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What is the most adventurous thing you’ve done?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 3, 2011

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“We drove the Alpine Loop in Colorado. You have to have a Jeep to do it.”

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“Backpacking in Colorado. We climbed a 14er.”

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“I went hang gliding once in the Tennessee mountains.”

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“When I was little we found a boat and rode it up and down the creek. That was pretty adventurous. We were about 9.”

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Finnbar1 2 years, 7 months ago

just last week I tried to cross the street at Oxford Circus in London at rush hour and mostly inebriated.

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Roland Gunslinger 2 years, 7 months ago

Let's see-

Scuba dived (dove?) the Great Barrier Reef. Saw a shark or two. No biggie.

Did a ton of fishing on the Kenai River in Alaska. Had bears come within a few yards of me while fishing. Had one bear run off with a 7 pound rainbow trout I had just spent 45 minutes trying to land. I wasn't happy.

Sat on the open ramp of a C-130 with my feet dangling off the plane while Royal Australian Army soldiers did static jumps.

Rafted a couple of class IV rivers.

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Kansa 2 years, 7 months ago

By the way, did the indoor skydiving thing in Holland. Awesome experience! You get five jumps of one minute each, with an experienced skydiving instructor there to assist you and teach you tricks you can do. You basically just step through a doorway and then try to control how the wind bats you around. There is someone at the wind velocity control, so they can help you. And, they make a video of the entire session, so that you can appreciate how crazy you looked trying to do things!

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Kansa 2 years, 7 months ago

When I was about 15 years old, my mother and little brother and I went to see some relatives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. We got into a small plane at the Boston airport. There was a woman sitting next to the pilot, and in back of everyone, there was a small boy with the luggage piled all around him. The pilot didn't get the front passenger's door closed all the way, and while we were in the air it flew open. She grabbed it, which resulted in her shoulder being dislocated. The next thing we knew, we were looking down at the ocean, sideways. The plane had rotated and we were just staring into the waves. The pilot, completely calm, got us back to the airport. The woman got out and went to the hospital. Everyone else stayed in the plane. It was at this point, just before the second take off, that we heard a small voice asking someone for help. It was the little boy in the back! The luggage had fallen all over him and if he hadn't been able to speak nobody would even have remembered he was there. I don't know where his parents were, but he didn't belong to anyone on that plane.....(Oh those days when FAA regulations didn't mean anything.....forgot to mention that my little brother and I were seat belted in together and that the plane was seriously overloaded!)

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some_random_person 2 years, 7 months ago

Spearfishing and scuba diving with no prior training. At least I was smart enough to take a dive knife with me.

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Liberty275 2 years, 7 months ago

Not exciting, but cool none the less was being introduced to and speaking with James Rosenquist at the opening of an art exhibition in Tampa.

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pace 2 years, 7 months ago

I got married a couple of times and had kids. That was much more adventurous than when I hitchhiked 150,000 miles when I was young or faced down an armed robber. Maybe the most dangerous thing a woman can do is say "I do".

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devobrun 2 years, 7 months ago

I was 30 years old (30 years ago) and had a son who was about 1 year old. I started a business. Two years later the twins came along and I started another business. 10 years later, with a pair of 10 year olds and a 13 year old.....I started another one.

I risked my health (both mental and physical), my marriage, and my money on starting businesses. Today, my kids are grown, my marriage is still intact, and I am semiretired.

Today, life is good. 20 years ago life was hard. Today I teach school because I loved my work, and I loved my kids. Today my kids (students) and my work are almost the same thing. I'm glad I took the risks. It was worth it.

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Rae Hudspeth 2 years, 7 months ago

I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

Other than that, I found out that driving the Hana Highway at night is pretty adventurous. Stopping is even scarier. Never been in such pitch black dark before.

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Gandalf 2 years, 7 months ago

Yep, I know what you mean. Good thing we only use the top of the water. :) We had our marines out keeping a lookout for sharks. We were a little worried they might go squid hunting!

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blindrabbit 2 years, 7 months ago

gandalf: Likewise had a swim call above the Challenger Deep in the Marianas Trench (35,814 feet deep and deepest place in ocean) in 1964 while on USS Haleakala (AE-25). Captain steered around just to make sure he located the deepest location. Kind of spooky knowing you have almost 7 miles of water beneath you. Put whale boat overboard with M-1 gunner to ward off any shark and sea snakes.

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thebcman 2 years, 7 months ago

Once searched for intelligent life forms at the Republican National Convention.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 2 years, 7 months ago

I once wrote a cover letter in Comic Sans.

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

OH snap, snap...the real army...drinking beer and loving das frauleins....Volks Marches and rucksacks...burp...

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

Eating C-ration spaghetti and meatballs whilst keeping the godless commies on their side of the border in what was then West and East Germany. The spaghetti sauce was such a wildly unnatural color that I'd generally wait until after dark to eat it so I wouldn't have to look at it while shoveling it down.

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riverdrifter 2 years, 7 months ago

I, too did the sky diving thing when I was young. 1299 jumps. The best was when I passed through a swarm of honey bees. What the heck were they doing at 7,000 feet?

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

I read Tom Shewmon's letter to the editor. You would never believe what it's about.

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Scott Overfield 2 years, 7 months ago

Signed in at the AT&T store as Juan Valdez.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

I do also enjoy practicing auto erotic asphyxia from time to time.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Well, okay. Another Hawaii story. I was working at this hotel in Waikiki. There was a ripoff grocery store across the street called Food Pantry. Every night this dude with jehri curl hair would park his Mercedes out front and stand there and take money from shady guys and hookers. It was pretty much known that he was a pimp/drug dealer. He had this crony that would park behind him in a brown Ford Escort and watch for cops. I was living in Kaimuki, about 2 miles from the hotel, no car. So one night I drank half a fifth of tequila at home and decided to go out. I took the bus to Waikiki and ended up at a bar in the hotel where I worked. There was a waitress there I wanted to hit on. Total fail. I stayed there drinking til 4am, and believe me, I could barely walk out of that joint, much less walk home. The buses stop running at midnight, I had no money for cab fair. I see the crony with the Escort parked across the street. I asked him if he could give me a ride. He asked where I lived and told me to get in the car. He drove me to my house and I offered to give him $5, the only money I had. His reply? "Naw man, I don't need yo' money. I sell drugs." I got all misty eyed, thanked him, and went inside and passed out. The moral to that story: Some drug dealers are actually very nice people.

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beatrice 2 years, 7 months ago

I've gone skydiving a few times. Great fun, and not the wimpy tandem jump either. I'm talking jumping out on my own, with others who held straps at my side, but I wasn't connected to them. I pulled my own ripcord and landed all on my own. One time was from above 14,000 ft, which meant 60 seconds of freefall. It was a warm day and when I opened my chute it proved to be a little too big. I kept catching hot air pockets that kept me afloat for what seemed forever. It was amazing. That was by far the best time.

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Gandalf 2 years, 7 months ago

No problem, I've tried to login uysingthat name a time or two. :)

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

er..Gandalf...sorry for the misspelling

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Gandolf, you just reminded me of a legend and song...

I know these guys had some good adventures...

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rockchalker52 2 years, 7 months ago

Lol, Gandalf! And speaking of paws, the groundhogs are holding a CritterFest in my barnette. Tunneled under the shelving, they did, and slung all kinds of dirt up against the entry door. I just saw one of the big nose bastids in the yard. If he heads for the new perennial garden, we gonna tussle. That'll be a grand adventure right there.

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

I have lunch money? Woohoo! Why did no one tell me? How much is it? Who has it now? How do I get it?

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rockchalker52 2 years, 7 months ago

I ate some tacos in Nogales once. Then I spotted the chihuahua breeder down the street. It gave me pause...

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 7 months ago

Spending nearly 4 months on our honeymoon in the states without a personal motorized vehicle.

  1. Left Tulsa,Okla on bicycles in September heading to California

  2. About 300 miles later, a wife with aching knees and a few nights camping we stuck our thumbs out with a sign that said Albuquerque. After turning away a few here comes a college dude heading back to Univ of New Mexico. Put our bikes in the back of his pick-up panniers,tent and all. Arrived in Albuquerque just before nightfall.... what a deal.

  3. After 3 weeks bicycling Albuquerque,visiting friends,eating damn good food off we went to the train depot. Boxed up the bikes,got on the train,enjoyed the club car the next thing you know we are in LA in the middle of an Art Fair. Loaded up the bikes,headed for the bike trail on the ocean and got a nights sleep over yummy steamed vegetables.

  4. Next day hit the bike trail looking for a Youth Hostel. Instead a cyclist caught up to us then invited us to his Mom's place who fixed a wonderful meal and put us up for the night. On the way out the door she loaded donated some jars of multivitamins.... she was a Shaklee distributor and her son had recently biked around the perimeter of the USA. Sooner or later we found a Youth Hostel in the LA area and stayed about 3 weeks.

4.Off we went heading to San Diego and found another Youth Hostel. Celebrated Halloween and Christmas in San Diego. During that period we assisted a sail boat person to Cabo San Lucas where we pitched a tent and stayed two weeks or so. Hitched a ride back to San Diego with an LA cop to get back to the bikes we had stored at the Youth Hostel.

  1. Before long we had hitched up with a young lady who had bike rack on the top pf the car that would carry 3 bikes. Off to the east coast to visit in laws and celebrate New Years. Along the way we found ourselves in the Sonoran Desert at sunrise = breath taking. Spent a few days in New Orleans then the young lady dropped us off at the inlaws in Monkton,Md ... kind of a Baltimore in the country burb. After hangin with the inlaws for about a week we put the bikes on a train and began working our way back to Tulsa.

Most all of our experiences were spontaneous reactions of the moment. We had no idea we would gone that long. Being without a car for that long was a unique experiment. BTW the San Diego Wild Animal Park was awesome.

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westside69 2 years, 7 months ago

Don't know about golfballs but i can hit a tennis ball at 1200 hundred yards,down on the farm on my own personal shooting range-AR50 now that is a rael gun,want to go shooting sometime.They don't let me drive anymore,need another driver other than my wife-A old Nam hermit vet i am,just hanging out in Lawrence,been here now for a good 40 years,starting to wonder why i stay.But do like to read this forum,you folks say the wildess things,never talk about the subject.But keep it up ,I do hope it is all in fun?

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

Shooting golfballs on the sandbar carries a certain amount of risk . . .

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westside69 2 years, 7 months ago

Drafted into army in 1967,sniper in veitnam.Best fun i have ever had,Ha!,Ha!,never would want to have to do again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

Ron - I would wager Autie's lunch money that any story Hollis recites will be interesting.

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The_Original_Bob 2 years, 7 months ago

"A true story? I've got way too many. One highlight was the time I let Jim Nabors rub aloe on my shoulders. If you don't believe me, there are people here who will back me up."

I've heard Hollis tell me this story in person. I consider it legit. And freaking hilarious.

"I've got another good one, but it's kinda lengthy. Let me know if you want it."

I'm always up for Hollis Brown Story Hour. I ain't got much to do today. It isn't like I have to climb into a 240 degree grain bin and tinker around with a fan.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Ron, I've never had an HIV test, but I give blood regularly. They said they send me something in the mail if anything bad showed up.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

A true story? I've got way too many. One highlight was the time I let Jim Nabors rub aloe on my shoulders. If you don't believe me, there are people here who will back me up. I've got another good one, but it's kinda lengthy. Let me know if you want it.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Probably the time I kissed Paris Hilton at the Viper Room in WeHo(West Hollywood). I was stinking drunk and I'd just flipped a speedball, but I still knew it was gonna be risky. I thought I'd had every STD in the book until that moment. She wanted more, but I pushed her away, ran to my car, and drank a pint of rubbing alcohol. It definitely caused severe gastric disturbances, but I wasn't taking any chances. Her mouth tasted bad, probably because she only eats once a month.

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HollisBrown 2 years, 7 months ago

Prospector, Spacehog invented the mickie, so you might have been doing him a favor. He invented the ruffie, too. But instead of using them for their intended purpose, he took them all and ended up date-raping himself.

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prospector 2 years, 7 months ago

I slipped Spacehog a mickie once. The boy straightened up and went clean after that.

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Starlight 2 years, 7 months ago

Climbing Angel's Landing in Zion with my kids, or flying into the Copan ruins in Honduras, or double blacks at Crested Butte with the Egans and Delauriers, or the jungle train and Memo's on the beach in Costa Rica. All great adventures.

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Flap Doodle 2 years, 7 months ago

Hunting prairie squid with a bean-shooter.

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thebcman 2 years, 7 months ago

crossing 23rd street on foot

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Armored_One 2 years, 7 months ago

pretended I was an illegal immigrant and tried voting for someone other than Brownback...

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2 years, 7 months ago

My most adventurous was at 20 yrs old to go live in Germany for 3 yrs and had a second daughter that was born over there.

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autie 2 years, 7 months ago

Sometimes I stay up past ten..

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thuja 2 years, 7 months ago

Rode a rugged & steep bike trail over a mountain on a skinny tire road bike in Xtra Tufs.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

Although I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

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RoeDapple 2 years, 7 months ago

"Most adventurous?" Sorry, that info is not up for discussion . . . (caint talk boutit)

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Davies:

"david_ (anonymous) says…

On behalf of all the women in Lawrence, " you are awesome Bob" August 12, 2011 at 8:44 p.m.

Ok, Chaz.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Ron,

Too much. Not too much bad or good. Have you ever tried radio? I bet you would be good in that forum. Am sure you know what K.I.S.S. stands for.??

Nothing personal. But am going to unload a round. Sorry. But I love the sound of a 7mm.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

"Gandalf (anonymous) replies…

Yep, USS America had a swim call while we going thru the trench, I was in the water for about 10 minutes swimming my butt off trying to keep up with the ship. Damn current. They had to cancel it after 15 minutes, everyone was exhausted." September 3, 2011 at 1:11 a.m.

Navy, if I am understanding. Damn Squid. Thank you for Your Service, if so, Gandalf. I hope I speak for us all when I give my thanks and appreciation. - Just a Jar head, myself. Last Duty , MCAS Kaneohe Bay before getting 86'd. Thanks, man.

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Multidisciplinary 2 years, 7 months ago

Fostered a total stranger's full grown untrained, unwanted, not housebroken, undisciplined,ill bred, house and belongings destroying Fido for 5 days.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 7 months ago

Well, this is getting long! So, on to the most adventurous thing I’ve ever done. I was driving in the Mojave Desert in California, and there was a big sign that informed me that I could stop here and have a ride in an ultralight aircraft. I knew the statistics about ultralight aircraft, and they're not good, especially the two passenger ones. But I slammed on the brakes anyway! I had to do it!

I was confident and brave and told them about all the flying lessons I had taken, and they wrote down all my identification and who to call if I died. Then I had to sign about 15 documents that stated I was aware of the risk and was going to do it anyway. Then, a witness to me signing all the documents had to sign them all also. After that, they would have no liability for my death at all.

I could go on and on about all the details, but the gist of it is that I completely lost all my bravado when we barely made it over the top of the big saguaro cactus at the end of the runway. After that, it was pure terror.

That happened in 1997, and I have never been in an airplane since.

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Ron Holzwarth 2 years, 7 months ago

The most adventurous thing I've ever done is totally shocking. I still can't believe I did it! And the people that know me can hardly believe I did it either.

I didn't used to have a fear of flying, but I was placed in a few very dangerous situations in a small single engine airplane. The exact model was a Cessna 210, and any aviation expert that reads this will realize these were incredibly dangerous situations.

Leaving out the details of exactly how the pilot did it, we ended up hearing a crackling sound coming from all over the airplane. The pilot suddenly became very serious, and announced that we were going to take a very gentle trip back to the airport and land. Instead of his usual jovial manner, he was very attentive to the empty sky in front of us. I thought the airplane was on fire, and it certainly did sound like it.

After a while, the other passenger asked the pilot what that crackling sound was. The answer was: "We stressed the structure. It makes that sound when it returns to its previous shape."

What? The wings and the whole airplane is "returning to its previous shape"? I was terrified.

Another time we were flying at night, and suddenly the pilot looked back and forth at the wings, and looked alarmed. He shook the stick, and the airplane didn't rock at all! There was only one explanation that I could think of, and that was that all the control cables had broken, and we were going to die. But no, it was just that the wings were covered with ice, and we were just about to fall out of the sky. That's the flight characteristics of the Cessna 210. We got permission from ATC to drop from 11,000 feet to 9,000 feet, then the ice melted, and so we lived.

Then later, same night flight, the engine started skipping beats. The Cessna 210 is a single engine airplane and so engine problems are a serious matter. That means you better start looking for a place to land, head towards it, and plan to be in a glider real soon. Instead, the pilot kept on flying, the engine kept skipping beats, and it went on for a very long time, because a nonstop flight from Lawrence, Kansas to Binghamton, New York is a very long flight in a Cessna 210. Totally against FAA regulations, because that leaves you with less than 20 minutes of reserve fuel when you get there.

But it was a "have to get there tonight" situation, and that was the pilot's idea. Later I learned that the engine was skipping beats because one of the two magnetos had failed. It was under an FAA recall, and it was illegal to fly with one of them out of operation. But we lived, and made it to Binghamton.

That's where my phobia of flying came from. I had a bit of a problem with PTSD over some of that, and ended up in the hospital in the middle of the night one time.

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John Spencer 2 years, 7 months ago

Scuba diving in the Great Barrier reef.

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Pitt_Mackeson 2 years, 7 months ago

But seriously, the most adventurous trip I've ever taken was when me and my Boy Scout buddies went on a High Adventure up to the Boundary Waters in upper Minnesota. Canoed 100 miles in six days. Didn't see a single moose though........ but on one portage our guide caught the scent of a bear (he somehow knew how they smelled?..) anyway that was one hell of a time. I'm old now.

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Pitt_Mackeson 2 years, 7 months ago

I got the newspaper off the porch this morning. I'm taking great strides.

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Odeo 2 years, 7 months ago

Damn, Gandalf, those sound like some great experiences. Have done the scuba, but the Marianas?? Sounds nice.

Most adventurous for me? Guess it depends at what point in my life. As a kid, it was going into the "forest"- alone - was a vacant plot of land about two houses away. Very safe but at that time I did not know. Had a lot of trees and bushes and was a lot of fun with my brother and neighbors when we played there. But, as a little kid to go in alone was a huge and scary adventure for me. When I went into the forest it was a great adventure. Miss those days.

The things that we miss.....

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pure_republication 2 years, 7 months ago

I rebuilt the oil fields in Iraq from May 2003 until Sept 2006.

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Gandalf 2 years, 7 months ago

Wow, tough call. Swimming in the Marianas trench, wakeing up in a school bus in the mountains of greece or scuba diving in Australia.

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