Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005
8:13 pm - Meme Time...  
10 Things I've Done That You Probably Haven't:

1. Watched Hubert Humphrey autograph a bottle of Boones Farm Strawberry Hill wine.
2. Ran an intramural athletic program while in grad school.
3. Hot-wired a car in Newark.
4. Watched a baseball game in the Polo Grounds.
5. Taught organic chemistry.
6. Went through a Selective Service System draft lottery.
7. Published a chemistry department literary newsletter.
8. Met Freeman Dyson. (Sadly, it was before I'd ever heard of Dyson spheres.)
9. Coached a women's soccer team.
10. Put a taxidermied polar bear in my physical chemistry professor's office.
 
 
Current Mood: nostalgic
 
 
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deborah gdebg on February 22nd, 2005 - 05:52 pm
For some reason, numbers 1 and 10 made me grin like a loon.

And over in my treehouse, we've been waxing nostalgic and adding to our lists all day. Do you know my Kinks story? I know for a fact it has never happened to anyone else.
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DXMachinadxmachina on February 22nd, 2005 - 05:56 pm
No, I don't. Is it over there?
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deborah gdebg on February 22nd, 2005 - 06:05 pm
Yeah, but you'd have to wade through over four thousand messages.

Basically, here are two list things, which may amuse you:

1. Was bought dinner by Ray Davies and the Kinks, the whole band, prior to their playing a gig at Winterland. Happened because Ray Davies thought I was my rock journalist sister - he approached me in the lobby of the hotel and called me by her name. Explained I wasn't her, he apologised, I said no big, they bought me dinner with them and I went to the show at Winterland, backstage. Was later informed by very puzzled sister that she had never met Ray Davies in her life.

2. Spent a fantastic full night playing pinball, indulging in illegal substances, and having a deep conversation well into the the dawn hours in North Beach with a very sweet blond guy, another Cancer. Was invited to his band's show that night. Where? Cow Palace. Um, who ARE you? Gent in question turned out to be Alan Lanier of Blue Oyster Cult, and (coincidentally) Patti Smith's significant other. Survived to tell the tale.
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DXMachinadxmachina on February 22nd, 2005 - 06:10 pm
Heh, I just got back from lurking over at the tree house. Just hit "Recent" and worked my way back.

You've mentioned #2 before, although I don't remember if you named names that time.

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deborah gdebg on February 22nd, 2005 - 06:17 pm
O my lord, I thought I was meat that time. I mean, it's not like we were rolling around having mad sex, or anything - a long earnest stoned conversation - you know the kind - that went on until we fetched up near the Wharf in the hour or so before the sun came up.

Patti - not a woman to piss off. But my heart stuttered for a moment.

With Ray, the funny thing is, when I moved back to London in 1978, I ended up at Muswell Hill. Ray was a neighbour, up the hill from us (we were at the bottom, by Priory Road); I used to run into him at the fruit shop and in Sainsbury's all the time. He always did a double-take.

Muswell Hillbillies unite!
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arliss: bear n iarliss on February 22nd, 2005 - 09:31 pm

1. Watched Hubert Humphrey autograph a bottle of Boones Farm Strawberry Hill wine.

I COULD have done this!

2. Ran an intramural athletic program while in grad school.
3. Hot-wired a car in Newark.
Just to watch it run?

4. Watched a baseball game in the Polo Grounds.
5. Taught organic chemistry.
6. Went through a Selective Service System draft lottery.
Oh god, don't remind me.

7. Published a chemistry department literary newsletter.
8. Met Freeman Dyson. (Sadly, it was before I'd ever heard of Dyson spheres.)
9. Coached a women's soccer team.
10. Put a taxidermied polar bear in my physical chemistry professor's office.
Heee! Pranks are the best!
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JenPjenlp on February 22nd, 2005 - 11:20 pm
See, now, hot wiring a car is always something I've wanted to know how to do. Hey! Next F2F -- lessons!
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DXMachinadxmachina on February 23rd, 2005 - 04:50 am
Heh. The car in question was a '64 Plymouth Belvidere (mine), so old that the ignition switch was still mounted on the dashboard instead of the steering column. And that was the problem. Someone had broken in, and stolen the ignition switch. Weirdly, that's all they took.
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Perkinsla_perkins on February 23rd, 2005 - 09:34 am
OMGWTF Polar Bear

#10 made me laugh. What was the reaction?
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DXMachinadxmachina on February 23rd, 2005 - 11:46 am
He wasn't paying attention and walked right into it, but he wasn't quite as nonplussed as we'd hoped. Probably just as well, because he took it very well.
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Hecubothecubot on February 23rd, 2005 - 10:20 am
I'm totally jealous you got to see a game at the Polo Grounds.
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DXMachinadxmachina on February 23rd, 2005 - 11:57 am
Cardinals vs. the Amazin's in August '62, my first live game ever. Stan Musial was in the outfield for the Cards, and Gil Hodges on first for the Mets. We had seats in the first row of the second deck, right behind first. The Cardinals won.
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