Fun fact: I went to college at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. It is the coldest college campus in the lower 48, and has tunnels between the buildings to keep the students from freezing. The coldest temperature I remember was during a graveyard shift in January at the juvenile training center that I worked at to pay for college. I was listening to the college radio station to try to stay awake, and they announced that it was 45 below zero! I did not know that car tires froze “out of round” at about 25 below zero, so your car drove like you had square tires on it for about the first quarter of a mile till the tires warmed up a little.
Bonus fun fact: I managed Newberrys variety store in the Vancouver Mall from 1983 to 1990. It was a great training ground for me to learn to manage my current store. I loved the first six years, but then the seventh year was a not so great of an experience. That job is how I found out I was not really cut out for the corporate world.
Favorite spot on a Saturday night: The deck at my house in Felida with my wife and friends; Esther Short Park during beer and wine festivals. I’ve gotten a little too old to be out late at night!
Favorite movies: “Local Hero” and “The Big Lebowski.”
Music of choice: Folk, soft rock and Irish. Early favorite artist was Mark Knopfler for years, and while I still love to listen to his music, lately it has been Mumford and Son’s, Great Big Sea, The National, Band of Horses and when it is time for quiet music, George Winston.
Favorite place to eat: La Bottega, Uptown Village, Ginger Pop, Tommy O’s, Low Bar. All have their place in my dining world.
Motto/Inspirational quote: Two from my mentor Dick Leslie early in my career: “If you don’t have time to do this the right way today, why do you think you can re-do it correctly tomorrow?” And: “I don’t mind making a mistake the first time, but I really hate making the same mistake a second time.”