What has been your greatest achievement in life so far?

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    Feb 18, 2010 4:09 AM GMT
    My life is pretty boring and somewhat status quo. So tell me about your awesome and exciting life. What are some achievements and milestones that you're proud of? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 18, 2010 5:13 AM GMT
    Well, since this is a fitness site, I'll filter mine down to just things dealing with physically-related accomplishments, in no chronological order. Not gold medal stuff, but little personal moments I like to remember:

    - pedaling a bike 165 miles down to Key West in 2008 for an AIDS fundraiser, the most handicapped of 382 riders, and just turning 60.

    - being the teenage tennis champion at our country club in the mid-1960s

    - in US Army Basic Training, being only one of 3 soldiers among 250 who earned both the highest Expert rating with a rifle, plus who also scored near perfect on the physical fitness (PT) test. That rare distinction earned me a 3-day pass, and an accelerated immediate promotion to the next higher pay grade. Me, a wimpy little nerd with glasses who was never picked for any team when I was growing up, running circles around all the former jocks who fell flat on their asses once they got in the Army.

    - Scoring a perfect and rare 300 on the Army PT test at age 37, when I taught Army ROTC. And not once, but twice in a row, in a 2-hour period, back to back. I insisted on taking the test alongside my Cadets, and I had 2 classes in which it was administered, at 11 AM and noon. So I took it twice.

    - Buying a brand new motorcycle here in Fort Lauderdale in 1997, and riding it 4700 miles solo back to Seattle, my permanent home at that time. Then 3 weeks later riding it another 5000 miles across the northern US states and back through Canada, putting 10,000 miles on it in less than 3 months. Barely a year after I'd had back surgery and my VA doctors had told me I'd never be able to ride a motorcycle again.

    - going back into my burning motor pool building (when I was an Army Motor Sergeant) to personally drive tracked vehicles out as the flaming roof crashed down all around me, and directing other soldiers to drive our parked trucks over a barrier fence to get them away from the blaze. Not a single vehicle was lost, and no soldiers were injured, except for a few burns on myself.

    - saving a soldier from a burning armored personnel carrier. I happened to see his M113 stalled and smoking as I was driving by in my jeep. Checking the engine compartment, I saw a fuel line fire had started, the fire suppression system inop. He refused to leave the driver's seat, so I yanked him out with both hands, and dragged him away just as the whole thing went up. It burnt to the hull.

    - dancing guys half my age off the floor at gay nightclubs, when I was in my mid-50s

    - getting bigger & harder than guys half my age right up until 58 (when I partnered again, so I wouldn't have any recent comparisons icon_wink.gif )

    Well, I think that's enough for now. Maybe more later. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 18, 2010 5:32 AM GMT
    I have learned not to care much about that stuff any more icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 18, 2010 5:36 AM GMT
    Learning when to walk away when someone is not worth the time or effort no matter how well intended they are.
    That and how to make pesto, handmade pasta and chicken parmigiana... YUM!
  • masculumpedes

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    Feb 18, 2010 5:38 AM GMT
    Starting my own company almost 5 years ago. icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 18, 2010 5:41 AM GMT
    EasilyDistracted saidLearning when to walk away when someone is not worth the time or effort no matter how well intended they are.
    That and how to make pesto, handmade pasta and chicken parmigiana... YUM!
    *golf clap*


    Aye, aye. I concur, sir, I most definitely concur. *smug, professional look* icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 18, 2010 5:45 AM GMT
    Moving to LA and making progress in my career.
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    Feb 18, 2010 5:48 AM GMT
    Surviving it this long.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 18, 2010 5:53 AM GMT
    Soulasphyx said
    EasilyDistracted saidLearning when to walk away when someone is not worth the time or effort no matter how well intended they are.
    That and how to make pesto, handmade pasta and chicken parmigiana... YUM!
    *golf clap*

    Aye, aye. I concur, sir, I most definitely concur. *smug, professional look* icon_cool.gif
    *resolutely nodding and glad for the validation*


    GuerrillaSodomite saidSurviving it this long.icon_biggrin.gif
    so glad you did.
  • WILDCARD73

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    Feb 18, 2010 6:45 AM GMT
    i finished several video games
    final fantasy 7 8 9 10 12
    zelda twilight princes
    metroid prime 1 2

    beating a mean ass boss is an achivement

    also unlocked several, hidden charecters and kick ass moves and combos in tekken
    lol
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    Feb 18, 2010 6:55 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidSurviving it this long.icon_biggrin.gif


    fuck it dude....ur prob gonna be around till ur all wrinkly and u cant get ur cock up anymore ....lolzicon_smile.gif
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    Feb 18, 2010 6:59 AM GMT
    Besides getting in better shape (still have a way to go) my life's goal is to make a difference in people's lives for the better.

    Honestly, sometimes I feel as though I never achieve this and that I rely on "Oh well I mentored 40 kids in Michigan at one point" but I also remind myself that I'm a dedicated friend even to people I don't like.
  • kietkat

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    Feb 18, 2010 7:04 AM GMT
    Finishing up my MS in Chemistry.... 10 years ago I would never have believed it. Now getting ready to apply for admission to a Ph.D program in organic synthetic chemistry.... my god I'm still kinda shocked I'm even doing this!
  • Webster666

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    Feb 18, 2010 9:15 AM GMT
    Buying a home...
  • bobrusso

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    Feb 18, 2010 9:16 AM GMT
    Fulfilling my dream of becoming a father. 5 times over.
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:22 AM GMT
    GuerrillaSodomite saidSurviving it this long.icon_biggrin.gif


    amen to that!
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    Feb 18, 2010 9:55 AM GMT
    Went from High School Drop-out to ending up getting my Masters Degree from NYU...priceless!!
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    Feb 18, 2010 11:29 AM GMT
    *Not giving up on the greatest guy that's ever been. From the night he denied me a date with him, to the 3 days later, when he came running back. 3 years later, he makes me proud to not only say, but comprehend "us". (I hope everyone tries as shamelessly as I do when they see something that they like. Life is boring and predictable if you take too many baby steps towards something that is supposed to knock you outta your socks.)

    *Writing 3 full-length scripts before I was 25. More to come... icon_biggrin.gif

    *Forgiving my father for being such a shit.

    *Knowing when to walk from a job that is deliberately trying to suck me dry. Going back to school after 10 years, and studying hard.

    *Not getting pregnant.



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    Feb 18, 2010 11:34 AM GMT
    ... well the wheel was pretty damn impressive i think, but overall i'd have to say fire was the greatest ... so far
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    Feb 18, 2010 11:46 AM GMT
    I got out of bed this morning.

    Starting with that and working my way up.
  • jonwaltglat

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    Feb 18, 2010 11:54 AM GMT
    For me, it would have to be my participation in the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps and traveling the country for three summers. It was a long, hard activity, but has totally changed my life. icon_biggrin.gif

    Don't know what drum and bugle corps is? The Madison Scouts?
    http://www.dci.org
    http://www.madisonscouts.org
  • coolarmydude

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    Feb 18, 2010 12:10 PM GMT
    Completing my Bachelor's Degree back in December while on Active Duty status the whole time. It took me 13 years!!

    Upcoming:

    My retirement from the Army after 20 years.

    Starting a business after I retire...or 2, 3 or more...

    Finding a husband

    Perhaps completing my Masters Degree before I retire, or shortly thereafter.
  • Koaa2

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    Feb 18, 2010 12:21 PM GMT
    Having a successful relationship.
    Having good friends.
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    Feb 18, 2010 12:49 PM GMT
    Taking my parents on trips abroad over the years. They would not have done otherwise. (I come from a small, rural town. No one travels.)

    They have seen London, Oxford, Bath, Paris, Rome, Naples + Amalfi Coast. A few years ago, we (incl. boyf) went to Asia together. We went to Thailand and Malaysia, where they met my boyf's parents. Remains one of my deepest feelings of accomplishment.
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    Feb 18, 2010 12:53 PM GMT
    At the ripe old age of 35, my top five accomplishments are:

    - Kicking a drug habit at the age of 21 and staying sober ever since.
    - Getting a job instead of hiding out in grad school.
    - Coming out.
    - Discovering what I want to do professionally... and doing the work to make that dream come true.
    - Really loving the guy in the mirror, and letting that guy be loved by others.