Darren Gilbert’s surprising answers:
1. Played guitar in a rock band while in high school. We did play at three local dances before the band members all went their separate ways.
2. Hitchhiked 183.9 miles from Dartmouth, MA to North Adams, MA to visit my “then-girlfriend” when I was attending college at Southeastern Massachusetts University.
3. Sheared the propeller shear pin in a 7-hp outboard motor on a rock, while fishing way over in the north part of Raquette Lake. Replaced the shear pin with a fish hook and made it all the way back to our home dock at Burke’s Marina.
4. Caught shrapnel under my left eye while sitting in my jeep monitoring the radio for the Battalion XO at the M203 grenade range in Baumholder, Germany. Half an inch higher, and I’d have been blinded in that eye.
5. Won best amateur couple at a USA Dance ballroom competition with my former dance partner. We did the Cha Cha, Tango, and Waltz.
Adirondack Bear Tales
True Bear Encounters in the North Woods
This is a delightful slim book of real-life stories from the author’s family encounters with bears at their camp in the Adirondack Park of upstate New York. There are bear brushes in the camp, the dump, even a laundromat–with children, adults, grandparents, even their dog Sophie. One chapter is named “Sophie and the Three Bears.” I was surprised that bears like birdseed–as much as deer in our suburban back yards in the midwest. The book’s illustrations, which aren’t credited, are also charming. Fun stories to share with your family.
D.C. Gilbert also writes award winning J.D. Cordell military action series. If you don’t mind rough language and gritty scenes, you’ll appreciate these good vs. evil thrillers.
I’m hoping he’ll do even more memoirs. Ballroom dancing competition, wow!