Who is Randyatcabincreek?

He was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and enjoys creative cooking.  Read on to learn more about this retired, disabled corrections officer and Answers contributor, Randyatcabincreek!

Q: What is your first name?
A: Randall. I usually go by Ran or Randy.

Q: What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?
A: Randyatcabincreek. It is a combination of my name and the area of Roanoke county I live.

Q: What about your family? Do you have any children? Pets?
A: Married 32 years to Mary Anne, Daughter Annah; graduate of Virginia Tech.
We are owned by Razz, a doberman/lab mix. She is perhaps the most in-tune to human emotions I have ever seen. Everyone she meets is her new best friend, unless it’s a skunk, cat, or ‘possum. Then she only barks to chase them away.

Q: What can you share with us about about your education? What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: Collegio tau Autodidactas. Majored in religion, mythology and philosophy. To broaden my knowledge and try to figure out why people hang on to religious beliefs, especially when the majority do not know why they do at the deepest level. I am an avowed atheist whose mouth can get him into trouble.

Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Raising a successful, healthy daughter.

Q: Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: Tough question. My wife and daughter have given me the courage to keep going, even if it hurts! Also people like Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric; Richard Dawkins, Albert Einstein, George Carlin, Michael Shermer, Christopher Hitchens, Teilhard De Chardin, EA Poe, and so many educators who inspired me to dig deeper, question everything, and to be a good skeptic.

Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I am my own person; I fully understand the meaning of life. It ain’t hard people, don’t complicate it.

Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by? What is your passion in life?
A: Jack Welch once said, “Always accept reality for what it is, not what you’d like it to be.” Family and knowledge are paramount in my life.

Blue Ridge Mountains

Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share? Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: I have not been able to travel much since a debilitating accident took me down a notch or two physically in 1998, but I am fond of the Blue Ridge Mountains,New Mexico, and Colorado. [I would love to visit] my ancestor’s home in Scotland, My wife’s ancestor’s homes in Germany and Israel. To learn of course!

Q: Is there a place that’s special to you and why?
A: When I feel out of touch or sad, I can be found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, communing with nature, or fishing the Maury River at Goshen Pass near Lexington, Virginia.

Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A:  Mythology, religion, science, crosswords, good books to read. My hobby is gardening and just being outdoors.

Q: Do you have any special talents?
A: Irritating people… actually to challenge them to look at life.

Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: A better education, better health and for three more wishes!

Q: What is the most craziest/scariest/dangerous/embarrassing/wonderful/extreme in any way, thing that has ever happened to you?
Answer: Probably getting hit by a car working an inmate escape in 1998. Healthy one minute, not so much the next!

Q: Glass half full or half empty?
A: Depends on who poured the glass for me.

Q: What is your favorite music and band or artist? Do you have a favorite song?
A: Sit down. Heavy Metal and classical; Metallica and Beethoven. Favorite song – One by Metallica. It does not get any more raw or honest than that.

Q: Favorite television show or movie?
A: Big Bang Theory. It’s funny, awkward and so true to Nerd-dom.  Favorite movie – To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everthing, Julie Newmar. If three of Hollywood‘s most macho actors can act like drag queens and get a point across about open mindedness, how much better a lesson in life.

Q: Do you have a favorite poet? Poem?
A: Edgar Allen Poe. Took big ones to write like that. Poem – The Raven. Why not?

Q: Who is your favorite author? Do you have a favorite book?
A: John R. R. Tolkien. Who else could take a story about God and Jesus, turn it around with other mythologies, and come up with something so spectacular. Book – The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien.

Q: How did you discover Answers and how long have you been a member of the community?
A: By happy accident. I asked a question, got it answered and signed up to answer. Since the Fall of 2014.

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community? What is your favorite thing to do on the site?
A: Some answers I read over were too vague or incorrect. I felt like I could give my two cents, and perhaps a better understanding of the subject matter.
Favorite things to do – Answer valid questions, redirect wrong categorized questions, and ignore trollish questions.

Who is PPMSJohn?

He claims to have a demented sense of humor and lives by the motto, “Don’t Panic!”  John, aka PPMSJohn, has been with Answers since January.  Let’s see what else John has to share with us about himself!

Q:  Does your username, PPMSJohn, have a special meaning?
A: I have a daily fight with primary progressive MS and that fight helps define me.

Q:  What about your family?
A: Married for 17 years, we have an 18 year old adopted daughter that became our foster child when she was 12.

Golden Doodle

Golden Doodle

Q:  Do you have any pets?
A: 3 Dogs: Golden Doodle: Mithkah (sweetness in Hebrew), Mini Golden Doodle: Kashyyyk (Wookiee home world in Star Wars), and Pug: Roxy (she was rescued so no unique name here)

Q:  What are your special interests?
A: I have received extensive training in the field of religion.

Q:  What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: The quest for knowledge of God and his purposes.

Q:  What is your occupation?
A: Right now I’m currently not working due to my disability. I was in steel sales when I was younger, but left that because of the enormous amount of stress that came with it. I was most recently in the field of tool rental as home improvement projects were a big hobby of mine.

Q:  Where are you from; where did you grow up?
A: I’m from Massillon, Ohio

Q:  What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Becoming a foster parent and being able to adopt our daughter. Taking in someone that needed our love and care.

Q:  Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: The example of love and compassion that Jesus Christ set.

Q:  What are you most passionate about in your life?

A: After God and family, probably food and good beer.

Q:  Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: Israel because of the history involved.

Q:  What do you enjoy for recreation? Reading, television, movies, running, sports, music, cooking, sewing, crocheting, swimming – whatever you love to do!

A:  Studying and gathering information is actually a hobby of mine… sad I know! I also enjoy sports, music and occasional online gaming.

Q:  Do you have any special talents?
A: I have been told I have a gift for public speaking.

Q:  If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: 1st wish: The wisdom to not mess up my next 2 wishes. 2nd and 3rd wishes: Don’t have the first yet so I do not know.

Q:  How did you discover Answers.com?
A: Asking a question in Google search.

Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community?
A: I thought it was an excellent concept. Asking questions and getting an answer from another person, one that you could contact through the site if needed. Then I thought about sharing my knowledge of the Bible with those that are asking sincere questions.

Q:  What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?
A: Answering questions of course!

Q:  If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?
A: It is a good way to make a contribution to educating society.

Q:  Glass half full or half empty? Why?
A: Half full, unless it’s good beer, because it won’t be half full for long.

Q:  And last, but certainly not least, tell us about one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?
A:  I love to say something crazy and off the wall to someone just to see how they will react. I have to put concentrated effort into appearing serious though or the reaction won’t be genuine.

 

Say hi to Mary, aka Skippercollector!

Her favorite movie is Apollo 13, while her favorite book is The Copper Crown, by Patricia Kennealy Morrison.  We had a fun interview with Mary!

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Q:  Is there a story behind your username, Skippercollector?

A:  I am a Barbie doll collector, but my favorite doll since I was a little girl is her younger sister Skipper.  My collection focuses on her.

Q:  Do you have any pets?

A:   Milo is my domestic shorthair female cat.  She was a stray in the neighborhood, and the neighbors thought she was male, hence her boy’s name.  I didn’t adopt Milo.  Milo adopted me.

Q:  What is your educational background?

A:  I have a Bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Northern Kentucky University.

Q:  What influenced your chosen field of study?

A:  Even in grade school, I was good at writing and the teachers noticed it.

Q:  What is your occupation?

A:  I work in the PR department of a local hospital.

Q:  Where do you live?

A:  I live in Ohio.

Q:  What life accomplishments are you proud of?

A:  Go ahead and laugh if you want, or snicker that I am obsessed and have no life.  I spent months looking through all of my Barbie doll reference books and came up with a total of how many different versions of Barbie had been made between 1959 and 1999.  NO ONE, NO OTHER COLLECTOR, had ever done this.  Oh, and the answer is about 2,300.

Q:  Do you have any special traveling stories you’d like to share?

A:  The first time I visited Los Angeles was in 1985.  I’d fantasized about the place ever since I learned in first grade that all the people in my TV set lived in a place called Hollywood.  We spent the week sightseeing, but little knocked me over.  Until….we drove down to Huntington Beach.  As soon as we got off the freeway and started driving down Beach Boulevard, I was dumfounded.  This was the LA I’d had in my head all my life–the wide boulevard with the smaller businesses and all the palm trees lining it; the huge pier and the wide beach.

Q:  Where is one place in the world you would love to visit?

A:  Australia

Q:  Tell us about your doll collection.

A:  I have collected more than 900 Barbie and family dolls since the 1980s.

Q:  What enticed you to join the Answers community and what do you like best about the site?

A:  When I started looking through all the Barbie doll questions, I noticed that many were repetitive and the anal-retentive part of me knew that they could be combined.  Plus, I knew a lot of the answers myself.  I also read a lot of misinformation that needed to be corrected.

Q:  What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?

A:  Deleting the inane or incomprehensible questions!

Q:  If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to convince them they would love being a part of our community?

A:  I’ve already done it several times, suggesting that other doll collectors in general or Barbie collectors in particular would want to impart their knowledge.

Q:  If you could be any animal, what would you want to be?

A:  A cat.  Doesn’t everyone?

Q:  What are some random favorites you have?

A:  Some of my favorite things in life are:

Astronaut: Jim Lovell/Shannon Lucid
Athlete: retired professional Australian surfer Cheyne Horan
Car: red Chrysler Sebring convertible
Color: red
Doll: Skipper, of course! (particularly the 1968 Twist N Turn, 1970 Living, 1987 Jewel Secrets and 1989 Cheerleader Teen)
Play: Jesus Christ SuperStar/Mamma Mia!/Man of La Mancha/The Music Man/1776!
Sitcom: Dharma & Greg (1997-2002)/My Family (2000-?)/WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982)
Sound: jet cruising at 30,000 feet/bobwhite call
Vacation spot: Huntington Beach, CA

 

Announcing Answers’ top five Community Outreach WikiGuides in 2014!

We had an awesome year in Community Outreach in 2014. WikiGuides were busy greeting new contributors, inviting former contributors and supervisors to return, delivering well-wishes and congratulating members of the community for their accomplishments.

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These top five WikiGuides for the year will receive shiny new badges on their profiles and Answers merchandise for their outstanding efforts:

1st place – ChuckSiata
2nd place – Fish247
3rd place – Darksyde
4th place – Xnicola
5th place – Skullcandy88

For 2015, we have a program goal of completing 3000 missions, and WikiGuides are off to a great start!

If you are interested in joining the Community Outreach program, reaching out to the community by completing fun missions, earning badges and receiving Answers and program swag, email Robin at communityoutreach@wikianswers.com.

Let’s get to know more about CrazzyAmmy

We love getting to know our Answers contributors better and had a nice interview with another awesome member recently.  Meet Aman, known on the site to many as Crazzyammy.

Q:  What is the story behind your username?

A: A friend of mine had her Twitter username as CoolCrazyRock! I stole the middle one with a ZZ!

Q:  Tell us a little about your education.

A: I’ve done my schooling from Mamta Modern School. Currently attending college at Northern India Engineering College in Computer Science Engineering.

Q:  Where are you from, where did you grow up?

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A: Born and brought up in India. Was born in a small town but right now staying in the capital, New Delhi.

Q:  What life accomplishments are you proud of?

A: Winning the first prize in Indian Government Organized Montreal Protocol and getting a certificate of merit from Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Environment Minister, India. This was the achievement that led to my increased interests in the ozone layer.

Q:  Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by?

A: After delivering my report for my Summer Internship in Hughes Systique Corporation and after saying the words, “It was a difficult task”, the manager of the team stood up and said something I would never forget.  “If others can do it, why not you!”

Q:  What are you most passionate about in your life?

A: Life is all about learning. The day you stop learning, is the day you stop living. This passion for learning has kept me alive.

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With friends in Manali

Q:  Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share, places you’ve visited, or favorite places?

A: I personally love traveling. I, along my DSLR, would love to go on a world tour. This is a recent picture from my latest trip to Manali, a hill station in India.

Q:  Are there any other places you’d like to visit?

A: There are two actually.

1.        Venice. A photographer’s paradise
2.        NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C.

Q:  What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

A: Photography. However, it would more likely be a passion than a hobby. I have the drug in my veins to carry the special moments in life on my shutter. Studying about Ozone has been another one. It gives me the feeling of being connected with nature.

Q:  What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

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River Rapelling

A: River Rappelling. The fact that I am scared of heights made it more daring.

Q:  How long have you been a member of Answers, and what do you like about out community?

A: I’ve been a member since 23rd November 2010. Completed my 4 year WikiVersery recently.  The fact that each member of the community encourages the others to perform well and contribute to the society is what makes it unique. Answers for its members it’s not just about the contributions, it’s something more.

Q:  Do you see the glass half full or half empty? Why?
A: Half Empty. Take it and fill it up to the rim. A half filled glass might leave you thirsty.

Meet the Winner of the Summer Sizzler 2014 AnswerThon: Bilal Tariq

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He was a first place winner of the Summer Sizzler 2014 AnswerThon, which is no wonder! He loves to answer new questions! Say hi to Bilal Tariq, also known on Answers as Jabirshah.

Hailing from Lahore, Pakistan, Bilal has been a member of Answers since 2007. A Floating Supervisor and Copy Assistant in the WikiReviewers program, he is a Silver Contributor with over two thousand answers under his belt!

In his offline time, Bilal enjoys reading the poetry of Mr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the national poet of Pakistan and listening to pop music.

An accountant by trade, Bilal can often be found on Answers plugging away in the Business Accounting and Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, and Budgeting and Forecasting categories.

Answering, of course!

How about those WikiReviewers?

Close up of vintage typewriter machineWhen our WikiReviewers tackle a task, they do it with gusto! It’s amazing to see members of this program band together on missions and work hard to meet and even by-pass monthly program goals!

We’re saving the bulk of our brags for our end-of-the-year sound off, but we just can’t keep quiet about one of the  WikiReviewers‘ accomplishments this year. And boy are we proud of this one!  In April, WikiReviewers dove into the Uncategorized category with a goal of recategorizing 5,000 questions. We thought that would be a pretty tough task. Well, you’ll be amazed to know by the end of the month, we had recategorized an astronomical 425,988 questions!!  Turns out we set our sights a little low on that one, and as more WikiReviewers pitched in, we exceeded our goal far beyond what we expected!

In the past year, WikiReviewers have completed a walloping 14,978 missions, making hundreds of thousands of needed edits on the site!  We’ve also gained over 30 new members since the first of the year!

There are five divisions in the WikiReviewers Program, each with their own specific types of assignments.  Robin, the program coordinator, places newcomers to the program in the most suitable category for them, based on a review of their contributions to the site.

If you happen to meet up with a WikiReviewer on the site, give them a pat on the back.  They certainly deserve it!

 

It’s exciting to be part of the WikiReviewers Program!  If you would like to join us, message Robin, the program coordinator and let her know.