Andy Hillstrand’s Online Chat Transcript, June 5, 2007

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Aroostook: Andy, what would you and Johnathan have done with the "whiner" that Monte was stuck with? Used him for bait?

Andy Hillstrand: Yeah, I would have turned that boat around. First I would have locked him in the room — I don't want to see your face! I was enraged. No matter if the guys were giving him a hard time, it shows your character if you can keep working. But to walk off the deck — that's just quitting. So it just enrages me.

Lhiiiz: Have you personally ever had a close call while crabbing?

Andy Hillstrand: Yes, I've had a line wrapped around my hand once. I just kind of threw my hand forward, and didn't panic. The coils that were wrapping around my hand — I lost my glove, and it happened so fast. It just wasn't my time to go. It could have pulled me right over because there was major tension on the line.

Kdewberry: Hello! Do you have any other siblings besides Johnathan and if so, do they fish as well?

Andy Hillstrand: Yes, I have 3 other brothers besides Johnathan. Neal is on the boat fishing with us on all these episodes. My other 2 brothers — one is a doctor, and one works on the North Slope of Alaska, up on the oil fields.

Beth 44: What's the best thing about being on Deadliest Catch? What have your best experiences been since achieving this "celebrity" status?

Andy Hillstrand: The best thing is I have the best home videos of anyone out there! And I guess people come up to me on the street and want to shake my hand and say they love the show. It's a good feeling to know that people appreciate the job you do, and that they think it's worthwhile enough to spend their time watching it. I don't feel like I'm a celebrity — I feel like the same person I've always been. I guess maybe if I get to go to a NASCAR race and meet Tony Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr., THEN I'll be a celebrity!

Aroostook: Captain Andy, we have been watching reruns all weekend, and I have decided I'm not taking you shopping! On the average how much time do you spend in the grocery store? You look like contestants in that game show that used to be on where people raced through the market to get the biggest haul in the least time!

Andy Hillstrand: Unfortunately, it takes about 3 hours to do all that shopping. That's why we run as fast as we can, and we've been shopping for so long that we're lucky we have it down to 3 hours! We get everything that you can throw off those shelves — magazines, steaks, produce, slippers, chocolate — you name it. When you're out on the ocean, you don't have a second chance to drive back to the store, so you have to make it count. And they get real grumpy when you forget the milk :—) We've done that — and forgotten coffee. Oh yeah. Yelling at everyone for forgetting the coffee. We had to drink tea.

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