Q: What is your first name?
A: Randall. I usually go by Ran or Randy.
Q: What about your family? Do you have any children? Pets?
A: Married 32 years to Mary Anne, Daughter Annah; graduate of Virginia Tech.
We are owned by Razz, a doberman/lab mix. She is perhaps the most in-tune to human emotions I have ever seen. Everyone she meets is her new best friend, unless it’s a skunk, cat, or ‘possum. Then she only barks to chase them away.
Q: What can you share with us about about your education? What influenced you in choosing your field(s) of study?
A: Collegio tau Autodidactas. Majored in religion, mythology and philosophy. To broaden my knowledge and try to figure out why people hang on to religious beliefs, especially when the majority do not know why they do at the deepest level. I am an avowed atheist whose mouth can get him into trouble.
Q: What life accomplishments are you proud of?
A: Raising a successful, healthy daughter.
Q: Who or what has been or is your inspiration in life?
A: Tough question. My wife and daughter have given me the courage to keep going, even if it hurts! Also people like Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric; Richard Dawkins, Albert Einstein, George Carlin, Michael Shermer, Christopher Hitchens, Teilhard De Chardin, EA Poe, and so many educators who inspired me to dig deeper, question everything, and to be a good skeptic.
Q: Is there anything you feel sets you apart, something that makes you unique you’d like to mention?
A: I am my own person; I fully understand the meaning of life. It ain’t hard people, don’t complicate it.
Q: Do you have a special motto, belief in life or quote; something you always keep in mind or live by? What is your passion in life?
A: Jack Welch once said, “Always accept reality for what it is, not what you’d like it to be.” Family and knowledge are paramount in my life.
Q: Do you have any traveling experiences you’d like to share? Where is one place in the world you would love to visit and why?
A: I have not been able to travel much since a debilitating accident took me down a notch or two physically in 1998, but I am fond of the Blue Ridge Mountains,New Mexico, and Colorado. [I would love to visit] my ancestor’s home in Scotland, My wife’s ancestor’s homes in Germany and Israel. To learn of course!
Q: Is there a place that’s special to you and why?
A: When I feel out of touch or sad, I can be found on the Blue Ridge Parkway, communing with nature, or fishing the Maury River at Goshen Pass near Lexington, Virginia.
Q: What are your special interests, hobbies, or collections?
A: Mythology, religion, science, crosswords, good books to read. My hobby is gardening and just being outdoors.
Q: Do you have any special talents?
A: Irritating people… actually to challenge them to look at life.
Q: If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?
A: A better education, better health and for three more wishes!
Q: What is the most craziest/scariest/dangerous/embarrassing/wonderful/extreme in any way, thing that has ever happened to you?
Answer: Probably getting hit by a car working an inmate escape in 1998. Healthy one minute, not so much the next!
Q: Glass half full or half empty?
A: Depends on who poured the glass for me.
Q: What is your favorite music and band or artist? Do you have a favorite song?
A: Sit down. Heavy Metal and classical; Metallica and Beethoven. Favorite song – One by Metallica. It does not get any more raw or honest than that.
Q: Favorite television show or movie?
A: Big Bang Theory. It’s funny, awkward and so true to Nerd-dom. Favorite movie – To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everthing, Julie Newmar. If three of Hollywood‘s most macho actors can act like drag queens and get a point across about open mindedness, how much better a lesson in life.
Q: Who is your favorite author? Do you have a favorite book?
A: John R. R. Tolkien. Who else could take a story about God and Jesus, turn it around with other mythologies, and come up with something so spectacular. Book – The Lord of the Rings, by Tolkien.
Q: How did you discover Answers and how long have you been a member of the community?
A: By happy accident. I asked a question, got it answered and signed up to answer. Since the Fall of 2014.
Q: What enticed you to join our community and what do you like best about the community? What is your favorite thing to do on the site?
A: Some answers I read over were too vague or incorrect. I felt like I could give my two cents, and perhaps a better understanding of the subject matter.
Favorite things to do – Answer valid questions, redirect wrong categorized questions, and ignore trollish questions.