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Ok, so I'm one of those Americans on B3ta. Which basically means I'm always five hours late to the party. The email is joe at joe stoner dotcom, so use it if you want.

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» Premonitions

My Late Grandfather's Birthday
This story's been told to me a few times, so I'm pretty sure it's accurate, but I was too young at the time to actully remember it.

When I was about three, I woke up from a nap crying. My mom asked me why I was crying, I explained that today was my birthday, and nobody remembered. I also described a farmhouse in detail, and was convinced that it was where I lived.

My mom retold this story to my dad, and he was shocked. Not only did I give an exact description of his father's childhood home (who had died before my parents met, and my mother had no knowledge of the house), but that day was also his birthday.

And, just to top it off, I was named after my grandfather.

Yes, I know it's not exactly about the future, but it is still quite spooky nonetheless.
(Fri 19th Nov 2004, 2:47, More)

» I just don't get it

Airline pricing
I can't figure out why some flights cost more than others. For example - I usually fly out of NYC. If I want to go to Ohio (600 miles, or 1000km), it will cost me about $300. However, I can fly to London for around $250 - sometimes. Other times it's $800.

And those are for the make-your-plans-a-month-in-advance tickets. My friend flew from Albany (200km north of NYC) to Washington DC, the big important capital city, for about $120, and his tickets were purchased at the last minute, and open-ended so he could fly back any time. Seems those tickets should have cost much more.
(Fri 1st Apr 2005, 16:07, More)

» Walkman Flashbacks

"A Remark You Made" by Weather Report
I had just left the vet's office, through the back, after giving the ok to have my cat put to sleep. I got into my car, in the rain (of course), and this song started playing while I was staring at the empty cat carrier. I couldn't listen to the song again for six months, and even now I get a bit choked up when I hear it. Fortunately, I'm the only person I know who knows the song, or has a copy of it.
(Mon 28th Mar 2005, 15:50, More)

» Look! It's me in the Local Paper

Front Page of Sports Section, NY Times
I ran cross-country back in the day, and once ran in the same race (men & women combined, although scored separately) as the women's national champion. I finished a few minutes after she did, and I was walking past her just as a photographer took a picture. The next week I found out that the picture he took was used for the front page of the New York Times sports section.

I used to have a copy of the paper, but I lost it shortly after I went to college.
(Fri 11th Feb 2005, 20:24, More)

» Singing the wrong words

Feliz Navidad
A fried of mine from Chile was singing "Feliz Navidad" a little while ago. She learned it when she was young and didn't know English. So she knew the spanish words just fine, but when she got to the English lyrics, she started singing "I wanna wishy a-wesh-a-wesha..."

I had to teach her the correct lyrics. I couldn't laugh at her, though, as I was concerned with scoring that night.

Also, my former band played "Lively Up Yourself" and the bassist always sang "Liven up yourself," even though every time we practiced it we told him he was singing the wrong word. He also had a bit of a drinking problem.
(Fri 28th Jan 2005, 15:37, More)
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