Friday, March 02, 2012

CatchCon: Questions, Answers, Info

UPDATE: There is no CatchCon 2012.

I'll admit, sometimes it is about the answers.  This blog has been all about life's big questions for years, but sometimes I just want answers.  When it comes to CatchCon 2012 (and beyond) and my favorite captains and crew from Deadliest Catch, I would definitely like some answers.

At this time, no date has been set for CatchCon 2012.  For the uninformed, CatchCon is a sort of convention for Deadliest Catch fans.  It has previously been in Seattle, Washington, generally in the spring after the end of Opilio (snow) crab season.  I haven't attended a "con" for anything, but I was considering trying to get tickets last year.  This year, The Man has business trips in Seattle almost monthly, so there's a very good chance I could go up with him again.  Also, CatchCon tickets were free in years past on a first-come-first-served basis.  Discovery hasn't released any information, so I don't know if there will even be another CatchCon.

That said, it doesn't stop me from thinking of all of the questions I could ask during the Q&A session with the captains and crew.  If you have questions that you would like asked at the next CatchCon, comment below.  I'll moderate them into my own questions giving you credit where it's due.  Hopefully someone that attends will ask your question!

If you know that a specific captain or crew member has answered one of these questions in the past, please comment with a link to a video, transcript, or tweet so that we can all share in the truth.  (Basically, links or it didn't happen.)

And if you are a captain or crew member, HI! Please answer these questions for me/us.  You can tweet answers to @jaggy732 from your official account so that we know you are who you say you are.

Lastly, one request: I may not make it to CatchCon this year or ever.  To those that do have the privilege of attending and asking questions, please don't ask these men personal questions.  Nobody needs to know who wears boxers or briefs, who was addicted to what, or anything about these guys' kids (and so on).  The show may have made them celebrities, but the lives we see on TV are their real lives that they have to continue living in.  If they volunteer that information, fine, but there's no need to be intimate.

Now on to the questions, or, in the words of Capt. Sig, "Shut up and fish!"
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  • What would you have for your last meal before your execution?
  • What is your favorite curse word?  I think this may have been answered by a few of the captains on The Captains Tour, but I can't find any links.  Help?  (Also, if someone could just watch all seven seasons of Deadliest Catch and do a swearing tally, we might be able to answer it for ourselves.  It might go something like, "horns, 374; radio static, 198; door banging, 4,529.")
  • What is your favorite word?
  • What is your least favorite word?
  • What (other than women) turns you on?
  • What turns you off?
  • What sound or noise do you love?
  • What sound or noise do you hate?
  • If Heaven exists, what would you like God to say to you when you reach the pearly gates?
  • We learned in an episode of After the Catch that Capt. Phil had beautiful handwriting.  How would you rate your own handwriting?
  • What is the worst or most interesting rumor you've heard about yourself?
  • How often do you do laundry when you're on the boat?  And do you sort your colors?
  • If you could build your ultimate hamburger/cheeseburger from the bun up, what would you put on it?
  • What is your middle name?
  • Deadliest Catch fans know that the #1 thing to avoid in the Bering Sea is the sea itself.  Assuming you are in warmer water that isn't going all "washing machine," are you a good swimmer?  We know that Capt. Sig is not a swimmer from After the Catch: Low Tide.  Edgar remarked that Sig has a pool at home and doesn't even know how to use it.  The jury is still out about Edgar.
  • As a child, what was your favorite cartoon or comic series/strip?
  • Forget favorites, what makes the list of food you just won't eat?
  • Do you play any musical instruments?  We know Capt. Andy plays the guitar from The Captain's Tour.
  • What are some of the nicknames you've been given through your life?  Capt. Phil referred to his sons, Josh and Jake, as "Ding" and "Dong" several times.  Capt. Bill Wichrowski goes as "Wild Bill."
  • What sorts of first aid training do you go through as a captain or crew member on a crab boat?  Is it voluntary or required?  How big is the first aid kit on the boat, and does it contain a greater number of any specific item or anything specific to life on the boat that doesn't apply to life on land?
  • Why do the sodium lights on a crab boat appear to flash or cycle on screen?  Are the lights actually cycling or dimming, or is that just a camera trick/flaw?

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