Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Liar's Game - Post 500

Here it is - the 500th post here at Fifteen Minutes of Delusion. To celebrate, I'm having a contest. You can find the rules here. Post your guesses on this post.

And now, on to the game.

1. My lunch with Michael Dorn. For several years, I was the Utah Wing Leader for Angel Flight West, a charity flying organization that donates flights in private aircraft for people who need medical attention. Each October, the Wing Leaders would get together with the board of directors in Long Beach, California, for a Wing Leader Planning Day.

The first year I attended, actor and pilot Michael Dorn was on the board. I didn't recognize him at first, but as soon as he spoke, there was no doubt who he was. Kara and I were big Star Trek fans at the time.

Although we didn't have any direct interaction, we sat at the same table during lunch. I was pleased to note that he took the onions off of his sandwich, just like me.

2. My flight with Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. One Christmas Kara and I sat several rows behind Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman and their girls on a flight between (I think) Seattle and L.A. Granted, they were in first class, and we sat in coach, but while we sat at the gate the curtain was open, Danny smiled and waved at all us coach passengers. Rhea just sat in her seat, looking exhausted.

One of their kids had an annoyingly loud electronic toy that was constantly going off, and I felt sorry for the other passengers in first class. It was really, really loud.

3. I got a B in college. Just one - and because of it I said a prayer at graduation rather than give a speech. The sad part of this story is that this B came not from some difficult senior level class, but from Speech Communications 101.

The problem? I forgot to take one of the tests.

See, our teacher gave four big tests throughout the semester, which she put in the testing center for a week. Well, the third test came during a very distracting week that started with my birthday, contained several other exams, and ended with a highly anticipated first date.

So, as I sat with this pretty girl, whom I'd had my eye on for some time, and watched the sunset from the Tantalus lookout above Honolulu, I suddenly remembered the test I was supposed to have taken, but hadn't. And for missing that test, I got my one and only collegiate B.



4. A giant centipede attacked me in my bed. One night, when I was growing up in Hawaii, I awoke with a sharp pain in my shoulder. I went into the bathroom and noticed a large red welt. I told my parents, but my dad said it was probably just a mosquito bite and to go back to bed. But the pain and swelling increased, and as I looked more closely at the bump, I could clearly make out two puncture wounds.

I went back into my room and flipped the sheets down. A giant centipede (no smaller than the one in the picture) streaked along the bed and disappeared between the bed and the wall. I pulled out the bed and searched, but couldn't find the little beastie.

I told my parents what I had seen, and spent the next hour with a half a papaya on my shoulder (it supposedly has enzymes that counteract the venom.) It took several days for the swelling to finally go down.

And those are my four stories. All but one is true. Can you spot the lie?

15 comments:

Josi said...

Hmmmm, I'm going to go with the B in college. I don't think missing a test would bring your grade down a whole level like that, and I think you could still have made it up after you realized you missed it. That's my guess--congrats on 500--wow.

Nicole said...

I'm with Josi, but for an opposite reason. If your grade was based on taking four tests and you totally missed one, that would mean 25% of your total grade. Yikes. Unless the tests weren't the only part of your grade, which I'm guessing in a speech class they wouldn't be. So that totally ruins my logic. But I also don't think they choose the prayers at graduation based on GPA so I'm going to stick with #3 as being the "fiction" (I don't like the word lie in this context!)

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I'm going to go with the story about Danny Devito. I'm not very good at picking the lies (fiction)out. Good stories though.

Elizabeth said...

It's unanimous. I'm thinking the B Story line, just isn't as strong as your others. Although it may be that I'm still seething over my son's (1) A- in high school! The last term of his senior year, in WOODS!!! Oh well, who needs a 4.0???

Serious Sam said...

I'm going with 4. The centipede is the most believable, but the name of the game does imply it's the lie.

Elizabeth said...

You know Don...I've been thinking...I think KARA was the coordinator for Angel Flight. That may be the lie. So, I think I'm changing my answer, unless of course, I was right the first time...and then I am just bettering my odds!

Dan Monson said...

I'm going with story #2. Cabin noise to too loud to hear an electronic game a few rows away. Also these were illegal to use during flights some time ago.

Pink Ink said...

*I was pleased to note that he took the onions off of his sandwich, just like me* what a funny line

Okay I'll have to go with the B grade. I just can't see you sluffing off a test. :-) Even over a sunset with a cute girl.

Though I know now that boys DO cry, and I wouldn't believe you...

PS These are all fun stories!!

Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm guessing the flight with Danny Devito.

Ginger said...

I'm Janette Rallison's sister and I found your blog about a year ago by reading comments on hers. I'm guessing the lie is number 3 the story about the B in college.

Kim Jones said...

ok. i am going with the "1 B in College story" and i am going to guess you got 1 A out of a slew of B's....hee hee That's my guess, and I'm sticking to it! ;)

Kim said...

PS Im actually kidding about my snarky 1 A comment...but I'm still sticking with the B story, guessing maybe you got more than 1? ;)

Janette Rallison said...

I'm hoping it's the centipede one. Please tell that thing by the dime isn't real!

Gwen Moyers said...

I am going to go with the Danny Devito one...not going with the toy thing ;)

Chandy said...

Hello! I found your giveaway from Pink Ink's blog. I hope you don't mind that I'm entering.

It would be the third one for me as well.