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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:46 am 
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A girl in Whole Body is dating one of the guys from Wilco. They get wine recommendations and hang out at the wine bar fairly regularly.

Makes me kinda sad considering Tweedy's alcoholism :/


I thought he had gotten clean?
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 Post subject: Re: Your Dubious Claim to Not-Quite-Fame
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He's clean? Really? I must have missed this. That'd really make me happy (sorry if this sounds weird).

I had sushi with victorian english gentlemen's club.

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Sure I've said it before, but Will Shortz once called me ingenious.

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 Post subject: Re: Your Dubious Claim to Not-Quite-Fame
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The guy who writes The Oatmeal used to be on my triathlon team. Like, the season before I joined but still. He was interviewed for, I don't know, Spain's version of Men's Health or somesuch, and they ran a pic of him in our kit. My friend B knows him (from the team, I suppose) and he recently drew a cartoon based on an absurd conversation B had with her boyfriend and had it printed on a canvas for her.

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 Post subject: Re: Your Dubious Claim to Not-Quite-Fame
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Sure I've said it before, but Will Shortz once called me ingenious.


Oh yeah? That's pretty high praise. What for?

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 Post subject: Re: Your Dubious Claim to Not-Quite-Fame
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Sure I've said it before, but Will Shortz once called me ingenious.


Oh yeah? That's pretty high praise. What for?


Spoilers for boring wordnerd junk:
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It was at Book Fest in Seattle in, like, 1998? Will Shortz was there doing a live Puzzle Master Presents-type thing. People lined up for their turn at the mic. There were two mics, and if your team/mic got beat by the other team/mic, your team added the next person in line. Or something. Anyway, it was me against an increasingly large team.

The challenge: Will Shortz would name a kind of tree, and you had to come up with a word that has that tree inside it, with at least one letter added to the front and at least one letter added to the back.

The first one I remember: PINE. I said, "Spinet!"

The other one: PECAN. My answer: "Cape Canaveral!"

He said, "No, that doesn't wor— Wait, it does! It has to be one word, though. But that was ingenious."

Then after he gave some kind of hint, I got it: Tippecanoe.

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Long, long ago I helped a friend get on The Real World. The final interview involved following he and I around to see how he was on camera. So somewhere out there is archived footage of my friend and I being total idiots around New York.


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 Post subject: Re: Your Dubious Claim to Not-Quite-Fame
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FootFace wrote:
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It was at Book Fest in Seattle in, like, 1998? Will Shortz was there doing a live Puzzle Master Presents-type thing. People lined up for their turn at the mic. There were two mics, and if your team/mic got beat by the other team/mic, your team added the next person in line. Or something. Anyway, it was me against an increasingly large team.

The challenge: Will Shortz would name a kind of tree, and you had to come up with a word that has that tree inside it, with at least one letter added to the front and at least one letter added to the back.

The first one I remember: PINE. I said, "Spinet!"

The other one: PECAN. My answer: "Cape Canaveral!"

He said, "No, that doesn't wor— Wait, it does! It has to be one word, though. But that was ingenious."

Then after he gave some kind of hint, I got it: Tippecanoe.


That's pretty cool.

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 Post subject: Re: Your Dubious Claim to Not-Quite-Fame
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Sure I've said it before, but Will Shortz once called me ingenious.


Now that's a compliment!

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 Post subject: Re: Your Dubious Claim to Not-Quite-Fame
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Moon wrote:
My husband used to work on Chantal Kreviazuk's (sp?) car. He said it stank because she always drove around barefoot.

My husband used to drink with her brother back in high-school. (She's from my city.) He said she was a spoiled brat. In 2001 she played a Canada Day festival... she walked into my store (I worked at the gift shop at the Radisson) and asked for "room-temperature water." I didn't have any (it was all in coolers on this, the hottest day of the year) and I wasn't sorry, cuz in 1998 she told-off a friend of mine who was just trying to get Raine Maida's autograph.

I've met/drank with a lot of musicians and independent wrestlers (on accound of my husband).

Oh, and my mom once cooked for Pope John Paul at one of his big visits in (I think) the 70s.

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 Post subject: Re: Your Dubious Claim to Not-Quite-Fame
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Oh and I've got a friend I met at a vegan meet-up who plays guitar for Comeback Kid and Figure Four.

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I once hung out and ate pho with someone who has been called "ingenious" by Will Shortz.

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Oh! Jeff Thatcher* told me I have the best shoes ever!

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 Post subject: Re: Your Dubious Claim to Not-Quite-Fame
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I once fixed my coffee at the Au Bon Pain in a building I worked at in NYC and Geraldo was RIGHT NEXT TO ME. He likes blueberry muffins.

I have been tweet replied to by tons of ABC News people (Sam Champion, Ginger Zee, Elizabeth Vargas, Ron Claiborne) and I get replies from various YA Authors I love (Richelle Mead, Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare, Claudia Gray, Ally Carter, Beth REvis, Amy Tintera, Veronica Rossi, Rachel Caine, Siobhan Vivian, and more).

Also, the guy who wrote the movie Flatliners went to the same school as me, and this kid I knew in elementary and middle school and high school now warms up the crowds at America's Got Talent, American Idol, and more.

I think that's all I have.

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I kind of love this thread.

I went to the same college as Matt Lauer?

Ben Folds walked by me in a coffeeshop (in the aforementioned Ohio college town) and I almost didn't notice it was him (all nerdy/hipstery guys kind of look the same when they have those huge glasses on, but he and his crew looked vaguely fancier/older/more conspicuous than the college kids around them who couldn't give a fork). I have no real love of the dude, but he was my only real famous person encounter.

ETA: I thought I saw Ira Glass once on some escalators and almost peed myself. But it wasn't him. See above re: glasses.

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Malcolm Middleton was very nice to me when I was clinically depressed and he meant the world to me.
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Dandelion, Ben Folds is so wonderful live! Mostly because of the way he interacts with the crowd.

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FootFace wrote:
solipsistnation wrote:
FootFace wrote:
Sure I've said it before, but Will Shortz once called me ingenious.


Oh yeah? That's pretty high praise. What for?


Spoilers for boring wordnerd junk:
Spoiler: show
It was at Book Fest in Seattle in, like, 1998? Will Shortz was there doing a live Puzzle Master Presents-type thing. People lined up for their turn at the mic. There were two mics, and if your team/mic got beat by the other team/mic, your team added the next person in line. Or something. Anyway, it was me against an increasingly large team.

The challenge: Will Shortz would name a kind of tree, and you had to come up with a word that has that tree inside it, with at least one letter added to the front and at least one letter added to the back.

The first one I remember: PINE. I said, "Spinet!"

The other one: PECAN. My answer: "Cape Canaveral!"

He said, "No, that doesn't wor— Wait, it does! It has to be one word, though. But that was ingenious."

Then after he gave some kind of hint, I got it: Tippecanoe.


ooh, that's awesome! have you listened to the newish NPR quiz show Ask Me Another? They do sort of similar sounding puzzles. It's really fun.
http://www.npr.org/programs/ask-me-another/

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Jeffrey Lewis drew on my shoes.
Malcolm Middleton was very nice to me when I was clinically depressed and he meant the world to me.
I talked about Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther" with Gustaf of Mando Diao.

Dandelion, Ben Folds is so wonderful live! Mostly because of the way he interacts with the crowd.

I've heard this! And tried repeatedly to listen to his stuff, but I always get bored instantly... Plus I find his twee cover of a certain Dr. Dre song kind of annoying?

I'm sure he's a good dude, just not my cuppa. Though to get back on point, we've shared cuppas in close proximity! Okay, lattes (americanos?).

I saw Hank Green hugging some girl on a street corner! And I freaked out because it was right when I moved to Missoula but had to explain to my roommate that he's a "minor internet celebrity" and she will forever think I'm a weirdo. Also: I always look for Ze Frank in airports, haven't found him yet...

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I stole Fran Healy's (Travis) bottle of coke off the stage and later asked him if he wanted it back. Not surprisingly, he didn't. He was also very nice. But Andy (the guitarist) was a lot nicer, mainly because he was so drunk.

I got a lot of autographs when I was a teenager, but that's pretty boring. I got most of them just by writing to people. I remember Devon Murray (he played Seamus Finnegan in the Harry Potter films) wrote back this 3-page letter to me. That was awesome. But I also got a nice reply from Josh Hartnett and Keira Knightley..

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