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My first two marriages were way outside my comfort zone!! You were a good Dad.
By: Cranky on October 9, 2013
hahahah we have been to demo derbies, but never a tractor pull...ear plugs are necessary I am sure! Out of my comfort zone...hmmm...I'm thinking...probably when I was a freshman in college and attended some Sorority "rush" tea parties...now THAT was out of my comfort zone. Sorority sisters eyeballing all us naive freshmen. Needless to say- I didn't join a sorority...too snooty... and yes you were a great dad to go along ....!! Kudos to Mrs C for winning those tickets!
By: Kathe W. on October 9, 2013
Maybe you could have started a whole new business of monster truck artwork.
By: PT Dilloway on October 9, 2013
I have indeed been to a tractor pull. I used to regale people with my take on that event! We were living just outside of Houston at the time. Somebody invited us to go to the Astrodome to a 'tractor'pull'. I'd never heard of such a thing, but went along. The roof of the Astrodome was closed, so it was 'thrilling' to see the black smoke belching from the vehicles fill the place so before long you could not see what was happening very well. In the midst of my extreme boredom with the proceedings, I was perplexed by the excitement of the audience cheering their favourite truck(er) as it tried to pull this ever increasing drag further than any other. And the smell -- I expect there are some people who actually like the smell of diesel permeating the air, their clothes and nostrils. I wish I'd known about the earplugs!
By: The Broad on October 9, 2013
My philosophy on life is to try EVERYTHING at least once--as long as it doesn't hurt someone else!! (That's why I flew in the Vomit Comet & would even have been on Challenger if I could.)
By: fishducky on October 9, 2013
i've been to tractor pulls in wisconsin - nothing in an arena - just down-home pulls in fair grounds or down main street. :)
By: TexWisGirl on October 9, 2013
Strippers at 16 was my jaw-dropping (cultural) experience. Being half-French this was my liberal arts indoctrination... it was most appropriate training for my meeting with Miss. Sweden.
By: Daniel LaFrance on October 9, 2013
I hate loud stuff so I'm pretty sure I wouldn't enjoy a truck pull. But I might go anyway just to people watch :) I think travelling to Zambia by myself was the most "outside my comfort zone" experience. Or maybe it's when I worked in human resources & had to give benefit presentations to new hires...
By: The Bug on October 9, 2013
I have been to a couple of tractor pulls when I was a kid, but that was before Truckzilla, when it was just about farmers pulling with their tractors. Those things are big here in Texas-
By: Shelly on October 9, 2013
My #2 Son has been to more than one, and to live wrestling (he took his little sister to some of these). He loves it. It wouldn't bother me to go, but since friends offered to take them, i let it go at that.
By: mimi on October 9, 2013
Probably going to an opera. It was in a foreign language, so I had no idea what was going on. The whole concept baffled (and still baffles) me. Once was enough. But, at the other extreme, I'm uncomfortable going to events where I'm likely to be the only one there with a full set of teeth, too. S
By: Scott Cody Park on October 9, 2013
No I've never been to one, or heard about it before. But I'm glad you enjoyed it and I'm sure your son was delighted you took him.
By: LL COOL JOE on October 9, 2013
Yes, indeed. An indoor mud bog featuring a "big foot" monster truck. Like you, I was surprised by who I saw there. I was there on assignment, but must confess, I enjoyed it-at least for about 30 minutes.
By: Tom Cochrun on October 9, 2013
I draw the line at rodeos, which is all I care to see in a dirt filled arena. Yee Haw!
By: laurel on October 9, 2013
Never heard of it, but it sounds like the Monster Truck Rally. I think I'd either hate or love it - depending on my mood at the time, or on my company. I've done many things outside of my comfort zone and recently took a client on a Christian Women's Retreat. Not my thing. I like men and Judaism, but it was worthwhile. xoRobyn
By: Robyn Engel on October 9, 2013
Went to a tractor pull in Western Massachusetts in the early 1970s. Was kinda fun, but haven't been back (to a tractor pull, that is; been back to Mass. many times). But anyway, if people saw you there, they were there too, so how could they object?!?
By: tom sightings on October 9, 2013
What a good Dad you were to go. The worse thing I remember was volunteering to chaperone my son's 5th grade class to Boston. Natural childbirth was less painful! Good story.
By: bouncin barb on October 9, 2013
I give you kudos for going to such an event! We're a bit snobbish, too...when we need to go to Walmart, we pick Saturday night, "because all the rednecks that are usually there go to the mud bog monster truck rally then."
By: Pixel Peeper on October 9, 2013
Of course I've been to one. And I wasn't the least bit embarrassed, even though I have a full set of teeth. I see it as doing a service for my fellow man, so he can go to Walmart without fear of running into people like me. As far as something out of my comfort zone...I was persuaded by a gang of friends in college to go view a film at an X-rated movie theater. Thus adding one more colorful thread to the rich tapestry of my life.
By: Val on October 9, 2013
Well, it just goes to show that sometimes we have an idea of what we think we won't like but we really don't know if for fact unless we've tried it. Well done for going and I'm sure you'll be more open the next time Mrs C wins a prize, ha ha ha. It looks really exciting from the photos, and now you're in the 'cool' books of all the other people you knew and bumped into. I loved the comment from Cranky, stating 'my first two marriages were way outside my comfort zone', ha ha h ha.
By: Rum Punch Drunk on October 10, 2013
Can NASCAR and bags of pork rinds be far behind? You go with your bad self! I once took my daughter to the "Powerpuff Girls" movie. At no time did she see that I was sound asleep. I get credit for being a good Dad and am comforted that she (may) be reluctant to pull the plug 20 or 30 years hence. Plus, I had a good nap.
By: Al Penwasser on October 10, 2013
Since I have started dating Red, she has taken me to classical concerts, countless museums, and fancy restaurants. When it came my turn to plan a weekend, I took her to a clown parade. Luckily, we really love each other.
By: Brett Minor on October 10, 2013
No, Stephen, I haven't. But it certainly sounded different, and I understood what you were saying about how odd it felt.
By: Michael Manning on October 11, 2013
I hate to admit but when I attend a Catholic mass with relatives I feel very much out of my comfort zone. I tend to be able to blend in psychologically almost everywhere else...that is legal to be...that is.
By: Tabor on October 13, 2013
Well done. It would be outside my comfort zone too. What a difference it made to your "street cred!"
By: John on October 13, 2013
The Cranky beat me to it.
By: Uncle Skip on October 13, 2013
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