Thursday Night Open Thread

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Nothing much going on in the NFL world, but the NBA draft is tonight for those who care.

For the 2 of you who actually read this, tonight’s question is who’s the most famous person you know or have had a conversation longer than 5 minutes with?

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zulu trader
zulu trader
06/20/2019 10:48 pm

got to hang out with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones when I was a teenager. Also the King of Morocco King 9was a short fat fuck who always had food in his hand — Morocco paid him his weight in gold evey year) and Barbra Feldon (if your old enough to know her). Also got to meet Warren Beatty if you are old enough to know who he is and your especially old if you know who Walter Cronkite is, met him too. My Dad was the manager of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills California. Grew up around the hotel. Got to meet lots of all-stars. I think the hotel is still called Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons. Rooms start at $591 — that’s for the closet. Ended up sleeping in every type of room there. It’s a grand old hotel with multi-room suites apartment sized, with marble tubs.

pompano
pompano
Reply to  zulu trader
06/20/2019 11:16 pm

“got to hang out with Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones”
Explains a lot.
Also one of the top 3 senteces a person can utter.
Was Walter brusque or cool?

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
06/20/2019 10:31 pm

In one of my lives I ran security at a music venue. I could share these all night. I’ll do everybody a favor and skip the pop country videos

https://youtu.be/lrNfIqfimB8

https://youtu.be/6yCIDkFI7ew

https://youtu.be/P8-9mY-JACM

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
06/20/2019 10:20 pm

Had a nearly 5 minute conversation with John Force once. I was probably 18ish (now 37) and the conversation was not one on one. Whatever channel that was showing the drags then was getting ready to do a cut to commercial clip with him and I was right by him talking to him while they were getting ready.

John Force is awesome. Totally down to earth seemingly hard working, best drag racer EVER. It is fun just to watch him talk.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  MidKan Chiefs Lifer
06/20/2019 10:28 pm

Saw John Force once in Oklahoma, but never spoke with him. That whole family is awesome.

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed
06/20/2019 10:09 pm

When I was 19, I had a 2 bedroom apartment with my 17 year old sister. As you can imagine, we quickly became her crowd’s hangout spot. My sister had a friend in high school who played the drums. The kid’s dad was the drummer of this band below. He came over to pick up his son once and brought along the singer. They hung out for a bit. Some people really like one of their songs. In all honesty, this was probably my biggest 5+ minute conversational brush with fame.

https://youtu.be/btPJPFnesV4

WaywerdSon
WaywerdSon
06/20/2019 10:08 pm

Most folks here are probably more familiar with his kid, but way back when he was a player for the Hornets I spent many an evening tying one on with Dell Curry at the bar and grill in the shopping center next door to our apartment. Lots of the players hung out there

larch
sydenham
Reply to  WaywerdSon
06/20/2019 10:15 pm

He spent his final 3 playing years with the Raptors (1999-2002 iirc) and was a respected and steadying presence there.

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
06/20/2019 9:39 pm

I met Frank White and George Brett as a kid in the 80’s. Thought that was the coolest thing ever at the time. Was on a plane from KC to LA with Brett and shared an orthodontist with Frank White’s son.

pompano
pompano
Reply to  Tony Sommer
06/20/2019 10:12 pm

Got his autograph, , Leonard several others on a shitty pratice ball
and George Brett’s brother, George didn’t sign shit.
and I got Willie. loved Willie

QuackTastic
QuackTastic
06/20/2019 9:25 pm

Met justin Fuentes (virginia tech head coach), derek nnadi, chuck Rosenberg, and ty cobb (the lawyer)

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
06/20/2019 9:16 pm

Just read an opinion on ESPN that Watson will be a better fantasy pick this season than Mahomes. Funny stuff!

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  Tony Sommer
06/20/2019 9:35 pm

That was part of the argument, along with the Tyreek Hill situation, and regression etc. I’m still not buying it.

tecmo_sb35
tecmo_sb35
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
06/20/2019 9:43 pm

The regression point is like predicting a 16-0 team loses a game the next year. 4900 yards and 49 tds would be a regression.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
06/20/2019 9:23 pm

Maybe, but if I played fantasy he wouldn’t be my pick between the two.

KCChef
KCChef
06/20/2019 8:59 pm

So … Spent an hour on the phone w/ Tech Support from Comcast trying to get my internet to boot up to no avail … My 12 yr old Granddaughter just flipped a switch on the side of my ‘puter & it’s back … Argh … My inner Pirate is chagrined … ; (

pompano
pompano
Reply to  KCChef
06/20/2019 9:04 pm

when in doubt unplug / reboot
or turn the wifi back on

larch
sydenham
06/20/2019 8:55 pm

In the absence of meeting any of you folks, I had the privilege to meet and talk to Lieutenant-General The Honourable Romeo Dallaire. He was on a tour promoting his third book (First Light) and spoke at a nearby forces base. His experience alone leading the United Nations peace-keeping force in Rwanda 1993-4 qualifies him as famous, although fame nowadays is a funny term so instead how about inspirational. If you want to learn more then I recommend reading Shake Hands With the Devil, his first book which describes the Rwandan nightmare. A humble and caring person, he seemed to me, as he expressed genuine interest in Mrs. Syd and me and our life experiences during our short conversation.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  sydenham
06/20/2019 9:01 pm

Well, my wife was at a funeral with Jennifer Gardner today…

larch
sydenham
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
06/20/2019 9:05 pm

I’m missing the boat, I often do. Hipwaders come in handy.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  sydenham
06/20/2019 9:06 pm

Yeah, owner of her company died so they let everyone off early to go and Jennifer Gardner was there.

pompano
pompano
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
06/20/2019 9:05 pm

did they converse?

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 9:06 pm

Nah, my wife said she wasn’t impressed. I said a pic would have been nice…

Fire_FG_the_moron
Fire_FG_the_moron
Reply to  Tony Sommer
06/20/2019 9:37 pm

I met, shook hands with and spoke to Jen Ledger of Skillet after a concert last year. Does that count?

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed
Reply to  Fire_FG_the_moron
06/20/2019 10:00 pm

I worked with Ken Steorts of Skillet. He put in his 2 weeks to quit the day job right after I was hired.

BleedingRedAndGold
06/20/2019 8:48 pm

With a 4-1 lead, the Royals have been beating up the Twins’ Odorizzi tonight. It’s taken him almost 80 pitches just to get through 4 innings.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/20/2019 8:55 pm

Sparkman, OTOH, has turned in a solid game so far. 72 pitches through 5 and only gave up a solo shot in the 1st. Pitched around some runners, too.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/20/2019 9:12 pm

Sparkman looks good tonight.

BleedingRedAndGold
Reply to  CHIEFSandSABRES
06/20/2019 9:55 pm

7 innings and only 1 run. Very good game for him.

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/20/2019 10:30 pm

It was.

Dave B.
Dave B.
06/20/2019 8:32 pm

I used to hang out with a dude who lived in the apartment below the drummer from Lamb of God. Spent many nights drinking with them.

If anyone is scratching their head right now… they’re a pretty big metal band from Richmond VA. They’ve actually received Grammy nominations.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUylZ08N_Q4

Leaf
Reply to  Dave B.
06/20/2019 8:51 pm

One of the guys I used to work with in the military was a huge Lamb of God fan. Brings back memories.

saints_chiefsfan1979
saints_chiefsfan1979
Reply to  Leaf
06/20/2019 8:55 pm

I hate Lamb of God. I can’t stand the singers voice

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer
Reply to  Dave B.
06/20/2019 10:35 pm

I’m a fan of Lamb of God, would have really enjoyed the chance to spend a night drinking with them. Then again I would enjoy spending a night drinking with most anyone.

BleedingRedAndGold
06/20/2019 8:20 pm

Prolly the most famous for me would be CJ Cherryh, though that conversation didn’t go well. After that would probably be David A. Drake (The SF/F author, not the photographer), as I’ve talked with him a few times at conventions, and once found a likely solution to a question he didn’t know the answer to. He certainly believed it likely, from his email reply.

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
Reply to  BleedingRedAndGold
06/20/2019 8:45 pm

Richard Corben was a regular at the comic store I worked at in HS

slackator
slackator
06/20/2019 7:36 pm

As an answer for your question Id have to go with Jason White, of course Im not sure going to high school with him should count, but besides that I cant think of anybody famous Ive met or talked to

Nasrani
Nasrani
06/20/2019 7:27 pm

The most famous person I know/have had a conversation of more than five minutes with is the most recent lineup of the Christian metal band Disciple. My wife and I got to hang out with them before a show, and listen to some new demos. That was pretty fun, but I wouldn’t say I know them by any means.

While not asked, the most famous person I’ve spoken with is either a tossup between Sir Richard Branson, the guy who owns Virgin Atlantic, or Bill Nye the Science Guy. I got to ask the latter a question during a lecture in ~2014, on sustainable energy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2s8yGMEbSs

pompano
pompano
Reply to  Nasrani
06/20/2019 7:51 pm

Do Christian metal concerts have mosh pits?

Fire_FG_the_moron
Fire_FG_the_moron
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 8:13 pm

YES at least the one’s I’ve attended did

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
Reply to  Fire_FG_the_moron
06/20/2019 8:22 pm

My experience is that people will mosh to damn near anything

pompano
pompano
Reply to  Fire_FG_the_moron
06/20/2019 8:29 pm

Serious question, have you witnessed/participated in staight heavy metal mosh pits, and are they different?

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 8:40 pm

They can be. I have seen pits were everybody is having a great time and taking care of each other and I have seen pits full of a**holes looking to hurt people.

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 8:58 pm

There’s a lot more “God Bless You’s”.

saints_chiefsfan1979
saints_chiefsfan1979
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
06/20/2019 9:03 pm

nah, not a lot of sneezing at these shows or at least not more than normal

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  saints_chiefsfan1979
06/20/2019 9:05 pm

Seems like it should be obligatory for every time you slam into someone to bless them.

pompano
pompano
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
06/20/2019 9:07 pm

Do unto THIS, asshole!

saints_chiefsfan1979
saints_chiefsfan1979
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 8:59 pm

Not really. It mainly varies by genre. Metal shows can get violent and punk shows tend to have more dancing and not as much moshing

saints_chiefsfan1979
saints_chiefsfan1979
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 8:57 pm

Yes! The first time I ever crowd surfed was at an MXPX ( when they were considered a christian band) show at a coffee club called Yahway in KC

CHIEFSandSABRES
CHIEFSandSABRES
06/20/2019 6:58 pm

Met Will Shields and had about a 15 minute convo with him. Don’t “know” him by any means, but he’s good friends with my uncle so that’s how I got to meet him.

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
Reply to  CHIEFSandSABRES
06/20/2019 7:05 pm

Along those lines I used to drink on Sundays in the off season with Grunhard, Szott, and Parker at Fuzzys though I wouldn’t claim to know them

Anthony Stratton
Reply to  Beachbeard
06/20/2019 7:09 pm

How bout someone line me up with a dang interview if all you fellas know all these Chiefs…

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
Reply to  Anthony Stratton
06/20/2019 7:11 pm

That was 4 or 5 lifetimes ago. I am a long time out of the loop

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
06/20/2019 6:46 pm

Not sure where to begin with tonight’s question

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
Reply to  Tony Sommer
06/20/2019 7:00 pm

That may be the question

pompano
pompano
Reply to  Tony Sommer
06/20/2019 7:53 pm

The ultimate open thread question?
(hint) The answer is 15

larch
sydenham
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 8:44 pm

That old can of worms?

pompano
pompano
Reply to  sydenham
06/20/2019 8:56 pm

He must be by now don’t you think?
Born: March 11, 1952,
A late author: May 11, 2001

larch
sydenham
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 9:00 pm

Um, I’m lost, I thought you were referring to #11 vs #15.

pompano
pompano
Reply to  sydenham
06/20/2019 9:12 pm

42 vs 15 as the ultimate answer, It was unintentionally oblique, or not.
I liked 11, I love 15 for the record.

larch
sydenham
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 9:32 pm

I have yet to read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, if it is Douglas Adams that you’re referring to.

pompano
pompano
Reply to  sydenham
06/20/2019 9:40 pm

indeed. A trilogy in five parts..
The BBC tv series got me, then the books then the radio series that started it all, and the audio books voiced by Stephen Moore are very good

larch
sydenham
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 9:43 pm

Cool, it’s on my reading list. If the significance of 15 and 42 are revealed in the books then fine, but I’m not averse to spoiler alerts.

pompano
pompano
Reply to  sydenham
06/20/2019 9:49 pm

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.
There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

the signifaance of 42 cannot be understated, as the the significance of 15 cannot be overstated (15 is not in any version that I know of)

larch
sydenham
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 9:54 pm

So 42=AP and 15=AG.

pompano
pompano
Reply to  sydenham
06/20/2019 10:05 pm

well the ultimate questions was “What do you get if you multiply six by nine?” and 54-3=51 (which is 15 backwards) so why not.

larch
sydenham
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 10:08 pm

Okay, where are my hipwaders.

pompano
pompano
Reply to  sydenham
06/20/2019 10:18 pm

In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

hipwaders might come in handy

ArrowheadRed
ArrowheadRed
Reply to  pompano
06/20/2019 10:22 pm

Are you sure it was the beginning?

pompano
pompano
Reply to  ArrowheadRed
06/20/2019 10:26 pm

No I am not, but the point stands?

Beachbeard
Beachbeard
Reply to  Beachbeard
06/20/2019 7:09 pm

I’ll throw these guys out there

https://youtu.be/HKtsdZs9LJo

Leaf
Reply to  Beachbeard
06/20/2019 7:41 pm

How about with a who cares. It’s the NBA

Anthony Stratton
06/20/2019 6:41 pm

Yeah, so I created the open thread, scheduled it, then laid down on the couch for a minute to rest my eyes…

…about that “scheduled it” part tho.

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