Taking a hint and the lead from fellow blogger, Juliette
, I’m going to do a few interviews and will post them here. I’m not speaking to anyone who participates in my blog. Perhaps you will find it interesting. Perhaps not. I’m simply throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if it sticks. Since Jules and I move in different circles, the people I pick and their reactions to the questions asked may be different than hers.
Editorial Overview: I met D. D. in the US Navy and we have been friends for (mumbles) years. He is a practicing attorney in California, USA. He’s a character of the first order.
Name: D. D.
Age and gender: 50 something, male
Uniformed military service: US Navy, commissioned officer (0-3), 8 years; Special Boat Squadron 1, Commander Task Force 168.0
University of California, San Diego, BA; University of Southern California, JD
Informal education: Illegally parked car in the cul-de-sac of life.
Times married/current status:
Children: Two girls, two boys
Do you believe in God? What is your religion?
What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?
Made Russian Spetznaz personnel’s lives miserable while they took their initiation trip from Cabo, up through Baja (Mexico), across into the US and across the US until they left CONUS (Continental United States).
Editorial overview: He did this for several years to Bойска специального назначения/GRU, so it’s accurate, but I suspect that he’s done worse things that he’s not taking credit for – for the purposes of this interview.
What is your greatest achievement?
I’m a father of two sons and two daughters, who have been and remain at the very center of my life. I can’t imagine a life that didn’t involve raising loving children.
Over the past 12 months, what has been your greatest challenge?
My law practice has changed over time as the world has changed. The past twelve months has seen me reinventing myself in my approach to those changing times. It seems to have worked, so the greatest challenge has met with success.
My wife suffers from multiple sclerosis and her declining health has been a source of constant concern.
If you could go back in time to age 20 with your current life experience, what would you do differently?:
I would have been a cop instead of a lawyer. Cops have much more fun. And I would be retired now.
There is a 15 year old standing in front of you. What life advice would you give him/her?
The saddest word of song and pen is simply this: It might have been. Live life fully and live so that you don’t have to regret what might have been.
When you are an elderly person, sitting in your rocking chair and you look back on your life, what do you want to have achieved?
Grandchildren. I have 0. You (Larry) have 7 and are beating me like an unwanted, red hair’d stepchild.
What is the meaning of life?
The journey has value, the end is simply going to happen.