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BadlandsVikings
04-24-2008, 02:05 PM
PP.O name: The Dropper
Real name: Alexander
Age: 28
Current City: Portland, Ore.
Hometown: Grand Forks, ND
Occupation: Restaurant administrator, full-time student, sometime distiller.


1) How did you choose your screen name? I'm clumsy. Alas, I wish there was more to it than that, but I'm constantly dropping things.

2) The Dropper, could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family? Well, I was born and raised in the fine city of Grand Forks in the Red River Valley. Not a bad place to be raised, I suppose, but not terribly exciting either. One thing I do appreciate about growing up there though, is that when you leave, every other place seems magnificent. Now that I've put some distance between myself and my boredom-ridden teens, I actually find a lot of beauty in North Dakota and love going back to visit.

3) 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 somehow a straight A student, social deviant, choir boy, and skateboard punk all at once. Fact.

I didn't play any team sports, but like I spent a good deal of my time skateboarding from about 8 years old onward. Nowadays I don't get on my board much anymore, but the wifey got me into soccer a few years back and we play in an indoor league.

Despite my being in choir, I really didn't end up hanging out with that crowd. My scene was considerably less wholesome...well, for Grand Forks anyways.

4) What did you do after High School? Immediately after I went on a 2 month road trip around the US. I decided I wanted to live in Eugene, OR, so I did. Hazy days.

A couple of years later I went to culinary school, and have essentially worked in food service since, mostly for microbreweries. Now I'm back in school while also working part time, and I'll be done in June. After that, it'll be law school more than likely.

5)What was your first job? Workin' at the car wash!

6) When did you decide to be such a dedicated fan of the Minnesota Vikings? When my grandfather told me I was a Vikings fan. I was about six. He was probably one of the only authority figures I ever listened to. Obviously he gave good advice.

OK, so I didn't really become dedicated until a little older, but as long as I can remember I've been a Vikings fan.

7) 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.
My dad took me to see Joey Browner speak at the Elks Club when I was, oh, probably 7-8 years old. Great speaker with a good sense of comic timing (from what little I remember). Told a story that I still recall about how no one wanted to play on the Minnesota Vikings when he was drafted because they had the unfashionable uniform choice of black shoes with white socks. Fortunately for Joey, they switched to white shoes shortly thereafter.

8}How did you come to find PP.O and what attracted you most to the site?
I guess I just stumbled across it. I was attracted by the pretty colors, but I stayed for the content.

9) What other sports teams do you follow? I'm a proud member of the Timbers Army (Portland's un-American Football Team):
ISxNURopKOM
Portland Lumberjax Lacrosse (yes, that is me):
http://a138.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/31/l_2c5618f82fe8b809460615b6709d07c1.jpg
I'm also a fan of Oregon Ducks Football and Basketball. And I'm a sometimes fan of the Trailblazers and Portland Winterhawks (farm team for the Chicago Blackhawks), but I'm pretty fairweather with these last two.

10) When you’re not on PPO what could you likely be found doing with your spare time? Well, I don't have much free time, but when I can I try to squeeze in some reading or exercising my dogs (and by proxy, myself). Oh, and there's that drinking thing, but what do you expect from someone who's worked for microbreweries and distilleries the last seven years?

11) Do you say a special prayer before Vikings games?
No, but I have a pregame ritual. It involves a great deal of bacon, hashbrowns, eggs, and coffee (games here on the West Coast are on at 10 am). This is followed by copious amounts of alcohol.

12)Where do you watch away Vikings games? There are a few different bars in these parts. I have a crew that includes my brother and a mixed bag of hooligans that generally move around throughout the season. Where we go depends on whoever wins the weekly debate (no smoking vs. pro-smoking vs. good breakfast vs. cheap breakfast vs. good beer, etc).

13)What is your worst fear? Losing the people I love.

14) What type of hobbies do you enjoy? I compose music from time to time (generally small chamber ensemble or choral pieces). I also play the vibraphone, guitar, and accordian, but unfortunately I haven't had any time for those in a while.

15) What’s your favorite food? Bacon and butter (if there is such a place as heaven, this damn well better be served at the pearly gates). I'm also a big fan of foie gras, veal sweetbreads, well-marbled beef, sheep kidneys, lamb osso bucco, well-crafted ales and Bourbon.

16) Where are some of the places you’ve been, and where are some of your favorites. I've been in 34 states and 10 countries (outside the US), but I can't say I've spent a lot of time in each. My favorite places that I've actually spent time in are the Italian Riviera, Prague, Holland (primarily Amsterdam and Nijmegen), Southern Spain (Seville, Grenada, and Malaga in particular), and Greece (especially Peloponnese).

17) What is one thing you've always wanted to do, but haven't done yet in your lifetime? Save another person's life (at least not that I'm aware).

18)If you could live anywhere where would it be? I wouldn't want to live anywhere else but Portland as far as the US is concerned, but I'd really like to live in southern Spain someday. Maybe that's where I'll retire if I have any kind of money to do so.

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? Of course they'll win the Superbowl someday. When they do, I will cry like a little girl. Tears of sweet joy.

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories? Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to meet a ton of PPO'ers. I was at the dome for the Bears game this last season, but I couldn't find the PPO tent right away so I didn't have too much time to hang out.

I did have a helluva good time getting smashed with PacNWVike up at Qworst Field in Seattle in '06 (which happened to be the best game the Vikes played that year).

Otherwise all of my happiest memories are well documented in the taking a dump thread.

jessejames09
04-24-2008, 02:09 PM
That is a wicked beard you're my new favorite poster. I bet Jared Allen will rock that one day.

Prophet
04-24-2008, 02:12 PM
14) What type of hobbies do you enjoy? ...I also play the vibraphone ...

Does that count?
I'm assuming that has something to do with 900 #s.

Great read!
Look forward to meeting you someday.

C Mac D
04-24-2008, 02:14 PM
Nice, always loved the state of Oregon...but I've never been there... hahaha.

I'm also a fan of Ducks football and I hope to live in Portland at least for a couple years.

You're beard/mutton-chops seem Duane Allman inspired. Cool stuff.

pack93z
04-24-2008, 02:15 PM
Well done there.. good read overall.

I didn't know you were related to Favre..
;D


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? Of course they'll win the Superbowl someday. When they do, I will cry like a little girl. Tears of sweet joy.

Zeus
04-24-2008, 02:26 PM
"BadlandsViking" wrote:


PP.O name: The Dropper

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories? Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to meet a ton of PPO'ers. I was at the dome for the Bears game this last season, but I couldn't find the PPO tent right away so I didn't have too much time to hang out.


WTF???
Two time zones and you couldn't find a big purple tent right under a giant billboard?

Next time - no excuses!

=Z=

cogitans
04-24-2008, 04:16 PM
"The" wrote:


Otherwise all of my happiest memories are well documented in the taking a dump thread.


That's always a good place to store your fond memories.

The Dropper
04-24-2008, 04:53 PM
"Prophet" wrote:



14) What type of hobbies do you enjoy? ...I also play the vibraphone ...

Does that count?
I'm assuming that has something to do with 900 #s.

Great read!
Look forward to meeting you someday.


Vibraphone.

http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/890/20159986.JPG

The Dropper
04-24-2008, 04:54 PM
"Zeus" wrote:


"BadlandsViking" wrote:


PP.O name: The Dropper

20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories? Unfortunately I haven't had a chance to meet a ton of PPO'ers. I was at the dome for the Bears game this last season, but I couldn't find the PPO tent right away so I didn't have too much time to hang out.


WTF???
Two time zones and you couldn't find a big purple tent right under a giant billboard?

Next time - no excuses!

=Z=


I was given faulty directions. And I may have been intoxicated. Maybe.

We did meet though, however briefly. And I gave Webby a bottle of hooch.

The Dropper
04-24-2008, 05:01 PM
Here's a few updates:

1) I'm definitely distilling more again. I would say my job title is Distiller/sometime foodie at this point.

2) I've been accepted to several law schools, so that's where I'm headed next fall. As it stands right now, I'll probably be attending the University of Oregon, but I haven't ruled Lewis & Clark out yet (still waiting to hear a final decision from them).

3) Here's a somewhat more recent pic next to my primary still (unfortunately, sans beard):

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e339/camonly/westcoast001.jpg

Prophet
04-25-2008, 07:26 AM
"The" wrote:


"Prophet" wrote:



14) What type of hobbies do you enjoy? ...I also play the vibraphone ...

Does that count?
I'm assuming that has something to do with 900 #s.

Great read!
Look forward to meeting you someday.


Vibraphone.

http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/890/20159986.JPG


Those sound incredible!
I don't see them much in these parts.
It's great to see that you compose music!
Carry on with that, make time for it.

VikingMike
04-25-2008, 09:35 PM
Very entertaining read. Nice to know you. Another lawyer on PP.o???


15) What’s your favorite food? Bacon and butter (if there is such a place as heaven, this damn well better be served at the pearly gates). I'm also a big fan of foie gras, veal sweetbreads, well-marbled beef, sheep kidneys, lamb osso bucco, well-crafted ales and Bourbon.

I love it...anyone who includes ale and bourbon as food is OK by me! ;D

Prophet
04-25-2008, 09:39 PM
10) When you’re not on PPO what could you likely be found doing with your spare time? Well, I don't have much free time, but when I can I try to squeeze in some reading or exercising my dogs (and by proxy, myself). Oh, and there's that drinking thing, but what do you expect from someone who's worked for microbreweries and distilleries the last seven years?

So, how about a ranking of the microbreweries in your parts and ways to order them?
I love getting brew from these places.

AngloVike
04-28-2008, 08:32 AM
1) How did you choose your screen name? I'm clumsy. Alas, I wish there was more to it than that, but I'm constantly dropping things.

rofl .. honest if nothing else
;D
Nice read Dropper and glad you call this home.

PacNWVike
04-28-2008, 08:57 AM
An excellent read and I can vouch for your fine rum!
Qworst field 2006..

We sure spanked those Seasqwawks and shut the obnoxious fans up where we tailgated!
I lived on GF airplane patch for a few years and enjoyed the ND experience!
What was the name of that little whistle stop of a town North of GF that had the great steak house in the back of a bar?
Great steaks!
You're destined to be a great attorney.
I'll see you in the City of Roses soon Dropper.

x-ray jeff
04-28-2008, 09:16 AM
Nice read. I always enjoy reading your posts, Dropper. I searched, but could not find, a poem you wrote about another member (sagevike) Wasn't that you? It was similar to Dr.Suess and just cracked me up. Maybe I have it mixed up though.

The Dropper
04-29-2008, 08:08 AM
"Prophet" wrote:



10) When you’re not on PPO what could you likely be found doing with your spare time? Well, I don't have much free time, but when I can I try to squeeze in some reading or exercising my dogs (and by proxy, myself). Oh, and there's that drinking thing, but what do you expect from someone who's worked for microbreweries and distilleries the last seven years?

So, how about a ranking of the microbreweries in your parts and ways to order them?
I love getting brew from these places.


I would love to do this, but I'm going to have to do it in the yell. I'll explain later.

The Dropper
04-29-2008, 08:11 AM
"PacNWVike" wrote:


An excellent read and I can vouch for your fine rum!
Qworst field 2006..

We sure spanked those Seasqwawks and shut the obnoxious fans up where we tailgated!
I lived on GF airplane patch for a few years and enjoyed the ND experience!
What was the name of that little whistle stop of a town North of GF that had the great steak house in the back of a bar?
Great steaks!
You're destined to be a great attorney.
I'll see you in the City of Roses soon Dropper.


Not sure about the steak house. I'll have to ask my dad who lives in Park River. I swear that man knows every good place to get a steak between St. Cloud and Billings.

Thanks for the kind words, Pac. Definitely come down soon; I'm only going to be a distiller a little while longer.

The Dropper
04-29-2008, 08:13 AM
"x-ray" wrote:


Nice read. I always enjoy reading your posts, Dropper. I searched, but could not find, a poem you wrote about another member (sagevike) Wasn't that you? It was similar to Dr.Suess and just cracked me up. Maybe I have it mixed up though.


Wow, that's quite a memory you have there. That was me that you're talking about, but I wouldn't even know where to begin looking for that old post other than to look through my 1400 older posts. Sorry, I'm just not up to it today, but I'm sure it'll turn up at some point.

jargomcfargo
04-29-2008, 09:07 AM
Great read. I always liked ' The dropper '. Sounded like someone to fear. Nice to know you are just clumsy.

I'm a home brewer myself and enjoy Ale and lagers. I like hops so you could say I'm a hophead.
We can't legally distill for personal use where I live. But if I could do it legally, I would say I have had occasion to produce some smooth white lightning.Temperature control would seem to be a key issue.

The Columbia river valley is some windy but beatiful country. And I was amazed by all the blackberries around Eugene and the surrounding area.
Oregon is one of the most beautiful states.But I agree ND has it's own beauty. I vacation at Devils Lake every year.

PackNWVike was back for a game last year and I was fortunate to meet him. Great guy.
I look forward to seeing him at a game again this year and hope to meet you as well some day.

Good luck in law school.

Marrdro
04-29-2008, 04:15 PM
"The" wrote:


Here's a few updates:

1) I'm definitely distilling more again. I would say my job title is Distiller/sometime foodie at this point.

2) I've been accepted to several law schools, so that's where I'm headed next fall. As it stands right now, I'll probably be attending the University of Oregon, but I haven't ruled Lewis & Clark out yet (still waiting to hear a final decision from them).

3) Here's a somewhat more recent pic next to my primary still (unfortunately, sans beard):

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e339/camonly/westcoast001.jpg

I'm trying to convince Wildwoman I need me one of those thar things but she ain't having any of it.


18)If you could live anywhere where would it be? I wouldn't want to live anywhere else but Portland as far as the US is concerned, but I'd really like to live in southern Spain someday. Maybe that's where I'll retire if I have any kind of money to do so.

Spent 3 years in Spain.
Love every minute of it except Monday and Tues mornings during football season.

WOW.
;D

Thanks for sharing my friend.

PacNWVike
05-12-2008, 10:54 PM
"The" wrote:


Here's a few updates:

1) I'm definitely distilling more again. I would say my job title is Distiller/sometime foodie at this point.

2) I've been accepted to several law schools, so that's where I'm headed next fall. As it stands right now, I'll probably be attending the University of Oregon, but I haven't ruled Lewis & Clark out yet (still waiting to hear a final decision from them).

3) Here's a somewhat more recent pic next to my primary still (unfortunately, sans beard):

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e339/camonly/westcoast001.jpg


I recently had the honor to meet with The Dropper while in Portland and tour his distillery and sample some of his fine hootch.
VERY impressive product and a very impressive person.
Look forward to hanging with you and Mike on a future trip.
Skol Bro!

The Dropper
05-12-2008, 11:05 PM
"PacNWVike" wrote:


"The" wrote:


Here's a few updates:

1) I'm definitely distilling more again. I would say my job title is Distiller/sometime foodie at this point.

2) I've been accepted to several law schools, so that's where I'm headed next fall. As it stands right now, I'll probably be attending the University of Oregon, but I haven't ruled Lewis & Clark out yet (still waiting to hear a final decision from them).

3) Here's a somewhat more recent pic next to my primary still (unfortunately, sans beard):

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e339/camonly/westcoast001.jpg


I recently had the honor to meet with The Dropper while in Portland and tour his distillery and sample some of his fine hootch.
VERY impressive product and a very impressive person.
Look forward to hanging with you and Mike on a future trip.
Skol Bro!


Thanks, Pac. It was fantastic to see you again! You know that you are always welcome down here and that both Mike and I are always good for a pint (or a nip from the barrel as it were). I'm still hoping we might get a game in Seattle but it doesn't look promising this year. I am thinking about maybe hitting the road game in Phoenix if funds allow...
8)

PacNWVike
05-12-2008, 11:07 PM
A'll be baaaaack.

;D
BTW, I special ordered a bottle of your dark hootch from the local WA State booze store.
Looking forward to sharing with my bandmates.

The Dropper
05-12-2008, 11:14 PM
"PacNWVike" wrote:


A'll be baaaaack.
;D
BTW, I special ordered a bottle of your dark hootch from the local WA State booze store.
Looking forward to sharing with my bandmates.


Awesome! Thanks for the business!
;D

BTW, keep me posted if your going to be playing any shows anywhere remotely close to Portland. I will definitely come out!

marstc09
05-12-2008, 11:14 PM
Interesting read. Hope to meet you one day.

cajunvike
05-12-2008, 11:17 PM
"The" wrote:


Here's a few updates:

1) I'm definitely distilling more again. I would say my job title is Distiller/sometime foodie at this point.

2) I've been accepted to several law schools, so that's where I'm headed next fall. As it stands right now, I'll probably be attending the University of Oregon, but I haven't ruled Lewis & Clark out yet (still waiting to hear a final decision from them).

3) Here's a somewhat more recent pic next to my primary still (unfortunately, sans beard):

http://i42.photobucket.com/albums/e339/camonly/westcoast001.jpg


If you are someday planning to retire to southern Spain, I have just one bit of advice for you...KICK ASS in law school so that you can get the highest-paying associate position that you can at one of the big firms...OR hang out your own shingle and become a great litigator.
Otherwise, you had better be very good at investing the money that you DO make as a moderately-paid attorney (not a bad thing either).
LOL

Let me know if you need any more advice about law school...
;)

PacNWVike
05-13-2008, 12:12 AM
Denny Crane...
8)

El Vikingo
05-23-2008, 10:14 AM
Another Spanish lover? El Marrdro then El Dropper?
;D

Some hints el Dropper.

Señorita es usted muy guapa:Baby you are hot.

Esta cerveza no esta fria ,camarero:This beer is not cold,waiter.

For improving your speaking I recommend.

El perro de Sanrroque no tiene rabo;The Sanroque´s dog has no tail.