[i]On a side note, my internship site is full of Vikings fans (WOMEN Vikes fans at that) - so I'm in the process of trying to set up a road trip here in the winter so we can catch a game.... so yes, you may end up seeing me there this year after all!
Current City: Baton Rouge, LA Omaha, NE
About to do my internship for Clinical PsychologyDoing my internship in Clinical Psychology, currently in the Pediatric Psychology unit of the Munroe-Meyer Institute at The University of Nebraska Medical Center; next rotation is the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
1) How did you choose your screen name? I was always called Thor once high school rolled around, even more so in collegeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ BUT itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fairly common for screen names.
During my first couple of years of college I got into car audio competitionsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ SPL was short for Ã¢â‚¬Å“sound pressure levelÃ¢â‚¬Â.
I added that and had a username that NOBODY else hadÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ plus itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fun to explain that I have, in fact, broken two windshields with a stereo.
2) ThorSPL, could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family?
I grew up in SpamtownÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Not a lot going on there, 25,000 legals, about 3,000 or so illegals from what I can gather.
When I was 8, my older brother died in an accident (he was 10), so I essentially grew up an only child.
My more distant family (aunts, uncles, cousins) were all in Luverne, MN or up on the Iron Range, where I would spend as much time as I could in the summers.
I actually almost moved up there to play hockey for Greenway, but couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t leave my familyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
Then my Junior year of high school I was put head first into the boards with a crosscheck with 2 seconds left in the period on a deliberate goon shot to get me out of the gameÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I broke two vertebrae and have one compressed still.
My dad has his MasterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degree in social work administration and my mother is an LPN.
When I was 16 the company my dad worked for was bought out (it was Woodvale, then it was REM, and has been bought out since), things went downhill fast, and he ended up starting his own company to compete with them.
I set up all of their computers and ended up being trained in to work with clients Ã¢â‚¬Å“just in caseÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ most of our clients have developmental disabilities or mental illnesses of some sort.
3) What type of student where you in High School? Did you play in any sports or where you involved with any school clubs and such? LetÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s seeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Hockey, Football, Tennis, and Tae Kwon Do were my sportsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ clubs, I guess I was in National Honors Society.
I went to the meeting
when they inducted me; that was it.
My grades were always really good, I think I had a 3.9 until I got my driverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s license.
After that, I probably had a 3.7Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ I think I ended with a 3.7 or 3.8, but by my Junior year of high school I was taking classes at the local community college to avoid the new attendance policy at the high schoolÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ plus I found out I could go to classes 2-3 days per week rather than 5.
It all made senseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and I got college credits!
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d say that growing up, I probably didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t fit inÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ got too good of grades to fit in too well with the sports crew (jocks)Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ my friends actually smoked a LOT of pot but I never didÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ hell I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even smoke cigarettesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ that always blew people away since I think I had the Ã¢â‚¬Å“good kidÃ¢â‚¬Â persona going on.
You know, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d go out on the weekends and drink with the best of them, but the only people who I was out with were close friends so I was safeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
I also had some friends who were into car stereos (see above), and my old Blazer was kind of a local legendÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ but I learned a hell of a lot about electronics and it was a blastÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
4) What did you do after High School? I had signed up for classes at the University of Minnesota (TC) but the size of the school was a bit more than I likedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. When I scheduled a second Ã¢â‚¬Å“privateÃ¢â‚¬Â tour and they put me on the SAME tour again, I was really REALLY annoyedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ they talked about Ã¢â‚¬Å“personalized educationÃ¢â‚¬Â or whateverÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Well on the tour, my mom and I walked by our car; I got in and told her we were leaving.
I signed up for classes in Mankato (MSU-M) because IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d always had a great time partying there with friends and I knew a friend thereÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ the rest, they say, is historyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Met my fiancÃƒÂ© right before I left.
We can call her my wife now!
5)What was your first job? Gas-station attendantÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ followed by GodfatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Pizza.
6) When did you decide to be such a dedicated fan of the Minnesota Vikings? I grew up with the VikingsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. Every Sunday I would go with my dad to watch the game with some family friendsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think I became AS dedicated as I am until I moved to LouisianaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ it was a part of home that I really missedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
7) Could you tell us one of your favorite memories that has to do with the Vikings or one of its past or present players, coaches, etc.
The Vikings came to my town and I was able to meet and do autographs with Joey Browner and Scott StudwellÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
However, my dad has a better story.
He knew some people in Mankato and this was when they did their training camps thereÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
He was actually sitting at the bar stool talking to Studwell when the guy next to him just fell off his barstool and was passed out by the time he hit the floor.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Hey, meet our new quarterbackÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.Ã¢â‚¬Â It was Tommy Kramer.
8}How did you come to find PP.O and what attracted you most to the site?
I was searching for some Vikings newsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.I found PPO, I lurked for a LONG time, and here I amÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
9) What other sports teams do you follow? The Wild, the Gophers hockey and football teams, Twins.. LSU Tigers, Mankato hockey
10) When youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not on PPO what could you likely be found doing with your spare time?
I play a lot of video gamesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a WoW dork actually, I used to play a lot of CounterstrikeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ but I also love my sports gamesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ Madden, NCAA, and Hockey games.
11) Do you say a special prayer before Vikings games? Nope, canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say I do.
12)Where do you watch Vikings games?
After one year of watching it at the local Hooters, I did the math and got Sunday TicketÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
I now watch every game on my 125Ã¢â‚¬Â screen with a HD projector. BEST investment ever.
13)What is your worst fear?
That something will happen to my family.
About 5 years ago we were involved in a head-on car accident (we were doing 70, they were doing 80)Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ somehow my parents and I livedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
14) What type of hobbies do you enjoy?
Computer games, card games, playing some hockey or football, having a beer with my friendsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
15) WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s your favorite food?
16) Where are some of the places youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been, and where are some of your favorites.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve gone to the Caribbean twice on cruisesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. St. Thomas is probably my favorite place.
Otherwise IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve hopped across over the Mexican border a few times for fun.
As far as in the states goes, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been to MANY statesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ I liked Colorado a lot.
17) What is one thing you've always wanted to do, but haven't done yet in your lifetime?
I want to leave this continent, go see EuropeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
But also to have a family of my own once Ashley finishes medical school
18)If you could live anywhere where would it be? MinnesotaÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve spent the last 4 years trying to get backÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and I will be there in a year.
And Omaha is a HELL of a lot closer to home!
19) Do you believe the Vikings will have their big day someday? When they do win the Super Bowl, what will be the first thing you think you will do?
YesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ and I will be most likely throwing out a muscle in my back or breaking
20) Up to this date, what is one of your favorite PPO memories? I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t made it to a tailgate yet, so that hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t happenedÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ but IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d just have to go with making some new friends on here who share my passion for the Vikings.