doctor got mad at me because he felt threatened that I did the job he paid all the money to be trained for, despite the fact that doctors only got involved with births in the last century.
 

(I did a list of 10 because I had to include a few more upbeat things!)


If you ever feel like writing a really long autobiography Tim, just know that I will rush out to read it. That is just amazingly fascinating.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on August 24, 2010, 05:55:10 PM
3. When I was about 17 I told my Dad that I did not want to go to church one week. He told me I had the choice - I could either attend willingly or unwillingly. I went willingly........

I like this.  I'm stealing this line.
You mean for use on children when they don't want to go somewhere or as a stolen bit of history from your childhood?

To use on my children...

Another favorite line I stole from someone "You don't have to like it, you just have to ACT like you".
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on August 24, 2010, 05:57:37 PM
Wow, great posts, Tim and Mosca.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on August 24, 2010, 06:02:40 PM
Wow, great posts, Tim and Mosca.

and that Beach Boys thing is pretty cool
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on August 24, 2010, 09:24:16 PM
from one ex-mormon to another, welcome to the club Tim.  ;D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on August 24, 2010, 11:35:28 PM
Although this statement probably belongs to the religion thread... well actually the last few pages do as well.  So I'll put this autobiographically.

11. I grew up as a non-entity, religiously.  My parents never spoke of it and I never went to church.  I learned a bit about Jesus at 12 and did the whole "born again" thing at 13, and then became a religious fanatic, which I was happy with.  I was a missionary at 19, going to Calcutta and Bangladesh and then to Bible school.  But it was at Bible school I had my crisis of faith.  What they were saying just didn't make any sense, and there were too many holes.  At that point I wrote bad poetry, and I wrote what I think is my most significant poem for me, where I would hang out and be a "hypocrite" in my heart because nothing that everyone around me was talking about I actually believed.  Eventually, in my head and writings I invented my own religion and devotion.  It wasn't until years later that I had done what the Anabaptists/Mennonites had done in the 16th century, and believed what they believed.  Now I'm a Mennonite minister. 

All that to say, I don't think any of us knows what we believe until we break from what we've been told to believe.  The prodigal son in the end was more faithful to true devotion than the son who stayed. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: arjay on August 25, 2010, 03:12:28 AM
Thanks for all the religious stories.  Here's 5 quick things about me, although I'm not very interesting.

1) I was raised to believe that the world would end at around the year 2000 and that I'd ascend into heaven with my family.  This might sound wonderful, but I rather liked the world, and didn't know much about heaven.  Another problem with this is that it gave me a rather warped sense of the future.  Even to this day, I am not a very good long term planner.

2) I have a masters degree in political science.

3) I have a chronic back problem and I'm currently off work.  I find it difficult to sit in a theatre for two hours, so I watch most of my movies at home.  I went to see Inception because I didn't want to wait for the DVD.  It was a struggle.

4) I am an atheist and a skeptic.

5) I recently sold my car and have not replaced it.  I take the bus or train.  (Or bicycle when my back allows).  This was not a financial decision or a moral one, but more of a lifestyle choice.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Tim on August 25, 2010, 06:08:24 AM
3. When I was about 17 I told my Dad that I did not want to go to church one week. He told me I had the choice - I could either attend willingly or unwillingly. I went willingly........
I like this.  I'm stealing this line.

You are a very bad man!

If you ever feel like writing a really long autobiography Tim, just know that I will rush out to read it. That is just amazingly fascinating.

I believe Steven King has been writing my biography already. I will tell you when it is out. The movie won't be as good though. I left out some of the juicier bits - like the scissor scene......

Wow, great posts, Tim and Mosca.

Thanks  :)

from one ex-mormon to another, welcome to the club Tim.  ;D

It's a hard club to join. But I am glad I am in it!!

(There's no secret handshake for this club is there?)  ;D

Wonderful, Tim!

Dunno about the voice of reason and logic, though. More like paranoia and nihilism, surely!  :P

Nihilists! CINECAST! me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos!


Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Adrienne on August 25, 2010, 02:13:18 PM
Thanks for all the religious stories.  Here's 5 quick things about me, although I'm not very interesting.

That is not true. 1+2 most interesting, sorry about 3, 4 sounds like me big time and 5 I did that too, love trains.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: arjay on August 25, 2010, 08:56:46 PM
Thanks for all the religious stories.  Here's 5 quick things about me, although I'm not very interesting.

That is not true. 1+2 most interesting, sorry about 3, 4 sounds like me big time and 5 I did that too, love trains.

Thanks Mosca.  I love the smoking cat by the way.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: tinyholidays on August 26, 2010, 02:35:45 AM
Well... Everybody's doing the brand new dance now, eh?

1. Family stuff: My dad sent me a family tree with both sides of my family on it last week. Of the 350 ancestors we know of who were alive at the time of the Revolutionary War, 349 were already living in America. This means that I am inevitably related to some fairly famous figures from American history, such as being a direct descendant of Gen. Stonewall Jackson. I consider myself ethnically Appalachian, and if someone wants to get in a fight with me, saying something ignorant about West Virginia is a pretty good way to go about it.

2. I have no recollection of not being able to read music. Until the age of nine, I attended a music academy 4 days a week and spent much of each year preparing for and attending piano competitions. They gave out trophies for 1st-9th place, and my goal was to get one of each because they were different colors.

3. I was raised Methodist, and my family is pretty religious. But I couldn't stick it. Becoming an atheist was really difficult, since all of my family functions are church-oriented. It's something I keep secret from almost my entire family because I don't want them being fearful for me and praying for me. I replaced God with Ted Leo (see avatar), and it's been working out pretty well.

4. I can't go into big stores with fluorescent lighting. Several years ago, I actually had 2 severe breakdowns in a Wal-Mart, and then there was the Great IKEA Incident of 2008, in which I got so freaked out by the prospect of owning a piece of furniture that wouldn't fit in my car, I sat down and started crying in the middle of the floor, and my friends had to talk me down.

5. I'm thinking about moving to Toronto for love. I'll keep you posted.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on August 26, 2010, 07:45:06 AM
I told you not to fall for the short, furry type.  :P
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on August 26, 2010, 07:45:26 AM
good list :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Beavermoose on August 26, 2010, 08:29:17 AM
5. I'm thinking about moving to Toronto for love. I'll keep you posted.

For love of Toronto?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bondo on August 26, 2010, 08:34:59 AM
Does my questioning the validity of the West Virginia "Mountaineers" on account of the fact that the Appalachians are more like hills count as something ignorant about West Virginia? /finishes writing this from his secure bunker under the Rocky Mountains...a real mountain range. Though given where you are now I will say the Cascades are a damn impressive mountain range too.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Adrienne on August 26, 2010, 09:01:21 AM
Well... Everybody's doing the brand new dance now, eh?

1. Family stuff: My dad sent me a family tree with both sides of my family on it last week. Of the 350 ancestors we know of who were alive at the time of the Revolutionary War, 349 were already living in America. This means that I am inevitably related to some fairly famous figures from American history, such as being a direct descendant of Gen. Stonewall Jackson. I consider myself ethnically Appalachian, and if someone wants to get in a fight with me, saying something ignorant about West Virginia is a pretty good way to go about it.


I think this is brilliant! We're doing our family tree so I appreciate your heritage...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 26, 2010, 11:50:57 AM
Does my questioning the validity of the West Virginia "Mountaineers" on account of the fact that the Appalachians are more like hills count as something ignorant about West Virginia? /finishes writing this from his secure bunker under the Rocky Mountains...a real mountain range. Though given where you are now I will say the Cascades are a damn impressive mountain range too.

Our mountains were piercing the sky before your mountains were even a tectonic twinkle!  respect yr elders!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on August 26, 2010, 12:28:34 PM
5. I'm thinking about moving to Toronto for love. I'll keep you posted.

For love of Toronto?

I can tell you that I have nothing to do with it, but tiny, we could totally hang out all the time!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on August 26, 2010, 12:39:28 PM
5. I'm thinking about moving to Toronto for love. I'll keep you posted.

For love of Toronto?

I can tell you that I have nothing to do with it, but tiny, we could totally hang out all the time!

Darn, I was just going to say that Corey is pretty dashing. There goes that theory.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: verbALs on August 26, 2010, 12:51:07 PM


4. I can't go into big stores with fluorescent lighting. Several years ago, I actually had 2 severe breakdowns in a Wal-Mart, and then there was the Great IKEA Incident of 2008, in which I got so freaked out by the prospect of owning a piece of furniture that wouldn't fit in my car, I sat down and started crying in the middle of the floor, and my friends had to talk me down.


That is what you call a 'First World Problem', that I think many people have shared. IKEA is like an acceptable drug but one which does a lot of damage in society. If you haven't had to lift a 50kg wall unit into a hatchback on your own then you are under 25. Its a defining moment in modern life.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ¡Keith! on August 26, 2010, 01:50:09 PM
If you haven't had to lift a 50kg wall unit into a hatchback on your own then you are under 25.

Or American.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on August 26, 2010, 01:56:31 PM
Wow, great posts, Tim and Mosca.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on August 26, 2010, 02:07:17 PM
Wow, great posts, Tim and Mosca.
And tiny and arjay. This stuff is so, well, appropriately, fascinating.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on August 26, 2010, 04:24:09 PM
Wow, great posts, Tim and Mosca.
And tiny and arjay. This stuff is so, well, appropriately, fascinating.

tiny, before you move to Toronto (IF you do) some filmspotters should get together in Seattle, even if it's only ferris, sdedalus, you and I.  Hate to miss the opportunity even for a small get together at sdedalus' theatre.

And I've been to West Virginia and it's beautiful.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: tinyholidays on August 26, 2010, 08:33:20 PM
Does my questioning the validity of the West Virginia "Mountaineers" on account of the fact that the Appalachians are more like hills count as something ignorant about West Virginia? /finishes writing this from his secure bunker under the Rocky Mountains...a real mountain range. Though given where you are now I will say the Cascades are a damn impressive mountain range too.

My fingers did itch to burn you when I read that, Bondo. But then I realized that me raging at you about mountains would just make me look like an idiot.

5. I'm thinking about moving to Toronto for love. I'll keep you posted.

For love of Toronto?

I can tell you that I have nothing to do with it, but tiny, we could totally hang out all the time!

Darn, I was just going to say that Corey is pretty dashing. There goes that theory.

Nobody that most of you guys know. But, yeah, Corey, we would of course go to Cinematheque or something.

4. I can't go into big stores with fluorescent lighting. Several years ago, I actually had 2 severe breakdowns in a Wal-Mart, and then there was the Great IKEA Incident of 2008, in which I got so freaked out by the prospect of owning a piece of furniture that wouldn't fit in my car, I sat down and started crying in the middle of the floor, and my friends had to talk me down.

That is what you call a 'First World Problem', that I think many people have shared. IKEA is like an acceptable drug but one which does a lot of damage in society. If you haven't had to lift a 50kg wall unit into a hatchback on your own then you are under 25. Its a defining moment in modern life.

I would rather not own furniture than buy furniture from IKEA or whatnot. I sleep on a pile of blankets on the floor. Uh, but the hobo nest lifestyle is not for everyone.

tiny, before you move to Toronto (IF you do) some filmspotters should get together in Seattle, even if it's only ferris, sdedalus, you and I.  Hate to miss the opportunity even for a small get together at sdedalus' theatre.

And I've been to West Virginia and it's beautiful.

Beautiful and heartbreaking and beautiful.

But, yes. We must. I thought we were gonna, and then we didn't. But I'm in!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on August 26, 2010, 10:02:00 PM
Bondo needs to learn the concept of "prominence": Colorado appears only 3 times on this list:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ultras_of_the_United_States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Ultras_of_the_United_States)


Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on February 10, 2011, 01:18:37 AM
I am bringing this back up, because it has been one of my favorite threads to read. I'm hoping that others will post! Whoever changed the title from interesting to fascinating created a tall order.


1. I am in love with costume drama adaptations--Dickens, Bronte, Austen, Eliot...The beautifully spoken dialogue is delicious and I can't get enough of it.

2. I have a fear of writing. Or, I should say that I have a fear of writing badly. To face this head on, I am taking an online college creative writing course.

3. I'm infinitely interested in Myers/Briggs. I spent many years wondering why I was so different from the people around me. Alas, I'm an INFP and everything became clear.

4. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography. People and places--my two favorite things

5. I have 5 children: 2 biological, 2 from Vietnam and 1 from China. (reference #4)

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jdc on February 10, 2011, 02:21:35 AM
I am bringing this back up, because it has been one of my favorite threads to read. I'm hoping that others will post! Whoever changed the title from interesting to fascinating created a tall order.

5. I have 5 children: 2 biological, 2 from Vietnam and 1 from China. (reference #4)



As of the first part,agreed.  I have sometimes tried to come up with a 6 to 10 and then often gave up...

As for part 5, interesting, did you travel to those places when adopting?  Do you raise them any different in that you try to instill any knowledge of their previous cultures while growing up in the US (I am assuming this, so correct me if I am wrong) or do you raise them close to the same?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on February 10, 2011, 02:24:32 AM
Cool list, Sandy - thanks for sharing!

You'll fit right in with the rest of us introverts (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=9585.0). :)

I'm a sucker for costume dramas, too - do you have any recent favorites?


Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Beavermoose on February 10, 2011, 08:41:31 AM
Cool list, Sandy - thanks for sharing!

You'll fit right in with the rest of us introverts (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=9585.0). :)

I'm a sucker for costume dramas, too - do you have any recent favorites?
Care for your introverts. (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/03/caring-for-your-introvert/2696/)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on February 10, 2011, 10:29:56 AM

You'll fit right in with the rest of us introverts (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=9585.0). :)

Care for your introverts. (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/03/caring-for-your-introvert/2696/)

:D That's great.

"Hell is other people at breakfast."
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on February 10, 2011, 10:38:46 AM
I am bringing this back up, because it has been one of my favorite threads to read. I'm hoping that others will post! Whoever changed the title from interesting to fascinating created a tall order.

5. I have 5 children: 2 biological, 2 from Vietnam and 1 from China. (reference #4)



As of the first part,agreed.  I have sometimes tried to come up with a 6 to 10 and then often gave up...

As for part 5, interesting, did you travel to those places when adopting?  Do you raise them any different in that you try to instill any knowledge of their previous cultures while growing up in the US (I am assuming this, so correct me if I am wrong) or do you raise them close to the same?

Hi jdc, We did travel as a family when adopting as I wanted the children to be a part of the process. Vietnam turned into a very long process and we were in the country for a month and a half. Your second question is very good and one that I have internally grappled with. I try and provide opportunities for them to experience their heritage as well as other cultures--books, festivals etc. Now that they are getting old enough, I hope to use international cinema as another tool. We do spend time talking about the effects of poverty and laws, how their birth mothers kept them safe, and how we came to be a family. There have been some late nights and tears, yet there has been a lot of joy as well.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on February 10, 2011, 11:06:47 AM

You'll fit right in with the rest of us introverts (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=9585.0). :)

Care for your introverts. (http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2003/03/caring-for-your-introvert/2696/)

:D That's great.

"Hell is other people at breakfast."

Fantastic article! I am grateful for most of the extroverts in my life, but there are a small few who are energy vampires!

Oneaprilday, I've been on a Dickens kick lately, so my favorites have been Little Dorrit and Bleak House. Overall, I'm not nearly discerning enough. I like it all. Thanks for the link to the thread for personality types. This forum has everything!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on February 10, 2011, 11:12:50 AM
Oneaprilday, I've been on a Dickens kick lately, so my favorites have been Little Dorrit and Bleak House. Overall, I'm not nearly discerning enough. I like it all. Thanks for the link to the thread for personality types. This forum has everything!
Both Little Dorrit and Bleak House are great! I watched Cranford sometime last year and can highly recommend that one, if you haven't seen it yet - I think there's another in the Cranford series that has come out more recently, too. Other older favorites of mine are Gaskell's North and South and Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge - have you seen either of those?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on February 10, 2011, 11:25:36 AM
I love Cranford! I just got the second part for Christmas--if only they could just keep making up stories for those ladies. North and South was wonderful and I would like to revisit it soon. But first, I am now very excited about The Mayor of Casterbridge. Thanks for telling me about it. If you like Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree is one of his lighter works and very watchable!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on February 10, 2011, 11:29:00 AM
Cool - can't wait to see the second Cranford! And thanks! - I'll check out Greenwood, too - I didn't realize there was a mini-series of that one. (Just put it on hold at the library.  8) )

(Edit: Just realized Greenwood is on Netflix Instant. Yay!)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on February 10, 2011, 11:30:35 AM
Nice to know you better, Sandy :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: MartinTeller on February 10, 2011, 11:51:39 AM
I don't think there's ONE fascinating thing about me, much less five.  But here's some general Martin-related trivia:

1. In 1992 I formed a band with Trevor Kampmann (http://www.pulcec.com/).  The band fell apart and Trevor enjoyed much greater success as "hollAnd" and as a producer.  From 1994 through 2000 I played lead guitar for Brother Egg (http://www.thebrotheregg.com/) and eventually quit when I decided the lifestyle wasn't for me.  Still friends with them, but they're better off without me and my moaning.

2. Before becoming obsessed with movies, I was obsessed with music and owned somewhere in the neighborhood of 2000-2500 cassettes, records and CDs.  When I lost my job in 2004, I ripped everything to mp3 and sold off my collection.  All I have now is about 40 things by myself and/or friends.

3. On Xmas Eve 1995, my older sister suddenly died of a brain aneurysm.  I'm now an only child.

4. Ummm... let's see... my college major started out as psychology, briefly switched to education and ended up as business.  I have never worked a job that required any of my business training.  If I could do it all over again, I'd major in comp sci.

5. My body is a wonderland of physical imperfections.


edit: one more, I guess...

6.  I recorded 8 solo albums under the name "Fit Fort Danga" (don't ask about the name, it's not an interesting story).  You will never, ever hear this stuff.  It's awful.  I'm proud of maybe 5% of it.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oneaprilday on February 10, 2011, 11:59:02 AM
I don't think there's ONE fascinating thing about me, much less five.  But here's some general Martin-related trivia:
Wow. That all seemed pretty fascinating to me.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ¡Keith! on February 10, 2011, 12:16:03 PM
It's awful.  I'm proud of maybe 5% of it.

If only everyone was this discerning! ;D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on February 10, 2011, 12:29:43 PM
It's awful.  I'm proud of maybe 5% of it.

If only everyone was this discerning! ;D

I know I'm not.

That's really fascinating stuff, Martin.  And it's great to know more about you too, Sandy.  It's cool how you're blending in so well.  Or scary, depending on how you look at it...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on February 10, 2011, 01:38:39 PM
You all are--like coming home.   Great post Martin!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jdc on February 10, 2011, 05:39:52 PM
I don't think there's ONE fascinating thing about me, much less five.  

That is a pretty damn good list and sorry about your sister.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on February 12, 2011, 10:29:58 AM
I recently posted 15 Interesting Facts about me on my blog. 5 of them are recycled from my first post in this thread, but the other 10 are brand spanking new!

Fact #1 I love the outdoors. I don't go camping or hiking as much as I would like to and am in no way, shape or form someone who really knows what he is doing camping, but I love going with my friends that do. The world is a beautiful place and deserves to be seen and appreciated and going out into the wilderness is a great way to do that. If you should know one thing about me it is that I love the little things.

Fact #2 Now on to my family. I am the youngest of three boys, with older brothers Kevin and Eric. Growing up was a lot of fun and we always had our fights, but for the most part it was brotherly love all the time. Kevin, being the oldest, was the boss and Eric, being the middle child, was always misunderstood and weird. Of course I was the spoiled baby. I do always wonder what it would have been like to have a sister. I sure do think I would have liked that.

Fact #3 I love baseball. There really isn't much to say here other than I think baseball is the best, most beautiful, and most poetic game ever created. Just read my blog entry about it.

Fact #4 In a related matter, in high school, I could name you the entire starting line-up of every team in Major League Baseball. I was obsessed back then, but even today I know much more than I should about baseball.

Fact #5 In another related matter, my trivial knowledge is astounding. I have one of those memories that can just retain the most random useless facts and I love to share them with people. I enjoy showing off at weekly bar trivia, though not this quarter because of night class. My strengths are music, movies, and sports, but I know lots of other random crap too.

Fact #6 Onto more interesting things, perhaps. As a child, I was very accident prone. I smashed my finger in a window, when I was supposed to be napping. I broke my arm on Easter Sunday trying to climb to tree in the front yard. I contracted an ear infection while on vacation with my family. I also ran down the Rocky Mountains and split my knee open(stitches), also while on vacation, albeit a different one. Oh yea, and that one time I jumped off the couch and pretended to be Superman, thereby requiring six stitches just above my eye moments later. Luckily I have not had an accident in a while. *knocks on wood*

Fact #7 I am a bluesman through and through. I can't quite explain it and maybe John Mayer said it best: "It's so fundamental in me that I have to imagine that it was just born into me. You either want those notes to bend or you don't." Blues music is out of the mainstream and has storied roots back to the turn of the century. It is just something that clicks with me and makes me feel good. The blues ain't nothin' but a good man feelin' bad and it lets you know everything is going to be all right.

Fact #8 I once turned an unassisted triple play while playing little league baseball. To those that understand the significance of this, your welcome for that amazing bit of history. For those that don't, only 15 have ever been turned in the history of Major League Baseball. That is fewer than the number of Perfect Games (20).

Fact #9 I have also achieved a hole-in-one on the golf course. It was hole #17 at the executive (par 3) course at Blacklick Golf Course in Columbus, Ohio. As I recall it was roughly 150ish yards. I pulled out a 9-iron and swung away. It landed on the front of the green and rolled into the hole. Lucky day. This is actually one of three eagles (-2 to par) I have achieved on the golf course. I also have one on a par 5, which happens to be the easiest hole to earn an eagle, yet it was the last one I achieved. My first eagle came on a par 4 when I was about 12 years old. It was in a Junior League. I told my playing partner, "All you have to do is hit in the middle of the green and it will funnel down right to the hole." I hit it in the middle, and the ball rolled right into the hole. A 2 on a par 4.

Fact #10 I am going to revert to the baseball thing and say that, as a child, our family vacations were always structured around attending a Major League Baseball game. I have been to over 30 different stadiums around the country. My favorites include San Francisco, Denver, and Kansas City.

Fact #11 I have never had to wear braces, which always amazes the dentist because they remark that I have great teeth. I did once have an ingrown tooth, where the new tooth sort of grew in over top of the baby one. They had to pull the baby one, but my mouth looks fine now. Staying with dental, I only have 3 wisdom teeth, but I have all 3 of them. Plenty of room in my big mouth.

Fact #12 I have never had what society determines to be a girlfriend. I see that one of the topics on here is 'First Love', so I will elaborate more then, but yea, never had a girlfriend.

Fact #13 I am a movie freak. Yea, how I lasted until #13, I don't know, but I watch a lot of movies and I absolutely love movies. Silent, B&W, foreign, it doesn't matter, I will watch it and probably like it. My favorite movie of all time is Forrest Gump. I wrote a lengthy essay on it here, and as you can tell, love to write about movies, thus my other blog: Corndog Chats Cinema.

Fact #14 I attended 4 different schools in 5 years from 5th to 9th grades. I went to public school from 1st-5th Grade, then moved on to Catholic school from 6th-12th. In the middle of 6th grade, my family moved to another part of town, so I had to change schools, then of course 9th grade was the start of high school, when I attended an All-Boys Catholic school, St. Charles Prepartory School. It was a great 4 years and I would never think of changing them, though I sometimes attribute this period of inconsistency in my social life to my lack of luck with the opposite sex, and my general shyness of the time.

Fact #15 The last one I will give you is that I am somewhat of an agnostic. I believe that the answers to the universe are unknowable, but even more, I believe it is useless to pursuit the answers, for our time on this earth is better spent loving one another, than figuring out how and why things work. I said as much in another of my blog posts.

I had hyperlinks in there, but am too lazy to go back and put them all in again. So if you are interested, just go to the original post (http://corndogchatslife.blogspot.com/2011/02/day-1-introduce-recent-picture-15.html).
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on February 12, 2011, 11:01:40 AM
I was hoping you would bring this over from your blog. :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: StudentOFilm on February 14, 2011, 04:20:28 AM
I've yet to do this...

1. I'm a black belt in contact karate.

2. I'm a third year film production major at Emerson College in Boston.

3. I love comic books. I read everything from the Marvel/DC superhero stuff to the creator-owned stuff with genres going all over the map (I love the Vertigo imprint).

4. I got into movies thanks to my movie-buff grandmother who I call every day of my life. She is 78, but has the mind of someone much younger. Her favorite movies from the last ten years are Adaptation, The Visitor, and 500 Days of Summer.

5. My nickname that I'm always called among my friends is Diddles (I got it from when my last name was mispelled on a check).
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Mosca on February 14, 2011, 07:24:05 AM
I've yet to do this...

4. I got into movies thanks to my movie-buff grandmother who I call every day of my life. She is 78, but has the mind of someone much younger. Her favorite movies from the last ten years are Adaptation, The Visitor, and 500 Days of Summer.
I like your grandmother already. Not in a Jewish way that is. If you see what I mean.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: TL8706 on February 14, 2011, 01:04:16 PM
1. I lived in Warsaw, Poland for 5 years and have been to all but 3 continents (Australia, South America, Antartica).

2. I went to The University of Iowa and got my B.A.'s in Journalism & Mass Comm. and Cinema & Comparative Lit.

3. I won an original Xbox from Taco Bell

4. I've moved six times from when I was born till I was 13

5. Despite my size and lack of athletic ability I stuck with Football from when I was 11 through High School but my first love was Hockey
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: MartinTeller on February 14, 2011, 01:16:08 PM
1. I lived in Warsaw, Poland for 5 years and have been to all but 3 continents (Australia, South America, Antartica).

I've never been outside North America.  And mostly just the US.  A weekend in Vancouver for a conference where I saw practically none of the city, and a long vacation in Tulum, Mexico (which was terrific!).

3. I won an original Xbox from Taco Bell

A won an original PlayStation in some online music trivia contest. 

4. I've moved six times from when I was born till I was 13

I think I moved seven times by the time I was 8.  Since graduating college I've moved 10 times (but now I own my house... well, actually the bank owns most of it).
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on February 23, 2011, 07:32:31 PM
Another one...

I suffer from Blepharitis (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blepharitis). I was diagnosed by my eye doctor when I was in grade school. It basically means that my eyes don't create enough natural tears to keep the crud out of my eyes and therefore they get really dry and red sometimes. It isn't really a problem and maybe I have just grown accustomed to it, but sometimes it can get bad and I pretty much can't concentrate on anything but how dry my eyes are. And yes, the red eye has gotten me the pot comments. One time in fact I was at a restaurant, which will remain nameless, and I was at the cashier, placing my order, and she said to me, "Oh, you know where to get the good stuff." I wanted to crack up laughing so bad, but couldn't do it.

So yea, I have trouble crying. So what. I'm a man. I'm twenty-two.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on February 23, 2011, 08:15:17 PM
I wish I had that problem (the no crying part anyway).

I am a 36 year old 230 lb gruff guy with a beard and I cry like a 7-year old girl. I dont think I have ever listened to an episode of This American Life that didnt make me cry!  ;)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on February 23, 2011, 08:18:47 PM
I dont think I have ever listened to an episode of This American Life that didnt make me cry!  ;)

Really? Not a single one? Even the one about Canadians?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on February 23, 2011, 08:31:37 PM
I dont think I have ever listened to an episode of This American Life that didnt make me cry!  ;)

Really? Not a single one? Even the one about Canadians?

Seems like it. I cant count the number of times I am driving my big truck feeling all red neck only to break out in tears because of something on that damn show.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on February 23, 2011, 08:38:45 PM
The one that got me was the story of the guy who hit a girl riding her bike with his car when he was a teenager. That had me way past dusty.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on February 23, 2011, 08:40:19 PM
You guys are making a mockery of my travesty.  :'(
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Clovis8 on February 23, 2011, 08:42:49 PM
You guys are making a mockery of my travesty.  :'(

No, just mocking myself.  ;D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: FroHam X on February 23, 2011, 08:43:19 PM
You guys are making a mockery of my travesty.  :'(

Is that emoticon purposely ironic? :D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on February 23, 2011, 08:46:16 PM
You guys are making a mockery of my travesty.  :'(

Is that emoticon purposely ironic? :D

What!? Is it true!? I'm cured! I can cry!

Nope, I was wrong...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on February 23, 2011, 10:01:07 PM
The one that got me was the story of the guy who hit a girl riding her bike with his car when he was a teenager. That had me way past dusty.

Yeah, totally.

I cry at This American Life all the time.  I have also cried listening to The Moth and teared up when Adam and Sam did their top 5 movies that make the cry (discussing Terms of Endearment), and Kermode and Mayo when they were talking about Winnie the Pooh and reading the passage where Christopher Robin tells Pooh that he must grow up.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on February 24, 2011, 12:10:32 AM
Seriously guys, I struggle to cry. Not cool. I knew I should have never said anything.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on February 24, 2011, 12:16:06 AM
Seriously guys, I struggle to cry. Not cool. I knew I should have never said anything.

We kid.....Why?  Because we love.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on February 24, 2011, 12:31:40 AM
We kid.....Why?  Because we love.

Who needs to cry anyway? All a crazy fox needs is to sing and dance. Oo-da-lolly Oo-da-lolly, golly what a day!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on February 24, 2011, 08:22:03 AM
You must be a wiz at cutting onions though...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: MartinTeller on February 24, 2011, 09:46:51 AM
I'm just going to leave this here...

Natalie Portman Cries A Lot (Mashup) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wM60afclpM#ws)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on February 24, 2011, 09:49:56 AM
Seriously guys, I struggle to cry. Not cool. I knew I should have never said anything.

We kid.....Why?  Because we love.

I can't imagine how difficult this is for you, Adam. 

Which is probably why I LOL'd at this whole thread.

So, do you use eye drops a lot?  If so, just over the counter, or a special kind?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on February 24, 2011, 10:17:02 AM
I actually don't use eye drops, though I probably should.

Hmm...oh well.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on September 13, 2011, 12:15:54 PM
Thought we should bump this thread.  We have some great new members who I am sure would love to read this or contribute to this topic as well.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Lobby on September 13, 2011, 03:00:53 PM
This thread is fascinating and very moving.

I think I've shared quite a lot of personal things already, sprinkling most of my reviews with such elements. But I'll see if I can open a few more windows that I've kept closed so far.

1. I got married when I was 18, shortly after I had left home to live with my to-be husband 700 km away. It was raining and we had one friend as a witness. Afterwards we celebrated eating potato soup, drinking one bottle of red wine. I informed my mother about the whole thing sending her a postcard with the text: "I've got married. Guess with who!".
While getting married that young isn't anything I recommend, and I definitely wouldn't like to see my daughters do the same thing, I still don't thing weddings need to be mega sized to count or matter.

2. My mother comes from a nobel family, but married with an non-nobel (with JEWISH anscestors, the HORROR), so her name was taken out of the book of nobels. Not that she minded. She hated everything it stood for. I have no fortune, nothing to show for those origins. It makes for some pretty fun genealogy though. For instance one of my anscestors, about five generations back if I count it right, was one of the wealthiest women in Sweden. This was around 1900. But she donated everything to the government so they could make a museum out of it, including some massive collections of all sorts of stuff you wouldn't believe. She even put children's drawings into her catalogues, side by side with precious art and jewelery. A portrait of my grandfather as a child hangs on the wall in the museum. He looks exactly like my sisterson. It fascinates me.

3. When I was about 14 I played in a rock band. I was recruited to sing, I think. Becoming a new Blondie, a siouxi or something like that. I think that was the idea. But I was pretty crap at it, so I became a bass player instead. The project took a quick stop when someone broke into our repetition room and stole all instruments. So we put it down. But I kept hanging around with a couple of the players in the band and some others. Then one night the gf of one of the band members, who I had thought was my closest friend, followed me a for a bit on my way home. She told me that she was sorry but she couldn't spend time with me anymore. She told me that everyone else in the band and the gang hated me and talked behind my back all the time. She had to chose between me or her bf.
I've never been more alone and miserable in my entire life than when I walked home that night. And I couldn't tell anyone, particularly not my parents, because we didn't have that kind of relationship at all.
I think that night changed me a bit. It's written into my mind and it's connected to the fact that I deep down never trust anyone completely, that I'm really bad at making close friends and that I always have the nagging thought that people really don't like me, even if they say they do.

4. My mother is an alcoholist. She's sober since a few years. Me and my sister and brother did an intervention nine years ago and had her go to an AA 12 step program oriented treatment center for a month. As a part of her rehabilitation I too was treated for co-dependency, going through a one-week program. One week of group therapy that forever changed my view on addicts as well as on myself. My mother relapsed not once but several times. It wasn't until she started to take medications that she could stay sober.
My grandmother was also an alcoholist. It's scary to carry this heritage.

5. When I was 17 years old I travelled on my own in France for one month. Most of the time I went by train but when I arrived at Chamonix after the sunset, tired and uncertain of the way to the youth hostel, I hitch hiked (which was something I had done quite a bit in my life before, but usually in company with friends). Or rather I didn't actively hitch hike, even if I planned to, but I accepted when a guy stopped with his car and said I looked lost, offering me a ride to the hostel. He didn't drive to the hostel. I was too tired to notice, but he headed out in the wilderness instead. And then he spoke to me and showed me what he was doing to himself (wildly masturbating, while driving) and asked me: "do you like this?". I panicked. I've never been more scared in my entire life. I begged for my life, I pleaded him to stop the car and finally he did and I slipped out in the nothingness and he turned the car and went back to the village and I saw him laughing at me and I had lost all my words. What worse was I think I lost a bit of my sexuality that day. Something broke that couldn't be repaired.


And this turned out to be a very sad list of facts towards the end. More depressing than fascinating. Sorry about that. But the spirit of honesty in this thread inspired me. And maybe it helps someone who's been into similar situations to read about it. You're not alone. We're not alone. Even if it feels as if we are.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on September 13, 2011, 03:04:39 PM
Whoa, there's some intense stuff there. Sucks that you had to go through all of that. If it is any consolation I think you're pretty damn awesome.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bondo on September 13, 2011, 03:21:25 PM
I still don't thing weddings need to be mega sized to count or matter.

I'm split on this, I'm not big on expensive to-dos, on the other hand (and apologies for how this is coming in contrast to one of your later points) I have seen some appeal in a bigger wedding ceremony just as an excuse to have a couple days of parties with a bunch of my friends from around the country who might not otherwise get together. I also have to say wedding rings are a bit iffy IMO, theoretically huge expense for a piece of jewelry meant to signify being "kept" by someone else. But I doubt I'll get married anyway so these are probably idle thoughts.

Sorry to hear about the other more tragic aspects. I have a friend who had an addiction issue and it is definitely tough. I'm thankful that I don't seem to be so inclined. I had vicodin/oxycontin when I had a knee injury/surgery and though they were "nice" I never dealt with any kind of withdraw.


I was looking back at my previous list (http://www.filmspotting.net/forum/index.php?topic=6692.msg495699#msg495699) and realized it was before I was properly diagnosed with Asperger's. I've mentioned it on here before so some people know it. It's been a big relief I think having the diagnosis. I'm not sure how much it will directly improve my life to know but it changes how I think about my struggles and makes me feel less like a failure and more like someone who just has challenges to work against.

Another somewhat fun one:
8. In fifth grade we had sex education which included being able to anonymously submit questions for the guidance counselors. My question was basically asking, with concern, about whether my voice would drop. I wasn't asking because I was worried about my voice not dropping and being left behind or anything. I was worried about losing my high singing range. This makes perfect sense in hindsight. And I have a fabulous falsetto.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Lobby on September 13, 2011, 03:31:32 PM

I'm split on this, I'm not big on expensive to-dos, on the other hand (and apologies for how this is coming in contrast to one of your later points) I have seen some appeal in a bigger wedding ceremony just as an excuse to have a couple days of parties with a bunch of my friends from around the country who might not otherwise get together.

No need to aplogise! I can see the value to of having a real wedding, my point is more that it's not mandatory. I don't think it lies in the size of the wedding how long you'll stay married. I hope my children will decide to have "real" weddings one day, although not the silly big styel like in Bridesmaids. But just a big party, because when you grow up you realize that you mostly see your relatives at funerals and that's quite depressing. It's good to get together for good reasons and a wedding is an excuse for that.

You mention Asberger. I've always thought that my father had a hint of it. My mother agrees on this too (he died ten years ago). He was crazily intellingent. Mensa requirements were peanuts for him. But he never ever managed to communicate with his children, never got close. There was something... different. Can't quite explain it. Sometimes I wonder if this difference is also something that runs in my veins. I don't know.

And I have a fabulous falsetto.

That's just an adorable fact about you. For some reason it makes you like you even more.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: AAAutin on September 13, 2011, 05:59:57 PM
It's written into my mind and it's connected to the fact that I deep down never trust anyone completely, that I'm really bad at making close friends and that I always have the nagging thought that people really don't like me, even if they say they do.

I hear ya, sister.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Antares on September 13, 2011, 09:52:59 PM
1. I was given the last rites as a 9 month old infant when I contracted whooping cough. A few days prior to becoming infected by it, my aunt had taken me outside at my grandmother's house and let me crawl on the ground. I was a rather fast crawler for an infant, and I crawled into the woods that abutted her property. When my aunt caught up with me, I was in a patch of poison ivy. Over the next few days, as the whooping cough took its toll on my body, I was covered over 80% of my body with poison ivy rash. The whooping cough had raised my temperature to 104 degrees and the itching of the rash wouldn't let me sleep. My mother told me that the doctors said it was a miracle that I survived it. To this day, I can rub poison ivy all over me and nothing happens.

2. My blood type is O-, CMV-, which is in less than 2% of the population. Because of this, when I donate blood, it is given to premature babies, infants or burn victims. I have donated over 15 gallons in my lifetime.

3. Three times in the last 10 years, I have willed a dream I was experiencing to go in a direction of my choosing. All three times, I realized during the dream, that it wasn't real and that I was in fact, having a dream. The first two times, I was in a cemetery that I used to cross to get to my friend's house. The third time, I was in front of a building where I played little league. I focused on making my body fly above the landscape that was in my mind's eye at the moment. The first time, it only lasted for a few seconds, as if my brain realized that I wasn't suppose to be able to do this, and I fought to keep from waking up. By the third time, it felt like I was controlling the dream for at least 45 seconds. That last time was over 5 years ago, and I haven't had it happen since.

4. I have a partial photographic memory. This was very helpful in high school. All my friends and the other kids in school would study for lengthy periods of time for an exam, and I would glance over my notes twenty minutes before the test and I'd ace it. As I've gotten older, this ability has diminished. But I still can see pages of my old notebooks or images from books I read over 35 years ago from time to time.

5. When I was a child, I sang in the church choir. I had a clear soprano voice and the priest in my parish had me sing solos from time to time. One day when I was 10 years old, two kids who had just transferred to my class started laughing during one of these solos, and I froze on the spot. I became so shaken by this, that I couldn't sing in front of people anymore. The priest made the two kid's lives a living hell for the next few years because of what they did. Only one time in the last forty years have I been able to sing in front of people, and that only happened because I was extremely coked out at a party back in the late 80's. There was a guy sitting alone and playing guitar on the deck of my friend's house and I sat beside him while he played. He started to sing a Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young song and I joined in. He kept playing songs and slowly, he stopped singing and left me singing solo. He played about six or seven songs and suddenly I caught his eye looking at something behind me, and when I turned around, there were over twenty people listening to me. The old fear came back and I froze again, and haven't sang since.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on September 13, 2011, 11:00:20 PM
It's written into my mind and it's connected to the fact that I deep down never trust anyone completely, that I'm really bad at making close friends and that I always have the nagging thought that people really don't like me, even if they say they do.

I hear ya, sister.

Lobby and AAAutin--my amazing internet friends! This is easy friendship though, as it is on our own terms. It has less pitfalls that way. Thanks for sharing.

Bondo and Antares, I wish I could hear you sing.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Lobby on September 14, 2011, 04:00:03 AM
The old fear came back and I froze again, and haven't sang since.

That story makes me so incredibly sad. The scars we get as children go so deep and are so hard to get over.
 :(
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on September 14, 2011, 02:49:44 PM
1. I was given the last rites as a 9 month old infant when I contracted whooping cough. A few days prior to becoming infected by it, my aunt had taken me outside at my grandmother's house and let me crawl on the ground. I was a rather fast crawler for an infant, and I crawled into the woods that abutted her property. When my aunt caught up with me, I was in a patch of poison ivy. Over the next few days, as the whooping cough took its toll on my body, I was covered over 80% of my body with poison ivy rash. The whooping cough had raised my temperature to 104 degrees and the itching of the rash wouldn't let me sleep. My mother told me that the doctors said it was a miracle that I survived it. To this day, I can rub poison ivy all over me and nothing happens.

This is sooo awesome. Dude, it's like the origin story for a superhero! Villains beware! :D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ferris on September 14, 2011, 05:53:29 PM
1. I was given the last rites as a 9 month old infant when I contracted whooping cough. A few days prior to becoming infected by it, my aunt had taken me outside at my grandmother's house and let me crawl on the ground. I was a rather fast crawler for an infant, and I crawled into the woods that abutted her property. When my aunt caught up with me, I was in a patch of poison ivy. Over the next few days, as the whooping cough took its toll on my body, I was covered over 80% of my body with poison ivy rash. The whooping cough had raised my temperature to 104 degrees and the itching of the rash wouldn't let me sleep. My mother told me that the doctors said it was a miracle that I survived it. To this day, I can rub poison ivy all over me and nothing happens.

This is sooo awesome. Dude, it's like the origin story for a superhero! Villains beware! :D

wow no kidding that was you!  I take back all those bad things I said...

(http://images.wikia.com/batman/images/1/1e/Poison-ivy-uma.jpg)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bondo on September 16, 2011, 01:54:23 AM
And I have a fabulous falsetto.

That's just an adorable fact about you. For some reason it makes you like you even more.

Bondo and Antares, I wish I could hear you sing.

Well, I recorded a couple (barebones) a capella covers (Oh Donna by Richie Valens and Proud of Your Boy performed by Clay Aiken from the rerelease of Aladdin are the two of sufficient quality) using Garage Band so through the wonders of the internet  such a thing is actually possible. Someone seeking such a thing could perhaps PM their e-mail address so an mp3 file could be sent. If they really begged, I might even consider letting loose the original song I wrote (again, a capella because I don't have instrumental talents) on the world, terrible though it might be by professional music standards.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on September 16, 2011, 10:20:09 AM
Super! I'll do that.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: dheaton on September 16, 2011, 12:14:14 PM
I know this thread is mostly back from February, but I never did this so I'll give it a shot:

1. At the age of 12, I was riding my bike and was hit by a pickup truck.  It was on a residential street where large trees led to some major blind spots. The kicker is that it was a Domino's Pizza Truck.  I guess they didn't deliver in 30 minutes!  I ended up with lots of scrapes and a broken leg.  Being good people who aren't greedy, my parents did not sue Domino's pizza and just had his insurance pay for the medical bills. They also got the bike fixed, but they should have trashed it.  Two years later, I was riding it up a hill and the chain broke.  I flew off the bike and broke my elbow.  Amazingly, I do still ride bikes today.

2. On 9/11/01, I was flying back from Japan (I used to work for a travel company) and we were scheduled to arrive in LA at 8:30 am.  They diverted us to Vancouver and I was stuck there for six days. It was really surreal as they didn't tell us anything and we sat on the runway for five hours.  Somehow people on the plane heard crazy stuff like 50,000 people died and eight planes were hijacked, as those were some early reports.  I did luck out in working for a travel company; they put me in the Fairmount Hotel in downtown Vancouver. So it wasn't the worst thing, though it was pretty crazy.  I also was able to see Belle and Sebastian in concert that week, and went to a lot of movies. Flights kept getting cancelled, so to get back, I took a long bus ride to Seattle and flew on a nearly empty plane to St. Louis.

3. I worked as a college radio DJ at the University of Missouri-Columbia. At that point, I had great knowledge of the coolest indie bands. That's not really the case now.  It was one of those amazing environments that I'm still trying to figure out how to recreate many years later.

4. I once interviewed John Singleton for a DVD website in possibly the most awkward conversation of all time. He answered my detailed questions with "I thought it was cool" and "Yeah" to almost everything. It was also my first interview with anyone "famous", so I was crazy nervous. I ran out of questions and just started babbling near the end.  Amazingly, this interview was picked up and dropped in a book called John Singleton: Interviews.  It actually doesn't read nearly as bad as I remembered it.

5. I'm one of the world's biggest fans of Australia's Midnight Oil, who I still claim is the greatest band in existence.  Seeing them live at clubs in the US in 2001 and 2002 was a treat since they broke up soon after that time. I caught them six times and wished I'd gone to a lot more shows. Their singer (Peter Garrett) has gone onto politics in Australia, but they released a bunch of great albums during their 25+ year history.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jdc on September 16, 2011, 02:14:22 PM
somehow I always thought my life has been interesting until I read this thread.  If is always fascinating...

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Antares on September 16, 2011, 03:01:03 PM
3. I worked as a college radio DJ at the University of Missouri-Columbia. At that point, I had great knowledge of the coolest indie bands. That's not really the case now.  It was one of those amazing environments that I'm still trying to figure out how to recreate many years later.

I also DJ'd in college, it was the best two years of my life. I only did two shows a week, but they were the two best time slots...12-3 Friday afternoons and 6-10 on Saturday night. I was a huge proponent of playing requests and my shows became very popular with the students on campus. I got a lot of invites to parties that were happening during my show on Saturdays. If I could relive those two years over and over again like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, it would be heaven.

When I first joined we were a 10 watt station, which meant you only had about a one mile listening radius. Six months in, the FCC changed the rules for college stations and you could boost signal strength to 300 watts which gave you a 20 mile diameter from the station. Our engineer boosted it to 1200 watts and are listening radius reached out almost 30 miles. We played a mix of classic rock, reggae, punk and progressive and during the summer of 1981, we actually made the Arbitron ratings for 3 months in a row. This really pissed off a local commercial station, because we cut into their audience.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: dheaton on September 16, 2011, 04:11:33 PM
3. I worked as a college radio DJ at the University of Missouri-Columbia. At that point, I had great knowledge of the coolest indie bands. That's not really the case now.  It was one of those amazing environments that I'm still trying to figure out how to recreate many years later.

I also DJ'd in college, it was the best two years of my life. I only did two shows a week, but they were the two best time slots...12-3 Friday afternoons and 6-10 on Saturday night. I was a huge proponent of playing requests and my shows became very popular with the students on campus. I got a lot of invites to parties that were happening during my show on Saturdays. If I could relive those two years over and over again like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, it would be heaven.

When I first joined we were a 10 watt station, which meant you only had about a one mile listening radius. Six months in, the FCC changed the rules for college stations and you could boost signal strength to 300 watts which gave you a 20 mile diameter from the station. Our engineer boosted it to 1200 watts and are listening radius reached out almost 30 miles. We played a mix of classic rock, reggae, punk and progressive and during the summer of 1981, we actually made the Arbitron ratings for 3 months in a row. This really pissed off a local commercial station, because we cut into their audience.

That sounds awesome. I was there from 1995 to 1998, and our reach extended across the Columbia area, but not much further. I had all types of slots, starting in the great spot from 2-6 am in the morning on a weeknight.  The best was having the 1-4 slot on Monday afternoons after a full morning of classes.  I did that for a few years and it was a great way to start the week. I was really into ska and punk at that time and did a show just on that for a while too.  I think the best was the general college radio format and getting to play all types of music.  The community was great, and I still stay in touch with a lot of people from there. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Lobby on September 16, 2011, 04:46:36 PM
Someone seeking such a thing could perhaps PM their e-mail address so an mp3 file could be sent.

I've now listened to a song sung by Bondo. Before listening to it I felt a bit awkward. What if I didn't like it? Some people overestimate their singing abilities heavily. But I needn't have worried. You see: here's a fascinating fact you maybe didn't know about Bondo: he is a terrific singer. I've already told him that from now on I expect him to provide a link to his own interpretation of the lead motive whenever he makes a write-up about a musical movie.

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on September 16, 2011, 07:02:56 PM
Someone seeking such a thing could perhaps PM their e-mail address so an mp3 file could be sent.

I've now listened to a song sung by Bondo. Before listening to it I felt a bit awkward. What if I didn't like it? Some people overestimate their singing abilities heavily. But I needn't have worried. You see: here's a fascinating fact you maybe didn't know about Bondo: he is a terrific singer. I've already told him that from now on I expect him to provide a link to his own interpretation of the lead motive whenever he makes a write-up about a musical movie.

I concur!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: AAAutin on September 16, 2011, 07:08:13 PM
Damn, Bondo gets all the chicks.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Totoro on September 16, 2011, 08:52:24 PM
01. My Dad has watched Bill O'Reilly, every night, since 2001. I've watched it with him as well. I evolved from being a super conservative hardcore republican into being a centrist democrat.

02. I misplace a whole lot of things. I think about 10% of my life has been me looking for things like wallet, shoes, cellphone, etc., because I forgot where I placed it/them. I think I have a mental condition.

03. In 2004, I took a film production class at my high school. I made a film that was laughed off by all of the upper class men and even the teacher. Ashamed of myself, I decided to switch majors and turn to acting. While I loved performing, I hated about 80% of my classmates. They were all self obsessed snobs. In my Sophomore year, they got rid of that teacher though. So, I eventually returned, but it wasn't until my freshman year of college when I decided to switch majors.

04. When I was four, two incidents happened. A- I ran into a corner of a table and got a one inch scar on my forehead which was stitched together. B- My mom jumped off a 10 meter diving board and landed on her back. Two discs shattered. She has permanent back damage.

05. I was a gymnast for five years. I got to level 8, was about to get in level 9, but quit. I've done diving, dancing, soccer, basketball, swimming, all sorts of sports, but gymnastics was the big one. After that, I did dancing. I got a lot of flack for being a male dancer. From my peers, from my friend's dads, from my fellow dancer's moms & dads - it was annoying. If only Glee existed a few years earlier - then it would have been pretty cool to be part of a competitive musical theatre group. Alas, it wasn't.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Antares on September 16, 2011, 09:15:42 PM
I did that for a few years and it was a great way to start the week. I was really into ska and punk at that time and did a show just on that for a while too.  I think the best was the general college radio format and getting to play all types of music.  The community was great, and I still stay in touch with a lot of people from there.

I had been there for a year when one of the DJ's, who did a 4 hour jazz program on Sundays, asked for people to help him expand the show to 12 hours from 6AM to 6PM. He already had a guy who was a jazz saxophone player from the area, who had a remarkable baritone voice like Isaac Hayes to do the early morning show, and he was going to do the afternoon slot. Nobody took him up on it, so I volunteered, even though I knew diddly squat about Jazz music. So I've got this Jazz performer with an amazing voice before me, and a Jazz geek following me. I basically grabbed a record (This is how long ago this was), put it on the turntable, listened to a few seconds of each track, and picked the one I thought sounded the best. I did this for 4 hours every week until I started to learn about the different styles of Jazz. And lo and behold, after a couple of months, my show was more popular than either of the other two guys' shows. The guy before me only played gospel and traditional Jazz, while the guy who followed me was a little too cerebral in his musical formatting. But by playing what I thought sounded good, mixed with an ample amount of requests played, I blew them away.  ;)

In my second year there, I was made Training Director for the newbies. This was 1981, and I was heavily into partying, and never did a show without some kind of stimulant. My friend, who was also a DJ and had gotten me in there, had turned me on to Jack Daniels and Coke when you're on air, and the shows just breezed by effortlessly. Well, the interns learned that if you came up to my show and brought Jack Daniels and got me drunk, I'd turn over the mike to them. Those last few months I was there are pretty much a blur to me.  :)

On Thanksgiving night in 1981, there was a surprise blizzard that hit the northeast. Now all of the students have gone home for the holidays, and only local students were around to continue programming. The next day, Black Friday, I'm scheduled from 10AM to 2PM, I don't know if they got anyone for the 2-6 slot, my other friend Skip is on 6PM - 10PM and the guy who got me into the station, Bob, is on from 10PM to 2AM. At around 11:30 the next morning, while I'm in the middle of my show, Skip calls me and asks me if he's heard from the DJ who's suppose to do the slot after mine. With the amount of snow that had fallen the previous night, we figured that person wouldn't show up. Skip decides that he'll come in early, bring a shitload of supplies (Pizza, Weed, Cocaine, Beer and Booze) and we'll go straight through to 2AM with my buddy Bob's show. I'm psyched and about an hour later he shows up with a huge box full of all kinds of goodies. He breaks out an 8 ball, we do a few lines and I'm pumped to do marathon radio for the next 14 hours.

All of a sudden, at 1:40PM, one of the female DJ's shows up and says that she slotted for the next shift. We tell her that we'll do the show, if she would rather go shopping, but she insists that because she drove the snow covered streets, that she was going to do it. We wouldn't have minded her response if she had been a decent DJ, but she played pretty awful music and had the personality of a piece of white bread. We tell her about our plans to go through to the last show and we've bought all these supplies, but she's adamant. My show ends, and Skip and I go into the Radio Station office and continue partying. After about an hour of coke, beer and joints, we get bored. We had contemplated giving her a couple of beers and when she went to the bathroom, lock her in until 6PM, but we decided against it. We decided to go back to the studio and sit on the couch that was in there (It was a pretty big studio). We're smoking cigars, which were also part of the goodie box, when we notice this huge poster of Rex Smith between the record stacks. We start destroying this poster, while the girl is on the air. We're laughing uncontrollably because of all the stuff we've been ingesting and finally, she decides that she's had enough. She gets up, turns to us and says, You win, I'm leaving. Skip jumps behind the console and we're back on track.

At 4:30PM, Bob calls us because we've been announcing that we're going non-stop. He's cool with the idea and decides that he's going to come in at 7PM to join the festivities. At 7PM, he arrives with another box of goodies, and three hot  girls who had been listening in the dorms (They lived too far away to go home), were coming back from dinner at the cafeteria and met Bob as he was going in. He invited them to our little party, and with nothing going on on campus, were delighted to join us. For the next 7 hours, Bob, Skip and myself alternated hours behind the console, while the other two went back to the offices with the girls. I hit it off with this girl named Linda, and during one of my hours on air, I'm sitting behind the console spinning records, I've got a Jack and Coke in one hand, a mirror of cocaine on the table next to the turntable, a Cheech and Chong stogie in the ashtray and this hot girl doing unspeakable things to my nether regions during Traffic's seminal song Low Spark of High Heeled Boys, which runs for a good 11 minutes. 

I wouldn't trade in that day for any other in my whole life! 8)

And I know I'm rambling on and on, but this was a great time in my life, so just one more...

In the summer of 1981, we're were on a skeleton staff, with most of the students back home for the summer. I decided to pick up the Tuesday night 10PM - 2AM slot. The DJ before me had been a DJ at the station for over 10 years and was actually one of the first DJ's when they started the station back in the early 70's. He was a huge Dead head and had the best weed on campus. His name was also Bobby, and we had become good friends over the last few months and we both anticipated having a good time on Tuesday nights during the summer. I had helped another student during the school year by giving him answers during tests in my biology class, and he showed his appreciation by holding out a garbage bag filled halfway with Christmas Tree speed, and telling me to take a couple of handfuls. I've got good sized hands and I grabbed close to 450 of them. I was set for the summer!

Each Tuesday I would show up just after Bobby's show had started and toss him a couple of Christmas Trees. He would put on a twenty minute song and we'd go sit out on one of the balconies that ringed the campus outside our studio and light up a joint. We'd bring a transistor radio (No Ipods in those days) so we could monitor the progress of the song. After a few weeks, all of our friends knew that if they heard a twenty minute starting, we would be on the balcony partying, and they'd show up. One Tuesday we put on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here and go to our usual spot. About a dozen friends show up and the joints are doing the dosey-do around the circle. I notice that the song is about two minutes from the end and offer to go inside and make the change. Bobby asks me what I'm going to play and I tell him that I'm going to give all the Floyd fans a treat by flipping it over and finishing the album. A couple of girls come inside with me, with joint in hand, and I sit behind the console. I noticed that it's coming up on 8 o'clock and when the song ends, I've have to do the ID. I put my headphones on, and figure out what I'm going to say while I'm flipping the record. The song ends, I hit the mike and while I'm flipping the disc, I say, A perfect song from a perfect album from a perfect band. Now who am I to mess with perfection, so I'm just going to play the whole second side for you too. You're listening to 91.1 WUSM, and as I'm saying this, one of the girls taps me on the shoulder and hands me the joint. I inhale a lung and a halfs worth of sweet cannabinol and trying to hold it in, blurt out Nooorrrttthhh Daaarrrtttmmmooouuuttthh. I kill the mike and exhale a cumulos cloud in the studio. I turned to the girls and they're both standing there with mouths agape. Do you realize that you just took a hit off a joint on the air. I responded, I Did? and turned around and looked out the picture window in the studio and over at the balcony where everyone was sitting. Half were staring in shock, while the other half were laughing hysterically, and there's Bobby giving me the thumbs up in his best Jerry Garcia impression. Priceless  :o
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Totoro on September 16, 2011, 09:27:21 PM
...then there was the Great IKEA Incident of 2008, in which I got so freaked out by the prospect of owning a piece of furniture that wouldn't fit in my car, I sat down and started crying in the middle of the floor, and my friends had to talk me down.

Hahahahahahaha

I'm sorry, tiny, but this is the funniest thing I've read in a long, long time.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: tinyholidays on September 16, 2011, 11:19:59 PM
No need to be sorry! It's meant to be funny!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on September 17, 2011, 12:49:36 AM
Sing us a song AAAutin!  :)

03. In 2004, I took a film production class at my high school. I made a film that was laughed off by all of the upper class men and even the teacher. Ashamed of myself, I decided to switch majors and turn to acting. While I loved performing, I hated about 80% of my classmates. They were all self obsessed snobs. In my Sophomore year, they got rid of that teacher though. So, I eventually returned, but it wasn't until my freshman year of college when I decided to switch majors.

Totoro, did you go to a performing arts high school? Sounds like a miserable bunch of kids to be around.


Antares, all I can think of to say is--Samurai gone wild. :o
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Totoro on September 17, 2011, 09:09:38 PM
Sing us a song AAAutin!  :)

03. In 2004, I took a film production class at my high school. I made a film that was laughed off by all of the upper class men and even the teacher. Ashamed of myself, I decided to switch majors and turn to acting. While I loved performing, I hated about 80% of my classmates. They were all self obsessed snobs. In my Sophomore year, they got rid of that teacher though. So, I eventually returned, but it wasn't until my freshman year of college when I decided to switch majors.

Totoro, did you go to a performing arts high school? Sounds like a miserable bunch of kids to be around.


I went to a charter arts school, yes. People would say, "Oh! An arts school! It must have been a lot better than a normal public school!" Completely false. All the drama is the same, everyone just wears different masks.

And speaking about singing,

06. I've sang on and off for over ten years. I've had some training, but I've totally lapsed. I'm a deep bass/barritone, which is often ignored by the general public and musicals.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on September 17, 2011, 09:24:42 PM

3. Three times in the last 10 years, I have willed a dream I was experiencing to go in a direction of my choosing. All three times, I realized during the dream, that it wasn't real and that I was in fact, having a dream. .


I have done this as well.  I have also realized I have been having a dream and have willed myself to wake up to get out of it.  Like the end of Alice in Wonderland.   I think I mentioned in my 5 fascinating things that I have wild, intense dreams nearly every night.   I would rather not dream, it usually just results in feeling like I got no rest at all.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Antares on September 17, 2011, 11:57:27 PM

3. Three times in the last 10 years, I have willed a dream I was experiencing to go in a direction of my choosing. All three times, I realized during the dream, that it wasn't real and that I was in fact, having a dream. .


I have done this as well.  I have also realized I have been having a dream and have willed myself to wake up to get out of it.  Like the end of Alice in Wonderland.   I think I mentioned in my 5 fascinating things that I have wild, intense dreams nearly every night.   I would rather not dream, it usually just results in feeling like I got no rest at all.

I'm so glad to hear this. When I told my wife about it each time it happened, she looked at me as if I were batshit crazy.

I also have very intense dreams, but they are sporadic, not happening every night. I'm a big believer in analyzing the dreams that I have, and I've come to a few conclusions about REM sleep and the subconscious.

First, I believe that we can foresee future events in our dreams, but we are unable to harness the ability to remember those events when we awake. This is my explanation for deja vu. We see some situation from our future in a dream, we can't remember it when we awaken, but when that situation takes place, we get that feeling of deja vu. It's not that we've done it before, the same exact way, it's just that our subconscious mind projected it in a dream.

Second, I started to seriously focus upon people I would see in my dreams, if I recognized them. What I've found is that if it's someone who has died, like my mother, father, grandparents or deceased old friends, then when I go over that persons face in the dream, it definitely looks like them. But, if it's someone who is still alive, like my sisters, brother in law or any living friend, their face, after I really scrutinize what I saw in the dream, looks nothing like them. But my mind recognized them as being that person. It made me believe that when we dream, we tune in to wherever the souls of the departed go when they pass on. When we dream about some event from our lives that includes people who are both alive and deceased, random spirits take the place of those who are still alive but trick us into believing it's the person we know. I know it sounds crazy, but next time you have a dream where you recognize the people, try to focus on this when wake up.

Third, I've noticed that from time to time, I return to specific locations that I visited in previous dreams. Villages, seashores, mountains and lakes that were in proximity to where I grew up, appear in my dream, but nothing looks the way it does in real life. There are all kinds of new buildings in place of the ones that truly exist. And every time that I return to this place in another dream, those same new buildings are there and the true ones are still non-existent. It's made me believe in the layered universe theory. Maybe our subconscious enters a portal when we dream, and we can move between these other universes. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: MartinTeller on September 18, 2011, 12:02:06 AM

3. Three times in the last 10 years, I have willed a dream I was experiencing to go in a direction of my choosing. All three times, I realized during the dream, that it wasn't real and that I was in fact, having a dream. .


I have done this as well.  I have also realized I have been having a dream and have willed myself to wake up to get out of it.  Like the end of Alice in Wonderland.   I think I mentioned in my 5 fascinating things that I have wild, intense dreams nearly every night.   I would rather not dream, it usually just results in feeling like I got no rest at all.

I'm so glad to hear this. When I told my wife about it each time it happened, she looked at me as if I were batshit crazy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on September 18, 2011, 12:05:57 AM
I went to a charter arts school, yes. People would say, "Oh! An arts school! It must have been a lot better than a normal public school!" Completely false. All the drama is the same, everyone just wears different masks.

And speaking about singing,

06. I've sang on and off for over ten years. I've had some training, but I've totally lapsed. I'm a deep bass/barritone, which is often ignored by the general public and musicals.

 :P The agony of High School with the added extra touch of bloated egos. Glad you survived. There are some great theater parts for your low voice.

Chauvelin - Scarlet Pimpernel
Javert - Les Misérables
Bill Sykes - Oliver!

Hey, they're all villians. That looks like type casting to me!



Food for thought, Antares
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Antares on September 18, 2011, 12:12:51 AM

3. Three times in the last 10 years, I have willed a dream I was experiencing to go in a direction of my choosing. All three times, I realized during the dream, that it wasn't real and that I was in fact, having a dream. .


I have done this as well.  I have also realized I have been having a dream and have willed myself to wake up to get out of it.  Like the end of Alice in Wonderland.   I think I mentioned in my 5 fascinating things that I have wild, intense dreams nearly every night.   I would rather not dream, it usually just results in feeling like I got no rest at all.

I'm so glad to hear this. When I told my wife about it each time it happened, she looked at me as if I were batshit crazy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream

I had never heard of that...Thanks for the link, I can't wait to show it to my wife tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on September 18, 2011, 12:24:44 AM

3. Three times in the last 10 years, I have willed a dream I was experiencing to go in a direction of my choosing. All three times, I realized during the dream, that it wasn't real and that I was in fact, having a dream. .


I have done this as well.  I have also realized I have been having a dream and have willed myself to wake up to get out of it.  Like the end of Alice in Wonderland.   I think I mentioned in my 5 fascinating things that I have wild, intense dreams nearly every night.   I would rather not dream, it usually just results in feeling like I got no rest at all.

I'm so glad to hear this. When I told my wife about it each time it happened, she looked at me as if I were batshit crazy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucid_dream

Yeah, I have read a lot about lucid dreaming and dreams in general because I dream so vividly, all the time.  I can fall asleep between snoozes and have a bad dream.  A lot of my dreams are classic anxiety dreams, late for things, late for things and I have forgotten crucial elements needed for the event I am attending.  I have had dreams where I have forgotten a baby or children for extended periods of time, those are the worst.   

But the most disturbing dreams I have are animal attacks or attacks from menacing people.  Name an animal, and I have been attacked by it in my dream.  I am often hiding out from animals or people who want to hurt me.  I also have dreams where I am in intricate mazes or houses with many rooms with tight fitting spaces. 

I watched a special on dreams that said that animal attack dreams are ways that people or animals prepared themselves for real life stress situations.  I find that theory very interesting, like something leftover evolutionarily.  I am very stressed quite often, and it may  be my subconscious' way of preparing me for my day. 

I also think I have problems with sleep cycling, like I am not reaching deep sleep, and I stay in the "dream state", which is why I dream so much, and that I can remember them so well.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Antares on September 18, 2011, 12:42:01 AM
I have had dreams where I have forgotten a baby or children for extended periods of time, those are the worst.   

I used to raise tropical fish many years ago, and I had 8 different tanks. I've been having a recurring dream for years where I'm in my old apartment and I keep forgetting to feed the fish, and it always feels like weeks are going by in the dream, and I never feed them. There have been times when I've woken up after one of these dreams and I go looking for a container of food to feed them.

Have you ever had a precognitive dream? I had one once that scared the living shit out of me. It happened one summer Saturday night when I was 16 years old. It had been a hot night and I had the window in my bedroom open to cool the room. Around 2:30 in morning, I started having this nightmare about me and some friends racing in my friends 68 Mustang Fastback. My friend loses control and we are heading for a huge oak tree. As he hits the brakes, and we're just about to hit the tree, I spring up in bed and wake up. I'm sweating and shaking at the same time, then realize that it was just a nightmare. I sit there for about a minute when all of a sudden I hear a car's brakes screeching down the street from my house and a big bang like the car just hit something. Now, I'm really shaking and pretty frozen in fear. I hear the car drive off and slowly try to go back to sleep. When I woke up the next day, I walked down to my friends house down the road and noticed a huge gouge in the maple tree in front of house on the way. In the street were tire skid marks. It was like a Twilight Zone moment.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on September 18, 2011, 12:50:43 AM
I have had dreams where I have forgotten a baby or children for extended periods of time, those are the worst.   

I used to raise tropical fish many years ago, and I had 8 different tanks. I've been having a recurring dream for years where I'm in my old apartment and I keep forgetting to feed the fish, and it always feels like weeks are going by in the dream, and I never feed them. There have been times when I've woken up after one of these dreams and I go looking for a container of food to feed them.

Have you ever had a precognitive dream? I had one once that scared the living shit out of me. It happened one summer Saturday night when I was 16 years old. It had been a hot night and I had the window in my bedroom open to cool the room. Around 2:30 in morning, I started having this nightmare about me and some friends racing in my friends 68 Mustang Fastback. My friend loses control and we are heading for a huge oak tree. As he hits the brakes, and we're just about to hit the tree, I spring up in bed and wake up. I'm sweating and shaking at the same time, then realize that it was just a nightmare. I sit there for about a minute when all of a sudden I hear a car's brakes screeching down the street from my house and a big bang like the car just hit something. Now, I'm really shaking and pretty frozen in fear. I hear the car drive off and slowly try to go back to sleep. When I woke up the next day, I walked down to my friends house down the road and noticed a huge gouge in the maple tree in front of house on the way. In the street were tire skid marks. It was like a Twilight Zone moment.

I have dreams then similar things have happened like what happened in my dream, but they are usually more mundane than what you experienced.  One of the creepiest things I have experienced is that I often have dreams involving people I have never met in my life, and once I met someone who looked like the person in my dream.  It freaked me out.  It still freaks me out to this day.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on September 18, 2011, 02:04:51 AM


 I believe that we can foresee future events in our dreams, but we are unable to harness the ability to remember those events when we awake. This is my explanation for deja vu. We see some situation from our future in a dream, we can't remember it when we awaken, but when that situation takes place, we get that feeling of deja vu. It's not that we've done it before, the same exact way, it's just that our subconscious mind projected it in a dream.


This is my only experience of deja vu-- to see an event unfolding that I had previously seen in a dream.  I not only have a sense that I had experienced the event before, but I remember dreaming it, and sometimes being confused momentarily when awake about the events (which often happen years in the future).  To test such experiences, I will "predict" the next occurrence, according to my dream and I am right almost all of the time.

This would be so cool, except that the events are so unremarkable.  The dreams are often about places I had never been, or a series of events that don't make sense to me when I'm dreaming, but they make perfect sense when they happen to me awake.

The human mind is a strange place.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bondo on September 18, 2011, 08:22:40 AM
I watched a special on dreams that said that animal attack dreams are ways that people or animals prepared themselves for real life stress situations.  I find that theory very interesting, like something leftover evolutionarily.  I am very stressed quite often, and it may  be my subconscious' way of preparing me for my day. 

One of my dad's friends is a psychology professor who studied this kind of thing, how when we stopped sleeping in trees we could go into deeper sleep (no risk of falling out) and thus allow for proper dreaming. I should say, I am constantly having the thing where I'll be kind of just going into sleep and then I'll get the feeling that I'm falling, even though I'm still safely in bed. Always gets my heart racing.

Anyway, he talked about how there were a few main categories of dreaming in terms of forgetting things or otherwise practicing survival traits and the evolutionary benefit of these dreams. It's interesting stuff. I don't usually remember my dreams.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jim brown on December 28, 2011, 02:27:19 PM
1. My first job out of college was with a NYC law firm located in the Citicorp Center (the building with the slanted, solar-tiled roof). One afternoon, an attorney and I took a freight elevator to the top utility floor and then found a spiral staircase that led to the roof. We climbed outside and had nothing but sky above us; we could have legged over and “slid” down the slanted roof had we chosen to. It was a cloudy day and we realized we were holding onto lightning rods as we peered over the edge. We were never in any real danger (except for jumping), but the experience was nothing short of exhilarating and was the best instance of goofing-off-at-work I have ever known.

2. I once became a Big Brother to impress a girl.

3. My favorite actor is Christopher Walken. I once saw him in the play "The Dead" on Broadway and afterwards I stole the placard that bore his name from the lobby wall as my wife played lookout for me.

4.  I miss my dad and wish that he could have met my wife and my kids. Or at least the twins I hooked up with in Atlantic City last Easter….

5.  I love to cook but am painfully methodical in the kitchen. (I say “methodical” because if I had said “painfully anal in the kitchen” then nobody would come to my house for dinner anymore.)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: MartinTeller on December 28, 2011, 02:36:34 PM
5.  I love to cook but am painfully methodical in the kitchen. (I say “methodical” because if I had said “painfully anal in the kitchen” then nobody would come to my house for dinner anymore.)

http://www.hulu.com/watch/4101/saturday-night-live-cooking-with-the-anal-rententive-chef


this clip is actually not that far off from how my wife thinks/behaves
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Antares on December 28, 2011, 04:13:44 PM
5.  I love to cook but am painfully methodical in the kitchen. (I say “methodical” because if I had said “painfully anal in the kitchen” then nobody would come to my house for dinner anymore.)

http://www.hulu.com/watch/4101/saturday-night-live-cooking-with-the-anal-rententive-chef


this clip is actually not that far off from how my wife thinks/behaves

I've worked with Chefs like this.

Damn...I miss Phil Hartman! The funniest SNL cast member of all.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on December 28, 2011, 08:45:49 PM
Love your "five fascinating facts", jim brown.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on December 28, 2011, 11:08:07 PM
1. My first job out of college was with a NYC law firm located in the Citicorp Center (the building with the slanted, solar-tiled roof). One afternoon, an attorney and I took a freight elevator to the top utility floor and then found a spiral staircase that led to the roof. We climbed outside and had nothing but sky above us; we could have legged over and “slid” down the slanted roof had we chosen to. It was a cloudy day and we realized we were holding onto lightning rods as we peered over the edge. We were never in any real danger (except for jumping), but the experience was nothing short of exhilarating and was the best instance of goofing-off-at-work I have ever known.

2. I once became a Big Brother to impress a girl.

3. My favorite actor is Christopher Walken. I once saw him in the play "The Dead" on Broadway and afterwards I stole the placard that bore his name from the lobby wall as my wife played lookout for me.

4.  I miss my dad and wish that he could have met my wife and my kids. Or at least the twins I hooked up with in Atlantic City last Easter….

5.  I love to cook but am painfully methodical in the kitchen. (I say “methodical” because if I had said “painfully anal in the kitchen” then nobody would come to my house for dinner anymore.)

1. My acrophobia is kicking in, but wow, what an experience!
2. Did it work?
3. For something completely different, have you seen?
(http://i42.tinypic.com/2yz049f.jpg)
Sarah, Plain and Tall

4.  :o    (Seriously though, I'm sad to hear about your dad.)
5. When do you guys eat? Midnight?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: St. Martin the Bald on December 30, 2011, 09:42:36 AM
4.... Or at least the twins I hooked up with in Atlantic City last Easter….

More on this please...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: AAAutin on February 09, 2012, 02:10:25 PM
1.-5. Harvey Weinstein pays me by the HOODWINKED! (with copies of HOODWINKED!).
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jdc on June 15, 2015, 10:20:54 AM
For some strange reason, many people tell me that I look like Nick Cage and sometimes John Cusack.  I even had an auditor once ask to pose for a picture with me cause she said I looked like that "face off" actor and once had convinced a girl that works at a bar near by to my office that Nick Cage is my brother.  I really do not like him as an actor though.


Maybe with a few new posters, we can revive this thread

6 . To add on #1 - Though I don't mind being compared to Nick Cage.. my wife thinks I look like Paul Giamatti

7. I remember somebody posting after me stating they never had a nose bleed in their life.  I would have no idea how many I have had but I would easily say over 2000.  Up until I was 18, this probably happened every few days then I had a nose cauterisation.  They still continue, but maybe slowed to 50 or so per year.  My nostril is pretty destroyed now

8.   I have been on the receiving side of 3 armed/violent robberies.  I managed to get robbed twice in two different locations 12 hours apart by the same person.  Also had my car broken into 2 times. 

9. Excluding the 3 countries I have lived in (Canada, US and Singapore), I have made trips to the following:

1   Italy
1   Korea
1   Macau
1   Taiwan
1   Mexico
2   Unknown
3   Vietnam
3   UK
3   India
4   Philippines
5   Germany
7   Indonesia
11   Australia
13   Hong Kong
24   Japan
24   China
32   Thailand
50   Malaysia

10. I already tried cheating by expanding on #1...
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: MattDrufke on October 02, 2015, 12:04:08 PM
I'll try...

1. In 2002, I won $27,000 on "The Weakest Link".  No one ever voted me as the weakest link.

2. I spent a summer in 2001 interning at WXRT in Chicago, where I met many interesting artists and watched Russell Crowe be a terrible person.

3. Because of fact #2, I have boycotted all Crowe films and have not seen anything he has been in since "A Beautiful Mind".

4. My mom once attended a mass at the Vatican and got blessed by John Paul II.

5. There is another Matt Drufke who also lives in the Chicagoland area (I believe Chicago proper). Though I have tried many times, he will not follow me on twitter.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on October 02, 2015, 12:05:28 PM
5. There is another Matt Drufke who also lives in the Chicagoland area (I believe Chicago proper). Though I have tried many times, he will not follow me on twitter.

I wonder if he doesn't like your handle :P
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: ses on October 02, 2015, 12:22:32 PM
I'll try...

2. I spent a summer in 2001 interning at WXRT in Chicago, where I met many interesting artists and watched Russell Crowe be a terrible person.


More details, please!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on October 02, 2015, 12:27:59 PM
Eclectic list, Matt. What did you spend your winnings on?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Beavermoose on October 02, 2015, 01:13:45 PM
I'll try...

2. I spent a summer in 2001 interning at WXRT in Chicago, where I met many interesting artists and watched Russell Crowe be a terrible person.


More details, please!

Gossip!  ;D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: MattDrufke on October 02, 2015, 03:33:34 PM
Eclectic list, Matt. What did you spend your winnings on?

This is the easy question. I paid off my car, bought a computer and a guitar, paid for a year of rent for me and my (then) wife. Between that and taxes and a few other things, the money went pretty fast.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: MattDrufke on October 02, 2015, 03:36:48 PM
I'll try...

2. I spent a summer in 2001 interning at WXRT in Chicago, where I met many interesting artists and watched Russell Crowe be a terrible person.


More details, please!

Gossip!  ;D

Ok, so Crowe is in this band called 30 Odd Foot Of Grunt and they were playing House Of Blues one night. Dude comes into the studio and is just a total butt. Is rude to every person he talks to, and then it doesn't get any better when the interview starts. At one point, the DJ (the wonderful Frank E. Lee) asks a question like, "You were into music before acting?" and Crowe responds with, "Well, if you had read my bio...." Then, while playing one of his songs, screws up in the first chorus and instead of moving on, curses (thank God for the dump button) and then starts the whole song over.

Just a total piece of garbage. And he'll never get another dime from me.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: MartinTeller on October 02, 2015, 03:43:11 PM
You should listen to the TOFOP (Thirty Odd Foot of Pod) podcast.  They talk about Russell Crowe a lot.  And it's a funny show.  I guarantee if you sent Wil Anderson your story he'd talk about it.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: colonel_mexico on October 02, 2015, 03:56:58 PM
1. Since WW2 I have had a great-grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle, brother or cousin serve in every war and most major conflicts and in every branch, except the Coast Guard.

2. On 9/11 I was in Mt. Home AFB ID waiting on an FTD for the AIM 9X, a class that never happened and the beginning of the rest of my career.  A cousin in Army basic training, an uncle in the Pentagon (survived), and a brother in 5th grade.

3. My brother (the 5th grader) was aboard the boat the day they brought Bin Laden's body and 'disposed' of it.  He says it was pretty normal night, but for some reason shot every aircraft off the boat and landed a single helicopter.  He didn't see anything else.

4. My father met Prince Charles during the Gulf War in Saudi Arabia, he was playing in the finals of a chess match.  And of course I'm sure most have seen the Mark Whalberg with the Marine cousin in Afghanistan, it's in the post a pic thread.

5. My uncle has flown to every continent on the planet, except Antarctica, which he had a chance to do young in his career, but didn't to go home to visit his mom.  20 more years and he never had a chance to go back.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: jdc on October 03, 2015, 12:05:55 AM
3. Because of fact #2, I have boycotted all Crowe films and have not seen anything he has been in since "A Beautiful Mind".

You shouldn't really need a personal reason but I guess it helps
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: verbALs on October 03, 2015, 02:46:07 AM
Maybe when Crowe is complimented on a performance he enjoys the confidence that he isn't being flattered because he's a nice guy, but because he's a good actor. I get impression that he enjoys being liked by his friends but that people who don't really know him can think what they like.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on October 03, 2015, 06:53:45 PM
This is the easy question. I paid off my car, bought a computer and a guitar, paid for a year of rent for me and my (then) wife. Between that and taxes and a few other things, the money went pretty fast.

Both frugal things and fun buys. Congrats on your win!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: saltine on October 03, 2015, 11:49:45 PM
That's a great list, colonel_mexico.  It's a peep inside your family as well as you.  I salute you and your family's dedication in service to the US.

What continents have you visited?  I know Europe.  If you're still in the military, where are you based?  (unless it's top secret  :) )
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: chardy999 on October 04, 2015, 09:21:44 AM
You should listen to the TOFOP (Thirty Odd Foot of Pod) podcast.  They talk about Russell Crowe a lot.  And it's a funny show.  I guarantee if you sent Wil Anderson your story he'd talk about it.

And that is the last thing anyone needs. The single most unfunny man in Australia. And a dickhead to boot.

Also, everyone already knows Crowe is a knob. No one talks about because it is so well known. And ironically this story would make it more likely that Anderson WOULD talk about it because he is that terrible.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DarkeningHumour on October 04, 2015, 03:50:58 PM
Also, everyone already knows Crowe is a knob.

I has no idea Crowe was obnoxious...I couldn't care less, but still.

1. I am, in fact, a man (or a boy depending on how much trouble I am in).

2. I spend half my time in countries whose languages I do not speak.

3. People mistaking me for an Englishman is a running joke at my current school.

4. I once had an argument where I defended the proposition that C3PO is the tragic core of the Star Wars saga and an intrinsically Shakespearean character. I like to think that I won.

5. I managed to avoid malaria but somehow I still catch colds in the Summer.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: chardy999 on October 04, 2015, 05:11:39 PM
Also, everyone already knows Crowe is a knob.
I has no idea Crowe was obnoxious...I couldn't care less, but still.

In Australia it is well known*. The only time Crowe is joked about is under the all-encompassing Australia v NZ umbrella.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Beavermoose on October 04, 2015, 07:00:29 PM
Not super SFW
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpokjMDGM60
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on October 04, 2015, 09:36:52 PM
1. Since WW2 I have had a great-grandfather, grandfather, father, uncle, brother or cousin serve in every war and most major conflicts and in every branch, except the Coast Guard.

You forgot to add you to that list. :)

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4. My father met Prince Charles during the Gulf War in Saudi Arabia, he was playing in the finals of a chess match.  And of course I'm sure most have seen the Mark Whalberg with the Marine cousin in Afghanistan, it's in the post a pic thread.

How did your dad do in the tournament?

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5. My uncle has flown to every continent on the planet, except Antarctica, which he had a chance to do young in his career, but didn't to go home to visit his mom.  20 more years and he never had a chance to go back.

Your uncle is a good man. He made the right choice. :)


1. I am, in fact, a man (or a boy depending on how much trouble I am in).

Wait! :o I thought since your avatar was a hunky guy, you were a girl! ;)

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2. I spend half my time in countries whose languages I do not speak.

How many languages do you speak? Have I asked you that before?

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4. I once had an argument where I defended the proposition that C3PO is the tragic core of the Star Wars saga and an intrinsically Shakespearean character. I like to think that I won.

Did you record this, or write it down, or work off of notes? I'd like to see them.

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5. I managed to avoid malaria but somehow I still catch colds in the Summer.

What countries are you talking about in your #two, where malaria is an issue?!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DarkeningHumour on October 05, 2015, 12:56:02 AM
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2. I spend half my time in countries whose languages I do not speak.

How many languages do you speak? Have I asked you that before?

Upwards of five, depending on how you count.

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4. I once had an argument where I defended the proposition that C3PO is the tragic core of the Star Wars saga and an intrinsically Shakespearean character. I like to think that I won.

Did you record this, or write it down, or work off of notes? I'd like to see them.

This was done the old fashioned way, by uttering words out loud in front of each other. Do people prepare notes to have rants about ?

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5. I managed to avoid malaria but somehow I still catch colds in the Summer.

What countries are you talking about in your #two, where malaria is an issue?!

Let's just say the healthcare system was a far cry from top notch.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: chardy999 on October 05, 2015, 06:21:01 AM
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2. I spend half my time in countries whose languages I do not speak.
How many languages do you speak? Have I asked you that before?
Upwards of five, depending on how you count.

That's great, how did you find going from 1 to 2 which I can imagine was the hardest jump? Was it as an adult or child?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DarkeningHumour on October 05, 2015, 10:23:11 AM
The hard jump was from 3 to 4 which is when the languages started to get complicated (praise be to English, you magnificent conjugationless declinationless beast). The only way to go at it then is to learn your bloody lists (verbs, vocabulary, grammatical exceptions, you name it) and practice as much as you can.

Kids, don't skip on your homework.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on October 05, 2015, 12:46:48 PM
Quote from: DarkeningHumour link=topic=6692.msg818624#msg818624
This was done the old fashioned way, by uttering words out loud in front of each other. Do people prepare notes to have rants about ?

How novel, words out loud in front of each other! :)

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5. I managed to avoid malaria but somehow I still catch colds in the Summer.

What countries are you talking about in your #two, where malaria is an issue?!

Let's just say the healthcare system was a far cry from top notch.

I had to take anti malaria medicine in Vietnam. Whoa, was I sick. I wondered if I should have just taken my chances.

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Upwards of five, depending on how you count.

The hard jump was from 3 to 4 which is when the languages started to get complicated (praise be to English, you magnificent conjugationless declinationless beast). The only way to go at it then is to learn your bloody lists (verbs, vocabulary, grammatical exceptions, you name it) and practice as much as you can.

Kids, don't skip on your homework.

 8)

Impressive, DarkeningHumour! I can barely articulate in one language.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: colonel_mexico on October 05, 2015, 12:55:18 PM
How did your dad do in the tournament?

He was in the finals when he met Charles, I believe he won the whole tournament.

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That's a great list, colonel_mexico.  It's a peep inside your family as well as you.  I salute you and your family's dedication in service to the US.

What continents have you visited?  I know Europe.  If you're still in the military, where are you based?  (unless it's top secret  :) )

Thanks Saltine, it is an honor to serve for all of us.  I have visited Asia and Europe, I lived in Japan for 3 years as a young boy and then Germany for 2 years for 8/9th grades.  I am not in the military any longer and usually we all can say where we are stationed, but downrange/deployed we just say we'll be home soon.  Funny story, (in the AF that is) we would say we'll be home in two weeks, or two more weeks when the going would get tough, even though we could be there for 2 more months or longer.  I think the idea of 2 week was much more easier to manage then the actual longer and sometimes unknown amount time. 
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DarkeningHumour on October 05, 2015, 01:37:24 PM
Impressive, DarkeningHumour! I can barely articulate in one language.

Sandy, unless someone has been writing on here or you, this is patently untrue.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on October 05, 2015, 07:05:23 PM
He was in the finals when he met Charles, I believe he won the whole tournament.

Excellent! :)

Sandy, unless someone has been writing on here for you, this is patently untrue.

oooh, that must be my evil twin. She's been known to turn a phrase or two. ;)

(thank you for that)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on November 28, 2016, 03:17:55 AM
1. I met my wife when I was 25. She was 42 then and as a consequence we haven't got any children of our own.

2. I am an alcoholic. Haven't had a drink since 2010.

3. I have completed 6 marathons.

4. I have seen Bob Dylan 29 times.

5. I can't sing, I swim badly and I have never owned a car.

Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on November 28, 2016, 08:55:25 AM
1. I met my wife when I was 25. She was 42

I don't see this very often. It's usually the other way around. Way to buck the system! :)

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2. I am an alcoholic. Haven't had a drink since 2010.

6 years is an impressive number. Happy for you, Knocked Out Loaded.

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3. I have completed 6 marathons.

Another impressive number! I'm especially impressed because I "can't [run], I [run] badly." :)

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4. I have seen Bob Dylan 29 times.

:D

Since I lost my music thread, would you mind letting me know what your top 5 Dylan songs are?

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5. I can't sing, I swim badly and I have never owned a car.

Nice thing about not being able to sing, is that it doesn't take great singing to sing along with Dylan. :) Dylan wants you to join in anyway!

You must have a great transit system in your city. If I didn't have a car, I'd be stranded!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on November 28, 2016, 08:56:36 AM
1. I met my wife when I was 25. She was 42 then and as a consequence we haven't got any children of our own.

We got to stick together man. My wife is 37 and I am 28.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on November 28, 2016, 08:57:26 AM
 :D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Bondo on November 28, 2016, 09:01:28 AM
1. I met my wife when I was 25. She was 42

I don't see this very often. It's usually the other way around. Way to buck the system! :)

That's because I flood you with stories of my trying to date women 10+ years younger than myself. :-[

In my defense, that's more a function of who is around me, not preference. Never more thrilled than when I find someone viable who is in her 30s.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: StarCarly on November 28, 2016, 09:02:01 AM
1. I met my wife when I was 25. She was 42 then and as a consequence we haven't got any children of our own.

We got to stick together man. My wife is 37 and I am 28.

I never would have guessed! Such a natural, great looking couple :) Age ain't nothin but a number.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on November 28, 2016, 09:17:10 AM
That's because I flood you with stories of my trying to date women 10+ years younger than myself. :-[

In my defense, that's more a function of who is around me, not preference. Never more thrilled than when I find someone viable who is in her 30s.

:)

I'm with StarCarly, age ain't nothin but a number... though early twenty's, they've not lived a whole lot yet, which is probably why you're thrilled with dating someone in their thirties.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: verbALs on November 28, 2016, 09:17:58 AM
Att the other extreme my missus is exactly 3 weeks younger than me. She sat behind me in school.  ;D Beat that.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on November 28, 2016, 09:19:29 AM
 :D

You must have very attractive earlobes that caught her attention!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on November 28, 2016, 09:34:44 AM
I never would have guessed! Such a natural, great looking couple :) Age ain't nothin but a number.

That's so sweet, thank you Carly!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: verbALs on November 28, 2016, 11:33:22 AM
:D

You must have very attractive earlobes that caught her attention!

It's a problem when that's your best side.  :o
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on November 28, 2016, 01:20:30 PM
It's a problem when that's your best side.  :o

That's not true. You're 360° handsome. :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: pixote on November 28, 2016, 01:24:23 PM
It's a problem when that's your best side.  :o

That's not true. You're 360° handsome. :)

Are we still in Celcius?

pixote
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on November 28, 2016, 06:43:07 PM
Are we still in Celcius?

pixote

:D
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on November 28, 2016, 06:59:22 PM
Girl, are you measured in Kelvin? Because you're more than 0K to me.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on December 04, 2016, 05:35:57 PM
1. I met my wife when I was 25. She was 42 then and as a consequence we haven't got any children of our own.

We got to stick together man. My wife is 37 and I am 28.
Way to go CD. I do not miss having children of my own but I miss the experience of being a father. I know you are recently married but I do not know if you are planning kids. Think this over!

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4. I have seen Bob Dylan 29 times.

:D

Since I lost my music thread, would you mind letting me know what your top 5 Dylan songs are?

1. Simple Twist Of Fate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8r9k45gVL4#no)
2. I Threw It All Away (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLwhDb7J7TY#no)
3. Blind Willie McTell (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCHWMdsAlYk#no)
4. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=830_e6tD8Fw#no)
5. Love Minus Zero/No Limit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENL8I0tkC1c#no)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on December 04, 2016, 11:09:37 PM
Think this over!

Tonya and Corndog would have very cute kids, just sayin'. :)

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Since I lost my music thread, would you mind letting me know what your top 5 Dylan songs are?

1. Simple Twist Of Fate (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8r9k45gVL4#no)
2. I Threw It All Away (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLwhDb7J7TY#no)
3. Blind Willie McTell (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCHWMdsAlYk#no)
4. Señor (Tales of Yankee Power) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=830_e6tD8Fw#no)
5. Love Minus Zero/No Limit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENL8I0tkC1c#no)

I'm beginning to see the light! I've been here listening through your songs this evening and am realizing why you made it a point to get to 29 Dylan concerts over the years. Plutarch thinks a lot like you, "poetry is painting that speaks." :)

I really like how you have Garcia and his guitar p[l]ay his respects to Dylan's "Señor..." Love the music, but the words stay with me most and of all the artistic lyrics in the songs, my favorite lines come from that one.

There's a wicked wind still blowin' on that upper deck
There's an iron cross still hanging down from around her neck
There's a marchin' band still playin' in that vacant lot
Where she held me in her arms one time and said, "Forget me not"



The wind howls like a hammer
The night blows cold and rainy
My love she's like some raven
At my window with a broken wing



Oh, and "Blind Willie McTell" sent me off on a Piedmont Blues tangent...

Statesboro Blues (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnWxZtI3ONY#no)


Thank you for compiling this list for me, Knocked Out Loaded!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Knocked Out Loaded on December 04, 2016, 11:54:28 PM
For the sake of clarity, I did not mean he should think kids over, but rather think about where you end up when you haven't got any. Maybe it came across, maybe not.

So glad to send you down the Dylan shaft! I have more tears than words for Garcia's frail rendition.... The second citation is from Love Minus Zero btw. :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on December 05, 2016, 12:05:54 AM
For the sake of clarity, I did not mean he should think kids over, but rather think about where you end up when you haven't got any. Maybe it came across, maybe not.

I think it did. :)

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So glad to send you down the Dylan shaft! I have more tears than words for Garcia's frail rendition.... The second citation is from Love Minus Zero btw. :)

oops! They started getting all jumbled up in my head, like one big tone poem!

Gosh, Garcia's guitar weeps right with you.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Corndog on December 05, 2016, 08:13:01 AM
Think this over!

Tonya and Corndog would have very cute kids, just sayin'. :)


Thanks Sandy! and Knocked Out Loaded! Kids are in the plan, but we haven't talked about when yet.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on December 05, 2016, 08:16:41 AM
 :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sam the Cinema Snob on December 05, 2016, 08:35:29 AM
Think this over!

Tonya and Corndog would have very cute kids, just sayin'. :)


Thanks Sandy! and Knocked Out Loaded! Kids are in the plan, but we haven't talked about when yet.
Cornbabies!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DarkeningHumour on December 05, 2016, 08:45:35 AM
*Cornpuppies
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on December 05, 2016, 09:23:48 AM
 :))
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on May 02, 2018, 08:56:28 PM
What are y'all nerds about besides movies?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 03, 2018, 07:24:30 AM
How much time you got?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: 1SO on May 03, 2018, 08:18:25 AM
What else is there?
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Junior on May 03, 2018, 09:14:44 AM
Books! Games! Literary theory!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 03, 2018, 10:03:18 AM
I'd love to hear everyone's definition of nerd btw.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 03, 2018, 10:13:32 AM
Politics, economics, books, games, history, graphic novels, comedy, and I used to be an anime fan.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on May 03, 2018, 11:12:56 AM
I've been minimizing, which is kind of nerdy, but I love it!

(https://i.imgur.com/tCxpLFp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/wlCnDm3.jpg?2)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: oldkid on May 07, 2018, 02:35:01 AM
Nice, Sandy.  Looks comfy.



For me, homelessness/sociology of poverty, Bible/myth/religion. I like taking pictures, too.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on May 07, 2018, 11:57:43 AM
Here I'm weeding out excess, while you're working with the destitute. There's something very wrong in the world when there is such profound disparity. Keep up the good fight, oldkid! May we all learn from you.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on May 07, 2018, 09:21:45 PM
I've been minimizing, which is kind of nerdy, but I love it!

I like your shutter windows things. :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: DarkeningHumour on May 08, 2018, 04:20:10 AM
We must have different definitions of excess...

smirnoff, you asked the question but never answered it yourself.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on May 09, 2018, 05:53:15 PM
I like your shutter windows things. :)

I believe they're called plantation shutters. Way easier to dust than mini blinds!

We must have different definitions of excess...

Oh, my pictures are post-excess. That's as sparse as my room will look.

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smirnoff, you asked the question but never answered it yourself.

Right! We're all ears. :)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: philip918 on May 09, 2018, 06:00:18 PM
I don't know, Sandy. It looks like you ADDED a throw in that second photo.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: philip918 on May 09, 2018, 06:02:51 PM
What are y'all nerds about besides movies?

My wife. My dog. Food and cooking. Screenwriting. Documentary production. Hiking and camping.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on May 09, 2018, 06:07:35 PM
I don't know, Sandy. It looks like you ADDED a throw in that second photo.

I couldn't help it! It was winter! :D


Very nice list. I'm hoping some of your cooking extends to your camping excursions. That's fun stuff!
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on May 09, 2018, 07:09:46 PM
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smirnoff, you asked the question but never answered it yourself.

Right! We're all ears. :)

Well I guess maybe I'm a bit of a nerd about the UFC and MMA. I try to see all the fights and pre-lims, and I listen to a few podcasts which surround that world, and I enjoy watching the odd fight breakdown. It's kind of the only sport I still get emotionally wrapped up in anymore, which adds a little something to the mix too.
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: Sandy on June 11, 2018, 09:20:03 PM
Well I guess maybe I'm a bit of a nerd about the UFC and MMA. I try to see all the fights and pre-lims, and I listen to a few podcasts which surround that world, and I enjoy watching the odd fight breakdown. It's kind of the only sport I still get emotionally wrapped up in anymore, which adds a little something to the mix too.

That's not nerdy, that's bad a.

(https://i.imgur.com/XUkSl4I.gif)
Title: Re: Five fascinating things you don't know about me
Post by: smirnoff on June 11, 2018, 10:25:48 PM
Oof... Connor McGregor.... the UFC's Barry Lyndon.