bcooper
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September 4th, 2010 at 11:39:20 PM permalink
Largest amount I've found and kept was about $80 that I found walking from a hotel room to the lobby going across the parking lot.

At the Ameristar casino in St. Louis, I once found a signed blank check. Being nice, I called the phone number on it, got voicemail, and left a message that I found their signed check on the casino floor and was going to destroy it. I then tore it up into about 20 little pieces and threw those away.
inap
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September 5th, 2010 at 3:43:28 AM permalink
in my younger years i used to do alot of bike riding, ten speed road bike type. in fact i was in a club and used to do a little racing. my friend and i used to ride late at night. it was nice to ride then, no traffic and road was all ours. we would ride for miles, like sometimes 60 or more and sometimes get back home when the sun was coming up. anyway, one night when we got close to home i found a bill in the road right in the middle of an intersection. it had just rained so the road was wet and the bill was stuck to the road. i stopped to pick it up then the thought crossed my mind, if there was one maybe there would be more! i headed up the road and kept my eyes peeled to the road like searching for treasure. i figured if there were any more bills it wouldn't be able to fly away because it would be stuck to the road. sure enough, i started finding several bills stuck to the road! i didn't say anything to my friend but just started picking up bills with excitement. my friend yelled to me asking what i was doing? i just kept picking up bills, and ending up finding $55! back then it was enough for a new tv which i needed.

years before that another friend and i went to the last few days of the national guard summer training camp. his father was a captain that's why we could hang out with them during the training. i found some change in the grass and sure enough started looking for more! i found a trail of loose change, which wasn't much but in those days was alot, and the fact that i kept picking them up like there was no tomorrow was exciting! i gave it to my friends father and he assembled the troops and anounced if anyone lost any money. no one stepped forward so he split the money between my friend and i.

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Garnabby
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September 5th, 2010 at 6:20:50 PM permalink
Quote: mkl654321

If you're referring to me, Garnabby, I am a teacher, not a "teacher", in the same way you are often full of it, not just "full of it."



Let's assume, (though i don't know how,) that you've already proved (to me) that you're a teacher of some sort and degree. The fact remains, that earlier you and/or someone else referred to yourself as a "teacher"... simply quoted. Why the hostility... not to assume you are such by nature, of course?

Second, please explain (to me) how 'full of it' differs from "full of it"? (And how a person can be both at once.)

Third, i am "often" the latter because i made a specific observation about the activity of walking?
Why bet at all, if you can be sure? Anyway, what constitutes a "good bet"? - The best slots-game in town; a sucker's edge; or some gray-area blackjack-stunts? (P.S. God doesn't even have to exist to be God.)
Garnabby
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September 5th, 2010 at 6:25:26 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

...if you wish to hit back, please make a new thread for it.



Thank you, but you haven't "hit" me yet.
Why bet at all, if you can be sure? Anyway, what constitutes a "good bet"? - The best slots-game in town; a sucker's edge; or some gray-area blackjack-stunts? (P.S. God doesn't even have to exist to be God.)
mkl654321
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September 5th, 2010 at 8:07:39 PM permalink
Quote: Garnabby

Let's assume, (though i don't know how,) that you've already proved (to me) that you're a teacher of some sort and degree. The fact remains, that earlier you and/or someone else referred to yourself as a "teacher"... simply quoted. Why the hostility... not to assume you are such by nature, of course?

Second, please explain (to me) how 'full of it' differs from "full of it"? (And how a person can be both at once.)

Third, i am "often" the latter because i made a specific observation about the activity of walking?



Heh. We English teachers sometimes forget that nuances of the language all too often go right over people's heads.

Characterizing someone while putting that characterization in quotation marks equates to an ironic statement that that person is actually NOT what the characterization would suggest, i.e., a fake or a fraud.

Compare:

He's a priest in a Catholic church in Kansas City."
He's a "priest" in a Catholic church in Kansas City."

He runs a grocery store in the South Bronx.
He runs a "grocery store" in the South Bronx.

He's a nice guy.
He's a "nice guy".

See the difference? If you didn't mean "teacher" that way, I apologize for my reaction. It seemed to me that you were somehow suggesting that I was posturing, though if someone wants to lie to make themself more glamorous or something, I doubt that calling themselves an English teacher would be their first choice.

And the difference between full of it and "full of it" is that in the former case, you actually are full of it; in the latter, someone merely THINKS you are.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.---George Bernard Shaw
Garnabby
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September 5th, 2010 at 8:43:19 PM permalink
Quote: mkl654321

Characterizing someone while putting that characterization in quotation marks equates to an ironic statement that that person is actually NOT what the characterization would suggest, i.e., a fake or a fraud.



As i thusly used those many times in the past, on many different boards. But are you suggesting that 'quotation marks' aren't, by definition, primarily for quotations? Then check out, "Although quotation marks primarily enclose direct quotations from speech and writing, they also set off titles and highlight special senses. Always use quotation marks in pairs, one at the beginning of the quotation and one at the end. Double quotation marks (" ") are standard, while single quotation marks () are only used for quotation marks within quotation marks. In British writing, this convention is reversed." ( http://www.nipissingu.ca/english/hornbook/quotatio.htm )

Quote: mkl654321

See the difference? If you didn't mean "teacher" that way, I apologize for my reaction. It seemed to me that you were somehow suggesting that I was posturing, though if someone wants to lie to make themself more glamorous or something, I doubt that calling themselves an English teacher would be their first choice.



In one of my previous replies, when i indicated that there aren't many texts about "reading between the lines" and determining who's "posing". One good technique is to intentionally not provide a lot of contextual clues, to allow the other guy as wide a range of response(s) as possible to say what's really on the mind; or conversely, to phrase stuff to allow for only a yes/no response, to put the other at ease.

Anyway, i wouldn't want to limit the scope of anyone's real potential to one's profession. (Eg, i did my share of cross-words when those were popular, but have to admit that the best solver i know of is a retired laborer.)

Quote: mkl654321

And the difference between full of it and "full of it" is that in the former case, you actually are full of it; in the latter, someone merely THINKS you are.



(As i suspected,) if you meant the slang for "full of sh*t, nonsense, etc", then it's not possible for anyone to be full of that. One can "step in it", but not be full of it.
Why bet at all, if you can be sure? Anyway, what constitutes a "good bet"? - The best slots-game in town; a sucker's edge; or some gray-area blackjack-stunts? (P.S. God doesn't even have to exist to be God.)
mkl654321
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September 5th, 2010 at 9:07:54 PM permalink
Quote: Garnabby

As i thusly used those many times in the past, on many different boards. But are you suggesting that 'quotation marks' aren't, by definition, primarily for quotations?

In one of my previous replies, when i indicated that there aren't many texts about "reading between the lines" and determining who's "posing". One good technique is to intentionally not provide a lot of contextual clues, to allow the other guy as wide a range of response(s) as possible to say what's really on the mind; or conversely, to phrase stuff to allow for only a yes/no response, to put the other at ease.

Anyway, i wouldn't want to limit the scope of anyone's real potential to one's profession. (Eg, i did my share of cross-words when those were popular, but have to admit that the best solver i know of is a retired laborer.)

(As i suspected,) if you meant the slang for "full of sh*t, nonsense, etc", then it's not possible for anyone to be full of that. One can "step in it", but not be full of it.



Primarily, yes. Exclusively, no.

I understand what you're saying, but on the internet, anybody can be anybody they want to be. The only way a person can claim an identity and make that claim credible is to provide verisimilitude; I have somewhat inadvertently provided that by employing a large vocabulary (which I do in the normal course of events), but also by being picky about spelling and grammar. Furthermore, I've indulged my natural tendency to be didactic. So I feel there's more "proof" that I am, in fact, an English teacher than, say, a piano player in a whorehouse.

And "full of shit" is, of course, a figurative term, but no less invalid for that--one could say "this economy is going down the toilet" while fully realizing that no such toilet big enough to do that exists (the Pentagon had one on the drawing board, but it was shelved due to environmental concerns).
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.---George Bernard Shaw
rxwine
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September 5th, 2010 at 9:24:28 PM permalink
Quote: mkl654321

So I feel there's more "proof" that I am, in fact, an English teacher than, say, a piano player in a whorehouse.



Why not be both? Go for the dream.

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September 9th, 2010 at 7:28:42 AM permalink
I own a restaurant and use to frequent equipment auctions. I bought a cash register for $20 at one. Got it back to the store, removed the cash drawer, and there was a $100 bill stuck to the roof of the compartment. Nice.

Went to the shoe store with my 13 year old. He opened the car door and stepped out onto a $100 bill. We looked around and saw no one. No way to tell where it blew in from either.

I was walking in The Beau Rivage with a friend. He spotted a black chip and scooped it never breaking stride.
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September 9th, 2010 at 8:25:16 AM permalink
We had a really windy day one day (as is common here in Vegas) and when we got home we let the dogs out. We were sitting in the back yard waiting for them to complete their business when the schnauzer comes walking up with a twenty dollar bill stuck to her nose. We went to the pet store and bought them both treats with it.

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