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Interview with Michael Edmond Croft

Croft, Michael
Benge, Tanya
Date of Interview: 
relationships with people and places; then and now
Michael Croft recounts his life, from being born in Thailand to traveling across the US to his adventures in the military.
Charlotte Narrative and Conversation Collection
Collection Description: 
Tanya Benge interviews Charlotteans to collect stories for a class project at UNC Charlotte.
Interview Audio: 
TB (Tanya Benge): This is an interview with Michael Croft. Mr. Croft, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
MC (Michael Croft): My name is Michael Edmond Croft. I was born on October 26, 1971 in Udorn, Thailand. And my parents were travelling at the time and from there we grew up, I grew up about three years in Thailand. And then from there, we moved over to Singapore, which my dad was working offshore oil drilling. I pretty much had most of my education in Singapore, probably going about, spanning about eight years. Did a lot of travelling with my parents and, uh, moved over into, uh, California in the Long Beach area, probably in the, mid-80's and lived there for approximately two years. Went to school, um, we then moved up to Sacramento, California, which I spent most of my high school years there, graduated from River City High School in West Sacramento, California. Um. [Pause] Af-, upon graduation, joined the United States Marine Corps, spent about five and a half years in there. Went to places like, uh, the Gulf, the Persian Gulf, went to Somalia, did some Med cruises, which is just, uh, pretty much helping, uh, different nations along the Mediterranean. It's about a six month cruise. [Pause] When I was, when I was in the USMC, I was in the Military Police and also worked part-time at the local sheriff. And I have, I have a lot of stories about things that you see while you're doing patrols, things like that. Uh. [Pause] While I was, uh, in the Marine Corps, here's a story for you. [Pause] The funniest thing we had, was one night, we were on patrol and we were called up to the front gate and there was a gentleman driving really slowly. Must have been traveling about three, four miles an hour coming up to the gate. And the, the MP there waved the gentleman to stop. And this gentleman was hugging his windshield, drove right past him, hit all five cones, and finally stopped approximately 20 feet down. Well, we pulled this gentleman out of the vehicle and had him stand to the side. The gentleman was intoxicated, and, um, we were sitting there trying to communicate with him and he was pretty much, uh, delusioned, I guess, is a good word for it. Um, we had the police dog with us and we were holding onto the dog. The dog was barking away. And this gentleman, prob-, probably about 55 years old, drops down to all fours and starts barking at this, at our dog. And if you know, uh, police dogs, they're not too friendly dogs, anyway. But this gentleman's there, in the dirt, on all fours, just barking away at this dog. It was one of the funniest sights I remember seeing happened. Well, I got out of the Marine Corps, um, went back to California for a while and it wasn't too, too exciting. So I moved back to the Charlotte area. I've been here approximately, uh, about two years now, and work at Best Buy as their, uh, Audio Manager. And it's, it's fun working at Best Buy. I meet a lot of people, I enjoy sales. Then, um, [pause] I'm part American Indian, part Thai, which was a pretty cool mix because I almost look Hispanic and it's just funny that I get a lot of people trying to, uh, talk to me as if I am Hispanic. Every time we go into a, um, Spanish restaurant or Mexican restaurant, first thing they do is start talking to me in Spanish, which is, which is funny anywhere I go. Uh, but, uh, it's, it's pretty cool. I enjoy the Charlotte area. Thank you.