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    Default What have you done that the average person hasn't?

    Just curious what everyone around here have done that most of us haven't. I cant think of anything off the top of my head right now.
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    What have I done that the average person hasn't or what have I done that the average firefighter hasn't? I've done plenty that that the average Joe Citizen hasn't done, nor would probably ever want to.....
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    I got to take a helicopter to an offshore production platform in the gulf of mexico and tour around to several different platforms. Not super special, but it was cool and not everyone gets to spend the night on a platform!

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    I spent a month in the hospital while I was pregnant to keep our son from being born early. It was stressful and boring, but well worth the effort, as I have a really great 16-year-old.

    A couple of years ago, I ran face first into a glass window (bloody mess, it was). That's pretty stupid, so I hope most people haven't done that.

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    Well - I spent 72 days on a submarine ballistic missile patrol while a member of the Navy. I also saw the former Soviet Union from a periscope while on a fast attack submarine-or at least a small part of the SU.
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    When I was little my Dad used to take me with him to the Naval stations to deliver trailors he'd designed for the Zodiac boats that the special ops teams used. The guys really liked my Dad for some reason, so they would take me out for spins with them. I think that those guys are probably the real reason I joined the Navy! Pretty cool when you're an adult, but even more awesome when you're a kid.

    I got to go rappelling in the Alps while I was stationed in Germany. Got lost in Munich too, a rather strange odyssey that involved the Polizia, stowaways, a fountain, sausages with mustard, a house of ill repute and a group of Amercian College Basketball players....does that count?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emberxx
    I got to go rappelling in the Alps while I was stationed in Germany. Got lost in Munich too, a rather strange odyssey that involved the Polizia, stowaways, a fountain, sausages with mustard, a house of ill repute and a group of Amercian College Basketball players....does that count?
    Sounds like the beginnings of another "It was a dark and stormy night..." thread
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    I worked the dedication of the World War II Memorial last year and met some of the most wonderful Americans who dedicated their lives to our freedom (veterans of all ages and wars/conflicts). Truly a day to remember!

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    When I was 15 my grandfather got me a free pilots lesson. Wasnt much of a lesson an my grandfather was quite anxious when I was doing all of the flying to include take of landing and touch and go.

    Nighttime air assualts in Iraq are pretty cool as well.

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    Died. When I was 14 months I drowned in the pond in the back yard and died/coded. My dad did CPR and brought me back.

    Flown on a Life Flight type helicopter as both a patient and a rider.

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    Did personal security work for numerous celebrities and roaylty including the Saudi roayl family. Also did close security for the celebrities and dignitaries at the lat presidential inauguration. Nothing really special, but I thought it was pretty cool getting to meet all those people.
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    Wake up each day...make it to work...and home again without the village calling and asking for my return!

    On a serious note....spent two weeks in the Grand Tetons rock climbing and living off the land if you will. Changed my whole perspective on life.

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    Wow woodsy, nice.

    You guys make me feel like I have done nothing.

    Along the lines of Spectre, the most unique for me is to have been involved in defense force operations for the primary NORAD Base in Canada (when North Bay was active years ago). You gotta love the feeling of safety (even if false ), lounging in a command center under a mile of Canadian Shield.

    The other was intentionally burning an entire town in Northern BC (Legally ). Fun Fun Fun!
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    1. Was used by my brothers as the ball in a game of rugby when i was little. (youngest of nine)

    2. My mum made me offer my coke to the ex-deputy prime minister of Malaysia when he was under arrest in hospital (my sister was in hospital and made friends with him and the guards) and he took it off me (i really wanted that coke too, it was a hot day.)

    3. Met the ex prime minister of malaysia and the current one. (my brother Nordin went out with his daughter for awhile and now he is married to her best friend)

    4. Accidentally ended up in a brothel then upset everyone in there when i realised that it was one by yelling 'THEY ARE PROSTITUTES!' over and over again as i fled the building (alcohol may have been involved)

    heaps more but people dont believe that i have done all that i have done and i am only 18.
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    1) Stood in the middle of the annual migration of 2 million wildebeast across the Serengeti in Africa - truly an awesome experience
    2) Patted a lion in the wild - not sure who was more surprised - the people with me or the lion!
    3) Had breakfast with an orangutan
    4) Discovered a previously unknown shipwreck
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    Flown on a gigantic helicopter for 600Km over Syberia to be dumped near a lake in Tunguska, with 30 scientists and 4 firemen divers, to look for the meteorite fragments at bottom of the lake.
    Really quiet and plesant place, indeed, but for horseflys and mosquitos.

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    Rappelled out of helicopter, went snorkling in the Persian Gulf, spent a few hours in jail, got to expierience the joy of pepper spray in the eyes, had to leave my work area once due to some unexploded ordinance, I'm sure there's many more but those are some of the high lights that come to mind.

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    Took a gamble and came down to "the Beltway" and work at a job I really love -- so sorry I can't give you the details...But, have you read the NY Times this week??

    Met Rudy Giuliani (and got his autograph) and James Lee Witt (separate occasions).

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    Saw Billy Joel's Y2K Concert at Madison Square Garden -- a $350 floor seat for free thanks to a suddenly sick cousin...

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