Darrell Lindsay–Advice For Aspiring DJs

What is your name? Nickname?  My name is Darrell Lindsay and I have too many nicknames to mention.

What do you do for a living?
I’m retired military (Army, 20 years and 5 days, but I wasn’t counting) and now I work for an architectural firm in Charlotte, NC as a facilities manager who wears a lot of hats. I can definitely multi-task and I’ve been here for almost 11 years now.

Can I ask you what your Military Operations Specialty was? My first MOS was 19K (M1A1 Armor Crewman or Tanker) for my first 10 years in and then I switched to 71L (Admin Specialist) due to a back injury I sustained while serving as a tanker in Germany.

How old are you? I’m 48 years old, but feel like I’m still in my 30’s.

Where do you live? I live in Morganton, NC.

The most interesting place you’ve visited? This one is tough due to the fact that I’ve traveled a lot while in the service, but I’d have to say Europe. I was born there (Germany) and it was nice going back to see where it all started. While I was stationed there, I got the opportunity to visit Italy, Spain, England, France, and I’ve put my fair share of kilometers on the autobahn. Now that was fun! I’d also like to add that Korea and Japan were interesting as well in their own right.

Your favorite meal? My favorite meal would include, but not limited to, the following items: shrimp, chicken breast, baby red skin mashed potatoes with the skin still on them, sweet corn, a garden fresh salad, and a tall glass of sweet tea to wash it all down.

Pet peeve? People who drive slow in the far left lane and refuse to move over.

Favorite book, or movie, or television show? I’ll be honest, I didn’t like to read when I was younger and that fact still holds true today. But I do like the following movies and TV shows: Big Bang Theory, Shark Tank, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Orange is the New Black, Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad, Lucifer, Stranger Things, Hancock, Tombstone, The Fast and Furious series and yadda, yadda, yadda.

If people want to pray for you, they could pray for ….? Good health

Are you married or have you been? Any kids? Pets?
I am married with one adult daughter. No pets yet.

One thing many people don’t know you can do? I’m in the process of teaching myself how to DJ. My love for music has always been present since day one and I’ve been told that I have a voice for radio. Not sure if this will replace my current occupation, but at least I’m having fun while I’m learning.

Great! Can you give us some advice for aspiring disk jockeys? You gotta love music! So start with what you know and expand from there. If it moves you, it just might move someone else.

If you had any spare time, what would you do with it? I’d travel more with my wife, but if that was not an option, then I’d spend that time with family and friends.

Tell us some interesting things about yourself that aren’t already covered.  I listen to the rhythm and feel the beat of a song before I ever listen to the words, I enjoy driving as long as it’s not in traffic, I’m still a kid at heart and enjoy a good laugh, I enjoy cooking breakfast for my wife when we have the time, I’ve been dealing with PTSD for some time now and I’m getting through it, I hate candy corn candy and the fact that they are still making it floors me, I don’t like to dress up, I wasn’t lactose intolerant when I was younger, but I am now, I golf for fun and the driver that I currently have in my bag cost me $3.25 at Walmart and it drives just as far, if not farther than the expensive ones, I wanted to be a stuntman when I was growing up, I have ten tattoos, will be getting more this year, and they tell a story.

What story do your tattoos tell? My tattoos are telling a story of my military career pretty much. My right arm depicts my faith in God, a dedication to my fallen brothers and sisters, strength, and my time in the service on dog tags, while my left arm is the complete opposite. The person that I became during war time and some of the things we had to do strongly went against my beliefs as a person, my religion as a being, and I can’t forget the rage from within that transformed me into someone I had never seen before until then. Therefore, I have two grim reapers on my left arm, a skull that was drawn by one of my brothers once we returned from Iraq, and a representation of me dealing with PTSD. BTW, I didn’t know I had PTSD until after I retired from the Army. Had some rough times there.

We’ll be praying for you as you deal with that, Darrell. On behalf of my readers, thanks for your service to your country, and thanks for taking the time to let us get to know you a little.