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Interview: GoongalaJones

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This interview is with a member I've met via Day of Infamy (DOI) and discord voice chat. He has positively impacted me the first day I met him. Very intelligent and open person. A wonderful online friend. Many people here can most likely say the same about him. If you haven't yet met this well-spoken and friendly man, here is a glimpse. Presenting... GoongalaJones (Mr.Jones, Goongala, Goon) https://fearless-assassins.com/profile/23524-googalajones/

 

And thank you again, for taking the time to answer a few questions with such honesty and detail.

 

1. Where were you born and raised?

My birthplace lies in the ancient city of Alexandria, just off the coast of the Mediterranean, North of Egypt. As for the latter part of the question, most of my early upbringing was spent in the beautiful city I call home, and later, in other places.

 

2. What languages do you speak? Do you have a favorite?

A bit of backstory about that! Ever since my younger years, sounds has always fascinated me. Hearing the different calls of birds, the sounds of animals, and even to try and imitate these voices, thus evolving into mimicking different accents and dialects on the fly. Onto the answer! Fluently, eight. They are as follows: Arabic (my mother tongue), German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin. As an Egyptian, we’re not really taught the language of our ancestors (the ones you see in hieroglyphs), but the most recent script, Demotic, is one that numerous wonderful friends of mine have helped me learn and understand through Coptic, an Orthodox Christian script derived from Demotic, whom I have the utmost respect and gratitude for. Other languages that I’ve come to learn and be able to use in conversations are Greek, Swedish, Dutch, Japanese (on its way to become on the fluency list, wish me luck!), Pashto, Swahili, Zulu, Xhosa, Hebrew and Farsi.

 

3. What do you like to do in your spare time (besides gaming)?

Reading and writing! Started reading when I was three and a half years old, and have been continuing to do so since! Writing soon followed when I learnt to love languages. I would (and still do) read just about everything I can get my hands at any time. When I started writing, I used to love recording the narration I would recite of my writings onto old cassette tapes my dad kept on hand at home. Usually, I also like making up characters in writing and giving them a voice. Martial arts have been a staple since I was at the wee age of twelve. My routine is usually to go to a dojo (where available), do a full body workout, practice on sandbags and dummies, then spar with anyone willing! Whenever there isn’t a dojo around, I love going for runs, especially after dawn, and ending just after sunrise.
 

4. What are you most proud of?

Being blessed with strong willpower. There are times where I doubted it when it would
have counted, but looking back, it’s been what has driven this humble human to
become who he is today.
 

5. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
The future is most uncertain, but I have faith it shall be in a most wonderful place.
 

6. What are your lifelong dreams?
To become a knowledgeable, multi-disciplinary, disciplined human being.
 

7. What do you hope to achieve everyday?
Making someone’s day and brain happier and smarter!
 

8. What is your greatest fear?
No longer being able to help myself or anyone around me, especially loved ones.
 

9. What’s your favorite album or song?
Personally, I have no favourites. Instrumentals have always been my preference, just
because I feel it’s a crime to tie down the beauty of music with lyrics when you can
interpret it the way you would want. That is not to say that there are a lot of great hits
out there!
Music, in and of itself, is also a language. It’s also a huge enhancer to when you want
to start learning a language!
This would be one of my all-time favourites (That’s the oud. Used to play that for
about 3 years until studies got a lot more hectic) :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyNXeCfPB2U
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGVyFbZfqdM
 

10. What's the last book you read?
I am a HUGE film noir/detective and crime fan!
Blood Test by Jonathan Kellerman.
 

11. What's the best movie you've seen? Series?
When it comes to series, Band of Brothers, for sure!
As for movies, Casablanca!
 

12. What’s your secret talent?
Wouldn’t be a secret if it’s out there, eh? :’)
 

13. What’s your favorite dessert?
Kunafa Nabulsia, a semolina cake stuffed with a mozzarella-like cheese in Nablus,
Palestine!
https://www.google.com/search?q=kunafa+nabulsia&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=L1wy6xaALyQlEM%253A%252CJsId5xSK5E_K4M%252C_&usg=AFrqEzdDQ9_IHp6OJFeHvxFhVmr7Qv0ow&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjuneO9t_ncAhUYbn0KHc3sAi0Q9QEwAHoECAUQBA#imgdii=ytyLLpB2zkYewM:&imgrc=SPSb4_UD7rbJoM:
Long link, but worth it!

 

14. Favorite Beverage?

Lemonade (Or anything citrus, really)
 

15. What’s something that will always be in fashion, no matter how much time passes?
Bow ties!
 

16. What’s the most interesting conspiracy?
The Internet being the centre of our lives.
 

17. Do you know a good joke?
What’s the best thing about Switzerland? I don’t know, but the flag is a big plus!
 

18. Choose: Be deaf or be blind?
Blind.
 

19. If you were an animal, which one would you want to be and why?
Polar bears! They’re cute, but dangerous when threatened.
If they weren’t fictional, I’d pick a dragon. Majestic and wise.
 

20. If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be?
The ability to heal serious and fatal illnesses.
 

21. Have you ever been in love?
Indubitably!
 

22. Have you traveled? If so, what’s your favorite destination?
Travel is food for the soul! Thus far, it has been the Himalayas within Nepal! Spent a
wonderful two weeks in a cabin up there with relatives!
 

23. Can you tell us a little about your experience with the military?
Whilst it is compulsory for Egyptian males to be enlisted upon turning eighteen, I’m
the only male child of my parents, and I have a sister. Therefore, I’m partially exempt
from service, but I’m still tied to the military.
However, I was a INTERPOL field officer for the good part of two years, mainly in crime
scene investigations. Started out as an intern during my second year of college, and
after much studying and training, I was given a service badge and pistol. I am no
longer a part of the organisation presently, but I do help out as a consultant from time
to time.
 

24. Why join FA?
The wonderful people! Ever since I joined the DOI server, the deep sense of
camaraderie and community was at every corner, whether in any form of chat, or the
countless fun to be had!
 

25. What is your most memorable moment in FA?
Crawling through Crete Stronghold in DOI, as well as Cards Against Humanity!
 

26. Which server is the most fun?
The one and only DOI #1 Recruiting Server :D
 

27. Have you met in person, FA/non FA players?
The only =F|A= member I have met would be my bestest best friend of almost ten
years now, Chaos the Golden Dragon, but I have it as my mission to meet as many of
the exuberant people of the clan as possible!
 

28. Any strange stories since your joining in April 2018?
Meeting Major Stalvern and finding out he’s the long, lost, British brother I never had
would be one of them!
 

29. What piece of advice could you give to noob members?
Be who you are, be kind, you’re part of a family.
 

30. Any role models in the clan or people you look up to?
Sis, RedAngel, Neuro, Verillaxus and d..x, for sure!

 

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AHHHH Mr. Jones! right through the heart with that compliment 😍! I appreciate that very much good sir. I didn't know you were still occasionally a consultant for INTERPOL. Very cool stuff.  Also, the Switzerland joke 👍

 

Thanks, Neuro, for helping me learn a bit more about one of my favourite chaps! Very fun read 😁

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I'm writing this while talking to you (Mr. Jones) in discord, it's a strange but neat experience. You're one awesome person! 

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