Everyone has his or her favorite stories. The best stories come straight from true-life events. Everyday life can be surprising, invigorating, horrifying, glorious, down right sad or full of hope. Everyone has a best day and a worse day. Sometimes you don’t need to embellish a story because often you can’t beat the facts for entertainment or imagination. These stories are a collection of events that took place over half a century in the course of a normal average life. These stories prove that mere mortals sometimes have no control over their destiny as it unfolds immediately in front of them.