On the spot: Derek McGarrigan

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By Sage Acteson and Jacob Shay

Staff Writers

Current: What is your full name?
McGarrigan:
Derek McGarrigan.

Current: If you could be any wild animal what would you be?
McGarrigan:
Nothing underwater, but I could be a seagull. Everyone hates them, and I would do it just to know what it feels like to be hated like that. After I turned back I would be like ‘wow, that sucked’ and become a seagull activist.

Current: What is your favorite wild animal?
McGarrigan:
Giraffes, those are fun to look at.

Current: What is the best advice you have ever received?
McGarrigan:
“You’ve got to feel the breeze to know its there.”  -Father, Jim McGarrigan

Current: What is the best advice you have ever given?
McGarrigan:
“Be strong enough to say and do what is right.”

Current: Any pet peeves?
McGarrigan:
Cleaning the house, reasking the same question, and joking around in a serious time.

Current: Favorite Movie?
McGarrigan:
My favorite action movie would be Predator I and my favorite comedy would be Fletch.

Current: Favorite book?
McGarrigan:
Ender’s Game

Current: Favorite color?
McGarrigan:
Blue

Current: What college did you attend and what did you study?
McGarrigan:
I went to Anchorage for about a year and a half, then bounced back between Anchorage and Bellingham. I didn’t have the drive to go to class or the focus I needed.

Current: Favorite past time for out of school life?
McGarrigan:
Either baseball or going to the park with my kids.

Current: Favorite getaway?
McGarrigan:
My favorite getaway in town would be going on walks with my kids. Out of town, we ferry to Prince Rupert and go on a road trip to Bellingham.

Current: Favorite sport?
McGarrigan:
Baseball

Current: How long have you lived in Alaska?
McGarrigan:
Thirty-three years, most of it in Ketchikan.

Current: Where were you born?
McGarrigan:
Ketchikan

Current: Socks with sandals or are you a normal person?
McGarrigan:
I can’t do socks and sandals. I can’t even do socks and slides.

Current: iPhone or Android?
McGarrigan:
iPhone

Current: Pie or cake?
McGarrigan:
Cake, and I would take chocolate over vanilla.

Current: Are you right or left handed?
McGarrigan:
Right

Current: Do you have any pets?
McGarrigan:
I have a teacup chihuahua named Machete Jay and a hedgehog named Sancho.

Current: What superpower would you have if you could have one?
McGarrigan:
I would have the strength of Mr. Incredible.

Current: What countries have you traveled to?
McGarrigan:
Canada

Current: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?
McGarrigan:
A blanket, for comfort, fresh water, to survive, and fire to stay warm during cold nights.

Current: What is the difference between a taco and a soft taco ?
McGarrigan:
One is much better, soft tacos all the way. With a hard taco you end up with a fork and plate of nachos.

Current: Do you drink soda?
McGarrigan:
Yes, diet Dr. Pepper and Cola.

Current: What is the weirdest food you’ve ever been offered?
McGarrigan:
Oysters, fresh out of the shell they are disgusting.

Current: If you could travel anywhere where would you go and why?
McGarrigan:
I would visit landmarks around the Mediterranean; the Coliseum, Rome, Greece, Egypt, the whole circuit.

Current: Ethnic background?
McGarrigan:
I am mostly Tsimshian and some Norwegian.

Current: What is the hardest challenge you’ve faced and how’d you overcome it?
McGarrigan:
Within one year I got hired, married, bought a house, and had a kid. We overcame everything by sticking together and talking it out.

Current: What question do you hate to answer?
McGarrigan:
Hey, do you have a minute?

Current: What do you think the most valuable thing in life is?
McGarrigan:
It’s going to sound cheesy, but hope. You have to have hope.

Current: Would you rather live in the mountains or on the beach?
McGarrigan:
The beach, so I can be by the ocean. It’s nice to have water nearby.

Current:Would you rather travel by plane, train, boat, or car?
McGarrigan:
Plane

Current: Worst injury you’ve ever had?
McGarrigan:
When I was 12 or 13 I was running laps in the gym and rolled my ankle. I actually tore all of the ligaments and stretched the achilles tendon in my right ankle.

Current: Favorite food?
McGarrigan:
Cheeseburgers. I really like a double bacon cheeseburger with a fried egg.

Current: How would you describe your humor?
McGarrigan:
Good sense of humor, don’t care if people make fun of me

Current: What are your least favorite movies?
McGarrigan:
Couples Retreat, The Breakup, Killers, The Five-Year Engagement

Current: Do you hunt?
McGarrigan:
I have never been hunting and don’t really know how.

Current: If you could hunt any animal, which animal would it be?
McGarrigan:
Alligator, to get an alligator skull

Current: What would you use to hunt it?
McGarrigan:
A gun

Current: Would you even hunt an animal with a taser
McGarrigan:
A bear

Current: Have you ever tased a bear?
McGarrigan:
No, I have heard legends and folklore of it though.

Current: Would you let me fly drones through the school?
McGarrigan:
Heck yeah.

Current: Remote control helicopters or cars?
McGarrigan:
For now I would have to pick cars, because they are fast and you can make tracks for them. In a few years though I choose a helicopter if they continue to get cheaper.

Current: Is it possible to drown in fire?
McGarrigan:
No.

Current: What are some songs that shouldn’t have been written?
McGarrigan:
I can’t stand almost anything by Pitbull and Marvin Gaye by Charlie Puth.

Current: What is the most ridiculous thing you have ever had to deal with?
McGarrigan:
Probably overly drunk fools, they tend to make life very difficult.

Current: How long have you been a member of the police force?
McGarrigan:
Thirteen years and five months.

Who is your hero?
McGarrigan:
Goku

Current: How many pillows do you sleep with?
McGarrigan:
One

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