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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Special Challenge Participant Feature – Stormy the Weather Gnome!

During the Challenge, Stormy took us on a hilarious adventure. (For those who missed it, go visit Heather Gardner’s site, The Waiting is the Hardest Part.) I wanted to find out more about Gnome behind the Indiana Jones outfit and asked Stormy to join us here today!

Stormy, tell us what you did for the A to Z Challenge?

Well, Alex, let me first just say thanks for having me today.

I mostly just took others on a tour of my daily life. I travel extensively and have a very exciting lifestyle. I just wanted to share what it’s like to, you know, be me.

What was your favorite adventure?

It’s really a toss-up between climbing the Matterhorn and being a guest on Survivor. I certainly am a lucky gnome to experience any of my adventures.

You went on a date during the Challenge that didn’t go well. Who will you ask out next?

Yeah. If anyone knows anything about restraining orders please send me an email.

I’m actually interested in asking out this gargoyle I met. She’s not the prettiest or the most talkative but she doesn’t have a trunk load of emotional baggage either, if you know what I mean.

How do you know so much about the weather?

Like any weather gnome worth his salt, I graduated from the International Weather Institute. Actually I’m joking, there’s no such place.

I just stand outside in the weather a lot and you get to be familiar with things after a while.

Ever suffered from foot fungus, mold, or moss?

Who told you about the moss? It’s no big deal really. Some ointment and a little oil based paint and it’ll clear right up.

What did you think of the movie Gnomeo and Juliet?

To be honest, I haven’t seen it. There was this huge, you know, Union thing with the gnomes and the movie studio. It was like a hot mess.

What character would you like to be in a movie?

I don’t think there’s doubt in anyone’s mind that I could be the next 007.

What was your scariest moment?

To be honest, it was trying to tame all those tigers. When that rare gray & white tiger attacked I thought I was a gnoner!

What was one adventure you didn’t get to complete for the A to Z Challenge?

I really wanted to go surfing. Catch a wave. Hang two. It would have been a blast.

Will you participate in the A to Z Challenge again?

I might. I could come up with Stormy’s Bucket List and do all the things I haven’t tried yet. Ride a Harley. Jump from an airplane. Kiss a girl gnome.

What’s next for Stormy?

Really, I’m just waiting and hoping for that next big weather event. Maybe I’ll head out west and chase a storm or two. Maybe take a walk on the wild side and catch up with El Nino and La Nina! Or maybe, I’ll just take a nap!

Thanks, Stormy! Be sure to visit Stormy and Heather at The Waiting is the Hardest Part.
Co-host Ninja Captain Alex is the author of CassaStar and CassaFire and his blog can be found HERE


  1. You have certainly brighten up my day and have made me aware of another way of life. Thank you Stormy and Heather. Brilliant!

    Have a great day.

  2. Stormy was cool (although he never takes his hat off) but you missed an opportunity in that interview to ask about fishing.

    I have noticed lots of gnomes fishing and would have liked to know WHY?

  3. I don't recall Stormy fishing, although he did do some cooking.

  4. Just stay out of Denver Stormy, lightning made one big fire there. Fun post!

  5. Jenni - Thanks for checking Stormy out!

    Rob Z - Fishing? That's an excellent idea for the bucket list!

    Alex - He does like his German food. Thank you!

    Siv - Stormy the Fire Jumper?

    Thanks for hangin' w/ Stormy!

  6. I think Stormy was my favorite thing about the a-z challenge this year. Thanks for having him here, Alex.

  7. I've got a Stormy at my house! Maybe they could meet?

  8. The restraining order part? Hilarious. :)

  9. Stormy, your face is at least as expressive as Daniel Craig's, and I think the 007 role is yours for the taking--after you put out the High Park Fire, of course. (Which we hope is very soon.) When you make it big in Hollywood, don't forget the little...umm, don't forget your friends.

  10. Karen - Thanks for saying that! He's a lucky gnome!

    Cathy - Stormy loves new friends!

    Liz - I don't think he's kidding. :)

    Jenny - Ha! Very funny! I'll remind him where he came from when he hits it big!

    Thanks everyone.

  11. Aww, thanks Stormy and Alex for entertaining me.


  12. Restraining orders! Snort :)

    Great interview Stormy and Alex.

  13. I needed a good giggle after yesterday. I'm going to need to go back and read your April entries. I have a personal vendetta against the Travelocity Gnome and his product placement crap on The Amazing Race, but I have nothing against you, Stormy. Besides, you're much more handsome!
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Post A-Z Road trip!

  14. stor-my! stor-my!
    great interview!
    you're officially a celebrity!

  15. Stormy as the next 007, huh? I'm in.

  16. Teresa - I'm so glad they did!

    Carol - Thank you! Alex did a great job!

    Tina - Yeah. I'm so gonna get sued. Thanks!

    Tara - He's something, all right! Thank you!

    M.J. - I'm gonna half to get my nephew to make a movie now. :)

    Thanks guys.

  17. Stormy has had an awesome life. Kind of the the World's Most Interesting Man. LOL

  18. It's hard to keep a gnome at home.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

  19. I'd like to hear more about Stormy's family. Does he ever get jealous of his cousin's success with...who was that, Expedia? I want all the juicy details.

  20. hahaha
    There are lawn gnomes (sort of) in my book, The House on the Corner; now, I'm wondering if you know any of them.

  21. Keep that gnome roaming! Stormy was so fun to visit each day. :)

  22. This is so much fun...and it's given me a great idea for next year's A to Z Challenge. Thanks, Stormy and Heather.

  23. Love Stormy to pieces. Like the song "Stormy" says, "my world is empty without you."

  24. Karen, he was my favorite as well!

    Stormy made Carol snort!

    Andrew, he might!

    Glad Stormy was such a hit today!

  25. Fun interview with Stormy the Weather Gnome.
    : )

  26. Alex,
    you own the talent to make everybody and everything bubbly.

    I think that is one of the secrets behind your blog and your books.

    Well done piece of fun and entertainment.

  27. Okay, so you see the reason I came here was to find out if you had a cure for foot moss. You do, so my visit paid off. The oil based paint did the trick. I think you can skip the ointment.

  28. Nice interview. I know I enjoyed his exploits and so I can't wait to see more.

  29. Too funny. I didn't see Stormy's posts. Looks like I missed a good one.

  30. Ahhh, Storminator, good times, good times. Enjoy that nap! And, uhm, have you ever considered using a sleep mask? Sleeping w/ eyes open is not a good look for you, just being honest.

  31. I missed Stormy's posts in the A-Z but these answers were hilarious. I think I may have to look Stormy up ...

  32. lol Would love to see Stormy as the next 007.

  33. Maurice - Ha! I can work with that!

    Lee - So true! He's a mover and a shaker!

    Nancy - Juicy, huh? Well, we will have to see about that!

    Andrew - I'm wondering too! I need to check this out!

    Michael - Thank you! He loved everyone visiting too!

    Lynn - Thank you! I'll tell him you said so.

    Patricia - I'm glad you liked it!

    Wendy - Awww. That's so sweet of you!

    Alex - You and your great ideas!

    Susanne - Thanks for coming!

    ediFanoB - Alex is a genius!

    cleemckenzie - Glad Stormy could help!

    Clarissa - We certainly exploited him. :)

    Jessica - Come visit anytime!

    Nicki - It does disturb the neighbors! Thanks!

    Clare - He's pretty funny! Looking!

    M Pax - Maybe its time for weapons training!

    Thanks for all the kind words!

  34. Thank you, Edi!

    Nicki - Storminator!

  35. You know I LOVED stormy. He gave me something to look forward to every morning. :) I didn't remember the fishing one.

  36. Alex - Storminator is great!

    Ciara - Thank you so much! Nope. No fishing. We will have to remedy that.

    Heather - Thank you! I'll tell him you said so!

    Thanks everyone!

  37. Hey Stormy!
    First of all, the 'wee folks' who live in my enchanting garden, say 'hello!'
    I reckon, if it hasn't already happened, you will be the cover story on the next must read issue of 'Better Gnomes and Gardens'.
    Oh by the way, a bit of a side note. The lawyers of Fidelina the beautiful fairy princess and Geoffrey the garden gnome, are considering legal action against the producers of "Gnomeo and Juliet" for copying their tales of love and wonder :)
    See ya Stormy. We are thinking of visiting 'Gnome', Alaska. How about you?

  38. Fabulous interview! Stormy, you rule.

  39. That was fun :) Good luck with the next date Stormy.


  40. Wonderful post Heather, enjoyed reading.


  41. Gary - Better Gnomes and Gardens. Awesome!!

    Stormy, you really rocked the house.

  42. Oh how cute! Stormy the tiger trainer.

  43. klahanie - Ha! Very, very funny! I’ll be sure to share all of these groaners with Stormy! Thank you!

    Christine – I’ll let him know! He’s gonna need a bigger hat! Thank you!

    Donna – Thank you! He’s gonna need it.

    Yvonne – Thank you, but it was all Alex!

    Alex – He really did and you were instrumental! HA! Thank you so much for your great idea! We had so much fun!

    Mary – Thank you! He’s quite the catch!

    L. Diane – Trainer? Well? He tried but almost got eaten! Thanks for coming by!

    Thank you one and all for your great comments!

  44. Stormy, you're like the most interesting man, er, gnome in the world! Ever consider commercials?

  45. Gwen, Stormy would rock at commercials!

  46. I'm so late with this. Stormy was one of my very favorites of the challenge. Great interview. YAY for this post! :D

  47. Gwen - That has lots of potential! Thank you!

    Alex - I agree!

    Kela - I'm so glad to hear that! Thank you!


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