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Interview: My Dad
Posted February 19, 2007 at 09:15:08 AM by Bean in the Interviews category
In an attempt to keep fresh content on my blog, I've decided to conduct a few interviews with interesting people. They are short, relatively shallow, and conducted via email, one question at a time. I've got a few in the works, so expect more in the coming weeks. I decided to start off with someone I was sure would cooperate: my dad, Martin Schy.
Q: You fish a lot, and usually do pretty well. What, in your opinion, is the single most important thing to consider when trying to land a large mouth bass?

A: The most important to consider when trying to land a large mouth bass would be to keep heavy tension on your line so as to not let the line go slack, but not too much to break the line. The tension should be applied with the curvature of the rod not allowing the fish to pull directly against the reel.

Q: Great! Any tips on getting that fish on the line in the first place? Next question: Which president, having served in office during your life, has been your favorite?

A: Ronald Reagan because he proved that conservative principles worked.

Q: I had a feeling that would be your response. Now the counter-point: which president has been your least favorite?

A: Jimmy Carter because he facilitated the fall of the shah of Iran which resulted in the return of the Islamic Fundamentalists, failed to defend our embassy in Iran, failed to rescue the hostages in Iran and is basically given us the terrorist state of Iran that we know today. In addition, his domestic policies resulted in the worst recession we had in the second half of the 20th century and the highest rate of inflation that we've ever had. He currently travels the world cozying up to Communist dictators, left-winged despots and continues to badmouth America all over the world to this day.

Q: What is is the best vacation you have ever taken?

A: Our best vacation was when we flew our own plane to Alaska and back. We flew over the Great Plains of North and South Dakota and we saw civilization below us diminish into the wilderness as we approached the Canadian border in North Dakota. Then we saw the wilderness turn into homes and farms at the southern edge of Saskatchewan. We crossed the Great Plains of Central Canada with millions of acres of granola and wheat fields and hundreds of oil wells below us. Then we came into view of the Canadian Rockies to the west and the great wilderness of northern Alberta to the east. We then entered the snow capped Canadian Rockies, entered the Yukon territories and landed at White Horse. All along the way, the Canadian people were extremely friendly and helpful. We flew over the beautiful turquoise lakes of the Canadian Rockies and crossed into Alaska. We flew to central Alaska near Anchorage and stayed a few days with friends who owned a beautiful log cabin in the mountains. Then we flew to Mt. McKinley and skirted the edges of glaciers coming from it, landed and went on a Denali Park bus tour. We flew onto Fairbanks and points north of Fairbanks to say that we had been close to the Arctic Circle. In Fairbanks, we had near 24 hours of daylight and took a sternwheeler ride on the Yukon River. When we left Fairbanks, we flew over North Pole, Alaska back through the Canadian Rockies and the full length of the Alaska Highway back to the lower 48. It was a "dream of a lifetime" vacation.

Q: Sounds like a fantastic trip! I won't ask what the worst vacation was, cause I think I know (Disney World, circa mid 1980's) Okay, last one: If you could speak one sentence and know that everyone in the world would heard it, what would it be?

A: Get the hell out of my way, I'm coming through!
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7 comments
m3 (February 19, 2007 at 10:55:36 AM):
cool idea bean

and that sounds like one helluva vacation
foo (February 19, 2007 at 03:37:47 PM):
that was awesome.
Gitti (February 22, 2007 at 09:21:16 AM):
Wow. Wonderful memories of a vacation. I've been to Canada and saw glaciers, but it had to be really cool to see them from atop (is that a word?). I wonder the length of the trip, a month?
stef (February 22, 2007 at 02:52:56 PM):
sunflower:
1 part vodka
1 part vanilla liqueur
5 parts orange juice
Brad (February 22, 2007 at 04:50:35 PM):
wrong blog, stef.
Brad B (February 22, 2007 at 05:43:34 PM):
Who is this brad?
Bean (February 22, 2007 at 05:46:23 PM):
oops... was me from home. still had your name in it.
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