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What are you passionate about?
Service. Quick, diligent, precise, anticipatory service. I love serving the people around me. I'll do anything to help people be at their best.
Best class taken as a student:
Interpersonal Dynamics at the Stanford GSB. Turns out that up to that point in my life I hadn't really been listening, just waiting to talk.
Favorite hero of fiction?
Travis McGee, although Sherlock Holmes and Mitch Rapp are also on the podium.
"Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?"
It is still, and has for a long time been, a tie between Egypt and hijinks. Writing the three down strokes, "gyp", in Egypt is so much fun. Likewise, the three superscript dots in a row in hijinks are fantastic.
A standup desk, you've got to get up and get active, move around.
Coffee or tea:
Coffee, especially Public Domain's Prometheus Blend.
Cruise control. I believe the highway patrol should aggressively ticket people who aren't able to maintain speed.
Belts, believe you me they are going the way of the buggy whip.
On the top of your "Projects I'd Love To Get To" list:
Animated animal shorts. I have a whole bunch of ideas. The plot I like best is about a group of mafioso langoustines, unrepentant smokers and scoundrels, who are scooped up in the Mediterranean and taken to Las Vegas. In their minds it is to muscle in on Vegas operations. In reality, they have to outwit the kitchen staff to escape.
Favorite music album:
Exile on Main Street
Best halloween costume:
In fourth grade I went as a speed bump. Yellow fabric, wood frame to provide some structure along the top. My Dad backed over it a few times on the driveway to add some tire marks. I carried a sign with me that read, "Caution Bump Ahead". Zero prizes in the costume contest came my way, not a one. A friend of mine borrowed the costume in fifth grade and won first prize. I'm still pissed.
"Take things always by their smooth handle." -- Thomas Jefferson. Although Ross Perot’s, “Eagles don’t flock” is wonderfully fierce.
First computer owned:
Have always had Macs for personal use. I guess the PowerPC when I went to college was the first computer where I was the primary user. I also had one of those orange clam shell shaped iBooks that, like clockwork, crashed during finals every quarter.
Favorite form of exercise:
I believe you have to mix it up. Swimming one day, then running the next. I read a Wall Street Journal article about a congressional staffer in DC who laid out 20 different workouts, named them, and then rolls an old set of Dungeons and Dragons dice to determine what he is going to do that day. Am slowly expanding my own repertoire of options.
Play gin. Learning backgammon. Tempted by bridge.
I remain positive that I will have my golf game tuned up in time for the opening round of the 2044 NCGA Super Senior.