What is your name? Any nicknames?
Full name is Morris Judson Crump III (don’t judge…lol). Mostly go by Morris, a few people call me Mo or Momo. I attached a picture to the email. Do you see the resemblance?
I do see the resemblance. Where was that taken?
That pic was taken at the Clarno Palisades of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument – just last week.
Thanks! What’s your occupation?
Currently unemployed, I’m getting re-certified to do massage therapy again (was an LMT from 1996 to 2008). I’m also heading back to school to be a Chiropractor.
Can you tell us your age and where you live?
I’m 48 years young, and Portland, Oregon.
Do you have a website or a blog or a Twitter account or anything where people can learn more about you?
My Facebook account is a pretty good place to get a sense of who I am and what I’m about.
The most interesting place you’ve visited?
Greece, hands down, and three places in Greece specifically: Standing at the foot of Mt Olympus was amazing – we were told Alexander the Great gave his victory speech BEFORE going out and conquering the “known” world (I remember thinking how incredibly insightful a psychological ploy that was – centuries before the advent of the field of psychology). Equally amazing was walking up to the Oracle at Delphi – on the same path walked by the ancient Greeks. Also cool was jogging on the 100m track where the very first modern Olympics was held.
I’d add the Holocaust Museum in DC to the most interesting places that I’ve visited. It’s seven floors and I could only get through about 3 of them. We also visited a concentration camp in Nuremberg. At first, I left those out because they’re notable for awful reasons. On the flip side, the Olympic Stadium in Berlin where Jesse Owens ran in 1936 was pretty cool, and getting in trouble for chipping off a few pieces of the Berlin Wall was fun, too, in 1991. The Spy Museum in DC and the Mob Museum in Vegas were also fun, must do places to visit.
Your favorite meal would be?
That’s a tough one – there is SO much food I love. It’s hard to beat a good veggie omelette, cheese grits, buckwheat pancake, Morningstar veggie sausage (I’ve been a vegetarian for about 20 years), and fresh-squeezed OJ for breakfast. A great lunch (which they serve at The Roasting Company on Montford Drive in Charlotte and which I go back for nearly every time I go home) is a plate of collard greens, black eyes peas, cornbread, and cheese and pasta salad, with sweet potatoes or baked cinnamon apples for dessert. Dinner would have to be a Macho Taco salad from a food truck called Garden Monsters, here in Portland. It’s amazing – you and your readers will have to visit and experience it for yourselves.
Crooked pictures (the ones that hang crooked, not the ones that are criminals – those I adore.)
Favorite book, or movie, or television show?
Book? Just one? There are so many! In no particular order: the Chronicles of Amber series, by Roger Zelazney; or the Elric of Melnibone series, by Michael Moorcock; or any of these three series by Piers Anthony: Xanth, Apprentice Adept, or the Incarnations of Immortality. Or Firefly, also by Piers Anthony (I read all three series, and Firefly, between 20-30 years ago, but they’ve stuck with me. I never thought about it, but I guess Piers Anthony is my favorite author). I’ve also enjoyed the Dirk Pitt series, by Clive Cussler. Movie? Dragon, the Story of Bruce Lee, or Gattaca, or The Gods Must Be Crazy. TV Show? Don’t have an all-time favorite. Right now, I like Game of Thrones, The Man in the High Castle, Orphan Black, Sherlock, and Black Sails, which is funny because I haven’t historically watched much TV, and when I have, I’ve gravitated toward sitcoms, like Cheers, and the Big Bang Theory. We also watched Grimm and The Librarians, because they were filmed in Portland.
Two more favorite movies, Love Actually and When Harry Met Sally.
Dang, Henry, you’re really making me think. I’d also add No Way Out, The Usual Suspects, and Presumed Innocent to my movie list. I love a good thriller with a plot twist.
If people want to pray for you?
If people want to pray for me, they could pray that I make it through the DC program at the University of Western States.
Are you married or have you been? Any kids? Grandkids? Pets?
Married since October 15th, 2004. No kids, so no grandkids either. One dog, who we named Nicholas Aristotle Crump. He’s a rescue we got at about 5 weeks old, back in 2006. Goes by Nikko.
One thing many people don’t know you can do?
Wiggle my ears, wiggle my nose, and raise one eyebrow at a time.
If you had any spare time, what would you do with it?
Build a tiny home. There is a tiny home hotel (with five homes, I think) here in Portland, and we took a tour of it once. I’m pretty fascinated by them. Also, I think it’d be pretty cool to own and run a food truck that offers nothing but meals made in crock pots.
Can you give us some advice for food truck owners?
In answer to your query about advice for food truck owners, I’d expand it to their customers as well.
First, to the food truck owners – regardless of the food you specialize in, please remember that food is also medicine and have at least one item available that reflects that truth. Also, please have at least one item that a vegetarian can eat. Preferably a meal that satisfies both requests – healthy and vegetarian, and that’s satisfying to eat, too:) Vegan and gluten-free would also be nice, but I recognize that those folks make up a much smaller portion of the population than vegetarians do, so the economics of having things available for them might not work. But there are enough of us vegetarians in the world that it shouldn’t be too difficult to have something for us.
For the customers – I still hear people question the cleanliness of food trucks. It’s my understanding that they are held to the same sanitary standards as brick and mortar restaurants, and I’ve certainly eaten at more than my fair share and never gotten even a little sick as a result. It’s also been my personal experience that some of the best food I’ve ever eaten has come from a food truck. Some prepare truly gourmet foods (for street prices). So give them a try!
Tell us some interesting things about yourself that aren’t already covered. I was a member of the Young Actor’s Guild and got invited to audition in NYC for Little Lord Fauntleroy. I was a ballboy for the Carolina Lightning soccer team. I’ve met the Six Million Dollar Man, got my first tennis lesson from Althea Gibson, own an autographed picture of Pele, and played soccer in Germany while I was in the Army.
Morris, thanks much for playing along and for letting us get to know you a little. Good luck and we’ll be praying for you with the chiropracty and massage therapy.