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nate
02-02-2009, 01:36 PM
OK, post a random fact (or facts) about yourself!

I shall begin!

I've been on the Discovery channel
I've co-hosted BET's "Rap City"

Not on the same day though

Ravenlord
02-02-2009, 01:37 PM
i freelance selling swords, axes, spears, armor, leather goods, and other assorted "odd" things. :)

Bip Roberts
02-02-2009, 01:38 PM
long

Highlifeman21
02-02-2009, 01:41 PM
I enjoy the music of Celine Dion

The Operator
02-02-2009, 01:44 PM
As a kid, I was on Star-64 with "Christa", I believe, because they came to my school. Remember them? They went to like a different school every day.

In High School, a teacher once told me "If you'd put half the energy into being a drummer (I play drums) that you do into being a smart---, you'd be the best drummer the world has ever seen." One of my favorite teachers.

I've met Josh Homme. Which to me, is a big deal. Lol.

In High School, I got the nickname "Wild Thang" after an errant fastball during an indoor baseball practice left a huge hole in the cinder block wall of our gym. Although the ensuing laps sucked, I'm glad I left my mark on the place.

camisadelgolf
02-02-2009, 01:59 PM
OK, post a random fact (or facts) about yourself!

I shall begin!

I've been on the Discovery channel
I've co-hosted BET's "Rap City"

Not on the same day though

Links or it didn't happen. ;)

*BaseClogger*
02-02-2009, 02:09 PM
It took me nine tries to beat "Schism" on bass with medium difficulty in Guitar Hero World Tour...

PedroBourbon
02-02-2009, 02:13 PM
I enjoy the music of Celine Dion

I would have exercised the "random" part of the question on that one.;)

camisadelgolf
02-02-2009, 02:19 PM
My mother's father is a Catholic priest.

One time, I was lying down in the back of a Suburban, and during a wreck, the Suburban flipped in the air and rolled over three more times on the ground. Even though I wasn't wearing a seat belt, I was unscathed until I scraped my knee when crawling out of the car.

I'm a relative of Ty Cobb's and Chris O'Donnell's.

I have advanced to the state spelling bee three times but have never won.

My family won a lot of money in the lottery (enough to buy a new house in Blue Ash).

I'm a type 1 diabetic.

I love to speak German and will be living there again later in the year.

I was in a car chase and pursued by the FBI for almost three hours.

My father's father, who passed away before I was born, was very good friends with Pete Rose. Mr. Rose and my family are no longer close, but I've still heard a lot of interesting stories that fit in with our impressions of Charlie Hustle.

I was once arrested for driving with a suspended license. I didn't know it was suspended, so I went to court and filibustered until they dropped the charge.

I'm ashamed of this, but it's interesting: two of my great uncles (one of whom is my father's namesake) murdered a police officer and weren't found guilty of it until several years later. (My apologies if this is stirs up any emotions for anyone.)



Age 29
Served: 5 years
April 30, 1956 to March 11, 1961

On March 11, 1961, Walter Walls, Jesse Walls, and Charles Jillson were in the Downtown Lincoln Mercury car lot, 715 Reading Road, for the purpose of stealing a battery from one of the cars. The Wallses entered the lot on foot while Jillson waited in the car. About 3 a.m., Patrolman Donald Martin, of 4300 Foley Road, a recipient of three bronze stars during the Korean War, pulled his patrol car onto the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) parking lot at 721 Reading Road, exited his vehicle and walked onto the car lot. A violent struggle ensued; so violent that Patrolman Martin’s blouse was ripped at the lapel and several buttons were torn from his uniform. Walter Walls, possibly with Jesse’s assistance, gained control of Patrolman Martin’s .38 caliber service revolver and shot Patrolman Martin in the chest. Patrolman Martin turned and ran with Walter Walls in pursuit, firing into Martin’s back.

At 3:10 a.m., Jack Wenner, Hugh Moore, and Harold Stiver, all of Pitt, Ohio, were northbound at 721 Reading Road when they observed the chase and continued shooting. They observed Patrolman Martin with his hands in the air, Walls fire again into his back and, after he fell to the ground, Walls firing a final shot into his head.

Jillson drove away and Walter Walls fired a shot at Jillson’s Cadillac. Walter Walls ran across Reading Road and up Dandridge Street. While going up a muddy embankment, he fell, pushing the revolver partially into the mud. Walls discarded Patrolman Martin’s gun and his own shirt and jacket into a trash can in the rear of 542 Dandridge Street. Jesse Walls ran eastbound through the Nabisco lot toward the railroad tracks behind the Elsinore Warehouse.

Harold Stiver exited the witness vehicle and tried to assist Patrolman Martin. The others drove to a gas station to call the police. By the time the police arrived, the offenders were gone. Sergeant Max Abel was the first car on the scene. Detective Elam took photographs.

Patrolman Martin left a wife, Alethea, and children. They were also in the process of adopting an infant. Mrs. Martin was the daughter of then Chief of Detectives, Henry Sandman.

Numerous detectives worked the case initially and sporadically over the next four decades. A young detective who had just been trained in a “new, state-of-the-art” process of plaster casting, made an impression of the hole in the mud made by the Martin’s revolver in the muddy embankment, confirming Walls’s route. The jacket in the trashcan was examined and found to have “Negroid” hairs attached. Therefore, the early investigation focused on a black suspect or suspects. A specific man, a black male named Murph, was being considered by Lieutenant Martin (no relation). He worked on a “Tip Sheet” and determined that Murph was in jail on the day of the murder. He closed out the Tip Sheet placed it in his Desk Bin. That day, Lieutenant Martin suffered a massive heart attack and died. The closed Tip Sheet was not found until some time later, which probably stalled the investigation. Later, it was concluded that the hairs transferred to the jacket when it was placed with commingled trash.

This crime went unsolved until 2005 when a tipster called the Homicide Unit with some information. That information turned out to be inaccurate, but it caused the case to be reopened. Two Homicide Unit detectives, Ballman and Schare, neither of whom was born yet when Patrolman Martin was slain, found Jesse Walls. After further investigation, they found that Jillson was never heard from again, probably also killed by Walter Walls. Walter Walls had died during 2004. They talked to Walter Walls’ son and daughter who immediately asked why it had taken the detectives so many years to ask them about their father killing “that policeman” in 1961. Walter Walls was such an abusive father, husband, etc. everyone was too frightened to tell the story until after his death. The detectives and Hamilton County Prosecutor closed the case by the “death of the offender”, Walter Walls.

I could keep going, but that's enough for now . . .

durl
02-02-2009, 02:25 PM
I can juggle.

Can't seem to get beyond 3 objects, though.

*BaseClogger*
02-02-2009, 02:25 PM
I was in a car chase and pursued by the FBI for almost three hours.

More info please! :cool:

nate
02-02-2009, 02:30 PM
Links or it didn't happen. ;)

It did! But it would require finding a much box digging, a VHS machine, video capture card and no shame due to what I might've been wearing.

RichRed
02-02-2009, 02:36 PM
I have been cancer-free for 11 years.

But enough about me. I want to hear more about this lottery and car chase.

redsmetz
02-02-2009, 02:38 PM
I was at Roger Staubach's wedding when I was a kid. His wife was our neighbor and she and her sister babysat us when we were little. Actually, the day my first sister was born, Staubach and his girlfriend came home from a dance and watched us boys while Mom and Dad went to the hospital. In the summers when he was home from Navy, he would play street football out in front of our house.

I once panhandled off of guitartist Freddie King prior to a Leon Russell concert at XU. His car stopped by us to ask how to get to the back of the armory. We asked for some money to buy tickets and he said he was there to make money, not give it away. :)

In high school, I hitchhiked everywhere around town. I loved hitchhiking back then. It was mostly safe and it's a shame it's not safe at all, because it was a great way to get around. In college, I hitched back from school in Detroit and made it to the corner I lived at on Miami Avenue in Madeira in three rides!

When I was in high school, I did telephone sales of circus tickets (yes, I know now it was probably a racket) for orphans. One call I made was to Warren Giles. I asked, "Are you the Warren Giles"? It was. At that time, the National League offices were in Cincinnati in the Carew Tower.

Speaking of which, my paternal grandfather (my namesake) was the lead carpentry mechanic in the construction of the Carew Tower, overseeing the hanging of every door in the place.

My maternal grandfather (my middle name namesake) ran for president of the United States in the 1940's as what was then known as a "favorite son" candidate. I want to do more research on that, because if it was the 1944 election, his name was most likely placed into nomination for Vice President at the convention and Roosevelt worked to move Henry Wallace off the ticket and put Truman on.

That same grandpa would emcee shows around town. My mom and her siblings would perform in some of those shows. Her last show was with Jimmy from the Mickey Mouse Club and a chimp. She said the chimp was a gentlemen. Her older sister and one brother would do radio shows after school. Family legend had it that Aunt Rita beat Doris Day in a singing contest, but near the end of her life, she told me she had not beaten her, that Doris Day and her cousin had won, but, she added, "It took two of 'em to beat me!".

That's enough for now.

RichRed
02-02-2009, 02:49 PM
My paternal grandfather worked for the Minnesota Twins in their PR department.

Roy Tucker
02-02-2009, 03:04 PM
I can write backwards.

I'm related to Robert E Lee.

I've got 2 patents and another 10 pending.

I can p-o my wife without trying.

HotCorner
02-02-2009, 03:45 PM
I weighted 10 lbs 11 oz at birth .... and was two weeks late.

Amazed that my mother still kept me. ;)

Tom Servo
02-02-2009, 04:04 PM
I can name all the presidents in order, something I've been able to do since I was about 10.

UKFlounder
02-02-2009, 04:31 PM
I can say the alphabet backwards. I learned to do it as a kid and a few years ago, when my nephew started learning it the right way, my aunt asked if I could still say it backwards, and I found out I can. Do it by rote memory, and not by thinking or else it gets rather confusing.

I volunteer (actually am on the board of directors) at a Civil War museum. I've actually been able to hold an actual civil war rifle and pistol in my hands, which at least is thrill to me.

I didn't miss a day of school from 6th through 12th grade. (Of course, once I got to college, i can't say that continued :) )

Javy Pornstache
02-02-2009, 04:32 PM
-Closely related to FDR and have autographed dollar signed to me
-Largest baby ever born in the hospital I was hatched at
-Work on-air for a local media member

TRF
02-02-2009, 04:40 PM
I went to a different school every year until the 10th grade in 4 different states. 4 in the 6th grade alone. 18 schools total.

I marched in the Baseball Bunch parade on Johnny Bench's last game.

It turns out I have no idea who my birth father was.

I've been to Alaska.

IowaRed
02-02-2009, 04:52 PM
we couldn't be closer now but as a child my brother did the following to me

shot me between the eyes with a BB gun
jumped off the kitchen table while chasing me and landed on my foot as I was running away, breaking it
threw a pen at me from across the table in a card game and it stuck in the side of my head

and I kicked one of his teeth out (these did not all occur in the same day)

BUTLER REDSFAN
02-02-2009, 05:02 PM
I am missing a finger.

George Anderson
02-02-2009, 05:18 PM
I can twist my legs when I walk so my heels are facing the front and my toes are facing behind me when I walk.

cincyinco
02-02-2009, 05:40 PM
I was born exactly 2 minutes before the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption...

That's it.. I'm pretty boring.

Sean_CaseyRules
02-02-2009, 05:56 PM
My Paternal grandfather was in this Iraqi War, at the age of 58.

I did the weather one day for Chris Bradley when he came to my school.

I got smacked trying to kiss my gf on the Reds Kiss Cam, she thought I was trying to annoy her, lol. I had p'd her off before because we were up to bat and I wasn't listening to her.

*BaseClogger*
02-02-2009, 06:06 PM
Oh, I just thought of another stupid one. I saw Rasheed Wallace leave his little kids in a movie theater by themselves while he watched another movie more to his liking...

guttle11
02-02-2009, 06:10 PM
I lived across the street from Hal McCoy until I was 9.

919191
02-02-2009, 07:23 PM
My Paternal grandfather was in this Iraqi War, at the age of 58.

I did the weather one day for Chris Bradley when he came to my school.

I got smacked trying to kiss my gf on the Reds Kiss Cam, she thought I was trying to annoy her, lol. I had p'd her off before because we were up to bat and I wasn't listening to her.


My uncle was an actual spy. At aboyt age 68-70, not sure exactly, he was activared for a 2 week stint in the first Iraqi War. Something intelligence-related.

savafan
02-02-2009, 08:07 PM
I was struck by lightning twice in the same night.

I've been shot, stabbed, hit by a car, shot by bow and arrow, survived cancer three times, once been actually pronounced dead in the hospital, nearly died a second time in the hospital, had first and second degree burns over 25% of my body, been slammed onto the hood of a police car with six cops pointing guns at me, have had 17 concussions resulting in traumatic brain injury, have blown out both my knees, torn my rotator cuff, took 12 foul tips into my crotch all during one at bat while playing catcher, and 1 wild pitch hit me there as well...and somehow I'm still walking, talking, and breathing.

Ravenlord
02-02-2009, 08:49 PM
I was struck by lightning twice in the same night.

I've been shot, stabbed, hit by a car, shot by bow and arrow, survived cancer three times, once been actually pronounced dead in the hospital, nearly died a second time in the hospital, had first and second degree burns over 25% of my body, been slammed onto the hood of a police car with six cops pointing guns at me, have had 17 concussions resulting in traumatic brain injury, have blown out both my knees, torn my rotator cuff, took 12 foul tips into my crotch all during one at bat while playing catcher, and 1 wild pitch hit me there as well...and somehow I'm still walking, talking, and breathing.

yeah, i've been stabbed (or at least cut with a knife) as well in a fight. both my rotator cuffs are farying.


but this reminds me, i've known Savafan since September 5, 1984; which happens to be when i was born (and we're not related).

savafan
02-02-2009, 08:56 PM
yeah, i've been stabbed (or at least cut with a knife) as well in a fight. both my rotator cuffs are farying.


but this reminds me, i've known Savafan since September 5, 1984; which happens to be when i was born (and we're not related).

I changed Ravenlord's diaper. ;)

camisadelgolf
02-02-2009, 09:13 PM
Here's the FBI story people requested:

When I was in high school, my friends and I would go around town and destroy the mailboxes of people we hated. We considered ourselves to be Robin Hood types because in our minds, we were taking away from the rich (or in this case, the bullies) and giving to the poor (the people who were bullied). After high school, we kind of grew out of it, but one night, after having not seen my friend for several months, we decided we should destroy another mailbox for old time's sake.

We decided to destroy the mailbox of my best friend's ex-boyfriend, so we drove down the guy's cul-de-sac, and when my friend stopped his car, I jumped out, ripped off the mailbox, and ran back in the car. Next thing I know, I look out the car window, and I see a man running at us. I yelled, "DRIVE!" and right before the man got to my door, we sped off.

We were kind of freaking out and wondering what the heck was going on. It was late at night, and we thought no one could see us. After we got a few miles away, we noticed that someone was tailing us. My friend was getting annoyed, and then it hit me: It must be the guy who was chasing after us. Soon after this realization, the car (which contained two men) that was tailing us was driving next to us in the opposing lane and yelling at us to pull over. My friend asked if he should pull over, and I was like, "Are you kidding? They'll probably kill us. Don't worry. We'll lose them."

At that point, I was instructing my friend where to drive, but the other car (which was much faster, btw) kept up with us every step of the way. I told my friend that we should get on the highway, and hopefully a police officer would stop us. At this point, we weren't worried about being busted by the police--we were just worried about being severely beaten or killed. I mean, these two guys in the car were obviously crazy if they were chasing us all over town and yelling at us over a mailbox when they could have just reported our license plate to the police.

On the highway, we were having no luck. We tried getting off and on the highway and doing clever turns, but nothing worked. Then, I called a friend of mine and asked him to meet me on the highway ASAP. As soon as I saw my friend's car, I asked him to get in-between my car and the chasers' car. Right after he did that, all three of us went on a one-lane ramp. My friend's car slammed on the brakes, which temporarily prevented the chasers from going anywhere. This bought my friend and I just barely enough time to park behind a well-hid building and turn off the car.

We figured that the chasers were probably driving up and down the street, so we decided to stay put for a while. About half an hour later, my friend got a call on his cell phone. It was his mother, saying that a police officer was at her house. My friend assured his mother that he did nothing wrong and that these two men just started chasing us for no reason. Then, the police officer got on the phone. He requested that he speak to us in person, so we obliged and arranged a meeting point.

On the way to the meeting point, we were pulled over by a police officer. My friend has an illegal substance in his car and was freaking out. I told him not to worry and to just not do anything that would give the officer probable cause to search the vehicle. We explained to the officer that we had arranged a meeting point with a separate officer, and after the officer confirmed it, we were back on the road.

On the way to the police officer, I took my friend's green substance and threw it out his window just to be safe. We met the officer, who was kind of playing the role of bad cop. He said that he knew we destroyed the man's mailbox and that we should just confess to make it easier. The way my friend and I saw it, there was no evidence on us, so we vehemently denied it. We were basically at a stalemate, and then I remembered that my friend was on probation for stealing thousands of dollars' worth of computers. If he got in trouble again, he would have to go to jail and have his daughter taken from him.

That's when I decided to cut a deal with the officer. I told him I'd take all the blame, and in return, I'd buy a new mailbox and apologize. The officer got on the phone with the man who had his mailbox destroyed, and fortunately, the man agreed.

The next day, I went to the man's house, and he was accompanied by the police officer and his family. The officer asked the family, "Well?" and the family said, "No, we don't recognize him." It turned out that my friends and I had been destroying the wrong mailbox for years. It also turned out that the man who had his mailbox destroyed happened to be a member of the FBI, and there was speculation that what I had done was an act of revenge. I paid them for the mailbox (which they had just put up a few days prior), informed them that I had no idea there was any connection to the FBI and that I was very sorry. I told him we were just being young and stupid. The man said I was very lucky because he was a graduate of UC, and the officer told him that my friend was a student at Xavier.

After all that was taken care of, I went to the spot where I threw my friend's illegal substance, found the substance, and my friend and I had a pretty good laugh about what had happened the night before.

So there it is. I'm less young than I was then, and I hope I'm less stupid, too.

redsfan1966
02-02-2009, 09:16 PM
I stood between Bob Trumpy and Cris Collinsworth during a "Sports or Consequences" on Gary Burbank's show on 700WLW...and got to listen to them talk about their suspicion of Joe Piscopo's (old comic on SNL) bulking up being due to steroid use....

I was able to co-host a sportstalk show here in Columbus for my birthday; thanks to my wife....("Saturday Morning Sportsblitz with Mark the Shark")....not a great memory due to nerves.....

Blimpie
02-02-2009, 10:32 PM
My dad once owned a helicopter that was purchased from him by Paramount Pictures. It was later blown up in the finale of the movie entitled "Blue Thunder."

When I was 36 years old, I learned that I had been walking around with a congenital heart defect my entire life. Less than two years later, I spent a month in the Cleveland Clinic recovering from open heart surgery (myectomy).

I was, quite possibly, the least likely person you would ever expect to have lived on the island of Palm Beach, FL. I was there for several years and would literally get pulled over for 'looking suspicious' cruising around in my rusted out, 1982 Chevy Malibu. While doing time there, I worked in a 5-star restaurant called "The Epicurean."

I used to deliver the Louisville Courier-Journal when I was a kid. On my daily delivery route, was UK broadcasting legend Cawood Ledford. His wife, Fran, once gave me a $15 tip at Christmas time and I thought I was a millionaire.

I once won $1,000 playing the Reds Big Payoff Inning when Barry Larkin homered in the 8th inning vs. the Cardinals.

Hockey first debuted in Kentucky when the Lexington Thoroughblades played before 17,000 folks in Rupp Arena. I had tickets behind the glass for opening night and intentionally knocked a giant inflatable ball onto the ice during a critical moment of the match. Although the home goalie froze expecting an official timeout, the opponent slapped a one-timer through his net for the winning goal. The newspaper columns the next day featured quotes from several players and the head referee. They coined the act as "the balloney incident." I still have the article framed.

I was in the stands at Riverfront when John McSherry died 7 pitches into the 1996 Reds season.

I was on the field at Commonwealth Stadium for the "Bluegrass Miracle" against LSU.

I am one-half Portuguese. My maternal grandfather was an immigrant from the Azores and defended a man who was, at one time, a suspect in the Lizzie Borden murders.

TRF
02-02-2009, 10:34 PM
I was struck by lightning twice in the same night.

I've been shot, stabbed, hit by a car, shot by bow and arrow, survived cancer three times, once been actually pronounced dead in the hospital, nearly died a second time in the hospital, had first and second degree burns over 25% of my body, been slammed onto the hood of a police car with six cops pointing guns at me, have had 17 concussions resulting in traumatic brain injury, have blown out both my knees, torn my rotator cuff, took 12 foul tips into my crotch all during one at bat while playing catcher, and 1 wild pitch hit me there as well...and somehow I'm still walking, talking, and breathing.


umm... how?

cincrazy
02-02-2009, 10:50 PM
When I was in the 7th grade I purposefully finished runner-up in the school spelling bee so I wouldn't have to advance. I was shy, and HATED big crowds.

SHHHHHHHHHHH, don't tell my mother this!

Raisor
02-02-2009, 10:55 PM
I was in a ABC/Disney movie of the week, back in 95ish with Lucas Black (Slingblade/Friday Night Lights/Fast & the Furious3)

Ravenlord
02-02-2009, 11:07 PM
umm... how?

he's leaving off the golf ball my brother drove into him at short range, among other things.

camisadelgolf
02-02-2009, 11:39 PM
I am one-half Portuguese. My maternal grandfather was an immigrant from the Azores and defended a man who was, at one time, a suspect in the Lizzie Borden murders.

I have a lot of family from the Azores, too. Family excluded, you're the only person I know whose family immigrated from the Azores.

RFS62
02-03-2009, 12:23 AM
....took 12 foul tips into my crotch all during one at bat while playing catcher...


Dude

OldRightHander
02-03-2009, 12:27 AM
I played in an Irish band for a few years in the late 90s.

I compose music occasionally, but haven't written anything recently.

I played basketball on the same team with an NBA player. Of course he wasn't in the NBA at the time since this was a Jr. High team.

I have been in 44 states in the last six months, some of them without even stopping.

Last Spring I swam in the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico all in the span of about a week and a half, and also attended games in three different MLB parks during that same time span.

When I am home, I am the official warmer of cold feet, and I'm pretty good at my job.

I don't like pizza.

I read a Tale of Two Cities straight through sitting in a booth at Perkins.

I went into a bookstore a few years back and struck up a conversation with a rather nice fellow who was quite a few years older than me. We made small talk, I purchased a book, and I left. I came back by that store a couple hours later and the man I had been talking to was sitting behind a desk signing books with a line of people out the door. Turns out it was Cawood Ledford, former UK basketball announcer. I hadn't even known who he was and he hadn't bothered to tell me either.

*BaseClogger*
02-03-2009, 12:30 AM
I was on the field after the 2002 Ohio State/Michigan game. I now have three square-feet of Ohio State stadium turf growing in my backyard at home... :D

paintmered
02-03-2009, 12:33 AM
My dreams of being a professional improv comedian were crushed when I bombed on stage with the guys from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

cincyinco
02-03-2009, 12:52 AM
My dreams of being a professional improv comedian were crushed when I bombed on stage with the guys from Whose Line Is It Anyway?

As a fan of this show, even pre-drew carey host days, I wonder if you can drop specific names? Curious to hear who was involved.

Spitball
02-03-2009, 12:58 AM
My dad was one of a handful of pilots during WWII pulled and trained on the island of Tinian to drop the atomic bomb. As a kid in the 1950s, I met both Tibbets and Sweeney. Actually, my parents and Sweeneys socialized quite a bit when I was a kid. I have an interesting Sweeney story, but I shouldn't really tell it.

Also, my sister dated Johnny Bench in the late 1960s.

Handofdeath
02-03-2009, 01:22 AM
My secret dream is to be reincarnated as one of Jessica Simpson's bras.

Stephenk29
02-03-2009, 02:11 AM
In a 3 month span I was robbed in four different states.

I hold the St Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record for strikeouts in a season. Just call me Adam Dunn.

Sean_CaseyRules
02-03-2009, 02:45 AM
Another one, I won tickets to see Spiderman, three days before it came out, from WNCI because I saved a kid from a flipped over 4-wheeler in a creek.

SunDeck
02-03-2009, 07:26 AM
I have Clinodactyly- crooked fifth fingers.

Degenerate39
02-03-2009, 10:47 AM
I can't think of anything so I'll just go with

I was voted class clown last year in high school

Redlegs23
02-03-2009, 11:08 AM
When I was in the 7th grade I purposefully finished runner-up in the school spelling bee so I wouldn't have to advance. I was shy, and HATED big crowds.

SHHHHHHHHHHH, don't tell my mother this!

I totally did the same thing. Seventh grade, there were three of us left in the spelling bee and the top two advanced to regionals. I put two i's together in the word so that I could be eliminated and I wouldn't have to go to the regional spelling bee with the "nerds". I was way too cool for that.

SeeinRed
02-03-2009, 11:25 AM
While delivering ice at Riverbend, I met Dave Matthews. He was a very nice person. Gave me and the guy helping me a Coke. He sat down and talked with us for quite a while.

I also met Brad Paisley in the same manner. I hate country music and didn't know who he was. He asked if I liked country music and I said I hated it. He then asked if I knew who he was and I said no. He told me and laughed. He talked for quite a while after that. He was also a nice guy.

SunDeck
02-03-2009, 01:11 PM
I can bend a bottle cap between my thumb and fore finger. This actually used to be a lot harder, but bottle caps ain't quite what they used to be.

Back in college I used to find the biggest guy in the bar and bet that I could bend more of them in 30 seconds than he could.

Never lost once.

Highlifeman21
02-03-2009, 03:13 PM
Of the 4 times I've broken my right wrist, 2 of them happened while playing golf. After the 2nd time golfing and 4th time overall, my Ortho put a 2 inch screw in my wrist.

Lost almost 2 full clubs worth of distance which I'm still struggling to regain.

Heath
02-03-2009, 03:22 PM
I worked at Lady Foot Locker in college.

Rojo
02-03-2009, 03:34 PM
I was a paramedic in the terrible USA cop show, Silk Stalkings.

I've had pins in my elbow for 20 years.

I know how to pogo-stick but not how to rollerskate.

My car was stolen one night. The next day riding with a friend, we pulled up behind -- you guessed it -- my stolen car.

We tailed the theif all over San Diego, he twice tried evasive manuevers before we trapped him at a Gulf Station. As I approached the car, he asked if there was something wrong. "Yeah, you're in my car", I said. He reached for a shoe box in the passenger's seat. I froze for a minute. He grabbed the box, popped out of the car and started running away. My friend had called the cops, who we assumed would be there any second to nab him. They took 45 minutes. He got away. I smoked the camel lights he left on the dashboard.

Roy Tucker
02-03-2009, 03:36 PM
I literally bumped into Joe Morgan on a downtown Cincinnati city street and Carson Palmer at the Kenwood Mall.

Joe really is a little guy and he just laughed. Carson is huge and if looks could kill, I'd be a dead man.

Sometimes I don't watch where I'm going.

OldRightHander
02-03-2009, 03:50 PM
Years ago when I was right out of high school and working the drive thru at a Burger King, a large bus pulled into the lot after the dining room was closed. One guy got out of the bus and walked up to the window to order a hamburger. It was Ricky Skaggs.

Falls City Beer
02-03-2009, 04:12 PM
I totally did the same thing. Seventh grade, there were three of us left in the spelling bee and the top two advanced to regionals. I put two i's together in the word so that I could be eliminated and I wouldn't have to go to the regional spelling bee with the "nerds". I was way too cool for that.

Who knew that throwing spelling bees was so commonplace?. I did the same thing in 6th grade. Because of stage fright.

Let's start a support group, guys.

Falls City Beer
02-03-2009, 04:13 PM
I was a paramedic in the terrible USA cop show, Silk Stalkings.

This is golden.

I was driving through LA down to SD when the OJ chase was going on.

OnBaseMachine
02-03-2009, 04:17 PM
Who knew that throwing spelling bees was so commonplace?. I did the same thing in 6th grade. Because of stage fright.

Let's start a support group, guys.

I'm also guilty of this.

Strikes Out Looking
02-03-2009, 04:22 PM
In high school, I worked at a car dealership and had to wash Jim Scott's demo for him.

nate
02-03-2009, 04:22 PM
This is golden.

I was driving through LA down to SD when the OJ chase was going on.

I drove home just ahead of OJ that day.

bthomasiscool
02-03-2009, 04:24 PM
***I was put in a cop car at the age of 7. I was at the outskirts of my neighborhood playing with these two girls my age who I thought were hot at the time. They dared me to take some bottles that were laying around the side of the road and break them onto the road. Of course I did what they said. Seconds later a cop pulled up. Game over when I got home.

***When I was a kid I would always go grocery shopping with my parents. Whenever we got to the meat section I would always stick my fingers through the hamburger meat packages to see if it felt like "brains". My dad caught me doing it one day and made me go up to the store manager and apologize. It was quite embarrassing.

***In high school in West Chester, Ohio I worked at Blockbuster. Jon Kitna would come in at least once a week with his son. Quite a friendly guy.

***Last weekend in Lexington at the Campus Pub I saw Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns. Also really laid back friendly guys.

Ltlabner
02-03-2009, 04:36 PM
I was a paramedic in the terrible USA cop show, Silk Stalkings.

Whoa.

Did you meet Mitzi Kapture?

Stephenk29
02-03-2009, 04:38 PM
***In high school in West Chester, Ohio I worked at Blockbuster. Jon Kitna would come in at least once a week with his son. Quite a friendly guy.


I had something similar except it was at FinishLine and the guy was Chris Henry. You can only imagine his bills.

Razor Shines
02-03-2009, 04:57 PM
When I was a ballboy for the Indiana Pacers I spilled a cup of water on Dale Davis' back. He just looked at me and wiped it off.

I would also rebound for Reggie Miller with nobody else in the gym, he got there very early.

camisadelgolf
02-03-2009, 05:15 PM
Who knew that throwing spelling bees was so commonplace?. I did the same thing in 6th grade. Because of stage fright.

Let's start a support group, guys.

You can throw me on the list, too. My mother had pressured me into doing well, so it was my way of saying I was mad at her for making me go through with it. When I won my school's spelling bee, I didn't realize it would make me some kind of stage show. At the time, the last thing I wanted was attention for my ability to spell.

Danny Serafini
02-03-2009, 05:21 PM
You guys who threw spelling bees are soft! I was proud of my mathletic achievements in junior high, we were the first public school ever to win the regional math championship. I still break out my trophies every once in a while, people get a good chuckle at seeing them. I've got a bronze medal from the Science Olympiad buried somewhere too, but I can't find it.

Heath
02-03-2009, 05:38 PM
You guys who threw spelling bees are soft! I was proud of my mathletic achievements in junior high, we were the first public school ever to win the regional math championship. I still break out my trophies every once in a while, people get a good chuckle at seeing them. I've got a bronze medal from the Science Olympiad buried somewhere too, but I can't find it.

I was part of a County Championship Quiz Bowl in High School.

I still chuckle to myself the times I'd spike my pencil after getting questions right.

freestyle55
02-03-2009, 05:51 PM
I was on the field holding a giant balloon with my Cub Scout troop as part of the '88 All-Star game at Riverfront stadium. I was about 15-20 feet from Dwight Gooden, but don't remember noticing any white lines (other than the foul line)...

I spent a night in immigration hold in Mexico City due to accidentally dropping my passport somewhere between the plane and immigration. Very boring, didn't know enough Spanish at the time to really get any help, no flights back that night..."slept" on a concrete slab and got shipped back to the US the next morning...

cincrazy
02-03-2009, 06:22 PM
I had something similar except it was at FinishLine and the guy was Chris Henry. You can only imagine his bills.

Glad to hear you're still alive.

Rojo
02-03-2009, 06:29 PM
Whoa.

Did you meet Mitzi Kapture?


Didn't talk, but she smiled at me. I'm sure it meant something.

I accidently bumped heads with the male lead (who went on to Melrose or 90210 or something).

redsfanmia
02-03-2009, 06:34 PM
I got into a fist fight with Carlos Diaz ( he is on the show Extra as a reporter) during a slow pitch softball game. That guy is a jerk.

MrCinatit
02-03-2009, 07:09 PM
Since I was about 5, I have not had a broken bone (save a couple of instances...more on those). I have not been to a hospital except to visit someone else since that time, either.
I have broken both of my little toes at least three times on the same piece of furniture.
I have at least 35 novels and 50 short stories in various stages of development.

oneupper
02-03-2009, 07:38 PM
I have just written an article "busting" an $8 billion ponzi scheme.

westofyou
02-03-2009, 07:46 PM
I've been to over 500 concerts in my life, 240 of them were the Dead, I put myself through college selling t-shirts on tour and to stores around the country.

Patrick Bateman
02-03-2009, 07:48 PM
I've beat an olympic medalist in curling.

Emin3mShady07
02-03-2009, 08:06 PM
It took me nine tries to beat "Schism" on bass with medium difficulty in Guitar Hero World Tour...

That's awful. I mean really awful, bass isn't even as hard as the regular guitar


Oh, I just thought of another stupid one. I saw Rasheed Wallace leave his little kids in a movie theater by themselves while he watched another movie more to his liking...

Hey, that happened to me too:D But they might not have been his kids.


Anyways,

My great uncle played for the Chicago Bears as a punter and a fullback and still holds the career record for yards per punt for the bears.

I was part of the 2007 Baseball team that won the State Championship in Michigan for the top division (D1)

I play college baseball at Johns Hopkins.

I won a small scholarship for playing the piano 3 years ago.

I harbor an unnatural hatred toward Kenny Williams.

thatcoolguy_22
02-03-2009, 08:38 PM
In highschool I improvved my speech (something about cartoon's role in expanding young minds... haha)for the state academic decathalon and placed 2nd. The top 2 finishers had to deliver their speech at the awards banquet. It wasn't pretty :)

I won over 8k in scholarships for essay contests while in college. 500$ here 250$ there...

I won 7 freestyle competitions in a row in Savannah. Every Thursday (I can't remember the name of the club) for almost the whole summer. Fun times, after every victory I would get to goof off on radio with the local personality.

Was cut on the first day of tryouts for my college soccer team because I did not run a 5k in sub 17:30. The next day I explained to the coach I thought we were just warming up and I ran again. This time a 15:45 and went on to make the team as a walk-on.

Lost a 20 dollar bill when I was 12 while putting stuff in the attic for my mom (a lot of $$ for a 12 year old). I found it last year when I was helping my dad get the christmas lights out, Oh happy day (oh happy day)...

Met Pete Rose when I was 10 and thought he was a jerk. Met him again around the age of 17 and thought he was an a**. Met him for the 3rd time around 21 and, I now believe he is the biggest ****** to ever wear a Reds uniform. (helluva hitter though :))

Rojo
02-03-2009, 09:07 PM
I harbor an unnatural hatred toward Kenny Williams.

Last summer, he was one of my favorite people.

Rojo
02-03-2009, 09:08 PM
I have just written an article "busting" an $8 billion ponzi scheme.

The Colombian one?

Hap
02-03-2009, 09:20 PM
Jim Tressel is my fourth cousin, twice removed.

OldRightHander
02-03-2009, 09:39 PM
I was born during the Rose Bowl. Ohio State won.

KronoRed
02-03-2009, 09:51 PM
I have never set foot in a high school but I am a graduate of one.

Cyclone792
02-03-2009, 09:59 PM
I caddied for current House Minority Leader John Boehner back in 1995 when I was 13-years-old. I didn't know who the hell he was until he asked me "Do you know who I am?" on the second hole. I told him no, and while lighting the first of countless cigars, he told me he was a United States Congressman. It was only the third time I had ever caddied, and I did an awful job. Of course, he also gave me an awful tip. Ironically I'd later go on to become one helluva caddy.

My grandfather's aunt married former MLB pitcher Joe Heving (http://www.baseball-reference.com/h/hevinjo02.shtml).

I worked various low paying, part-time jobs during college, and one of those jobs had a company Christmas party that I attended. I won the cash door prize drawing of $1,000 at that party (think any companies are doing that anymore?). Since I was working roughly 16 hours a week and making a whopping $10.40 an hour at that job, that was as much money as I'd gross for six weeks of work.

GoReds33
02-03-2009, 11:05 PM
I had George Steinbrenner's box seats, in the first row behind the Yankees dugout for the Saturday game when the Reds played at Yankee Stadium this past year. I sat there in shock, with my Jay Bruce jersey on. It was an amazing experience.

Caveat Emperor
02-03-2009, 11:24 PM
As a kid, I once rode around Wilmington, OH in the back of Sam Wyche's car, with Sam driving.

Red in Chicago
02-04-2009, 12:02 AM
Here's an embarrassing fact: I have a "shy" bladder. I know it's completely ridiculous, but I just can't get over it. It has made for some very uncomfortable times in my life.

redsfan1966
02-04-2009, 12:45 AM
I too am guilty of the "spelling bee" tank job.....fifth grade; made it to districts and decided I didnt want to continue standing in front of large crowds being nervous...

redhawk61
02-04-2009, 12:50 AM
I am an Eagle Scout

I have been to Jose Rijo's house in the D.R. where he had a cookout and grilled chicken and rabbit...Rabbit is really good

I am related to Samuel Mudd...the doctor who set John Wilks Booth's leg after he assassinated Lincoln.

HumnHilghtFreel
02-04-2009, 04:59 AM
I have never once been stung by a bee.

In highschool, I was a ranked competitive gamer.

I came in 2nd place in my elementary school spelling bee, didn't throw it, just failed.\

I can't think of anything really interesting about myself

redsmetz
02-04-2009, 06:24 AM
Former MLB pitcher Tom Henke is my wife's second cousin. Both of their grandmothers were Rackers which brings me to another point. Both she and Henke are distantly related to Neil Rackers (I think they're third cousins once removed, if I remember correctly).

SunDeck
02-04-2009, 07:33 AM
I worked at a church that had a cemetery when I was in high school. If I was out cutting grass on really hot days in the summer I would eat lunch in a freshly dug grave. It was always about 10 degrees cooler in the empty hole.

RFS62
02-04-2009, 07:34 AM
I almost ran over the State Policeman who gave me my first drivers test.

Notice I said first.

Highlifeman21
02-04-2009, 08:07 AM
I almost ran over the State Policeman who gave me my first drivers test.

Notice I said first.

Why did you need to take a test to drive a horse & buggy?

RFS62
02-04-2009, 08:12 AM
Why did you need to take a test to drive a horse & buggy?



Go ahead and laugh. You ever tried to parallel park a buggy?

oneupper
02-04-2009, 08:32 AM
The Colombian one?

No, that one has been busted already. This is the Stanford International Bank, an Antigua-based "bank" which raised multiple red flags. It is in operation now with $8.4 billion in deposits.

Strikes Out Looking
02-04-2009, 09:09 AM
I had George Steinbrenner's box seats, in the first row behind the Yankees dugout for the Saturday game when the Reds played at Yankee Stadium this past year. I sat there in shock, with my Jay Bruce jersey on. It was an amazing experience.

Our very own Elaine Benes!

cumberlandreds
02-04-2009, 09:33 AM
I have never had a cavity in my permanent teeth. I did have a couple when I had my baby teeth but that was a long time ago and they are long gone.

SeeinRed
02-04-2009, 12:15 PM
I am an Eagle Scout

I too am an Eagle Scout. Its kinda funny when you use what you learned and people are amazed. Everyone should be taught these things.

WebScorpion
02-04-2009, 12:28 PM
In college, I hitched back from school in Detroit and made it to the corner I lived at on Miami Avenue in Madeira in three rides!


I grew up in Madeira! First in a house on Camargo Road where the Tennis Club now stands, then in a house on Dawson Road across from the (it was Imbus, now it's something else) lumber company.

random fact, eh? hmmmm...
I am double-jointed, and that fact caused my ACL replacement surgery to fail.

NJReds
02-04-2009, 12:41 PM
Although my career as a newspaper reporter was brief, I did have one USA Today byline.

Highlifeman21
02-04-2009, 12:53 PM
Go ahead and laugh. You ever tried to parallel park a buggy?

Can't do it. Just can't get the horse to cooperate.

Redlegs23
02-04-2009, 01:18 PM
Never had a cavity either. Also, I've played sports my entire life and I've never broken a bone. Never been in a car accident, not even a fender bender, not even as a passenger.

GoReds33
02-04-2009, 01:39 PM
Our very own Elaine Benes!I am probably a little young for this reference. Would someone care to explain?

Raisor
02-04-2009, 01:43 PM
I am probably a little young for this reference. Would someone care to explain?

Seinfeld.

The gang was sitting in George's box seats, Elaine, who was from Baltimore, had a O's hat on and got into a fight with someone.

rotnoid
02-04-2009, 01:51 PM
I was born with 11 fingers. My parents decided it best to have the extra one removed before we left the hospital. Not sure the what decision I would have made given the choice.

cumberlandreds
02-04-2009, 02:15 PM
I am probably a little young for this reference. Would someone care to explain?

Very young! :)

I'm also a spelling bee dodger. In junior high the teacher put us all in one and I just didn't feel like doing it. So I buckled down and mis-spelled.

GoReds33
02-04-2009, 02:51 PM
Seinfeld.

The gang was sitting in George's box seats, Elaine, who was from Baltimore, had a O's hat on and got into a fight with someone.Okay, thank you.:)

I am not a big Seinfeld guy, and I was only six when they quit making new episodes.

Razor Shines
02-04-2009, 02:58 PM
Okay, thank you.:)

I am not a big Seinfeld guy, and I was only six when they quit making new episodes.

That is one of the saddest things I've ever read.

*BaseClogger*
02-04-2009, 03:01 PM
That is one of the saddest things I've ever read.

Gosh, it makes you realize just how old you have gotten... :D

GoReds33
02-04-2009, 03:49 PM
That is one of the saddest things I've ever read.Sorry.:)

Dom Heffner
02-04-2009, 03:49 PM
My friend and I once bought a box of Lucky Charms and it was filled with 100% marshmallows. After dancing around in glee, we quickly discovered that you need the oats. It was the worst tasting thing I've ever had. Remember that: You absolutely need the oats.

I once went on a vomitless streak of 17 years. I have since had 3 bouts in 2 years. You can't beat the law of averages- you simply can't.

My sister was the ghost writer for the Jessica Simpson wedding book.

I have two great coincidence stories:

I was talking on the phone one day with a friend and he started to tell me about this new girl he met. It sounded familiar, so I stopped him, and proceeded to fill in all the blanks about her. "You told me about her already," I said. He didn't remember ever mentioning her to me, but I was right on everything, so he didn't question it. Two weeks later I'm talking to another friend, and he says, "Remember that girl I was telling you about?" And holy cow, I had two friends, who lived 20 miles apart, who did not know each other, but who were dating the same girl at the same time. Reds twist: she was also dating Chris Sabo.

Another one. Last year I returned to Florida after my 20 year Amelia High School reunion at Old Coney. The lady who cleans our windows at the office asked where I had been the past week. "I was at my 20th reunion from a tiny town in Ohio." She says, "Well it couldn't have been any tinier than from where I went to school." Where did you go to school? Amelia High School, she says. Same school, one year apart, and she is living in the same tiny town that I live in, roughly 1000 miles away from Amelia. We remembered each other, same friends, lots of stories about teachers we both knew.

And I just saw her at Subway 20 minutes ago.

Lots more to tell but I gotta run. :)

Blimpie
02-04-2009, 09:00 PM
I have a lot of family from the Azores, too. Family excluded, you're the only person I know whose family immigrated from the Azores.Cool... My relatives are from Punta Delgada. Mom and her sister visited there about 6 years back and found the house where my grandmother lived.

Last week's episode of "No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain" featured several islands in the Azores. After watching that episode, the destination is definitely on my bucket list.

cincrazy
02-04-2009, 09:12 PM
My father grew up down the road from Will McEnaney's parents. Very nice family, as I recall him telling me.

Blimpie
02-04-2009, 09:13 PM
By the way, this is my early nominee for Redszone "Thread of the Year"...

Here are some music-related submissions that I just remembered:

A girl who I was dating during my senior year of high school worked part-time in a Peter Max art gallery on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach. She stopped returning my calls after she met Julian Lennon in the gallery and they started dating.

That very same girlfriend also worked in a record store which allowed us to get front row seats for Robert Plant in the Hollywood Sportatorium. We drove to the concert--only to learn that a leaky roof had postponed the concert until the following night. My job kept me from making the show the following night, so she went with one of her girlfriends. During the concert, Robert Plant pulled her up on stage and sang to her while he gazed into her eyes.

While in college, I took a roadtrip to the Moody Blues concert that was held at Chastain Park in Atlanta. Without any tickets, we meandered around the ampitheatre and managed to get the attention of Justin Hayward (lead singer). He heard our pleas and got us past security into the show.

Blimpie
02-04-2009, 09:28 PM
During a one month period, I ran into actress Elizabeth Shue not once--but twice--while she was with her young children. Once was here in Lexington (while she was in-town filming 'Dreamer') and the next time she was buying a magazine in LAX.

I once hit B-52s lead singer Fred Schneider with my car while he was jaywalking in downtown Gainesville, FL. He was fine and I even got his autograph.

I got into a verbal altercation with Carlton Fisk at a celebrity golf tournament. I was trying to get him to autograph an index card for my son. He thought so much of his 'value' that he accused me of wanting to place it on eBay.

I have been fired from exactly two jobs in my life; both occured while I working as a "temp." The first time, I was fired by the actual J. Peterman after working one week in the mailroom of his catalog company. The other time was while working as a parking lot attendant at a bank in Palm Beach. Apparently, the bank president did not like to see me reading the newspaper while on the job.

Rojo
02-04-2009, 09:44 PM
The first time, I was fired by the actual J. Peterman after working one week in the mailroom of his catalog company.

I'm too young to know what this means. :)

yab1112
02-04-2009, 10:16 PM
Random fact...

My little toe on both feet is bent under the next toe. Nothing grotesk, just odd looking. When I was born the doc told my mom to just bend them back into place every night and that would fix it. Every night she'd bend em and every night they'd pop right back.

When I was younger, my dad brought home a domino rally set that he had bought at a Barry Larkin garage sale. Half the pieces were missing but it didn't matter, it was still one helluva hanuka present :)

OldRightHander
02-04-2009, 11:19 PM
I too am an Eagle Scout. Its kinda funny when you use what you learned and people are amazed. Everyone should be taught these things.

Same here. A lot of what you learn in Scouting is applicable your entire life.

George Foster
02-05-2009, 12:51 AM
The official term I believe is "coin snatching."

I can snatch off of my elbo 44 quarters. That's my record.

My hand size in a golf glove is a "small."

If your wondering, I stack 24 quarters in two stacks and hold them in my right palm, I'm left handed. I then balance the 2 stacks on my left elbo by using the inside of my fingures and the inside of my thumb. They act like a wall on both sides of the quarters until they are balanced. I almost instantaneously remove my right hand and "snatch the quarters off my elbo. I normally drop several. My record with no drops is 40.

I won a lot of money doing this in college. I can do thirty in my sleep.:thumbup:

SunDeck
02-05-2009, 07:40 AM
By the way, this is my early nominee for Redszone "Thread of the Year"...



If only because we now know that Dom has a calendar at home, marking off his vomitless days.

RFS62
02-05-2009, 08:52 AM
If only because we now know that Dom has a calendar at home, marking off his vomitless days.



Geez, doesn't everyone?

In high school, we had a math teacher who hated all football players. Every weekend during the season, he would load us up with homework and laugh about it. He was a real wanker, hated all athletes, was very bitter and dark. He made it a point to humiliate any football player who didn't have his homework, or made any mistake.

I once took a cherry bomb, pulled out the stem, poured out the power, put the stem back in, stood up in the middle of Plane Geometry Class, lit the bomb, walked to the front of the room, and tossed it into the lap of this teacher. He had his feet up on the desk, and he panicked, trying to brush the bomb off his lap, his rolling chair shot out from under him as he leaned back too far, he slammed his head on the blackboard and ended up flat on his back on the floor, almost knocking himself out.

He sent me to the principals office. Lucky for me, the principal hated him more than I did. He shook his head and said "Dave, you shouldn't have done that", and that was it.

Dude never messed with the football players again.

RANDY IN INDY
02-05-2009, 09:33 AM
Sounds like my World History teacher in high school. She hated athletes as well. She was something. She kept a broom in her classroom (we thought she rode it to and from school) and would go out and sweep the hall in front of her classroom after every class.

My first day in class, in front of the whole class, she glared down over her "Cat Eye glasses" (she kept them on a chain around her neck) at me and said, "Mr. Rollyson, just because you are an athlete, don't expect a passing grade in my class." She didn't know me from Adam, or that I was basically a straight "A" student and in the Honor Society. After the first six weeks in class and an A on my report card, I was walking out the door after class, the last person to leave, and she was there with her broom. After walking past her, she hit me in the rear with her broom. I looked back at her and she winked at me and smiled, "I was wrong about you, Mr. Rollyson." From that point on, she was like a friend to me and even came to watch a few of my games! I had several other teachers tell me that I was the only athlete in their memory who she ever liked.

cumberlandreds
02-05-2009, 10:10 AM
I'm too young to know what this means. :)

We used to get J. Peterman's catalogs. IIRC,each item in the catalog was the story behind it;of how he obtained it or how the item came into being. It was rather unique and I think Peterman was a very "unique" person too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_J._Peterman_Company

Of course we are all too young to remember the Seinfeld show.

Ltlabner
02-05-2009, 10:50 AM
I fart.

Constantly.

Heath
02-05-2009, 10:59 AM
Geez, doesn't everyone?

In high school, we had a math teacher who hated all football players. Every weekend during the season, he would load us up with homework and laugh about it. He was a real wanker, hated all athletes, was very bitter and dark. He made it a point to humiliate any football player who didn't have his homework, or made any mistake.

I once took a cherry bomb, pulled out the stem, poured out the power, put the stem back in, stood up in the middle of Plane Geometry Class, lit the bomb, walked to the front of the room, and tossed it into the lap of this teacher. He had his feet up on the desk, and he panicked, trying to brush the bomb off his lap, his rolling chair shot out from under him as he leaned back too far, he slammed his head on the blackboard and ended up flat on his back on the floor, almost knocking himself out.

He sent me to the principals office. Lucky for me, the principal hated him more than I did. He shook his head and said "Dave, you shouldn't have done that", and that was it.

Dude never messed with the football players again.


You forgot to tell the other interesting info.

You played football with Leather Helmets.

elfmanvt07
02-05-2009, 11:16 AM
I didn't play baseball as a little kid.

(Edit) Or any sport, for that matter. In fact, I've never played a sanctioned sport in my life.

Dom Heffner
02-05-2009, 12:04 PM
If only because we now know that Dom has a calendar at home, marking off his vomitless days.

Just to sort of come to my defense....:)

One day in around 1990 or so, i realized I had not thrown up in awhile. I traced it to the "Green bean Casserole" incident of the mid 1980's. It was a normal Thanksgiving evening until I stepped out of my car and from nowhere proceeded to turn the normally white snow otherwise. You don't forget something like that.

So anyway, even in 1990, 3 or 4 years was along time to go without hurling.

And I have a vomit phobia like nobody else. I know nobody likes it, but I'm the type of guy who would suffer through the worst stomach ache rather than making myself feel better by upchucking.

I'm no heavy drinker but I've been drunk a fair amount, and even then I had never thrown up from drinking- which, by the way, leads us to another random story about myself.

July 2007. I'm at a bachelor party and had reached my self imposed 2 drink limit (Jack and coke only) when my friend comes up to me with a 7-Eleven Big Gulp glass half-filled with what was unbeknownest to me as Yagermeister (I have no idea how to spell it).

So yeah, I drank the first one. Then another. Then another. And a fourth. Again, I'm a semi-lightweight, never had Yager before, didn't know what I was even drinking.

And here we are about an hour later at a bar, when my body pretty much shut down. It was so bad, that- I don't know if anyone will even believe me here- but I could not understand English.

Needless to say, my drinking without throwing up streak ended pretty quickly, and I was literally carried from the bar- I was so bad they took me out the back entrance.

So here I am, waiting for my friend's wife to come rescue me, and I'm still tossing my cookies outside the bar. Absolutely embarrassing.

Finally she arrives, I get in the car, and the first thing I say is something like, "At least I didn't see anybody I knew."

The next day, I am sitting at home, recovering, when I log into my fantasy baseball site and see a headline on the message board that says, "Alan (me) is the Man!!!!"

And the post reads something like, "I'm at the bar last night and Alan is outside, white as a ghost, sick as a dog in the grass, and what does he say to me in between throwing up?

"Hey dude, I'm going to shoot you a trade for A-Rod tomorrow!!!"

Apparently I am his hero for life.

wally post
02-05-2009, 12:58 PM
I fart.

Constantly.

when you get older, those might not be farts. :eek:

SunDeck
02-05-2009, 02:42 PM
when you get older, those might not be farts. :eek:

TMI Wally. TMI.

Falls City Beer
02-05-2009, 03:22 PM
When I taught high school, my nickname was "O.G." My students told me I was "straight hood."

Rojo
02-05-2009, 03:46 PM
I actually slipped on a banana peel, on the corner of Haight and Ashbury, in front of a busload of Japanese tourists.

Falls City Beer
02-05-2009, 03:54 PM
I actually slipped on a banana peel, on the corner of Haight and Ashbury, in front of a busload of Japanese tourists.

Hippies and their organic detritus.

RFS62
02-05-2009, 04:07 PM
Hippies and their organic detritus.



Organic detritus. Is that like arugula?

camisadelgolf
02-05-2009, 04:21 PM
I actually slipped on a banana peel, on the corner of Haight and Ashbury, in front of a busload of Japanese tourists.

One time I was sitting on a park bench, and I saw a jogger slip on a banana feel and fall on her back. I didn't know that stuff actually happened. Of all the stories in this thread, it's one of the most surreal things to ever happen imo.

redsbuckeye
02-05-2009, 04:35 PM
My cousin is currently on a reality TV show on VH1.

nate
02-05-2009, 04:37 PM
My wife's cousin was on the last season of Big Brother!

redsmetz
02-05-2009, 04:45 PM
I thought of a couple of more.

I have over 70 first cousins. My dad has just two sisters, but between him and them, there are 30 grandkids (born from 1950 to 1974 - his one sister had 15 kids). Only one set of twins there. On Mom's side, she comes from a family of nine. My grandparents ended up with nearly 60 grandchildren.

When I was a kid in the 60's, I met an older man who had met Buffalo Bill when he was young. It was the first time in my life that I realized how close in time we were to "The Wild West". Of course, I knew all of my grandparents were born in the 19th century, most were born in the final decade. The same for my wife, although one grandfather was born in 1883.

Speaking of meeting people, a friend of mine said his grandfather met a man when he was young who had met George Washington. That's easily with the six degrees of seperation.

OldRightHander
02-05-2009, 04:53 PM
Speaking of meeting people, a friend of mine said his grandfather met a man when he was young who had met George Washington. That's easily with the six degrees of seperation.

My father met a Civil War vet when he was a small boy.

I've posted this on here before, but Cody, Wyoming was founded by a direct ancestor of mine who had the same name I do. He was driving cattle through Wyoming and stopped at a spring. Eventually a settlement grew around the spring that was named after him and still bears our family name today, DeMaris Springs. The town was called that for a while until the name was changed later to Cody in honor of Buffalo Bill.

Roy Tucker
02-05-2009, 05:10 PM
I won a bar bet by taking a bite out of a bar glass, chewing it up, and swallowing it. Did it twice. My molars still have grooves in them from it. Tequila made me do it.

I went to the 1954 World Series.

Rojo
02-05-2009, 05:15 PM
One time I was sitting on a park bench, and I saw a jogger slip on a banana feel and fall on her back. I didn't know that stuff actually happened. Of all the stories in this thread, it's one of the most surreal things to ever happen imo.

Suprised me too. Mello-yello side down their slippery.

Rojo
02-05-2009, 05:16 PM
Hippies and their organic detritus.

I'm lucky I didn't land face first into some bulgur.

westofyou
02-05-2009, 05:17 PM
I won a bar bet by taking a bite out of a bar glass, chewing it up, and swallowing it. Did it twice. My molars still have grooves in them from it. Tequila made me do it.

I went to the 1954 World Series.

I won a bet by smoking a spider in a bong

My first baseball game was in 1968

I have been to 3 Lions Thanksgiving Games in Tiger Stadium

I lived in Santa Cruz during the 1989 Earthquake

In the hills I have seen 14 Bobcats, 8 Coyotes and 6 Turkeys, but never a Cougar

RFS62
02-05-2009, 05:54 PM
I lived in Tucson for about 4 years back in the '80's (that's the 1980's Heath, you punk). I lived on the edge of the desert, with a broad, expansive view from my apartment. First day after moving in, I'm looking out the window, and I see a road-runner. He walks right up to a mesquite tree, and hops up on a branch. I had never seen one before, and I was loving it, after watching all the cartoons.

Within a couple of minutes, a coyote walked up and sat down under the tree, eying the road-runner.

They sat there for a minute or two. The coyote I guess realized he wasn't coming down while he was there, and I didn't see any Acme equipment around. So Wily wandered off into the desert, and the road-runner left a few minutes later.

Rojo
02-05-2009, 06:25 PM
Within a couple of minutes, a coyote walked up and sat down under the tree, eying the road-runner.

That's awesome.

nate
02-05-2009, 06:29 PM
In the hills I have seen 14 Bobcats, 8 Coyotes and 6 Turkeys, but never a Cougar

They're usually in the bars.

Rojo
02-05-2009, 06:31 PM
In the hills I have seen 14 Bobcats, 8 Coyotes and 6 Turkeys, but never a Cougar

I've never seen a bobcat, it vexes me.

Rojo
02-05-2009, 06:32 PM
They're usually in the bars.


Best viewing window: last call.

westofyou
02-05-2009, 07:04 PM
I've never seen a bobcat, it vexes me.

It's amazing how often when riding I come over a crest and there one is sitting in the sun like a big old house cat, sometimes they just sit there and stare as you glide by. I;s say 12 of them were in the hills between Palo Alto and Santa Cruz, none in the east bay, two in Marin.

nate
02-05-2009, 07:11 PM
I used to see mountain lions, rattlesnakes and tarantulas when I rode my bike through Laguna Canyon in the OC.

redsmetz
02-05-2009, 07:17 PM
I went to the 1954 World Series.

Well, you've passed on that one. The 1955 World Series was the first in my life.

morande
02-05-2009, 07:19 PM
I like to party

chicoruiz
02-05-2009, 07:40 PM
In first grade, I fell out of a moving school bus onto the road when the rear emergency door unexpectedly came open. Unfortunately, this was way before the era of litigiousness, and my family didn't consider suing the school district. Dang, that could have paid for my college right there... I just got the quintessential dime to call home from the school nurse.

Hap
02-05-2009, 09:01 PM
I once saw Frank Gorshin (http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Gorshin) eating dinner at Bob Evans in Lima, Ohio, (busy I-75 exit) on a Sunday evening in 1988.

I once rode my bicycle up and down Jefferson Hill (Athens, Ohio) six times consecutively without stopping.

Dom Heffner
02-05-2009, 09:30 PM
Our house is located on a wilderness preserve. The other morning, a giant cat leaped across the street. Not sure if it was a panther, bobcat, cougar- but it was gorgeous.

We have several alligators in our backyard pond, along with the occasional wild boar.

The big cat was the best, though. I mean, that thing was moving.

Stephenk29
02-05-2009, 09:35 PM
The almighty Doc Hollywood provided me with some Tommy John, and the follow up surgery.

Razor Shines
02-05-2009, 11:22 PM
My wife's cousin was on the last season of Big Brother!

Damnit, I've been waiting for someone else to ask so I didn't have to embarrass myself. This is the one reality show I watch with my wife, and I'm curious. So who was it?

Roy Tucker
02-06-2009, 12:16 AM
Well, you've passed on that one. The 1955 World Series was the first in my life.

I was like 2 years old. The babysitter had bailed on my folks at the last second so they took me to the game. I don't remember a thing about the game or even being there. The only way I know I was there is a photo of me sleeping on my moms shoulder. I think it was game 3 at Municipal Stadium.

paintmered
02-06-2009, 12:22 AM
I was featured on a billboard advertisement for a college I've never attended or even visited.

camisadelgolf
02-06-2009, 01:06 AM
I was featured on a billboard advertisement for a college I've never attended or even visited.

I know someone with this same story. He's on the Cincinnati St. billboards right now. They said they needed someone who looked like he could have a Hispanic background.

VR
02-06-2009, 02:27 AM
I've never seen a bobcat, it vexes me.

Have seen several in our back yard (5 acres). Last summer had a mother and her 4 tiny cubs hang out for about an hour. Very cool characters.


this thread is quite interesting...for a boring dude like me.

I like pie.

cincyinco
02-06-2009, 05:44 AM
I've been to the 96 Stanley cup finals.

Also the 98 MLB allstar game... I also attended the rockies home opener ie 93, it was amazing. 88 or so thousand at mile high, if I'm not mistaken.

I attended the last event ever at mile high stadium.

I remember the Denver zyphers, a cincinnati affiliation, and going to their games. I swear I remember Barry larkin, but I could be fooling myself.

I remember details of my life as early as age 2, possibly sooner.

I constantly have to be moving.. I shake my leg, frequently.. And it drives people nuts.

I can type well over 100 words per minute, and have been able to do so since I was in 7th grade.

I've been part of the online world since the inception 1200 baud modems.

SunDeck
02-06-2009, 07:05 AM
I am two degrees from Kevin Bacon.

RedsFan75
02-06-2009, 10:25 AM
I also attended the rockies home opener ie 93, it was amazing. 88 or so thousand at mile high, if I'm not mistaken.
...
I remember the Denver zyphers, a cincinnati affiliation, and going to their games. I swear I remember Barry larkin, but I could be fooling myself.
...
I've been part of the online world since the inception 1200 baud modems.

Hey I was like at the 3rd game of the Rockies home opener!!

I remember the Zyphers, but I don't remember Larkin. I do however remember Orel Herschiser when he was an Albuquerque Duke, and Candy Maldanado when he was an El Paso Diablo.

Got ya beat, I was hitting Fido Net when all we had was 300 Baud Modems.

TRF
02-06-2009, 11:19 AM
I once stepped over a live rattlesnake.

I was 11 and we lived in Apache Junction, AZ. The Superstitious Mountains were basically my backyard. I had stayed up all night and went out side as the sun was coming up. we had a dry creek that ran around our backyard, about an acre in size. I crossed it at a spot we normally weren't around, stood for a while turned around and saw it. I have no idea how I didn't get bit.

OldRightHander
02-06-2009, 11:39 AM
Got ya beat, I was hitting Fido Net when all we had was 300 Baud Modems.

I had a 300 baud modem once. It's amazing how far we've come.

westofyou
02-06-2009, 11:54 AM
I had a 300 baud modem once. It's amazing how far we've come.

Yep, I got one somewhere... ya stick the receiver in it

http://www.syssrc.com/html/museum/images/modem_noakes.jpg

wally post
02-06-2009, 11:54 AM
I saw Hendrix when i was 16 (at Xavier auditorium) and was in the front because I was with a friend who had a press pass. I shook his hand after the show.

westofyou
02-06-2009, 11:57 AM
I met Jerry Garcia (well the whole band) at Silicone Graphics, they were getting their faces scanned for a software imaging trick. When chatting his assistant stated that the software effects were pretty "weird" I replied "Weird is good", Jerry turned to me and looked at me over his glasses and said, "Weird is better than good"

jimbo
02-06-2009, 12:19 PM
I met Drew Carey in Vegas in 1996.

He was at a lounge at the Riviera listening to a band. My friend and I went over to say hello and he was just as nice as can be. Talked to us like we were buddies. Found out I was a Browns fan and he liked us even more. We asked him if he wanted to party with us but he said he was about to meet up with a "lady friend."

RichRed
02-06-2009, 01:01 PM
I once saw Frank Gorshin (http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Gorshin) eating dinner at Bob Evans in Lima, Ohio, (busy I-75 exit) on a Sunday evening in 1988.


I share a birthday with the Riddler.

Heath
02-06-2009, 01:03 PM
I saw Hendrix when i was 16 (at Xavier auditorium) and was in the front because I was with a friend who had a press pass. I shook his hand after the show.


Dude, I didn't think you were THAT old.

:D

Roy Tucker
02-06-2009, 01:37 PM
Yep, I got one somewhere... ya stick the receiver in it

http://www.syssrc.com/html/museum/images/modem_noakes.jpg

An acoustic coupler.



Back in the old days, it was actually illegal to connect non-telephone company equipment directly to your phone line. The telephone company wanted to ensure that the proper operation of their network was not disrupted by unapproved devices.

Since gaining telephone company approval for devices connecting directly to the network was difficult, and because customers had to obtain permission to hook into the network, the first modems used acoustic couplers to connect to the telephone network. You could obtain direct-connect modems, but they were very expensive and you had to convince Ma Bell to let you plug it in.

An acoustic coupler consists of a speaker and a microphone inside seperate rubber cups designed to hold a standard Western Electric telephone handset. The speaker on the coupler sends signals into the microphone of the handset, and the microphone receives signals from the handset's speaker.

This arrangement is perfectly adequate for sending signals at the data rates common at the time: 110 and 300 bps. They could also operate at 1200 bps, but once you start getting into 2400 bps and above, acoustic couplers become unreliable due to limited bandwidth and variations in the quality of telephone handsets.

With the breakup of the AT&T telephone monopoly in 1984, individuals could now purchase their own telephone equipment that connects directly to the phone line, including direct-connect modems. Not only were direct-connect modems free from the noise and bandwidth limits of acoustic couplers, but now the modem could handle call setup and teardown on its own, which was a lot more convenient to the user. This made the creation of Bulletin Board Systems (BBSs) a lot easier.

Acoustic couplers are a curious artifact of history that resulted from corporate politics and the unwavering monopoly of the Bell System. However, they are still the only way to do data from a payphone!

flyer85
02-06-2009, 01:53 PM
I attended the perfect game.

Was there the night Rose got into it with Pallone.

Saw Eric Davis hit for the cycle.


saw another rare event when Jay Gainer(COL) homered on his first pitch as a MLB player.

westofyou
02-06-2009, 01:58 PM
I've been in every state but North Dakota, Louisiana and Mississippi.

OldRightHander
02-06-2009, 02:02 PM
I've been in every state but North Dakota, Louisiana and Mississippi.

I've been in all of those several times, but have never been to Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. I almost had a load to Portland just a few minutes ago, but it cancelled.

cincyinco
02-06-2009, 03:17 PM
I've been to two pink Floyd shows.. I'm only 28.

I met the stone temple pilots while they were walking around the floor in disguises amongst the fans before the show.. I got all their autographs..

The best man of my wedding is old friends with lance berkman.. We've shared a couple beers together.

Tommyjohn25
02-06-2009, 03:42 PM
I am a 3rd degree black sash at five different styles of kung-fu. The title is actually referred to as "Sifu". I am one of only 5 people in the country to have achieved that rank in our style(s).

Oh yeah, and I'm REALLY cool. :cool:

Dom Heffner
02-06-2009, 03:53 PM
I lost a pair of sunglasses 6 months ago and finally found them the other morning in my truck. I went into a restaurant to get a cup of coffee, came back and started to drive to work, and realized I had no idea what I did with them again.

I would lose my fingers if they were not attached.

VR
02-06-2009, 03:55 PM
I lost a pair of sunglasses 6 months ago and finally found them the other morning in my truck. I went into a restaurant to get a cup of coffee, came back and started to drive to work, and realized I had no idea what I did with them again.

I would lose my fingers if they were not attached.

The good news, you'll have a nice surprise in a few months :cool:

Redlegs23
02-06-2009, 05:01 PM
I have never played in the big leagues.

RedsManRick
02-06-2009, 08:34 PM
My college a cappella group got 15 minutes of internet fame for a little Nintendo song/sketch video that got up on CollegeHumor.

camisadelgolf
02-06-2009, 08:53 PM
My college a cappella group got 15 minutes of internet fame for a little Nintendo song/sketch video that got up on CollegeHumor.

I know exactly what you're talking about, actually.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSBIAGCulDw

SandyD
02-06-2009, 08:53 PM
I marched out of my pants at a marching band festival in Jackson TN when I was a sophomore in HS. A stranger from another band ran onto the field and brought them to me as we were marching out of the stadium. (We were judged from the moment we marched in, until the moment we lft the stadium, so I couldn't go back to get them myself.)

MrCinatit
02-06-2009, 09:37 PM
My Pony League career consisted of 42 at bats, 10 walks, 15 stolen bases...and one base hit.
That hit was a single, on a bounder down the first place line. The first baseman was playing over way too far, despite the fact I had hit 11 straight foul balls in that direction.
That one base hit was obtained with a corked bat, which I broke on the base hit. Fortunately, it broke on the handle.

paintmered
02-06-2009, 09:52 PM
My college a cappella group got 15 minutes of internet fame for a little Nintendo song/sketch video that got up on CollegeHumor.

I really love that video!

jimbo
02-06-2009, 09:57 PM
This may not seem like much to some, but I played baseball all throughout my youth all the way up to my senior year. I was able tag one out for a home run once in my career, and it was one of the greatest 1/2 minutes of my life.

It happened during my summer league at Piqua's Hardman Field. It was the one time I can remember when I decided to be selfish. We had the game in complete control, something like a 10 run lead going into the last inning. I decided it was my turn to knock one out. Our coach always taught us visualization, and that's exactly what I did. I visualized it on-deck, went up there trying to hit one out, and got the perfect fastball right down the middle.

Funny story was that same year during spring ball, I tagged one as best as I could at Versailles HS dead center. I got into it with everything I had, but I forgot how deep center was there and started my homerun trot......LOL. What an ego. I got thrown out at third with a head first slide. My coach kept his cool, but I got a good ear full after the game.......deservedly so. So it goes to say that I made sure I sprinted out of the box in Piqua, and was told to slow down once I got to first.

I'll never forget it. So glad I got to experience that feeling at least once in my lifetime.

westofyou
02-06-2009, 10:01 PM
This may not seem like much to some, but I played baseball all throughout my youth all the way up to my senior year. I was able tag one out for a home run once in my career, and it was one of the greatest 1/2 minutes of my life.

Me too... my one HR?

I hit it off Al Kalines son Mark.

RFS62
02-06-2009, 11:38 PM
I stole home against our most hated rival in high school my senior year. Bases were loaded and he was in a big, slow windup.

bucksfan
02-07-2009, 12:49 AM
I kept the shot chart for Gary Williams' Buckeye basketball teams for 2 years when I was in college. My last year I gave up the gig in order to be in the bleachers each game. I could get "T" if I acted up in my shot-charting role as I sat at the scorer's table right by the bench.

BuckeyeRedleg
02-07-2009, 12:56 AM
I threw an 11-inning shutout my senior year in HS (vs. London, 16 K's).

By no coincidence, I led central Ohio in CG's and IP in both my junior and senior years.

No, Dusty Baker was not my coach.

BearcatShane
02-07-2009, 12:58 AM
I'm a current student at Colerain High School.
My first job was at Long John Silvers.
I sold Cutco Knives door to door over the summer.
I have not missed a UC football or basketball game either on tv, being at the game or listening on radio since 1999.
I failed art class my Junior year.
I hate Xavier.

*BaseClogger*
02-07-2009, 01:54 AM
Me too... my one HR?

I hit it off Al Kalines son Mark.

I guess either he wasn't as good as Al's grandson or you were a great hitter... ;)

919191
02-07-2009, 02:42 AM
The belt I wear to work, one of those plain black leather straps, was a belt I wore in high school. I was graduated in 1978. The belt I wear is older than alot of my coworkers.

And I can still wear it!:)

Mario-Rijo
02-07-2009, 03:54 AM
My cousin is currently on a reality TV show on VH1.

I watch a lot of those which is it? Who is it if you don't mind?

Mario-Rijo
02-07-2009, 03:56 AM
The official term I believe is "coin snatching."

I can snatch off of my elbo 44 quarters. That's my record.

My hand size in a golf glove is a "small."

If your wondering, I stack 24 quarters in two stacks and hold them in my right palm, I'm left handed. I then balance the 2 stacks on my left elbo by using the inside of my fingures and the inside of my thumb. They act like a wall on both sides of the quarters until they are balanced. I almost instantaneously remove my right hand and "snatch the quarters off my elbo. I normally drop several. My record with no drops is 40.

I won a lot of money doing this in college. I can do thirty in my sleep.:thumbup:

Wow I used to do this too, of course not at that level probably the best I ever done was 12-16 and only one stack.

Mario-Rijo
02-07-2009, 04:51 AM
A lot of hilarious & fascinating stuff in here, Dom and Cam especially. Savafan I cannot get over, I am almost feel foolish for believing it, on 2nd thought I do feel foolish.

Another spelling bee participant here but I did win and that was the 5th grade IIRC.

I am 2 degrees of seperation from Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson, one of those 2 degrees is Lockdwn11. We went to school with a kid that later became a part of Tommy's Methods of Mayhem. If you watched the "get naked" video he's the guy on the video with large dreadlocks who raps. He met Tommy and Pam while he was pan handling on the streets of Hollywood apparently they hit it off and he became a friend of theirs. I say 2 degrees because although we grew up in the same neighborhood he was a close friend of Lockdwn's and I just knew who the 2 of them were. Now of course Lockdwn is my Bro-In-Law.

I am undefeated in street fights growing up with a few KO's, many fights and never even got hurt. Except for the time I had the infamous guy walk up and tap me on the shoulder routine and I turned into a doozy. He knocked me to the ground and then he and his buddy (who was distracting me by talking trash) ran off. That was a friday evening at a "recorder concert" and monday morning the girls in my class just cried when they seen my face, swollen and black and blue I looked like the elephant man. I never forget their names once I found out who they were (2 HS boys and I was in the 7th grade) and finally ran into the "distractor" a few years ago when I was working at the jail and he was an inmate. I wanted to say something so bad but I let it go, wrong place, wrong time to discuss that issue.

Haven't been many places Fla./Okl./Michigan and the Bahamas. Loved the Bahamas. Was at a bar near my hotel by myself, almost got into it with the whole bar because I was dancing with several women (at the same time) who apparently were with several men. I was being extremely flirtatious and quite open about it and the women were actually enjoying it a great deal. I'm a big guy so I think these guys didn't mind me dancing with them at 1st, ya know no big threat. But it started getting under their skin when one of the ladies kissed me. They all started towards me and when I stepped in between them and the ladies and pretty much dared 'em they kind of backed off. Well I was feeling my oats that night and pulled thee old break a pool stick on the pool table deal and started after them. The girls got in my way and so I chilled out and left the bar, after several attempts by me to goad them out into the street. I walked the the streets for what seemed like an hour to get to my hotel which was about 5 minutes away. I gotta say I never felt so damn cool in all my life that night. I can't believe I was so damn stupid, I could've been killed in the Bahamas of all places. I did that same thing another time too but with an even bigger mob at a softball tournament here at home, that one I also escaped unscathed again thanks to girls. Although a guy who looked a lot like me paid the consequences later on that night from what I found out later.

I got some other stuff too but that'll do for now.

redsmetz
02-07-2009, 09:15 AM
Some of these are triggering some other "random facts".

My former sister-in-law babysat Tom Cruise. I think his family was her neighbors. A brother-in-law had Andy Williams babysit him. His father was in the Navy and Williams would play a club there in the mid 50's and got to know his folks. He'd tell Pat's parents to go out for the evening and Williams would watch him for them.

My son, when playing baseball in the 8th grade, struck out Johnny Bench's son on the finest knuckleball he'd ever thrown. Of course, God bless him, but Johnny's son was not much of a ballplayer.

I was in the seminary for one year of college to be a Franciscan priest. While admiring the Friars greatly, I decided it wasn't the life for me, much to my three kids' relief. The priest who was my inspiration and changed my life's direction is now known around the world in Catholic and social justice circles, so he's my easy ticket to short degrees of seperation: "I know him, he knows them".

As kids, on spaghetti nights, it was a given that we kids would need some cleaning up after dinner. My mom called us The Messiest Metz Club. Still with us, she's a sainted woman for putting up the shenanigans of her eight kids. I once asked her when my there were driving me nuts how she managed to raise eight kids and not go crazy. She said, "Who said I didn't go crazy?" Of course, we wrote a song for her titled "My Mother is Crazy" and swear we're going to sing it at her funeral some day.

edabbs44
02-07-2009, 09:46 AM
A few years ago (after a Reds game), my wife and I got hammered with a scout from the Nats and the ex-pitching coach from the Astros at 5th and Vine and then closed O'Malley's in the Alley.

Emin3mShady07
02-07-2009, 11:43 AM
I guess either he wasn't as good as Al's grandson or you were a great hitter... ;)

I have played against Colin Kaline, aforementioned grandson, and can say that I am a better hitter than he is - but he switch hits, I can't. He is a better fielder though, I will admit that.

RedsManRick
02-07-2009, 12:19 PM
I know exactly what you're talking about, actually.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSBIAGCulDw

Heh, yep. That's me -- on the right in the 2nd song.

MWM
02-07-2009, 01:09 PM
I was on a ballroom dancing company in undergrad. Toured the New England states and Maritimes of Canada.

I once spent a few hours with Tony Gwynn and his agent. Drove him from his hotel to the location he was speaking, then hung out afterwards for a while, then drove him back to the hotel. He's really a great guy, exactly like the guy you see on TV. One thing that surprised me is he's rolling on the floor hilarious. Andhe thinks Barry Larkin should definitely be in the HOF.

A friend of mine who was I was in high school show choir with will be playing a recurring role on Lost this season, and maybe next.

I'm actually an Ohio State AND and Michigan fan. :evil:

I've written the back of the box copy for 3 Wheaties boxes.

I was on the field for batting practice before Game 1 of the 2006 World Series. I met Ernie Harwell and Jon Miller, walked right by Rick Sutcliffe who said hello, and stood right next to a couple of ESPN guys while watching batting practice.

I have two dogs, named Larkin and Griffey.

I think I've probably met in person more RedsZoners than anyone else.

I sold a big screen TV to Big Daddy Wilkinson back in 1995 while working at Steinbergs.

My brother-in-law went to Preston High School in Preston, Idaho where Napolean Dynamite takes place and was filmed. He knows the guy who wrote the script from Preston. In one of the scenes you can see his family's barn in the background (I've been there to his dairy farm).

Caseyfan21
02-07-2009, 01:14 PM
I've been for a ride in the Goodyear blimp.

I've been to 33 Dave Matthews Band concerts (all since 2003).

I've never broken a bone (quite impressive for someone who has played as many sports as I have).

I've never watched a Star Wars movie (or even a part of one).

I've never watched an episode of American Idol.

I've had a police officer pull and point his gun at me (case of mistaken identity).

The same police officer gave me a ride back to my house in the back of his cruiser (he had to let me out when we got there).

I am related to the man that wrote the song "Silent Night."

I am an Eagle scout.

I am allergic to walnuts, fish, grass, hayfever stuff, dogs, cats, and probably some other stuff too.

I once called Jeff Kent an "a**hole" after he shoved a 7 y/o who asked him for his autograph. He proceeded to get into my face telling me I was a young punk who had no idea what his life was like. My reply was simply to laugh which made him even madder. I later ran into the team bus driver for the Astros from that day and he told me it was the funniest thing he had ever seen driving a team bus in Cincinnati.

I was at Opening Day when John McSherry passed away. I was 10 at the time and it was my first Opening Day. I was so excited because WDTN Channel 2 News did an interview with me at the parade since I was from the Dayton area. Obviously, my interview never made the news.

I once camped 2 nights in a tent where a female black widow had her nest above us. She was all tight in her nest and we were afraid if we disturbed the nest we wouldn't know where her (and the babies) would end up. A park ranger finally came and collected the entire nest after 2 days.

As an OSU student, I have never witnessed a loss to a Michigan sporting team in person (3 football, 5 basketball, 1 hockey, 1 volleyball, and 2 women's basketball). In fact, between out men's & women's basketball teams and football team, in my 5 years at OSU we have only lost 1 time to Michigan.

Last quarter I saw Gordon Gee (OSU president) at the bar, and got a picture with him. I offered to buy him a beer but he told me he wasn't drinking that night. I have met and talked with him 3x and he is one of the nicest guys you will meet.

I have also met, among others, Archie Griffin, Thad Matta, Neil Armstrong, Albert Pujols, the entire band OAR, Gaylord Perry, Brooks Robinson, the entire band Guster, Tim Reynolds, Albert Pujols, Tom Glavine, Joe Nuxhall, Barry Larkin, Tony Perez, and too many other Reds players to name.

Caseyfan21
02-07-2009, 01:26 PM
I was on the field for batting practice before Game 1 of the 2006 World Series. I met Ernie Harwell and Jon Miller, walked right by Rick Sutcliffe who said hello, and stood right next to a couple of ESPN guys while watching batting practice.


You want to talk about someone who is hilarious, Jon Miller is a funny guy. My friend was a huge Giants fan so back about 4 years ago we went to a Giants/Pirates game in Pittsburgh. Afterward we went over to the Giants hotel to try and get some autographs when the bus came back. We got a few but talking with Jon Miller made the night. When we were done talking my buddy goes, "Hey Jon, can I take a picture of you?" And he laughs the deep ESPN Sunday Night Baseball laugh and goes "Absolutely." Then he strikes a pose, it was hilarious.

Here's the picture:

http://inlinethumb42.webshots.com/22505/2181656560096535942S600x600Q85.jpg (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2181656560096535942ojtVYh)

Rojo
02-07-2009, 01:42 PM
I've never watched a Star Wars movie (or even a part of one).

You can get a pretty good synopsis here:

http://cinerati.blogspot.com/2009/01/star-wars-explained-by-someone-whos.html

Caseyfan21
02-07-2009, 03:01 PM
You can get a pretty good synopsis here:

http://cinerati.blogspot.com/2009/01/star-wars-explained-by-someone-whos.html

Oh, I know most of the stories. My girlfriend (who I have dated 6 years) and my dad are both huge fans. In fact, my girlfriend has been saying for 5 years she's gonna get me to watch one since my dad owns all the movies and has them in the house. At first I had just never seen them but at this point it's more just to spite them. :) (And to bust out for random fact time)

Rojo
02-07-2009, 04:43 PM
You want to talk about someone who is hilarious, Jon Miller is a funny guy. My friend was a huge Giants fan so back about 4 years ago we went to a Giants/Pirates game in Pittsburgh. Afterward we went over to the Giants hotel to try and get some autographs when the bus came back. We got a few but talking with Jon Miller made the night. When we were done talking my buddy goes, "Hey Jon, can I take a picture of you?" And he laughs the deep ESPN Sunday Night Baseball laugh and goes "Absolutely." Then he strikes a pose, it was hilarious.

Here's the picture:

http://inlinethumb42.webshots.com/22505/2181656560096535942S600x600Q85.jpg (http://sports.webshots.com/photo/2181656560096535942ojtVYh)

Of course, I listen to Jon Miller a lot. One of my favorites.

BoydsOfSummer
02-07-2009, 05:08 PM
In a football game in high school I stole Napoleon McCallum's (Raiders) chinstrap and stuck it down my pants. Later I broke his shoestrings. He was killing us, I had to get him out of the game somehow. :D

BCubb2003
02-07-2009, 07:44 PM
I won the Athens County spelling bee.

I have a seat from Riverfront Stadium.

I had a Vada Pinson jersey when I was seven.

I lived on the street where Steven Soderburgh's "Bubble" was filmed.

Pete Rose signed my ticket to the Hall of Fame.

UKFlounder
02-07-2009, 08:04 PM
I was interviewed by a local cable channel today, and my name appeared in the Enquirer today and the Kenton County Community Recorder that came out on Thursday.

redsmetz
02-08-2009, 07:55 AM
Speaking of spelling bees, I lost the spelling bee in 3rd grade for misspelling the word "I".
I neglected to say "Capital I". A sad, sad day.

savafan
02-08-2009, 10:55 PM
This may not seem like much to some, but I played baseball all throughout my youth all the way up to my senior year. I was able tag one out for a home run once in my career, and it was one of the greatest 1/2 minutes of my life.

It happened during my summer league at Piqua's Hardman Field. It was the one time I can remember when I decided to be selfish. We had the game in complete control, something like a 10 run lead going into the last inning. I decided it was my turn to knock one out. Our coach always taught us visualization, and that's exactly what I did. I visualized it on-deck, went up there trying to hit one out, and got the perfect fastball right down the middle.

Funny story was that same year during spring ball, I tagged one as best as I could at Versailles HS dead center. I got into it with everything I had, but I forgot how deep center was there and started my homerun trot......LOL. What an ego. I got thrown out at third with a head first slide. My coach kept his cool, but I got a good ear full after the game.......deservedly so. So it goes to say that I made sure I sprinted out of the box in Piqua, and was told to slow down once I got to first.

I'll never forget it. So glad I got to experience that feeling at least once in my lifetime.

My lone homerun was hit at Hardman Field also, off of Steve Deal who hit a homerun off of me the previous inning.

The hitter who foul tipped 12 pitches into my mommy-daddy area was an Olympic Medalist. Kristin King played on the US Olympic women's hockey team. She was such a great athlete that she played against boys in almost every sport possible. She made one of the best football tackles I ever saw on my 6'8" 320 pound friend Dave Turner.

RedsFan75
02-09-2009, 11:46 AM
I sold Cutco Knives door to door over the summer.


Hey, So did I one year. Pretty good knives actually.

SunDeck
02-09-2009, 11:55 AM
I fail to understand how anyone can sell knives door to door.

"Hello ma'am. Mind if I come in and show you some knives?"

To a lot of people that has to sound more like:
"Hi victim. I'd like to come in and carve you into cubes."

RedsFan75
02-09-2009, 12:24 PM
Well when I was doing it, we did a lot of cold calls in the community where I lived, and we'd make appointments.

But now that you mention it, it does sound kinda like an opening to a horror flick!

Rojo
02-09-2009, 04:21 PM
I've been for a ride in the Goodyear blim.

Not nearly as cool but I rode around downtown San Francisco in the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile. I've got a plastic Weinermobile whistle to prove it.

UKFlounder
02-09-2009, 06:04 PM
You have to be pretty sharp to get buy with that kind of gig. :cool:


Well when I was doing it, we did a lot of cold calls in the community where I lived, and we'd make appointments.

But now that you mention it, it does sound kinda like an opening to a horror flick!

BearcatShane
02-09-2009, 06:25 PM
The Cutco people train you very, very well. You never just go up to a randon house and ask to sell knives. You have to do a 45 minute presentation, first with your family, and after the presentation is over, you ask the people you just presented in front of to call up friends and family and ask them if I can come over at some point during the next three weeks and do the presentation. I thought it was crazy at first too, but they set you up for success.

BoydsOfSummer
02-09-2009, 08:04 PM
I caught a no-hitter tossed by my best friend senior year. He had a helluva arm. He also like to party too much. So much for promise.

camisadelgolf
02-10-2009, 01:58 PM
I threw a two no-hitters against competition that was supposedly a year younger than me. Half the competition was actually my age, though. They weren't too thorough about verifying the players' ages back then. It wouldn't surprise me if they still aren't.

pedro
02-10-2009, 05:28 PM
In a football game in high school I stole Napoleon McCallum's (Raiders) chinstrap and stuck it down my pants. Later I broke his shoestrings. He was killing us, I had to get him out of the game somehow. :D

He went to Milford HS didn't he?

westofyou
02-10-2009, 06:17 PM
He went to Milford HS didn't he?

Yeppers.... right about when we were in Mariemont.

There's my random fact... I went to Mariemont and in my freshmen year we had an open campus, so even us 14 year old's could walk off campus if we had no classes.... just plain wrong it was... fun, but wrong.

Strikes Out Looking
02-10-2009, 06:32 PM
Don Fehr was/is my fraternity brother--same school but he's a bit older than me (by about 10-15 years or so).

Rojo
02-10-2009, 07:44 PM
There's my random fact... I went to Mariemont and in my freshmen year we had an open campus, so even us 14 year old's could walk off campus if we had no classes.... just plain wrong it was... fun, but wrong.

That's every California high school.

pedro
02-10-2009, 08:22 PM
That's every California high school.

I believe you're talking architectural style (like my high school in danville where there were no enclosed hall ways) and WOY is talking philosophy as in the were allowed to leave campus whenever they didn't have classes.

15fan
02-10-2009, 09:05 PM
On my 10th birthday, a time capsule was sealed up in the Allen County Courthouse in Lima, Ohio. Included in the time capsule is a letter I wrote detailing life in Lima as a 10 year old in the early 1980s.

The time capsule will be opened on my 110th birthday.

Rojo
02-10-2009, 09:17 PM
I believe you're talking architectural style (like my high school in danville where there were no enclosed hall ways) and WOY is talking philosophy as in the were allowed to leave campus whenever they didn't have classes.

It was both.

pedro
02-10-2009, 09:23 PM
It was both.

Gotcha. My High School in California didn't allow us to leave campus (that was in early 1980's) although we often did anyway. The High Schools here in Portland seem to allow it as I see kids all over the place at lunch time.

westofyou
02-10-2009, 09:43 PM
It was both.

later it was just lunch for Jr's and Sr's

But in 9th grade I would go to buddies house and listen to Yes and smoke dope... in 10th grade I couldn't do that ...... during school hours.

redsfan1966
02-10-2009, 09:48 PM
I believe Rachel Ray is a fraud....

cincyinco
02-11-2009, 06:24 AM
I believe Rachel Ray is a fraud....

You're not the only one! I also think she is the devil in disguise!

reds44
02-11-2009, 07:05 AM
When the Reds opened GABP in 2003, my family was nice enough to drop a lot of coin on ebay to allow me to attend the game. I would have been a 13 year old kid at the time. After the game we went and hung out in this bar/resturant in what turned out to be the Pirates hotel. Kevin Young and Reggie Sanders wandered in at what point and began playing ping pong and they chatted with us, seemed like real nice guys. We go to walk out and I see Kenny Lofton walking in. I LOVED Kenny at the time, so like any 13 year old kid would I ran up and asked for his autograph.

Me: "Kenny! Can I have your autograph?"
Lofton: "No, no, no. Go to bed kid."

To this day I regret not saying anything back to him. I now hate Kenny Lofton.

redsmetz
02-11-2009, 08:51 AM
In the summer of 1966, I gave Bobby Kennedy a styrofoam campaign hat when he came to the Zoo to a rally for then Representative John Gilligan. Kennedy and Gilligan were riding down to the rally atop a car. Folks were against the car shaking their hands and I ran up with my hat. He took it and put it on. I still can remember running back to my grandma and yelling that he was wearing my hat.

BoydsOfSummer
02-11-2009, 03:35 PM
I have a double ear lobe on the left and a single ear lobe on the right.

WebScorpion
02-11-2009, 05:07 PM
You're not the only one! I also think she is the devil in disguise!
No, no! The devil is that Giada woman...she's got a spell on me. :( She has the most ridiculous smile in the world, yet I can't stop watching her...I don't even know what she's cooking!

Mark T
02-11-2009, 05:07 PM
While playing football in high school in 1968, I picked up a blocked punt and ran it all the way in for a touchdown. Unfortunately, it was the wrong end zone.

SunDeck
02-11-2009, 05:25 PM
I love to watch terrible television. Current favorite awful show- CSI Miami.

camisadelgolf
02-12-2009, 03:04 AM
While playing football in high school in 1968, I picked up a blocked punt and ran it all the way in for a touchdown. Unfortunately, it was the wrong end zone.
Ouch. That's embarrassing. In grade school, I received the basketball inbounds and started dribbling it in the wrong direction. When I crossed midcourt, I was called for over-and-back. It was embarrassing the first time, but it was devastating the second time it happened in the same game.

cincinnati chili
02-12-2009, 03:31 AM
I was struck by lightning twice in the same night.

I've been shot, stabbed, hit by a car, shot by bow and arrow, survived cancer three times, once been actually pronounced dead in the hospital, nearly died a second time in the hospital, had first and second degree burns over 25% of my body, been slammed onto the hood of a police car with six cops pointing guns at me, have had 17 concussions resulting in traumatic brain injury, have blown out both my knees, torn my rotator cuff, took 12 foul tips into my crotch all during one at bat while playing catcher, and 1 wild pitch hit me there as well...and somehow I'm still walking, talking, and breathing.

you win. this one's better than the FBI 3-hour chase.

cincinnati chili
02-12-2009, 03:39 AM
I have a lot of family from the Azores, too. Family excluded, you're the only person I know whose family immigrated from the Azores.

I lived on a dead-end street in Somerville, MA (Boston suburb) with approximately 20 houses on it. At least 10 of the houses had families from the Azores. I assumed that they all flocked together for cultural/adjustment reasons. The funny thing is, best I could tell, they all hated each other. Half the other families on the street were some other Portuguese-speaking nationality, e.g. Brazilian.

cincinnati chili
02-12-2009, 04:04 AM
I once got sent to the principal's office for playing "booger football." This on-the-spot variation of "paper football" originated minutes after our teacher took our paper football away.

George Anderson
02-12-2009, 09:43 AM
Current Iowa Hawkeye basketball coach Todd Lickliter was my neighbor a few years back when he was coaching the Butler Bulldogs. Once his house went for sale my parents who were interested in buying it scheduled a tour with a realtor. So being the good son that I am and also nosy sports fan that I am took a tour of the house with them.

On top of his microwave in his kitchen of all places was the "NCAA Division One Coach of the Year Trophy" which was really cool to see.

camisadelgolf
02-12-2009, 03:16 PM
I once got sent to the principal's office for playing "booger football." This on-the-spot variation of "paper football" originated minutes after our teacher took our paper football away.
:barf: . . . but I'll give you points for creativity.

RFS62
02-12-2009, 03:32 PM
I once got sent to the principal's office for playing "booger football." This on-the-spot variation of "paper football" originated minutes after our teacher took our paper football away.


Wow. Your booger texture must have been exceptional that day.

SunDeck
02-12-2009, 05:40 PM
Wow. Your booger texture must have been exceptional that day.

I didn't know there was a rating scale. Man, things one learns on RZ.

westofyou
02-12-2009, 06:02 PM
I once got sent to the principal's office for playing "booger football." This on-the-spot variation of "paper football" originated minutes after our teacher took our paper football away.

Hard to believe you went to Walnut Hills after this tidbit.

WebScorpion
02-13-2009, 12:10 AM
I once got sent to the principal's office for playing "booger football." This on-the-spot variation of "paper football" originated minutes after our teacher took our paper football away.
The real question here is, 'Was it your booger or your opponents booger?' ... you know the old saying, "You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friends nose." .. I think that applies here.
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