Did You Ever Get a Response to Your Fan Letter?

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Source: “chuck palahniuk care package.” Imgur. 29 September 2014

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On 29 September 2014, MattMaster asked on Reddit, “Did you ever get a response to your fan letter?” Here are some answers:

1) livefast221 wrote, “Martin Sheen came to talk at my alma mater. I am a huge Martin Sheen fan, and he’s had a profound effect on my family. I had dropped out of college and The West Wing inspired me to get my ass back in school and finish. My father, who was an author and very ill, spent the last few years of his life writing the Great American Novel by hand (his carpel tunnel and arthritis made typing impossible, but he could still hold a pen) while watching The West Wing over and over. He had previously published a book where one of the characters was written specifically for Martin Sheen should it ever be made into a movie. As it happened, a writer/director/producer had gotten in touch with my father about making that book into a movie a few months before he died (hasn’t happened yet).

“Anyway, I wrote Martin a letter, grabbed a copy of the book and went to his talk. First of all, nicest guy in the world. He shook every hand, posed for every picture and signed every autograph. I waited till the very end and handed him the book with the letter tucked inside. He went to sign it and I explained that I wasn’t asking for an autograph, the book was a gift, and the letter explained everything.

“(I know this part sounds like it was scripted for Hollywood but every word is true) Fast forward a few months. I’m in Vegas in Caesar’s Palace waiting for a poker tournament to start. I was watching The West Wing on my iPod. Happened to be my father’s favorite episode (‘In Excelsis Deo’) when my phone rings. It was Martin Sheen. We talked for about a half hour. He read the book and loved it. He wanted to know all about who my father was. At the end he gave me his home number and told me to call him any time. We’ve spoken a few times since. We invited him to my wedding and he sent a lovely card apologizing that he couldn’t make it due to a commitment to promote his movie The Way with his son Emilio in Europe on that date. He couldn’t be a nicer or more genuine human being. I wish him nothing but the very best.”

2) Proteon wrote, “I wrote to Charles M. Schultz, illustrator of Peanuts (Charlie Brown), in elementary school as part of a class project and he wrote back with this advice which I to this day love which basically said, ‘Once your art is done and sent out, turn your back on it and go back to your art; don’t lose focus worrying about how something you already sent out will be received.’”

3) bluto521 wrote, “In fifth grade we had to write to who we wanted to be when we grew up. I wrote to Jim Carrey and Robin Williams. I received an autographed picture from both. I was not allowed to share the Jim Carrey picture with my class because it said, ‘Spank you very much.’”

4) LC4LYF wrote, “Wrote a letter to 221b Baker Street. Got a letter back from the guy who owns that place/museum saying Sherlock Holmes kinda retired, busy with bee keeping but is still interested in the modern crimes that come with today’s technology and helps out sometimes. And there was a leather bookmark included. So cool.”

5) Purecheetodust wrote, “Wrote a letter to Chuck Palahniuk [author of novel Fight Club] the year I graduated high school. Basically telling him how much I enjoyed his novels. I got a handwritten letter and care package from him that included an advanced readers copy of Diary. Still have the care package somewhere ….”

Stumper93 commented, “Chuck Palahniuk was amazing when I had written him a letter many years ago. I think I was in middle school and told him how much I loved Fight Club and that I was working on reading his other works. He sent me a package. No kidding. A package filled with goodies. Probably the same type you had gotten, too. He called it ‘my own personal book signing’. In it was many gag gifts, some audiobook samples, my own personal letter, and even my own power animal (a dog).

“I don’t have a scan of the letter on me, but that was easily the most thoughtful thing I’ve ever gotten from someone famous. He had written something along the lines of ‘glad you enjoyed my book, this letter might be hard for me to write considering your age, sorry if Guts freaked you out, and still believe in Santa Claus.’

“Chuck’s a great guy!”

For Further Information: MattMaster, “Did you ever get a response to your fan letter?” Reddit. 29 September 2014

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Free PDF book for Mature Readers: Honey Badger Goes to Hell — and Heaven

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The Ohio State University Marching Band September 27 halftime show: The Wizard of Oz (YouTube)

The Ohio State University Marching Band September 27 halftime show: The Wizard of Oz (YouTube)

“Even those who aren’t particularly fans of marching bands will likely appreciate this excellent Wizard of Oz tribute performed by the Ohio State University Marching Band for the September 27 Buckeyes vs. Cincinnati halftime show. While playing a medley of music from the film, the band rapidly switches formations to create the shapes of Dorothy, Toto, the twister, the Wicked Witch of the West and more. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time.” — Neatorama

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r908p9BWvXc&feature=youtu.be

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Free Book: HONEY BADGER GOES TO HELL — AND HEAVEN (For Mature Readers)

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FREE PDF: Honey Badger Goes to Hell — and Heaven PDF

For mature readers.

This book tells the life and times of Honey Badger, a young activist who lived a good life but was raped and murdered and decided to visit Hell before climbing the Mountain of Purgatory.

A short excerpt:

Honey Badger was careless in crossing the street one day and was almost hit by a taxi, but fortunately a man yelled, “LOOK OUT!” and grabbed her arm and pulled her out of danger. The man was actor Ryan Gosling, who said to her, “Hey, girl,” and then recommended that she read Rebecca West. Mr. Gosling told Honey that Ms. West once said, “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a door mat or a prostitute.” After talking with Mr. Gosling briefly, Honey thought, “When I look into your eyes, I see the revolution.” Actually, this did not happen to Honey, but she liked to think that it could happen. 

While Honey Badger was in college, she and a friend got in an elevator in an apartment building late at night. In a corner of the elevator was a man who had gotten drunk with some other people and then passed out in the elevator and peed himself. Apparently, the “friends” he had been with had also needed to pee really badly, so they had peed on him. Honey had not drunk much alcohol in her life, and she resolved to not drink any alcohol in her life. She liked being safe and being aware of what was happening around her. Honey and her friend left the man in the elevator, but Honey called the police so the man could get some much-needed help.

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“The Best Thing to Do is Do What’s Right and Treat People the Way You Want to be Treated”

In August 2014, Private First Class Matthew Smith found a wallet containing about $4,000 in the parking lot of the commissary of the Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia. He knew what to do: “It’s not mine; I need to give it back. I knew I had to find the owner and get this back to him, it’s just the right thing to do.” He tracked down the owner: an elderly South Carolina military veteran. Mr. Smith’s platoon sergeant, Staff Sergeant Edgardo Calderon, said, “I can depend on Pfc. Smith at any time to do whatever is right … From day one that I met Pfc. Smith, I knew he was a squared-away person.” He added, “It’s a great thing what he did. It is what is expected of any soldier or civilian. I was not surprised. I know I can depend on him to do the right thing even when no one’s looking. … He’s a great soldier, sets an example.” Pfc. Smith said about returning the wallet and money, “I feel like it was my duty. The wallet wasn’t mine; the cash wasn’t mine to keep. With that amount of money in it, I wanted to make sure personally that he got that back.” The wallet’s rightful owner gave him a $100 reward. Pfc. Smith said, “The best thing to do is do what’s right and treat people the way you want to be treated.”

For More Information: Corey Dickstein, “Hunter AAF Night Stalker soldier recognized after returning lost wallet.” Savannah Morning News (Georgia). 19 September 2014

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An Accidentally Made BBQ Bacon Pizza

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Source: Jamesev93, “‘Sorry I made the BBQ bacon pizza by accident, do you know anyone else that would want it?’ she said with a wink.” Imgur. 28 September 2014

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On 28 September 2014, Jamesev93 posted on Imgur a Good Girl Gina meme with this caption: “‘Sorry I made the BBQ bacon pizza by accident, do you know anyone else that would want it?’ she said with a wink.” This is the text: “HEARS I AM ONLY 50 CENTS SHORT FOR A SPECIALTY PIZZA, LEAVING ME TO ORDER A CHEAPER AND LESS APPETIZING PIZZA / ‘ACCIDENTALLY’ MAKES THE PIZZA I DIDN’T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR.”

So, was Good Girl Gina actually Bad Employee Heather? Zheon commented, “Not exactly, if it means that the customer was so happy with the service [that] he will give the place good reviews to friends and family, as well as likely be a return customer. Being a good employee means keeping the customer happy enough that they want to come back, and want to recommend the place to others. Likely about a $1 gross loss for the pizza joint on that sale’s profit, but it should lead to further future sales. Just looking at the big picture though.”

On Reddit, Jamesev93 wrote about some of his own good deeds:

“I remember doing something like this for a nice kid. Used to work in a store in an amusement park that sold candy, too. To put the candy through you get scales, measure the amount of candy and times by like however many cents per gram. We always threw away so much candy as kids would drop it and no one really cared. This kid came up, really polite, about 10 years old, asking me how getting candy worked. I told him to pick the candy he wanted and come back to me and I’ll tell him how much it is.

“He brought back about $5 worth and only had $3; he wouldn’t know how much is $5 worth until he came to check. When I told him it was $5, I saw him look down into his hand to count his change. He looked so sad. I asked him how much he had, ‘I only have $3’ I thought about taking more candy out, but I just faked an input weight and gave the kid his candy for $3. He probably didn’t realize what I had done but it made me feel good.

“Tl;Dr gave a nice kid $2 more of candy

“There was also another time when a kid’s 50c got stuck in the jawbreaker machine and the candy didn’t come out. The machine was outside the shop front and I walked out to help. It was pretty busy being summer holidays. Sure enough the mechanism was stuck with a jawbreaker in limbo. I had no idea how I was supposed to fix it, so I just lifted it about 2 inches and dropped it. About 25 jawbreakers came out. I just stood there like ‘what do I do now’. All the kids within 20 meters turned to look at their prey as the candy twirled around the plastic innards. Do I tell my manager and be the bad guy, or do I let the kids destroy the evidence and be the good guy. So I just shrugged, said ‘have fun’ and walked back inside.

“Tldr Jawbreakers for everyone. “

As usual, Redditors had some good comments:

1) akatherder commented, “I was at an arcade once when a guy was working on the token machine. No one was paying much attention, but then he dropped a canister of tokens. There was a moment of hesitation as the nearby 15-20 kids stopped in their tracks and stared at the couple hundred tokens spinning and bouncing around. It seemed like stealing to go grabbing the tokens … One kid reached down and picks up a couple at his feet. The worker just says ‘Well, go on then. There’s no way I’m picking all this up.’

“It was a mob scene. Tokens were worth their weight in gold to kids that age. I remember going to a birthday party where they put full-size candy bars in a piñata … It looked like a rugby scrum. That was nothing compared to this mayhem. Kids were running, screaming, grabbing, pushing. Some kids tried separating a pile off to the side like it was all theirs. Nope. Other kids came and just started picking up their pile. I wished I could just sit back and watch, but I was in the mix trying to get my fair share, too.

“I noticed the worker and the other workers came to watch and enjoy the fray. They might’ve done it on purpose.”

2) ElVidVargas, “I remember one time I was buying a King Kit Kat Bar. I was by myself in the check out and I didn’t have enough money. I didn’t realize this until the clerk told me I needed to pay slightly more than I had. I must have had a very sad face when I put away the Kit Kat as a white woman behind me asked how much it cost and paid for me. This happened when I was 6-7. I’m 21 now. One of [the] random memories my brain decided to keep.”

3) IHaveMoreGunsThanYou commented, “I used to work at a pizza place and they always told us to make sure we throw the old pizza in the dumpster (and make sure they’re thrown in the dumpster good) at the end of the night because homeless people would dig through the dumpster to get it if we didn’t. F[**]k that sh[*]t, they would get it anyways. I always sat the boxes in a nice pile on the dumpster because f[**]k making someone else lose dignity when they don’t have to.”

For More Information: Jamesev93, “‘Sorry I made the BBQ bacon pizza by accident, do you know anyone else that would want it?’ she said with a wink.” Reddit. 28 September 2014

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Daniel Wirtz: Dog thinks terrace door is closed (YouTube)

Daniel Wirtz: Dog thinks terrace door is closed (YouTube)

“No, really, puppy: the door is actually open. You don’t have to stand outside. You can step right in. At 0:45, a human does what is hilariously necessary to persuade the dog.” — Neatorama

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“From My Viewpoint, It Appeared that the Fire was Behind Her and She Literally Had the Kids Out the Window”

In September 2014, a fire started burning in a Detroit, Michigan, home occupied by a mother and her three small children. Neighbor Jerome Simpson heard screaming. He said, “I’m so glad I was around because she was screaming and nobody was near.” He saw a woman holding three small children as she leaned out of an upstairs window. Mr. Simpson said, “From my viewpoint, it appeared that the fire was behind her and she literally had the kids out the window.” Smoke was pouring out of the window. He said, “I asked her to drop them, you know, and she did, one at a time.” Mr. Simpson caught each child; he estimated the children’s ages as being between one year and four years old. He then moved them away from the house to safety. He said, “You try to focus on keeping them safe … block out everything else.” The mother also escaped the fire. He said, “I told her to get down low and crawl out. And she did. The house was full of smoke. She asked me to put the kids in the car.” The mother was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital, and her children were taken to Children’s Hospital. Mr. Simpson said, “I’m just so thankful to God that He worked it out … I pray that [the mother] will be all right.”

Source: Roger Weber, “Neighbor catches kids dropped from burning Detroit home.” Click On Detroit (Michigan). 26 September 2014

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