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Old 12-28-2008, 02:16 PM   #1
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What's your claim to fame!?

Just one glitch, this is not an achievment competition but a fond memory of your younger year and your pursuits. The dorkier the better, play accordian or twirl a baton, let us know? Pictures get bonus points.

I am in funky mood, as I found myself twirling "oscar" the mop on a stick for busting cobwebs this winter day as the 60 mile winds have blown most of our shingles into the yard today, but hey, let's have a bit of fun and a smile.

Ladies were you a majorette? Fess up, guys what were you doing waaay back when when you were a wee lad? What did you want to be when you grew up?

Nostalgia waxes supreme in this thread if you are game to play. Participants appreciated.
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Mine is that I am incapable of smelling a skunk. It has impressed many a girl over the miles.

And that is genetics (my brother has it), as are many claims to fame.

So now that I have this talent, the only difference between me and OJ is that I didn't take the opportunity to exploit it.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:00 AM   #3
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That's a new one on me Hank. I looked that up. That's interesting.

Different smells trigger different receptor cells in the lining of the nose. You can detect around 2000 different smelly substances or odorants. Most smells are a mixture of several odorants. Our ability to detect all these odorants varies - one in a thousand people cannot smell skunk odour. As well as the smells you are aware of, some scientists believe you can also detect pheromones, 'attraction chemicals'.

We have skunks around here and we can smell them and the animals have gotten sprayed. Maybe I can call you and you can give them the bath.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:18 AM   #4
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I still break out the accordian just to annoy my dog (he howls, I laugh).
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:30 AM   #5
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I'd say my claim to fame for nerdiness is an above average interest in language and word origins. When in high school I'd spend study halls reading the dictionary and encyclopedias. How does that rate on the "nerd scale"? I also used to collect very old (1920's and earlier) 78rpm records as a high schooler, and learn the songs. I still include a couple in my musical act.
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:51 PM   #6
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My claim to fame would have to be my library of interesting yet useless knowledge.
Example: What is Daffy Duck's middle name? Which "Bond girl" married Ringo
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These have got me a few beers over time, but have yet to put a buck in the bank!!
Perhaps on a game show one day...Laugh everybody!!!

Name the song that was Manfred Mann's first top ten hit?

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Old 12-29-2008, 03:50 PM   #7
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Well, I guess in this crowd, it is that I've actually met, in person, Moderator MEL. And her much younger husband of course. And she's not that old either - so young, so many Airstreams, what a life they have.

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Wheel,
I sure would be willing give them a bath, however, my wife can smell a skunk, so I would have to decline...
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Old 12-30-2008, 10:12 AM   #9
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Speaking of genetic oddities, I can claim to smell skunk just fine; especially at two in

the AM when one or both of the dogs has tangled with one. But here's the deal... poison ivy has no irritating effect on me.
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Old 12-30-2008, 11:50 AM   #10
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Back in my hot rod days, in the early 60's...I decided my Bug Eyed Austin Healy Sprite needed a power boost...

So I removed the stock engine and 'dropped' a small block Chevy V-8 into it! I had to cut the toe boxes on each side about 4 inches in order to stuff that engine into that small space...the exhaust headers I hand built looked like Armadillos due to all the welds, when I was through!

I had to do a lot of other 'mods' to make everything work, but that new motor fit under the hood just fine!...it was a real Corvette 'Killer' at the time, and I had lots of fun with that car!...it was probably the only one in the US at that time...one year at the races in Montery, Dan Gurney came over to take a look when he heard the sound, and he got a got a good laugh when I raised the hood!...he invited me out to the track to take a couple of hot laps during practice, now that was a real blast!

Wish I still had that car...it would be a real fun 'Toad' to fire up in a campground!
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My claim to fame is that I have met, in person, the elusive Barry, aka safari57.

And Barry, who are you calling old? (you knew those pictures would come back to haunt you, didn't you?)
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Mel, good shot back.

It is a darned good thing I grew a beard since these pictures were taken as I look so much younger now, except for the little kid who thought I was Santa the other day. I do like the way you photo shopped all that extra weight on me . Now I know what I'll look like in another ten or fifteen years.

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I took a sewing class in college.

Hi, I have helped many females set-up and properly adjust their sewing machines. One friend of mine wanted some curtains sewn for his van. He said his Mom had a new machine that she never used and it would be OK to use it. His Mom came home before we were finished and was surprised to see her machine in action. She said, that she never used the new sewing machine because she didn't know how to set it up. Then asked me how I learned to use a sewing machine; And this became my joke, but true answer. "I took sewing in college." Actually I took a body shop class at Long Beach City College and one day a week we had an upholstrey class.

My latest project was my "Airstream Foot Stool / Generator Cover."
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Old 12-31-2008, 09:00 AM   #15
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"Claim to fame?"
Not really braggin', but probably should add:
I've played for 2 Presidential Inaugurations (Regan's second, and Geo. H.W.'s only)and performed for the Regans at the White House. My band opened the '84 Olympics in Sarajevo, also played at '80 Lake Placid Winter Games. Not bad for a "country boy".
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In 1963, I finally made the cheerleading squad (I was an alternate) due to one of the girls braking her leg snow skiing. I was thrilled. We had a game in Lapeer, Michigan. It was one of those foul raining almost cold enough to snow days. There was no one in the stands. Only the players and cheerleaders were insane enough to be out in that nasty weather. But this was my moment of glory, I had the cute uniform, sassy hairdo, I was a cheerleader!The tradition was that during half time the cheerleading teams did welcome cheers to the opponet team. There I was front and center. I went to do my split eagle jump, my saddle shoe got stuck and came off in the mud and I landed on my glory. Red faced and mortified, my teammates pulled me out of the mud bath and I spent the rest of the game wraped in a blanket with tears running down my face. I changed to student council after that.LOL One of the reason's that I will never forget Lapeer!!!!!
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Hi Dannie,
Looks like we might be of a similar vintage. I graduated H.S. in 1965. I was a cheerleader of sorts as first trumpet in the pep band. Good memories!
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WKHS 1966 I know, the saddle shoes gave it away. When I think about are mid-knee length skirts and boat neck sweaters over our button down white oxford shirts next today's cheerleaders, oh my!!!!!
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WKHS 1966 I know, the saddle shoes gave it away. When I think about are mid-knee length skirts and boat neck sweaters over our button down white oxford shirts next today's cheerleaders, oh my!!!!!
The saddle shoes were part of it, but you also mentioned making the squad in 1963!

I spent 33 years teaching, now retired and writing/playing music.

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