Your Turn with ... Bernie Vahlkamp

Bernie Vahlkamp
Posted: Jul. 12, 2013 2:11 pm Updated: Aug. 2, 2013 3:15 pm

When I was a kid I wanted to be ... a bush pilot flying around the wilds of Alaska.

What would you rather be doing right now? Hunting or fishing with my family or friends.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I usually tear up during the sad parts of movies.

Other than your wedding day and the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Beating my sister, Susan, at Trivial Pursuit, proving that, yes, I am the smarter one.

It really stinks when ... people use curse words in public, especially around young children.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Optimistic.

I always laugh when ... I am with family. They are all a little crazy.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My Grandpa Penie, my wife's Grandpa Shettle and my wife. I would love to have them share all of their old stories with us.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit on my couch or deck with a cold beer and watch the birds at my feeders.

People who knew me in school thought I was ... shy.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was with ... David Allan Coe. I got his autograph on a Smith and Wesson ball cap.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... take my wife and kids to a Caribbean Island.

If someone gave me a million dollars there is still no way I would ... stop driving an old pickup truck. I do not want to worry about dents or scratches.

Americans should be more concerned about ... reforming the tax code. The current system is ridiculous.

I'm OK if there is ever a national shortage of ... hunting and fishing gear. I even have an all-in-one fish cleaner, scaler, hammer and bottle opener (from the in-laws).

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... I am usually outside.

The most useful piece of advice I ever received was ... the best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely to be listening to ... Bob and Tom, a Cardinals game or country music.

I'm always sentimental when ... I watch young kids play sports. I remember my kids playing, and they all look like they're having so much fun.

The older I get the more I realize ... my Mom and Dad were right on most things, and my wife is always right.

If I had one "do over," I would have ... not have raised chickens this past spring.

My favorite item of clothing is ... not one particular item, but I always have soccer jerseys and hooded sweatshirts.

If I've learned anything at all ... it is that you only get one journey through life, so take the time to enjoy every moment.

Bernie Vahlkamp, 45, is a captain with the Quincy Fire Department. He and his wife, Mary Pat, have been married 22 years and have three kids -- Sarah, Jake and Zachary.

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