He is a professional magician but also entertains kids in juvenile hall, homeless folks down on their luck and somehow finds a way to deliver a spiritual message to the youth at church using decks of cards, bits of string and a whole lot of whiffle dust!
I did live in a convent! You can read a little about it here - those of you that have been visiting buttercup for a while may remember the story. We called it the Non-Vent because although we lived amongst Catholic relics, had taken a vow of poverty and were cloistered in a community of seven - our life was more Real World than monastic.
Back in grad school I volunteered for the university performing arts organization. It enabled me to see Lyle Lovett, Sting, Cecilia Bartoli, Stomp, Laurie Anderson, Mikhail Baryshnikov...and, yes...the Ramones (plus a whole lot more) for FREE! I just had to show up and tell people where to sit. During the Ramones show I was asked to go backstage to count tickets and found myself doing so about 10 feet away from Joey Ramone - God rest his soul. He and I shared a gaze and a wave. In my book, that counts as a meeting.
I was such a psychology geek in college that not only was I the president of Psi Chi but I used to wear a Sigmund Freud t-shirt to exams and I got two research projects published with the WPA.
Had I been a teen living in Corpus Christi, TX - I most certainly would have been an extra in the Legend of Billie Jean. That is where the film was shot and apparently they used a LOT of local kids as extras. I'm not sure where we were residing at the time, but it wasn't TX. Jzboy and I did just watch the movie last weekend and I would recommend it as a great 80s flashback. That is, if you don't mind having Pat Benetar's Invincible play through your mind for a week later.
Finally - the beef thing. When the Persian Gulf War began my plan was to fast completely - for Peace. I was young. Once I realized that there was no way I could work while starving, I became vegetarian. In my mind, the fast was symbolic of "No Blood for Oil" and I didn't touch any meat for years. When I missed sushi, I welcomed fish back in my diet. Chicken & turkey returned over time. But, never beef. Not in 17 years. That is because I love cows.