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Name one or some of the most interesting / intriguing thing(s) that has ever happened to you - so far. Was it life-changing? Got details?

This is not a contest - what may have been highly interesting or intriguing to you is what is important - ignore those posters that claim they've piloted a UFO around the world - or wrestled a grizzly bear to a pin. Think of something that stands out for you personally - if you say "I fell in love" - throw in a few details as to why this particular experience superseded all others. If you say "I went sky-diving" - explain what the experience was like - so those that didn't experience what you did - have an idea of what it felt like through your eyes. Some of the simplest things - like "I had an epiphany about my life while doing the laundry" - what was the epiphany and how did you come to classify this as one of the most interesting or intriguing experiences (things) that has ever happened or observed by you? (This is research for a novel I'm writing - please don't make up answers - like I said - it's not a competition to be the "most interesting man (or woman) in the world"). Give it a shot. Everyone has a story. Thanks.

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mine would be that one day i was with my grandma and we was going to the store and we bought alot of food for thanksgiving and a sweet guy came and offered well insisted that he pay it was sooo shocking and interesting

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Thanks Arii - random acts of kindness can restore your faith in humans... ;-)
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yes it can... i was like wow theyre are actually some nice people out here
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I posted a lengthy answer to this question but it seems to have disappeared. It'll probably turn up, totally misplaced, on somebody else's quesiton. If I can find it I'll post it here later.
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Dozy, I looked and saw that your answer was removed! I sure hope it reappears. I love your stories.
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Can't see why it was removed, Rathkeale. It was completely inoffensive. I might put it up again.
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Dozy: thanks for making the effort - I'm not sure why I didn't get to see it posted - I believe there are keywords and other filtration rules that auto-decline posts, based on Ask's policies. I think such triggers include posting email addresses - which - is a bit weird since so many people include them in their profiles.
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Great question: the kids in my family were born to older, reluctant parents. If we were outside, we could do what we wanted. We had absolutely no outside supervision. None. My brother, his friends, and I stole wood from the lumber store to make bridges over the creeks and to make rafts to take up and down the river. We stole coal oil too and drizzled it on top of the water and then set the river on fire. We made a children's village in the forest that no adult ever found. We were friends with the town drunk and the guy who owned the movie theatre. His wife died and he didn't recover. We'd sit with him outside his house while he cried. He liked that. When I was five, I panhandled outside the sleazy hotel for popsicle money for all the kids in the neighbourhood. I had thick glasses and white messy hair and looked pathetic, so drunks gave me change while my brother waited in the bushes. Because of those days, teenage boys were no big mystery to me later and I didn't make any regretful errors with them. We enjoyed our neglect. It made us flexible and adventurous. I knew complete freedom from age four. I learned to protect that. It was the first big rule of my life.

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Great story, Rathkeale. Very revealing and given from a wonderful perspective.
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My life has been a succession of watersheds. Most of them were unimportant in themselves but led me into new areas. One night Daizy and I saw a notice for a new soccer club and signed the kids up for what became a lifetime love of sport. We became involved in the organisation of the club and met literally hundreds of people, and so many of those people changed our lives in one way or another.

I had another watershed when standing in the NSW Bicycle Institute?s office and telling stories to the staff. I didn?t know that the editor of their magazine was listening in the next room. He asked me to write it down and that led to many writing opportunities and, indirectly, to a two year stint as breakfast announcer with a community radio station.

But as for epiphanies? Well, yes. But I?m out of space so you?ll have to click the link: http://www.booksie.com/humor/article/dozy/epiphany-on-dimmiga-berg
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Sorry, wrong spot. I'll put it in again. Apologies, Rathkeale.
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It'll have to stay as a comment. I keep getting rejected as an answer. I'll try again later.
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Its because now Ask.com has an automatic filter that removes answers with an email in it. That's why your answer was removed. We usually have to spell it out like " gingerrogers at hotmail dot com" (like that). The above would be hard to write out so it looks like the autofilter may not be in comments unless someone reports it (flags it). So that's the trick.
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Thanks, Sincerity. I didn't know about that. I'll bet Fred Astaire didn't know about it either. ;-)
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Rath: killer candid answer - I've had to read it a couple of times to absorb all of the details and what these experiences did to affect your world-view. Truly appreciate the time you took to write this - such openness moves you off the screen as a two dimensional "icon" to a fully fleshed out women of great depth and insight. Sincerity was right regarding you. Thanks again.
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Cereb-Rathkeale should right a book. Her life is amazing. It would make a great movie too.
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Thanks both. As a kid, I just couldn't imagine how good things would get and how many positive things would come from obvious neglect. I struggle with following rules, but I manage. I'm not too organized, so I try harder. This early childhood stuff makes me really good at my job (I teach behaviour classes). My siblings have not fared so well. They don't fit into the world as well as I do. Thanks for the vote if confidence, Cere and Becky. It means everything to me.
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I was moving down to Florida and staying in a Motel 6 overnight. I woke up the next morning to find my uhaul and sister's car stolen. We had to get her pets immunized in order to take a flight down and it caused major problems. My photo albums and artwork and drawings were gone forever.

When I got down there the only job I could find was McDonald's. I finally paid a job service company hundreds of dollars and they got me a job as an optical technician which I sucked at and quit, losing that money. I returned to Wisconsin and had to rebuild my life.

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