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Interview with GI-JOE




It's been quite a while but this is round 4 (for our newer members, round 1-3 could be found here). My victim in this quite long round is our beloved leader GI-JOE. Again I've got some guest contributions, from Corey, stabak, Speedfact and Raziel this time.



Could you quickly introduce yourself?


I'm known as GI-JOE, I'm 22 years old and I live in "The Air Capital of the World"


How's life in The Air Capital of the World?


Not nearly as exciting as it sounds. Sure, there's plenty of clubs and bars with live music, but it gets old after a while. Sometimes if the air is just right you could go cow-tipping and all that jazz but that's mostly out in the boonies.


When did you join =F|A=?


I had been playing on F|A servers for almost a year before I finally applied to join. I applied at 4:12pm on April fools day 2011 and was accepted to Trial at 6:18pm April 1, 2011.


And what/who made you join us?


I was in a 2-man clan with a friend for a while named {HectiC} but we sort of fell out of touch and it fell apart. We played on F|A all the time so that kind of became my hang-out. Then I became pals with people like Funkbut, Milli, sicsiksix, Avaa, Theo, Speed, Hannah and Rolf. Speedfact and Hannah finally convinced me to apply to join.


Do you only play CoD4 or are you already showing up on our other gameservers?


I have been known to play ET on occasion. I'm even worse at it than I am at COD, but the people are fun so I don't mind losing all the time. I also play Counter-Strike: Source (since '05), Battlefield 2, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Team Fortress 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. I don't have as much time for that many games anymore so I mostly stick to COD4 or ET now a days.


What's your favorite ET server?


Thats a tough one...If I had to pick one I have to go with Jay3 with Silent being a close second. I picked Jay3 because I get a good laugh out of the vsays and most of my F|A pals play there.


What are your tasks as a famous =F|A= leader? What are you doing all day?


As Leaders we are problem solvers...which is basically the role the average member probably wouldn't want. We have to look at a situation or problem that members of the community have and find the best way to resolve it and it's not always easy. I mostly deal with Hackers, rule breakers, trolls, you know all the fun stuff. I also help answer questions that members have about rules, technical problems etc. I also help deal with reports and complaints whether it be about admin abuse or server issues, those sorts of things. Mostly I sit on my ass all day and play the "keep track of what's going on" game.


Describe the ideal member.


Someone who isn't afraid to ask questions or do a little research. They pay attention to the way senior admins handle problems and emulate it in their own way. They're friendly and have fun with people and not at their expense AND they are just as active on the community forums as they are on the server.


Judging from that description, a member needs to show respect and accept senior admins as role models. How important is respect?


Respect is very important in a community. It helps make things work and is key in making sure it stays in working order. As corney as it makes me feel to say it this community really is like a Family. Sure you hate your parents because they scold you and ask you to do things you don't want to do...but later on you realize that by doing that they have helped you learn right from wrong and helped develop problem solving skills in the process.


How were your first days in =F|A=?


I remember I spent a lot of time reading all the stickies and getting used to how things worked in F|A. I remember the crippling fear of messing up or doing something wrong. Thankfully everyone was very supportive and helpful.


Comparing your early days in the clan and the situation now, what has changed?


Heh it seems like it was so much easier then! No one coming to you with questions, petty problems or looking to you for answers not nearly as many tough decisions or judgement calls. Don't get me wrong though I love being able to help people, it's probably my favorite part of where I am now in the Clan.


Have you already met some of our members in person?


No, but it's fun to think about.


Why is it?


Well, you meet all these people in game and on the forums and you get to know their personalities. I don't know about you but I can't help but wonder what they must be like outside of the Internet.


Where did you grow up? How was your childhood?


I grew up in trailer park in a small hick town, where everyone owns a pick-up truck and no one brushes their teeth. My childhood was fun actually, I spent a lot of time climbing trees, catching frogs and racing bikes around the convient circut that surrounded the trailer park.


Some of us already know you're a musician. Tell us more about that.


I've been playing the drums for close to 7 years now. I've never had a lesson in my life outside of the drum videos I watch on youtube. I've played in bands whose genre ranges from Death-Metal to Rock to Funk to Psychedellic. There's never a dull moment for me when it comes to music. I enjoy every part of it, from writing it, to recording it in a studio, to going out and playing it live in front of a crowd.


What are your hobbies apart from playing the drums?


I like to hunt and fish. I also enjoy drawing cartoons (drew cartoons for my high school newspaper for 3 years) and have been known to paint on occasion. I like to listen to music a lot as well, although I usually listen to entire albums rather than individual songs.


Do you like your own music?


Sometimes. After you spend a couple of hours hearing the same bit of the same song over and over again it can get old.


What's your favorite musician, movie and book?


Favorite musican: 4 way tie between Josh Freese, John Bonham, John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl. Favorite Movie: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (huge Kubrick fan). Favorite Book: Farenheit 451


What car have you got?


Right now I'm rolling around in a Buick Rendezvous...its kind of a soccer-mom car but it makes hauling around my drum kit easy.


What's your favorite food and drink?


I'm a sucker for good Chinese food...no one dish in particular...I love them all. Water is my favorite refreshment, but I am a big fan of good burbon/whiskey.


Do you like pie?


Love it


Have you got any pets?


At this moment I have: 4 dogs, 2 cats and a very noisy cockatiel


What's your favorite color?


My favorite color is green.


What is your favorite cereal?


My favorite cereal is Raisin Bran...I know...I'm an old man...


Do you look more like a monkey or a ape?


Definitely more like an Ape...straight out of "Planet of the Apes"


If you would be in charge of =F|A= for a month, what would you change?


hmm...hard to think of off the top of my head...but it wouldn't be much. Maybe speed up the app process on the COD4 side of things. Clean up members again, get rid of some people who haven't logged in to the forums in months. That's all I can really think of right now..


Where do you plan to be in 10 years? Any great achievements? Job? Girlfriend? Family?


I hope to be touring touring the US (at least) with a successful band. I'd like to be a working session musician, go around and play with all kinds of people on all kinds of albums and tours. A wife and a Family would be nice but I would settle for a fun Girlfriend.


What would you do with 100 million dollars?


Idealy I would live a comfortable life in a modest home and hopefully live off of the money for many years. But I like to try and be a generous person so I would probably try to help as many with it as I could...because there's no way I could spend all of it on myself.


What was your most embarrassing moment?


Hmm...probably the time I unknowingly exposed myself to a crowded bar while setting up my equipment for a show. I hadn't realized there was a gaping hole in the seat of my pants.


Who are your favorite =F|A= members?


I don't really have one favorite I like a lot of members for many different reasons. But my best pal is probably Speedfact...he makes me laugh

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you laugh at my pain! hows that me being funny? Q_Q

"the time I unknowingly exposed myself to a crowded bar"

Also pics or it never happened

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Can i add a question?


Why did you took GI-JOE as your e-name?

Maybe we can get an obvious answer or maybe not


Good interview =)

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I used to use the name Sgt.Slaughter, but that wouldn't fit when I tried to add tags back when I joined {HectiC}, so I just went with GI-JOE since that's where Sgt.Slaughter was from anyway :P

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