Tuesday, February 15, 2011

An Interview with Odie

Lately I have seen others use an interview situation as a create a blog post so I thought I would give it a try.

Interviewer: Odie, where were you raised?

Me: I was raised just outside of the town limits of Nashville, NC

Interviewer: Any brothers or sisters?

Me: Yes I have two sisters, both younger than I am.

Interviewer: Where did you get your education?

Me: I attended Nashville Elementary, Middle & High School all on the same campus and graduated in 1965. After that I attended Carolina College of Commerce in Rocky Mount, NC and graduated in 1967 with a diploma in Senior Accounting.

Interviewer: Did you do anything really wild as a young boy growing up?

Me: Yes, one time I took one of my dad's shotgun shells into the woods, placed it in the fork of a tree and shot it with my air rifle causing it to explode. One of the pellets hit my left arm but no permanent damage. Also had trouble hearing for a few minutes.

Interviewer: When did you start dating?

Me: I didn't start until my junior year of high school and then only because my friend found me a girl in Rocky Mount and kept after me until I gave in. Only saw her one time.

Interviewer: How did you meet your wife?

Me: After my first marriage ended I did like lots of others have done searching on the internet and found her there. I thought Halifax was not out of the question & we communicated on line and by phone for a while until we decided to meet. She brought her 9 year old daughter with her and we had a meal at Ryan's Restaurant in Rocky Mount and afterwards went to Michaels craft store to get supplies for a school project for her daughter.

Interviewer: Where were you married?

Me: We were married at a little wedding chapel in Maggie Valley, NC. Miss Caroline's Wedding Chapel and it was an outdoor setting with a waterfall behind us. My oldest daughter did a video of the ceremony so we can look back at it.

Interviewer: Where did you honeymoon?

Me: We left Maggie Valley, NC and spent the next week in Gatlinburg, TN along with her daughter and my grandaughter.

Interviewer: Is there anything about you that other bloggers may not know about that you have done?

Me: When I got out of the Army in 1970 I took advantage of the educational benefits of being in the military. I took a course through DeVry and built a color television from scratch including all the components on the circuit boards as well as building test equipment to use in the process. Also I took 2 courses in locksmithing and was able to help many people locked out of their vehicles. I did this in my spare time and one week I was going on vacation. A teacher in Nashville was murdered and I spent the whole week installing dead bolts and window locks.

Interviewer: At what age did you lose our virginity?

Me: Proud to say 21

Interviewer: Have you ever been to a strip club?

Me: No, but one time back in 1981 I was in NJ on a training trip and was taken to a relatively small place for lunch to get a sub. While sitting at the counter eating my sub a lady walked in, came behind the counter, turned on some music on a boom box and commenced to taking her clothes off. My one and only experience.

Interviewer: Do you have any regrets in your past life that you wish had not happened?

Me: I regret the day as a teenager that I started smoking. Fortunately I stopped in January of 1981.

Interviewer: How has blogging helped you?

Me: Since I started in June of 2010 I have met so many interesting people and now have friends all over the world. With words of encouragement I have been helped and hopefully helped others that needed a kind word. Blogging has allowed me to express myself openly for really the first time in my adult life. It is not only fun but beneficial.


  1. It is nice to get to know you better, Odie. You have led an interesting life. I'm glad you didn't hurt yourself too bad shooting at that tree!

  2. Really interesting format with this Post, Odie. The interviewer asked some good questions, and I enjoyed reading Odie's replies!

  3. That is so cool you built a TV!! Awesome!!

  4. This is some good stuff to know about you Odie. Very nice.

  5. Who was the interviewer? Rocky? (LOL) Whoever it was, this was a great idea for a post. If the surveys and questionaires that are being passed around don't cover things you'd like to reveal about yourself, this is a clever way of going about it. Great job, Odie, and I enjoyed learning more about your life!

  6. you built a tv from scratch? Wow! You have let a pretty varied life Odie and I really enjoyed your answers

  7. very nice interview questions. great info to know - color tv... wow! the most i ever was a little am/fm radio. it as a kit. i think my sister actually put it together and because i watched, i used to claim that "I" did it (I might have been all of 8-9)

  8. Interesting facts. I should send you my survey questions.

  9. So, now I know a lot more about Odie, thanks to the interview....nice post...and I'm glad you quit smoking...a good decision...

  10. Thanks for sharing some of your life story with us. And yes you have helped others through blogging, you have helped me. Thanks for being a blogger friend Odie:-)

  11. This was really interesting Odie - I, too, am amazed that you built a TV, way cool!

  12. This interviewing thing was a good idea!

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  13. Just saw this today, Odie. What a fun post! It was great getting to know you better. Blessings, Debra (and as always, thanks for your comments at my blog!)