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What Is Your Personal Curse?
Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
Posts: 2793
From: Carson, California
Posted: 2004-10-03 6:58 pm   Permalink

Taking a page from Gigantalope's "Let's Discuss" topics.

What corny, inane, trivial (or maybe not), Curse do you have to endure in life.

Here is mine: Everytime I try to use a person's driveway to turn my car around, THAT person arrives home at that moment.

This happens far too often to be coincidence. Doctor Z has seen it occur several times. It is an innocuous curse, yet one I must deal with the rest of my life. Don't know what band of nit-picking gypsies, running low on ideas, cursed me with this one, but evidently they did. I almost take pride in it now.

Another common curse I've heard of is were streetlights burn out as you pass under them. Doctor Z claims he has this curse. I have seen it happen to him several times.

What other strange curses exist among TC members. I can think of Polynesian Pop's unique curse right off the bat...
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freddiefreelance
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Joined: Feb 15, 2003
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From: San Diego, Ca.
Posted: 2004-10-03 8:01 pm   Permalink

I have the street light curse, too. One time I was traveling with 2 friends that suffer from it as well & we burned out six street lights, in one streach of road burning out three in a row. Also, if I park under a street light on the street or in a parking lot more than once or twice that light'll burn out.

I also have the curse of being the person in a line that people ask questions. While waiting in line for the Tiki Room anniversary mug I had people stop & ask me "Why are you waiting in line" every 10 minutes or so. I quickly tired of people looking at me funny for waiting in line for a Tiki Room Mug & began giving other answers: "We're in line for the Matterhorn," "We're in line for Space Mountain (already closed for repairs)," "We're waiting to meet Roy Disney (still in charge at that point)," "We're waiting in line for Marie Osmond's autograph on her christmas ornaments (that got less strange looks than the Tiki mug)," "We're waiting to meet the Oak Ridge Boys (and various other country & pop acts," "We're waiting for the parade to start, & all of the best characters are on this side of the street."

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I dream of tiki
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Joined: Jan 12, 2004
Posts: 494
From: Pittsburgh, PA
Posted: 2004-10-03 8:20 pm   Permalink

Perhaps not as exciting but still a curse. I have found that every time I have said " I will never..." results in a guarantee that the very thing or event to be avoided WILL happen. Pick a subject. Sometime minor, sometimes major. A couple of times I have put the "never curse" in motion just to get what I really want.

That and the uncanny ability to stand in someone's way while trying to get out of their way.

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badmojo
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Joined: Apr 23, 2003
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Posted: 2004-10-03 9:32 pm   Permalink

No matter what type of garb I may be wearing that day, when in retail stores I get mistaken for an employee. The worst was one day I was checking out the closeout action figures in Kaybee, and this woman with small child in tow asks me where the new Barbies were. After telling her I didnt work there, she started swearing profusely at me, demanding to speak with my manager because she was going to make sure I was fired on the spot for insulting her. Now when asked where things are, I just tell them "Aisle 5, bottom shelf", and walk away.
Living in a small town, it seems like everybody knows me, and I always get asked if I still work at [fill in the blank], even if I haven't worked there in 10 years.
I can be 2 states away, and still run into someone I only know briefly, and they snag me and start yacking, like I remember a certain item I sold them years ago.


 
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Gigantalope
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Joined: Aug 01, 2004
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From: Shinola, California
Posted: 2004-10-03 11:54 pm   Permalink

Coconut Boy, what a flattering tribute, and a toothsome topic.

I would say my curse must be insects. I have 2 pet birds who I spoil, and from thier seed my house has tiny moths...the size of a grain of rice...kilt eating bastards they are!

I buy a nice fuente, and it has pinholes from tobacco beetles. I plant a garden, and it's cucumber beetles. I get in a sleeping bag, and there's a scorpion..There is a black widow in almost every machine I own.

Once in Ecuador I was in hotel during a thunderstorm and tarantulas were falling on me as I tried to fall asleep. (which might be another topic about nasty things in tropical paradise)

When I or my dogs get a tick (which I especially loathe) I save them in a jar to feed to my Ciclid who I keep for such occasions.

I'm not squeemish about them...but they have ruined more than a few occasions for me.




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tikifish
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Toronto,Canada
Posted: 2004-10-04 05:50 am   Permalink

Crazy people love to strike up conversations with me on the street. Which is sometimes OK, but other times, when you're not in the mood, it's frustrating. On Saturday I wasn't really in the mood, and lo and behold, some crazy guy sees me waiting at the streetcar stop, comes OUT of the McDonalds, and starts telling me random things about the weather, how he is always hungover, how Europe is a good place to party, how he misses his parents, etc. I assume he is waiting for the streetcar too, but when the streetcar comes, he says 'OK, bye, I go back to eat now' and goes back into the McDonalds... yes, crazy people love me!

I have also noticed that any time there is a long lineup I am standing it (say, at the train station) and someone needs to cut across the line, I am always the place in the line they must break through. I have determined I must leave a little more space between me and the next person than others do, hence looking like the pefect place for someone to break through the line with all their bags and luggage... scuse me... scuse me...


 
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docwoods
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Joined: Feb 29, 2004
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From: outside the windy city
Posted: 2004-10-04 06:30 am   Permalink

Changing toilet paper rolls wherever I am,be it work (constantly!),home,the dentist's office,restaurants,etc.Apparently,I'm one of the few people on the planet that can tackle this difficult and time consuming manuever.

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2004-10-04 11:32 am   Permalink

Docwoods - I think that must be a true curse. Evidence? - I haven't found an empty toilet paper roll at work or in public restrooms for years. You must be replacing them all just before I get there. I just wanted to take the time to thank you for your personal curse and let you know that your ARE appreciated.

Sabu


 
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cynfulcynner
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2004-10-04 12:34 pm   Permalink


Small children have always been attracted to me, and I have no idea why.


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docwoods
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Joined: Feb 29, 2004
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From: outside the windy city
Posted: 2004-10-04 2:51 pm   Permalink

Thanks,Sabu,my mission is a noble one!

 
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tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
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From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-10-04 2:57 pm   Permalink

I wonder about the street light thing; they often go out as I pass under them. Once, while driving my girlfriend home after a horror movie, I was talking to her in a low spooky voice and a whole string of them went out. She was not amused. Personally, I think the street lights must have a light sensor that is set off by my headlights. I dunno, but I kinda like it.

 
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dangergirl299
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Joined: Feb 18, 2003
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From: Bay Area
Posted: 2004-10-04 3:19 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2004-10-04 12:34, cynfulcynner wrote:

Small children have always been attracted to me, and I have no idea why.






small children tend to fall and start crying when they get within a 5 foot radius of my personal space, and I don't know why. sometimes, this applies to waiters as well.

also, Murphy's Law is prevalent in my life. whatever I'm prepare for, doesn't happen. what happens is things I'm not prepared for. Thus, I make it work in my favor by preparing for bad things (survival kits in my house and car, galore) and not preparing for good things (e.g., when I was unemployed, I kept taking out more loans with the expectation that I would not be hired for a while; and then I was obviously hired and went to Vegas with the loan $$). that way, when a good thing happens, I'm not ready for it but I am pleasantly surprised.


 
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Hakalugi
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3055
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2004-10-04 3:26 pm   Permalink

I too have experienced the mystery of the street lights.

Perhaps I am a SLIder?
http://paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa012400a.htm


Then again perhaps not. Go here and read the posts from sbd43


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sungod
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Joined: Feb 07, 2003
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From: Tampa Bay/New Port Richey
Posted: 2004-10-04 3:57 pm   Permalink

This has happened to me several times: The batteries in every electronic device I have on me goes dead at the same time. Once my car battery even died. Could not use my cell to call for help. Had to walk a few miles to find a phone.

 
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tikijackalope
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Joined: Oct 23, 2003
Posts: 821
From: KS/MO
Posted: 2004-10-04 4:14 pm   Permalink

Hakalugi helpfully informed:
http://paranormal.about.com/library/weekly/aa012400a.htm

Oh great; I may actually have a super-power and its a dorky one. "Stand back, criminals, lest thy watches be slow thine credit cards malfunction!"

This is about as useful as bending spoons.


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