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WHO'S WHO of WAMAS

Posted by treesprite , in Social 19 January 2012 · 0 views

Welcome to the "Who's Who of WAMAS"! Each issue of WAMAS Waves introduces you to the more personal side of some of our members. Please help to keep this column alive by answering our call for submissions CLICK HERE.CHAD, Newsletter Committee Organizer

Posted ImageQ: Tell us about yourself in a list of 5 descriptive words or terms.A: Passionate, inquisitive, diligent, skeptical, problem-solver.Q: What's in your life besides this hobby?A: Besides reefing, I have a beautiful wife with whom I have two dogs and a cat (more below). Together we are very physically active often running, biking or hiking together and visiting beaches where I can snorkel, play, and now scuba, and she can relax and play. Recently I introduced her to backpacking, so we have been getting out and doing some overnighters in the local areas with the beautiful weather we have been having.Q: How do you balance your hobby life with real life (if you do)?A: My tank is fairly automated these days, I really only spend 30-60 minutes a week working on it and the rest of the time enjoying it. For a while I really didn't balance life with my tanks… The tanks were my life! While I was in college, I worked a 56 hour a week job, plus a side job doing aquarium maintenance all while caring for a dozen-ish tanks of my own. One thing that experience taught me is that by maintaining just one tank, I could enjoy the hobby a whole lot more, albeit you cannot keep all the things that you want to this way. These days balance is a bit more achievable for me.Q: Is your hobby interest and time affected by WAF/SoFR-AF ("wife acceptance factor"/significant other, family, roommate acceptance factor")? Please explain.A: Yes, a bit. My wife is pretty much ambivalent toward my hobby. As long as I keep it maintained and keep the mess down (I do maintenance when she is at work), she is happy with it… she does like to choose new fish/corals and feed them, though Q: What hobbies do you have besides reefing?A: Beyond reefing, I have always been a pretty avid runner/biker, which sort of pushed me into swimming and competing in triathlons. Since I have lived in DC (right around four years now), I have competed in 25 triathlons (including two half-iron distance events), 8 half marathons, and a lot of shorter road races. I also really love to get out and do multi-day backpacking trips; last year I did a 6 day, 70 mile trek, across the High Line Trail in the Rocky Mountains, Utah.Q: What pets do you have other than what is in your tank?A: I have two dogs: a sometimes-defective, delicate, dainty, Doberman named Rey and a pretty tough mixed breed named Lucy (my wife calls her a "border doodle" because she looks a bit like a border collie / terrier mix, but the DNA test we did came back as a papillon, shih tzu, and blood-hound mix… if you can figure that one out you are doing better than we are!). We also have a cat named Bonnie.Q: Compare your life or existence to life in a reef aquarium.A: Scheduled and regimented while dosing various things here or there and eating mostly seafood and plants.Q: What tank creature do you most resemble and why (describe in a way that tells something about you)?A: I think probably a six line wrasse… active, constantly searching for food, and a bit pesky if things change in my territory Q: What do you get from WAMAS other than information and cheap stuff? A: I get the camaraderie of others who share my passion, mental stimulation of solving various problems, and the satisfaction of seeing various tanks (mine and other's) grow and mature.Q: What types of WAMAS social activities are you interested in or have suggestions for? Are you up to initiating, facilitating, or hosting a WAMAS social activity in the future and what might it be?A: I am up for pretty much anything, poker night, trivia night at a bar, picnics, bbqs, cycling, whatever! The best thing about WAMAS is the people, the more we get together, the better in my mind.Q: Give a one-sentence random statement about either yourself or anything at all.A: Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.Q: And finally.... Do you own an official WAMAS thong? What would it take to get you to model the WAMAS thong at the next meeting? http://www.cafepress.com/wamas.8579056A: Nope, don't own one… and I don't think you could catch me dead in one! Nor would you want to!!

FORREST ("treesprite"), Newsletter Contributer

Posted ImageQ: Tell us about yourself in a list of 5 descriptive words or terms.A: Tolerant, patient, lover of nature, creative, opinionated but open-minded, ENTJ.Q: What's in your life besides this hobby?A: Work, skating, friends, family, other stuff.Q: How do you balance your hobby life with real life (if you do)?A: I can't… my tank makes me late for things, I drop what I'm doing sometimes because I think of something I need to do with my tank. It's a true addiction..Q: Is your hobby interest and time affected by WAF/SoFR-AF ("wife acceptance factor"/significant other, family, roommate acceptance factor")? Please explain.A: Not really, but there's really no one around to complain.Q: What hobbies do you have besides reefing?A: Recently started skating again, like to do creative crafty things, playing with the computer, writing but presently don't have the solitude, time, or inspiration needed to do it, researching random stuff.Q: What pets do you have other than what is in your tank?A: Two cats.Q: What's your favorite food and beverage?A: Good Chocolate, and a dinner of Ledo Pizza with Mug rootbeer.Q: Identify your "special talent".A: I can tie both shoes simultaneously, write two different phrases simultaneously, mirror writing with both hands in various ways (backwards, upside down, etc.).Q: Compare your life or existence to life in a reef aquarium.A: Closed in and controlled by someone else. What is different is that I have no one to take care of me, pay all of my expenses, and clean my house. I feel like my fish "have it made", but in reality that is dependent on my own choices, attentiveness, and conscientiousness. It's scary to think of how many irresponsible hobbyists there are – I kind of like telling myself that a person isn't a real reef hobbyist if not including attention to conservation and protection of the animals and the natural environment from which most of them are taken.Q: What tank creature do you most resemble and why (describe in a way that tells something about you)?A: Pods. I prefer being active at night due to sleep disorder, sometimes seem a little goofy, sometimes am restless (the way pods look when they are wriggling or scurrying around), pale, prefer not being out around the hustle and bustle of the area in which I live, and don't like it when someone unexpectedly disturbs or invades my living space.Q: What do you get from WAMAS other than information and cheap stuff? A: Social interaction, have made friends who are more than just WAMAS members to me, sometimes a reason to get out of the house, feeling "connected" somehow in the world. Q: What types of WAMAS social activities are you interested in or have suggestions for? Are you up to initiating, facilitating, or hosting a WAMAS social activity in the future and what might it be?A: I would like to do more fun outing-type activities with WAMAS members, like having a bowling night that is a competition for frags, and camping without having to hike 2 miles.Q: Give a one-sentence random statement about either yourself or anything at all.A: Thank God I'm not Typhoid Mary. Q: And finally.... Do you own an official WAMAS thong? What would it take to get you to model the WAMAS thong at the next meeting? http://www.cafepress.com/wamas.8579056A: I do not own any WAMAS attire. If someone paid me a million dollars up front, I would consider modeling the thong because I could really use the cash. For $1000 I would model it under my clothes and show just the strap. Never worn a thong and don't plan on doing it without hefty compensation.

DAVE ("Davelin"), WAMAS Vice President and Newsletter Contributor

Posted ImageQ: Tell us about yourself in a list of 5 descriptive words or terms.A: innovative, reckless, calculating, dedicated, outgoing (some real contradictions here!)Q: What's in your life besides this hobby?A: My 5 kids and wife, lots of coaching (soccer season is particularly busy), ice hockey when I haven't injured myself, and pretty much anything that the kids want to do. There's also a lot of home improvement projects that continue to be part of my life since I never seem to finish them! Unfortunately, two of the things that are not much a part of my life are being rested and getting sleep.Q: How do you balance your hobby life with real life (if you do)?A: Late at night... very late... or I blow off the hobby to take care of life.Q: Is your hobby interest and time affected by WAF/SoFR-AF ("wife acceptance factor"/significant other, family, roommate acceptance factor")? Please explain.A: My wife and kids love the tank but they hate it when things die so I have to be careful of what I do. I often use the kids as the motivating factor to get what I want to get - "but honey, the kids wanted it..."Q: What hobbies do you have besides reefing?A: I like to play ice hockey (again, when I haven't injured myself) and really do enjoy coaching my kids. I also like to tinker with things and have a lot of nice power tools but not a whole lot of skill for building - most of the things I build end up being crooked, but they generally work and I enjoy building them!Q: What pets do you have other than what is in your tank?A: Dog, cats, turtles, frogs - basically whatever we can collect outside and keep reasonably well.Q: What's your favorite food and beverage?A: Steak and steak juice.Q: Identify your "special talent".A: I am able to turn people's words around so that what they say serves my purposes rather than their own... oh, wait, you didn't mean evil talent as a lawyer? I think very quickly and clearly on my feet and can improvise with the best of them.Q: Compare your life or existence to life in a reef aquarium.A: There's nowhere to go but up! Except that I won't shrivel up and die a painful death by going there!Q: What tank creature do you most resemble and why (describe in a way that tells something about you)?A: Imperator Angel - I'm loud, visible, and often in the thick of things. I could say I'm also amazingly beautiful and striking, but then who'd believe me?Q: What do you get from WAMAS other than information and cheap stuff? A: Good friends and good times as well as a community that understands what it is to be a little bit extreme.Q: What types of WAMAS social activities are you interested in or have suggestions for? Are you up to initiating, facilitating, or hosting a WAMAS social activity in the future and what might it be?A: Ha ha, I think I've already got this one covered!Q: Give a one-sentence random statement about either yourself or anything at all.A: Everything in excess, nothing in moderation.Q: And finally.... Do you own an official WAMAS thong? What would it take to get you to model the WAMAS thong at the next meeting? http://www.cafepress.com/wamas.8579056A: Ummm... what do you mean? I thought we all wore them to WAMAS meetings?!?!





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