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    I love fun! And I did once follow a guy who was driving all over the road, pretty obviously DUI, while calling police and helping them zero in on him. Didn't stick around to see the bust.

    TNP has called the police in the past six months.

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    Wow. I guess I should not be on the road when EH is on the case. No, I haven't called the cops on anybody recently. Although I don't rule it out as a prudent option if something extraordinary should happen. ETA...no, still not within sixth months past, but I have in the past made pretty good use of the police to shut down some outrageous noise violations. It was a different town, and IMHO the police were extremely accommodating and effective. And it was only a last resort, so as to not tie up their time with nonsense.

    TNP has had some law enforcement knock on his or her door (either a literal domicile entrance or a metaphorical understanding of the phrase will do).

    Better: TNP finds it hard to tell if the roughly 70-77% of horrible menaces on various highways are chemically impaired, or just plain morons. There sure are a lot of bad actors on the road, but I couldn't say if they're on some weed or alcohol, or just idiots who are distracted and forgot that driving is a very serious responsibility.
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    Really can't tell, no, and I'm assuming that a lot of offenders are irresponsible idiots who are also high.

    TNP is glad they live in a city with decentish public transit.

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    Yes; however, I think much of the hype in my current town is smoke, mirrors, and a good bit of puffery disguised as "civic pride." Public transport doesn't exist in a truly meaningful sense unless, say, some 80 percent of the population is mostly dependent on it for their daily needs. Which is rare except in a few large cities, IME. And, yes, I made up that percentage, but it could be right.

    TNP finds it a bit challenging to remember to stay hydrated when in the midst of cold weather.

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    Nah, never been a problem for me.

    TNP is a Blues Brothers fan.

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    "Fan's" a bit strong, but I liked their music back in the day.

    TNP has been to the National Blues Museum in St. Louis.

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    Nope. Have to admit I didn't even know there was one.

    TNP has been to one of either the football, baseball or basketball HOF.

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    No. What some people consider Halls, I consider Hell.

    TNP is extremely annoyed at having to use the telephone to clear up some confusions about things like insurance or utilities. In this day and age, indeed.

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    Yeah, it's usually an annoyance. I always take notes so that, if I have to reenter the bureaucratic maze, I can tell them who I spoke to earlier, what they told me, and when.

    TNP has heard American humorist David Sedaris read his own work.

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    Yeah, I think a few times back on the radio reading some bits of anecdotes/tales. I could be confusing him with someone else, but I don't think so. Pretty amusing, IIRC, as a raconteur-type.

    TNP would gladly accept an implanted chip (unfortunately, there is no such device which is secure AFAIK) to avoid having to deal with shuffling monetary funds around using antiquated (but secure! sort of...not really...never mind) banking instruments. OR, TNP would gladly consider yanking one of those chained-down pens out of its receptacle at some bank/cuNion just out of...a sense of fun.

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    Given how frequently security breaches occur, and how diligently hackers here and abroad strive to overcome every safeguard, I'd respond to an offered implanted chip with a lusty "Not a @#$%^! chance, mate!"

    TNP considers himself or herself a closet Luddite.

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    No. I'm out and proud. I don't even like bicycles. But I know some of what my enemies know and feel capable of doing battle in the techno-fetish underworld of gadget-freaks.

    TNP would rather be able to do a handstand without support of a wall, or some one-armed pushups.

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    Yeah, sure, why not?

    TNP has seen The Silence of the Lambs in the past five years (as I just did).

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    No, not that recently. It makes my head explode to realize Ted Levine as Jame Gumb is the same actor as the detective guy from that TV show Monk, and lots of other tough-talking cop/detective roles, IIRC.

    TNP is the owner of what might be the most boring book ever written.

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    No, I give those to the library if they haven't hooked me after 50 pages. I will have no boring books in my house.

    TNP will tell us the title of the most boring book he or she has ever read.

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    No. But I will say it's the kind of little book you really wish had fewer words and more symbols. There are not enough words to describe the terseness of the brief expository passages, nor their appalling lack of character. I always knew mathematicians as a pretty fun-loving bunch, but apparently this quality is not shared among their peers in engineering. No, it's not a book of logarithm tables: those (yes, they still exist, although I no longer have one) have some charm in their simplicity.

    TNP has never found it easy to memorize works of poetry, or similarly-structured works, despite knowing various tricks (mnemonics, "memory palaces" or whatever).

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    That's true. Learning Shakespearean dialogue in high school, in particular, was very difficult for me; likewise Chekhov in college.

    TNP has seen a play by one of those two gentlemen in the past three months.

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    No. I've never seen a play by Chekhov, even a recording, and it's been a long time since I saw a play of Shakespeare. The latter's plays I sometimes dip into reading, but I don't have the patience for a lot of the pageantry around a live performance. I think the last recording of a play I saw was some awful rendition of Schiller's masterpiece, Don Carlos, but I turned it off quickly and continued to explore the play on paper.

    TNP thinks Richard Feynman probably deserved more than a few swirlies or atomic wedgies back in his day.

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    But of course.

    TNP thinks Dr. Feynman was properly honored with a fictional shuttlecraft, and knew about it already: https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki...(shuttlecraft)

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    Yeah, that sounds about right. Totally dorky, but it's all in good fun and I bet he would have liked the idea.

    TNP can remember the last time he or she did hard labor for a few hours, whether at a gym or doing some other, more useful tasks.

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