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Old 05-11-21, 05:47 AM
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So Who Would It Be?

An interesting mental exercise. If a magic genie suddenly popped out of your beer can one day, and said she would grant one wish, but the wish would have to be in the form of you becoming a celebrity, who would it be? If you were any celebrity that you could choose, who would you admire most? Who would you want to spend the rest of your life inside their world, their body, their person, ala Being John Malkovich? I would define "celebrity" as any actor, musician or singer, writer, or political figure. A proper response would state the name of that person and a brief explanation why you chose them. I'll come back with my response after someone else starts off.

Who would it be? With whom do you so admire that you would trade places?
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Old 05-11-21, 11:22 AM
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Clint Eastwood. Uh, because he's frickin' CLINT EASTWOOD, duh! But maybe a younger version; dude's getting up there.

Second choice, maybe Keanu Reeves. He's actually around my age, and seems like a genuinely good guy.
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Nah, I'd pick someone I *don't* admire. Then I'd change "his" behavior to freak out the world. So... I'd go for Jeff Bezos. Then I'd find out whether it's actually possible to be, simultaneously, a billionaire, conscientious businessman, philanthropist and decent employer. Maybe I'd discover the harsh reality that billionaires tend to be horrible human beings because that's the inescapable nature of being wealthy and powerful.
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I've actually spent some time on this flight of fancy. As a GI, you often get locked into the "hurry up and wait" routine. So many times have I spent long hours on a C130 heading God-knows-where, or standing in the snow guarding something. If you can be comfortable inside your own head, then tedious duty becomes a lot more bearable. So I have occasionally thought of with whom I would trade places.

There was a time when I wished I was Robert Plant. One of the biggest icons of rock and roll. At 72, he's still a good-looking chap. What a life he's had! Biggest trouble with this swap would be such a lack of anonymity. EVERYONE knows who Robert Plant is, even with aging showing on his face.

T'would be cool to be Bruce Dickinson. Sing Iron Maiden tunes. Golf. Fly airplanes.
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frank zappa. at least when he was alive. he led a very interesting creative life as much as i know. made a lot of great music and very influential in the minds of generations. and, he didn't take everything seriously all the time. plus, i'd find out just how he used a chicken to measure
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Ned Overend.

I could climb like a god, and be retired for 20-odd years by now. Plus, he seems to be a pretty decent guy, at least from interviews and such.
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Tough to pick one, but probably go with David Byrne. Interesting multi-dimensional artistic talent, and those Talking Heads albums rocked! I did meet him once walking on the street in Hollywood in about 2005 (no one else seemed to recognize him), chatted with for a few minutes and I even got a picture with him (used a film camera, not one of the newer digital ones, which he thought was interesting). He's also an avid bicycle rider when home in NYC.
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Tough to pick one, but probably go with David Byrne. Interesting multi-dimensional artistic talent, and those Talking Heads albums rocked! I did meet him once walking on the street in Hollywood in about 2005 (no one else seemed to recognize him), chatted with for a few minutes and I even got a picture with him (used a film camera, not one of the newer digital ones, which he thought was interesting). He's also an avid bicycle rider when home in NYC.
That's a great story. I have a couple of similar: I once met Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Sometimes a Great Notion) here in downtown Salem (he lived in Eugene). I said "Hey, you're Ken Kesey!" He said "Yes I am!" Talked with him a bit, thanked him for his great books. Very good-natured, friendly guy. I think he was surprised I recognized him. How many people recognize authors?

The other was meeting actor Matthew Modine. I worked in a natural food store (also in Salem) from 1984-1996, and one evening I was working the register, and he walked in with his wife and mom. Nice guy; very tall as I recall.
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Nah, I'd pick someone I *don't* admire. Then I'd change "his" behavior to freak out the world.
Yeah, I was kinda thinking Kim Jong Un; lose some weight, get a better haircut, give 25 million people their freedom, and contribute to world peace.


But it would be more fun to be Captain Picard.
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Alton Brown seems like a kindred spirit.

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But it would be more fun to be Captain Picard.
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Old 05-12-21, 03:25 AM
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Alex Honnold. Fun and scenery until the end.
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Old 05-12-21, 06:03 PM
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Wow, you guys who have met celebrities! The only celeb - if you can call him one - that I met was Jimmy Houston once at a boating/fishing show. He was as much a peckerhead in person as he was kissing largemouth bass on tv.
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Ozzy Osborne! No question about it. lol
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I would be a totally different Jeff Bezos, I would pay all of my employees a living wage with some benefits and vastly improve the conditions of all of the warehouses and force everyone at the upper levels of management to take pay cuts. I would also go to most of the U.S. framebuilders and buy some bikes and build a nice velodrome and someone to keep and maintain it and all the bikes and pay them really well. Then I would donate a ton of money to worthy causes and live a reasonable but simple life (beyond the bikes)
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I would be a totally different Jeff Bezos, I would pay all of my employees a living wage with some benefits and vastly improve the conditions of all of the warehouses and force everyone at the upper levels of management to take pay cuts. I would also go to most of the U.S. framebuilders and buy some bikes and build a nice velodrome and someone to keep and maintain it and all the bikes and pay them really well. Then I would donate a ton of money to worthy causes and live a reasonable but simple life (beyond the bikes)
You are an honorable man, Mr. Griswold. I like your words of projected change if you were to become Bezos.

In following with the same theme, I'd become Elon Musk and shift his space and automotive pursuits into something the people can use.
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I'd want to become the youngest celebrity I could find. Maybe some little boy currently doing cereal ads or something...

"Mikey likes it!"
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You are an honorable man, Mr. Griswold. I like your words of projected change if you were to become Bezos.

In following with the same theme, I'd become Elon Musk and shift his space and automotive pursuits into something the people can use.
Thank you, I just wish I could actually do that but I couldn't do the bald thing. You are the richest man in the world and you can't even run your company at least somewhat ethically which would still net you more money than you could ever need. He is not just a rich dude he is the richest of them all globally. He has a net worth that is one Jim Walton (16th richest person in the world) more than Bill Gates (4th richest) according to Forbes. You could live quite comfortably as as Jim Walton and use the rest of that money to do some real good at your own company let alone the rest of the world or even just localized in the U.S. there is plenty of need for money to help right here.

It is just crazy. I would be well beyond happy with just a billion, I would have all the bikes I could want and live a very comfortable life with no real cares and be able to do some good and have some solid impact. But to have almost 190 billion and have so many issues at your company you own is just crazy.
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IMO, All the honorable celebrities in Hollywood died years ago. Most are Lefty morons now. Pfffft
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I would be well beyond happy with just a billion, I would have all the bikes I could want and live a very comfortable life with no real cares and be able to do some good and have some solid impact.
I'd be happy with a million. I'm a pretty simple guy. I like the simple things. The sound of a stream... birds singing in the cool morning air... watching my grandchildren play...

I think with more money comes more problems. It truly is the root of all evil.
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Lookie here now Luke!
You started this mess with an ask for fantasy's. I'm sure you would be happy with grandkids having a happy life, and some money. But the ask for the other fantasy's started this. Getting rich and being rich doesn't always compute in a whole life picture. I have spent an entire work life in a public service job and believe me they knew how to put "servant" in Public Servant. My happiness now consists of just being a regular person who can give a few small things back to society. A giant windfall of money would only help to confuse me as how to move forward. Life doesn't need those complications. Smiles, MH
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I'd pick the hottest young babe in show biz today and then spend all my time in bed playing with myself. Sorry, I forgot about the children that play here. I'm probably banned now and can add this site to the others along with FB, Twitter, linked, etc. oops!
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I'd pick the hottest young babe in show biz today and then spend all my time in bed playing with myself. Sorry, I forgot about the children that play here. I'm probably banned now and can add this site to the others along with FB, Twitter, linked, etc. oops!
it's funny 'cause i thought of the same thing. to be charlize theron for a day
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A giant windfall of money would only help to confuse me as how to move forward. Life doesn't need those complications. Smiles, MH
I've been unfortunate to have a couple huge windfalls (insurance settlements), and honestly I would rather have the people back. Money comes and goes. Material possessions are nothing compared to love and friendship. I know I asked for a fantasy, but maybe it was just a fleeting indulgence. Maybe I'm just an old hippie. This morning, right here, sipping my coffee, I'm happy just being me.
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I'd pick the hottest young babe in show biz today and then spend all my time in bed playing with myself. Sorry, I forgot about the children that play here. I'm probably banned now and can add this site to the others along with FB, Twitter, linked, etc. oops!
I can't believe it took that many posts to get there. That was my first thought.
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it's funny 'cause i thought of the same thing. to be charlize theron for a day
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