Urban Legends, The Blog Post

I was cycling through the stations last Saturday and I came across s show called Urban Legends. The show’s format looks at three real life urban legends. One of the urban legends is absolutely true and two are debunked. They also let you know the source of the legend.

A light bulb went off right above my head. I turned the light off and grabbed my laptop. What follows are three stories. One of the stories actually happened to me but the other two did not. I’d like you to try to figure out which of the three actually happened to me. The truth will be revealed in my annual End of the Year Wrap Up.

During the summer after graduating high school a few of my friends and I decided to just take a walk around the neighborhood. It was one of those days where the huge cumulus clouds kept blocking the sun and then the sun would shine just long enough to make you miss it when the next cloud rolled by. You know what I mean.

Anyway, we decided to grab some pizza for lunch. After lunch we decided to walk back home and play some basketball. We took a different route home and crossed through the supermarket parking lot. We tossed a tennis ball back and forth to each other and when the ball was tossed to me, it went over my head. I ran after it and reached down to pick it up. When I stood up there was a .45 pointed at my forehead and the person’s finger on the trigger. I froze.

My sister and I decided to throw my parents a huge party for their wedding anniversary. They renewed their vows and it was our gift to them. A nice surprise party. We invited close to 100 friends and relatives, had the event catered and spent lots of our own money.

With every surprise party, you need time to prepare and decorate. We enlisted the help of our aunt and uncle who took them out for a late lunch. Our parents were slow getting out the door but they finally left. It took some time but the caterer set everything up perfectly, we managed to scatter 60 cars around the neighborhood and everyone fit comfortably in the backyard. We got a call hours later from my uncle that they were about to leave the restaurant. My aunt and uncle arrived at our house but there was no sign of my parents. Four hours and 60 guests less later, my parents called. They decided spur of the moment to take a honeymoon at a bed and breakfast three hours away. We told them about the party and all the guests but it would take too long for them to get back.

We invited over a few of our friends and partied anyway. Thankfully everyone let my parents keep their gifts. Almost everybody.

Shortly after getting my new car last year I decided to give the car a workout. I made reservations at a mountain resort and I set off for some me time. I trusted the GPS to get me to my destination. Contrary to popular belief not all men are afraid of directions, but I usually get them from Google and print them out.

Not this time. I was trusting satellites and GPS to pinpoint my location and guide me to my destination on those dark mountain roads. I had the music blaring! I felt like a teenager again. Singing badly and messing up the words… Turn left here, turn right there, keep straight for 20 miles. The GPS lady told me to turn left and I did. It was an even darker road that reminded me of every horror movie I’ve ever seen. The only question I had was who it would be jumping out to get me. Jason, Freddy or the Mothman. I came to a metal fence, driving faster than I should and stopped.

There was no room to turn around and backing up for a mile or so would be tedious at best. I got out of the car and got my flashlight out of the trunk. I peered over the fence and the flashlight revealed a drop at least 1000 ft or more. I’m happy to be alive! GPS can suck my left….

There are your three choices. Will what you know about me thus far reveal the correct answer or not.

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This coming weekend is the first weekend of December which means it’s guest blogger time once again! This month’s Guest Blogger is Seth Winternight. Seth’s blog, Welcome To My Residence is a new blog which he started in September. Stop on over to his site to read a few posts but whatever you do, make sure you come back this Saturday. My guest bloggers have always given Morning Erection readers plenty to contemplate!


  1. #1 by Melinda on November 30, 2010 - 11:38 AM

    I love that show! #2 because I think that is crazy enough to be true and omg that would have stunk after all the planning. Although my gutt says #1 I’m going with #2. Great stories.

    • #2 by Tom Baker on December 1, 2010 - 7:16 AM

      Well now I think every choice has been selected. Thanks for voting Melinda. I appreciate you coming by once again.

  2. #3 by Seth Winternight on November 29, 2010 - 2:38 PM

    Number 3… it seems your type of scenario

    • #4 by Tom Baker on November 29, 2010 - 6:29 PM

      That makes two people for number 3! No one has chosen number two!!

  3. #5 by southwindtrails on November 28, 2010 - 11:19 PM

    I love this post! I would like to do somthing like this, but I’m terrible at telling stories so I’ll leave it to the more talented writers. As for my guess.. this is a tricky one. I was thinking what Cherlyn explained so well, story #1 is the one that doesn’t quite fit so I think it’d true. Can’t wait to find out which one is true!

    • #6 by Tom Baker on November 29, 2010 - 9:54 AM

      I’ll be happy to come guess when you do this. I’ve been to your blog and I’m pretty sure you could come up with three stories easily. If you have trouble just come up one. The real story and a made up one. I’m hoping Cherlyn does this idea too.

  4. #7 by Kelly Hay on November 28, 2010 - 7:33 PM

    I’m gonna go with #3 for no other reason than that my own GPS has given me CRAZY, MIXED-UP, “YOU’LL NEVER GET THERE” directions before!

    • #8 by Tom Baker on November 29, 2010 - 9:50 AM

      Finally a different choice. This is fun!

  5. #9 by Scent of my heart on November 28, 2010 - 10:23 AM

    Enjoyed all 3 stories, now I think each of them is possible to happen, but I’ll go with the first and if I was right, I’d like to know the rest of the story. Nice post Tom!

  6. #10 by technogran1 on November 28, 2010 - 9:08 AM

    I pick number one as well, just because its the least plausible I suppose and therefore is probably the one that DID occur.

    • #11 by Tom Baker on November 28, 2010 - 10:19 AM

      So far two votes for number one. How have you been technogran? I saw you had some brandy in your hot chocolate. Warming!

      • #12 by technogran1 on November 28, 2010 - 10:43 AM

        There’s your answer! Trying to get warm! ;)

  7. #13 by Cherlyn on November 28, 2010 - 8:04 AM

    It’s like you’ve been reading my mind, I was thinking the other day about doing a two lies-one truth kind of post – thought of it after rewatching a Toby Turner video about the same idea.

    Hmm, I’m going to guess that the first story is the one that is true. I have my reasons lol.

    • #14 by Tom Baker on November 28, 2010 - 8:24 AM

      Hey Cherlyn, thanks for guessing. Now I am curious as to why you picked number one. It’s not just a guess you have a reason! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

      I want you to do this too. I hope because I did it first it won’t stop you from doing it as well.

      • #15 by Scent of my heart on November 28, 2010 - 10:25 AM

        Just want to say, I was for the first story before I read Cherlyn’s comment :)

      • #16 by Cherlyn on November 28, 2010 - 7:47 PM

        Hehe, my reasons? There was less detail within story number one, which just leads me to believe you want less focus on that particular story. Also out of all the stories, that is the only one you didn’t finish, which makes me think you’ll finish the story with the next post.

        however, this is just speculation, I’m a very paranoid person and I tend to read into what people say more than most people lol I could be completely off base lol

        • #17 by Tom Baker on November 29, 2010 - 9:52 AM

          Great observation, but what if I did that on purpose to throw detectives like yourself off the scent?

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