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Jeremy in Antarctica

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

This week’s interviews are all going to have a military connection.  Meet my friend JeremyJeremy gets deployed to Antarctica on a regular basis.  He is married to Mandy who was featured in yesterday’s blog.

Name: Jeremy Westervelt

Age: 35 (Today is Jeremy’s BIRTHDAY! Wish him a Happy Birthday!!)

Location: Scotia, NY

Relationship Status: Married

Occupation: Aerospace Propulsion Craftsman / 109’th Airlift Wing / NY Air National Guard

What is the most challenging part of your job?
Being held accountable in our every day work, after all its the little things that matter the most it seems.

What’s it like being away from your wife so often while you’re deployed?
Alot of memories of past times come to mind and of course being away for a long period of time brings on the loneliness from Mandy and everyone else.


Penguins in Antarctica

Do you think that penguins are cute or annoying?
Definitely very cute and harmless to people, but they are very curious creatures and often hang out around the Ice-Field at times. But touching or feeding one could cost you $15,000 per instance if caught by the right person.

Mandy & Jeremy ~ October 17, 2009

You just got married this past October. What was the most challenging part of planning your wedding?
Trying to pick who was coming to the wedding.

You’re a new homeowner, do you have any big house project planned for the coming year?
Yep, all new windows, taking down a tree in the backyard, and getting rid of the mold in the attic.

I know you love cars. Other than the cars you already own, what is your dream car?
It would have to be the early 1990’s Nissan Skyline R32 GTR (only sold in Japan of course)

What is your favorite destination for a long ride in your Honda S2000?
Probably would have to be going to Inlet, NY in the Adirondacks. (definitely driving the S2000, not the truck)

How many pets do you have and what are they?
2 cats and several freshwater fish that I can’t keep track of since guppies constantly reproduce and Mandy insists on keeping them.

You briefly worked in a pet store. What should people consider before becoming pet owners that most do not?
Probably would be time and budget. Cats are a tad bit pricey, but not as much as dogs can be. And fish are expensive starting out if you need the tank and other parts. Same applies to small critters, lizards, birds, etc…

I know you love video gaming. What’s your favorite game? Are you more of an old school gamer or do you love the new stuff?
I’m a fan of both. Old school gaming is always fun to get back to and see how hard those games really were. But new games are very exciting as well and I really look forward to seeing what comes out on the horizon.

What is my favorite video game franchise?
Gran Turismo, hands down. But the Ridge Racer series comes second to me, then Halo.

Mandy & Jeremy

Don’t forget, it’s Jeremy’s birthday! So give him a shout out!!

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Mandy and her husband Jeremy ~ October 17, 2009 Photo credit - Michael T. Henry Photography

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

This week’s interviews are all going to have a military connection.  Meet my friend Mandy.  Mandy’s military connection is through her husband Jeremy who gets deployed to Antarctica on a regular basis.   We’re going to hear a bit more about Jeremy in tomorrow’s blog.  So stay tuned for that 🙂

Name: Mandy Westervelt

Age: 30

Location: Upstate, NY

Relationship Status: Married

Occupation: SEFCU Member Specialist

What made you leave retail full-time to go into banking? I wanted to spend more time with my now husband.  Banking hours are not as good as they used to be, but better than working in a mall.

Why don’t you subscribe to social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter? I don’t want to be part of the cult.  I just don’t have the time to update and check the sites all the time.  Those sites also seem a bit like stalking…if someone wants to invite me anywhere  or ask me how I am, they can contact me in real life.

What’s it like being married to someone in the military that gets deployed on a regular basis? It sucks!  Unfortunately, it comes with loving the man.  He is a wonderful man with a great job even though it causes me to be alone 3 months every year.

You work in a shoe store, just how crazy are women about their shoes? Most are not, they just appreciate shoes.  The worst is the people who do not appreciate shoes and return shoes after wearing them.  That is wrong-read the return policy!

What about men? Most men are clueless about shoes and they will bring me their pants and I pick out their shoes for them.  A few can pick out their own shoes, and most the time, they are gay.

What’s your favorite video game? All time would be the classic Tetris.  Lately, it has been Pet Vet for the Wii.  I didn’t think I would get into it at first, but the game is addicting.

You just got married this past October.  What was the most challenging part of planning your wedding? Dealing with my reception hall.  They had a wedding planner when I booked the place, and she left a year before my wedding and I had to make all the contacts after that point.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop? I’m a sucker, not a licker.  🙂

Do you have any questions for Mandy?

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