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Friday, April 10, 2015

Q & A: Bad to the Bone

Taking a hint and the lead from fellow blogger, Juliette, I'm going to do a few interviews and will post them here. I'm not speaking to anyone who participates in my blog. Perhaps you will find it interesting. Perhaps not. I'm simply throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if it sticks. Since Jules and I move in different circles, the people I pick and their reactions to the questions asked may be different than hers. If you're interested, I'll keep doing them now and again.


Editorial Overview: I've known G. D. for many years and his picture should be in the dictionary next to the definition of "bad ass". He has been and done many things in his life from government wet work to mercenary work to membership in a notorious outlaw motorcycle gang. He's an accomplished designer, artist and engineer. We met under unusual circumstances. When we met, he'd taken the name (not G. D.) of a man whose headstone proclaimed that he was buried under that sod - but there were only weighted bags in the USGOV coffin. That particular man died in a foreign field and G. D. was there as witness to the event. He'd been buried by people that had been hunting and ultimately killed him.

Name: G. D.

Country: USA

Age and gender: 75, male

Uniformed military service: US Air Force, 6 years enlisted, (E-5) Staff Sergeant

Formal education: Mass. Institute of Technology - BA

Informal education: University of Adversity

Occupation: Engineer

Times married/current status: Once/single

Children: One boy

Do you believe in God? What is your religion?

Yes/Baptist

What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?

Killed people who were innocent of any crime except for coming after me.
Editorial caveat: The event that G. D. refers to took place in Peru in the late 1960's when he was in a place and doing things that USGOV would have denied involvement in. I have knowledge of the circumstances and while the killing may be regrettable, it could be filed under 'self defense'.
What is your greatest achievement?

Living "off the grid" for the past forty years. It might sound trivial, but in our present world, it's extremely challenging.
Editorial caveat: He has no phone, no credit cards, works for cash, pays cash, etc. He has a driver's license that comes back to an address 25 years old, and the vehicles that he drives are not registered to him. He doesn't own land, doesn't vote, etc.
Over the past 12 months, what has been your greatest challenge?

I roller skated through Death Valley (about 100 miles). I've done it every five years for the past twenty and I think that this last outing will be my very last. It's tough to do at 75.

If you could go back in time to age 20 with your current life experience, what would you do differently?:

I think that I would have been a better father to my son. 
Editorial caveat: His son is in prison, serving a long sentence.
There is a 15 year old standing in front of you. What life advice would you give him/her?

Be your own person, be true to yourself and never pass up the opportunity to help somebody in need.

When you are an elderly person, sitting in your rocking chair and you look back on your life, what do you want to have achieved?

I think that I'm there. And I think that I've done it.

What is the meaning of life?

Ask me in 25 years.