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Available:  Am I single? Yes. Many women in my past have apparently made good decisions.

[B] Best concert: I love small venue shows. Seeing Brantley Gilbert play a small bar years ago is definitely up there!

[C] Current clothing: Same as every other day Pinkie, T-shirt, Jeans, Sneakers and of course a Hat.

[D] Dirty little secret: My bathroom at home always needs to be cleaned. ALWAYS.

[E] Eat at the most: Whatever is closest. I hate driving out of my way for food that will taste the same as the burger joint across the street.

[F] Favorite band: Zac Brown Band is my favorite national act. Artists primarily playing in Texas? William Clark Green has been speaking to my soul for the past year, so I’m going to go with him!

[G] Gummy bears or worms: Neither. I like real bears, and real worms. I don’t play around with imitations.

[H] Hometown: Born in Emporia, Kansas. I claim two other towns as hometowns as well. Topeka, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas.

[I] If I weren't in radio: I’d probably be homeless. Or on the road doing stand-up comedy.

[J] Junk food: Yes. I’m horrible to myself. I love junk food. I don’t drink soda but if it’s greasy there is a very good chance I’m going to be on board with it.

[K] Killer radio moment: I once stayed on air for 10 hours straight to broadcast the wild fires that were happening. I got a lot of calls from very thankful folks.

[L] Listen to me: My mom wanted me to be a lawyer. She still wants to know when I’m going to get a “real job.”

[M] Music to chill to: Wow, random list. You are really asking some good questions. When I just want to relax, I will listen to stuff I don’t normally listen to. Like Ingrid Michaalson and Bret Dennen.

[N] Number of siblings: SIX. But there is math involved. Here we go: 2 brothers from my dad’s previous marriage. 1 Sister from my Mom’s previous marriage. 2 kids from my parents (me and my little brother) and a step brother who joined the family about 10 years ago who is older than all of us!

[O] One wish: I’d wish for one more wish. And then the next wish, wish for one more wish. And so on. I’m pretty sure I’m not doing that right.

[P] Person you'd love to meet:  In my line of work I’ve gotten to meet a lot of country stars. So I think I would like to meet my favorite comedians. Louie C.K. tops that list.

[Q] Quantum Physics: String Theory. I’m all over that….Unfortunately I’ve just been informed that it’s not at all what I thought it was. I was really hoping this was a cheese question.

[R] Reason to smile: I’m doing what a nine year old version of me dreamed of doing.

[S] Start in radio: I lied. It’s true. I wasn’t going to college at the time, but I went to the employment office, grabbed some internship papers and went to my favorite local radio station. They were under the impression I was a legit intern. I worked 80 hours a week for free. They hired me. (note: this approach is not advisable.)

[T] Time you wake up: It really depends on what happened the night before. But if it was a quiet night, About 8:30. Followed by three GIANT cups of coffee.

[U] Underrated band: Wow. I just blew my own mind. Awesome question Letter U! There are so many great bands working their hardest to be seen and known that I love. I’m going to go with Granger Smith. I really think that guy needs to be heard by more people. His story from working with Jason Aldean is a pretty great one too.

[V] Vacation: I either go home to see the family, go to San Angelo to see some friends. Or I DO NOTHING. Seriously. NOTHING. I have been known to not open the front door of my house for days of vacation.

[W] Website you rely on: I love I’m also always on twitter and facebook.

[X] X-rays you've had: Most recently would be my teeth. Oh man, I just realized I have another dentist appointment on Monday. Thanks X. I thought we were cool.

[Y] Your favorite country artists:  In no particular order: Zac Brown Band, William Clark Green, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood’s legs, Cory Morrow, Roger Creager, Blake Shelton, and a shout out to my buddy Dan Patterson.

[Z] Zodiac sign: I’m a Sagittarius. And yes, Those hooves are real, and they’re spectacular.

09/11/2001 Fort Hood, Texas

by JR KLLL posted Sep 11 2012 4:16PM
Where were you? Where was I? Of course I’m talking about 11 years ago today. I think it helps people to talk about where they were. Sorry, son of a psychologist here. So here is my story. Read if you like.
I was stationed at Fort Hood as apart of III Corps 13th COSCOM. We had a training day. I had been looking forward to it honestly. A pretty easy day where civilians came in and told you not to drink and drive or spend too much money.
PT started that morning at 0600 and it was an easy day. Just a few mile run at an easy pace to keep everyone in it. When we got back and were dismissed from P.T. I hit the chow hall for breakfast. I remember because I was watching the news. Nothing of consequence was on. I ate by myself and headed back to my barracks. So far a pretty good morning actually. I was showering up and getting ready for our training day which was happening across post. I had the radio blasting country music as I am want to do. The DJ was out of Temple, and he mentioned apparently a commuter plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.
Because I was good as far as time went, I turned on my TV. to see if there was any footage, the second plane hit moments later.
I went out into the hall to go ask my neighbor if he had just seen that. He opened his door at the same time, with the same shock on his face. Which didn’t help me at all, because he was the sergeant in charge in my barracks.
I asked what I should do, and he said he hadn’t heard anything different, so we should go to our training day as scheduled. I jumped into my truck and by now, the DJ had caught on that something big was happening. As I was pulling into the training center, it was reported that one of the towers had fallen. My Company First Sergeant parked right beside me and was slowly getting out of his car. I remember this moment the most from that day, because it scared the daylights out of me: I asked him if he had heard the tower had fallen. He said nothing. I said, “First Sergeant, what’s going on?”
He just answered, “I don’t know son.” That was it. The guy who told me what to do all the time, didn’t know what was going on. I knew I was in trouble.
After about 45 minutes of training, where we were obviously not listening because of the events of the morning. The civilian speaker had nothing that was going to snap us out of it. Luckily for his speech, he didn’t’ have anything to worry about. Our Company Commander walked into the room and stated that “All civilians need to either report to their on-post housing or leave the post immediately.” And that “All of you, report to the motor pool in 20 minutes in full battle-rattle.” (Full Battle-rattle meant all of the stuff we would wear, not including rifles.)
After reporting to the motor pool, I was put on guard duty at the edge of post. There was a real worry that Fort Hood being the largest military post in the free world, and until that day, very open to visitors, might be vulnerable to attack.
After a week I was put on guard detail overnight. Guarding the commercial checkpoint searching tractor trailers for bombs and weapons. My shift was from 7pm to 7am, 7 days a week. I didn’t get off of that guard shift until after Christmas.
That’s my story of where I was on 9/11.
And I was right. It does help telling that story.
Me Circa 2000
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10/15/2012 12:41AM
you were so skinny back then
WOW....see what being a DJ will do to you? ;-)KT
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