WC’s virtual mailbox is overflowing; there have been complaints from the email host. So WC will undertake to answer a few questions and delete lots and lots of emails. Questions are in italics; WC’s responses in plain text.
Hey snowflake, how come you’re afraid of a real man as president?
WC lived in Alaska for more than 60 years. You live in suburban Louisville, Kentucky. WC has shot and butchered moose; caught, cleaned, frozen and smoked hundreds of salmon; heated his home with wood WC cut and split himself; used an outhouse at -60° F; and taught glacier climbing. When you can match that, you may call WC a “snowflake.” And if you think a serial liar, adulterer, bigot and conman is a “real man,” you are going to lead a sad, pitiful life. Feel free to come back with a real question if you wish.
Why’d you leave Alaska?
The easy answer is that as a bird photographer, WC needs only light and lots of birds to be happy. Unhappily, in Alaska, most of the year, there isn’t very much of either. The Christmas Bird Count in Fairbanks might get 25 species. The Christmas Bird Count in Boise gets 100 species. The harder answer is that it was painful to watch the state WC loved self-destruct, a process that has only accelerated since WC left.
How many and what kinds of birds have you photographed?
As asked, the question is unanswerable. But WC has photographed some 1,207 species of birds, ranging in size from the pony-sized Greater Rhea (a cousin to the Ostrich), which is about 55 inches long, standing about 60 inches tall, to the miniscule Tufted Coquette, a very small hummingbird, about 2.5 inches long and weighing just 2.3 grams (0.081 oz).
What do you think of the Cubs’ chances this year?
Nah. Once a century.
How long have you been blogging? Should I blog?
Wickersham’s Conscience has been around since late November, 2008. On average, WC writes about 350 blog posts a year. While WC enjoys writing – in some respects nearly has to write something – it is still sometimes a chore. It is certainly not a task for someone who does not enjoy writing and, if WC may say so, has a modicum of self-discipline, if not focus. YMMV.
What’s with the weird third person voice you use, and why “WC”?
WC thinks it is tedious to use the first person pronoun. And it is something different in an internet full of bland content. WC is, of course, Wickersham’s Conscience. There are very occasional guest blogs, who are free to use any voice they want. But 99.8% of content here is WC’s work.
Why do you write about so many different things?
See Magpie Principle.
What kind of computer do you use?
An aging iMac (27 inch, late 2013), with 16 GB of RAM and 9 TB of hard drives.
Were you the guy in the bike wreck on Hays Street last month? If so, how are you doing?
(The question is from one of the pedestrians who helped WC after his bicycle suffered a side wall blow out on the front wheel. The sidewall knocked the front brake out of alignment, jamming the front wheel and sending WC over the handlebars to meet the pavement at about 15 mph.) Yes, that was WC, and thank you again for your help. WC is pretty well healed up, although the ribs still twinge from time to time.
My dear friend, I am Mrs. Anoki Kashim, and my husband was murdered in North Sulawesi last year. There is Eleven Million and 00/100 US$ in a bank account in Jakarta, Indonesia, and I am humbling seeking your help . . .
You really need a new con. The advance fee scam has become a cliché, and in your case you were too lazy to even hide the fact you are in Lagos, Nigeria. Come on, dude, make an effort.
The email only gets more tedious from there. That’s a wrap. If you want to send WC a question, locating the email address on the blog is left to the reader as an exercise.