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Old 10-22-2011, 09:49 PM
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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Years ago, I met George de Mestral who developed and patented Velcro. Pretty interesting and memorable conversation.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:52 PM
Location: St. Louis
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Oh heavens, can't believe I forgot to post this sooner.

Way back in oh, '78 or so, I was hanging out at Venice Beach, CA. I had traveled there from MO and couldn't sleep so I was window shopping downtown very early in the morning. This rather strange little man came up and started talking to me and as all young women do I put up my ***** shield, but he didn't care--he just kept talking. He was telling me all this crazy stuff about how he lived out on the street and loved it--he had figured out how to live on practically nothing and had rigged up a shower somewhere so he had everything he needed. At first I was very cool to him but gradually became interested in what he was saying so when he went into a breakfast place and asked me to follow and he'd get us breakfast, I went. He went up to a plate of food that was half eaten and abandoned and asked the waitress if he could have it and she said sure. I decided not to eat, lol. He asked me where I was from and I said Springfield, MO, and he looked amazed and told me that's where he was from too. Since there was so much BS coming from him, I didn't believe it at all, and besides, he def would have stood out like a sore thumb in MO. I called him Ziggy b/c he looked like that cartoon character.

Well guess who I ran into a couple of months later in Springfield? You guessed it. He followed me home and asked me for some bread and my roommate had a fit when he came in--she knew of him very well and wasn't happy to see him b/c he was such a mooch. I got rid of him that day but he showed up a few days later at about 7:30 am as we were getting ready for classes and he sat on my couch with these 2 prisms stuck in his eyes and was tripping off of that. Got rid of him again but then I kept hearing all these stories about the man, like how he got arrested for chanting and praying by the statue in front of St. John's Hospital. Then when they put him in jail he got in trouble for chanting on his prayer rug in the nude. Funny thing is, I doubt the man ever did any drugs. He was completely notorious in Springfield, so I guess he wasn't lying after all.

So fast forward about 15 years and I was in St. Louis and talking to a co-worker and he was telling a story about this really weird person he had just met and described him and I yelled, "OMG, was his name Paul B?" My co-worker looked a little spooked and said he didn't know his last name but he thought his name was Paul. That was so weird--I'm sure it was him b/c I never ever met anyone again that was that. . . interesting.
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Old 10-23-2011, 03:00 PM
Location: St. Louis
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OMG, after I wrote that last post I googled the man and there he was! Hasn't changed a bit--calls himself Palu Rainbow Song. I'll bet he lives to be 125 years old.
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