The Man… The Myth… The Legend…
VWOC: Dj, I'd like to start with some basic questions, where are you from? How Old are you? What do you do for a living?
DJWHIPLASH2001: I'm 22, from a small town near Winston Salem, NC. I have a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, and work as an embedded systems developer. Basically, I take a concept and turn it into a finished product - everything from circuit design, assembly, programming, testing, and setting up for production. I specialize in putting Linux on really small things.
VWOC:So when you were a kid, what was your favorite toy?
DJWHIPLASH2001:Used to love to play with swords. I have many with dings in the blades from where my friends and I used to genuinely fight with them. Couple scars too lol
VWOC:If you were a Star Trek® [or Star Wars® ] character, which one would you be?
DJWHIPLASH2001:If I were a Star Trek character, I'd be whatever one dies because Star Trek sucks. Star Wars on the other hand... What an interesting question. I guess I'd have to say Han Solo, cause hey, dude's a pimp.
VWOC:We've heard rumors that you're some kind of genius with computers and micro-cameras, so what's the real story behind the rumors?
DJWHIPLASH2001:That's basically true lol. I make an IP microcamera that's very small, can be hidden basically anywhere, and streams over the web. We sell them for high-end security jobs. I'm also responsible for half of the cameras in Washington, DC. Be careful.
VWOC:Cribs always checks out the star's Fridge, what would we find in yours?
DJWHIPLASH2001:Everclear, tequila, pizza, leftovers from months ago, and a few bottles of wine.
VWOC:If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional. with whom would it be?
DJWHIPLASH2001:I'd be... tough question. I saved this one for last so I could put some more thought into it, but it's really got me hung up. I'd have a few options:
1) Marty McFly. Not for anything in particular, just to be able to travel through time. I've always wondered how awesome it would be to go back in the past and show Henry Ford what cars are like now. It sounds dumb, but I'd find that to be fascinating.
2) Leon Phelps, Ladies Man
3) An F1 driver. What an excellent lifestyle - you get paid a whole lot of money to drive the worlds fastest racecars around some of the nicest places in the world.
4) Michael Cera in the movie 'Juno', cause he got Ellen Page knocked up and I find her to be one of the most attractive girls in the world.
VWOC:Can you give us one good reason someone should become a member of VWOC?
DJWHIPLASH2001:To enjoy my company. Particularly the VIP area - I can be a bit more un-capped in the flashchat and VIP section. That's where the fun happens.
VWOC:If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you and why?
DJWHIPLASH2001:Samuel L. Jackson.
My nickname for my car is actually Samuel L. Jackson. Why? Cause it's black and it's the baddest mother f***er ever.
VWOC:If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
DJWHIPLASH2001:If I knew I only had 6 months to go, I'd spend some time with some loved ones. I wouldn't make it to the 6 month mark - I'd go out and have so much fun and likely end up dying before that point. There's no sense in being cautious in life only to arrive safely at death.
VWOC:If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?
DJWHIPLASH2001:First thing I'd do is pay my parent's house off for them. I'd give some money to my closest relatives - I'd buy a modest house. But then, honestly, nobody would know. I wouldn't live extravagantly, I wouldn't change a lot in my life. I'd still want my job - just perhaps with a lot more vacation time. Like having a cheat code for a game, but still trying to play it honestly.
They say money doesn't buy happiness - and it doesn't. But it's really a pretty important part of life. Lack of money can cause grief moreso than money can cause happiness. I'd be glad that it would be one less source of possible grief. I'd have fun, don't get me wrong. The people that say money can't buy happiness have evidently never ridden on a jet ski.
There are very few inspirational stories that I enjoy. This, however, is one of them.
A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
"Not very long," answered the Mexican.
"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."
The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."
"And after that?" asked the Mexican.
"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the Mexican.
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."
And the moral of this story is: Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.
VWOC:If we assembled 3 of your friends in a room and asked them about you, what would they say about you that you would say is not true?
DJWHIPLASH2001:Depends on how close of a friend they are. Here's what most of my friends would say about me:
- Drunkard: check
- Never a dull moment around me: double check
- Gnome: check
Most would also think I'm a womanizer... It's true, I can run a little game and usually get whatever I want. But I wouldn't want that to describe me. Very few people have seen the soft side of DJ - but it's there, I promise.
VWOC:In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
DJWHIPLASH2001:Fifteen thousand posts.
VWOC:What was your favorite "Volkswagen" adventure? What Happened?
DJWHIPLASH2001:Well, I've had a lot. I would say the most fun I've had wasn't even meant to be a Volkswagen adventure. I went out to the Tail of the Dragon in mid-October last year with a cool chick, we were just gonna go out for a nice fun weekend in the mountains. It turned out to be a whole lot more fun for quite a few reasons.
1) The girl turned out to be way cooler than I thought
2) The Dragon was way way way more incredible than I could have imagined
3) Just so happened to be the week the R32s showed up.
So as I'm pulling up to the hotel, a supercharged R basically locks up his brakes to pull in to the hotel to talk to me. There were about a dozen of them there that weekend. I ended up meeting up with them a few times on the Dragon. Got a couple videos of my Dragon adventures as well. (Note that the speed limit was followed at all times and, although the camera angle may fool you, I never crossed any yellow line)
(Note the 1.2Gs at the end)
Overall the weekend was a BLAST and that's why I really want everyone to come out to Spring Thaw. The weekend of Thaw is also when all of the Rs from the east coast will be attending.
VWOC: I've had friends do stupid stuff , what's the stupidest or funniest thing one of your friends ever did?
DJWHIPLASH2001:I was in a fraternity in college - been through it all. I've woken up on the roof of the house, built walls in front of peoples doors with actual bricks and mortar, and wrestled a knife out of the hand of a guy that tried to use it. The stories I could share here are endless... Get me drunk and ask me this question again.
VWOC:What's your signature drink?
DJWHIPLASH2001: Sweet tarts. Amazing mixed drink using everclear. 2 liter of Sunkist, half a bottle of everclear, and 2 Kool-Aid packets (cherry and grape). Mix, chill, enjoy.
VWOC:What's with the GTI to GOLF metamorphosis? Is this going to be some type of Q-Ship?
DJWHIPLASH2001:It's not that I'm making my car any less GTI or any more Golf. It's a unique look with a lot of customization going in to it. It looks nasty with the huge FMIC behind the fully shaved Rabbit front. It's becoming show car status - and I like it.
VWOC:What's the fav thing about your car?
VWOC:Where would you go and what would you do on your perfect weekend?
DJWHIPLASH2001:Perfect weekend... I really wanna say will be at the Dragon with all my friends. Second choice would be Amsterdam with Snoop Dogg.
VWOC:We've got to ask, What possessed you to shave your chest hair into images, logos and other memorable icons?
DJWHIPLASH2001:Well, that's another drunken college story. I got hammered one night and decided to be artistic - I shaved my fraternity's initials into my chest hair. From there, it just escalated - around Christmas time you can find me sporting a Christmas tree with "XMAS" written above it. It's just something fun to do - chest hair isn't very useful otherwise.
VWOC:Where would someone find you on a Saturday night?
DJWHIPLASH2001: My mother always asks the same question. It's hard to say - definitely drunk, perhaps at a bar, at Drew's, at my mechanic's place, in a ditch, on a roof, at a girls house, wherever. I go wherever the wind takes me. And by wind, I mean booze.