Someone recently reminded me of some of the crazy things I have done in the past. I wasn't a rebellious teen, I just did a lot of outlandish things. I made a 40 year old gas station attendant pump $.05 of gas in my tank while my girlfriends were making bets he wouldn't do it. He didn't want to, but I talked him into it. Ok, gas was under a dollar back then, but still! Once, one of my friends put out a challange to see who could fit a whole McDonald's pie in their mouth. I was on the last bit of pie when I started to laugh...well, you don't want to know...it wasn't pretty. I never got in trouble either because I was such a good, likable kid. I had my neighbor call Bocci, the woman who was in charge of us while my mom was at work, the day before I was supposed to start middle school and ask why I wasn't in school THAT day. I kept telling my neighbor what to say...like threaten to send a truant officer to the home and other good stuff like that. When the truth came out, my NEIGHBOR got in trouble even though I adamantly tried to take the blame because it was all my idea! Go figure!
Marriage, work, and motherhood didn't slow me down either. At my first supervisory position, I developed a reputation after I pulled pranks like sending other supervisors into the administrator's office for a department head meeting when there was no meeting. This was at a nursing home, so once I gave the administrator a beautifully wrapped gift....a set of white/pink chocolate dentures.
Women's retreats seem to bring out the worst in me. At one retreat, I coordinated a roving band of women that wreaked havoc on the hotel we were at. We got the cleaning ladies to let us into other rooms (of people we knew) so we could do stuff like sew the openings of their clothes together. Of course, we took our pranks outside of our own church group to other innocent, non-suspecting hotel patrons as well. At one point, we were caught by hotel security who said, "We have been looking for a group that has been causing a bit of trouble tonite. Is that you ladies?" The rest of the group looked like deer caught in headlights, but I calmly said, "Really? You might want to try the ABC Church that is here. Perhaps it is some of them." (I have been sorry for that one ever since.) Breaking into rooms has become my trademark. Once, I crawled along the floor during the singing at one retreat so I could steal the coordinator's room key. Singing was the perfect time, because lots of people close their eyes when they sing worship songs. Now, she had given everyone specific instructions, including personnel at the hotel, that her room number was NOT to be given out, especially to me. Once I had her key, my accomplices and I struck and left her room a bit, shall we say, rearranged. I couldn't find a way to anonymously get the key back into her possession so I left it with a hotel staff person, claiming I had found it on the floor in the hall.
When my daughter came along I made sure she got in on the act. She was an adorable little girl and one of my favorite things to have her do was go up to a couple who were making out in public and ask them sweetly if they knew each other. To this day, when we go too long without doing something wild and crazy, she will bring it up and try to get something going. We have had so much fun together!
Church is certainly not considered off limits. A group of my sister-friends and I took turns wearing the ugliest green feather covered hat to church, Sunday after Sunday. Someone swiped it during its rotation and we were never able to recover it, or find out for sure who was behind the kidnapping. (Personally, I think it was the senior pastor...he hated that hat! lol) I did have pranks going between myself and a group of Master Commission kids. Finally the church board had to step in and intervene. That was probably a good thing. Neither of us would back off and our schemes were getting grander and grander.
My only rules are that it can't be anything mean or demeaning, and noone's property can be damaged. I have known a few "Master's" in my day, and it has been an honor to be in their company.
So, now....how about you? What are some of the craziest things you have done?
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