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Featured Member of the Month - January 2019

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Each month, our Featured Member section profiles a ClausNet member. Members are chosen totally at random by me and the staff. Once selected as Featured Member of the Month, we interview the candidate and post the interview here. This is a wonderful way to get to know your fellow ClausNet members!

We are happy to announce our ClausNet Featured Member for January 2019 is Biker Claus!

Biker Claus
Featured ClausNet Member – January 2019

dave

dave

Profile: Biker Claus
Real Name: David
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
ClausNet member since: 7 January 2013
Community Reputation (as of today): 12 – Nice!
Facebook: @david.lovato.9809

January

Our first featured ClausNet member of the month for 2019 comes to us from Albuquerque, New Mexico! Biker Santa aka Santa David joined ClausNet back in 2013. We caught up with Santa Dave a few days ago, and here is what he had to say...

ClausNet: How long have you been portraying Santa Claus and how did you get started?
Biker Claus: "Since 1983 - 35 years. I remember that my uncle had rented out a suit and was Santa at our house he used my bedroom to undress so I saw the suit on my bed and just for the fun of it I put it on and was Santa for the neighbors I was hooked ever since."

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ClausNet: What or who are your influences on your portrayal of Santa Claus?
Biker Claus: "Hmmm. I must say like everyone else, it would be Edmund Gwenn from Miracle on 34th Street; that and Nicholas from Rise of the Guardians. What a mix right?"

ClausNet: What do you enjoy most about being Santa Claus?
Biker Claus: "It’s hard to say. There is so much about it that I like. I think it’s mostly the look in the kid’s eyes when they see you and believe."

ClausNet: What is your most memorable visit?
Biker Claus: "Wow that’s a hard one. There have been so many. I guess I would have to say when I met a little 11 year old girl at Walmart 10 years ago. I still think about it today. I was trying to talk to her and her little brother keep on interrupting. I finally turned to him and told him that he had to wait his turn, he then told me “Santa she is deaf and cannot hear me”. I told him sorry you did a good thing telling me. So I put her down and signed Merry Christmas have you been good and what is it that you would like for Christmas. She spoke so fast in sign her mom couldn’t keep up. I was told that they went to the mall to see Santa, but he couldn’t sign so that was not the real Santa the mother started to cry and thank over and over again. I always wonder about her."

ClausNet: Do you have a favorite gig?
Biker Claus: "My favorite would have to be my hardest one that I do. Kirkland Air Force Base pulls in kids from all the low income community centers around the area. They feed them, show them a petting zoo, see Santa and get a toy we see about 3 thousand people in one day."

ClausNet: What is your dream gig?
Biker Claus: "I’m not really sure. I guess it would be the next one. Haha! I do have a sort of Santa bucket list: parade, work 1 week at a mall, 1 out of state visit, and 1 out of country visit."

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ClausNet: What keeps you busy when you are not being Santa?
Biker Claus: "Riding my bike (motorcycle) and working on my next Santa idea. Yes, I know. I am close to being obsessed. I guess I’m in good company."

ClausNet: What are your hobbies / interests?
Biker Claus: "Santa, Motorcycles, Music, Food. Did I say Santa?"

ClausNet: What is your favorite color?
Biker Claus: "Purple for most, burgundy for the suit."

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ClausNet: What is your favorite food?
Biker Claus: "Are you kidding? I’m Santa size. There’s not much I don’t like. But if I have to pick one it would be lasagna. It has to be homemade!"

ClausNet: Coke or Pepsi?
Biker Claus: "Sorry guys, I have to say Pepsi."

ClausNet: What is your favorite cookie?
Biker Claus: "There will have to be two different ones: Biscotto’s and white chocolate macadamia nut."

ClausNet: What is your favorite movie?
Biker Claus: "It’s not a movie but a show Doctor Who."

ClausNet: Do you have a favorite Christmas movie?
Biker Claus: "Miracle on 34th Street, The Rise of the Guardians, and Scrooge."

ClausNet: What is your favorite Christmas song?
Biker Claus: "Easy one. Elvi’s Santa’s Back In Town."

ClausNet: What was the last book that you read?
Biker Claus: "The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge."

ClausNet: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Biker Claus: "I would love to be a singer, but I can’t sing."

ClausNet: What profession would you not like to attempt?
Biker Claus: "Sky diving. You can only fail once."

ClausNet: What were some of your favorite toys as a child?
Biker Claus: "As a child it would be G.I. Joe and now, Transformers. They are just cool. Yes I still play with toys.I loved Lincoln Logs! I loved to build forts with them for my little green army men."

ClausNet: What is your most memorable experience of Santa while growing up?
Biker Claus: "When I was growing up, I really don’t remember meeting up with any Santas. I do remember going to the North Pole at Pikes pick and fighting with an Elf on top of the North Pole. I think we were fighting over if I was Naughty or Nice."

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ClausNet: What is the hardest question you have gotten as Santa Claus and what was your response?
Biker Claus: "It would have to be when I visited a children's hospital. There was a child in a room that none of us could go in. We just had to wave to him from outside. This kid about 8 or so I'm assuming. His bother asked if I could make his brother better. I had to tell him that even with all my abilities there are some things even I cannot do, but I do know someone who is a lot more powerful than I am and I will pray and ask him to help. After that I had to leave and be by myself for a while. I did learn a lesson that being Santa is not just all fun, there can be a lot of heartbreak."

ClausNet: How did you find ClausNet?
Biker Claus: "I heard about it from Facebook through another Santa."

ClausNet: And what do you like most about ClausNet?
Biker Claus: "I like all the info you could get from other Santas, plus great ideas for your outfit and what things you could do for entertainment at your visits. I also like the idea that there was no competition. Everyone helped for the greater good."

ClausNet: Is there a Santa or Mrs. Claus over the years that you admire or has inspired you? Can you tell us a little bit about him/her?
Biker Claus: "Santa Brain Voyles has been great to bounce ideas off and get ideas. Santa Marty was great for getting ideas of outfits. I took his idea for the brass on my boots."

ClausNet: What advice can you give to a first time Santa or Mrs. Claus?
Biker Claus: "Above everything else, be kind and have fun. Don’t try to be perfect. You never will be, so just enjoy being there in the moment."

ClausNet: Anything else you would like to add?
Biker Claus: "I would like to say thank you to ClausNet. I feel like this is a great honor to be recognize by your own peers."

Thank you David! Everyone, please join me in congratulating Biker Claus, our ClausNet Featured Member of the Month for January 2019!

dave

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Santa Ed K

Congratulations! Well done

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Santa Mike IN

Congratulations.

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Felix Estridge

Congratulations and welcome to the MOTM Club!

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Kevin Fast

Congratulations 

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Santa Peter

:congrats:

   and welcome to the MOTM club

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Santa Bill Reiller

Congratulations Biker!!!!   Welcome to the MOTM Club!!!

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Hubcity Santa

Congratulations!!!

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Jason2274

Wonderful interview. Biker Claus, if you ever come to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, look me up. It would be an honor to meet you. The rally is down the road from my house.

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Drosselmeyer

:groupwavereversed::congrats::groupwavereversed:

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DeputyDogRick

Congratulations Santa job well done

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Santa Steve H

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Eileen Strom

:congrats:

Welcome to the club!

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SCSanta

Congratulations and Welcome to the MOtM Club!

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Santa Johnny Boy

Congratulations, Santa Dave, on a well deserved honor!

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Tommy

Congratulations!! Wonderful interview!!!

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Santa Brian of SC

Congratulations my brother in red. Chat with you on Facebook message..

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Biker Claus

i would like to thank everyone i feel that this is a great honor something I need to add to my Santa bucket list and scratch off to be recognized by my peers.     

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Big-Un

Congratulations and welcome to the "Club." You and I have a few things in common, especially praying with them for a request we can't honor. Keep up the good work!

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magicsantaphil

Loved the interview and congratulations! 

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Bestemor Claus

:congrats:   

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