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Old 02-19-2015, 04:50 AM
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Anybody living or dead, with whom would you spend it and how?

I'd like to spend an evening with ex-US president Ronald Reagan in a hunting camp, next to a crackling fireplace, sipping coffee. I'd like to ask him about being shot during his attempted assassination; what it was like to be Commander-in-Chief of the US armed forces (I served under him in the Army during the 1980s) and whether decisions he made weighed heavily on his conscience; how he managed to be a conservative actor in Hollywood; and what he figured to be the pinnacle of his lifetime.
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Anybody living or dead, with whom would you spend it and how?

I'd like to spend an evening with ex-US president Ronald Reagan in a hunting camp, next to a crackling fireplace, sipping coffee. I'd like to ask him...
I have never thought about this. But it sure sounds like you've spent some quality time thinking about it.

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Old 02-19-2015, 05:46 AM
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I would like to spend one more evening with my dad.
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Old 02-19-2015, 07:57 AM
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My dad, or my niece. Both would leave a smile on my face for days.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:15 PM
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I don't really know how to process such a question. Religion. The arts. Politics. History. You chose a president. Why?

Being a Christian I would choose Christ, the obvious. But, that is pretty hefty and transcendent.

Aside from any one of dozens of people in the Bible, and Christian history I guess I would stick with my other passion - drums. I've always had a desire to sit down with Terry Bozzio or Neal Peart and talk about some things. Neither have been particularly influential on my drumming but, from what I have read they seem like very articulate, interesting people and I would like to just discuss life with them, from a musical worldview.
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:08 PM
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Wow, what a broad range of individuals you could list. To keep it light, I guess I will say I'd like to talk to a childhood hero whose shows on tv were reruns when I was a kid in mostly black and white. His name was Clayton Moore, and if I could, with his sidekick, Jay Silverheels. A show that has been branded in my memory as a kid forever, from a much simpler time. You "older" guys will probably know who he is.

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Old 02-19-2015, 01:57 PM
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For some reason I always liked Tonto more than the Ranger. Jay Silverheels seemed really 'together' or something. Great voice.
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Old 02-19-2015, 02:29 PM
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Ha, you got it, Drumsinhisheart. Every Saturday morning at 6:00 on Channel 15 when they were coming back on the air, The Star Spangled Banner would play first. I remember actually standing with my right hand over my heart as it would play as I was watching a video that they would run with it. Then, that music would start that is so identifiable with The Lone Ranger. Ah, memories of a happy kid.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:38 PM
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I would like to spend one more evening with my dad.
Yeah, I can understand that. My Dad only passed a couple of months ago, so I was luck enough to pick his brain for most of my 55 years. I'm sure your Dad would have plenty of stories to tell that you'd only just fully understand now. I know that's how it was with my Dad - as I matured, his sage advice (and antics!) took on a deeper meaning.
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:51 PM
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I don't really know how to process such a question. Religion. The arts. Politics. History. You chose a president. Why?

Being a Christian I would choose Christ, the obvious. But, that is pretty hefty and transcendent.
Also a Christian - I'm hoping I'll get some quality time with my Creator and Savior in another life, but an evening wouldn't be sufficient and I'd probably choke and ask, "Who shot JFK?"

A president? Mostly because I'm retired Army and while I respect (and sometimes admire) the Commander-in-Chief, I wouldn't want that job. I've spent time with Generals and Colonels and many other officers (I was a lowly Staff Sergeant) and understand some of the responsibility, but can't imagine the responsibility and pressure of being a US president. I don't have anything in common with the likes of our founding fathers, so much of those conversations would be learning about days gone by, rather than "how" and "why." If that makes sense...
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Ben Franklin. Or Leonardo Da Vinci. Or Voltaire. Or Archimedes. One of those guys.
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I'd like to spend quality time with somebody I love.

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With my hero compiling his manifesto for prime minister over copious quantities of fine wine ;)
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I just want to "evolve" past where I'm at now.
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My first proper girl friend... Yeah!!!
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I read his book twice and both times it felt like I made and lost a friend a long the pages. Andre Agassi.
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"His words carry a weight that would break a less interesting man's jaw."
"He is the life of parties he has never attended."
"His beard alone has experienced more than a lesser man's entire body."
"He can speak French... in Russian."
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Yeah, I can understand that. My Dad only passed a couple of months ago, so I was luck enough to pick his brain for most of my 55 years. I'm sure your Dad would have plenty of stories to tell that you'd only just fully understand now. I know that's how it was with my Dad - as I matured, his sage advice (and antics!) took on a deeper meaning.
It's strange that you knew my father, and that you know me from this place.

Yes, I would like to hear some wisdom from him now that I'm a little older.
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With my hero compiling his manifesto for prime minister over copious quantities of fine wine ;)
Did you catch this the first time around Andy?

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It's strange that you knew my father, and that you know me from this place.

Yes, I would like to hear some wisdom from him now that I'm a little older.
I didn't know your Dad personally - the autoharp was my first "instrument", so I devoured everything "autoharp" and your Dad figured highly in that part of my life-learning for a while.

Somewhere along the line in my DW lurkings, you mentioned the origin of your screen name and I put two-and-two together.

And, "No" I'm not typically that smart - like my Dad would say, "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while." ;-)
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Elizabeth Hurley.

...or Bill Bruford. A toss up I guess.
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Old 02-20-2015, 05:05 PM
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I didn't know your Dad personally - the autoharp was my first "instrument", so I devoured everything "autoharp" and your Dad figured highly in that part of my life-learning for a while.

Somewhere along the line in my DW lurkings, you mentioned the origin of your screen name and I put two-and-two together.

And, "No" I'm not typically that smart - like my Dad would say, "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while." ;-)
Oh, right on. It was the Zephyrhills connection. I actually moved to Florida and worked with him a little while. I probably should have stuck around and learned to build those autoharps, but I missed California.

It's a fine instrument and I still own one of his harps. I don't play it much though. Needs a good tuning.

You know, if you're interested, I put a few of his songs on the internet. I mean, they're not his songs, but songs he played on his album.

Metsakukkia Waltz - http://youtu.be/uCP6--Kg1Wg
E Mariposa - http://youtu.be/nZFaDI_c4kY
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I dunno,getting stoned with Gene Krupa and hanging out at the Savoy has a certain existential appeal.
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Old 03-04-2015, 09:36 PM
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I dunno,getting stoned with Gene Krupa and hanging out at the Savoy has a certain existential appeal.
Apparently, he had a 2 doob limit. Extract is from Wikipedia, so you know it's true! ;-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Krupa

"In 1943, Krupa was arrested for possession of two marijuana cigarettes and was given a three-month jail sentence which he served even though he was, soon after, acquitted of all charges and completely exonerated."

I'll bet the evidence went up in smoke!

Did he do his time in Sing, Sing, Sing?
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Did you catch this the first time around Andy?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxkGIpmrYJo

Blessed is my hero, too.
I don't really know,too many to list them all.My mom or dad,my grandfather Gerhard,Marylin Monroe,Teddy Roosevelt,Ben Franklyn,Christopher Hitchins,Carl Sagan,Albert Einstein,Lou Gerig,Gene Krupa...lots more......

P.S........Duncan...I love the flying spaghetti monster.:)

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I'd go with Louie Bellson, just because I've heard quite frequently that he was an incredibly nice person and there's lots of things I'd like to ask him.
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Liberace. The entire evening until breakfast...
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