I’ve been interviewed…

Frosty posted this first, at least that I saw, so blame her. (kidding, kinda!)

Here are the rules for the game, in case you want to play too.

1. Leave a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

And here goes. I hope someone enjoys this…

1. Tell me about the happiest memory from your childhood.

Wow, this is probably the hardest question to answer. I don’t have a lot of childhood memories, at least none that are more than moments, flashes, bits and pieces. The Christmas my folks splurged and got us kids tons of presents. Learning to ride a bike. Lots of target shooting at the sandpits in Naugatuck Forest. Nothing really stands out as a singular ‘happiest memory’. But a collective memory I do have and that’s all the years we went camping as a family to begin with and then just me and my folks when my sisters ‘got too old for that stuff’. Waking up just before dawn, hopping in the canoe and not getting back until supper time. Campfires, bonfires, spooky stories. If I had to pick I’d have to say ‘camping and learning to love nature’ would be my answer.

2. According to your blog, you’ve been arrested once! Will you tell the
internets about it? We’re very curious. We have a feeling it wasn’t for
anything scary…

Quite a few people (at least those old friends from CT) reading this (is anyone reading this?!) know the tale, or most of the tale. Long ago, back in the dark ages also known as the 1990s we didn’t have the internet, at least not as we know it today. We did, however, have lots of local BBS’ to dial into. The local news one day was hot about the collar over one of those LED highway signs being changed to read ‘You All Suck’. It was very amusing. While chatting on one of the BBS’ (Psycho Ward BBS) I discovered one of my fellow users was the culprit behind the deed (“Do you think they’ll catch me, I mean whoever did it?” was the first clue). I wrangled the number for the sign, they’re all on cellular circuits, out of him. I then plotted with a friend (hi, Sibs!) to use said signage to make a political statement against the, at the time, governor of Connecticut, Lowell Weicker, who had promised the state if elected there would be NO state income tax and who within weeks of being elected signed into law a state income tax (what a dick). The plot was to make the call from my friend’s house (hi, Sibs!) but he was delayed by some play rehearsal or some such and it being some holiday (I’m pretty sure it was a holiday of some sort) and there being a lot of traffic on I-95 in Fairfield County I wanted to get ‘our’ message out to as many people as possible. Not wanting to wait I made the call from my apartment and changed the sign to read ‘Weiker Blows‘*. Yes, I spelled his name wrong. I don’t recall how much time passed, a few days at least, but one day soon after there was a knock at the door. I looked outside and somehow missed ALL the cop cars parked on our street. The served their warrant, confiscated most of my computer equipment, notebooks, papers, etc. and then several weeks later, right around my birthday, they called and said they had enough evidence for an arrest and I could turn myself in or they could come collect me ‘the hard way’. I got a ride to the state police barracks from a friend who amusingly gave me a Troll Doll dressed in prison clothes for my birthday. I was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor, spent a couple months going back and forth to court (and watching the guards and baliffs laugh each time the case details were read) and ended up with probation, a fine and fifty hours community service. Wow, that was long…

3. You have several beautiful tattoos. When did you first become
interested in the art of tattooing? Do you plan on getting more ink?
Would you ever get a tattoo of something you have designed?

I’d been into bikes, since I was a kid. Along with the bikes came a lot of pictures of tattooed people. A friend of mine was the first person I knew to get inked and I just liked the idea of permanent artwork that I could carry with me anywhere. I was probably somewhere in my mid-twenties when I got my first piece. Future plans include getting my dragon tattoo finished, it’s been an outline for 15+ years and getting a portrait of my dad** in his USMC dress blues done on my forearm if 1) I can ever come up with the money. 2) I can find a decent portrait artist locally (I would LOVE Kat Von D or Jack Rudy to do the work but they’re both in Cali, damnit) 3) the psorisis on my arms doesn’t ruin the ‘canvas’. Would I ever get something I designed done? Sure, I could see that happening.

4. How did you spend Election Day 2008? What was your reaction to
finding out that Obama had been elected? How did you feel?

I spent it the way I spend most days. Reading, hitting the internet, napping when I could ( chronic insomnia means sleeping whenever possible). I was pleased to see Obama elected we needed a change. I didn’t jump up and down or throw/go to any parties. I just hope we give the guy enough time to prove himself. A month in office and people who were cheering and going on about a new era and such are now slamming the guy because he hasn’t fixed EVERYTHING already.

5. Why do you dislike Christmas so much? Really. Be honest.

It’s part of the Holiday Despair Cycle. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Valentines Day all in a row all conspire to make the lonely know just how lonely and depressed they are. Life sucks enough without constant reminders of what you don’t, and never will, have.

* http://the-ayrie.net/scans/sign5.jpg
** http://the-ayrie.net/scans/dad-usmc.jpg

Hawk (wow, that was harder than I thought!)


  1. Frosty

    #1 – Sounds like wonderful, blessed times. I never got to go camping as a kid, but I love it anyway! My dad was big on hikes – I have very fond memories of hiking with him.

    #2 – Dude. That is hilarious. I bet it was totally worth it.

    #3 – Your father was SO HANDSOME.

    #4 – Me too. I didn’t do anything special. After he was elected though, I took my dogs for a walk and found a first floor apartment with the windows open so I could listen to his acceptance speech.

    #5 – Yeah… I totally can’t argue with that.


  2. Hawk (Post author)

    I was born in April, my folks had me camping the next June, 14 months old and up until I left Connecticut I was camping whenever possible. I even got involved in Scouting so I could teach others about camping and so I could go as often as possible.

    Yeah, ok, in hindsight and after NOT being sentenced to prison or losing my job it was amusing. At the time it was happening though it was pretty scary. Felonies!

    Thanks! I take after my mom’s side of the family 🙂

    You’re welcome, thanks for interviewing me!

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