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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Do You Have An Alter Ego?

    While browsing the posts in the thread where you talk about your screen name, a few folks mentioned "alter ego".

    Bear's question: Do you have an alter ego?

    Perhaps a side of yourself that only comes out at night? A companion that is always with you but only surfaces on occasion, perhaps via devil hooch?

    Yes, the Bear has an alter ego.....

    Flash back to Wally Magoo's, a lakeside bar in downtown Toronto. About 1985 or so. Naturally, alcohol was involved. During the course of the day, a couple of use left Magoo's and wandered around a couple of the tourist shops. Inside one (1) shop was a duck head plunger. Cool guy, with a bow tie. Duck head, beady eyes.

    "George" exited that shop, forever, and became my companion. We had a ball in Magoo's that afternoon. I actually was so into it that I was going from table to table and, in a duck voice, introducing myself ("Hi. I'm George, the duck plunger; what's your name?") while my master (that Bear guy) looked on.

    George re-visited Toronto a few more times, in later years. He was always a riot in his home town.

    He also has been a regular visitor to Put-In-Bay. A few years ago a gang of friends was sitting at a big round table at The Beer Barrel Saloon. George was, of course, with us. He had his own chair, naturally.

    As "eye candy" would stroll past, George would slowly move his head, watching said "eye candy". Of course, this quacked up (sic) my friends. During one (1) period of time, everybody was either in the rest room or up at the bar getting drinks and the only person sitting at the tables was Katie, my wife. Sitting next to her was George. She was wondering why people were looking at her so strangely, until she remembered that she was seated next to a duck plunger.

    One (1) time at "The Bay", George and I went into a very-crowded Roundhouse Bar. It was a huge mob of people, swaying to a great live band, and somebody yelled, "The plumber's here!", in reference to George.

    George even earned some beads on his last "Bay" trip. He still has them on, sitting out there in the garage, anxiously awaiting for the next trip. Perhaps a laefest?

    Anybody else have any silly alter egos that enable them to be somebody they are not?

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    My alter-ego hasn't appeared since high school. I'm generally a quiet, unassuming person....but I was pretty much the opposite during my football playing days....loooong time ago.
    "Growth is inevitable and desirable, but destruction of community character is not. The question is not whether your part of the world is going to change. The question is how." -- Edward T. McMahon, The Conservation Fund

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    yes, she surfaces after too much vodka

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    Rodney will come out every now and then, usually in college, while partying at a different college town, at the bowling alley, ordering food.
    He is normally quiet, but can be loud, rude, lewd, low-brow, loves a dirty joke, a quick smoke (menthols only), and shots of cold Jim Beam.
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

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    Normally being a painfully shy, likely borderline autistic individual (don't even think of sending me out on 'cold calls' for selling anything, applying for jobs, etc), I think that my alter-ego would be the nutty fan in the front row of the south end zone at Lambeau Field. Our seats have been in the family for over 40 years, so I have a lot of experience in getting national sports media attention. In that capacity, I have gotten both national TV airtime and national sports press ink (my name/photo appeared on the main Op/Ed page of USA Today a few days before Super Bowl XXXI).

    Mike

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    I underwent a significant change in personality (consciously) about 15 years ago. People that meet me now that knew me from back then don't seem to consider me the same being. I suppose that could be called an alter ego.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    No, I don't have an alter ego.
    "And all this terrible change had come about because he had ceased to believe himself and had taken to believing others. " - Leo Tolstoy

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    Yes... his name is Stan.


    In all seriousness, when I was in college I worked as a manager at the local ski resort, and more people knew me as Carter than as Mike. I had an entirely different personality. Carter appeared as if he was all about the grunge movement, hung out with the guys at 7am while they had their Aspirin/Nicotine/Caffeine breakfast (although I did not partake in the smoking thing, I had my share of coffee and Aspirin). His hair was short, only because he had electric clippers and a spacer, and he could take care of it all by hum self. His apartment was full of ski posters, and he and almost every Warren Miller Classics film on VHS, along with 4 sets of skis in a home made rack next to the coat closet. It appeared that he fit the whole ski bum life style.

    Carter also was good with the ladies, unless there was fresh snow on the hill, then the women came second, but it was nothing to work a 14 hour day, go to a party for another 6 hours and sleep for 4 hours... if that. At the time, Carter’s skis and his bike where each more expensive than his car, and his beer of choice was what ever was on tap. Lunch and a Bloody Mary was not unusual, unless the snow was good. Then it was chicken tenders and crackers as you rode up the chair lift. He would have the weather channel on in the back ground waiting for a winter storm warning, then it was a trip up to Mt. Bohemia to play on a hill that was “steep and deep”

    Carter became a sellout when he graduated from college... and got a real job. Some say that Carter left that spring in search of bigger hills and deeper snow some say he just melted away.

    This picture is all that is left of Carter...
    There is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences. However, it is our choice to learn the lesson and change or not.

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    Hmmm... Basically... yes, and many or it's just me and I'm moody.

    Off-topic:
    Hey Mike, what's with that obviously photoshoped picture? Who are you trying to hide there?

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    Quote Originally posted by SkeLeton
    Off-topic:
    Hey Mike, what's with that obviously photoshoped picture? Who are you trying to hide there?
    A former Bambi?

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    Quote Originally posted by ludes98
    A former Bambi?
    I plea the 5th
    There is no such thing as failure, only learning experiences. However, it is our choice to learn the lesson and change or not.

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    Alter Ego, HHHmmmmm???
    I have tried really hard to calm as I have gotten older and generally do a pretty good job of that but every once in a while that inner up in your face broad comes out. It is fairly out of character for me most of the time. But she doesn't really hold much back!
    It is all a matter of perspective!!!

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    The meds have taken care of my alter ego.....
    "A witty woman is a treasure, a witty beauty is a power!"

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    donk is my happy go lucky alter ego.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    I'll take the 5th
    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin

    Remember this motto to live by: "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO- HOO what a ride!'"

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    Quote Originally posted by PlannerGirl
    I'll take the 5th
    I wondered if you'd say that.

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    Quote Originally posted by Jaxspra
    yes, she surfaces after too much vodka
    I can empathize with that...

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    I was told not to answer this (I'll try to respond again later if he goes to sleep early from too much wine).
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    No alter ego here. I can barely handle myself. Much less myself and the evil twin.

    Off-topic:
    Quote Originally posted by SkeLeton
    Hey Mike, what's with that obviously photoshoped picture? Who are you trying to hide there?
    Someone he met here perhaps?


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    Quote Originally posted by SkeLeton
    Off-topic:
    Hey Mike, what's with that obviously photoshoped picture? Who are you trying to hide there?
    Sure, he may talk about "steep and deep," but he had to photoshop out the sign that read "bunny hill."
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Yep. Her name is Jemima and she is my naughty side. And that's all I'll say about that.

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    Quote Originally posted by JNL
    Yep. Her name is Jemima and she is my naughty side. And that's all I'll say about that.
    Is she the one that wears the nurse uniform OR the one that falls sleeps with the plush moose at the bar?
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Quote Originally posted by donk
    Is she the one that wears the nurse uniform
    That's the one

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    I don't have an alter ego, but I have what I consider a shadow self that sometimes gets in control of me. It's that side of me that goes exploring subway tunnels.

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    Do we have to have just ONE? What if someone has a slight case of multiple personality disorder? Um, I mean slightly more than the rest of you folks seem to have?

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