Self Interview

This was a writing class assignment where I was given a set of pre-determined questions to ask myself in a staged interview.

 

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These are articles, stories and accounts of my life, as I recall them, and are copywrited. Unauthorized use will be pursued at my determination, to the degree that I am inclined. Any hard feeling caused by memories that don't match yours are unfortunate and you'll just have to get over it! Feel free to contact me if you have a request for their use. I am not writing for prose or poetry, but just to tell a story. Neither do I try to be politically correct. I consider that an act of cowardice, trying to placate the uninformed, ignorant of history folks that are filled with ego and braggadocios, demanding that their perspective be the prevalent one.

 


1. How would you describe yourself in three sentences? I am a seasoned citizen in the sense that I have been around for a long time and have been exposed to a wide range of experiences. This wide spectrum has given me a unique position in that I have a wealth of experiences in which to draw from. It has become my fervent desire to share as much of my knowledge as possible with a younger generation in an effort to give them the knowledge without having them actually spend the time or the pain going thru some of the more unpleasant ones.


2. What have you done that you are proud of? I have lived a long and productive life and feel that I have maintained my honesty and my integrity throughout.


3. Do you have any bad habits? I have never been a drinker or a smoker, but I probably swear too often, and I still like women.


4. How do you feel about the way you look? I am getting old, but I feel that I have aged well, but I do disdain a few of the expected grooming habits, like shaving and getting a haircut.


5. What kind of work do you do? I do component restoration on world class antique cars.


6. How do you feel about your parents? My mother is still living and I love her and hold her in high regard. My father passed away a number of years back and I remember him fondly.


7. How do you feel about each of your siblings? The older of my two sisters and I talk on occasion and reminisce about our youth, but I have not heard from my younger sister in over twenty years and I miss her dearly.


8. What's your attitude toward money? It is a convenient method of acquiring those items I cannot grow or build. I have some saved, but do not count it very often. I have had large amounts of it in the past, but life is better now without most of it.


9. Tell me about your childhood in one paragraph. I grew up in the country, lived in the basement of a house until I was in the third grade. I attended a one room school house near Howell, Michigan and DID walk three miles each way to school. My family moved to southern Ohio where I played basketball, football and ran track. I graduated high school in 1960


10. What's your philosophy of life? Don't be afraid. Walk softly, but carry a big stick. I like to be a life spectator and will intervene only when I see a disservice being committed. When it comes to making decisions in life, I like a quote from Teddy Roosevelt that says something to the effect that when making a decision, there are three choices. The best decision is to do the right thing, the second best decision is to do the wrong thing, and the worst decision is to do nothing.


11. How do you like to spend your free time? I like to read and watch football, but writing is gaining ground.


12. If you could have three wishes, what would they be? I lost a wife and three children too early in life, and would like to have them all back. My dad went home too early as well and I would like to be able to spend more time with him. My third wish is that my wife and I ‘go home’ at the same time.


13. What kinds of people do you dislike? I am turned off by egotistical folks that, lacking a thorough knowledge of history and the tell-tale signs that it leaves, are willing to use the ‘politically correct’ approach to trying to get their own personal viewpoint to be the prevailing viewpoint. I also try not to hang around folks that want to spend my money on a project that they themselves are not willing to spend their own money on.


14. What do you do when you're upset? Go to the movies and watch a comedy.


15. Who are your heroes? Will Rogers, Ronald Reagan and Congressman Allan West. All of these men have/had their testicles connected to their brain, and were not afraid to display the connection.


16. What are some of your favorite expressions? “What goes around, comes around”, “you get what you pay for”, and “God is always watching”


17. What is a common posture for you when you sit? I prefer to sit back in a chair that will recline slightly and usually put my right leg over my left knee.


18. What is your attitude when you meet new people? I really look forward to meeting new people and will ask right away what they do for a living and what do they do for fun. As I do this, I will take a good look at the fingernails and their shoes so I can tell to what degree they are telling me the truth.


19. What distinguishing habits of speech do you have? I have gained a bit of a southern drawl in the last 40 years, and I like to inject humor at every opportunity. I find myself hesitating between some words, and I am not sure why I do that.


20. How do you feel when socializing? I like some socializing during the day, and feel that I am good at it, but come the evening, I prefer a one on one situation and am always looking to spend some quality time alone with myself.