This Week’s Everyday People
Place of Birth: Lancaster, Ohio (about 25 miles southeast of Columbus)
Occupation: Landscape Designer, Sales, Entrepeneur
Ok Gary S, what kind of kid were ya?
Oh, well fun of course (laughs) fun, athletic..umm, busy you know, I liked to do everything, I liked to do everything outdoors, opposite of today’s kids who do everything indoors
Um, you know, everything outdoors, have fun, you know, wanted to be outside, want to be doing something, you know..
Absolutely, alright Gary, if you were to win 1 million dollars in the lottery tomorrow, what would you do with it?
Uh, you know I might buy a couple of luxury items, but, I think for the most part I’d stick a lot of it back for retirement cause that’s what’s on my mind now…uh, I’m hittin’ 50 this year…retirement so….yeah, that’d be the big part of it, gotta save it back for retirement..
Nice, nice! Ok, what’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for you?
Uh, you know I saw that question you asked people I don’t know that any one thing stands out..you know I, I’ve tried to do nice things for other people and in turn they do em back…there’s been a lotta little things…uh, y’know, like, maybe y’know if I helped somebody out and they’ll uh, buy me something, buy you a case a beer (laughs) other people, y’know buy me food..in a line, at a restaurant..this just happened the other day..y’know with all the corona virus going on, uh, I go through a drive thru to buy my uh, I think it was chick-fil-a or somewhere like that, and the person in front of me paid for my food
So, that was nice..and, so, y’know, I paid for the one behind me and see if we could keep it goin’, y’know so, yeah
That’s so cool
Yeah, you could see how that stands out..
Absolutely, that’s super cool, man, that’s very cool. Ok, who’s the funniest person you’ve ever known?
(laughs) now this is a trick question cause if you usually asked me that, I’d say me!..
(explosive laughter) … I’m the funniest person I’ve ever known! (laughs) if you asked me, I’d tell ya
(still laughing) we can absolutely go with that!
(laughs) But! I do have a fr- I do have a friend that I was in a fantasy football league with and his name is Jim, and he and he was just hilarious! And he would post he would post these messages that they, sound like a sportscenter, uhh, y’know news article, but it was all this..funny stuff, y’know it was all these puns, and he’s a he’s a really funny guy..he kinda looks, he’s kind of a larger guy and he kinda reminds me of a Chris Farley..uh, its just uh, yeah he was hilarious so, I would I would go with that too, other than me..(laughs)
(laughs) yes exactly! “other than me!”..We gotta keep that in the “other than me” part, but I would probably agree with you, you’re probably one of the funniest, probably one of the funniest guys I’ve ever known that’s for sure..from the 1st time I met you. Member when I met you, I had you referee for me between the driver and Uta? Remember that?
Yes I remember that..yeah, I was like the interpreter between the driver (laughs) and the tour guide..(laughs)
(laughs) I just remember lookin’ at ya in the parking lot I was desperate I didn’t know who you were, I’m like “You look like a cool guy, can you do this for me?” you were like “sure I got this!”
(laughs) yeah that was quite that was quite fun!
And I would say that’s one of the nicest things anyone’s ever done for me cause I was at my wit’s end at that point that’s for sure..so funny, ok man, who’s the funniest person you’ve ever seen? Like, funny comedian or..?
Umm, y’know I thought about that cause I saw the questions you had asked people, uh and Imma have to still go with Bill Murray..
Oh yes! Uh, and Chris Farley, those are kinda like, those two they’re like, yeah, yeah I like people who who are funny when they speak but also how they act y’know, the things that they do body wise you know..I I love that
You could just look at Bill Murray and laugh
You know what I mean, I mean his facial expressions even..the guy is just ridiculously funny, always has been
Alright man, you can go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where is that place and why?
(sigh) oh that’s a tougher question cause of all the things that are going on right now..because a couple months ago I woulda said Italy..
Oh Yeah! But now it would not be Italy.. so I would probably say Greece is another place I’d like to go..just cause I think they’re beautiful, uh the pictures, I think when I talk to other people, the places I haven’t been, but I really want to go, and I think it’d be really cool, cool place to be a tourist..I don’t always need a beach like some people, y’know I’d just like to go somewhere where its really cool
Can’t go wrong there, that’s for sure. Ok, you’re going to live the rest of your life on a deserted island, this is an idyllic situation, but, you can only take one of each. Which?
Candy Bar? Oh I’m gonna take a Reecy cup..yeah I like Reecy cups, oh yeah I love Reecy cups..oh yeah
(laughs) a popular choice! Ok which type of food?
Which type of food? Pizza. I love pizza
Pizza, very popular..#1 food in America..ok, which album or CD?
(breath) ah, see now that’s a that’s a tough one y’know, I’m like, y’know I’m more..thats gotta be a, that’s gotta be somethin’ 80’s, y’know I would, I would always do somethin 80’s, 80’s 90’s music uh, on Sirius, uh, so, gosh you know..if I could do a mix of 80’s stuff…I don’t have any one particular, band or singer, that I listen to..um, (sigh) that would be a hard one I would I would say, you probably be surprised, but probably my favorite, a while ago everything was ACDC
Really! Listen Back in Black is a freakin classic man!
Oh Absolutely Back in Black y’know Foreigner! So, I’d say ACDC
Alright alright good choices there. Ok which movie?
(laughs) ohhh yes!
(laughs) Caddyshack by far
(laughs) By Far!
The original, the original…yeah and of course a close second, would be Monty Python’s The Holy Grail..those are like my 2 favorite, funny movies, you know to watch with your..
You and I have the same exact humor man..the same humor..I could watch those over and over again and crack my ass off like it’s the 1st time
Ok Book? Which Book?
Book now I don’t I don’t know that I have a favorite book, but my favorite author is gonna be Steven King and Dean Koontz.. I like that kind of genre..you know I read all the I read the, y’know it’s been a long time since I read a book (laughs), uh, so (laughs) I’m just too busy these days, I’m more into movies, than I am, books, but, when I did read a lotta books, it was always Steven King and Dean Koontz.
Ok so listen, 2 people you get to take with you, one for conversation purposes only, now this could be anyone throughout history or someone you know. Who?
Well I would pick my my best friend which is a, and my fellow Buckeye fan, uh John, his name is John
Ok, Best friend and fellow Buckeye fan John, Ok
If I if I was gonna suck up I’d say you’d be a close second y’know so.. (laughs)
Yeah Chris Birt
(laughs) I’ll make sure I put that in quotes “IF I was gonna suck up!”
Yeah exactly, cause I mean I think we have great conversations so…that’s why we’re amazing friends and we’re thousands of miles away so..
I know I know I know, and it doesn’t matter when we talk to each other, it’s always like it was yesterday so..I I consider you one of my closer friends Thank You
Ok man, so you can take one person for romantic purposes, only for romance. Who?
Well see I get in trouble if I say anyone other than my wife so I’m gonna say my wife (laughs)
I’ve been married for 17 years and I wanna stay married
(still laughing) Yeah that’s probably a smart answer! Ok and final question. What would you like for other people to say about you?
Uh…just that y’know that I’m I’m thoughtful, considerate, uh funny (laughs) and, you know always, I always do something for other people, I’m always trying to do, y’know more for others than anything they do for me I’m always helpful…
That’s, that’s the best answer and I can certainly vouch for that, man you are such a giver it’s not even funny, how, how long has it been since you’ve uh, uh, had an exchange student in your home?
Oh well actually, uh, this year (laughs)
Yeah we took a year or two off because we built a house and we were staying in an apartment while we were building the house and everything, but we, uh Jaime Jaime had messaged me that she needed a, uh, a home for a girl from Brazil…she was in West Virginia..so I rescued her from West Virginia, you know what that’s like..(laughs)
So uh, she was with us she just went home a couple weeks ago because, obviously with all the corona virus stuff goin on, uh so I had to take her to the airport, yeah so,yeah..and that was an interesting trip because, y’know..I would be afraid I wouldn’t wanna fly, international but I would definitely fly, in the in the United States because there was, I saw 5 people, other than the people who worked there, in 2 hours I was at the airport, 5 people
Yeah Yeah Yeah..well, it takes a big heart to open up your home to these kids, especially cause you never know what you’re gonna get, and you and your wife have done that for years
Well you know I definitely haven’t volunteered for a long time, on that end of it, but, uh, we had a new student right before we built our house we had a girl from Thailand uh, and then we built our house we took about 2 years off, and then we came back but we’re not gonna do it anymore we definitely found that we’re just, we’ve kind of moved on from that..y’know we kinda, we’re just, we we live out in the country now, we just wanna, y’know ,we have we have some chickens..we got little baby chicks, we just bought em, 2 days ago 3 days ago, um, so we’re gonna have farm fresh eggs and we’re gonna just enjoy the country life..our son will graduate next year and um hopefully kick him outta the house, I mean um, he’ll be gone (laughs) and um, we’re we’re lookin forward to traveling, just the two of us and doing things, just us (chuckles)
Well I look forward to your doing that, you certainly deserve it, you’ve given so much to soo many. Thanks so much Gary, I really appreciate your doing this for me.