Just couldn’t resist that headline! Come on… when you see this awesome contributor’s user name, don’t you just immediately think of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Seriously, C.Hainsaw is one to look out for. Not only can he quickly cut through miscategorized questions in Famous Quotations and US Military, but his gnawing investigative skills have also been known to scare the behooligans out of the most prolific of vandals. You might know him as Saw (isn’t that another gory film?), but we all know him as one of WikiAnswers’ best Supervisors, WikiGuides, Gold Contributors, Vandal Patrol members and Mentors. He is C.Hainsaw!
What is your marital status?
I have been married 21 years. My wife and I have three children and a grandchild. We also have two dogs (Bruzer, a miniature Chihuahua who has yet to prove his canine status; Killer, a border terrier who thinks he is a Rottweiler; and three cats: Momma Kitty, the neurotic matron; Yoda, her first kitten, who has been a lap cat from birth four weeks ago; and, Flip, the wild-child escape artist and comedian). Anyone want two kittens? It’s a package deal.
Where do you live?
We live outside a community in southwest central Michigan on a small lake. It is our refuge, such a quiet place, where we spend most of our time watching the water and wildlife. We’ve been here two years and do not estimate a move any time in the near future.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in California, Texas and Michigan (Navy brat). We moved here in December 1973, but I continued to grow up in south central Oklahoma (Army Basic Training) and a little town in southern Germany, Swäbisch Gmünd, where I served as a Pershing Missile Crewman. Special memories? The most special memories I have, which have generally overshadowed all others, are the days each of our children was born.
What are some of your past occupations? And what are you doing currently?
I have done a bit of everything. I have built furniture, crewed a nuclear missile, transported classified documents, clerked a US Army Headquarters Unit, worked in warehouses and factories, collected past due bills, skip traced, made donuts, performed maintenance, set dies and engaged in research and development of new automobile parts, coordinated fund raising for a charitable organization (MDA), been a student and a teacher. For the past year, especially the past two months, I have answered questions.
What is your key area of knowledge or expertise?
The only area of expertise I believe I have is facilitating solutions. This is just another way of saying “problem solver.” I know a little bit about a lot of things. Some have told me that I am an accomplished communicator, but I believe that I am still developing this skill. I have been pretty successful at helping people find the humor in not always humorous situations, and I was a very good teacher. My interest in these things, I believe, is intrinsic to who I am; it’s just how my mind works. As a result of my upbringing and my military experiences, I am a defender, a warrior in an archaic sense; I try to stand up for what is right, and I intervene for those who may not be able to fend as well for themselves. The journey of learning has been long and is far from over. I learn something every day, mostly about myself. I am a work in progress. :-)
Do you have any special interests or hobbies?
I am entranced by all forms of communication. I can listen to those with an accent all day; it is a study in diversity for me. I love the regional and cultural differences that exist in the ways people share what they know. I love stories, all sorts of stories. I am attracted to the prospect of listening to the story someone else shares as much as sharing one myself. I treasure every opportunity I have had to lead an audience on a journey by way of spoken and written word. The way we communicate with each other is one of the greatest gifts we have to share.
WikiAnswers certainly fits the definition of special interest, and I am amazed at the impact this site seems to have on people and the potential it has for reaching so many. I am proud to be part of it, and proud to be involved in its continued development.
What do you like to do for recreation?
I swim, clean our beach (rake lake plants and algae), walk and drive with my wife until we get lost and share (with anyone interested in listening).
Would you care to share any educational information?
I have an Associate of Arts from Grand Rapids Community College as well as a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Michigan University. I was pursuing a Master’s in Middle Level Education with Special Education Emphasis, which I am only a few credits from, but recent events in our lives have led me to reconsider the direction of my professional pursuits. My wife and I are still exploring what direction that will be.
Please share some random facts about yourself, special thoughts, etc.
Much of what I believe can be found now on my WikiAnswers bio page. Some of this is:
- Wisdom is where you find it.
- There is no weight greater than regret.
- There are only two things you do with regret: carry it around and be crushed under the weight of it, or set it down and learn from it. Move on.
- A mistake is only completely a mistake if you learn nothing from it.
- Sometimes the best way to find something is to not look for it.
- Because you disagree with something, does not make it wrong. It just means it may be wrong for you.
- Never set up a target you don’t want anyone to shoot at.
- If you ask a question you will get an answer. You may not like that answer, but then maybe you should have considered that before you asked the question.
Additionally, I am convinced that no one is or ever has been capable of believing in nothing. If there is life, there is belief. I am not a religious person, rather I am spiritual. I respect and defend the right of every person to believe what they do. I do not defend the choice that some make to metaphorically or literally shoot at anyone else in support of their own beliefs. No one has the right to tear down any other to support their own faith. I prefer a live and let live philosophy; in the vernacular of an unpleasant place, “You do you; I’ll do me.” I believe that is universally insightful on a primal level.
Do you own any collections?
I have a substantial collection of paperback science fiction novels and anthologies. Aside from this, the only other collection it can be said I have is observations of human behavior and psychology.
What are your special talents?
I can twirl both hands simultaneously in different directions. I can speak bits and pieces (individual words and phrases) of perhaps a dozen languages.
What accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am proud of who my children have become. I see within them, individually, some of the best attributes of my personality. I am more personally proud that I have overcome some great obstacles in my own life, and continue to rise above.
Do you have any special goals or dreams?
I want to find a career or profession in which I can use my collection of eclectic skills and talents for the greater good. I want to be able to help people see the worth of themselves, and every person around them, regardless of any existing regretful behavior or past actions. I want to help people see that no matter how horrendous any situation or experience may be, something positive and rewarding can be taken from it. I want to share.
What brought you to WikiAnswers.com?
Actually, I was participating in another question/answer site when I started surfing in research of support for an answer there. I ran across a similar question here. I began to look more and more at the site and eventually began answering questions here. I discovered the nature of Wiki along the way. It is this sense of cooperative community that brought me back to the site, and what eventually led me to the decision to abandon contributing to the others. The community is what brought me and what keeps me here. I am convinced it is the sense of belonging that is at the core of so many of the problems that plague people today. I hope that everyone eventually discovers WikiAnswers. I just hope that WA can continue to evolve and adapt to it.
What is your favorite WikiAnswers.com activity?
I love to answer questions, but equally as much, I think I love to help other members find what they want from the site. I truly enjoy the interaction I have with other Supervisors and the Community Advisors. I think one of the greatest satisfactions I have had, though, is helping an errant member turn around, giving me the opportunity to recommend her as a supervisor. I am proud of those I have recommended who have been invited; I take some small amount of pride in their successes.
How would you describe yourself or personality?
I am me. I am a collection of trivia and minutiae. I am simple; I am complex. I am like no one else, but similar to everyone. I am a riddle, a question and I am searching for the answer.
I also encourage anyone to share with me; I welcome it. I look forward to being a part of WikiAnswers and this community for a long time. We do it all here together.