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Who are you and why do you have a web page?

My name is Chris Sutcliff and I started a web page with Geocities when I was working on my masters' thesis covering online teaching (1997-1998). I wanted to know how difficult it was to do basic html and make a page. From there, the web pages grew and then blogging became more popular in mainstream culture. I realized the page (1999?) would be an easy way to communicate when many people from around the country and a place to store information. Overall, I am just a guy with one small spot in the greater virtual existence. I do not sell anything or strongly encourage any particular point of view. I gladly do not add porn to the web as well. I update the page on a regular basis because I spend several hours online each day. I teach online for my job and use the web for information related to my various hobbies (news, brewing, guitar, etc.)

Twilight Zone...or the Outer Limits?

Twilight Zone.

What do you think is the worst movie ever made?

Manos, The Hands of Fate. I saw it while watching MST3K. The worst movie I ever saw in a theater was "Dr. Giggles" but it was for free. The worst movie I ever paid to see was "Double Jeopardy". Like Naomi Judd but not that much. A fellow grad student stood me up at the theater and I did not see the movie we planned to see because I thought we would reschedule. "Double Jeopardy" was playing at the same time and I was already there. I saw "Usual Suspects" by chance so I thought I could have the same luck.

Why are manhole covers round?

A triangle would have looked sinister.

If you could eat dinner with and "get to know" one famous person (living or dead), who would you choose?

Werner Heisenberg. Shoeless Joe Jackson is a close second.

Has the death of a famous person ever had an effect on you? Who was it and how did you feel?

Allen Ginsberg. His work helped me appreciate poetry, beauty, and life. It was very sad. I saw him speak at Butler and it changed my perspective on life. I was in pharmacy but failing at it. Sociology provided me with a way to help people.

If you could BE a famous person for 24 hours, who would you choose?

Barack Obama.

Do people ever tell you that you look like someone famous? Who?

Neale stated that I looked like Ian Ziering, or Steve Sanders from 90210. However, she only said that once or twice so I escaped that label. I asked my students once and they did not know who Ian Ziering was or cared. I saw him on E! recently and he looked good for his age.

What is your favorite drink?

Saint Louis tap water. Cold. I drink over a gallon a day.

What is your favorite adult drink?

My homebrew.

Have you ever met anyone famous?


Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? Support your answer with a proof.

There is no such thing as hell so this really is not worth the time to pursue any further.

Pineapple or sauerkraut on pizza?

Sauerkraut. Rarely. Pineapple. Never.

What is your Enneagram score?

I am a Type 1w9 (main) and Type1w2 (mean). Quote: "You desire perfection, for everyone to see you as that. Impetus - deficit and/or excess of order in your life experience. Problem - it is impossible to have everyone agree with you no matter what views or roles you adopt." Out of a desire to live in harmony with the world, Nines withdraw in an attempt to avoid the misuse of their strong behavioral intelligence. They maintain the illusion of harmony by keeping a positive outlook on life. At their best, Nines help people live in harmony by using their positive outlook on life and their strong behavioral intelligence to find peaceful solutions to people's problems.

Introvert or extrovert?


Where did you go to school?

High School: Yorkville High School (Class of 1991)
College: Butler University (Class of ’95)
M.A..: Indiana State University (’98)
Ph.D.: University of Akron (chose to teach rather research, terminated 2002)

Which one did you like best?

I liked ISU best because I got to spend a lot of personal time reading, seeing films, and enjoying my own thoughts. However, it was at time very lonely and, luckily, I met Neale in ’97.

What do you do? I am an associate professor of sociology at Lewis & Clark Community College.

What did you do with your free time?

Gaming, work on the house, exercise, cook, and spend time with Neale.

If you could punch or slap someone who would it be and why?

Violence is pointless. I do not slap or hit people. However, I am training in Krav Maga for fitness and to try something new.

Do you live in a house, an apartment, or a condominium?


Do you rent or own?

Own. We bought our first home in May of 2004. We plan to fix it up and update the home then sell it in about five years.

Does anyone else live with you?

Neale and I. Ellis, our corgi, joined us New Year's Day 2006.

How many times have you moved in your life?

Neale about seven or eight and me about five or six.

Do you have any hobbies?

Since I have a job that requires no heavy lifting and a desk, I walk with Neale and/or Ellis almost every day. We like to bike too. I practice yoga but I do not do it enough on a regular basis. I own a Soloflex, which a great piece of equipment. I returned to playing guitar in the winter of '05. I like to read but it is mostly online these days. I enjoy films and homebrewing beer/mead/cider.

How much email do you get a day?

Since I use email for work and personal communication, I receive about 40 emails a day.

Why do you teach?

I love to teach. I feel that I am making a difference when I am doing it. People need to know more about sociology.

What do you teach?

I have taught Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of the Third World, Family, and Race & Ethnicity. Currently, I teach Intro, Race, and Social Problems on a regular basis. I also teach a course on diversity for our Educ program.

What is your favorite book?

Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

What is your favorite food?

Pizza…cold or hot. Fresh or the day after. In the last year, I have made homemade pizza that I really happy with as opposed to ordering in.

What are you most proud of?

My relationship with Neale.

What is your philosophy of life?

Everything is the same, even if it's different.

Things about me you may or may not want to know:

++ I prefer to roast my own coffee.
++ I eat breakfast everyday. Usually I have scrambled egg whites and oatmeal. Everyday I have my homemade protein shake, which consists of soy milk, flax oil, wheat germ, portein powder and spirulina.
++ I make sure to clean up the living room every night.
++ I check my email at least four times a day.
++ I keep a journal. You can read it. Neale does not actively submit to it.
++ I now notice bad drivers more often than in the past. Sirius radio makes the commute much better.
++ I like watching the credits of movies.
++ I do not like eating, anything, while watching a movie in public.
++ I like doors and drawers completely closed if not being used.
++ I cannot stand cluttered bedrooms.
++ I will not eat in a restaurant unless I am dressed appropriately for the place.
++ Woodchucks. Like 'em.
++ I will eat in "streaks". For a while, it will be rice, beans, pasta, or tofu as the main ingredient but usually not together in the same dish. However, it is usually spicy.
++ I call dogs I don't know "Sparky".
++ I seldom read instructions but rather look at something and figure out how it works.
++ I never like having too much in my pockets.
++ I dream in color.

Do you want extra cheese?


What is your favorite word?


What is your least favorite word?


What is favorite time of the day or year?

Twilight during a late summer or early fall day.

What turns you off?

Humidity. Neale has 100 words for humidity.

What sound or noise do you love?

Neale's laugh.

What sound or noise do you hate?

Squealing tires.

What is your favorite curse word?


What professions other than your own would you like to attempt?

A writer or a chef.

What profession would you not like to do?

Debt collector.

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive?


Everybody want some?

I want some too.

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