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2012-10-18 01:11:47 AM
Two things come to mind:

1. Achieving the rank of first degree black belt. I was constantly bullied through middle/high school, so making it to this level was a huge thing for me at the time.

2. Restoring my Grandma's 1990 Chevy Lumina. My Grandma is now 96, and Katrina took nearly all of her memories and possessions, save for a recliner and this car (which I had picked up from her in 2004). Over the next 7 years, I fixed and upgraded countless things until reaching the crown jewel of the project - a new paint job. Grandma can hardly remember much these days, but she lit up like a Christmas tree when she saw pictures of the finished product.

Before:
lh6.googleusercontent.com

After:
lh3.googleusercontent.com
 
2012-10-18 01:45:00 AM
We already have such a thread, submitter.
 
2012-10-18 01:48:17 AM

Grand_Moff_Joseph: Two things come to mind:

1. Achieving the rank of first degree black belt. I was constantly bullied through middle/high school, so making it to this level was a huge thing for me at the time.

2. Restoring my Grandma's 1990 Chevy Lumina. My Grandma is now 96, and Katrina took nearly all of her memories and possessions, save for a recliner and this car (which I had picked up from her in 2004). Over the next 7 years, I fixed and upgraded countless things until reaching the crown jewel of the project - a new paint job. Grandma can hardly remember much these days, but she lit up like a Christmas tree when she saw pictures of the finished product.

Before:
[lh6.googleusercontent.com image 640x480]

After:
[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 640x426]


The car restoration would make an interesting addition to FarkUs. If you're interested, work up a headline, submit it to the FarkUs tab (it's available in the submissions area & will go live on Thursday) and then post that in the thread.
 
2012-10-18 08:33:14 AM
Two things:

1) I have had articles appear in Astronomy magazine, and my first for Sky & Telescope will appear in their January edition. For someone who used to reread those magazines until they literally fell apart this is pretty friggin' awesome.

2) I am to my knowledge the only person on Earth who has been punched by a wild mountain gorilla and been to Everest Base Camp. Though if you can prove me wrong on this I'd love to meet you.
 
2012-10-18 08:42:06 AM
My kids, but I'm not posting pictures here for you asshats.

Oh, and one time I helped pull a dude out of a crashed car who had a heart attack. That was pretty cool to be able to do for him. He survived two more years, but died earlier this year of another heart attack, i hear. Didn't leave me anything in his will, tho.
 
2012-10-18 08:58:44 AM
I've bowled 6 300 games and 1 800 (3 game) series.
 
2012-10-18 09:23:58 AM
1) Finally getting that PhD after so many years and seeing research getting published in scholarly journals. 2) That I did not marry a copy of my emotionally distant and scarred mother. 3) My kids.
 
2012-10-18 09:49:42 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Grand_Moff_Joseph: Two things come to mind:

1. Achieving the rank of first degree black belt. I was constantly bullied through middle/high school, so making it to this level was a huge thing for me at the time.

2. Restoring my Grandma's 1990 Chevy Lumina. My Grandma is now 96, and Katrina took nearly all of her memories and possessions, save for a recliner and this car (which I had picked up from her in 2004). Over the next 7 years, I fixed and upgraded countless things until reaching the crown jewel of the project - a new paint job. Grandma can hardly remember much these days, but she lit up like a Christmas tree when she saw pictures of the finished product.

Before:
[lh6.googleusercontent.com image 640x480]

After:
[lh3.googleusercontent.com image 640x426]

The car restoration would make an interesting addition to FarkUs. If you're interested, work up a headline, submit it to the FarkUs tab (it's available in the submissions area & will go live on Thursday) and then post that in the thread.


I'll try and do that! thanks! :D
 
2012-10-18 10:42:30 AM
lost 110 lbs.

i.imgur.com

I am nearly 10 lbs. lighter than the "after" portions of these photos. a lean mean motherfarker.
 
2012-10-18 10:43:13 AM
This year I got accepted into a Ph.D. program, remodeled the house we were living in with no savings or income. Sold it in 3 days and paid everybody back, bought the next one a week later for half what we sold the last one for and paid in cash. Saw my youngest graduate highschool, get her first job and a place of her own.

Been a helluva a year.
 
2012-10-18 11:31:41 AM
Nice job canadiencommie!!!

a few things come to mind..
i was the youngest Eagle scout in NY state for a while at age 13.
Skipped my undergrad (long story) did 2 full time masters programs while working full time.
Got married, had kids remolded a row house.
Didn't kill myself during the divorce (lost the kids, house car furniture everything).
put my life back together and now i live with a wonderful gf in a nice part of va.
I get to see my kids!!!!!

/divorce is like being put through hell, and then getting the bill.
 
2012-10-18 11:32:34 AM
I defeated a mugger who held a gun to my head. While I was in middle school.

Other than that, nothin
 
2012-10-18 11:35:52 AM
My one somewhat lame accomplishment was that I was at one time a Gears of war Champion, and was ranked the highest in killing percentage and Tournament wins. I was so good I could kill my whole team and then proceed to kill the enemy team..no joke i was that good.
 
2012-10-18 11:41:13 AM
I ruined the daily work environment of 20,000 people by introducing Microsoft SharePoint to my company.
 
2012-10-18 11:43:30 AM
Never conficted of a felony
 
2012-10-18 11:43:37 AM

badLogic: I ruined the daily work environment of 20,000 people by introducing Microsoft SharePoint to my company.


You're an evil motherfarker
 
2012-10-18 11:45:10 AM
My grandmother's house got auctioned off because she couldn't pay the taxes after grandpa died. I tried to buy it at the auction but some douchebag outbid me. So I quit playing hockey, became a pro golfer, and won her house back for her.

Along the way i did kill a black man with a one eyed alligator head too.
 
2012-10-18 11:45:20 AM
Radio restoration:

Picked up a beat-up old Fada 609 at a thrift shop:

imageshack.us

After recapping, stripping, painting and recreating the dial cover:

antiqueradios.com

Plays sweet, too.

...still need to find matching knobs.
 
2012-10-18 11:46:17 AM
Two years ago I was 310lbs. A 10k, half marathon, two 30k running races, a sprint and two Olympic distance triathlons later I'm down 60lbs, with a lot more to go.

Full marathon in December (Vegas, baby!), 1/2 Ironman next year, and full Ironman the following year.
 
2012-10-18 11:46:26 AM

Lomaxtogreen: Never conficted of a felony


I noticed you never said "committed."
 
2012-10-18 11:50:04 AM
Screwed up royally when I was 18 and my parents were paying my college tab: After two years of, shall we say, less than stellar scholastic achievement, my father said 'If I had money in an investment that did this shiatty, I'd pull it. No more free ride for you."

Knowing oh-so-much more than my father, I set out to take the world by storm. Yeah, after two years of shiatty, low-rung jobs that I hated, I realized that, for the kind of future I really wanted, yeah, college might be the best route. I went to my parents, saying 'yeah - I learned my lesson...please let me return to school.' That didn't quite pan out the way I'd hoped, but my dad did tell me 'OK, as long as you are in school and working for a degree - none of this throwing a year at a major and changing it bullshiat - I'll give you a roof over your head while you are in school.'

I took out loans, got grants, and worked three jobs while going to school full time. I managed to eradicate a 1.7 GPA and graduated with a 3.8. It was hard as hell at times, and I should be disabled for the number of times I kicked myself for not doing this when I had school paid for and could have graduated earlier in my 20's and without thousands of dollars in debt - but I did it. I'm grateful to my parents that they forced me to accept responsibility for my life and my future at that time. I was also extremely fortunate to work jobs that dovetailed with my degree, so I had OJT to work in tandem with my coursework.

Whenever I'm feeling like a failure, I remember setting that goal for myself, seeing it through, and getting something in life that no one can take away from me.
 
2012-10-18 11:50:10 AM
I'll never win a spelling bee.

But i did win a beer chugging contest in Denver.
 
2012-10-18 11:52:37 AM

CanadianCommie: lost 110 lbs.

[i.imgur.com image 478x564]

I am nearly 10 lbs. lighter than the "after" portions of these photos. a lean mean motherfarker.


Good job dude.
 
2012-10-18 11:55:42 AM
Getting an advanced degree. Travelling the world. Reading the best books.

Basically escaping my redneck, racist, abusive family of origin.
 
2012-10-18 11:57:48 AM

CanadianCommie: lost 110 lbs.

[i.imgur.com image 478x564]

I am nearly 10 lbs. lighter than the "after" portions of these photos. a lean mean motherfarker.


Good for you!! I need to shed 50 myself.
 
2012-10-18 11:58:01 AM
36 years with the same company. 14 different jobs.
 
2012-10-18 11:58:16 AM
I wrote a software library under Linux for communicating with industrial control systems (mostly Allen Bradley). It was almost 100% reverse engineering. At the time, there was no other software available for this (on Linux). I created it specifically because Allen Bradley told me it wasn't possible. This software is in use in factories around the world even today.

/Stupid me sold the package to a company "down south".
//It's hard to maintain/update software when you can't test anything (lack of access to the hardware needed)
 
2012-10-18 12:00:42 PM

Lomaxtogreen: Never conficted of a felony


...nobody made a dessert out of your crimes?
 
2012-10-18 12:00:58 PM
I've not done a lot so far, but I figure 25 is still a mite early in life; the most notable things (to me, anyway):

- having a poem of mine receive Pushcart Prize and Rhysling Award nominations.
- having work (fiction/poetry) published in professional/semi-professional venues
- keeping friendships
- being a good son/brother
 
2012-10-18 12:02:08 PM

HelloNeuman: 36 years with the same company. 14 different jobs.


How does this work?
 
2012-10-18 12:02:44 PM
Stopped a drug dealing pool cleaner and his two moron sons from murdering his rich widowed mother so he could collect his inheritance early. Bonus: I hated the old b*tch, but I did the right thing anyway.

When I was a foods & beverage houseman at the then Lake Arrowhead Hilton Lodge, I was the only houseman who was brave enough to work the first AIDS conference in California. Nobody really knew what was going on with AIDS, and I had to dump all the dishes into 55 gallon drums full of bleachy water and all the used tablecloths and drapes into a specially marked dumpster.

I saved a lawyer's life when he started to slip into a diabetic coma. Bonus: He then pretended to be the mayor of the little tourist community we both lived in, murdered a little guy for his money, and flew a plane into the side of a mountain trying to escape from the authorities. Not one of my better saves.

I got tired of drug manufacturing labs blowing up in my neighborhood, so I pretended to dig through dumpsters looking for aluminum cans when I was really looking for evidence of meth manufacturing supplies. Whenever I found something, I called Metro. For awhile there, I kept Southeast Las Vegas clear of drug labs.

I found out what happened to a little black boy who disappeared near a swap meet back in the 1990s. If the cops ever move on that one, I will so happily crow about here on Fark.

I stopped a couple of black thugs from beating the daylights out of a young man because they wanted his Bulls jacket. The young man turned out to be the son of local made man. The made man reminds me yearly that he owes me a favor.

When I was working at the MGM Grand here in Las Vegas, after they finished the first monorail system and started looking for drivers, the management made a big fuss of out offering those jobs to EVS and Housekeeping employees (some of whom had already driven those refurbished Disneyland monorails when they were younger) and then giving all the driving jobs, save for one, to the sons of casino suits. When I pointed out how fishy this was, one of the EVS porters who cleaned the HR offices gave me 900 applications for the monorail driving job that were thrown away in the trash. I confronted the MGM upper management with these discarded applications, and some more evidence that I had collected, and they fired very nearly the entire monorail department out of fear of a class action lawsuit.

Later on, when my then girlfriend was working as a monorail attendant, she complained that there was no cover from the sun, that the attendants were not allowed to keep water handy or were allowed bathroom breaks, all I had to do was make one phone call to fix all that.

My last big whoops was when a friend of mine who had been locked out of his job as a packer at a medical supply facility because of an union dispute, told me about lower management using the chaos as a cover to steal medical supplies and equipment meant for our troops in Iraq. I tipped off a news reporter friend of mine about what was happening, and a few weeks later, the lower management suits were all fired and all the packers rehired. I had saved almost 900 jobs (the number 900 keeps popping up in my life).

My personal life is a disaster though. I'm not ashamed to admit I need help now.
 
2012-10-18 12:03:33 PM

Grandemadaca: Radio restoration:

Picked up a beat-up old Fada 609 at a thrift shop:

[imageshack.us image 640x427]

After recapping, stripping, painting and recreating the dial cover:

[antiqueradios.com image 640x427]

Plays sweet, too.

...still need to find matching knobs.


Find someone with a 3D printer.
 
2012-10-18 12:04:09 PM
Was chased by a helicopter at around 17 in my 86' Buick Cutlass Cierra for partying at an abandoned house in the country..Eventually they turned back after a few miles of keeping the spotlight on my buddies and I..Later found out it was near an area used for military training and it was probably just some guys farking with a bunch ofus punk kids..
 
2012-10-18 12:07:14 PM
I recorded an irish folk/rock CD, with one of the songs being an original composition and a second having a counter-melody that I wrote.

Old Dogs, New Tricks
 
2012-10-18 12:10:04 PM

Sargun: HelloNeuman: 36 years with the same company. 14 different jobs.

How does this work?


I have changed jobs within the same company 14 times over 36 years. Everthing from working on the shipping dock to Materials manager.
 
2012-10-18 12:12:33 PM
I gigoogalied my own geshmoigan
 
2012-10-18 12:12:53 PM
I beat Castlevania: Symphony of the Night with all my stats hard-coded to 1 via GameShark.
 
2012-10-18 12:15:05 PM

Sargun: HelloNeuman: 36 years with the same company. 14 different jobs.

How does this work?


promotions, transfers, etc.
 
2012-10-18 12:26:33 PM
After many years of playing air guitar, I finally picked up a real one and using nothing but 'lessons' found online, taught myself how to play. I play a bit of ukulele now too.

I have also successfully performed a family tradition we call simply "the egg trick". You take several glasses of water (in my case 4) lined up in a row, cover them with a thin piece of plywood such that the edge sticks several inches out from the glasses. Place the cardboard centers of toilet paper rolls on top of the plywood such that they are perfectly aligned above the glasses. Place raw eggs in the top of the card board toilet paper rolls. Align the entire configuration on the edge of a table or counter-top so that the edge of the plywood extends just beyond the edge of the table/counter top. Then, using a standard straw broom, step on the broom bristles and pull the handle back to create some tension and release the broom handle so that it hits the edge of the plywood (the broom handle is then stopped by the edge of the table/countertop). The plywood shoots out and the eggs fall into the glasses of water unbroken. This trick has been performed on New Year's Eve by my family since the '50s by my grandfather and great uncle, then my father and uncles, now by my brother and I. The trick is that it is usually done just before midnight when everyone (including the 'performers') are half in the bag. Voila!
 
2012-10-18 12:30:06 PM

theknuckler_33: After many years of playing air guitar, I finally picked up a real one and using nothing but 'lessons' found online, taught myself how to play. I play a bit of ukulele now too.

I have also successfully performed a family tradition we call simply "the egg trick". You take several glasses of water (in my case 4) lined up in a row, cover them with a thin piece of plywood such that the edge sticks several inches out from the glasses. Place the cardboard centers of toilet paper rolls on top of the plywood such that they are perfectly aligned above the glasses. Place raw eggs in the top of the card board toilet paper rolls. Align the entire configuration on the edge of a table or counter-top so that the edge of the plywood extends just beyond the edge of the table/counter top. Then, using a standard straw broom, step on the broom bristles and pull the handle back to create some tension and release the broom handle so that it hits the edge of the plywood (the broom handle is then stopped by the edge of the table/countertop). The plywood shoots out and the eggs fall into the glasses of water unbroken. This trick has been performed on New Year's Eve by my family since the '50s by my grandfather and great uncle, then my father and uncles, now by my brother and I. The trick is that it is usually done just before midnight when everyone (including the 'performers') are half in the bag. Voila!


csb. The pull my finger trick? All Mine. Patented even.
 
2012-10-18 12:35:54 PM
Turned this: 
imageshack.us

Into this:

imageshack.us 

200 year old Czech bass (so I've been told). sounds good. very lucky to have it. took 3 years.....
 
2012-10-18 12:44:33 PM
Impregnated my girlfriend over 32 years ago and now I have a great son.
 
2012-10-18 12:52:02 PM
I started taking uke lessons at my daughter's hula halau (while waiting for her to dance) a couple of years ago. I finally got good enough that now they let me play with the regular band in public performances.

I played at a retirement luau for Senator Daniel Akaka last month. Got to hang out with him, too.
 
2012-10-18 12:53:24 PM

Glenford: Two years ago I was 310lbs. A 10k, half marathon, two 30k running races, a sprint and two Olympic distance triathlons later I'm down 60lbs, with a lot more to go.

Full marathon in December (Vegas, baby!), 1/2 Ironman next year, and full Ironman the following year.


Go man, go!

/Lost 75 lbs.
//Running my 2nd marathon this weekend!
 
2012-10-18 12:54:43 PM

SurfaceTension: I've bowled 6 300 games and 1 800 (3 game) series.


I had to click on your handle because my brother has done something similar ...5 300 games and 3 800 series. All I know is that after the 4th, he gave me a ring with my nickname engraved on it, as he's running out of designs/things he wanted to do with them.

He's more proud of the 800 series, I'm sure you are as well. 

/I'm the world's worst bowler with a 300 ring.
 
2012-10-18 01:10:03 PM
I caught a 12" brim (bluegill) with a cane pole when I was eight. It was the first time I'd been fishing "by myself" (pond was within view of the house).

In the last twelve months, I've dropped sixty pounds, quit smoking and climbed a 14er.

Actually, I'm mostly impressed I kept said weight off over the summer while indulging in one of Denver's favorite pastimes: beer.
 
2012-10-18 01:13:12 PM
I pulled the rare mother/daughter double in Tracy, Ca in 1995, but not both at the same time
 
2012-10-18 01:15:34 PM
this one time, I spanked the monkey 4 times in one day.
 
2012-10-18 01:20:00 PM

Grandemadaca: Glenford: Two years ago I was 310lbs. A 10k, half marathon, two 30k running races, a sprint and two Olympic distance triathlons later I'm down 60lbs, with a lot more to go.

Full marathon in December (Vegas, baby!), 1/2 Ironman next year, and full Ironman the following year.

Go man, go!

/Lost 75 lbs.
//Running my 2nd marathon this weekend!


Thanks! Best of luck this weekend!
 
2012-10-18 01:21:03 PM
I'm finally debt free 10 years after my divorce...
 
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