Today, we're thrilled to have with us one of my favorites ... William Teach of Pirate's Cove...
The panel is ready with their questions...
Now, the first question...
Why are pirates better than ninjas?
Well, matey's, have you ever seen a ninja? They wander around in pajamas, saying little. It's no wonder they wear face masks. Pirates, on the other hand, walk around in all manners of finery, bought with their ill gotten gain. Plus, we get to say cool things, like Avast! and Shiver me timbers! And, we have cool flags.
How many moonbats does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
Unfortunately, the question is not that simple. There are various shades of screwing in a lightbulb. It is not black and white. You have to consider how it would affect the poor, whether we can put together a coalition with the UN and the EU, and whether it is the sockets choice.
What made you start blogging?
In all seriousness, I was tired of having all these thoughts about politics and affairs running through my brain, and was looking for an outlet to express my thoughts, especially considering how insane and nasty the 2004 elections were shaping up to be, coming from the Leftards. Kinda like how you write down the tasks one needs to do that day gets them out of your mind. Otherwise, you keep rehashing those tasks over and over again.
What keeps you blogging?
Same as above, plus, I just plain enjoy it. I've "met" some great people on-line in the blog community. And, maybe something I write can make a difference, even if it is just to give someone something to think about, or a simple smile.
What belongs on an ice cream sundae?
A scoop of banana ice cream (yup!), a scoop of chocolate, and some hersheys syrup. Perfect! No nuts, no gummy bears, etc. Can add a nice brownie, though. Yummy!
How did you and Basil become blog friends?
Hmm, smart azz response or real? Let's go with real. I had been familiar wih Basil for a bit, but it really took off with the Great Blog War, between Basil's Warriors and Sortapundit. I really enjoyed the way Basil gave a forum for others with his links, and his Headline News was, and is, incredible. Not easy to do that everyday.
I'll bet you get a lot of comments about your moniker. Is that really your name, or your nom de cyber?
Nom de cyber. Mostly because there are some serious wacko's out there in cyber world, and you never know what they will do. I actually recieved an email which was so serious, and possibly from Islamic Jihad, that it was passed on to the FBI, and they had a geek erase all references to it on my laptop. It is also fun.
For the record, my real name is Porter Good.
Are you a fan of the Caprica Buccaneers or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
I'll have to go with the Caprica Bucs. Though, as a Giants fan, I will often root for Tampa, since their game outcomes rarely affect the Gmen.
I was in a surprised, then celebratory mood when I found out I got banned by the Indian Government. How did you take the news?
I really thought it was funny as h*ll. Here you the supposed largest democracy in the world, people wise, and they ban us over a website that they are too chicken sh*t to actually name. Heck, it gave us some exposure and notariety.
Who's the one person you can count on in this life?
Well, since I am currently unattached, other then my parents, I would have to say my good friend Karin. I don't get to see her as much as I like, since she lives about 90 miles away, but, if I need something, she is always there.
Name your favorite literary character.
Yikes, that is a tough one. I read a ton, mostly sci fi, add some mystery and non-fiction to the mix. It would be a toughy, between Drake Merlin in Tommorrow and Tommorrow by Charles Sheffield and John Corey in several books by Nelson Demille. Tommorrow and Tommorrow is scifi, about a man who tries till the end of time to gain back the love of his life, while Corey is a super wiseazz. Both characters really stand out.
Dare I ask how many times you've seen the Pirates of the Caribbean movies?
I couldn't even count that high. At least 50, I'd say. Though, I have seen Star Wars even more!
Have you ever played Sid Meier's PIRATES! game or The Seven Cities of Gold?
If you mean the newer Pirates!, nope. I used to play the heck out of PC games, but, just kinda lost the interest. I always prefered first person shooters, and was actually a beta tester for Duke Nukem 3D II, though it was never released. I do have another pirates type game around, though. Can't remember the name, somewhere up in the attic.
The Obligatory Question: Mac or PC?
PC. Gotta be. Started out on PC's back in the early 80's, and just have always preferred them. Could get better games and stuff.
Why a pirate?
Well, I went to East Carolina University, the home of the Pirates. I started out creating static sites using that theme, including one which provided sports backgrounds for Ericsson phones, that did well, but got tiresome. When I started blogging, just seemed natural, especially with Blackbeard having spent time on the North Carolina coast.
Also, if I had used stuff based off my favorite pro team, the New Jersey Devils, could have freaked people out! :)
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
Started July 22, 2004. Partly it was due to having been born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi. After that, I decided to go to the City and fight crime with my sidekick Arthur. Especially against that Evil Midnight Bomber who Bombs at Midnight, baby!
What are you most passionate about in regards to blogging?
Whew!!! Toughy! Probably, the insanity from the Left. I may joke about it alot, but, it really does disturb and concern me that so many of them are seriously divorced from reality. I have many friends who are democrats, and politics are a subject that I avoid, because they get all wonkadoodle. Remember the Simpson's episode where Marge went into Real Estate, and Troy McClure said "There's The Truth, and then, there's the truth."? Libs just really do not know what The Truth is anymore, and, I really do worry what could happen if they lose a few more elections. Based on what they say on the DU, the Huffington Post, Kos, and even Democrats.org, their official site, they could get seriously violent en mass. The Islamic terrorists can hurt us. They can cause great damage. They can kill lots of American. Cause recessions. But they can never destroy us. But, the Howard Dean/Markos Moulitos types can.
Can you give us a hint in what you do in your real job?
Sure. I am a retail store sales manager for a wireless company. I have been in the business since 1994, starting with an independent agent, and moving to this company in 1998. We are a Fortune 50 company. I'm proud to say that I turned the store from a $1.3 million location to a $1.8 million location in a little less then 2 years. Had a different location before then, but was farther from home. I am also going to be opening a new location for the company in December, which I am really excited about.
When a newcomer visits your blog what is one of the first things you'd like for them to notice?
Well, as much as I like to work on the formatting and stuff, I like them to notice that blogging can be fun, and that politics can be fun, and both should be fun. Notice that most of the people on my regular blogroll are not serious 24/7. They do fun things. Meme's, funny photoshops, caption contests, etc. I used to have a really wicked icon on my site to represent me, but, switched to the current one (same as in this post) because it was more fun.
One thing I really notice is the Left-O-Sphere blogs. Most really are not fun. There is never a break from hard core politics to throw up a funny joke, one of those Blogthings like "what Monty Python and the Holy Grail character am I?", or simply something nice. Too each his own, I guess. I like to see what interests other people, and makes them laugh, cry, etc. And, I hope people see the same from me.
What's the most Redneck / White Trash thing you've ever done?
Yikes! Well, there was the time I stayed out fishing at these DOT lakes just outside of Grimesland, NC, during a T-storm that spawned an F-1 tornado, which touched down really close. And I mean close! I huddled under a tree, then went back to fishing after the storm passed. They were really biting. Ruined my pager, too.
I've been cow tipping. I helped a guy deliver moonshine down at Emerald Isle once, for about an hour. Me and some friends took some lubricated condoms, filled them with water, and launched them across the beach during Bud Fest in N. Myrtle Beach. Then there was the time we were leaving Bud Fest, and stopped to get breakfast.....na, that was is a little nasty.
What are you, nuts?
Did I mention I fight crime in the City with my trusty sidekick, Arthur, who wears his moth suit with pride? Also, the mustache sometimes pokes me in the brain.
Describe the perfect barbeque.
Put the pig on the grill in the morning, cook all day, using a nice vinegar based sauce. Cook up some Brunswick stew, hush puppies just right, some corn on the cob, maybe some boiled and chilled shrimp. Add some real brewed sweat tea and a keg (NO Coors or Coors Light. Period) Maybe a nice Carolina Pale Ale.
Get some folks together to either watch some good football, or play some good ole Beach Music. Some Embers, some General Johnson, Catalinas.
Ginger or Mary Ann?
Mary Ann. She looks like a girl you could go outside and do stuff with.
Anything in closing?
I just want to thank Basil for giving me the forum to answer some of y'alls question. I truly enjoyed it, and would love to do it again.
Now, y'all might be wondering where all the pirate talk is. Well, me buckos, it is not easy to write in pirate. I've done it a few times, and it is tough. I also tend to write the way I speak. While I can use big words, I tend not to, simply for clarity. I rarely rewrite anything to change a post to include big words. Just not me. I also tend to use lots of words like y'all, reckon, yathink, and damnyankee.
Thanks to our favorite pirate, William Teach of Pirate's Cove, for playing along today. It was fun.
Tomorrow, we have a special treat: Andrew McAllister, Ph.D. of To Love, Honor and Dismay.