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Champion Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:44 PM
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So, what were You doing at age 20?
At age 20:

Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard and cofounded Microsoft.

Canadian hockey player Scott Olsen founded Rollerblade, Inc.

English novelist Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, which was immediately successful.

Ragtime composer Scott Joplin became an itinerant pianist and travelled throughout the Midwest.

Despite a lack of experience, James Cagney fast-talked his way into a vaudeville dancing job.

Egyptian hermit Saint Anthony gave away his inheritance and joined a group of ascetics, eventually becoming the father of Christian Monasticism.

D. H. Lawrence began writing his first novel, The White Peacock.

Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice, her second and most famous novel.

English author Elizabeth Barrett Browning published her first volume of poetry.

Polish-born Joseph Conrad, one of the great English language novelists, began learning English, his third language.

Charles Lindbergh learned to fly.

John Stuart Mill pulled himself out of depression and found that the ordinary events of life could again give him some moderate amounts of pleasure. He decided that happiness is attained not by making it the direct goal of life, but by fixing one's mind on some other pursuit.

Leon Battista Alberti wrote a Latin comedy that was hailed as the "discovered" work of a Roman playwright.

The Greek philosopher Plato became a disciple of Socrates.

Alexander Graham Bell taught a stray Skye Terrier to talk; by training the dog to growl on cue and then manipulating his mouth and throat, Bell could make him produce the phonemes "ow, ah, ooh, ga, ma, ma," to say "How are you, Grandmama?"


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camero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:46 PM
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1. Fighting my ass off
That's when my stepfather was wrecking havoc on my family. I was also an electrician at the time.
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scottcsmith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:53 PM
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20. Age 20: stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Working for the Commander in Chief, United States Pacifc Fleet Public Affairs Office. One of my favorite duty stations during my six-year stint as a Navy journalist.

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woofless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:35 PM
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35. Wow. I worked for the Cheif of Staff of the Air Force
message branch.
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doc03 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:44 PM
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37. Beer,wine,drugs, weiner schnizle and winning the cold war for Nixon
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camero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:49 PM
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39. Um, I was fighting Domestic Violence guys.
Even though I did feel like it was war. And since it took 6 years before the fucker understood I was serious. Of course the next step was killing him but thank god I didn't have to do that.
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Cuban_Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:47 PM
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2. I was 'taking the King's shilling'
Edited on Sat Feb-21-04 04:47 PM by Cuban_Liberal
I was in the Army, at Ft. Polk LA for most of that year (home of the world's largest cockroaches, and where God will give LA an enema).
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Birthmark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:48 PM
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3. You'd have to ask someone else.
I was pretty tanked.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:49 PM
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4. Well, when I reach the age of 20--several years from now--I'll tell you!
Did you post this just to make us feel bad??????
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Champion Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:59 PM
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9. Well, how old are you?
Edited on Sat Feb-21-04 05:00 PM by Champion_Jack
At age 13:

Pablo Picasso was so skilled at drawing that his father handed over his own brushes and paints and gave up painting.

Jodie Foster wrote and directed a short movie, "Hands of Time," consisting of a series of shots of hands portraying life from cradle to grave.

March composer John Philip Sousa became an apprentice in the U.S. Marine Band.

French painter Renoir worked at a porcelain factory, painting flowers on dishware.

Syndicated columnist Walter Winchell started in vaudeville.

Muddy Waters began playing harmonica at local gatherings.

Mario Andretti began racing.

German-Swiss writer Hermann Hesse determined to be "a poet or nothing."

Judy Collins made her first appearance as a concert pianist.

Joan of Arc heard what she believed to be celestial voices. In time she convinced the Dauphin that she had a divine mission to save France, and she eventually turned the Hundred Years' War in France's favor.

Spanish composer Albeniz ran away from home and worked as an itinerant pianist.
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joeybee12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:13 PM
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16. Keep going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You'll eventually hit it!!!!!!!!!
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:51 PM
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5. Exploring Canada
And learning Frnech...I also got laid a few times. .
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kiahzero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:51 PM
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6. Error: Index Out of Bounds
Haven't quite gotten there yet... :D
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Champion Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:05 PM
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11. At age 9:
At age 9:

Daisy Ashford wrote her first and last novel, The Young Visitors, which sold over 200,000 copies.

Actress Shirley Temple became a millionaire before age 10.

Jimmy Carter sold peanuts and saved enough money to buy five bales of cotton, which he later sold years later at a greatly increased price. With the proceeds, he bought five tenant houses and rented them out.

Painter Andrew Wyeth made a book of watercolors, featuring damsels and musketeers.

Mozart began composing symphonies.

Conductor Sarah Caldwell, a child prodigy in music and mathematics , began giving violin recitals.

Tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson began his career by dancing in the street for pennies.

William J. Sidis, Jr. entered Harvard University.

Laurence Olivier first impressed others with his acting ability.

Olympic figure skater Peggy Gale Fleming began skating.

Impressionist composer Claude Debussy had his first piano lesson.

Admiral David "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead" Farragut served as a midshipman in the U.S. Navy at age 9.

18th-century French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon began sculpting.

Twelve-tone composer Arnold Schoenberg began learning the violin; he also started composing at this age, without formal instruction.

Hungarian composer Franz Liszt gave his first piano concert at the age of 9, or perhaps 11.








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kiahzero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:09 PM
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14. D'oh
Can't quite get out of that one.

I did start programming a little when I was 9 (really kicked it into high gear in 95, which would be when I was 10). I'm now relatively 1337... does that count?

:D
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slinkerwink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:51 PM
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7. let's see.....last year, I had two bad relationships and helluva lot of
schoolwork. How's that?
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Ysabel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 04:56 PM
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8. i lived in...
a place called The Whale House - with about 18 real gnarley guys and one other woman besides me (she only lived there for about a month or so - i lived there for about a year) there was always a full 40 gallon keg in the kitchen - we drank a lot and also played a lot of cards...
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Kathy in Cambridge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:00 PM
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10. Going to College, Hanging Out in Punk Clubs, Partying
Adding nothing to society I'm afraid...
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demsrule4life Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:06 PM
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12. Was in my third year in the Army
Joined at 17.
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SmileyBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:06 PM
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13. Trudging my way through technical college.
Of course, that was only a little more than a year ago.
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Padraig18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:09 PM
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15. I'm 20 now--- working and going to school.
:)
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:21 PM
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17. Smokin', Drinkin', Surfing and
planning a wedding.
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flamingyouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:21 PM
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18. Going to college, writing for the school paper
Generally staying out of trouble - generally. :evilgrin:
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Champion Jack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:22 PM
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19. There's still time
At age 55:

Painter Pablo Picasso completed his masterpiece, Guernica.

Italian physicist Alessandro Volta invented the voltaic cell.

Richard Daniel Bass reached the summit of Mount Everest.

Walter Cronkite broadcast two special reports on Watergate, for the first time putting the story clearly before the American public.

Ella T. Grasso became the first woman to become an American governor on her own, not as the wife of a previous incumbant.

Spiro Agnew resigned as Vice President hours before being sentenced for bribery, extortion, conspiracy and tax fraud.

Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring, which publicized the indiscriminate use of pesticides and helped rally support for environmental protection.
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VOX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 05:59 PM
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21. Playing blues harp in a band; occupying the administration building;
bowling while higher than God; making woodcuts; pursuing the ladies and growing my hair. And swimming at every chance.

Which is why I am the high-octane, stellar (cough) executive (cough, cough) that I am today. :hi:
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sasquatch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 06:02 PM
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22. Trying not to die and working in a factory.
I had a acute asthma attack and was in a coma for three days, a couple of weeks before I turned 20. After that I was on steriod inhalers, working in the Delphi auto plant(in which I was laid off recently from) and attending night school. I was hoping to get in the skilled trades apprenticeship program. If I did, I'd get a raise from $8 an hour to $14 an hour with raises every year. It never worked out though, so I'm now in college studying to become a history major.:)
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izzie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 06:13 PM
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23. Oh dear the error year. I quit BU and got married.
And my father did say "told you so" so you need not say it. The year was, now holds on, 1954.
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Faygo Kid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 06:17 PM
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24. Got kicked out of Tijuana on my birthday.
Honest, on my 20th birthday. I figured I must be some bad dude if they were afraid I was going to corrupt Tijuana. Got kicked out of Amsterdam (and Holland) days before I turned 23. Look out for me! Now old and fat, and the long hair is long gone (decided to grow it in my ears at this age, to be fashionable) - but I still have pictures!
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 06:19 PM
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25. Let's see
Busting rust, waking up far too early for any rational human being, running around a lot, yelling, sweating, cleaning, scrubbing, polishing, ironing, drinking, cursing, grimacing, hurting, swimming, marching, shooting, tanning.

Just like any other typical 20 yr old jarhead.
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screwfacecapone Donating Member (215 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 06:23 PM
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26. I'll be 23 this comming thursday.
Edited on Sat Feb-21-04 06:24 PM by screwfacecapone
at 20 meanwhile, I was in my second year of college at kent state. It was my first year working with WKSR (student-run internet radio station) and it was when I begun work on my website. I also completed 3 1/2 stenography books full of poetry and hip hop songs which I was preforming at various open mics around time. I spent my days attending various computer science classes and my nights playing PS1.
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alwynsw Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 06:24 PM
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27. In the USAF Band
Good gig. All I did was play my horn in uniform. Over 400 gigs a year. Yes, Virginia, there were some days with as many as 5 gigs - Memorial Day, July 4th, Veterans Day, etc.
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peterh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 06:37 PM
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28. Toughing out the not-so balmy weather of Adak, Alaska
My 20th year on this planet was nothing more than an *.
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 06:59 PM
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29. narcotics
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NightTrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:10 PM
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30. Like a damned fool, I left college and joined the Navy.
My dumb ass! :spank:
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:18 PM
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31. having a damn good time.
:)
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:23 PM
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32. My 20th year? Ass deep in Cambodian or Vietnamese mud
most of the time. Every now and again when the shit hit the fan, I would get up in the middle of a firefight and try to patch broken parts of my friends back together, sometimes successfully, sometimes not.
That would have been my 3rd year in the Navy. I was looking forward to getting stateside, having been in and around VietNam for 2 years at that point, and getting OUT.
Alive, preferably.
Sort of a wasted childhood, huh?
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gator_in_Ontario Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:24 PM
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33. Runnin up 101
free of anything
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woofless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:34 PM
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34. Turned 20 overseas in Turkey. Air Force (19 too)
then 6 months in the Pentagon then back home to S. FL to get and stay high.
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gyopsy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:35 PM
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36. I'll be turning 20 in may
I've got less than 3 months to accomplish a few of the many goals listed above.
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MaryBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:44 PM
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38. Birthing
Edited on Sat Feb-21-04 08:03 PM by GrandmaBear
a beautiful, brilliant woman child, (on edit) a DaughterBear.
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populistmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 08:14 PM
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42. Me too!
Edited on Sat Feb-21-04 08:24 PM by populistmom
My daughter was born 2 days after my 20th birthday. She turned 12 yesterday and is brillant, beautiful, and the best daughter a mom could ever wish for. :)

I've been pretty much in responsible mode since the age of 20 (well on second thought, 19 really).

On third thought, 18 really since I was self-supporting a few months after high school.
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FeelinGarfunkelly Donating Member (294 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:59 PM
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40. I was 20 just 6 days ago..
Not doing much, just going to school and working.
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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 07:59 PM
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41. I was in the Navy
learning electronics outside Chicago, and tripping on LSD 3 days a week.
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Kat45 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 08:21 PM
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43. going to college, drinking, getting stoned, partying...
Listened to a lot of Frank Zappa.

Had a good time at 20. :party: :beer: :smoke:
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DancingBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 08:42 PM
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44. Window pane acid, I believe n/t
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LuLu550 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 08:47 PM
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45. Smoking pot, protesting the VietNam war, hitchhiking across Canada
I had gotten a two-year degree and took a year off to be a hippie; lived in Venice CA.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 09:13 PM
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46. I was a sergeant in the Air Force
am damn proud of that, YES INDEED.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 09:59 PM
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48. As well you should be...
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Ysabel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 09:30 PM
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47. p.s. by the time i was 20...
i'd done enough acid to last a lifetime - heck - enough to fill 3 or 4 lifetimes...!

all the pretty colors stayed with me - and i still see trails everywhere...

BIG GOOFY GRIN... :)

but i quit drinking a long time ago - glad to say...
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aQuArius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 10:09 PM
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49. I toured parts of Europe!
France, Bulgaria & Czech-Republic. I also got one helluva job that year, which I never should've left to move here. I turned 20 at the very end of 1998, so I was 20 for most of 1999. Clinton was still in office (thank god), I had NO children (and less stress, lol), was working very hard at my degree, had bought my 1st house the previous year (at 19). Life was much more simple and easy going, but things change and life gets hectic. Ce la vie!
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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:04 AM
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55. Hi aQuArius !
Nice to see you ! :hi:
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Gildor Inglorion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 10:41 PM
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50. Got drafted
Went through basic training at Fort Benning, GA, in May, June & July in 120-degree heat. Thought I was going to die. Then I got posted to Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, for 16 weeks of steno school. I was already 21 when I went to Vietnam.
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BiggJawn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 11:24 PM
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51. Drinking a lot of beer, wowing the honeys with my Harley...
...and taking them home and screwing their asses off....

Maybe I'd been more like St. Tony if I had realized Karma was gonna catch up with me.
No Harley, no beer, and no honeys....
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Goldberg Donating Member (363 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 11:26 PM
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52. I was in my sophomore year of college.
That was only two years ago. :)

Now, I'm a senior.
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TrogL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-21-04 11:57 PM
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53. Barely passing University, screwing myself silly and drinking like a fish
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bearfan454 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:01 AM
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54. I was serving in the Navy
32 months shore duty in Roosevelt Roads NAS, Puerto Rico. Blue Beach in Luquillo is beautiful. Well, it was back in the day. And don't forget the Black Angus. Does anyone here know what that is ?
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mac2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:10 AM
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56. Working full time in a biomedical research laboratory........
Edited on Sun Feb-22-04 12:23 AM by mac2
doing Cholesterol studies and going to night university half time (yes I was young). We knew in the 60s that fat was bad for you!!!

Research money started to fall around the 70s. By the mid-80s it was limited to Aids.

Research funds fell along with other funding in favor of defense spending. All of society suffers advancement when too much money goes to military spending. Guns or butter..guns or research..guns or infrastructure...guns or education...guns or enviornmental research...etc.

I'm anti-war because, I spent most my career saving lives not ending them. Didn't protest much because, I was too busy.

Wrote my brothers in Vietnam. I wrote to a cute guy in the Marines..in Vietnam. They all came home safe.
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:20 AM
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61. in college with no money
small town girl in the city for the first time, drinking a lot, getting my heart broken, and discovering leftist politics, The Clash and the Sex Pistols, etc., ah 1978, that was a pretty good year. I also met my husband to be. :) Wow where did the time go?
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:13 AM
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57. In college
I was majoring in biology, taking classes full time, working about 10 hours per week to pay for books and such, maintaining a B average to keep my scholarship, running varsity track and cross country, was an officer in my sorority, lead a Bible study, and dating my husband. I rarely parited then. I had too much to do. It was wonderful though.
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:19 AM
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60. College
Studying political science and art. Smoking pot and drinking.
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aquaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:17 AM
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58. I don't remember........
That should tell you something.
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U2Fanatic Donating Member (187 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:18 AM
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59. last year...
I was a sophomore/junior sociology major, and I drove from so cal to cleveland with Athos1126 to see a U2 exhibit :crazy:

but my life was pretty much basically the same as now.
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Cat Atomic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:21 AM
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62. I was working 40 hrs/week and going to college 30 hours/week.
I got 4-5 hours of sleep each night for 6 years. Not exactly Animal House. :/
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TSIAS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:34 AM
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63. I guess I'll find out in 5 months
Probably still working part-time and going to school- nothing really glamorous.
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Lizz612 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 12:45 AM
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64. I'll tell you in 18 months
Probably still be here.
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dawn Donating Member (876 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 01:02 AM
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65. You know, I really don't remember.
I must have killed too many brain cells that year. :)

I know I was working part-time and going to a community college. I had a jerk of a boyfriend who worshipped Danzig (no offense to Glen!) and...erm, I guess I smoked alot too.
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IronLionZion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 01:08 AM
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66. Well, I'm posting on DU!
and trying to get a "BS" degree in IT with a minor in Economics
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fudge stripe cookays Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Feb-22-04 10:21 AM
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67. OD'd on Sominex
Thank goodness I didn't succeed in what I'd planned on.

Was in college studying art, had a soon-to-be-stepmonster I hated more than anything in the whole world, and had just had a relationship break up.

the end of 1986 and 1987 were the worst year of my life.
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