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Monday, February 27, 2012

Epic Fail at Walmart...



So... I was so excited to have a dare and do something "fun" and youthful now that I am nearing old fartdom. The dare was to sing Aretha Franklin's "RESPECT" in a Walmart type store. So, I planned to get some pics of myself pretending to sing to in Walmart with some funny pics of customers and employees covering their ears. My 7 year old son even made me a construction paper microphone he insisted I use. I brought 3 of my 4 kids along, my wife, and my dad, who is a professional photographer. On the way there I had plans to get pics of me riding around on the store wheelchair/scooter chasing unsuspecting customers while singing terribly...  I thought I might pretend to serenade the elderly greeter... 

We got there, went inside, pulled out the cameras and within 2-3 minutes- the store manager was telling me that Walmart does not allow pictures to be taken inside the store!?? 
Now, had I not been a teacher, and 20 years younger, I may have tried to sneak into a different store and try it again- but alas... I am old and lame and I think that was the end of my dares in public places (However I could still be persuaded to do some dares that could be performed without getting arrested or kicked out of a store !)


loulouvoo said...
hi i'm loulouvoo,(from perfect 10) here's my truth and dare for you Truth What is the worst gift you have ever received? Dare Use lipstick and write the word “funky monkey” across your face. Keep it there at least 30mins. While walking round your local supermarket.
February 21, 2012 11:59 AM
Monica G Lopez said...
Loulouvoo, Your dare is e-pic! :) I wish I would of thought of it. :)
February 23, 2012 10:15 AM
Adam N. Leonard said...
Dearest Monica and Loulouvoo (you twisted freaks): I plan to fulfill your requests of me this weekend- so stay tuned... Also, please join my blog and post some of your writing or a link to your writing!!! :)
February 24, 2012 10:36 AM
Adam N. Leonard said...
Worst Gift: I was 8 years old and obsessed with the pratfall- I had mastered the fake trip and liked to fall over the couch, the coffee table, down the stairs, etc to get a laugh from my prepubescent friends... Well, I had invited most of my 3rd grade class to my birthday party that year, had asked my parents for and expected Star-wars action figures... The first present I took to open was from my parents. I pretended to fall out of my seat and fell onto the present to get a laugh and hopefully not bang up my action figure too bad... My parents scolded me and took the present from me as they lit my birthday cake. I thought that yelling at me on my birthday was pretty rude so when they handed me back my present to open it- I accidentally-on purpose let it catch fire over the candles. I thought this would have some terrific shock value and maybe get a few laughs- plus was payback for being yelled at me during my party. I figured I'd pat it out before C3PO or R2D2 got melted- But DANG! wrapping paper goes up like gasoline! I tried to pat out the flames but quickly gave up, tossed it on the floor and stomped out the flames by jumping up and down on the box- action figures be damned! Well... turns out the parents got me a hamster that year...
February 27, 2012 10:29 PM
Adam N. Leonard said...
By the way, that birthday story may or may not be true... remember making up stories is my hobby! (no hamsters were injured! I think I actually got a sweater for my 8th birthday!)
February 27, 2012 10:43 PM

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Truth or Dare Challenge

Truth or Dare Challenge

As a part of a new group of authors for young adults called TEAM TEEN AUTHOR, initiated by Julie CrossI have foolishly agreed to take part in the Truth or Dare Challenge.

So...all you ex-students of mine- here is  your chance to get me back for that C- I gave you in art class! Everybody else, maybe you're just having a rough week and need to take out your frustrations on a poor, defense-less author/art teacher...  Bring it on... (Be nice!!!) Post a question for me to answer truthfully and a dare, and I will pick one. I will either answer your question or take on your dare. If I do the dare I will post proof!! If I chicken out, I have to post a chicken pic on my blog for a week...sigh

Monday, February 20, 2012

Starting a New Writer's Blog

Hello everyone! I'm starting a new Writer's Blog where readers and writers can share ideas, win free books, connect with other writers, and get feedback on new writing. I'm starting things off with a Truth or Dare Game started by YA author Julie Cross. See her description below:

truth or dare: teamTEENauthor challenge


Complete Steps to hosting your own Truth or Dare Challenge

This is the post in which Google provides the top Truth or Dare questions and I reveal my answers...and if you want to play along...answer one of the questions in the comment section, then it's your turn to give me your very own truth or dare option.

teamTEENauthor membership badge

From Julie cross's Author Blog Site:
In order to kick-start my blog rebirth after it's long drawn out death, I'm challenging my fellow YA author friends to create an identical Truth or Dare post and let their readers pick a TRUTH question or a DARE in which we swear to provide photographs, video footage or some evidence of performing said DARE...in the case of a "DARE FAIL" the author will post the photo shown below on their blog for no less than one week regardless of whether it matches the blog's color scheme. This game could be your ticket into my exclusive club, teamTEENauthor. If you aren't a soon-to-be published or already published teen writer, you can still play your own game of truth or dare on your blog. Post the link to your own post in the comment section and I'll add you to my list of dare devils who took the challenge. 




 MOST COMMON TRUTH OR DARE QUESTIONS (originally posted by Julie Cross)

1) If your significant other said it was alright would you cheat on them? 


No! and if your significant other says this to you, something is wrong with your relationship...just sayin.

2) What is there about your boyfriend/girlfriend (spouse) that embarrasses you?

He's way, WAY smarter than me.

3) What is more important than money?

Family, the feeling of self made accomplishments, being in love...not necessarily in that order.

4) When have you loved some one who has not loved you back?

I'm not sure this has happened to me...not real love.

5) When was the first time you had your heart broken?

6th Grade...Skateland....my boyfriend decided to moonlight skate (holding hands) with one of my best friends. I spent 2 hours crying in the bathroom. It was a horrific combination of heart break and humiliation, the kind where you can't tell where one feeling ends and the other begins.

6) When is it alright to mix love and business?

Well, I'm gonna have to say anytime, considering how I met my husband. It was the day I moved into my dorm in college. He was supposed to be my sophomore "Student Life Adviser." He took full advantage of that business type situation and I totally let him.

7) If you were given a chance to become invisible for one day, what would you do with this ability?

Possibly watch a favorite top secret recipe being made

8) If you could see 24 hours into the future what would you do with this ability?

I'd find out which celebrity was about to commit a major scandal and be the first to gossip it.

9) Who was your first crush with?

My first real crush was in 7th grade and it was the boy-next-door...and he was very close (in proximity) because I lived in a townhouse. We shared walls. He was also 16 and super nice, but patted me on the head in an affectionate, aren't-you-such-a-cute-little-kid kinda way. Needless to say, I was not happy with that reaction and gave up eventually.

10) When is it alright for your boyfriend/girlfriend to lie to you?  

This answer is all about timing. It is NOT okay to drop a giant bomb (and I mean a metaphorical bomb not the other kind) on your boyfriend/girlfriend at a moment that is not going to allow them time and space to absorb the information. In other words, you're a jerkface if YOU spill the truth when it's convenient for you, to make YOU feel better. Don't use the lame excuse, "I just couldn't live with myself if I didn't tell you I kissed _____ last night." So, lying temporarily to allow good timing in delivering bad news is okay. Otherwise, don't lie. It just gets too messy.

11) If you were the opposite sex for one day, what would you look like and what would you do?

I would be semi-buff with an awesome guy metabolism and the ability to consume 20,000 calories in a day. Then I'd go somewhere with awesome food, like New Orleans and eat everything in sight. And if I had washboard abs, I would spend a lot of time feeling them.


Wanna Join the  Game? I (Adam Leonard) will play along with Julie's game and may accept any reasonable dares/truths that won't get me injured or arrested!!
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