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BadlandsVikings
02-06-2008, 06:32 PM
PP.O name: Marrdro
Real name: Martin "Marty" or "Marrdro"
Age:
47
Current City: Newport Nes, VA
Hometown: Grand Rapids until 12 years / Northome MN until 1981.
Occupation: I am a Telecommunications Engineer that specializes in Department of Defense Satellite systems with a background in Networks, Voice (Radio and Telephone), Televison, VTC, and Tactical Communications systems

(If you don't understand that, I can't explain or I would have to kill you).

Suffice it to say, I know a little about alot when it comes to communications.


1) Marrdro, could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family?
I grew up mostly in Northern MN.
I moslty lived/grew up in towns like Ball Club, Grand Rapids, and Northome MN.

I have 3 Sisters and 2 Brothers that I am the second oldest in the family.
All three of us boys enlisted in the service with 2 of us retiring as Senior Chief Petty Officers and one still in the Navy that is a Chief Petty officer.

My youngest sister is married to a retired AF (E-7).
My Oldest Sister and Middle Sister both live in the Twin Cities area.

My Dad and Mom run one of the last custom slaughter plants in the United States that actually will come to your house and butcher a Cow/Pig etc and then take it back to thier meat shop and age, smoke, process it according to your wishes.

I spent many hours in that shop cutting meat, butchering animals and cleaning things.
Suffice it to say, I don't have to take any of the animals I harvest hunting to someone to process them.

2) What type of student where you in High School? Did you play in any sports or where you involved with any school clubs and such?

I was an OK student who didn't try very hard to get good grades but still maintained good enough grades to keep my Dad from getting mad at me.

I played Hockey and Basketball when I lived in Grand Rapids but when we moved to Northome they didn't have a Hockey program.

I continued with Basketball as well as Baseball, Football and Track in Northome.
As I have said before, you didn't have to be good to make the team. Pickings were pretty slim in our little town for athletes that didn't work on a farm or log.

I could run forever so I did pretty good in track though.

I did play Trumpet/Coronet for my High School Band (first chair) and during half time I would have to go up on stage and play in Pep Band (Basketball) and March (in my football uniform) while the coach yelled at the rest of the team.

;D
I wasn't to bad as I made 3rd Chair in state 3 years in a row.

3) What did you do after High School?
I joined the Army National Gaurd and went to Fort Leonard Wood MO for Army boot camp and then came home and worked as a logger and as a Power Lineman before joining the Navy in 1981.

4)What did you like and what didn't you like about serving our country?
When I first came in (1979) most military/uniformed people were really looked down on because of Vietnam.

I remember my first time traveling in my Class A's (dress uniform).
I was so proud to put that uniform on until I hit the Airport and some Hippie spit on me.

Suffice it to say, I bet that little twerp never spit on a soldier again.

What I liked, sounds dumb, but the fact that I was serving.
I still get a bit choked up when I look at the flag or see another troop in uniform.

They are America's finest my friends.

5) When did you decide to be such a dedicated fan of the Minnesota Vikings?
I was born to it.
Seriously, I was born in 1961 into a family of Packer Fans.


Most of my family switched allegiances to the Vikes (New Franchise) but some stayed loyal to the PUKERS.

One of my Uncles who I really worshipped actually got into a fight one day with another Uncle over this.
I have cheered for them ever since.


6) Could you tell us one of your favorite memories that has to do with the Vikings or one of its past or present players, coaches, etc.

The day I actually saw Wildman (my Son) hurt after a loss and still wear his AD Jersey to school the next day.

By far my most favorite player is and will always be Joey Browner.
After he left the team (because of Denny) I learned to cherish the team and not get focused on individual players as they will always come and go and it will usually be when you (the fan) don't think they should leave.


7) How did you come to find PP.O and what attracted you most to the site?
I got tickets for Me, Wildwoman and Wildman to go see the Vikes play the Hated Deadskins at RFK in 2006.

I was searching for a Tailgate party/info on any Vikes fans in DC and found a post on PPO by Cajun.

I soon found a wide variety of post ranging from the "Taking a Dump" thread all the way up to some very intelligent discussions on the Vikings and Football as a whole.

Some of the stuff Del put out as well as current articles by Singer and the guys were instant sellers.

The Mods seemed to be fair and there weren't that many Yutz's posting one line drivel.

9) Do you have any other ties to Minnesota Sports?
I cheer for all MN teams.
I have no allegiances to any others with the one exception of VT (Football) and Duke (Basketball).

11) When you’re not on PPO what could you likely be found doing with your spare time?
Mostly anything that involves family.

All of us hunt, fish together as well as attend events our Kids are in.
My daughter trains and competes on her Quarter horse and Wildman plays Baseball and Golf for his High School.


12) Do you say a special prayer before Vikings games?
Believe it or not, I pray almost all the time but very seldom do I bother the good Lord with requests of that nature other than to spare the players form injury.

13) Could you tell us some things about your great State of VA...
It doesn't get to cold, I can hunt something 8 months out of the year and fish the rest.

15) What type of hobbies do you enjoy?
Hunting and Fishing and raising my kids (who are really almost done with me
;D)

16)
What’s your favorite food? What’s your favorite tailgate food?
Taco's, Lasagna, Pizza.

Mrs. Webby's dib.
Man I should have found that earlier in the year.

17) Where are some of the places you’ve been, and where are some of your favorites.
I have been to every country in the Med, Almost every state in the US, Canada, almost every country on the Western side of South America, Mexico, Greenland while in the Navy and in my current Job.

I have been in almost every ocean or Sea except for the Black Sea and Dead Sea.

I did 4 tours in the Arabian gulf area by the way.
If it wasn't for the oil, no one would even go there.

My favorite is either MN or VA.
After traveling so many times I just like to stay at home now.

18) What is one thing you've always wanted to do, but haven't done yet in your lifetime?
I want to harvest a Elk with my bow and catch a tarpon.

I also (recent goal) am looking forward to holding my grandchildren, when/if my kids decide to have some of thier own.

19) Do you believe the Vikings will have their big day someday? When they do win the Super Bowl, what will be the first thing you think you will do?

That is kindof a silly question for me when you think about it.

;D
Of course they will win one and I always believe it will be next year.

This is the first time in a long time that I actually believe we are getting close.

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories?
Tough question.

I guess it would have to be that a few of you have sent me PM's telling me that I seem to know what I am talking about.

Everyone likes compliments......Thus the reason that I always praise a good post.

VKG4LFE
02-06-2008, 06:36 PM
Good to get to know ya Marty!

Marrdro
02-06-2008, 06:40 PM
Wow, alot of typos.
Hope Z doesn't get on me to bad.

;D

singersp
02-06-2008, 07:14 PM
1) Marrdro, could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family?

I have 3 Sisters and 2 Brothers that I am the second oldest in the family.
All three of us boys enlisted in the service with 2 of us retiring as Senior Chief Petty Officers and one still in the Navy that is a Chief Petty officer.



??? I would have never figured you to be petty.
:-

BadlandsVikings
02-06-2008, 07:16 PM
"Marrdro" wrote:


Wow, alot of typos.
Hope Z doesn't get on me to bad.

;D


There also seems to be a question missing.
:D

pack93z
02-06-2008, 07:36 PM
Ommitting questions eh? Interesting read there Marr.. thanks for your service to this fine country.

C Mac D
02-06-2008, 07:43 PM
These threads are great. Your posts seem to hold true to the type of guy you are. Very interesting stuff. Glad to know you!

Jilly
02-06-2008, 07:54 PM
Thanks for your service Marrdro. My hubby just retired after 20 years and you two would have plenty to talk about since he was a commo guy who worked with TACSAT.

VikingMike
02-06-2008, 08:24 PM
Nice to meet you, Marty (aka Mr. Smileys).
;D
:)

Really appreciate your service to our great country. That one thing alone tells me a great deal about the type of person you are.

And with all this:


I am a Telecommunicat ions Engineer that specializes in Department of Defense Satellite systems with a background in Networks, Voice (Radio and Telephone), Televison, VTC, and Tactical Communications systems

How's your TV reception?
;D

ThorSPL
02-06-2008, 08:34 PM
"VikingMike" wrote:


Nice to meet you, Marty (aka Mr. Smileys).
;D
:)

Really appreciate your service to our great country. That one thing alone tells me a great deal about the type of person you are.

And with all this:


I am a Telecommunicat ions Engineer that specializes in Department of Defense Satellite systems with a background in Networks, Voice (Radio and Telephone), Televison, VTC, and Tactical Communications systems

How's your TV reception?
;D


I was thinking (in the madden voice) - "Now here's a guy who doesn't pay for his satellite TV" as he circles his head...

The Dropper
02-06-2008, 11:29 PM
Great to know more about you, Marty. You are a huge asset to this site and to Vikings fandom as a whole.
:)

Frostbite
02-06-2008, 11:31 PM
I love these (get to members better threads) very much.

There are a lot of very interesting people with a lot of history and knowledge around here.

Nice read Marrdro....Thanks!


Cheers!

cogitans
02-07-2008, 03:14 AM
Wonderful to get to know you Marty. Let me put in a one-liner drivel just to say that.

Also thanks to BadLands for taken the torch for the benefit of the rest of us.

Marrdro
02-07-2008, 04:28 AM
"BadlandsViking" wrote:


"Marrdro" wrote:


Wow, alot of typos.
Hope Z doesn't get on me to bad.

;D


There also seems to be a question missing.
:D

What was the question?

I just copied and pasted the whole thing as you sent it my friend.
I didn't change anything except the State as you asked me about what NY was like (Question 13).
;D

Marrdro
02-07-2008, 04:29 AM
"singersp" wrote:






1) Marrdro, could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family?

I have 3 Sisters and 2 Brothers that I am the second oldest in the family.
All three of us boys enlisted in the service with 2 of us retiring as Senior Chief Petty Officers and one still in the Navy that is a Chief Petty officer.



??? I would have never figured you to be petty.
:-\

Quit.
Of course I have settled down a bit since taking the uniform off.
I was wrapped a bit tight back in the day but trust me, the guys didn't think I was Petty.
;D

Marrdro
02-07-2008, 04:31 AM
"C" wrote:


These threads are great. Your posts seem to hold true to the type of guy you are. Very interesting stuff. Glad to know you!

What you see is what you get.

Nothing more important than a mans word.
If you can't believe that then he is worthless.

Marrdro
02-07-2008, 04:35 AM
"VikingMD" wrote:


Thanks for your service Marrdro. My hubby just retired after 20 years and you two would have plenty to talk about since he was a commo guy who worked with TACSAT.


Now your speaking my language.
I still do alot of works with the troops going over to the sand box in that area as well as thier wideband comms that support thier networks and other services.


What service was he in?

Were you married to him the whole time he was in?

Doesn't matter, even if you were just married for him for a day, thank you for your service.
Military wives have it just as tough as the servicemen/women.

Bet you and Wildwoman can swap storieds about cars breaking down, water heaters going out, kids gettings sick etc etc etc while we were gone.
:o
;D

Marrdro
02-07-2008, 04:36 AM
"VikingMike" wrote:


Nice to meet you, Marty (aka Mr. Smileys).
;D
:)

Really appreciate your service to our great country. That one thing alone tells me a great deal about the type of person you are.

And with all this:


I am a Telecommunicat ions Engineer that specializes in Department of Defense Satellite systems with a background in Networks, Voice (Radio and Telephone), Televison, VTC, and Tactical Communications systems

How's your TV reception?
;D

I felt sorry for the Directv guy who came out and did my install.
I even checked to see if his signal meter was recently calibrated.
Of course it wasn't even calibrated so we used mine.
;D

Marrdro
02-07-2008, 04:39 AM
"ThorSPL" wrote:


"VikingMike" wrote:


Nice to meet you, Marty (aka Mr. Smileys).
;D
:)

Really appreciate your service to our great country. That one thing alone tells me a great deal about the type of person you are.

And with all this:


I am a Telecommunicat ions Engineer that specializes in Department of Defense Satellite systems with a background in Networks, Voice (Radio and Telephone), Televison, VTC, and Tactical Communications systems

How's your TV reception?
;D


I was thinking (in the madden voice) - "Now here's a guy who doesn't pay for his satellite TV" as he circles his head...

Your cracking me up.....

I could probably work something out if I wanted but they would eventually figure it out.
Not worth the hassle or loss of ones credibility to do something like that.
;D

singersp
02-07-2008, 04:40 AM
"Marrdro" wrote:


"singersp" wrote:






1) Marrdro, could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family?

I have 3 Sisters and 2 Brothers that I am the second oldest in the family.
All three of us boys enlisted in the service with 2 of us retiring as Senior Chief Petty Officers and one still in the Navy that is a Chief Petty officer.



??? I would have never figured you to be petty.
:-\

Quit.
Of course I have settled down a bit since taking the uniform off.

I was wrapped a bit tight back in the day but trust me, the guys didn't think I was Petty.

;D


Marrdro?

http://egypt.mrdonn.org/mummy.gif

Marrdro
02-07-2008, 04:40 AM
"cogitans" wrote:


Wonderful to get to know you Marty. Let me put in a one-liner drivel just to say that.

Also thanks to BadLands for taken the torch for the benefit of the rest of us.

Getting to meet COJO and a few others at the Tenn game.
One day you will travel across for a game.


I am looking forward to that one my friend.

;D

singersp
02-07-2008, 04:48 AM
"Marrdro" wrote:


"cogitans" wrote:


Wonderful to get to know you Marty. Let me put in a one-liner drivel just to say that.

Also thanks to BadLands for taken the torch for the benefit of the rest of us.

Getting to meet Cogs and a few others at the Tenn game.
One day you will travel across for a game.


I am looking forward to that one my friend.

;D


I'm confused? You're getting to meet Cogs at the Titans game, yet you hope one day he will travel across for a game?
:-

Marrdro
02-07-2008, 04:49 AM
"singersp" wrote:


"Marrdro" wrote:


"cogitans" wrote:


Wonderful to get to know you Marty. Let me put in a one-liner drivel just to say that.

Also thanks to BadLands for taken the torch for the benefit of the rest of us.

Getting to meet Cogs and a few others at the Tenn game.
One day you will travel across for a game.


I am looking forward to that one my friend.

;D


I'm confused? You're getting to meet Cogs at the Titans game, yet you hope one day he will travel accross for a game?
:-\

What are you drinking in your coffee?
It says Cojo.
;D
(I fixed it.)

PurpleTide
02-07-2008, 05:54 AM
Hey Marty, it's good to get a little insite into the good folks who frequent PPO. You sir are a great reason to stick around this place, as you always post with football wisdom, and educate us with clear explanations ;D. I don't know where I am on that spreadsheet, but that is another thread.

Prophet
02-07-2008, 06:13 AM
Thanks for sharing Marr, glad you decided to call pp.o your cyber home.

Zeus
02-07-2008, 10:41 AM
"Prophet" wrote:


Thanks for sharing Marr, glad you decided to call pp.o your cyber home.


20 questions from fake internet friends makes my fake heart soar!

I crack me up!

=Z=

Purple Floyd
02-07-2008, 10:57 AM
Nice read Marr.

Next time that satellite swings by here just remember i am really not giving it the finger no matter how much it looks that way.

I think your PPO title needs to be changed to "PPO Big Brother. ;)

V4L
02-07-2008, 11:06 AM
Awesome

Very nice guy you are

C Mac D
02-07-2008, 11:18 AM
"UffDaVikes" wrote:


Nice read Marr.

Next time that satellite swings by here just remember i am really not giving it the finger no matter how much it looks that way.

I think your PPO title needs to be changed to "PPO Big Brother. ;)




Seriously....

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/1540/marrdro9000cx5.png

davike
02-07-2008, 12:43 PM
Nice to learn more about you Marr! Hope to get to meet you in person and shake your hand this year at a game.

Thank you so much for your service to our country....it makes me mad to even think about someone spitting on the uniform.
>:( Even if they don't support a war.

AngloVike
02-07-2008, 02:06 PM
Nice to see what makes one of PP.Os liked members tick. Probably makes a change to have a thread where Marrdro doesn't end up snorting Mountain Dew over the monitor in his cube or end up giggling to himself
;D

Marrdro
02-07-2008, 03:59 PM
"C" wrote:


"UffDaVikes" wrote:


Nice read Marr.

Next time that satellite swings by here just remember i am really not giving it the finger no matter how much it looks that way.

I think your PPO title needs to be changed to "PPO Big Brother. ;)



I loved those movies.
;D

Seriously....

http://img218.imageshack.us/img218/1540/marrdro9000cx5.png

jargomcfargo
02-07-2008, 04:43 PM
Occupation:" I am a Telecommunicat ions Engineer that specializes in Department of Defense Satellite systems."

21) So where is Bin Laden hiding?

Good read Marty.
I always appreciate your dedication to keeping the faith. I know you mostly blame Childress for our woes. But I believe in time you will come to realize it is the entire front office making decisions. LOL !

Look forward to seeing you at a game again next year. Maybe I'll fly down to see the Titans.

Have a good one my friend.

Marrdro
02-08-2008, 04:45 AM
"jargomcfargo" wrote:


Occupation:" I am a Telecommunicat ions Engineer that specializes in Department of Defense Satellite systems."

21) So where is Bin Laden hiding?

Good read Marty.
I always appreciate your dedication to keeping the faith. I know you mostly blame Childress for our woes. But I believe in time you will come to realize it is the entire front office making decisions. LOL !

Look forward to seeing you at a game again next year. Maybe I'll fly down to see the Titans.

Have a good one my friend.


Very funny.
;D

Sounds like we are gonna have a fun group.
Might be worth the trip.

seaniemck7
02-08-2008, 08:13 AM
Thanks for sharing Marr. Better late than never, but I wanted to say I appreciate your diligence in providing sound football arguements.
That and your fishing pics :D


I am already lobbying for the Tenn game.

jargomcfargo
02-08-2008, 09:29 AM
"seaniemck7" wrote:


Thanks for sharing Marr. Better late than never, but I wanted to say I appreciate your diligence in providing sound football arguements.
That and your fishing pics :D


I am already lobbying for the Tenn game.



Yeah! Especially the fishing Doctor!
:)

ThorSPL
02-08-2008, 09:50 AM
"Marrdro" wrote:


"ThorSPL" wrote:


"VikingMike" wrote:


Nice to meet you, Marty (aka Mr. Smileys).
;D
:)

Really appreciate your service to our great country. That one thing alone tells me a great deal about the type of person you are.

And with all this:


I am a Telecommunicat ions Engineer that specializes in Department of Defense Satellite systems with a background in Networks, Voice (Radio and Telephone), Televison, VTC, and Tactical Communications systems

How's your TV reception?
;D


I was thinking (in the madden voice) - "Now here's a guy who doesn't pay for his satellite TV" as he circles his head...

Your cracking me up.....

I could probably work something out if I wanted but they would eventually figure it out.
Not worth the hassle or loss of ones credibility to do something like that.
;D


I dunno, I had a buddy who used to have free EVERYTHING...

That sure was great...

Marrdro
02-08-2008, 03:36 PM
"seaniemck7" wrote:


Thanks for sharing Marr. Better late than never, but I wanted to say I appreciate your diligence in providing sound football arguements.
That and your fishing pics :D


I am already lobbying for the Tenn game.


Its easy.

Gas split 3 ways, hotel room split 2 ways, food/beer for 2 days and the ticket.
Cheapest chance to see the game and we will have a really good group from PPO there.

Nothing but fun my friend.
Nothing but fun.
;D

Marrdro
08-12-2012, 08:14 PM
Bump, I was going through some of the new members posts and sending them my traditional "Welcome" and thought we needed to get this program going again....

BLV....were you is.......?

I know you get on sometimes as I had a PM from you.......

Marrdro
08-12-2012, 08:17 PM
"prophet" wrote:


20 questions from fake internet friends makes my fake heart soar!

I crack me up!

=z=
lol.....

Marrdro
08-12-2012, 08:21 PM
Ommitting questions eh? Interesting read there Marr.. thanks for your service to this fine country.
Wonder what ever happened to ole Pack93z. One of the few PUKER fans I actually liked.