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#1 Posted : Wednesday, January 14, 2009 5:54:54 PM(UTC)
Normally this would be the place where the interview would reside...

For now.. we will have to make due with this.. the interview is one its way.



Nonstop.. replace this silly post when you get the interview complete.. ;)
#2 Posted : Wednesday, January 14, 2009 6:55:14 PM(UTC)
Because that cartoon made me laugh so hard, I am going to exert my moderatorial discretion and leave it in the place of honor. My interview follows. :D
#3 Posted : Wednesday, January 14, 2009 7:56:30 PM(UTC)
PackersHome name: Nonstopdrivel
Real name (first only): Rourke (I'm the only known American with this first name, so in reality, providing just my first name affords little actual privacy)
Age: 27
Current City: La Crosse, Wisconsin
Hometown: Born in Brookings, SD, but moved to La Crosse at 3 months of age
Occupation: Full-time student, part-time soldier and tutor

1) How did you choose your screen name?

I get this question a lot, and I can understand why. "Nonstop drivel" has unsavory connotations, and would seem to undermine my credibility, if not seem downright trollish, would it not? Well, it actually has an interesting back story.

Back in 1999, my freshman year of college(!), I was infatuated with a tall, rather beautiful classmate of mine, though I refused to admit it even to myself. At that time, I still lived with my parents, so they would pick me up from school every evening. One night, I found myself with little to do and a lot of spare time on my hands, so I ended up writing an email to this girl . . . then another . . . and yet another . . . until I had sent off something like five emails to the same girl in the space of less than an hour. In one of the emails, I said something like, "Rest assured, I don't have a crush on you" (ha!). Anyway, I signed the last the last email "Rourke ("Nonstop Drivel") Decker" as a self-deprecating joke.

A few days later, she mentioned that chatting on Yahoo! was really fun, and that I should really try it out. Vain as I was then of the infinitesimally small trace of American Indian blood running through my veins, I wanted to call myself "SittingBull," but of course, that screen name had probably been taken years before. So I tried a couple of other combinations, all of which were also in use, at which point she suggested I try the nickname I had given myself the other day in my email to her. I typed in "nonstopdrivel," and sure enough, it was available. I was delighted.

In the years since, I've used "nonstopdrivel" at scores, if not hundreds, of websites, and to my endless astonishment, not once has it ever been taken (except by me, those few times I'd forgotten that I had already subscribed to a site).

So, since "nonstopdrivel" has been my alterego for the better part of a decade, it was only natural I used it when I stumbled upon PackersHome.com.

2) Could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family?

I grew up on the south side of La Crosse, WI, a small town of 51,000 on the Mississippi River, bordering Minnesota. I was the oldest of 10 kids (4 boys, 6 girls) born to a die-hard Lutheran couple. I attended private schools until second grade, from which point I was homeschooled through high school. My father is a mechanical engineer; my mother has a Masters of Education in counseling but has been home with the kids for many years. She also currently serves on City Council.

3) Did you play in any sports or where you involved with any High School clubs and such?

Because we didn't have access to school sports, we participated in non-scholastic track meets, cross-country races, and road races.

4) What is your fondest memory of your teenage years?

My teenage years are all a blur now, but the one that sticks out in my memory was being the keynote speaker at a fundraising dinner during a state convention of the Constitution Party of Wisconsin and being warmly applauded afterward. I also presented an address at a statewide homeschool graduation ceremony and had the audience rolling in the aisles with laughter.

5) What was your first job?

My first job out of high school was as an emergency room admissions clerk at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. I became an EMT-B in the spring of 2002. I enlisted as a medic in the United States Army my junior year of college (2002), did a couple of tours in Iraq, got off active duty in May 2007, and have been a full-time returning student since. I currently serve as the Returning Adult Students Organization (RASO) Student Senator for my university.

6) What lead to your dedicated following of the Packers?

My reasons for following the Packers were largely fortuitous. I was raised without television, so I didn't have a chance to follow the Packers through childhood. I do remember my father taking me to Rocky Rococo's to watch the NFC Championship the year the Packers lost to the 49ers (1995?). The following year, my brother and I were home alone one afternoon, and we turned on the radio and happened to catch the NFC Championship game between the Packers and the Panthers. It was Jim Irwin who captured my imagination. I remember him mentioning how Reggie White was on the sidelines in tears after their victory, and from that point on, I was hooked. My parents let us watch the Super Bowl in a motel room, and we got to see the thrilling victory.

From that point on, I followed the Packers surreptitiously, taking the radio down to my basement bedroom on gameday and listening with the volume barely perceptible -- always afraid I was about to get caught. We ended up listening to the Super Bowl against the Broncos on the radio in the car; for whatever reason, our parents didn't take us to a hotel that year.

Given the way I discovered the Packers, perhaps it's only natural that I now watch most of the games online instead of on TV.

7) Could you tell us one of your favorite memories of the Packers?

Without question, it's Super Bowl XXXI. Favre running in the quarterback sneak for a touchdown . . . Desmond Howard's 99-yard return for a touchdown . . . Favre running down the field, helmet in hand, after tossing a touchdown pass to Andre Rison . . . Reggie White pumping his fist in triumph after setting the Super Bowl record for sacks . . . and of course Jim Irwin's emotional "And the Lombardi Trophy is coming home to Green Bay!" . . . all are etched forever in my memory.

As I said before, it was Jim Irwin (and to a lesser extent, Max McGee) who captured my youthful imagination. Without him, I don't know if I would have latched onto the Packers as I did. So I remember his retirement speech vividly. It choked me up; I felt as though I were losing a best friend. Thankfully, Wayne Larrivee has stepped in and performed an admirable job; they couldn't have picked a better successor, in my opinion.

8) How did you find the PackersHome and what keeps you active on the site?

I was watching a Packers game on another Justin.tv feed last September, and it kept locking up because too many viewers were choking the bandwidth. Some wag came into the feed chat room and mentioned the PackersHome feed, even handing out the access code. I tried it out and got hooked.

I continue to post here because it's far and away the most open-minded, articulate Packers forum I've discovered so far. I was disillusioned with PackersNews.com, which is overrun with trolls and demagogues. This site is a breath of fresh air.

Being promoted to Moderator hasn't dampened my enthusiasm either. (Thanks, Zero2Cool.) :D

9) What other sports teams do you follow?

Honestly, I'd have to say I'm only truly a fan of the Green Bay Packers. I don't follow any sports besides the NFL with much interest. But as HoustonMatt pointed out in his interview, the primary legitimate reason for being a fan is geographical, so I do listen to Bucks and Brewers games when I happen to catch their games on the radio, but I'm rather apathetic overall, since they've mostly sucked for decades. I also owe my allegiance to the Badgers, but mostly to hate on them for their seemingly inevitable late-season collapses.

10) When youre not on PackersHome what could you likely be found doing with your spare time?

Reading. Studying (ha, as if!). Spending, ah, quality time with my wife. Playing with my twin sons. Watching sports. Entertaining friends. Perusing the internet.

11) If you could have one moment being part of the Packer organization, what would it be?

I would love to return a Super Bowl kickoff for a touchdown.

12) How many trips have you made to Lambeau?

My brother once won a trip to the Don Hutson Training Center for some kick-punt-pass clinic, but I never made it inside Lambeau Field itself. I almost bought some tickets to the Lions game this year; unfortunately, the scheduling gods intervened. I hope some day to see it!

13) What is your worst fear?

Prison, without question. Incarceration has always been a deep-rooted paranoia of mine, but it was only reinforced by serving as a prison medic over in Iraq for nearly 18 months. Even worse, I was stuck for a year working Iso, where I saw how easily mental collapses ensue during solitary confinement. I came away with admiration for the prisoners who were able to maintain their sense of peace during confinement; I don't think I could do it. If I knew for sure I was about to be sent to prison, I'm convinced I would off myself.

14) What type of hobbies do you enjoy?

Reading, writing, weightlifting, competitive sports, flirting with girls, wine and beer tastings (I've become something of a connoisseur).

15) What's your favorite food?

My wife is weary of me clamoring for pizza -- even more so that we now have 2 two-year-olds who are even more fanatical about it than I am. I'm a big fan of Italian food in general, though.

16) Where are some of the places you've been, and where are some of your favorites?

Coming from a family of 10 kids, I didn't get to travel as much as a lot of other young people. I've seen most of the states in some small measure, however. I spent my childhood and teenage years hating winter and wanting to live somewhere warm. Then I lived for a few years in North Carolina while stationed at Fort Bragg -- and hated it more than I could possibly have imagined. Here's the thing about places with no cold winter: it's almost impossible to control the bugs. So I'm back in Wisconsin, at least until I graduate.

Until I joined the army, I'd never been outside the United States. Sine then, I've seen a good chunk of Iraq and Kuwait; visited Qatar a couple of times. I've seen airports in Iceland, Ireland, Romania, and Germany en route to or from the sand box, but that's it. "Join the army -- see the world"? Don't believe a word of it.

17) What is one thing you've always wanted to do, but haven't done yet in your lifetime?

Go to Lambeau. Finish my screenplay.

18) If you could live anywhere where would it be?

At the moment, I'm leaning toward Chicago. I have friends there, and the girls are amazing. On the other hand, Houston, where my best friend lives, has a great medical infrastructure and low cost of living; she's always trying to persuade me to relocate. We'll see.

I'm not the kind of person who develops emotional roots in any one place. My dream is to have enough money that I can go wherever I want on a temporary basis, while always having a place to come home to and regroup. Where that place would be isn't terribly important to me.

19) Name your favorite 5 Packers all time and explain the reason for one of them.

Brett Favre - hooked me on the Packers with his swashbuckling swagger and derringdo
Reggie White - likewise; his performance in Super Bowl XXXI was one for the ages
Greg Jennings
Donald Driver
Aaron Rodgers - the future of this organization

20) Up to now, what is your favorite PackersHome memory or feature?

I would have to say it's the conversation I had with Zero2Cool in which he asked me to serve as Moderator. ;)

21) PM and post the next person to be interviewed.

I would say fellow Moderator dfosterf, but he's so popular that someone is bound to pick him anyway, so I'm going to go with all_about_da_packers, who is one of the most insightful, reasoned, articulate posters on this site. I love reading his stuff, even when I disagree with him.

Thanks for the nomination, HoustonMatt. This was a lot of fun!
#4 Posted : Wednesday, January 14, 2009 8:11:42 PM(UTC)
Excellent read.. glad to know a little more about you.

My Aunt and Uncle lived in La Crescent, right across the river, I spent 2 to 3 weeks in the summer there every year. Living on a farm, that was my vacation so I know the area well.. finished school at UWL.

Spent many a summer day on the A dock of the Pettibone Boat club fishing.. when I got about 14.. they started to let me take the fishing boat out.. nothing like a week worth of fishing on the Mississip.. got so good at filleting fish that I would take a cooler, fillet them on the side of the boat and kick the remainder back over for the catfish and other scavengers..

That is some of the prettiest country in the states.. the bluffs.
#5 Posted : Wednesday, January 14, 2009 8:19:39 PM(UTC)
great read, rourke.

i found it hysterical that you consider a town of 51,000 people to be...small! i'm from a town of 200 - THAT'S small, my friend.

as far as the twin boys go, wait til they turn 3!! mine skipped thru the terrible 2's without a scratch - i thought i was home free - NOT!!

great stories - found it very interesting that you were brought up without television. do you feel you "missed out" on anything as a result or were your horizons & there by, your imagination expanded more without the idiot box?

thanks again for sharing a lil more of yourself with us! :D
#6 Posted : Wednesday, January 14, 2009 8:21:22 PM(UTC)
BTW... have you ever picked Morel Mushrooms?

If so, we might have crossed paths if you sold them at Hill's Morel Mushrooms in La Crescent.. learned much about business in the springs working for my Aunt and Uncle.
#7 Posted : Wednesday, January 14, 2009 8:21:27 PM(UTC)
Great read, Nonstop. I love how much effort you put into it.

Awesome to get to know you a little better, great writing. ^^
#8 Posted : Wednesday, January 14, 2009 8:22:45 PM(UTC)
Thanks, guys. I had fun writing it. But sheesh, it needed some serious editing. I can't believe how many typos I just found!
#9 Posted : Wednesday, January 14, 2009 11:14:24 PM(UTC)
Very interesting. Thanks for being so elaborate. More detail always makes for a better read than one word answers.

Were you're parents by chance Ayn Rand fans? Rourke is the name of the protagonist in her popular novel The Fountainhead. Curious if there's any connection there.

And your friend's right, there's a lot of good things about Houston, but if you can't handle the heat and humidity it becomes a moot point.
#10 Posted : Friday, January 16, 2009 9:53:40 PM(UTC)
Great read!
But HEY.......you like flirting with girls, and you want to move to Chicago, because "the girls are amazing"........arn't you married????

I think your wife might not appreciate that!!! LOLOLOL!!!
#11 Posted : Friday, January 16, 2009 10:10:04 PM(UTC)
" said: Go to Quoted Post
Great read!
But HEY.......you like flirting with girls, and you want to move to Chicago, because "the girls are amazing"........arn't you married????

I think your wife might not appreciate that!!! LOLOLOL!!!

you havent read ALL his posts?

He explains that
#12 Posted : Saturday, January 17, 2009 1:19:03 AM(UTC)
" said: Go to Quoted Post
" said: Go to Quoted Post
Great read!
But HEY.......you like flirting with girls, and you want to move to Chicago, because "the girls are amazing"........arn't you married????

I think your wife might not appreciate that!!! LOLOLOL!!!

you havent read ALL his posts?

He explains that

I don't remember anything......i must have missed something.
No surprise.....i'm not actually all together.
#13 Posted : Saturday, January 17, 2009 2:23:45 AM(UTC)
Apparently, the template HoustonMatt and I were using was corrupt, because it had question 20 as "Up to now, what is your favorite Packers memory?" I see in LadyDugan's questionnaire that it was "Up to now, what is your favorite PackersHome memory or feature?" Because it was virtually the same as another question, I omitted it. I have updated my interview to reflect the new version of the question accordingly.
#14 Posted : Tuesday, January 20, 2009 10:51:59 PM(UTC)
Nice to hear some stuff about you Rourke. Good job.
#15 Posted : Sunday, February 1, 2009 4:16:57 PM(UTC)
Great interview!!!
#16 Posted : Saturday, February 7, 2009 3:57:59 PM(UTC)
great interview Nonstop. You seem so educated and more of a life experience kind of educated that i figured you like a 40 year old. Hope you take it as a compliment as we need more of you around
#17 Posted : Sunday, March 17, 2013 1:56:41 PM(UTC)
It's hard to believe how outdated some of the answers are, so I thought I would provide a bit of an update.

2) Could you tell us a little about where you grew up and about your family?

I have a rather unconventional family. There are two women who call me wife, and yes, they both know about and even like each other. Coincidentally, one is named Kathryn and the other is named Katherine, so online, I facetiously refer to them as Kat1 and Kat2, respectively. Kat1 and I recently celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary, while Kat2 and I recently celebrated 18 months of marriage together. It turned out that the waitress at our celebratory dinner was the secretary at my seven-year-old twin sons' school, and naturally she was curious why I was having an anniversary with another woman, so we had to explain our situation to her.

The policy we have with our family is feel free to ask any questions you like, and we will be happy to answer them, but don't ask any questions to which you don't want to know the answer.

Kat1 and I have three sons, including the aforementioned twins and a baby who is going on 11 months.

We all live together as one family. People are often really hesitant to accept invitations to our place, because they have this underlying suspicion that a polygamous household must be a nonstop sexual orgy. When they finally decide to show up, they're usually surprised at what a boringly normal family we are. In fact, we often hear, "You guys are the happiest family I've ever seen. How do you do it?"

This prejudice against plural families makes talking to women annoying, though, because so many of them assume I must be trying to get in their pants just because I strike up a conversation with them. The wife of a buddy of mine actually bridled a few weeks ago when I invited their family over for coffee. "Okay," she said, "but he can't have me for a third wife." He was dumbfounded that she could have such a stupid reaction, as if I were going to try to steal her away from under his nose over tea and crumpets. (Had I been there when she said this, I would have been so tempted to say, "Don't flatter yourself, sweetie.")

7) Could you tell us one of your favorite memories of the Packers?

I think my favorite Packer memory is still Super Bowl XXXI, even though Super Bowl XLV is fresher in the memory. The outcome of Super Bowl XXXI was never in doubt, and the characters in that game were so colorful, whereas Super Bowl XLV was so sloppy that watching it was sheer emotional torture for me. Still, I am glad I had the opportunity to watch it in Groningen, the Netherlands, with PackersHome member Rockmolder. It was pretty hilarious being in a Dutch bar with Europeans who had not the slightest understanding of American football as they swayed back and forth with their five-minute soccer cheers. They screamed rambunctiously whenever anything good or bad happened. Every time I go back and watch that game, I am amazed how sloppy it was for both teams.

9) What other sports teams do you follow?

I serve as editor for a football-oriented website that started out as an NFC North commentary and analysis site and has branched out significantly since then. So I follow a lot of teams pretty closely -- I have to if I want to stay on top of my job -- but I am still a Packers fan first and foremost.

12) How many trips have you made to Lambeau?

My wife and I ate at Curly's Pub once on the way to a whitewater rafting trip, but I have still never been able to attend a game.

16) Where are some of the places you've been, and where are some of your favorites?

I studied abroad in Oldenburg, Germany, from February to August of 2011. That was an awesome experience. My wife and children were able to accompany me and we lived like natives. If you get a chance to do that, I highly recommend it. Our baby was conceived one of our last weekends in Germany, so I call him "mein deutsches Baby."

17) What is one thing you've always wanted to do, but haven't done yet in your lifetime?

Skydiving. I want to go skydiving. Better yet, I would like to get my jumpmaster certification and teach skydiving.
#18 Posted : Sunday, March 17, 2013 6:19:08 PM(UTC)
Non- Love your website, and love the update.

What happened to you becoming a physician? I know you would be great at the science part...
#19 Posted : Monday, March 18, 2013 7:15:32 AM(UTC)
That Super Bowl... I was the most angsty kid back then. It was pretty fun, though.

Anyway, glad to have you back, NSD!
#20 Posted : Monday, March 18, 2013 7:42:53 AM(UTC)
Rockmolder said: Go to Quoted Post
That Super Bowl... I was the most angsty kid back then. It was pretty fun, though.

Anyway, glad to have you back, NSD!

I agree. I tried threatening to double his membership fee's awhile back to no avail. Glad he's back though! If he leaves again, I have the resources to find his residence! :)
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