Interviewed by Barry.

1) You’ve decided to throw caution to the wind, empty your bank account, and do something you and your wife have never done before. What do you do, and where?

Her answer would probably be quite different from mine. Mine would probably include staying in some interesting (but expensive) places like London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. Hers would involve something with nature, I’d wager.

2) Living around the Mormon community, do you find yourself subconsciously thinking or acting as they do?

Probably the opposite, if anything. Had I been raised here I’m sure it would have had a more benign influence by limiting the social allure of cigarettes and alcohol. But being that I already partake in both and that this puts me on the opposite side of the morality line they draw in the sand, it makes me a feel a kinship with other sinners. Including people I would probably disdain back in Colosse.

My reaction probably isn’t right or appropriate, but there ya go.

3) What is one of the most memorable things about your home town?

If we’re talking about the large city, it’s probably the skyline. Whenever I’d leave town, it was those buildings rather than any green sign to tell me that I’m home. My little suburban neck of the woods would have to be Riverside Drive. Dad and I used to have breakfast at one of the fast food joints on that road every Saturday morning.

4) What was the situation surrounding your first real kiss?

It’s actually a long story, but I’ll give a few short highlights:

  • She was drunk. Very drunk.
  • The girl I wanted more than anything to be with was upstairs fawning over some other guy, so I was pissed off
  • She kissed me four or five times before I finally kissed her back
  • She was probably more attractive than the girl upstairs
  • I’d later introduce her to the guy that became the worst thing that ever happened to her.
  • She never blamed me because I didn’t know. I blame me because I should have.
  • It was the most depressing night of my life up to that point.
  • Nine months later I would kiss her sister. That time I was drunk.
  • My life is rarely as dramatic as the circumstances surrounding this particular incident.

5) Talk about what you love most about your wife…if you’re brave, tell us what you dislike most about her…

There are a tons of things to admire about Clancy. The biggest is that she is always striving and pushing herself to be a better person. I have a history of being surrounded by people who “shoot out the lights then curse the dark” whereas she is always looking at what she can do to improve a situation.

She’s very opinionated. I like that about her most of the time. However, from time to time this can be problematic because I’ve lived my life doing the things and living my life in a way that she considers harmful.

Here are the rules:
If you would like for me to ask you five questions…
1. Leave a comment saying “interview me” if you’d like to be interviewed.
2. I’ll respond by asking you 5 questions here. They’ll be different than those above.
3. Update your blog with your answers to the questions.
4. When you do so, include this same explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same manner.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you’ll ask them five new questions.

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4 Responses to Intervood

  1. Barry says:

    Thanks for answering!

  2. //page says:

    Ooh, great post! Kudos to Barry the Inquirer!

    Gosh, I hope that doesn’t sound snarky. Seriously, props to you both.

  3. Becky says:

    Those were good answers, and I definitely learn more about you each time I come back here. I know which area you’re in now, but where did you grow up? Riverside Drive could be, well, anywhere.

    Nice words you said about your wife. Hopefully, you don’t forget to tell her as well:)

  4. trumwill says:


    In the name of preserving my privacy and career (not to mention Clancy’s), I have to be pretty sketchy about where I’m living and from (even if it is, in some cases, bloody obvious). I gotta go right now, but if I remember to I’ll shoot you an email with a more full explanation.

    And as for telling Clancy, since she reads this site she knows. Hopefully she knew before she read it on the site, though…

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