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Did you have a mentor growing up?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 30, 2009

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“Yes, my pastor. He saw some promise in me and also some wildness, naturally.”

Photo of Kandyce Horn

“I did — my high school debate and forensics coach. He taught me a lot about speaking in public and how to carry yourself as a human being.”

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“No, I really didn’t. I didn’t need one.”

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“Yes I did, my mother. She taught me pretty much how to deal with any situation calmly, in some cases.”

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Jersey_Girl 5 years ago

Wendy's "Where's the beef?" lady.

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cletus26 5 years ago

my mother; but what really kept me on track was the fear of them whippings she would hand out occassionally.

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consumer1 5 years ago

Rhonda, my father taught me to hate, distrust, fight, argue, control, use, manipulate, and in general be very anti-social. I have been fighting this negative look on life for many decades. It seems to be my default outlook. I have made a million changes in my life, but, I still see my father in me.

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viewfromahill 5 years ago

creepin' Ronda out is it not what I'm about? (and makin' her shout)

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Ronda Miller 5 years ago

Well that explains consumer1 now...excuses, excuses..

roe, great link...my boob brothers will enjoy that one!

marion and view....great minds think alike? nah....creep me out? :)

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coolmom 5 years ago

yes thanks to big brothers and big sisters and my junior high and high school teachers.

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bearded_gnome 5 years ago

my dad was a real mentor to me, he died when I was sixteen, I was in high school electronics then. my electronics teacher for the last two years of my time was wonderful. understanding, supportive. Thank God for him.

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tonymontana 5 years ago

I had a minotaur growing up.

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Marion Lynn 5 years ago

viewfromahill (Anonymous) says…

Mentor? No.

I was shaped by a series of womentor and, more recently, left randomly demented by one particular womantor."

Marion writes:

Oh, yeah!

I can dig it!

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viewfromahill 5 years ago

Mentor? No.

I was shaped by a series of womentor and, more recently, left randomly demented by one particular womantor.

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Donnuts 5 years ago

yeah, his name was Bill. I met him at CSS. I clicked my shoes together when he mentioned Dorothy from Oz. He was a pianist/organist with a Hammond B3. He helped turn me from an average good guitarist into a great guitarist and now I play venues in Manhattan with a jazz outfit.

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TacoBob 5 years ago

Wally!

Haven't seen him for 30 years. Used to hang out occassionaly with the roomies at the house on the outskirts of southeast Lawrence. He was a hoot.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

LOL! (tob,perfect, as usual)

autie, I found topix.com, but before I got to where you told me to go, I got sidetracked on the Human Sexuality forum, and the topic of "How many sex partners have you had?

I've barely begun to read it, and I'm rofl and speechless all at the same time. EGADS!, is everyone bisexual now?

LJW world needs to adopt their voting option. I like the peanut for "nuts".

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

I heard she got into a fight with her lunatic neighbor over random gun fire that occurs at all times of the night.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

Hey, anyone heard form sunflower_sue? It's been over a month since she posted, and that's just not right. She ok?

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

blue73harley (Anonymous) says…

Sarah Palin - hot? Don't know for sure. Anyone have a picture of her in a Catholic school girl outfit? -- anyone else feel a smoke jumper boots comment coming? == autie, I'll check out that site as soon as yahoo quits screwing around.

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couranna1 5 years ago

Ronda a mentor is not someone you hear on the radio you know a mentor and they know you

palin does have that angry bitchy porn queen thing goin on

Music girl do you remember that one time at band camp

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Ronda Miller 5 years ago

well, multi, the article does refer to her as, "photogenic....and a former beauty pageant contestant" not that any of those things work well for becoming President..unless you were Ronald Regan...just trying to bring gnomie out to play! :)

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blue73harley 5 years ago

Sarah Palin - hot? Don't know for sure. Anyone have a picture of her in a Catholic school girl outfit?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years ago

She (Palin) supposedly got pretty chummy with the ruskies in that documentary "Who's Nailin' Palin? Adventures of a Hockey Mom"

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edjayhawk 5 years ago

Sarah Palin has enough hair for three women..

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Left_handed 5 years ago

I had a mentor. I called him "Dad".

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Deja Coffin 5 years ago

I never really had a mentor....guess that explains what is wrong with me.......

There were a lot of things my mother did for us growing up that I want to continue with my kids but then again, there are a lot of things I do differently......

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Music_Girl 5 years ago

My high school band teacher. He taught me how to stand up for myself and how to use my talents as a musician and a good person to get through life. Also my aunt, she has been a source of knowledge and is not afraid to tell me like it is even I don't want to it hear.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

Not full tilt yet (that'll come in the Summer), but the initial sparks of violence that will lead to wholesale rioting are starting.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,511498,00.html

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autie 5 years ago

Well TOB, there is always ear plugs..and then do like we do at home, dumbly nodding in the affirmative and repeating..uh huh..uh huh..yes dear...uh huh..your're right honey..I'll do that after the game.

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spacehog 5 years ago

Yes, his name is Bob Dylan.

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

She's looking pretty good for having 15 kids or whatever, but I couldn't be in the same room as her for more than 5 minutes with her voice.

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Ronda Miller 5 years ago

ret, it is Ms. Rodanda to you...and it is actually Ronaldo.....hum..mm...what is it with you and spelling....under achiever...

sarah is hot...and don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like her...Sorry...too much Zumba...

multi, did you say sued or screwed or shrewd?

Saying with autie now, "let it go..let it go...let it go" McCain lost..he will not have another chance to be President...he is an old man....he will not go down in history as President McCain...let it go...let it go..... Okay, (breathing sigh of relief).....I have let it go......I am empty of McCain now...but I see/saw an apple sitting in the street by the curb that just got ran over....and it reminded me of McCain...a good apple...just left sitting there...alone...rotting......so sad.....

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autie 5 years ago

Multidisciplinary (Anonymous) says…

Sarah Palin is not hot. She looks like any bitchy school teacher that secretly hates kids, and doesn't get invited to the after hours parties....so did Mrs. Robinson.

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RoeDapple 5 years ago

Multi,

(As per our recent pm)

;-)

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

Sarah Palin is not hot. She looks like any bitchy school teacher that secretly hates kids, and doesn't get invited to the after hours parties.

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jonas_opines 5 years ago

"Just what would be the most embarrassing OTS to have them print the person's name as the answer?"

The other one for today probably qualifies.

"What is your favorite food?"

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RoeDapple 5 years ago

Yeah, but Sarah Palin is still hot!

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autie 5 years ago

Ronda, again with the McCain...McCain? let it go...that ship sailed. let it go..say it with me, let it go.....You might go hang out at a nursing home for therapy on this McCain fascination.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

LOLZ! Glad to see you all being fun. Some of the other threads are showing the aftermath of the hawks losing, runs canceled and severe weather hype. Grouchy folks.

Ronda, I read your list. Poor girl..if these are your mentors... your chances are SO screwed! ;-D

Kandyce, know that some of us figured that to be the case. Also be glad they didn't ask a question where your own name would have been more embarrassing!

Just what would be the most embarrassing OTS to have them print the person's name as the answer? I know you clowns will do better than I can think of.

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RoeDapple 5 years ago

In other news, Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational yesterday.

"My dad was my best friend and greatest role model, and I will miss him deeply," Tiger Woods said on his Web site. "I'm overwhelmed when I think of all of the great things he accomplished in his life. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend. I wouldn't be where I am today without him, and I'm honored to continue his legacy of sharing and caring."

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kandyce07 5 years ago

Just to clarify for OldEnuf and my own peace of mind...I was asked and did answer this question and most assuredly I did NOT give my own name as the answer. I was lucky enough to have a brilliant mentor and friend in my high school debate coach. He was a fair, kind and patient person who was a blessing to each student he taught. I would have liked to see the LJWorld print my actual response and have requested that they do so. Thanks!

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ocean 5 years ago

my father, dad was just great -- made us go to sunday school every single sunday.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 5 years ago

Careful there Rodanda You are probably considered a domestic terrorist threat in Missouri.

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Ronda Miller 5 years ago

McCain has always been a mentor of mine....but there was also Jim Thorpe, Jim Ryan, Poe, D.H. Lawrence, Lennon, Yoko, my aunt.....and now I have view......hum mm....no wonder I am such a strange combination of personality types.... oh, guess I was thinking more idol then mentor.....and multi...she is a present day mentor.... ;)

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years ago

I think it's sad that of the four above, two had no one. One of them convinced themselves they didn't need one. That's unfortunate.

We all need people to help us grow. I'm in my 40's and still have/need/ and am looking for mentors.

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trinity 5 years ago

or maybe a better answer would be-yes i had a mentor growing up, but what with the strong winds&all, mentor is now growing somewhat sideways.

ok i am done. ;)

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couranna1 5 years ago

Yeah but I would not have called it that back then but looking back my father and grandfather did a lot for me

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trinity 5 years ago

agree with canyon wren and tob; there were some really nice older folks in the neighborhood who really helped me along the way, plus believe it or not a very kind librarian lady. i'm grateful for 'em all.

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autie 5 years ago

Is that anything like the guy down the street that bought our beer when we were 15 years old? Then there was Mrs. Robinson....

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The_Original_Bob 5 years ago

I'm with Canyon Wren on this one.

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

Will always regret not being the 'chosen' old girlfriend of Bill Gates.

:- (

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RoeDapple 5 years ago

Will always regret not kidnapping Bill Gates and raising him as my own......

:-/

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Marion Lynn 5 years ago

RoeDapple (Anonymous) says…

“Grabbed it for $15 but would have paid much more!”

Money left over to put in it!"

Marion writes:

Yeppers!

No real single mentor but my maternal Grandfather came closest, I suppose.

Also greatly admired Howard Hughes.

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RoeDapple 5 years ago

"Grabbed it for $15 but would have paid much more!"

Money left over to put in it!

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Marion Lynn 5 years ago

blue73harley (Anonymous) says…

Whizzo."

Marion writes:

Now that's al fizzlesprung!

Hey, I recently found a genuine-for-real Whizzo Bank in an antique store.

Remember the ones done up for Home Savings Association?

Grabbed it for $15 but would have paid much more!

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Multidisciplinary 5 years ago

Wally! Shadow (snork! Hoping I don't have him in my head today) Me? Mentor #1 : (This should explain a lot..) http://www.leconcombre.com/concpost/us/postcard4/alfred_e_neuman.jpg

Mentor #2: The one in the middle, standing behind Pa Ingalls. Which was great, I'm all prepared to live in 1887, but have no idea how to exist in today's world. http://campus.lakeforest.edu/~ebner/peckbe/liwfam.jpg

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canyon_wren 5 years ago

When I was growing up, we didn't have such "cutesy" words as "mentor." Everything has to have some sort of socio-psychological term now, of course. There were quite a few people in my life, however, that gave me a lot of help along the way.

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H_Lecter 5 years ago

No, but I had a lot of unsupervised time and a very consuming selection of instructional books.

(thanks for the chuckle Shadow)

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shadowbox66044 5 years ago

Ron Jeremy, without him, I just couldn't do it in life. Thanks Ron.

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Donnuts 5 years ago

Yes, she was a bell ringer in my mom's bell choir in church. She was great.

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