What is the most memorable trip you have ever taken?
Two stand out. The first was when we were traveling from Boston to Tampa, Florida with friends and our flight was canceled so we rented a car and drove overnight and delivered the car 15 minutes before the 24 hour daily rental turned into a 2 day rental.
The second was when my wife, Elissa, and I took a cruise in Europe and we sailed through the middle of Venice to head on our way to Greece.
Of course the runner up was the visit to a nudie camp with my pastor.
What were you like as a kid?
I was incredibly nerdy. I probably read the Hardy Boys books 15 times each. I still have two big totes of Lego's too. . . .
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Well there was a grave digger, a garbage man, and then a fighter pilot. I'm still trying to figure it out.
How do you want to be remembered?
As a God fearing man who loved his family.
What is the scariest situation you've ever been in?
For a few years we raised pigs with a friend. We had a pig we called "Mean Pig" because she was just mean and would chomp rocks into powder. Well, one day her 6 month old piglets got out, and when I put them back in the field, she ran through the fence and flipped me on my back and tried to eat me from my feet up. A swift swing from the backside of an ax handle thankfully made her run the other way. She graced someone's dinner table a few days later.
Ben (AKA Ozzy, Oslin, or The Prophet)
When the guys all met Ozzy in college, he was like a real life trash panda Santa Clause arriving in Jeff and Mathis' room with a plastic sack of pizza and wings over his shoulder. The rest is history.
Ozzy hails from the deep south, but now calls the southern Jersey Shore his home. He's got a wife, 4 kids, and he's rocking the 'stache.
Just Jeff (AKA Karen)
Preferred Pronouns: He, Him, They
What is the most interesting place you’ve ever been?
That’s a tough call. Probably the most interesting place I’ve been in my work travels is the Train Station Inn in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. It’s an old train station and train cars that have been turned into a B&B and restaurant. My hotel room for the evening was a caboose. It was in the middle of no-where, but it is some gorgeous country.
How is the perfect pizza made?
I will literally eat any kind of pizza from frozen to gourmet, so I am in no way a certified pizza critic. That being said, some of the best specialty or make your own pizza I’ve had has included chicken, bacon, spicy red sauce, lots of cheese, and some jalapeños, garlic, sea-salt, and oregano. If I’m going all out like that, then wood-fired
is a must!
What is your craziest driving story?
I have had several…but the clear winner has to be the infamous trip home from college for Christmas break. I was traveling with my wife (girlfriend at the time), my brother in law, and a couple of our friends in a Ford Econoline van. The craziness began with a major traffic back up due to a semi-truck accident. We literally traveled less than a couple miles during a full 2hr movie. Thank goodness for laptops and power inverters. Not that we’re old, but iPads didn’t exist yet. When we finally cleared the traffic jam we stopped for dinner. One of the girls traveling with us got some sort of spinach sub from subway. Must have been a bad batch of spinach because 30 min down the road, right in the middle of my shift to drive, I hear panicked requests from the back seat to try to find an exit. We found a plastic bag just in case she couldn’t make it. Unfortunately, her aim was bad, and she let loose just as I hit the brakes at the end of the off ramp. So close…, there was a gas station just around the corner. Now, I hate to say chivalry is dead, but my brother in law was the first one out of that van. I’m pretty sure he ran right over the girls to get out in record time. Although I can hardly blame him, it was rough in there. A good 30-45 mins, a
couple rolls of paper towel, and a bottle of carpet cleaner later we had pitched the loose carpet tiles that covered the floor of the van, trash-bagged the luggage that got soaked, and were back on our way. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. It ends at 3AM with me cleaning off my wife’s luggage that had gotten soaked in vomit and
then sealed in a trash bag for 6 hours, when we finally made it to her parents’ house. Ahh the good old days…
If you could meet any historical figure, who would it be and why?
Picking just one is nearly impossible. For me the list is practically endless, although many of them are the typical answers you would expect: Christ, the Apostles, famous leaders, the founding fathers. However, I will go with my more unique answer
Calvin Coolidge. I really admire Silent Cal’s understanding and application of American foundational ideals espoused in the Declaration of Independence and preserved via the Constitution. Ideals such as freedom, “a birthright…the natural and inalienable condition of beings that were created ‘a little lower than the angels’”, and the equality of all mankind, “Not an equality of possessions, not an equality of degree, but an equality in the attributes of humanity, an equality of kind”. That Coolidge understood and believed those principles, and that he was able to apply them so effectively in the heart of the Progressive Era, gives me a glimmer of hope despite our current state of affairs.
- Quotes from Calvin Coolidge’s Speech “The Price of Freedom”
What do you do to have fun?
Fun, what’s this fun you speak of? These last couple of years with work and earning a master’s degree it seems there hasn’t been much time for fun. But when I get the chance, I enjoy game nights with friends, camping, shooting, hunting, and occasionally arguing about conspiracy theories with true believers on the interwebs…
Oh and I should probably say talking with Mathis and Tombstone or they will unmask me and kick me off the show!