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Written by: Communicator StaffJuly 24, 2014

Here are some of the FiFW highlights! Here are a select few of some of the great interviews we have collected over the summer, check out the rest and stay tuned for more great interviews to come!



“My grand-kids run this truck. They are fixing my supper right now.”
[Communicator] “How do you like being a Grandpa?”
“Oh, it’s the greatest thing there is next to having a child of your own. Yeah I was a barber here for 40 years…”
“Do you still do that?”
“No I’m retired… great people. There were some great people.”
“What’s the best part about being retired?”
“Well, being able to travel, sleep in, I went on a nature hike today with granddaughter and that was nice…”
“What’s the hardest part about being retired?”
“Well, I lost my wife about a year an a half ago so that’s kind of hard, but the hardest part is not overeating. Yeah, it gets a little lonely, but I have a lot of good friends…”
“What do you do to not be lonely?”
“I go to my daughters every Sunday night and I have a few friends I socialize with.. and I have a group I kayak with on Tuesday and Thursday’s…I’m pretty active.”
“How old are you? If you don’t mind me asking.”
“You don’t look 80.”
“Well, I don’t feel 80!”



[Communicator] “Are you in school?”


“Nah, screw school I left school in third grade when my teacher told me I was too retarded to read. I was homeschooled until sixth when my parents stopped because the homeschooling was coming in between our emotional bond. So, they figured that it was better to unschool and keep the connection than continue homeschooling and lose all love… and then for five years later I went to college… one semester of theater but I told everyone my major was bowling and my minor was loitering.”


(Communicator) “How long have you been here?”
(far left) “All my life, except last summer I went to California.”
“Why did you go to California?”
“’Cos I’m homeless…”
“Are you still?”
“Yeah I’ve been homeless since I was fourteen.”
“Where do you stay?”
“Outside. I just walk everywhere.”
“Where do you sleep?”
Sometimes my friends house and, like, try to couch surf.”
“How old are you?”
“Nineteen…so I’ve been homeless for, like, five-and-a-half years now.”
“Where is your family?”
“I have no idea. I haven’t seen my mom or dad since I was fourteen. They dipped out…I was thinking about going to Ivy Tech for General Studies and then transferring out later…but I don’t have an address, or a house, or a car.”


“…I am the first straight-legged h***** midget in the world to call Satan’s bluff…. Satan’s a bitch…. Cheatin’ death since August 2, 2007… Satan’s worst nightmare…


[Communicator] So are you uh? You’re uh? Uh?—


“I ain’t affiliate to no m***** f***** church….. church is the one f**** the shit up. I am a First Century Christian… Christ saved my life with my heart out of my chest.”




[Communicator] “How did he save your life?”



“Well, I didn’t have no f***** operation. I got hurt my an ambulance driver. They took me to hospital,  x-rayed me twice, told me that there wasn’t nothin’ wrong with me and sent me home to die. The didn’t count of Jesus Christ to keep me alive. Christ let me know that he loved me 11-11-98 – [looks up] Ain’t that right brother Jesus? — I was an Atheist 42 years, broken hearted that I had turned my back on him all that time, So I went to church, I listened to all their bull****, thought you had to be good for Christ love you. I got a divorce. Well first of all when I went to church they gave me that bulls*** about the trendy theology about Christ being God himself. I knew there was something wrong. I prayed to Jesus Christ to give me the idea of what to do. I went to the library and it led me right to the answer….. I call Satan it, not him. It ain’t nothing but the world’s first prison b****, a full retard….All our Father in heaven ever needed was one straight-legged h***** midget lookin’ like a shaved monkey to call his bluff.


[Communicator] “Why is higher education important?”

“I think it’s important because you learn so much about students in general and why they are pursuing a specific type of academia. I think the only thing it does is better you as a person– become more well rounded and benefits you in the long run.”

[Communicator] “What’s been the biggest struggle for you as a student?”
For me, as a student, the biggest struggle– It might be a little support system and encouragement. I feel like sometimes that’s something students lack and depending on what type of student you are you might feel that you’re alone, but you  really not alone, but there’s actually people out there that actually care for you, but you just haven’t had that person come to talk to you.”

[Communicator] “Have you had that person in your life?”

“Every now and then I have. Every now and then I have had someone who just kept me motivated and wanted me to stay focused and never give up on it, but you do run into those times where it just is getting difficult, becomes challenging and you just keep focusing on why you’re here and how it’s going to benefit you in the long run.”



“I’m a semi-driver… “

[Communicator] What is the best part of being a semi-driver?

“See a lot of people, a lot of places…Well, it’s a little freer lifestyle. You don’t have a 9-5…no boss, nothing. It gives you something to do, you go do it and then you’re done…”

[Communicator] “What do you do to pass the time while you drive long distances?”

“I never really thought about it, actually…. I feel like a tourist a lot of times rubberneckin’ out the window.. I do a lot of listening to music… other than when you’re driving it’s more of a distraction– you gotta watch out for people like you guys! People with cars [laughs].”

[Communicator] “What were you doing before?”

“Well, I’ve done construction, build house. I’ve, uh, 16-and-a-half years in the service. I don’t know. I guess roaming around freely my whole life.”

[Communicator] “Do you have any family?”

“Well, they’re all grown now so I really don’t have anything keeping me in one place or tied to one place.”

[Communicator] “Do you prefer that?”

“Well, I’m sure I’ll stop roaming around, but for now it’s okay. I’m good.”

[After interview asks for a card with the link to the website. I apologize for it being a bit worn and wrinkly from sitting in my purse to which he, with a  laugh, responds “Well, so is life.”]



Writing by Logan Hursh

Photography by Dustin Keeslar and Sean Oleary