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Not counting paperboy for The Post-Standard or temp jobs in New York.
  1. 1. McDonald's, Onondaga Blvd.
    I was sweeping the floor in front of the fry vat when the fire-suppression thing went off. Instant blizzard of white powder. Not my fault. A fan broke in the AC unit on the roof.
  2. 2. Night warehouse guy, Borden Ice Cream factory, North Syracuse.
    Plugging in a fan for the ladies on the half-gallon line, I got the cord caught in a conveyer belt, then my hand when I stupidly grabbed it. Totally my fault. The floor boss cut the belt. The EMT was an old family friend. No broken bones.
  3. 3. Teacher, Saint Joseph School, Bronx.
    4th-grade math class. Kid we'll call Thomas is calmly cutting pages out of his math book with a nice pair of scissors. I approach him from behind and casually take them. I've still got those scissors. Not sure what became of Thomas.
Have fun, but please, only great meaningful tunes.
  1. Mercy Street
    Peter Gabriel, 1986, on "So."
  2. Pacing the Cage
    Bruce Cockburn, 1996, on "The Charity of Night."
  1. 1.
    Do you believe Clarence Thomas or Anita Hill?
  2. 2.
    Do you own a gun?
  3. 3.
    Have you ever voted Republican for President?
  1. Horsepiss
    Could be crappy beer, or JFK's daily pharma cocktail
  2. I need to see a man about a horse.
    Could be the same horse, or that somebody needs to pee
  3. Pee like a racehorse
    In terms of perceived quantity (a lot)
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1-4 stolen from Mark Helprin's "Winter's Tale," 5-7 stolen from Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors," 8 a gift from Rev. C. Read Heydt.
  1. Honesty
  2. Courage
  3. Sacrifice
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(So most recent, 4th most recent and so on)
  1. A prince of late night, 2016.
  2. A prince of late night, 1969.
  3. Two devils in the window, Artisan Antiques & Jewelry, Cleveland Heights.
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  1. Its population is smaller than greater Chicago and every bit as polite.
  2. Its land area is about the same as Colorado, if Colorado were cut into 2 big and many smaller pieces and stretched and shaped into the space between Maine and the Carolinas
  3. Radio New Zealand National combines the eclectic best of old US network radio, the BBC, the ABC, and public radio, sounding at times like a big market local US station circa 1970 with all the time a story deserves and more.
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