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Unread postby erti » 11 November 2020, 02:33

When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronomer

I played the violin when I was in 4th grade

I learn how to use sign my abc american sign language before I could write them down

I've read every harry potter books many times... the 4th book I read over 10 times before My mental illness got bad in high school.

Math is my strength and English is my weakness

I join many different high school clubs... book club, culture and diversity, gay straight alliance, French club, Key club, future teachers of america, and Theatre...

I did theatre my senior year of high school... I was backstage crew... I help build and move props during curtain changes.

I started drawing ever since I was in kindergarden when my mom taught me how to draw mickey mouse.
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Re: What people don't know about you!

Unread postby René » 12 November 2020, 00:17

erti wrote:When I was a kid I wanted to be an astronomer

I wanted to be an astronaut.

erti wrote:I've read every harry potter books many times...

Same. (Except for the last one because each time I read all the ones that had been published by that point in order (except I started with the third book because that was the first one my mom bought me, which got me into the series; actually read that one in Dutch the first time I think) and most of those times were before the last one came out.)
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Unread postby erti » 12 November 2020, 00:34

René wrote:I wanted to be an astronaut.


If I had the grades and the drive I could of... I’d be too scared of being sent outer space if I was an astronaut.

René wrote:Same. (Except for the last one because each time I read all the ones that had been published by that point in order (except I started with the third book because that was the first one my mom bought me, which got me into the series; actually read that one in Dutch the first time I think) and most of those times were before the last one came out.)


I didn’t care for the last book... it pretty much felt like it was a fan fiction... 4 was my favorite because that’s when people started to die off. I didn’t cry but it made me read that whole book again afterwards because.
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Unread postby jamesk » 13 November 2020, 19:49

When I was a child, I had piano lessons for four years (at the end of which I dropped out); now I think what a missed opportunity that was.
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Unread postby erti » 13 November 2020, 19:56

jamesk wrote:When I was a child, I had piano lessons for four years (at the end of which I dropped out); now I think what a missed opportunity that was.


I should of continued with the violin myself. I only took it for a year. When I switch schools when school first started the didn't have violin lessons for those in 5th grade at the school. come 6th grade I wanted to try it again but my mom didn't want to pay for it and it pretty much suck because I did like violin.
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Re: What people don't know about you!

Unread postby GearFetTwinkRomance » 14 November 2020, 00:26

People don't know a lot of things about me, that, if I would tell them, they would never believe anyhow. So I keep not telling. :lol:
And, of course, things that make me come over more shitty a person that I probably am.

Hardly any people outside the forum and few other online places know of the gay.

As a kid, wanting to be an astronomer was one of many things. At first, I wanted to become a djungle dwelling ape. I mean, seriously! It's so funny since nobody knew much about Bonobos back in these days. I just thought to myself, hangin' about in them trees and eat fruit, roots and small monkeys all day long, burping, grunting and farting, that would be kind of cool. I was a little kiddo then.
Later I wanted to be a knight or royal hunter, and marry King Richard the Lionheart. I was kind of devastated when I found out, he is dead since a proper long while. :D
That was like 1st grade, and then I wanted to be an astronomer, shuttle pilot, a Sniper, musician, painter or scientist, forensics investigator, even a cop and a C.O. To add, in times of fear of the bullies, I wanted to be dead.

I somewhat learned to play the piano secretly, my own melodies, since I did not find the courage to ask the school Principal for permission. I too, sang at the students' Choir until my voice turned masculine. Or, call it growly.
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People don't know a lot. It's okay. I don't want their mockery and malice. I had enough of that in kid's ages.
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Unread postby erti » 14 November 2020, 00:39

People may not know a lot but either way you’ll still get criticized over small things or something made up.
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Re: What people don't know about you!

Unread postby PopTart » 14 November 2020, 07:42

I got my first smart phone just a few years ago, I was never a fan of mobile phones and rarely had one.

As a kid, I was on a kids TV show in the UK, called the Disney Club, where, amongst other things, I went into a 'grunge' tank won some prizes we never recieved and got covered in grunge.

I grew up in quite impoverished conditions on one of the UK's most crime ridden council estates.

In my early teens, I was really good at dance, the teacher at school nominated three others and myself, to attend extra curricular dance lessons after school, with a famous dance instructor, with whom she was friends. He said I was good and for a time I believed I would make a go of dance as my chosen career. Unfortunately I developed a hormonal disease in my knee (the cartilage there grew at and accelerated rate in late adolescence) which caused my knees to dislocate. After that, walking became painful and dance was off the cards. It took years of physio to wear down the excess cartilage.

A member of my close family was a criminal, for whom I had to testify at crown court a couple of times. A genuinely terrifying experience, stood in the Dock, with that wigged judge sitting, elevated above you and the jury watching. It's not as easy as the TV shows make it seem.

I've noticed a marked decline in my cognitive abilities in the last couple of years. It's probably just age, but it's really noticeable. It worries me sometimes.
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Unread postby erti » 14 November 2020, 16:33

PopTart wrote:I got my first smart phone just a few years ago, I was never a fan of mobile phones and rarely had one.

As a kid, I was on a kids TV show in the UK, called the Disney Club, where, amongst other things, I went into a 'grunge' tank won some prizes we never recieved and got covered in grunge.

I grew up in quite impoverished conditions on one of the UK's most crime ridden council estates.

In my early teens, I was really good at dance, the teacher at school nominated three others and myself, to attend extra curricular dance lessons after school, with a famous dance instructor, with whom she was friends. He said I was good and for a time I believed I would make a go of dance as my chosen career. Unfortunately I developed a hormonal disease in my knee (the cartilage there grew at and accelerated rate in late adolescence) which caused my knees to dislocate. After that, walking became painful and dance was off the cards. It took years of physio to wear down the excess cartilage.

A member of my close family was a criminal, for whom I had to testify at crown court a couple of times. A genuinely terrifying experience, stood in the Dock, with that wigged judge sitting, elevated above you and the jury watching. It's not as easy as the TV shows make it seem.

I've noticed a marked decline in my cognitive abilities in the last couple of years. It's probably just age, but it's really noticeable. It worries me sometimes.


That's pretty impressive with the dancing and such and being on tv. I too grew up in improvised areas in my city, actually, I still do. I've never had to testify in court but I've went to court when my uncle was charged for robbing a drug store and had to do 10 years. My other uncle since he wasn't the "master mind" and didn't had a criminal record like my other he only did a year.
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Unread postby PopTart » 14 November 2020, 17:36

erti wrote:That's pretty impressive with the dancing and such and being on tv.
It does sound impressive I guess, but I was just one of loads of kids to appear on the Disney Club, I think they went around to schools in the greater London area, asking for participants. We were pretty much left to roam about the halls of the studio, I do remember meeting a cast member at the time, from a British soap called Emmerdale, his name was Ian Kelsey. My fellow students and I had found him sitting alone in a rather bland, unadorned changing room with the door open. We asked who he was and when he said he was on tv, we proceeded to interrogate the poor guy as to the veracity of his claims, we hadn't believed him :lol: Met the presenter Phillipa Forrester too and a few others.

The dance thing was more the school I went to, which was heavily focused on drama/arts and performance, pretty light on maths and science though :pfft: But yeah, I was lucky in some ways. While things didn't pan out, I'm often grateful for the experiences I did get to have.

erti wrote:I too grew up in improvised areas in my city, actually, I still do.
I figured as much. It can be tough can't it? :( It's odd, these days, the impoverished parts of England are intermingled with the affluent parts, you can be on a street reserved for the well to do, turn a corner and your on a street where you wouldn't want to have your windows down while you drive through and you would be driving through, stopping wouldn't be advisable :lol: (okay I'm exaggerating a tiny bit, but it's not far off from being so.)

erti wrote:I've never had to testify in court but I've went to court when my uncle was charged for robbing a drug store and had to do 10 years. My other uncle since he wasn't the "master mind" and didn't had a criminal record like my other he only did a year.
We have alot in common it seems! :keke: :rofl:

The court was grim, that it was crown court in central London, just down the road from Parliament, with legal giants all about in those flowing black robes that I swear, were the inspiration for Professor Snape of Harry Potter fame, made it all seem so much more alien and intimidating. The wigs look silly ofcourse. :P

But damn, 10 years for robbery? Harsh. But he had a prior record? I guess that makes sense. It really does count, even if you've done your time and paid your due.
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Re: What people don't know about you!

Unread postby erti » 14 November 2020, 18:02

PopTart wrote:It does sound impressive I guess, but I was just one of loads of kids to appear on the Disney Club, I think they went around to schools in the greater London area, asking for participants. We were pretty much left to roam about the halls of the studio, I do remember meeting a cast member at the time, from a British soap called Emmerdale, his name was Ian Kelsey. My fellow students and I had found him sitting alone in a rather bland, unadorned changing room with the door open. We asked who he was and when he said he was on tv, we proceeded to interrogate the poor guy as to the veracity of his claims, we hadn't believed him :lol: Met the presenter Phillipa Forrester too and a few others.

The dance thing was more the school I went to, which was heavily focused on drama/arts and performance, pretty light on maths and science though :pfft: But yeah, I was lucky in some ways. While things didn't pan out, I'm often grateful for the experiences I did get to have.


Lol the only time I was on tv was probably on the News or something lol. Never met any celebrities besides the band 10 years at rock on the range (a music festivals that now no longer exist). I got to see BabyMetal but not meet them.


PopTart wrote:I figured as much. It can be tough can't it? :( It's odd, these days, the impoverished parts of England are intermingled with the affluent parts, you can be on a street reserved for the well to do, turn a corner and your on a street where you wouldn't want to have your windows down while you drive through and you would be driving through, stopping wouldn't be advisable :lol: (okay I'm exaggerating a tiny bit, but it's not far off from being so.)


I can't go out for a walk by myself. Here you'll see prostitutes and drug dealers. IDK if there's any gang activity where I'm at but I won't be surprised. You'll here random gunshots and ghetto birds.

PopTart wrote:We have alot in common it seems! :keke: :rofl:

The court was grim, that it was crown court in central London, just down the road from Parliament, with legal giants all about in those flowing black robes that I swear, were the inspiration for Professor Snape of Harry Potter fame, made it all seem so much more alien and intimidating. The wigs look silly ofcourse. :P

But damn, 10 years for robbery? Harsh. But he had a prior record? I guess that makes sense. It really does count, even if you've done your time and paid your due.


lol must be? lol

Well my uncle who served 10 years had done a lot of criminal stuff. Arm robbing people, stealing cars, prostitution, drug dealing, and quite a bit of other things since he ran away from home back when he was 13 years old. The local police all knew him.

The wigs the hve in court in the UK? That does sounds funny. Why do they wear those though?
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Re: What people don't know about you!

Unread postby Magic J » 15 November 2020, 16:41

erti wrote:Why do they wear those though?

I've heard various reasons for it. The simplest reason is that's what they've traditionally worn. Another reason I've been told is that the uniform (wig, robes, etc) act to depersonalise the barrister (lawyer) so that they can act in a neutral capacity. Much like any other uniform, I suppose. I assume that wigs in general would have been more common in the 17/1800's, and that happened to be around the time that courtroom procedures were being formalised.

Poptart wrote:In my early teens, I was really good at dance, the teacher at school nominated three others and myself, to attend extra curricular dance lessons after school, with a famous dance instructor, with whom she was friends. He said I was good and for a time I believed I would make a go of dance as my chosen career.

Wow, that's amazing! I really admire dancers. Do you still manage to do any these days?

The only dancing I was ever taught was ceilidh ("kay-lee") dancing. Which you don't actually have to remember, to be honest, there's very little expectation that you're good at it. Every foreign friend who I've been to a ceilidh with has fretted about not knowing how, but the band literally walks you through the steps every time. Mostly an excuse to get drunk whilst wearing a tartan skirt. :P

OT: I was thrown out of my technical drawing classes in secondary school, since I was absolutely terrible at it, and had no interest in learning it. Now, I'm paid to do technical drawings. I'm told they're up to standard. Life is strange. :lol:
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Re: What people don't know about you!

Unread postby René » 15 November 2020, 16:47

erti wrote:Lol the only time I was on tv was probably on the News or something

Tell us more? :P
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Unread postby erti » 15 November 2020, 17:32

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erti wrote:Lol the only time I was on tv was probably on the News or something

Tell us more? :P


When I was on the news when I was a kid was due to issues with abandon houses in the neighborhood... the reporter was like what do I think is in the houses... I said snakes creepy crawlers and ghost.

Second time what when my high school theater department was picked to show off our “high school of the week”. I danced to the “we’re all in this together” on the news... ugh high school musical.
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Unread postby PopTart » 18 November 2020, 08:22

Magic J wrote:Wow, that's amazing! I really admire dancers. Do you still manage to do any these days?
Sadly not. I was really gutted at the time. I think my only way of dealing with it then, was to pretend it wasn't as upsetting as it was. By the time it was possible for me to actually engage in real dance again, I was too old to do so professionally and while I would dance when out at clubs etc, it was always tinged with abit of sadness I guess. Which sounds silly, I know. I often found excuses to avoid dancing myself, although people would always say, I didn't so much walk around as I danced about, but I did enjoy watching other people dance and have a love affair with poise and form.

These days, I'm so behind the times, I suspect my own dancing, while having rhythm would be incredibly dated, dad dancing! :wide-eyed: :runaway: :rofl:

Magic J wrote:The only dancing I was ever taught was ceilidh ("kay-lee") dancing. Which you don't actually have to remember, to be honest, there's very little expectation that you're good at it. Every foreign friend who I've been to a ceilidh with has fretted about not knowing how, but the band literally walks you through the steps every time. Mostly an excuse to get drunk whilst wearing a tartan skirt. :P
Since when did Scots people need an excuse :squint: :P

Folk dancing is the best, everyone gets involved, it can be light hearted or very serious and sometimes, all at the same time. :keke:

Do people still do those god awful conga lines at weddings? Some of my most cringe memories are of wedding dancing, what is it, about weddings that seems to bring out the worst dancing habits in people? :lol:

Magic J wrote:OT: I was thrown out of my technical drawing classes in secondary school, since I was absolutely terrible at it, and had no interest in learning it. Now, I'm paid to do technical drawings. I'm told they're up to standard. Life is strange. :lol:

:lol: Graphic design, we called it and my teacher hated me with a passion (I was a nightmare in her class, like you, zero interest.) I think it was one of those optional classes, where the choice was between something else, equally uninspiring or graphic design, but you had to pick one or the other, you couldn't drop both.
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Unread postby Marmaduke » 18 November 2020, 10:45

Magic J wrote:
erti wrote:Why do they wear those though?

I've heard various reasons for it. The simplest reason is that's what they've traditionally worn. Another reason I've been told is that the uniform (wig, robes, etc) act to depersonalise the barrister (lawyer) so that they can act in a neutral capacity. Much like any other uniform, I suppose. I assume that wigs in general would have been more common in the 17/1800's, and that happened to be around the time that courtroom procedures were being formalised.

Yeah, the uniforms are only for jury trials, which is why they’re only seen at crown court or higher. They are meant to prevent the jury from drawing any inference as to the quality of a defendant’s advocate, and thus the validity of their defence, by virtue of the barrister’s appearance. Barristers actually take it quite seriously, they guard those wigs with their lives because if they ever need to get a new one, it’ll look new and the jury will assume they’re new at the job and don’t know what they’re talking about. Whilst the rules say the wig should be white, the wigmakers that produce them predominantly get asked to make them with grey so they don’t look bright white and brand new. You’ll find policemen are the same with their flat caps and deliberately make them look worn and old so as to bestow upon themselves an air of experience and reliability.
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PopTart wrote:I got my first smart phone just a few years ago, I was never a fan of mobile phones and rarely had one.


I got my first cell phone about 10 years ago. And the only reason then was that it was the cheapest option for having very basic phone service when I moved to a new place.

I've never had a smart phone. I contemplate them from time to time... Sometimes it might be handy to quickly check something on-line when in a store (e.g., see if the deal looks good). And it would keep one connected in case of power failure (my area can have lengthy power failures). But I hate the expense. Not to mention the fact that it's a recurring expense, at least if one wants to keep the software current. (There are a few projects that might do better with longer term support--right now, they appear willing to support Android phones that the maker doesn't support. But they only support limited models--so one either buys $$$ new, something used--probably with old, worn battery--or something new that might, one hopes, be supported in the future.)
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Magic J wrote:The only dancing I was ever taught was ceilidh ("kay-lee") dancing. Which you don't actually have to remember, to be honest, there's very little expectation that you're good at it.


Ceilidh is also apparently a word for a gathering. I remember that word, because one of audio speaker systems I once dreamed of owning was the Linn Keilidh. (Spelled with a "k" because of Linn naming practice. But they indicated they were thinking ceilidh when they named the speakers.
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And dancing... my only experience was in PE. I seem to recall it showing up in early elementary school at least once. And we'd have a dance unit for a week each year in junior high. But that was all. I never went to a dance in high school. Maybe I'd have been interested if A) I realized I'm gay and B) it would have been acceptable going with another boy. Back then, though, if you took a date, that date had to be a girl. :noes:
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Unread postby René » 18 November 2020, 21:25

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Magic J wrote:Wow, that's amazing! I really admire dancers. Do you still manage to do any these days?

Sadly not. I was really gutted at the time. I think my only way of dealing with it then, was to pretend it wasn't as upsetting as it was. By the time it was possible for me to actually engage in real dance again, I was too old to do so professionally and while I would dance when out at clubs etc, it was always tinged with abit of sadness I guess. Which sounds silly, I know.

Awwww, that doesn't sound silly. :hug:

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PopTart wrote:I got my first smart phone just a few years ago, I was never a fan of mobile phones and rarely had one.

I got my first cell phone about 10 years ago. And the only reason then was that it was the cheapest option for having very basic phone service when I moved to a new place.

I've never had a smart phone. I contemplate them from time to time... Sometimes it might be handy to quickly check something on-line when in a store (e.g., see if the deal looks good). And it would keep one connected in case of power failure (my area can have lengthy power failures). But I hate the expense. Not to mention the fact that it's a recurring expense, at least if one wants to keep the software current. (There are a few projects that might do better with longer term support--right now, they appear willing to support Android phones that the maker doesn't support. But they only support limited models--so one either buys $$$ new, something used--probably with old, worn battery--or something new that might, one hopes, be supported in the future.)

Having the latest Android version is hardly essential. The latest version is 11, which I haven't got yet myself; I'm on 10, but it's been fantastic since, I'd say, version 7, which came out in 2016.

The hardware manufacturing has advanced to the point where you can get a very decent phone for very little money, either a first-hand budget/mid-range model or second-hand higher-end model (or even a second-hand budget/mid-range model, I suppose).

And service, even in the US, can be had for like $5/month if you don't use a lot of data or minutes.
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