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  • SwazzleSwazzle New Jersey member
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    edited February 2014
    audrewuh said:
    @swazzle - was he a devil? I'm doing well keeping track of all the Bruins that have become Stars in the last 12 months. Being a new hockey fan is hard. 

    ETA: fun fact - there were/are 6 Bruins in the Olympics. Not a single one played/s for USA. 
    Yep, we were the first team to sign him, he played for us for 7 years, and was our captain. 

    ETA: The Devils have no players on the US team either. Or the Canadian team, for that matter. 

    We had a lot of guys on the Czech team. 



  • BriSox81 said:
    suzie211 said:
    FF-  I was an extra in a Christian movie filmed at my high school.  They asked dance team members to film a football game scene.  Because of the dance team scene they eventually asked me to be one of the football players dates for the homecoming scenes.  He may have been one of the most beautiful men I have ever seen.  His previous job was being the Bo-Flex abs(yes, that means I'm old and am referencing 90's pop culture).  They were pretty amazing abs.


    FF- H and I have both been in the city for 10 years.  We met through OkCupid, but realized we know a zillion people in common.  We have realized there were numerous events we were at together, but didn't officially cross paths.  I like to think of these as my yellow umbrella moments.


    FF- I have worn the same size shoe since third grade.  That means I had obnoxiously large feet for a 9 year old.  My feet grew, and I stayed short.


    FF- I own so many shoes, I stop counting when I get to 100.  I have a problem. Shoe departments are my kryptonite.
    I love this. BF & I are very similar. We went to college together, had multiple friends in common (my best friend & his best friend are very good friends), and although we knew OF each other, we were never friends. My best friend also grew up two towns away from him, and her uncle went to high school with BFs stepdad. He also has family in Maine, and his cousin went to college about 15 minutes away from where I grew up - his aunt knows exactly where my parent's house is.

    When BF moved here, the first people he met were people I was friends with. There were several times where we were supposed to be at the same event, but things came up & one of us didn't go. We were both on match.com at the same time, and exchanged messages and friended each other on FB, but I started dating my ex shortly thereafter, so we never met up.

    After my ex & I had broken up & I had sufficiently gotten over that, we were exchanging messages about the Patriots & Red Sox, etc., and one day (after drinking a bottle of wine) I decided that we needed to hang out. We went on our first date two days later, and now we're looking at engagement rings. :)






    Gah!!!! I'm stuck in the box!!!!


    I love how small our social circles can be in such a big world.   It was so easy to be friends with H because he was already friends with some of my group.   I love to hear when other people find matches a similar way.
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  • phiraphira Bahstin member
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    @KeptInStitches @bethsmiles I LOVE FUTURAMA.

    Probably the most fun fact about me is that I have a parakeet who is hilarious. He is in love with cell phones and will sit on them possessively and affectionately (and viciously attack you if you try to take the phone away). One of his favorite things to say is, "MOM" in a really irritated and exasperated tone because he learned it from me when I would have long phone conversations with my mom.

    Less fun facts: I had exercise-induced compartment syndrome, which required surgery to correct. Basically, the fascia (tissue surrounding the muscles) in my calves was not flexible enough or big enough to accommodate muscle growth, either temporarily (like the swelling experienced during/after exercise) or long-term (like the growth from building muscles from exercising regularly).

    It took me three years to get a diagnosis. I only started running in college, and 2 months after completely normal running, I went for a job and stopped 1.5 miles into my run because it felt like my calves were on fire/going to explode. And, weirdly enough, I almost passed out (I had to rest on someone's front steps for about 10 minutes before I could walk a half mile home; now I always bring my cell phone with me when I run outside and I bring ID). I called my doctor as soon as I got home, and she told me, "Well, you ALMOST passed out, but you didn't, so you're fine." Great doctor, amirite? Unsurprisingly, when the pain didn't go away the next few rungs, I stopped running. I tried every so often but the pain just came back.

    I finally tried getting back into running a couple years later, and I kept finding weird patterns. If I went running 3 days a week for a month, the pain would come back with a vengeance, and it would plague me while I was walking. If I took long breaks before going back to the gym, I found I could run for extended periods of time, but within a few days, my calves would cramp within minutes of stepping on the treadmill. After a couple of rounds of, "Well, 5 days ago I was able to run 3 miles without pain and now I can't run for 3 minutes," I went to my (new) doctor, who referred me to a podiatrist, who referred me to a specialist because she suspected compartment syndrome.

    (Medical ickyness) The specialist did this awful test where he measured the pressure in my compartments in my calves using a giant needle. He had to measure the pressure before exercise, and then I had to go running in the parking lot. After that, he measured it again, and then 10 minutes post-exercise. That meant 8 shots of novocaine (4 compartments per leg), followed by 8 measurements, followed by 8 more, and then 8 more. Even with the novocaine, it was extremely uncomfortable (kind of like a Pap smear; basically, "WHYYY can I feel that all the way inside there uuuuugh!"). Fortunately, the results are instantaneous; prior to exercise, the pressure in my calves was MUCH higher than normal, and immediately after and 10 minute after exercise, it was high enough to be cutting off circulation. The pressure had been cutting off circulation, resulting in pain, numbness (my feet would fall asleep while running), and nearly passing out, and it had been compressing nerves (either resulting in pain or numbness).

    Surgery consisted of cutting a big slit in the fascia of each compartment. Basically, when I exercise now, the slit lets the fascia expand much more than it used to, which accommodates hypertrophy. I'm a little bummed out; one of my surgical incisions did not heal well due to a complication, and so I have three neat little scars and one HUGE ugly one.

    The surgery has a 20% fail rate for no explained reason: 20% of the time, you have slits in your facsia and they just don't solve the problem. Fortunately, it doesn't make things worse, which meant I was game for surgery. I wish I had done physical therapy for longer than six months, but I am pretty sure the surgery took.
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  • edited February 2014

    @suzie211- H and I had a very similar group of friends for about 4 years while we were in college. His best friend growing up was in my sorority and she hosted a bunch of parties that H and I would go to at the same time. We never met each other and what's even more weird is that we were in pictures together on facebook with a group at a party but never met. We even dated each other's friends over the years (he dated my big sister in my sorority and I dated his Best Man (awk)) and we finally met a few months before I graduated. We were both sitting there with our jaws on the ground by how many moments over the past few years we could have met but didn't.

    Also, I've worn a size 10 shoe since the 5th grade. I bet you can imagine how awkward I looked as this little toothpick with HUGE feet! Luckily...I grew into them.


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  • edited February 2014
    phira said:
    @KeptInStitches @bethsmiles I LOVE FUTURAMA.

    Probably the most fun fact about me is that I have a parakeet who is hilarious. He is in love with cell phones and will sit on them possessively and affectionately (and viciously attack you if you try to take the phone away). One of his favorite things to say is, "MOM" in a really irritated and exasperated tone because he learned it from me when I would have long phone conversations with my mom.

    Less fun facts: I had exercise-induced compartment syndrome, which required surgery to correct. Basically, the fascia (tissue surrounding the muscles) in my calves was not flexible enough or big enough to accommodate muscle growth, either temporarily (like the swelling experienced during/after exercise) or long-term (like the growth from building muscles from exercising regularly).

    It took me three years to get a diagnosis. I only started running in college, and 2 months after completely normal running, I went for a job and stopped 1.5 miles into my run because it felt like my calves were on fire/going to explode. And, weirdly enough, I almost passed out (I had to rest on someone's front steps for about 10 minutes before I could walk a half mile home; now I always bring my cell phone with me when I run outside and I bring ID). I called my doctor as soon as I got home, and she told me, "Well, you ALMOST passed out, but you didn't, so you're fine." Great doctor, amirite? Unsurprisingly, when the pain didn't go away the next few rungs, I stopped running. I tried every so often but the pain just came back.

    I finally tried getting back into running a couple years later, and I kept finding weird patterns. If I went running 3 days a week for a month, the pain would come back with a vengeance, and it would plague me while I was walking. If I took long breaks before going back to the gym, I found I could run for extended periods of time, but within a few days, my calves would cramp within minutes of stepping on the treadmill. After a couple of rounds of, "Well, 5 days ago I was able to run 3 miles without pain and now I can't run for 3 minutes," I went to my (new) doctor, who referred me to a podiatrist, who referred me to a specialist because she suspected compartment syndrome.

    (Medical ickyness) The specialist did this awful test where he measured the pressure in my compartments in my calves using a giant needle. He had to measure the pressure before exercise, and then I had to go running in the parking lot. After that, he measured it again, and then 10 minutes post-exercise. That meant 8 shots of novocaine (4 compartments per leg), followed by 8 measurements, followed by 8 more, and then 8 more. Even with the novocaine, it was extremely uncomfortable (kind of like a Pap smear; basically, "WHYYY can I feel that all the way inside there uuuuugh!"). Fortunately, the results are instantaneous; prior to exercise, the pressure in my calves was MUCH higher than normal, and immediately after and 10 minute after exercise, it was high enough to be cutting off circulation. The pressure had been cutting off circulation, resulting in pain, numbness (my feet would fall asleep while running), and nearly passing out, and it had been compressing nerves (either resulting in pain or numbness).

    Surgery consisted of cutting a big slit in the fascia of each compartment. Basically, when I exercise now, the slit lets the fascia expand much more than it used to, which accommodates hypertrophy. I'm a little bummed out; one of my surgical incisions did not heal well due to a complication, and so I have three neat little scars and one HUGE ugly one.

    The surgery has a 20% fail rate for no explained reason: 20% of the time, you have slits in your facsia and they just don't solve the problem. Fortunately, it doesn't make things worse, which meant I was game for surgery. I wish I had done physical therapy for longer than six months, but I am pretty sure the surgery took.
    I just burst out laughing in my cubicle and my neighbor gave me the death stare. Oops...sorry I'm not sorry.

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  • @phira- OMG!! I'm dying! I think birds are hilarious! @lmhollister and I used to watch America's Funniest Home Videos when we were kids and just pray that a funny cockatoo or bird video would come on! We would laugh so hard!

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  • Hummingbird125Hummingbird125 New York member
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    FF: When I was in HS my little sister and I won tickets (and a tour of the barns, etc.) to the Kentucky Derby through an essay contest. They had different age groups, and she and I both happened to win (there must have been VERY few people entered. Unfortunately, we couldn't go, so they gave us tickets to and a tour at the Belmont Stakes instead. Major life regret - not going to the Derby.

    FF: My FI met my best friend about a year and a half before meeting me. His roommate was hooking up with her friend, and they all hung out together one night. Luckily, FI wasn't interested in her, and she had recently started seeing her BF, so nothing happened between them. Close call!

    FF: I won a pasta-cookoff at my old job with a 4-cheese-mac-&-cheese-with-bacon, and got an extra day off. I mean - how can you beat that much cheese and bacon? If anyone knew how much heavy cream, butter, and cheese went into that recipe, they'd sue me for upping their odds of a heart attack by about 1000%. It was disgusting (but so, so, tasty).


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  • labrolabro Hotlanta member
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    @TwoDimes Thank goodness I don't have to have surgery to volunteer at the horse rescue! I don't even know what that would entail? I'm pretty excited though. I suppose the orientation consists of here's what we need doing and how to do them, where stuff is located, who's in charge, stuff like that. I'm really looking forward to it! I feel like it will be a good opportunity to meet new people too. I feel like lately I've been on the same track each day and I need more variety in my life.



  • @swazzle my mom made up an address and a telephone number song for our fits house. I will never forget :)

    Also my fi is my bffs ex. That's my best fun fact.

    I guess, to tell you the truth, I've never had much of a desire to grow facial hair. I think I've managed to play quarterback just fine without a mustache. - Peyton
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  • I mentioned in my "About Me" 's "interesting fact" that I was on SlimeTimeLive on Nickelodeon when I was in 6th grade, and won!

    Apart from that, I've been to IAA (Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung / International Automobile Exhibition) in Frankfurt, Germany, the world's largest auto show. I was in Germany visiting my mom while she was on work business and BEGGED her to go. :)

    And I also have a half-sleeve tattoo of Iron Man on my right bicep.
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