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What's the craziest thing that's happened to you this year?

6 years ago by theoddowl with 67 comments

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  • theoddowl
    +20

    My apartment caught fire, my niece was hospitalized, my nephew was born, my brother went to prison, my sister got clean for the first time since she was 14, I adopted a hedgehog, and I'm about to move across the country -- again.

    • Pockets69
      +9

      I don't know if i should congratulate you or... I am just astonished... what a fucking year.

    • MrY
      +5

      jesus that's crazy

    • xg549
      +2

      I love that in the midst of all the other things happening in your life you consider "adopting a hedgehog" to be just as crazy.

    • KingAztek
      +2

      Holy shit man it's only July! Here's to a hopefully more tranquil rest of the year

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  • spaceghoti
    +8

    Preparations for our wedding. I'm in charge of most of the preparation, my fiancee is expressly not allowed to stress about it. So far so good, most of what's left is the hard part: paying people. It makes me wish I had a rich relative to bankroll the event.

    • theoddowl
      +4

      Congratulations! Your fiance seems like a lucky human of unknown gender.

      • spaceghoti
        +2

        Thank you. The clue was in the description: a "fiance" is a man while a "fiancee" is a woman.

        http://grammarist.com/usage/fiance-fiancee/

        • Nate
          +5

          I love how that site actually sends you to random news links containing the proper use of the word instead of simple example sentences.

        • oystein
          +3

          So, what is a fianceee?

          (I actually didn't know there was a difference between fiance and fiancee, I guess my education is to blame)

          • spaceghoti
            +3

            So, what is a fianceee?

            An androgynous person?

            (I actually didn't know there was a difference between fiance and fiancee, I guess my education is to blame)

            Sometimes I forget people aren't familiar with the same words I am. ;)

            • oystein
              +3

              I think having English as a second language will mean quite a few nuances will be lost, like that one. :-)

            • Cobbydaler
              +3

              And of course, if your bride to be is a gold digger then you're her finance... ;)

            • spaceghoti
              +3
              @oystein -

              English is an insane language to begin with. Most of its native speakers don't understand it. :/

            • spaceghoti
              +3
              @Cobbydaler -

              If only.

    • natnatskie
      +3

      Congratulations! I'm helping out a friend who's also getting married, so I kind of get how stressful it is.

      • spaceghoti
        +3

        Thank you. I still have plenty of time to prepare so the stress isn't that bad yet. Once family starts showing up that will change quickly.

    • NipplePuree
      +3

      Congratulations! I got married about 6 weeks ago my self. Weddings are stressful as hell, but I'm sure your fiancee is worth it.

      • spaceghoti
        +1

        Thank you, we're going to have fun with it. A very non-traditional wedding with a Pastafarian theme. We're hoping to offend plenty of family members with it. ;)

  • MrY
    +9

    Making an account on snapzu

    • theoddowl
      +5

      I envy your calm year.

      • MrY
        +4

        I'm sure it's the calm before the storm, but I'm sure that storm is nothing like yours though

  • BlankWindow
    +7

    January 1st, I woke up to the girl I was dating choking on her own blood and throwing it up all over the bed. Had a relatively quite cousin get jumped in his front yard by around 10 people. Sent 3 of them to the hospital and got 18 months for it. Sister got married. Brother finally came out. Pick one.

    • theoddowl
      +3

      This seems like it's been a really rough year for you. I hope you're doing well.

      • BlankWindow (edited 6 years ago)
        +4

        Thank you for the concern. The first few months were a bit rough but things have been on the bright side as of late. Nothing particularly huge besides my sisters wedding but the little things add up just fine.

        • theoddowl
          +3

          I'm glad you're alright. I hope the rest of your year goes better!

  • massani
    +6

    Not super crazy, but I knew the American girl who died on the plane that crashed into the Alps a few months back. We were friends in high school until she transferred to a different one. It's just crazy to think how our lives are connected like that. She was just taking a European trip with her mom and ended up getting on the plane where the pilot decided he wanted to crash it into a mountain.

    I had a lot of friends that knew her pretty well and stayed in touch with her over the years. It was just insane to think that an act of violence like that, one where the whole world is mourning it, could hit so close to home.

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  • papervoid
    +6

    I quit my job, left the new job I got after that, then got a new-new job with the same owners and in the same building as my first job. Joined a new roller derby league and made the travel roster. Started performing with a comedy wrestling group. Camped at Kerrville Folk Festival and listened to singing hippies at 3 in the morning for a whole weekend. Saw An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson. And was a bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding.

    • theoddowl
      +3

      Holy crap! Your life sounds awesome! Lets be friends.

  • imnotgoats
    +5

    A few weeks ago, in the same week, I found myself having been made redundant (after 6 years), my SO had to leave her job (after 4 years) and we were notified that our landlord was selling our house (after 5 years).

    Suddenly we were both jobless, and without long-term accommodation.

    • theoddowl
      +2

      Have you found a place to stay? Are you going to be alright?

      • imnotgoats
        +2

        Yeah, luckily I picked up some temporary contract work from an old employer. It's not forever, but it buys us some time. Rental application currently in process for a new place, SO interviewing for jobs. I always try and be of the opinion that nothing negative so far has made me literally die and, from experience, while I'm alive I'm generally okay. You usually get by in the end.

        Your concern is greatly appreciated though. :)

  • Pockets69 (edited 6 years ago)
    +4

    Not much compared to some of you, but my Grandma died a few weeks ago, and last year has been hell to take care of her, she was suffering so much it made me so fucking sad, that i am happier now that she died than before.

    pretty much this, she was probably the most important person in my life, and she is gone.

    • theoddowl
      +3

      I'm really sorry about your Grandmother. I understand what it's like to lose someone you love to a debilitating disease. I know it doesn't count for much, but I wish you well.

  • zerozechs
    +4

    My wife went to Urgent Care and then the ER over some chest pains, faintness, and difficulty breathing last week. She's in her 20's. (It was apparently indigestion, but she's going to follow up just in case). She was at work, and had a co-worker take her. I went to go check on her as soon as I found out and got a fix on her location.

    It was a really scary moment, for both of us. We've only been married a few years now, but on the drive to go be with her I was contemplating life as a thirty something widower. Not a pleasant experience, or thought process to wander down. Looking back on the past week, it actually made me a bit depressed because of the swiftness of it, and the realization of how tenuous life can be. We're both okay, now, but we've both also reached the conclusion that some of our routines and habits need to change if we want to be with each other for the next 50+ years.

  • ToixStory
    +4

    Been a relatively quiet year except for about a week in May in which, at almost the same time, my brother got off probation and promptly got arrested 5 days later for marijuana possession while, at the same time, my long-time girlfriend was put into a mental hospital as a suicide risk, and without a car I ended up walking 42 or so miles in 6 days to go see her while getting about 2 hours of sleep a night and trying to not get dropped from federal student aid. I can only hope the rest of the year is quiet.

    • theoddowl
      +3

      I'm sorry. My niece was also hospitalized for attempted suicide/self harm several times this year,. It's difficult to understand and there is so little you can do or say to help. All I want is to shake her and say, "I love you so much. Why can't you love yourself like I do? Why are you doing this?" I was there when she was born, took care of her as a little girl. I just want her to be okay.

      • ToixStory
        +2

        I'm very sorry to hear about your niece. I know how you feel, where you just want them to see how much they mean to you and everyone around them, like if you could just make them see that then they'd never feel bad about themselves again. My girlfriend is still in heavy therapy and on medication but she hasn't been back so far, which is good. Here's hoping it stays that way.

  • oystein
    +4

    My wife got pregnant (planned) and we were looking so forward to having a baby in December. Two weeks ago she started bleeding and it turned out the little one had died some weeks earlier.

    • pitaenigma
      +3

      Shit, man. Sending my love to both of you.

  • Traveler
    +3

    There was a big storm when we were in our RV at a campground in Tennessee - a straight-line wind caused a huge tree to crash down on top of us - I had to call 911 because we could not get out - fire service removed enough branches for us it to escape and then it took a whole day for a tree specialist to remove the main body of the tree - the RV is now in the repair shop waiting on insurance approval - probably be several months before I get it back

    • Gozzin
      +2

      That sounds terrifying! I'm glad you were not hurt.

  • sushmonster (edited 6 years ago)
    +3

    There was a massive earthquake in my country and my city was completely destroyed while my family had to sleep outdoors in tents for weeks after anticipating continual and scary after-shocks while I was thousands of miles away. That was pretty crazy. :(

    • theoddowl
      +1

      Is everyone alright? Have you been reunited?

  • babymeta1
    +3

    I decided to go back and finish high-school being the high-school drop out that I am and avoiding doing that for years for no apparent reason other than lazyness, that's pretty crazy.

  • RoMS
    +3

    I just witnessed a spacecraft launch at Cape Canaveral today. It was on time, no delay in a seemingly perfect sky.

    My first time ever.

    That was awesome!

  • InfernoFire
    +2

    I became an aunty to the most beautiful little boy. There was also a flood at the start of the year which has shakened me up a bit and which I am getting counselling for because I get nervous each time it rains now. I lost a few items and precious photos and rewards but luckily my family and pets are okay.

  • tiffmarie23
    +2

    Here is the list of craziness from my year ... so far... sorry it's not as warm and fuzzy as weddings :( -Moved from Upstate NY to Denver, CO -Moved from Denver, CO to New Orleans, LA -Moved from New Orleans, LA back to Upstate NY -'Friends' we were staying with in NOLA arrested for drugs and juvenile cruelty a month after we (husband and I) left. ((No, we did not witness anything, I'd have killed them with my bare hands if I had))

  • pitaenigma
    +2

    Got chased around a house by an autistic man with rage issues, jumped into a room through a window and locked the door, shouting after myself that he should go listen to music.

    In retrospect not the world's greatest job.

  • PushPull
    +2

    OK, I wasn't going to reply at first, but I see a few other examples of 'by choice' so here goes.

    I got a Prince Albert, and after just a few weeks of healing, I am loving it!

    Otherwise, our A/C unit finally called it quits and we didn't have a choice but to replace it. ($$$, ugh.) Got it installed two days before the temps jumped up fifteen degrees and hit a hundred. The A/C places got swamped under with work right after that. Great timing!

  • zhumoke
    +2

    In Chengdu, China. Travelling with a friend. We spent a day visiting a mountain, on LSD. After a great day of exploring, still high as fuck, we took a tuk tuk (3 wheeler taxi)to the train station. On our way down, going through an intersection, a white car smashed into the side of us. Tuk tuk overturned. My friend and I cramped as fuck in the back, still tripping our balls off. Climbed out the tuk tuk, I grabbed my bag from inside. My friend managed to organise the Chinese people to flip the tuk tuk back the right way. The woman driver was screaming, and we saw blood running from her seat seat on the road. I was convinced it was some kind of conspiracy to kill us. My friend tried to reassure me that I was being silly. I didn't believe him. We got the fuck out of there. Ran to the train station, and let the Chinese people deal with the wreckage. Needless to say I started smoking again. We were both shaking for hours after.

  • WittyUsername
    +2

    I keep seeing this same lady, at the Mall, the Gym, Target (She works there), almost once or twice a week. I think she thinks I am stalking her...

  • BucksinSixxx
    +2

    I got drunk on my birthday and blacked out on a city sidewalk, and now I have a scar over my left eye.

    • theoddowl
      +3

      Any idea how it happened? Did you fall?

      • BucksinSixxx
        +2

        Yeah, my friends I was with said I was carrying on conversation one moment, the next I fell face first. I had a pretty bad concussion, and didn't fully recover from the hangover/concussion for a few days. I feel sick at the smell of whiskey thanks to that night too.

  • Matime
    +2

    I was driving my future sister-in-law to work since she didn't have a car at the time, headed to class after dropping her off I took a left hand turn only to t-bone someone else that I hadn't seen coming. We had the car towed to our garage and a few months later we decided to get it fixed. We got estimates of around $3k but found a place that estimated around $2k if we helped them out with their computers. We ended up cleaning all their computers of viruses, running cable through the building, picking out a new workstation and hooking it up with a printer. We only paid $2.2 so it was a pretty good deal. Around two months later I was driving home from a friends graduation party and my oil light starts flashing, then the battery light then bang. Engines out and I broke down, pulled over to the side of the road and slowly but surely did it decide to catch fire throwing all the work and money that we just spent repairing the fucker down the drain. Called the fire department, asked them for a screw driver to get my amp out of the back and they told us just to take it out once we have it towed. Later that day we called in and they told us we'd have to pay for the tow if we wanted to remove anything from the car. We decided against it since the tow was going to be worth more than the amp. We just handed over the title to avoid paying anymore than we had on that car.

    • theoddowl
      +2

      Jeez that sucks! Did you contact the people who repaired your car to tell them it caught fire?

      • Matime
        +2

        Yeah, they said they felt really bad about it and offered to give us a good deal on a different car. Honestly it wouldn't be worth fighting since there's no record of them fixing the car, it was all under the table.