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14 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION OCTOBER 1st.

 

Do you have a tangible memory of a special person/pet?

What is it?

Is there a story behind it?

Share pics if you like.

 

 

 

Definitely, Jake, my first cat. He was unique that's for sure.

 

First off, I named him after Jake from Disney's Cat from Outer Space (a favorite movie of mine at the time).

 

If I would hum the Imperial March from Star Wars,  he was attack me (still have the scars). Also he loved car rides & if you were holding him & you whispered into his ear "Git em!" like a dog, he was growl like a dog. Finally, we lived in a nice manufactured home (aka double wide trailer) when I had him & it had cabinets with shelf space on top, attached to the wall. Somehow, he got up there & would just stare down at me.

 

I miss that cat.

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16 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION OCTOBER 1st.

 

Do you have a tangible memory of a special person/pet?

What is it?

Is there a story behind it?

Share pics if you like.

 

There are a few, for people and pets.

 

I don't have a picture of this pet, but my favorite story is about a poodle mix we got when I was about 8.  She was a really good dog, but she had an attitude.  Like many dogs, the sounds of nearby cars, doorbells on TV, dogs on TV, etc. would set her to barking.  Tell her to be quiet or shut up, and she'd give a soft follow-up "woof."  She could do a few other tricks, but was pretty content being a lapdog.  She'd even find a way into your lap when you were reading the evening paper (she'd curl up under whichever sections of the paper you weren't reading).

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18 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question October 2nd.

 

When on vacation/citytrip etc, do you tend to buy a souvenir?

If so, what kind?

If by "local shop with good food" by all means!  Usually there won't be anything left afterwards other than the memories though... 

 

...Not that I do much of such trips these days, but still. 

 

Never really was one for knick knacks, or such things, oddly enough. 

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44 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question October 2nd.

 

When on vacation/citytrip etc, do you tend to buy a souvenir?

If so, what kind?

 

I can barely remember the last time I took an actual vacation, and I don't think I even brought anything home. I'm kind of the stay-cation type, I feel like I spend so little time at home during normal days that I don't tend to go anywhere when I have free time.

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3 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question October 2nd.

 

When on vacation/citytrip etc, do you tend to buy a souvenir?

If so, what kind?

 

I collect various little things.  Have a postcard collection going back decades.  Started as a kid because I didn't have a camera and hey, I could buy this picture card for pennies.  My parents started a silver charm bracelet for me, I try to get one from each new country or significant location, but they are getting hard to find.  I even have one from Reapercon, commissioned by my husband and cast in silver by a local jeweler.  I got into pressed pennies recently, only about 30 years ago.  Have some souvenir smashed euros too.  More recently I've bought useful things, coffee cups, fridge magnets, bag clips, note books.  If we take a wine trip we bring home wine. 

 

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My idea of a vacation, other than a game convention which has its own certain souvenirs, is the rare opportunity of getting to go to an art museum.  Which, after taking my own pictures, I might buy postcards, magnets, or other stuff with favorite pieces on them.  I'll check out the handmade stuff too, but that's usually out of my price range. 

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5 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question October 2nd.

 

When on vacation/citytrip etc, do you tend to buy a souvenir?

If so, what kind?

 

We usually buy a postcard for my Girl's Mother.

For ourselves it's often a fridge magnet or if available a local drink/food item

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8 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question October 2nd.

 

When on vacation/citytrip etc, do you tend to buy a souvenir?

If so, what kind?

 

I buy plenty of souvenirs. (BTW, the word is from French, to remember.) I like functional ones especially well. Most of my friends also appreciate such gifts. I have a friend who collects playing cards, so I bring her some home everytime. I bought a ceramic pot holder with a picture of Bryce Canyon for another friend. I got some really neat posters from the Distribution Centre in Utah that are still hanging in the spare room at my parent's place. 

 

I really wanted a Harvard sweater when we were in Boston, so that's what I got. I brought home gifts for all the people who had helped train me at the place I was working. I tend to pick out gifts to suit the person, and I'm pretty good at it. I bought the young guy a MIT mug, the lady some Boston Tea Party tea in a neat box and my main trainer a mug from the Cheers pub. (The TV show was filmed in Boston and the real pub is still there.) Years later I saw him in the mall and we chatted. He said to me that he had to leave due to health problems and that he still had that mug and that it was on his mantle. He also said that it was one of the best gifts anyone had ever given him. 

 

Mumsy and dad brought me home a claddagh ring from Ireland with my birthstone in it, since that is what I asked for. I wear it to church. 

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On 10/1/2023 at 4:59 AM, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION OCTOBER 1st.

 

Do you have a tangible memory of a special person/pet?

What is it?

Is there a story behind it?

Share pics if you like.

 

 

 

Yep, I've got a fairly decent memory and that includes plenty of time spent with good people and pets. One of my favorites is from my last dog, Jane. When she was younger my wife taught her to stand up and spin around whenever you said "ballerina." Years later we were at a gymnastics place an in-law was working at and I brought Jane in to meet all the kids there (she loved little kids). I showed this group of kids the ballerina trick and they all immediately started shouting it and giggling like mad. Jane, who was definitely getting up there in years just spun around and around with the happiest look on her face. When she finally got a bit wobbly and stopped she was swarmed by children who wanted nothing more than to give her all kinds of pets and love. That may have been the happiest I ever saw her, and she was an extremely happy dog!

 

Anyways, here's one of the last pictures I have of her. She was in terrible pain from old age at this point, but still happy as could be whenever she looked at us:

 

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8 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question October 2nd.

 

When on vacation/citytrip etc, do you tend to buy a souvenir?

If so, what kind?

 

If I'm actually on vacation and not just there on business then I'll usually buy a little something small. Typically that takes the form a of a shot glass. No idea why as I'm not much of doing shots kind of person. But at this point I've got a couple of large shoe boxes full of shot glasses from around the world, so I guess it's a tradition now.

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On 10/1/2023 at 5:59 AM, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION OCTOBER 1st.

 

Do you have a tangible memory of a special person/pet?

What is it?

Is there a story behind it?

Share pics if you like.

 

 

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I've got a couple of stickers on my bucket (what I carry all my marshaling stuff in) in memory of Big Tim.  He was the head of our emergency response team for the track.  Also a career firefighter.

Amazing guy.  He was big both physically and in personality.  He made huge positive changes at the track and (so I'm told) to fire fighting in NS as well.

He was a huge positive influence at the track and saved the lives of countless competitors.  He was a consummate professional while never losing his sense of humour.  The bike riders (in particular) often tell stories of big crashes, and looking up and seeing Tim, and knowing they would be ok.  And his first words to them were usually, "He bud, you f'd up."  🙂

We all still miss him terribly. Hard to believe it has been 4 years.

A little more the last couple of weeks, as his "partner in crime" Kevin recently had a heart attack and just got out of the hospital after some surgery yesterday.

 

8 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question October 2nd.

 

When on vacation/citytrip etc, do you tend to buy a souvenir?

If so, what kind?

I personally don't tend to buy souvenirs unless I'm going to a race track to marshal, then I'll get a sticker for my bucket (see above). 

Other than that I tend to buy hobby supplies and then when I use them I remember where I got them. 


My wife one the other hand,. likes souvenirs and usually gets herself a t-shirt and fridge magnet, and sometimes some other crafty type things that look cool.

And if there is a beach where she goes, she brings home beach glass, not that she buys that......

 

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On 10/1/2023 at 1:59 AM, Glitterwolf said:

QUESTION OCTOBER 1st.

 

Do you have a tangible memory of a special person/pet?

What is it?

Is there a story behind it?

Share pics if you like.

 

 

Too many, but off the top of my head, I remember when we leash trained our declawed cat, Krusty, way back when.  It was kind of like taking a fast cow out for a walk: he’d run to the nearest patch of tall grass, then graze until we harassed him to move on.  We had a lot of bird feeders up, which is part of the reason for leash escort.  I sat down on a bench in the yard about 20’ away from the feeder and was zoning out.  I realized after a while that Krusty was out of sight and quiet.  I followed the leash over the embankment, and Krusty looked up at me with a live bird in his mouth.  He dropped it as I darted forward, and the bird flew off with alacrity…. I think he knew he had to be completely silent!  After the bird escaped, he pretty much meowed at me without stopping for a few hours.

 

 

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12 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

Question October 2nd.

 

When on vacation/citytrip etc, do you tend to buy a souvenir?

If so, what kind?

Depends on how exotic/unique the place I'm visiting is.

  • While visiting the Great Wall of China, I got a fan and name stamp of my name (presumably) in Chinese characters.
  • Russia and Moscow, a bottle of vodka, a set of nesting matryoshka dolls for my niece and a matryoshka style bottle container.
  • Japan: various flavored Kit-Kat bars, a keychain of Osakacastle, a daruma doll and daruma otoshi toy, saké sets, nakiri kitchen knife.
  • ReaperCon: you really got to ask?

Normally I take tons of pictures as souvenirs. Thousands!

 

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