First off, I must say damn you Rabbit, you've set the bar awfully high for me because I cracked up laughing several times reading this. Enjoy, everybody.
1. How did you first find this site? (You can cover the BGNRacing.com version or this one... or both.)
I was somewhere around 9 years old. If you went through my Internet history at the time, it probably would have been Neopets.com and nothing else. Then I learned how to use Google and I no longer needed to rely on daddy to type in "jayski.thatsracin.net" or whatever it was called back then. I think I found this site through Jayski, which was great, because it was late 2002 and I was just soooo excited that Coy Gibbs was joining the Busch Series for 2003.
2. What led to you joining the forums?
The BGN forums...well, I thought I just knew everything about NASCAR and wanted to show the world just how smart I was! Needless to say that didn't go well.
As for the THL era, it's a super-long story and it's not that interesting, so my apologies.
I had come from an F1 forum where I had found my way into the core group of members, but eventually chose to leave (after posting at BGN, I was worried that my age at the time, 13, would make people ignore my posts, so I registered as 23...and then people wanted to add me on MSN. So rather than do the right thing and tell the truth, I thought, "wow, all these new adult friends from all over the world! This is really cool" and made up lies. I was never once accused of lying because all my lies were adult-ified versions of what was really happening. I gave life advice to an Indian man battling depression, gave advice on women to a 32-year-old virgin, and did another Indian college student's Business Technical Writing homework...and they all just bought everything up (it was better advice than Yahoo Answers could give and I got a 90-something on the assignment). Eventually, I felt extremely guilty, so I told them the truth...and no one believed it. I was forgiven by everyone, but it always felt awkward, so I decided to say goodbye...and ended up here).
3. Who are your heroes in racing & why? (Doesn't have to be NASCAR drivers.)
It's a name that's probably not well-known even in F1, but...David Purley. In the 1973 Dutch Grand Prix, Roger Williamson had a horrible accident, and Purley was the only driver to stop his car, get out (and therefore be ineligible to continue racing), and run across the live track (still under green) to try to help Williamson, who passed away. I always found that really admirable.
From my own time, Nelinsho Piquet's a hero, too, though that goes without saying. If you believe what his father tells you (and why wouldn't you, he would have wiped out the Salazar surname if he landed his epic kick) Nelsinho's on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, and the powerless in a world where criminals operate above the law.
In reality, I don't view racers as "heroes." There are some guys who do great things charity-wise at the local track and I appreciate that more than anything because they're not obligated to do it for sponsors and they really don't have the money to be doing it, but they still do.
4. What was your favorite moment on here?
I think just getting to talk to people. I'm here for the socialization and to meet different people since I've never really know anyone who didn't live in my town until I started to meet some people on forums.
5. What led to you leaving the board a few times and then coming back eventually?
The first few times, it was just immaturity. I couldn't handle an Internet forum. Pretty embarrassing, but at least I grew out of it. The most recent time...I was just busy and spending too much time here. I take really demanding classes and I needed to teach myself how to actually get the work done and stop just relying on "you've always been naturally smart, it's no big deal." So I left THL to focus on building better habits and once they became routine, I came back.
6. Who are your favorite posters on here?
The usual. The people that are liked are the ones who post the much; we have a way of running out the ones we don't. Optional, Dirt13, Checkers or Wreckers, EricSturrock, BHester, ArubaNASCARTim, OnlyZ, turbojunker, Drew, Diamond Ridge, stuckeymotorsports, Zach Hudson, First to Last, YFWE, MichaelCMTX, and happyharvick come to mind for a quick last, but that hardly covers it.
7. Where do you currently live?
Southeastern Massachusetts. I love it here and see no reason to leave MA. My first-choice college is in Boston, so ideally I plan to stay there while I'm young so I don't need to own a car or drive (once I get my license, I'm taking an 8-year break from motor vehicular operation) and then move on to a similar town to this one when it's that time.
8. What is the story behind your user name(s)?
Rabbit was a nickname from sports before I screwed up my ankles. It was given by a coach since I'm really not strong, no physical game, but I've always been the fastest kid on the team. Now I don't play sports so I'm not really Rabbit anymore...
...which is why I didn't keep the name for my new account even though people know me by that. Captain Slow is what James May of BBC's "Top Gear" is called. I can relate. I just mind my business and do the speed limit and get candy for it. God forbid I stop at the stop sign!
If Sturrock wasn't here, I'd go by Eric, but I'll still respond to Rabbit. When I'm addressed as "Captain Slow," I hardly remember people are talking to me.
9. Isn't this place a lot calmer without Cody & Rowdy?
Indeed...I never liked Cody, even when I was the most immature piece of crap 11 year old who said nothing but "JASIN LEFFLAR IS BEZT" in any thread, I still knew Cody was odd.
Fortunately, natural selection's made it so that I've never been into Lake Guntersville and he has, so he has chlamydia and I don't.
Rowdy...I wanted to like. He reminds me a bit of me when I was younger. He's a smart guy but he needs to grow up. I'd like to see him come back when he's older. He got what he deserved in the end after his outlandish comments about what was once MSRP.
10. What do you do away from the Internet?
I'm a student, obviously, so I'm pretty busy with that. I actually like school and a lot of the work.
I'm involved in a program called Peer Leaders; we basically help incoming freshman transition to high school (give them tours, advice about classes, etc) and mentor them, and we talk to elementary and middle school students about drugs and violence and stuff like that. It's fun and it's pretty cool to do now that our school cut the health department due to budget cuts; I think it's a lot more effective. Younger students see themselves doing what older students do, rather than a middle-aged health teacher does, so it's a good program.
I used to do mock trial, too, and I loved it...but they changed the meetings to 8 PM or something this year so it just wasn't happening. They miss me an my legendary closing statements of pure passion and brilliant prose. Or something.
11. BHester- One of the most entertaining posters on here.
12. Drew- He seems like a good guy and he's never made a stupid post that I can think of.
13. Dirt13- Dirt13 is the only thing more heroic than Derrike Cope's Daytona 500 triumph.
14. sadlerfan19- Takes the time to count the sticker votes, which is appreciated. If Sturrock was doing the counting, the sticker would go on a car that wasn't even entered.
15. YFWE- He's someone I had never really noticed until recently, actually. I'm glad I did. I like his posts.
16. racemaxx3141- He's loyal to his team and I have to give him credit there. He's been a good addition to the forum and I'm glad he chose to stay.
17. Checkers Or Wreckers!- Dude, you're seriously asking me to say something about an Eric McClure fan? Only kidding. Checkers is one of my favorite members. All the things he's shared on the forum really show that he's really one of the good guys.
18. stuckeymotorsports- When I was younger, I didn't like Stuckey because I just couldn't handle someone not sugar-coating things and agreeing with me. I just never understood how that was possible! I like Stuckey, now, though. He's not an asshole and his opinions are not the least bit unfair. He sticks to his view and I admire that because I've always been wishy-washy as hell.
19. Danny744- He shares his views and backs them up. He was the first (and for a while, only) one to say MWR would get it together in a few years and he was right.
20. photophil- He contributes so much to this site. His photos are great; there's never a car left out and I really appreciate that. Sometimes you don't get to see the small companies the little teams have picked up for the weekend or things like that on TV and with the photos you can. Phil's a great guy, too.
21. Closing thoughts?
The Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Cooke can go stuff a chainsaw up his rectum.
I'm glad I wasn't asked about my favorite kind of music. I can continue to sneak by without anyone ever knowing I listen to Lady GaGa.
I'm glad I post here, too. I've never met people who weren't just like me/my family, so it's nice to see a different perspective on things and further prove that people really are just people. We all offer something and prior to this, I'd only know one way of seeing things.
RIP my interview.