Let’s take a look at Phishtails, a Floating Supervisor and Bronze Contributor known in real-life as Marcus, who is awesome enough to be engaged and living on a cruise ship in the Bahamas where he works as a theatrical lighting technician. Having grown up as an Air Force brat on the east coast, he’s lived in every state on the Eastern seaboard from Florida to New York, plus Arizona.
From age 3 months, Marcus has worked in entertainment in the amateur or professional level in various degrees, from acting to stage manager to show director to video, lighting, or sound technician to set carpenter and much more. Among a huge number of interesting stints, he’s worked shows for Van Halen, the Eagles, Pink Floyd, Phish, Dave Matthews, and the Super Bowl.
Phishtails discovered WikiAnswers.com while searching for a site that sold motorcycle tires, answered a question and felt to be fair he should answer them all. He says he is still working on that and will let us all know when he’s finished. Boy, are we glad to have him on board…
How did you originally hear about WikiAnswers?
I believe I was searching for cheap motorcycle tires on Google. I had seen WikiAnswers pop up on several searches previous to this, and I bit. I saw a weird question to which I happened to know the answer. Then I saw another question and I answered it. Several more questions had popped up even before I finished answering the first two, some of which I did not know the answers, but in the interest of fairness I felt I had to answer them all. I’m still working on that.
Subsequently, I blame WikiAnswers for several failed relationships, both for dedicating my time to WikiAnswers as well as poor advice from the Wikommunity. Therapy helps.
Explain your username.
Phishtails comes from a few puns that happily coincide. Phish is my favorite band in the whole world. I follow them whenever I can, which makes me one who tails after Phish.
In motorcycling, a fishtail is when the back tire spins wildly out of control, so I liked the idea of that.
A fish tale is also an exaggerated anecdote, which I am wont to tell when I’m feeling saucy.
A fish tail is a part of a fish that smells not quite as putrid as the fish head, so I use the name to let people know that I don’t smell as bad as a fish head.
I blog on livejournal under the same pseudonym.
What motivates you to volunteer your time to the WikiAnswers community?
Power. Power and the women attracted by power. I also enjoy the intellectual challenge presented by questions that interest me, but to which I have little knowledge. It forces me to research the subject matter and in effect increases my own personal knowledge. If you see a super-long answer with my name under it, it’s a fair bet that I knew squat about it before I read the question.
What are your areas of expertise?
I love questions pertaining to motorcycles, theatre (especially technical theatre, but I love acting as well), religion, math and physics. Occasionally I answer advice questions, especially if it concerns important subjects such as drugs and alcohol, health or sex. I love questions concerning politics; however, I find that when I try to answer a political question, my personal feelings turn the answer into a rant and I have to delete my own answer.
What is your favorite WikiAnswers feature?
Aside from researching unknown subjects, I love to merge/split and correct spelling in questions.
What has been the funniest question you’ve seen or your funniest experience on WikiAnswers?
I answered a question How is a refrigerator like a cat? posted in a jokes category. I think my answer went something like, “They’ll both keep a six-pack cold, providing you gut the cat to make room for the six-pack and stick the cat in the fridge.” I was very tired when I wrote that.
Share a random fact (or two) about yourself.
I’ve had more motorcycles than cars. I work on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. My fiancee and I have decided to change our last names to a great pun gleaned from our favorite sandwich, the PB&J. We’re going to be the Pibijais, and yes, I’m totally serious about that. I have very few pieces of clothing that aren’t black. I have two collections: One of pharmaceutical company pens, and another of gadgets that will hook onto a belt like flashlights, multi-tools, cell phones, knives … even a Pez dispenser. I love puns, though I prefer to say them rather than write them — it just translates better when spoken.
My fiancee took that picture of me (above) when I was blowing on a campfire. She was going to delete it, but it was far too much fun Photoshop’ing it into me looking like the devil.
When not living on a cruise ship, I am in central Florida freelancing as a sound-and-lights guy for concerts and corporate events. My fiancee works for Geico and takes care of our dogs and cat while I am out on ship. We plan to move to New York in a couple of years. I plan to retire as a high school or community college teacher in drama or technical theatre.
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