Meet C.Hainsaw. He’s one of the most cherished and longstanding members of our Community. In trust points alone he’s over the 2600 mark. Overall, C.Hainsaw has almost 248,000 contributions! His knowledge is broad which qualifies him to supervise many categories, especially those related to the US Military, Law and Legal Issues, and Jobs and Education. He participates enthusiastically in our contests and programs, and has won many awards. Among them, he was the top Mentor for the Most Outstanding Performance Overall in the 2011 WAmmy and he won the Best How-To in the 2010 WAmmy. Read more to learn about this wise and thoughtful member of Answers.com who is also, by the way, passionate about his family!
What is your first name? I’m Jeff.
What is your Answers.com username and how did it come about?
On Answers, I am C.Hainsaw (many just call me Saw). It comes from a nickname I picked up a number of years ago. It seems I snore a little. As the story goes, when I was with a group of guys at an outing a while ago, right after the lights went out, I dropped off immediately. I’m told that minutes later a voice called out from the back of the barn, “Who fired up the chainsaw?” It stuck.
While I live in west Michigan, I am really from a lot of different places. My childhood was spent in Texas and California, a Navy brat. We moved to Michigan when I was ten, and when I was 18 I left for Army basic. I lived two years in Germany, and two in Oklahoma. Each one of these places has left a mark on me.
How did you discover Answers.com?
I was actually involved with a different Q&A site and was researching for an answer. I had become frustrated with the anonymous, impersonal nature of the other site, and was impressed with the true community I found here.
What enticed you to join our community?
Just that, the community. The world is really an impersonal place. You run up against automated answering obstacles, auto dialers, and automated web sites everywhere. It is unusual to find a place like Answers. You get a welcome here. There is flesh and blood and a soul behind the scenes. People on Answers care about the site and the other people here. That is important as a community cannot exist without people.
All I can think of is a bear. My kids know that as long as I am fed and allowed to sleep when I want, I am big and cuddly. If the routine is upset, and the bear gets poked, I tend to roar and growl and stomp around.
What is your favorite thing to do on Answers.com?
It’s a toss-up: I’m torn between answering questions and making new friends. I’ve met some amazing people on Answers from all over the world. I enjoy hearing about where they live and the different ways people speak. This chance to connect with people from everywhere has been a wonderful opportunity.
If you were inviting someone to join Answers.com, what reason(s) would you give them to become a part of our community?
I’ve invited a fair number of people, and most have taken me up on the invitation. In each case, all I’ve done is describe Answers. The site sells itself.
The Internet seems to draw vindictiveness, and the worst are vandals. For the life of me, I will never understand the attraction some people have to pasting the equivalent of graffiti onto sites like Answers. It serves no useful purpose and it wastes an incredible amount of time for those who have to clean it up.
What accomplishments on Answers.com are you proud of?
I have two WAmmys. When I think about them, a big grin splits my face. Probably what makes me a little more proud is the first WAmmy nomination I received, just a few months after joining. I didn’t win, but I was nominated.
What is the most daring thing you’ve ever done?
I’m not certain if it was daring or just extremely foolish. While in Germany, some friends and I visited the city of Ulm south of where we were stationed. Ulm is home to one of the largest churches in Europe, and it was possible to climb to the highest tower. So, we did. Over 700 steps later, we were standing at the top of the city, looking out over the Donau (the Danube) right next to four of the largest gargoyles I have ever seen, one at each corner, watching the river and city with us. Looking at these massive stone features, I was compelled to get a photo, but I wanted to photograph their faces. So, I climbed up onto the rail, and with the backs of my knees against it, three of my friends holding onto my feet, I snapped photos of the twisted faces of the statues. Not once then did I consider that I was hanging the whole time about seven hundred feet above the cobblestones below.
I’m a classic rock guy, but I like country too. I have three favorite bands, in no particular order, except the first: Alison Kraus, one of the most beautiful, angelic voices I have ever heard. Then there are the Eagles and the Police/Sting.
What is your favorite song?
There are four: “Seven Bridges Road” by the Eagles, “I’m Moving On” by Rascal Flatts, “Whiskey Lullabye” by Brad Paisley and Alison Kraus, and “Good Riddance” by Greenday. There are many, many more I like though.
I majored in English in college and know poetry. That said, I can narrow my favorite poems down to two: “My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning, and “Hazel Tells Laverne” by Katharyn Machan. Both are dramatic monologues, and when I taught eighth grade English, most of my students often had that blank, “Why do we have to do this?” look in their eyes, until I gave them dramatic readings of these two poems. They realized when I did this that poetry isn’t just about a bunch of old, dead British guys whining about flowers and vases. (No offense to old, dead British guys).
What makes you unique?
The way I look at the world. I see things differently. Everyone does really, but I am aware of my different perspective and I celebrate it. I don’t want to be part of the pack when it comes to how I see things. It’s a big part of what I have to contribute to the pack.
What life accomplishments are you proud of?
First and foremost, my greatest accomplishments are my children. I have three amazing kids. My oldest daughter has given my wife and me the three most beautiful grandchildren in the world. Our middle daughter has finished college and is now a medical professional, having just gotten married last June. We’re hoping for more grandchildren in the next couple of years. Our youngest, our son, is currently in college chasing his PhD in psychology. Like their mother, they are confident and accomplished in nearly everything they do. What they get from me is the hunger of curiosity.
Do you view the glass ‘half full’ or ‘half empty’?
Can’t it be both? Why not? I see this eternal question like an extension of the Nature vs. Nurture debate which is really no debate to me at all. Nature deals the cards and your environment recommends how to play them. Based on the two, we choose from there where to go.
You can only pick one: banjo, butterfly, or babbling brook. Which would you choose and why?
Banjo. I can’t help it. Whenever I even hear the word banjo, I see the movie “Deliverance” in my head, and with that comes butterflies and babbling brooks (and canoes and hillbillies and Burt Reynolds, Ned Beatty, Ronnie Cox, and Jon Voight running for their lives). Told you I see the world in a really different way.
What is your favorite quote and why?
It comes from The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis: “We can rest contentedly in our sins and in our stupidities, and everyone who has watched gluttons shoveling down the most exquisite foods as if they did not know what they were eating, will admit that we can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Never more at any other time than the most painful have I so clearly heard the voice of God (metaphorically speaking–I don’t hear voices).
The place is not in this world, it surrounds it. For as long as I can recall, I have wanted to visit outer space. I want to experience the freedom of free fall. I want to see the stars unclouded by the atmosphere. I want to see the world we live on from a place where it is only beautiful.
Do you want to add anything?
I’m wordy and I’m an over achiever. You tell me to answer twelve questions out of 30 and before I realize it, I’ve answered nearly all of them. I love to write and I love to talk, but I love to listen to others, too. One of my fondest memories is sitting with relatives when I was a child and listening to the stories of their lives. I wish there was a story area on Answers, where everyone could tell something about themselves, their experiences, their world and all of it would be together in one place so we could share.
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