Monday, July 31, 2006

The "Have you ever" Game

Time to play the “Have you ever” game. Here are 20 statements about adventures I have personally done. They make for a lot of blog posts should I ever run out of other trivial ideas. BUT, only one of these statements is untrue. Which one?

Have you ever:

- Jumped between two ships in the Bering Sea during a hurricane
- Driven over 150mph….legally
- Climbed a 200 foot cliff without a rope
- Lost your car in a drive in and slept in the gravel until morning
- Wiped your ass with poison oak only to have it spread to 80% of your body
- Ridden your bicycle 200 miles in a half a day
- Been through more than one of the top 15 strongest storms ever recorded
- Run into a deer; not with a car, with your body
- Drank 22 large full glasses of water at a single restaurant dinner
- Swam in the ocean 100 miles from the nearest dry land
- Driven from Denver, CO to Portland, OR by yourself only stopping for gas
- Had to walk through the watts area of LA at 3:00am with no car
- Run a marathon in under 2 hours 50 minutes (sub 6:30 mile pace)
- Been stranded in the middle of the Mojave desert
- Jumped off a bridge over 60 feet into a river
- Did a 100 mph high speed chase from the police, got caught but not arrested or ticketed
- Walked right up to a full grown grizzly bear while hiking
- Been driven down a sidewalk, Ronin style, with people diving out of the way
- Rappelled off a 400 foot drop with a single rope without touching anything
- Made $7,000 cash overnight from a $200 investment which wasn’t gambling or illegal

19 comments:

markjamesmurphy said...

That's easy. There's no way you could drink that much water.

Variant E said...

Actually, that one is true. I had just come off of a bad bout with pheunomia and had a serious case of dehydration (IVs and everything). The waiter was very put off by my continued water consumption as it reflected badly on his service. He had left the entire pitcher on the table but I was emptying that too. Of course, had I not been eating and replacing my electrolytes, I'm sure this feat would have had some sort of serious impact. Oh, and the body does weird things. Go watch the movie "Gizmo" if you can find it. It's a documentary and there is a guy that could drink an entire gallon of some flamable liquid (not gas but something like that) and then poor it directly out like a fawcet. Weird.

Variant E said...

Guess I should also have clarified that large isn't large by the 7-11 or Costco or super-size me definition, just simply that they weren't some tiny shot glass. However, they weren't oversized by any mean either. Perhaps that can shed some light on the reality of that one.

iamnot said...

"Jumped between two ships in the Bering Sea during a hurricane."

No hurricanes in that part of the world.

House of Suz said...

The one where you walked through Watts. I bet you were in a car.

Variant E said...

And good guesses both of you. Technically Iamnot is right, there are no hurricanes in the Bering Sea; they simply call it weather up there. But practically speaking, the "weather" was at a category 3 hurricane level and I was on a Coast Guard ship that couldn't turn into the Allutean Islands because of the wind (we were top heavy) so in order to get off the ship they brought a smaller Navy ship up to us and actually crashed it into the side of us while several of us that had to get off for an emergency actually jumped from one ship to the other (we would have been dead had we miss timed the jump). Ah, it's good for stories now, but very freaky at the time. I doubt the Coast Guard or Navy would allow that kind of conduct now.

And the Watts tour...nope, I wasn't in a car. That was the problem; I was in the Coast Guard then too and ported in Long Beach and stayed out past when the buses were running and had to depart the next morning. I had no choice but to walk/run all the way back to the ship because I was out of money and didn't know anybody to call. No, it wasn't a tour by choice and yes, it was pretty intimidating to walk through some of those areas at that time of night.

Variant E said...

Ok, it's whittled down a bit. I'll circle back in a few days and post the answer into these comments. Meanwhile, if anyone is still reading (like I have readers...right!), feel free to keep on guessin' and I'll keep on given you the answers.

iamnot said...

Puddle Pirate!

House of Suz said...

The last one, it was over $7K. Did I win?????

Variant E said...

Good guess, but alas, no that one is true as well. I bought 9 beer cans from 1941 that were in a house in NE Portland and paid the guy $200. The next day I sold 7 of them for $1000 a piece. The benefits of being a collector! Later I sold the last one for $3200 on ebay. Not bad...

iamnot said...

I stole this idea from you for my post today....

House of Suz said...

Shit.........I give.

iamnot said...

I'm going to have to guess the sidewalk rampage didn't happen.

House of Suz said...

Stuck in the Mojave desert?

Variant E said...

Ok, I'll give you the answer. First of all, the sidewalk thing happened in Paris. The taxi driver actually drove up onto the sidewalk flying down it to get around traffic at one of those infamous roundabouts. Being my first trip to Europe and unable to communicate with the French (even if they wanted to), it was quite the crazy event! And unfortunately the Mojave desert event was true. My VW Bug broke down in the desert. It took two days just to get to a small town and that town was geared exclusively to rip off stranded motorists with high repair costs. My grandfather ended up drving all the way from Portland, OR down there with a trailer rather than pay twice the cost for another engine (I blew the engine in the heat...).

No...the actual false event is much less dramatic. It was the drive from Denver to Portland. I actually tried it but got delusional just passed Pendleton, OR and had to stop and sleep. It's slightly farther than driving straight to Palm Springs, CA and I've done that straight through but there was something about crossing East to West that was just too much for me!

iamnot said...

So, you stumped us...I still say you're a puddle pirate.

House of Suz said...

Gowd, I was going to say that because it was so lame and lacked detail. DAMN YOU!

iamnot said...

Suz...she don't like to loose (luz?).

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