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RANDY STONEBRAKER - Dudes Series #1

DUDES – Interview – by Sasha Eisenman I originally meet Randy Stonebraker when I got a property in the desert in Joshua Tree, California. He helped fix things around my house. Soon we became good friends. Randy has an incredible, unique way and style to everything he does, says, wears, or makes. Here is my interview with my friend, Randy Stonebraker. #1. Name: *Randy Stonebraker #2. Age: *61 #3. Star Sign: *Leo #4. Occupation: *survival #5. How would you describe your personal style? *Eclectic, throw back #6. If you were an animal, what animal would you be? *Maybe a red tail hawk solitary and free #7. What are some of your favorite movies, books, artists, songs/or bands? *Movies- black and white comedy with great dialog ie. The Thin Man. I haven't been to a theater in over a decade it doesn't interest me much. *Books- I read everyday so I read everything. My favorites are from Henry Miller to Edward Abby, Zane Grey to Cervantes and Steinbeck, Faulkner to Dickens etc. I don't have a TV. *Artist- I love all true artist, a lot of people call themselves artist. You can tell a true artist because there is always something going on in there head that needs expression. They are a crazy lot and make me smile. *Music- my favorite singer/songwriter is Townes Van Zandt I love Emmy Lou Harris, old delta blues (Mississippi Fred McDowell) old country. My favorite song, well there are so many. #8. What stands out as one of the stupidest things you have ever done? *One of the stupidest things was trying to get a rock out of my water tank (I haul water to my cabin and have a 500 gallon tank) I accidentally dropped a good sized rock in my tank, so I thought I would reach in and get it out. (My tank is only 4 1/2 feet tall, how hard could that be?) So, I go in head first. After getting my head and shoulders through the manhole I knew I was in trouble (I was stuck half in half out) I couldn't go in and I couldn't reach back to pull myself out. I was struggling to keep me head above water and thought it was the end. After nearly 30 minutes of struggling, inching my way back, shredding my sides and arms, I worked my way out. Thankfully the tank was only half full or I would have gone the way of Houdini. 9. What stands out as one of the finest or best things you have ever done? *A few years back my neighbor was renting the house next door to my cabin, to some, shall we say, unsavory types. I was doing all I could to make them somewhat uncomfortable, cramping there style you might say. They finally moved out (after being evicted) and the house was a total disaster ( if you know the unsavory type you should know what I'm saying). The owner was in a quandary. He had moved to Tennessee and did not have the funds it would take to make the repairs necessary to rent the house, besides being heart broken and discouraged about renting. So I talked to my Mom about buying the house, she agreed if we could get her a loan (being 83 and only having social security for income and no down payment I didn't think we could do it). The timing was perfect, we made an offer and it was excepted, Mom qualified for a government loan and we were off. My brother came from N. Y. and we spent several months remodeling. Now I watch over, my now 85 year old Mom, cook, shop and chauffeur her around. It's a tuff job and has certainly hampered my social life, but the alternatives were just unacceptable. #10. If you could have lived in any place or time where and when would that be? *I think maybe western America in the mid to late 1800s. I sometimes feel I lost someone very special there. #11. What person or persons do you admire most and why? *There is no one person that comes to mind. But I do admire all those that are content in life. #12. What kind of person, or actual person do you dislike most? *I was brought up believing if you can't say something nice don't say anything, but i do detest arrogant, self-righteous, egomaniacal people, liars and thieves. I guess that means most politicians, you can throw a lot of (not all) lawyers in there too. There may still be an Atticus Finch in the world. #13. Do you cook, and if so what do you make best? *Dailey, and mostly vegetarian, I do make some mean cream puffs. A crazy little gal from Mississippi once said they were better than sex. #14. What qualities do you look for in a woman or man? *Honesty is most important and the capacity to see humor in the most trivial things. #15. What do you think makes a DUDE cool, stylish, or masculine? *Thats tough because I don't think of myself as cool or stylish, so I don't have a clue I would guess individuality. Aren't standard poodles masculine??