Mason finds joy in daughter, music

What do you think of Portales?
“There’s a lot to like about Portales: No traffic, amazing summer nights, more culture (because of the University) than your average small New Mexico town, low crime, the weather in April and October is a perfect 75 during the day and 50 at night.”

What do you visualize your life
being like in 10 years?
“Traveling and making a living playing my guitar.”

Tell us about your parents:
“My parents were born in England. My Mom still lives there, along with most of my siblings. My Dad died when I was young, but I have some great memories of him taking us to ballgames in Pittsburgh.”

Who is someone you admire in
life? Why?
“My sister Sue, because she has an indomitable spirit. She is my psychiatrist, my advisor, my confidant, and my best friend.”

What is your greatest hope?
“To live in a world that will allow me to pitch my tent in my daughter’s back yard and sleep under the stars with my grand-kids, telling ghost stories and eating chocolate.”

If money were no object, what
would you do to make the world a
better place?
“Run for president, win, declare peace, close every factory that makes any kind of weapon, divert all the money saved into education.”

Tell us about your greatest
individual accomplishment:
“Getting my commercial pilot’s license, graduating from ENMU and hearing my music on the radio.”

When you were a kid, what did
you think you’d be doing as an
“I thought I would be a truck driver!”

If I could do anything, I would…
“Travel the world, learning different languages and playing my guitar.”
Do you have children? Have they
influenced your life?
“I have one daughter, Kew (13), and she has been the greatest source of joy in my life.”

What is your favorite TV show?
Why do you relate to it?
“I really don’t watch TV, but if I had to pick one … Monday Night Football because I like football.”

What is your favorite book and
“‘Oh The Places You’ll Go’ by Dr. Suess, because it is about getting out there and conquering your fears and living life to the fullest.”

If you could go anywhere in the
world, what would your trip
“I would travel and go to all the coolest places in the world and raise money for charity. Perhaps like a modern day “Around the World in 80 Days”

What is your favorite smell?
“Baking bread or toast.”

What do you enjoy doing with your
free time?
“Hangin’ out with my daughter and road tripping.”

— Compiled by Laurie Stone