ask me (almost) anything.

This week is crazy-busy for me, so my daily updates have suffered a bit.  Alas, Real Life(tm) comes first, and all that, so updates will be a bit on the slim side until I have finished my work.

In the meantime, I’m going to steal a page out of Jay’s playbook, and give you (all six or seven of you!) the opportunity to shape the content here at The Munchkin Wrangler for a post or two.  I’m opening the floor to questions, and you can Ask Me (Almost) Anything!

Here’s your chance to finally get the answer to some of the burning questions you may have.  Post them in the Comments, or email them to me at marko dot kloos at gmail dot com.  I’ll answer some or all of them in a separate blog post.  I reserve the right to not answer questions, of course—I don’t have a problem answering the old “Boxers or Briefs?” question, for example, but I won’t share my kids’ Social Security numbers.  (The answer is “neither”, by the way—I’m a boxer briefs kind of guy.  Best of both worlds.)

Anyway, fire away, because I’ll look like a total chump when the only question in the Comments section turns out to be “Wanna buy some cheep VI4GR4 & CIALI$?”  (Try to keep it to questions that can be answered in a paragraph or two, rather than putting in requests/prompts for 1,000-word blog posts, please.)

45 thoughts on “ask me (almost) anything.

  1. Borepatch says:

    Wanna buy some cheep VI4GR4 & CIALI$?
    😉

    How about what got you to want to pick up and move from Germany to New Hampshire? Ted Morgan in his book On Becoming American wrote that all Americans are either revolutionaries, or are descended from revolutionaries.

    I’d be very interested indeed in your revolutionary thoughts. It’s terribly nosy of me, but you did ask. 😉

  2. Adam says:

    How did you know you wanted kids – and did you know for sure?

  3. aczarnowski says:

    Maybe you answered this one long ago, but when did you want to become a writer? Was there any single event that made that direction obvious?

  4. Chang says:

    Why New Hampshire?

    • john says:

      Bits from the net, in no particular order:

      1. http://www.nh.gov/constitution/constitution.html
      http://www.nh.gov/constitution/billofrights.html

      [Art.] 2. [Natural Rights.] All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights – among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this state on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin.

      June 2, 1784

      Amended 1974 adding sentence to prohibit discrimination.

      [Art.] 2-a. [The Bearing of Arms.] All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.

      December 1, 1982

      [Art.] 10. [Right of Revolution.] Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not for the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind.

      June 2, 1784

      2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_State_Project
      Marko, what is your view on this group?

      3. It was one of the thirteen colonies, so you have the BSG connection.

      4. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:New_Hampshire: The state license plates boast the famous state motto: “Live free or die.” One state nickname is “The Granite State”, in reference both to its geology and to its tradition of self-sufficiency.

      The state has no sales tax, no personal income tax and advocates a frugal budget, thereby attracting commuters, light industry, specialty horticulture, retail customers and service firms from other jurisdictions with higher tax policies, notably from neighboring states. New Hampshire has some of the nation’s highest property taxes, but ranks one of the lowest states in combined average state and local tax burden.

      Well, that’s the www, I expect a very eloquent and succinct piece of reasoning from the man on the ground.
      Why would anyone NOT want to live there?

  5. kneil says:

    It probably calls for a full blog post, but I’d like to hear about how & why you became a stay at home dad.

  6. Robert says:

    I have some cash sitting here that is either going into a savings account, or for simple shits and giggles a .458 SOCOM upper. What option should I take?

  7. RevolverRob says:

    Perhaps it’s been posted before, but, “How and why, you became interested in shooting, owning, and carrying firearms.” A synopsis will suffice.

    I also, would like to hear Marko’s real thoughts on quality autoloaders. While I know you, like me, are a wheel gun guy at heart, I occasionally find myself playing with the bottom feeders. I’m curious as to what you think some of the most “underrated” autoloaders are of all time, as well.

    There, that’s about 6 or 7 questions.

    -Rob

  8. Jay says:

    How about something about the very real danger of Lychantropic Whales? What caliber of silver harpoon would you recommend? Should/could the silver be alloyed to increase it’s strength or grant it some other metallurgical benefit. Cold Iron maybe? In case of Fae Lychantropic Whales.

  9. T.Stahl says:

    Hallo Marko!
    Denkst Du noch auf deutsch or has your mind swapped to English? Falls letzteres, when did it start?
    Mir passiert es manchmal that I have an English dream, in dem ich auf English denke und spreche.

  10. J T Bolt says:

    How goes that pile of books you had queued up for when you finished writing the book? Have you started in on them? How bout a book review if you have.

  11. ChrisB says:

    Ok, Marko, although this is for you anyone may feel free to jump in.

    After being supremely impressed with Maj. Caudill’s intelligence, but being unable to locate him, Kang and Kodos decide to settle and strike a deal with you, Marko. After listening to Reagan’s speeches they decided that the USSR should have been destroyed in WWII, and they seek to correct that.

    They decide to bring you back to 1936, and convince Hitler to give you complete power to prepare Germany for and run the war. You can take all your current knowledge back with you and have everything at your disposal, but Kang & Kodos warn you that if you fail they will simply destroy the planet.

    Ok, what would you do to destroy the USSR?

  12. what is (your synopsis of) the purpose of life?

    jtc

  13. aczarnowski says:

    Can’t… Resist…

    what is (your synopsis of) the purpose of life?

    42

    • “42”

      that might well be the “answer to the meaning of”, but i asked for “synopsis of the purpose of”…

      a whole different question, and probably a way different number. mw?

  14. Regolith says:

    What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

  15. Lissa says:

    What cultural differences hit you the most when you came to the States?
    Any that still do? Which have faded?
    What about if/when you go back to Germany? What is the absolute best of German cuisine, and can I make it at home?
    And what’s the best drink to go with such cuisine?

    • ATLien says:

      “And what’s the best drink to go with such cuisine?”

      c’mon now. you should know this.

  16. Leadhead says:

    What happened with you becoming a teacher?
    What do you like the best (excluding your wife and kids)
    about America and what do you like the least?
    Ditto for Germany plus what do you miss the most from
    Germany (excluding family and friends)?

  17. Shootin' Buddy says:

    Which gun for bear?

  18. mike says:

    double tap or controlled pair?

  19. Louise Townsend says:

    well this certainly did generate a good supply of reply……….

    I have 2 questions if I may be so bold.

    1. How did you and Robin meet?

    2. What did make you decide to go from big bucks IT guy to a stay at home Dad and write.

  20. Tam says:

    What’s a good gun for a woman?

  21. Al T. says:

    Tam I’m willing to trade a decent handgun or two for a woman (send pic first). 🙂

    Seriously, I’d like to know “how” you write. Outline first or just go with the flow?

  22. Jay G. says:

    I cannot believe we’ve gotten over two dozen responses in and no one’s asked the obligatory:

    “9mm or .45 ACP?”

    Heh.

  23. Sennin says:

    Hokay, you asked for it … If a chicken-and-a-half lays an egg-and-a-half in a day-and-a-half, how long will it take a grasshopper with a wooden leg to kick the seeds out of a dill pickle?

    or …

    What’s the difference between a duck?🙂

  24. dave says:

    What’s the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

  25. Louise beat me to it, I was also going to ask how you and Robin met.

    And T.Stahl’s question made me giggle. When I have friends visiting from Germany, after a few days of speaking German, I find myself thinking in German again. And dreaming in German, too.

  26. MarkHB says:

    When the hell are you getting DSL so I can frag your ass at TF2?😉

  27. The Other Jay says:

    I will because I can?

    I can because I will?

  28. Robert says:

    A second question.

    In the spirit of Regolith and Senin…

    You are in a small room, with a table, a door, and a window. There are bars over the window, and the wallas are painted blue. You do not know where the door leads. On the table is a sea shell, three one dollar bills, a tooth pick, and an unlit candle. It is dark outside, and if you venture into the dark you will be eaten by a grue.

    What do you do?

    On a more serious note, when someone speaks to you in English, as I assume you are a native German speaker, do you mentally translate it into German?

    And my thrid (well, fourth) question, do you have an awesome German accent?

  29. militant_marmot says:

    Is there anything in particular you miss about Germany? Definitely don’t miss?

    How much of the U.S. have you seen/visited?

  30. Leadhead says:

    For someone who is thinking about buying his (or hers)
    first gun (just for fun more then anything else) what would
    you recommend and why? Also, which ones should I
    avoid?
    Thanks.

  31. Rich says:

    I have a S&W 13-1 in Nickle finish with over-sized Rosewood grips. I am the original owner and for the signature cylinder timing mark the gun is perfect and in all these years rarely fired and well maintained.

    What price could I expect to sell it for privately and also expect as a trade in.

  32. Rich says:

    I have an old beretta model 1934 in VG shape. 7 shot clip (visable slit w/spring). All prof marks are there also the Roman Numerals XXII. What is this Pistol worth both private and as a trade in.

  33. Rich says:

    I have a Sig-Sauer model P-228. It is two tone with night sights (front and rear). 2-10 shot and 1-13 shot clips. It is NIB, NBF and all original. I have all the original paperwork, case, locks and lubricant. What would this pistol be worth both private and as a trade in.

  34. Sennin says:

    If E=MC^2, what is the value of E, expressed in British Thermal Units, when M is 300 standard bags of Portland Cement and C is expressed in furlongs per fortnight?

    Remember, you did this yourself without the excuse of an Improbability Drive!🙂

  35. rgwb92 says:

    Would you watch this movie?

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