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Old 10-07-08, 12:55 PM   #1
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Post about a time you utilized your skills of persuasion, a Jedi mind trick, or skullduggery to get out of some situation.

Here's mine. During my undergrad, I had the brilliant idea to take Latin for my language requirement. At level 4, it was clear that I was likely going to fail out and screw myself royally in regards to grad credits required to get out on time (i.e. 4 years). I went and talked to my advisor who told me I'd have to talk to some bigwigs about getting out of the language requirement, my argument of the day being I was already bilingual, so why couldn't I use the creds somewhere else. I lucked out, got a guy who happened to be an ex-Peace Corps volunteer RPCV-Philippines, and the extent of the conversation was me talking to him about his service and near the end, him saying, what's the word for "cat" again...that was a long 5 seconds where my BSing mind had to go through ibon, no, aso, no...oh yeah, on the hotseat now, pusa. If I had only done it prior to taking four quarters of Latin...so whatcha got?
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Senior year in high school. I was taking night classes to make up for failed classes in previous years when I was a bad little boy and skipping all the time.

I was taking accounting, but the teacher was forced to teach accounting, business computers and typing all simultaneously. Typing students need their hands held, so the few people in there trying to take business computer and accounting were basically given the book and told to read chapters and do questions at end. You'd be lucky if you could get teacher for 5 minutes of the 3 hour class twice a week.

Needless to say, I was not too far along in the book and really didn't deserve to pass; however, I explained how it was mostly due to the fact that I had no guidance. I told her that I knew it wasn't her fault though...they shouldn't give her all the classes at once.

Also, she was being moved to another room across the campus and I spent many hours (after school, during night class time, etc...) to help her move her class equipment to the other room.

When it was all said and done, she took my argument and my helpful spirit into account and gave the D so I could pass by the skin of my teeth.

I literally went to the cafeteria after the graduation ceremony to pick up the diploma not yet knowing if I really had one waiting or would have to do summer school.

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Almost my entire senior year English class was thoroughly BSed. I would write three page essays on books I'd never read and get As and Bs (somehow). Now, I find myself going back and reading those books that I should have read then. Just proves how dumb I am/was.
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Lamplight's story reminds me of another one.

My first semester in college I was in a Sociology class. On a test there was an essay question about the something-something experiment. God I hated that class....both class and material were sooo boring, I could barely pay attention.

I had no idea what this experiment was even about, but I wrote 4 PAGES of fluff. I never once even said what the experiment was about, but kept saying things like it was "groundbreaking" and "revealed new answers", etc.....

I ended up getting bonus points on that essay question because of the length of my answer though I never "said" a damn thing.
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Almost my entire senior year English class was thoroughly BSed. I would write three page essays on books I'd never read and get As and Bs (somehow). Now, I find myself going back and reading those books that I should have read then. Just proves how dumb I am/was.
I only did that w/ one book senior year, Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath. Thanks, bumblebee! Real d-bag thing for me to do...senior slide is a b*tch.
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Post about a time you utilized your skills of persuasion, a Jedi mind trick, or skullduggery to get out of some situation.

Here's mine. During my undergrad, I had the brilliant idea to take Latin for my language requirement. At level 4, it was clear that I was likely going to fail out and screw myself royally in regards to grad credits required to get out on time (i.e. 4 years). I went and talked to my advisor who told me I'd have to talk to some bigwigs about getting out of the language requirement, my argument of the day being I was already bilingual, so why couldn't I use the creds somewhere else. I lucked out, got a guy who happened to be an ex-Peace Corps volunteer RPCV-Philippines, and the extent of the conversation was me talking to him about his service and near the end, him saying, what's the word for "cat" again...that was a long 5 seconds where my BSing mind had to go through ibon, no, aso, no...oh yeah, on the hotseat now, pusa. If I had only done it prior to taking four quarters of Latin...so whatcha got?

Mmm ... being bilingual, I tested out spanish for 12 credits.

4 hour test ... computarized.

I scored 100%!!
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Old 10-07-08, 01:20 PM   #8
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^ Thank God they didn't have a computerized test for Tagalog...whew...dodged that bullet.
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the only thing I got away with BS wise was the friggin service papers we had to write in high school. I would sit down and write 5 full pages of complete BS and get a 100 on it. The only thing that the service requirement taught me was how to put black onto white.
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Why are everyone's storries about school and papers? Maby that's the only time in life when you actually can BS you way through a situation.
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BS'd my way out of the Human Resources dept of a Temp Agency who were withholding my last check (well - they didn't know I wasn't coming back) until I produced a copy of the death certificate of the certain person I said passed away and that's why I didn't show up or call for 3 days.

Gave long winded terrible story of who and why and how and ... Got the check.

never used that one again ...
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got caught pissing in the alley outside the pub by a bike cop... i was good and tanked, but started talking about bikes, meanwhile my friend was still pissing.... talked to him for a good 5 or 10 minutes about cycling, and he sent me on my way....
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got caught pissing in the alley outside the pub by a bike cop... i was good and tanked, but started talking about bikes, meanwhile my friend was still pissing.... talked to him for a good 5 or 10 minutes about cycling, and he sent me on my way....
Dude...you talked shop w/ the bike cop to get out of the ticket? hahahaha...what was he riding, btw?
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I used to save a dead bee on my dashboard. Got pulled over for speeding once and did the arms flailing out of the window bit. When the cop came up and asked my if I knew why I was pulled over, I said no and added that I was busy trying to deal with a bee that flew in the window. Showed him the dead bee and he let me off. I was 25 over in a 35 too.
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some dude wanted to kill me cause he was drunk and I walked into the bathroom when someone (a girl? his girl?) was in there (long story: no visible line, I was working, really had to go, door wasn't closed, light in bathroom wasn't working, etc etc...I had no clue anyone was in there).

I surprised him (and myself) by just giving him a big smile and a friendly sort of half-hug...it worked.

Funny, cause I am the biggest wuss on earth...but at that moment i remember being as calm as all get out...it must have calmed him too...very odd and I can't explain it. But glad I still have all my teeth!
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Dude...you talked shop w/ the bike cop to get out of the ticket? hahahaha...what was he riding, btw?
Yuppp!!! I think at the time the city cops were riding Kona Calderas... I believe they now ride Rocky Mountain something or others...
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I had a really bad habit of skipping classes in high school and going to the park. I skipped typing class every day for a month, which brought me to the attention of the high school principal. I also had a bad habit of taking massive amounts of LSD in school as well. These two chinks in my armor converged one fine day.

I got to my English class and had forgotten my copy of Hamlet, so I was sent to my locker to get it, but I think it took me like 30 minutes because i kept getting into adventures, like finding a ballon in the hall and seeing a mock court trial being enacted by the honor student kids. I finally found my way back and realized I had forgotten to get my book, anyway. The teacher was mad, and had some student aid doosh waiting to escort me to the office.

So I was led up to the principal's office, not really liking where the day was taking me but willing to follow my bliss. I got into his office and had a very hard time extricating myself from my backpack. By the time the backpack finally fell to the floor with an echoey thud I looked up and realized the principal wasn't even at the desk I hadn't looked at yet. I thought perhaps this was my chance! I immediately rushed out the door, with a choice between going right or left.

Well, unfortunately I chose left and ran right into Mr. Holmes trying to grab the balloon I had been laughing with earlier. I went back into his office and sat down. At this point, I was having trouble with depth perception. Holmes seemed like the only constant in a rapidly changing, very colorful universe. I remember saying "yes sir" a lot and not much else. I guess it worked because next thing you know i was in the hall with my friend the balloon and the bell was ringing and people were pouring out of class and I was laughing about how floaty the balloon was and trying to explain the floatiness to a Bolshevik.

Then I went home and a Blue Jay decided to fly in my house and I was trying to flush him out with a loaf of bread and a towel.
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senior yr, last semester of college way back in 1987...computer science major and i freakin' hated programming. had to take this programming class, can't even remember the language now, and i was just struggling in it because the prof was hungarian and wasn't great with the english language...end of semester...i was pretty much getting a D in the class at that point....a D meant that i was not going to graduate!!!!

my family had plans to be there to watch me graduate, people coming several hours away and my dad thought i was doing great in school! i went to the prof and told him that everyone was coming to see me graduate, that i couldn't get a D, would he purty please give me a C so i could graduate??? purty please w/cherry on top??? i just smiled and batted my eyes, smiled more and he said, well, i suppose i can make this exception. woooooo-hoooooo!!! i left his office just skipping and jumping down the hall!!!

i did graduate.
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I had a really bad habit of skipping classes in high school and going to the park. I skipped typing class every day for a month, which brought me to the attention of the high school principal. I also had a bad habit of taking massive amounts of LSD in school as well. These two chinks in my armor converged one fine day.

I got to my English class and had forgotten my copy of Hamlet, so I was sent to my locker to get it, but I think it took me like 30 minutes because i kept getting into adventures, like finding a ballon in the hall and seeing a mock court trial being enacted by the honor student kids. I finally found my way back and realized I had forgotten to get my book, anyway. The teacher was mad, and had some student aid doosh waiting to escort me to the office.

So I was led up to the principal's office, not really liking where the day was taking me but willing to follow my bliss. I got into his office and had a very hard time extricating myself from my backpack. By the time the backpack finally fell to the floor with an echoey thud I looked up and realized the principal wasn't even at the desk I hadn't looked at yet. I thought perhaps this was my chance! I immediately rushed out the door, with a choice between going right or left.

Well, unfortunately I chose left and ran right into Mr. Holmes trying to grab the balloon I had been laughing with earlier. I went back into his office and sat down. At this point, I was having trouble with depth perception. Holmes seemed like the only constant in a rapidly changing, very colorful universe. I remember saying "yes sir" a lot and not much else. I guess it worked because next thing you know i was in the hall with my friend the balloon and the bell was ringing and people were pouring out of class and I was laughing about how floaty the balloon was and trying to explain the floatiness to a Bolshevik.

Then I went home and a Blue Jay decided to fly in my house and I was trying to flush him out with a loaf of bread and a towel.
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Ive never had to BS my way out of any situation. Ive been seeing a psychiatrist (Dr. Rebeur) since I was like 6, she taught me certain "skills" that keep me from getting into situations that require ones ability to BS. Matter of fact Ive got to go to my appointment with her right now! (you've just been BS'ed! )
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