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Why Do I Have To Choose by
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(96 Stories)

Prompted By Beatles vs Stones

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I always thought it was a sillly competition. Why did people expect you to declare allegiance to only one band, the Rolling Stones or the Beatles? I loved them both! I see now that I bought 13 Beatles albums and only 10 Stones albums (and I have photographed both sets on my living room carpet),…
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It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To by
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(96 Stories)

Prompted By Parties

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I love parties! I almost always have a great time at them. Certainly college parties are among my fondest memories of those years. But for me, the good ones don’t seem to make for interesting stories. So here’s a story about the worst party of my life. 1966. The drinking age in New Jersey was…
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Be True to Your School by
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(96 Stories)

Prompted By Middle School

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Middle School. . . . In our day they called it Junior High School. I don’t know when the name was changed, or why, but in any event, I never went to one. My first school was a K-8, and my second school was a 7-12. My town didn’t have a Junior High at that…
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Fame by Proxy by
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Prompted By Fame

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Fame by Proxy  is the name of a 2008 album by a band called If I Had A HiFi, which is a palindromic name. (Read it backwards if you don’t believe me.) All the members of the band also have palindromic names, such as Dr Awkward and Mr Alarm. I have never heard any of…
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Magic Carpet Ride by
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(96 Stories)

Prompted By 1968

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1968. One of my favorite years ever, just seeing those four digits makes me happy. The prompt reminds me that many bad things happened that year too. But if I had to pick the one year of my life that had the greatest impact on me, it would definitely be 1968. Actually, I have already…
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Blame It On Mexico by
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(96 Stories)

Prompted By Nudity

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I am not comfortable with group nudity. I’ve managed to change clothes discreetly in locker rooms and dorm rooms, even while those all around me were letting it all hang out. I have never gone to a nude beach or a nude hot tub party. Sorry, that’s just not me. But there was one time…
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Food, Glorious Food by
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(96 Stories)

Prompted By Diets

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I have never been on a diet. I don’t say this to brag, just stating a fact. I have no idea how many calories are in anything. I have never read a diet book or listened to a diet guru. I eat whatever I want to, and stop when I feel full. Yet I have…
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Time in a Bottle by
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(96 Stories)

Prompted By Vintage Photos

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I first saw this photo after my mother died. My oldest sister, who is the repository of all the family photos that my parents had (because she lived the closest), was scanning many pictures and emailing them to my other sister and me for use in the shiva-type services we were each having in our…
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A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation by
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(96 Stories)

Prompted By Prom

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This is the story of the prom nobody remembers. Literally. All I know is who I went with and what I wore. Jeff, the boy I had been dating since New Year’s Eve of senior year, was a sophomore at Rutgers, but came home every weekend to see me. So when I asked him to…
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Ooh Baby Baby by
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(96 Stories)

Prompted By Babies

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In my early twenties I had absolutely no interest in babies. I didn’t find them cute, or interesting, or cuddly. When friends or classmates were showing off their babies, I would of course say Oh your baby is so adorable, but I actually thought they were ugly and noisy and smelly. I certainly didn’t want…
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