2014 WAmmy Awards!

Congratulations to the 2014 WAmmy Award winners (for questions and answers posted in 2013)! These questions, answers, and contributions are outstanding, and I’m so proud to work with this community!  Thank you for your nominations and votes!

Answer of the Year

Winner/Question:
Holiday guy
Why is saving money a good idea?

Acceptance Speech:
Wow, what an honour this is. Firstly I’d like to thank all of you that voted for me but in all honesty this award goes out to everyone who works hard to answer questions on the site. Without all of you this site wouldn’t be where it is today and I really mean that. I’m humbled by this award and it has encouraged me to go for even bigger goals in this coming year (both on the site and in real life). I’d also like to say that my answer is one of many quality answers which are submitted on the site everyday. I constantly find myself on the homepage looking at the recently answered page and seeing all the amazing contributions by all of you. It just reminds me that we are a special type of community on here which help each other out in a variety of ways. I believe that this is one of the main reasons to why I keep coming back to this site. Now I don’t want to keep you for too long so I’ll quickly explain why I decided to answer the question.

If you didn’t already know, I’m 17. When I was younger I used to spend a lot of money on pointless things which I would eventually not care about or lose. All this money added up and over time I realised how much I was wasting and what that money could of gone towards. If I had some guidance earlier on I could of saved myself a lot more money. This is the main reason which motivated me to answer this question. I hope you all find it somewhat useful, I even find myself looking over it if I’m ever deliberating over buying something.

I urge you all to read my answer (if you haven’t already) and let me know what you think about it.

When I was younger I was told a quote: “look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves”. It’s true, if you save a decent amount of the money you receive from your job you can put that towards greater things. One thing I have definitely set my sights on for when I’m an adult is purchasing my own house/flat as I know how important owning property is in the UK.

I wish you all the best for 2014 and I hope you enjoyed reading my answer.

Have a great day and thank you once again!

 

Honorable Mention:
Lifesnadir
Do people on welfare ever stop needing it?

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner:
Keats

Acceptance Speech:
If I may, I would like to nominate this Answers Lifetime Achievement Award to my beloved husband who passed away last year. We knew each other since we young, almost forty years, Later we were married for many, many years. I am devastated by his loss. I miss him so, so much. Each day is still unbearable. So my Answers Lifetime Achievement Award is for you my beloved D and the love and life you shared with me. I love you.

 

Honorable Mention:
Jadeacres

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Most Answers

Winner:
4Jays
Acceptance Speech:  
I am honored to receive this award.  I consider myself part of a great team and I am happy and proud to be able to contribute to the mission of Answers!

 

Honorable Mention:
Ericbarnes

 

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Most Contributions

Winner:
Lifesnadir

Acceptance Speech:
With so many dedicated contributors, I’m truly surprised to receive this award.  Thank you.  I suppose WA is a little like that potato chip: Few people can do just one Q or only a couple.  Once you get started with Questions, Answers, Editing/Spelling Fixes, or Categorizing, you just can’t stop!  Unlike potato chips, though, WikiAnswers doesn’t add useless calories.  Instead it revs up the brain’s metabolism, infuses energy, and makes ‘exercising’ the brain fun!!

 

Honorable Mention:
HisPowr4U

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Premier Answerer of the Year

Winner: David Gambell

Acceptance Speech:
On behalf of David Gambell, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

 

Honorable Mention:
Alcohen2006

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Most Trust Points Earned

Winner:
Dabac

Acceptance Speech:
Wow, that came out of the blue.

I do enjoy it here. I like the concept of being represented by thought and text only, almost entirely untainted by any other feature.

I like the sharing of knowledge, as knowledge – as love – is one of the few things you can both share and keep at the same time.

While I’ll readily admit that I write for my own immediate enjoyment, it does bring a warm fuzzy feeling to know that my efforts are appreciated. It’s the icing on the cake. And it’s quite a cake. And a delicious, inch-thick icing.

So, thanks to those providing this site. It’s the best pastime I’ve come across since I learned to read.

Thanks to other Supers who nudge me in the right direction when the urge to merge dissimilar questions leading to the same answer gets too strong.

Or any other issue when eagerness gets the better of me.

Thanks to all the posters who provide me with so much excellent fodder for memory exercises.

I’ll do my best to continue in the same manner.

Cheers,
Dabac

 

Honorable Mention:
C.Hainsaw

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Most Vandals Blocked

Winner:  C.Hainsaw

Acceptance Speech:
Thank you. I mean that for everyone who votes, everyone who views, and everyone who contributes to WikiAnswers. I have enjoyed this little corner of the Internet for the past few years, and I’ve met a lot of great people. Those are who should be honored; they are the ones who inspire me, on those rare occasional moments when I demonstrate any form of brightness through my contributions. All of you, keep making WikiAnswers the community it is.

 

Honorable Mention:
Woodman66

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Most Category Changes

Winner:  
Lifesnadir

Acceptance Speech:
This award needs to be shared with all the people who gave me tips about how the site works.  It took me a while to figure out the best ways to use WikiAnswer’s Search tool, but when I did, I could plunge into the Uncategorized Qs without getting too lost. Thank you to my peers and my old mentor for all you taught me.  Thank you also to all the Category Supervisors who welcomed getting Qs into the right categories despite already being overloaded with unanswered questions; many of you helped me know differences and subtle nuances in the broad topics and categories WikiAnswers hosts and I very much appreciated your help.

 

Honorable Mention:
HisPowr4U

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Most Questions Improved

Winner:
SiriWarbreaker

Acceptance Speech:
On behalf of SiriWarbreaker, we accept this award and thank you for your votes.

Honorable Mention:
Peakaytea

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Most Reverts

Winner:
Fish247

Acceptance Speech:
Wow I am shocked that I made the most reverts this year and am very honored to receive this award. I want to say thank you to everyone that donates their time to contribute to this amazing website and community. Thank you to all the members of the Vandal Patrol and any user that takes the time to remove vandalism and improve the quality on this site. The Supervisors here are truly amazing and I really enjoy contributing and helping out where I can. I look forward to continuing to help out and watching WikiAnswers grow and continue to be the best Q & A website!

 

Honorable Mention:
C.Hainsaw

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Most Contributions by New Supervisor

Winner:
KrazE1

Acceptance Speech:  
Wow, this was very unexpected, and very much appreciated. I want to thank everyone who voted for me! I have certainly enjoyed being a part of the community, and will continue to contribute in whatever way I can to make the site as best as it can be.

Thank you again!

 

Honorable Mention:
Kamstkurf

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Most Trust Points by New Supervisor

Winner:
KrazE1

Acceptance Speech:
Wow, this was very unexpected, and very much appreciated. I want to thank everyone who voted for me! I have certainly enjoyed being a part of the community, and will continue to contribute in whatever way I can to make the site as best as it can be.

Thank you again!

 

Honorable Mention:
Margaret.mehaffie

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Best Profile

Winner:  
IncaBlue

Acceptance Speech:  
Thank you very much for your votes, as you may know my profile is dedicated to Inca a beautiful blue Burmese, next time he visits my dreams I’ll be sure to tell him he won a WAmmy :)

 

Honorable Mention:
Rathnashikamani

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Best Advice Answer

Winner/Question:  
Guy_Henry
What makes an effective father, and why?

Acceptance Speech:
Wow! First- a big, huge “Thank you” to each person who voted for this answer.

I participate on WikiAnswers because I believe that a useful and actionable answer is the only answer worth giving. We see around us a cultural crisis of too much data and choices, not enough insight and discernment. It is my great hope that each of you will forward this question and answer to everyone you know. If we want a stronger, healthier and happier world, we have to start with the kids. Thank you once again. Hooray!

 

Honorable Mention:
Skullcandy88
What is best to say in a job interview concerning your termination from your last job?

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Best How-To Answer

Winner/Question:
JoyceP
How do you build trust with an infant?

Acceptance Speech:
This award means a lot to me, and I want to thank all who voted for this answer.  Since both the long and short-term well being of infants depends on the care they receive from their parents and caregivers, it was important to me to provide the best, most comprehensive answer possible.

Again, thank you to all who voted for this answer.  It is truly an honor to accept this award.

 

Honorable Mention:
RoboDag
What are the basic rules in playing chess?

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Best Researched Answer

Winner/Question:
Skullcandy88
What was unusual about the attack on Pearl Harbor?

Acceptance Speech:
Thank you to all who voted for this contribution to win the Best Researched Answer 2013 WAmmy.

I am pleasantly surprised to win this WAmmy because there were some really good nominations this year. I am glad that others have found the answer interesting and/or informative, I personally enjoyed the research that was required to provide that answer.

Research is the recipe for a good answer, which means checking multiple sources and cross-referencing different findings and evidences. The problem with information online these days is that so much of it is exaggerated or false, the ease of access to this information means that many unfortunate people end up believing in the exaggerated content. With this particular question, it took a bit of time to research properly via multiple sources because this historical event is surrounded by many conspiracy theories. I had to sift through the information to separate the true facts from the unproven (and some downright idiotic) conspiracy theories to provide a balanced and neutral historical answer, rather than a conspiracy rant. Again, thank you for voting for me, I am happy that many have enjoyed this researched answer and I hope the majority of you will continue to research thoroughly to provide fantastic, interesting and, most importantly, accurate answers.

 

Honorable Mention:
Jadeacres
Is a gluten free diet good for everyone?

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Best Answer in a Team Effort

Winners/Question:
Lifesnadir and Darksyde
What are some good science projects for school?

Acceptance Speeches:
Lifesnadir: I love the aspect of ‘teamwork’ at WikiAnswers, like with Darksyde on this answer.  From working with a Mentor, to seeking or giving help with other supervisors, and working within the community, ‘team support’ and ‘team work’ invigorates the site.  Thank you to the countless people who helped me with learning and doing tasks on WikiAnswers.  Congrats, Darksyde!

Darksyde: I’d like to thank all the little people who made this award possible. No, seriously, I’d like to thank the little orange Wiki-Guys who really run things when none of us are looking.
I love researching answers, so I’m quite happy one of the ones I put a lot of work into has won an award. It’s a nice feeling being able to help someone with their questions. Being a WikiAnswers supervisor is a great job and I love doing it.

 

Honorable Mention:  
Liasdaughter and D4est
How do you overcome frustration caused by the wife?

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Funniest Answer

Winner/Question:
C.Hainsaw
How do you keep strangers out?

Acceptance Speech:  
Thank you. I mean that for everyone who votes, everyone who views, and everyone who contributes to WikiAnswers. I have enjoyed this little corner of the Internet for the past few years, and I’ve met a lot of great people. Those are who should be honored; they are the ones who inspire me, on those rare occasional moments when I demonstrate any form of brightness through my contributions. All of you, keep making WikiAnswers the community it is.

 

Honorable Mention:
IncaBlue
Where can you buy a 500 lb bomb?

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Funniest Question

Winner/Question:
Lakeshia_Plum
What are the dangers of being active on WikiAnswers while intoxicated?

Acceptance Speech:
Thank you everyone who voted me for a WAmmy. It is quite an honor. I’ve had a good time since joining WikiAnswers, and enjoy the opportunity of helping as a supervisor. There are many wonderful contributors, supervisors, and staff here. I look forward to more years of service to the WikiAnswers community and wish everyone the best throughout this year.

 

Honorable Mention:
IncaBlue
What subject should you study to take a blood test?

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Top Category Answerers

Animal Life
Winner: On the Wallaby
Honorable Mention: Wildrosebeef

Business & Finance
Winner: Wildrosebeef
Honorable Mention: Fixit895

Cars & Vehicles
Winner: Rdrsh
Honorable Mention: Helpfull

Entertainment & Arts
Winner: WNY007
Honorable Mention: Ericbarnes

Food & Cooking
Winner: Fixit895
Honorable Mention: Salette Ann Andrews

Health
Winner: Eclair39
Honorable Mention: Peakaytea

History, Politics & Society
Winner: William Howe
Honorable Mention:  Manlio Fahrni

Hobbies & Collectibles
Winner: Ndbbm
Honorable Mention: C3shooter

Home & Garden
Winner: Fixit895
Honorable Mention: Woodman66

Humor & Amusement Corner
Winner: Lakeshia Plum
Honorable Mention:  Quietman

Jobs & Education
Winner:  4Jays
Honorable Mention: Mehtamatics

Law & Legal Issues
Winner:  Aggie80
Honorable Mention:  Eclair39

Literature & Language
Winner:  Dfoofnik
Honorable Mention: Notyouraveragedummy

Relationships
Winner:  Eclair39
Honorable Mention: Aggie80

Religion & Spirituality
Winner:  William Howe
Honorable Mention: Galileedawn

Science
Winner:  4Jays
Honorable Mention: Mehtamatics

Shopping
Winner:  WNY007
Honorable Mention: Dfoofnik

Sports
Winner:  Bringingthewood
Honorable Mention: Ndbbm

Technology
Winner:  Dfoofnik
Honorable Mention: Flukey

Travel & Places
Winner:  Dfoofnik
Honorable Mention: Notyouraveragedummy

Meet Galileedawn: Honored Rabbi, Valued Contributor

GalileeDawnGalileedawn is our resident expert on all things related to Judaism. As a writer, educator and researcher, he is an expert who shares his vast knowledge on the site. He is also an active member of our Answers.com community as Category Supervisor, WikiReviewer Editor, Noble WikiGuide, Vandal Patrol Generalist and he has Gold Contributor status. Currently residing in Israel, Galileedawn was born in the United States. Read more and get to know Galileedawn.

What is your occupation?

I am a Rabbi, engaged in the study and teaching of  the Talmud, Tanakh, halakha (Jewish law) and other areas of Judaism. I also am a writer and proofreader.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

Galilee

Galilee

My handle is Galileedawn, since I live in the Galilee region of Israel. “Dawn” is a symbol of hope and beginnings.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I have dual citizenship, but I was “made in the U.S.A.”

What enticed you to join our community?

I noticed that many questions in the Judaism categories are either unanswered or have answers that are incomplete or inaccurate. I feel it is important that Judaism should be written about in a way that gives voice to our Torah heritage, replete with sources from Talmud, Tanakh (Hebrew Bible) and halakha (Torah-law), wherever applicable. I also feel that those who are posting questions are interested in seeing a traditional Jewish viewpoint in the answer, not a watered-down version.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am proud of learning the Tanakh and several Talmud tractates (volumes) with their commentaries.

What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?

I am proud of answering thousands of questions in the Judaism categories with what I hope are informative answers.

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

Once I  jumped out of a second-story window.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

My only wish is for closeness to God.

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?  

Half full: Judaism is well-known for its optimism.

What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?

I have a collection of several hundred books in Hebrew and English on Jewish topics. My hobby is Wikianswers.

What is your favorite quote and why?

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” That one brief quote answers reams of questions. It gives purpose to existence.

Rashi

Rashi

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My inspiration is Rashi, a Talmud commentator who lived from 1040 to 1105.

Do you have any special talents?

I can write grammatically. That’s getting less common these days.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

I can do quick math computations in my head.

Check out some of Galileedawn’s answers:

How does Judaism give life meaning and purpose?

What are the top ten facts about the Talmud?

What does the Jewish feast of Hanukkah celebrate?

Why is David important in the history of Judaism?

Meet Jackgin! Witty WIT member and great contributor

Jackgin is an outstanding member of our team: a WikiReviewer copy assistant, a Community Outreach WikiGuide, and a bronze contributor. He is also a member of Wiki Influential Teens (WIT) and just won the contest to describe the WIT program: Fun, Meaningful and Unique!  He loves computers, reading and WikiAnswers!  Read more and get to know Jack!

What is your first name? My first name is Jack.

What is your occupation?  I am a student.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I am from Singapore. I think what makes Singapore a special place is its huge diversity and the chance to meet and see people from other races living in harmony.

How did you discover Answers.com?

My teacher gave me an assignment to do research on the characteristics of the crab. When I asked a question in Google for the assignment, the first search result was a link to Answers.com. I thank my teacher for ‘helping’ me to discover Answers.com.

What enticed you to join our community?

I love to help people and thought that Answers.com was a good way to do this by answering other people’s questions. WikiAnswers was so addicting that wherever I went, I was thinking about Answers.com all the time, thus I joined.

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

I like doing everything on the site and it’s a  lot of fun. If I had to choose one thing, it would be categorising questions.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason would you give that person to become a part of our community?

Well, the people on the site are very nice and you also get to learn new things in areas that you may be interested in.

What is your favorite song? gangnam-style

It has to be Gangnam Style by PSY because I think it’s very catchy and I love the dance moves. In fact that is one of the reasons why the song is so popular.

If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

Firstly, I would wish for world peace because I feel that peace is very important and some places in the world are still in much chaos. Secondly, I would wish that I could have autographs from every famous person that I like because then I can show them off to all my friends! Finally, I wish that I could have tons of money! Even though money isn’t everything in the world, it can still get you (and me) some awesome stuff, don’t you agree?

Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?  

I view it as both. It’s ‘half full’ because it shows that I have made progress and should be happy about that; it’s ‘half empty’ because it shows that I still have a long way to go before I achieve true success.

You can only pick one:  banjo, butterfly, or babbling brook.  Which would you choose and why?

I’ll pick the butterfly since my mother and I both think that it is a fascinating creature.

What do you find most challenging as an Answers.com contributor?

I think making sure that my answers are accurate is the most challenging as an Answer.com contributor.

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

My inspiration is definitely my parents as they worked hard to raise me to be who I am now.

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would love to visit Japan as I have always thought that it is a very beautiful country with many different plants and animals.

What is one quirky or interesting random fact about you that most people may not know?

My short-term memory is bad, but my long-term memory is surprisingly good.

Check out some of Jackgin’s intriguing answers:

How do you get Keynote on a Dell computer?

Is subtraction a short cut for addition?

What is a synonym for allure?

Meet His Powr4U: A Millionaire Club Contributor

Hispowr4U started out on Answers.com in 2007 and already had a WAmmy Lifetime Achievement Award by 2009. She is an honored member of the Millionaire’s Club many times over with more than 3 million contributions. She has 6,744 Trust Points, another sign that she is highly valued on our site. Her favorite categories include: Word and Phrase Origins, Definitions and Word Differences, and Synonyms and Antonyms. She is also active in the Music category. Check out B.J.s profile page to see beautiful portraits of Smokey, her kitty and many more accomplishments. She is an impressive and respected member of our community!

What is your first name? My real first name is Betty, but I go by BJ.

What is your occupation? I’m unemployed and disabled.

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

It is HisPowr4U (notice there’s no E in it!). I actually prayed that God would help me to think of a name that would point others to Him, and that’s what I believe He gave me.

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?North Carolina

I grew up in Missouri, but since 1984 I have lived in Western North Carolina. I love the mountains here, and the flowers in the spring.

How did you discover Answers.com?

I was asking a question on Google – I have no idea now what the question was – and one of the first “answers” was a link to WikiAnswers. I was lovestruck.

What enticed you to join our community?

Soon after I started contributing to the site, I was invited to become a Supervisor. I had so much fun on the site, I jumped right in.

Smokey: Powr4U's kitty!

Smokey: Powr4U’s kitty!

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

 I would be a kitten, because they are so precious and cuddly.

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

I love to re-categorize questions.

What reason would you give someone to join the Answers.com community?

It’s FUN! There are so many things available on the site now to do, and there are so many more groups than when I first found the site. If a person has special knowledge about any subject, he or she will be able to find a niche here.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I used to do short-term mission trips to Juarez, Mexico once a year with a friend of mine who had a youth group. I translated for the group sometimes because I was the only one who spoke Spanish. We did preaching, singing, and a lot of skits. I even taught the youth group how to sing “Jesus Loves Me” and “This Little Light of Mine” in Spanish.

I am proud of learning Spanish, although I’m not totally fluent. It comes in handy. Now I’m writing Bible questions in Spanish for the director of an orphanage in Guatemala. They do what they call “Bible Quizzing” in which the kids use questions to memorize Bible verses.

Check out some of HisPowr4U‘s contributions on the site:

How do computers make you lose the skill of writing?

What are the symptoms to know that a woman is asymptomatic?

Why were women not important in the Bible?

August AnswerThon: Win up to $300 for answering questions!

AnswerThon Online ContestHow many questions can you answer in 48 hours?

Take the challenge and find out! The Summer Scorcher AnswerThon is an Answers™ contest, rewarding the individuals who answer the most unanswered questions in a 2-day period.  It will be held August 17th-18th, and we’ve got $2,000 in Amazon gift cards to award 28 winners!

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Acts of Random Kindness: Meet Least Duck

A member of Answers.com since 2009, LeastDuck has over 132,000 contributions and of those, more than 15,800 answers and 4106 Trust Points – quite impressive. He wears many hats on the site: Supervisor, Noble WikiGuide, Senior Generalist on Vandal Patrol and Platinum Contributor. You will find him frequently in the Example Sentence category on in Animal Life. On a personal note, he loves to read to the elderly and to the young. Learn more about this respected and time-honored member of our community.

 

What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?

California Least Tern, endangered species

California Least Tern

My username LeastDuck came about in honor of the California Least Tern. It is an endangered subspecies that I’ve been fortunate enough to see nesting along the Pacific Flyway.

What is your occupation?

I am retired from partial careers in carpentry and customer service.

 

Where in the world do you hail from and what makes this place special?

I was raised in the greater metropolitan area of Los Angeles, California where the ground itself occasionally rocks and rolls and we have 10,000-foot high mountains to the south and east, the deserts just past them, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Case closed!

How did you discover Answers.com?

I came here looking for some answers, and found more questions!

What enticed you to join our community?

Like most people, I like to be of some help and this is a great way of building an ARK- that is: Acts of Random Kindness.

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

As a Supervisor, I merge redundant questions. As a Vandal Patrol member, I stop vandals in their tracks. As a WikiGuide, I welcome new users and steer them toward more meaningful participation.

If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason would you give them to become a part of our community?

I would tell them that WikiAnswers lets them tap into a worldwide network of information, and just possibly their answers will help someone that they may never meet.

What life accomplishments are you proud of?

I am mildly proud of having been in the right place at the right time so many times, and of just being myself. Life happens, if you let it.

What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

While doing about 55 mph in the fast lane on the freeway, I once dodged a cartwheeling 4-foot by 4-foot panel of particle board, skidded, lost control of the skid, and then did a complete 360-degree spin while going under an overpass –effectively slowing a pack of about 15 cars. When I brought the car to a stop, I was safely in the shoulder lane. Shaken, not stirred! Whew; that was close! It’s a wonder we all missed it.

Atlantic CrossingWhat is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?

I crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a 10-meter motor-sailboat with my father, and my eldest brother. It took 44 days, 36 of which were without sight of land. Prior to embarkation, our last port of call was Ceuta, Spain on the African continent. We stopped there for a hull-scraping to remove barnacles.

What were some of the highlights of the trip?

According to ancient maritime tradition, if your ship is escorted at the beginning of your voyage by dolphins, your crew will survive the trip. The ship and the cargo may not make it, but the crew will survive. We were escorted out of the Mediterranean by seven pods of dolphins that were heading into the Mediterranean Sea. They changed direction to escort us a short way before continuing their journey eastward. That was quite moving.

Six days later we docked at Funchal in the Madeira Islands. After a brief visit, we headed west by southwest, running wing and wing all the way. We arrived at St. John’s Harbour in the British Virgin Islands 38 days later. It took me four days to get my land legs back!

Did you have any incidents along the way?

We were followed by a an unidentified, possibly dangerous amorous 35-foot long whale for a day and a half. Boats that get ‘whaled’ often go underwater within 30 seconds. Then, when we were 1,000 miles out we picked up a hitchhiker: a very winded small bird that rested for about 25 minutes before bravely heading eastward again.

Land ho! occurred 30 minutes before it was obscured by fog. Sombrero Island, with its highest point at 39 feet above sea level, was our landmark into the Caribbean Sea. The saying, “What a trip” has had special meaning for me ever since!

Do you have any advice for anyone who wants to undertake a similar trip?

The only advice I would proffer to other hardy souls who want to undertake a trip like this  is to choose a bigger boat and a larger crew.

What is your favorite type of music?  

There’s just something I like about a screaming guitar. Classical, Spanish, bass, steel, electric… they’re all good. And I am awed by the multiplicity of talents of the members of The Moody Blues.

What was the last song you listened to? (***Spoiler alert!)

The best part of the YouTube version of Act Naturally by Buck Owens and Ringo Starr is at the very end when Mr. Owens walks up and tells Mr. Starr that it’s time to go…

What is your favorite song?

Though there are many, I do like the lyrics to Collision of Worlds by Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley. Adele’s fantastic and she’s got some great songs. I’d love to see her in concert.

Who is your favorite poet?  

My ‘favorite poet’ is the good doctor himself, Dr. Seuss. His works inspired me (and a few others) to enjoy reading, from a very early age.

What is your favorite quote and why?

Be Helpful or Be Gone!

Who or what is your inspiration in life?

WikiAnswers Supervisor Lazarus has inspired me to keep smiling, and just keep rowing!

Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?

I would love to explore the depths of the Marianas Trench, because only a few people have ever been there.

Do you have any special talents?

I’ve had people tell me that I paint pictures inside of their head, so it must be true. I don’t know how, I just do.

 

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