Fun fact: My first job out of college was as a radio DJ. My goal was to work my way into sports broadcasting and become the next Chris Berman on ESPN. I did play-by-play of several state championship high school basketball and football games, some CBA basketball games, and a national championship football game for my alma mater Central Washington University in the Tacoma Dome in 1995.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: This time of year, with my family in Hillsboro sitting in our seats watching the Hillsboro Hops play minor league baseball in front of a packed house. A packed house that should’ve been here in Vancouver… What??? Me bitter? Nahhh. Otherwise, my mom started a tradition years ago where she has the kids and grandkids out to her house in Hockinson. She and my dad cook dinner for family night. It’s a great tradition that every family should start. Our lives are so dang busy as a society, it’s absolutely therapeutic to stop for a couple of hours every week and enjoy your families. Life is short; make all the memories you can.
Favorite movie: It’s a three Way Tie between “Bull Durham,” “Shawshank Redemption” and “Pretty Woman.” Yes, I said Pretty Woman. Sue me!!!
Music of choice: Very eclectic – Dave Matthews; Mumford and Sons; Chris Botti; 80’s music of all genres; John Mayer; Harry Connick Jr.; Foo Fighters; Led Zeppelin. Being a jazz drummer I can’t get enough good jazz. I will listen to almost any band live.
Favorite place to eat: Vancouver has so many good choices I can’t possibly name just one. Depends on what I’m in the mood for, and if I’ve got the whole family in tow. That changes everything. The Rock; Tommy O’s; Main Event; Mill Creek Pub; La Botega; Hudson’s. You don’t have to cross the river to find GREAT food!
Motto/Inspirational quote: “We’re not here to find a way to heaven. The way is heaven. Enjoy the ride.” I’ve also always liked the bumper sticker, “Wag More, Bark Less.” Study after study proves that an optimistic upbeat attitude will get you further in life, and your own personal health will benefit as well. Plus, people say you suck less when you’re nice. Stay classy Vancouver!