Hot wings delivery guy. Soooo valuable. Where do they even come from?
Acting is not my strength. But, when I do, I prefer to be the bad boy!
I'm not saying my friends and I actually tried to beam anyone up, but we researched what it would take.
Forgetting my wallet. It was like Fast Times At Ridgemont High, but worse (I was wearing a corduroy suit.)
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I learned Latvian from my parents, English from a television, rolled a wagon over a Saint Bernard's broken leg, got bit by a Saint Bernard, stopped eating meat, was called "boisterous" by an arresting officer, drew a comic strip featuring a monkey named "Mook," started eating meat, bought a cool metal detector, spent $23,000 at a single pub, bought a 10-acre farm for no real reason, got some alpacas, went on a bigfoot expedition, stopped eating meat, tore my Achilles, rebuilt a 1973 BMW toaster motorbike, and was asked to sum up my life, in that order.
Sid and Marty Krofft shows. Land of the Lost was the most ridiculous, but my favorite was H.R. Pufnstuf because it didn't try to be serious.
Director of Account Services
I'm 6'7" with the afro.
Shark fishing. Unfortunately, I don't often do it here in Wisconsin.
I ate sheep tongue soup in the Bahamas.
That I could scrub off my freckles with a washcloth
Venison sausage (served with lettuce, Miracle Whip, and fresh white bread that sticks to the roof of your mouth ... mmmm).
Director of Digital Marketing
Not exactly a random skill, but I would really like to be more mechanically inclined. Incredibly awesome ninja skills are cool but not as practical.
I consider myself a 7 on the funny scale. My wife would probably rate me a 3. She doesn't see situational humor the same way I do. But, on the bright side, I now know never to make fun of anything to do with her getting ready to go out, driving, clothes, paint color selections, cleanliness, handwriting, decision making, friends and family, favorite movies, childhood, the newly acquainted "yooper" accent, wait ... she's not going to see this, is she?
George Washington ... well, him or Jimmy Buffett. Wide spectrum, I know. If you would've asked me two years ago, I would have said the cast of Jersey Shore. I think I better just stop talking now.
Director of Public Relations
Margarita—brick oven style with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.
Speaking of food, heaven to me is a place where I could eat all of the delicious food I want and never gain a pound. Oh, and in heaven there's no housework. And, no alarm clocks!
My 1-year-old daughter is just starting to talk. Lately her favorite thing is to make animal sounds. At random moments she'll look at you and yell, "Moo!" "Quack!" or "Baa!"
As a PR girl, it' s got to be "Scandal." I'd love to hang out with Olivia Pope for a week, go shopping, drink fine wine, and go behind the scenes at the White House.
Digital Marketing Specialist
Geography, especially 5th grade. It sparked my desire to travel to all five Great Lakes, 50 states (and their capitals), seven continents, and 200+ countries. So far, I've ventured to a couple countries and most of the states, but I have a long way to go. Mr. Ford would be proud.
Chipotle burrito bowl with a side of chips and guacamole. According to the seats of my car, they aren't as grab-and-go as I thought.
I like to look at snow. From inside a warm home. Wrapped up on a cozy couch. While drinking a Cabernet Sauvignon. I call it "Winter Winebernation."
Cooking. Recipes are a great start, but I love to get creative and make them my own. Right now, I'm on a Brussels spouts kick. Seriously! Sauté some with bacon, garlic, and shallots. Drool, drool.
My relationship with roller coasters has been kind of up and down over the years.
March, because the weather is like a roller coaster.
Coaster-Man! (protector of fine table surfaces)
Pulled into the girl's driveway and remembered that my car didn't have reverse. After nervously going to the door, meeting her dad, etc., we leave. I start the car, put it in neutral, leave the driver's door open, grab the front bumper and start to push. This is a big car, so it takes a bit of rocking. As I slowly push it down the drive, I look up and see her dad watching from the picture window, arms crossed, very unhappy. Great way to impress the old man.
Director of Technology
I'm thinking Bill Hader. He's intelligent, really likable, kinda nerdy, and never takes himself too seriously. It would certainly take someone with his caliber of creativity to turn the story of my life into something people could actually sit through for 90 minutes.
The legal term on my rap sheet would be something like "unauthorized access to computer networks." Yeah, that means "computer hacking."
Negotiating contracts+billing+finding new business+building relationships, etc. = Too many distractions taking time from doing what I love.
Copywriter / Asst. Creative Director
My friend and I call it the "Cemetery Prank." On a dark night, I drive my girlfriend to the cemetery and park the car. After a few uncomfortable minutes, my buddy, wearing a spooky mask and trench coat, sits up from a gravesite and walks toward the car. Obviously, much hilarity ensues, as well as looking for a new girlfriend.
"Hot Rocks" double album by The Rolling Stones. The first of many vinyl purchases, and I still have the record. Paper route money well spent.
A coworker and group of friends were hitting my favorite bar because it had a great offering of craft beers. Although I couldn't meet them out, I did buy the group of 12 their first round, which I had already pre-paid with the bartender earlier in the week.
Director of Publications
Sense of humor, adventurousness, and loyalty. You'd think only a dog could have all three. But, I found the man who possesses the trifecta!
A black jaguar. And, I would walk it everyday. Why? Because it's bad-ass, that's why.
1994 during Spring Break, Daytona Beach, Florida. I'm not at liberty to discuss any other events that transpired that week.
The sounds I hear walking through the woods up north on a breezy fall day.
A singing voice. Ask me to sing, and you'll wish I had that gift, too.
Sr. Web Developer
Growing a beard is not only a way to camouflage yourself better in the woods, scare small children, and keep food scraps for later. It's also a competition of which I'm the reigning champion 3 years running.
Skipping the details to protect the names of the families and fellow accomplices, let's just say that the age-old phrase was uttered: "Hold my beer. Watch this!"
Venison tenderloin and potatoes is my specialty. Unless there's a mess of panfish ready for the deep fryer. These dishes are always complemented nicely with an ice-cold beverage of choice.
I think of Red Skelton on old VHS tapes from the '60s that I used to watch at my grandparents' house when I was a kid. They were old comedy movies and were actually pretty hilarious.
A hawk. They're one of my favorite animals to watch. I always feel like good luck is around when I see one (I'm very superstitious). I want to be high above the ground with the resources to quickly head south without relying on airlines.
Way too much. Apparently I need to watch Dumb & Dumber because I'm missing out on something; you should always trust your instincts (I relearn that one weekly); the character of Woodstock was going to be a girl but was changed at the last minute to male.
"W," huh? Maybe an easier letter next time? Cartoon: Woodstock, Snoopy's little bird buddy. Actor: Denzel Washington. He's nice to watch if you know what I mean. Band: little from which to choose. Wham? Not going there.
Senior Graphic Designer
It would definitely have to involve beer and sailing around the world. I would sail to new lands and learn as much as I could about different beer and brewing styles from brewmasters. Then, steal their secrets for my own beer.
The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The bay completely empties out every day leaving fishing boats "dry docked." It was crazy to see huge boats resting on land. One day, we rented kayaks and paddled in caves and stuff. We left when the tide was coming in but stayed out too long, and the bay started to empty. We ended up having to hike the kayaks though a foot of muck to shore, it was worth it though.
I would have to choose Rancho Cucamonga because it's ridiculously fun to say out loud.
The hiphop-opotamus. Because his lyrics are bottomless.
May contain nuts.
Live Well. Laugh Often. Love Much. (with a hint of paprika)
I am terrified of overexuberant clowns, dead-eyed great white sharks, and ice cream truck calliope music. And to boot, I am especially afraid of shark-riding clowns who love to whistle ice cream truck calliope music. I don't want to talk about this anymore.
Serendipity. It is "the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way." I love the idea of a happy accident. Also, "Serendipity" is one of my favorite movies. Now, I have to try that New Glarus fruit beer.
Spiders, clowns, and people in mascot costumes are NOT terrifying. Please face these fears now so your adult self doesn’t have to be tortured.
Now, that sounds dangerous! If there’s one thing I’ve learned from time travel films, it’s that you should not change how anything happened in history. Just one simple change—the bagel I choose for breakfast—could have huge repercussions on the future! I’ll keep my life the way it is, thank you.
Definitely a houseboat … with a paddle wheel … and a hammock. However, I don't swim well, so can I put it on wheels and tour the country that way?
How to take responsibility for your actions. Wow. Writing that made me feel really old.
Always a painful question, but here they are in no particular order: Weezer, "Blue Album"—Released the year I spent every possible hour snowboarding, this album never fails to put a smile on my face. Death Cab for Cutie, "Plans"—This one has the song we played at our wedding, so it’ll always hold a special place for me. Fugazi, "13 Songs"—These days I actually gravitate toward their later albums, but I can't deny the record that got me started.
Content Marketing Specialist
It was Ben Folds at Summerfest. His plane was delayed, and a huge crowd was waiting and waiting after the opening act ended. It was so packed people were standing sideways on bleachers. Then just before I started throwing elbows as claustrophobia got the best of me - Ben hit the stage and put on a really fun show.
The opportunity to be a dad to my sons, because it allows me to keep playing with squirt guns, action figures and Legos.
Cognitive Surplus, by Clay Shirky. It's about how technology is helping people create things and change the world in collaboration with each other. I also can't neglect to mention the impact Where the Wild Things Are has had on my life.
The best parties you forget the next morning. My son had a pretty sweet 6th birthday party though. He got a metal detector. Now I have a metal detector too.
Bank robbery - so I could put together a crew of unsavory characters.
Lounging around binge watching an entire series on Netflix while someone cooks all of my meals. Grapes and a palm leaf optional.
A dance club where the DJ desperately wants to be a comedian. So, he plays good music and does his set in-between songs. Weddings are his highest paid gigs, but he does clubs for the thrill. I think I just accidentally pitched an Adam Sandler movie...
University IS a life experience, so I say both. I learned time-management and how to best avoid creepy, dark alleys at 2am.
I can't even begin to guess what kids are learning in school these days. By the time my daughter gets to kindergarten, kids will be doing Google internships.
I wouldn't call it a collection, but I do keep every greeting card I receive (birthday, Christmas, etc). There is something about the handwriting of your loved ones that I can't part with.
People who eat and breathe. Okay I should probably clarify, when I can hear people chewing or hear them breathing.
Penguins, they show up to every occasion over dressed.
My Dad. He has an answer or explanation for every question. Is he always correct or do I just believe him because he is my Dad? Well, that is open for conversation.
I feel like I should under promise over deliver on this one, so I am going to say 5.
Director of Business Development
Soccer. In 2nd grade my team won the Little Kickers Championship, so I feel qualified to play at the Olympic level for sure! And yes, I still have my trophy!
Princess Leia…it’s my go-to costume since my two boys are obsessed with Star Wars and are dressed as a different character each Halloween. I must clarify, it’s pre-Jabba Leia, not slave Leia from Return of the Jedi. Uh, did I say that out loud? Maybe I am just a little into Star Wars too...
In college I was offered an internship in Wisconsin, and one in Hawaii. I would have to say that although it was not a hard one to make, choosing Hawaii is up there in my Top 5 best decisions.
I am drawn to fun-loving people who don’t mind being pranked once in a while. I wouldn’t let me have access to your office. Just sayin’
Being at outdoor venues is the best, so I would have to say haunting Alpine Valley and being able to see live music all the time would be pretty fantastic. Lambeau Field and seeing all the games would be amazing too....plus I could maybe use my haunting powers to help the Packers win.
Content Marketing Specialist
I am an avid water skier -- I've been skiing since I was 7-years-old. For the last seven years I have performed with several show ski teams, including the Wrightstown Waterboard Warriors. When it comes to acts or ski disciplines, I can pretty much do them all. But if there was one skill I wish I could master...well, it would be two: inverted freestyle jumping and longline backwards barefoot deep up/slalom. If you want to know what all that means, meet me at the Bomier boat launch in De Pere at 6:00 a.m. and bring coffee. There's always a need for a third.
I am a phenomenal dancer, I have pictures as evidence for those who need proof. I have even considered freelancing for parties and weddings for those who need guests asking, "who's the guy with the sweet moves?" I'm a little unseasoned with the Schuhplattler, but I've got polkas down pat. Waltz, jazz and swing -- stupendous! As for more contemporary dancing, well I'm working on it (seriously). One of my reliable moves is both hands up in the air with fingers pointed and knees slightly bent, rocking from side to side. (I said I was working on it). What I might lack in execution, I make up with enthusiasm.
I have to admit that hamburgers are one of my biggest weaknesses. I always try to make a concerted effort to eat as healthy as possible in order to safely indulge in them. I've had some great ones in my nearly 30 years on this earth, from Springfield, Ill. to Redondo Beach, Calif. The burger from Joe Rouer's in Duvall hasn't won awards for nothing. If you're in Springfield, you can only go to D'Arcy's Pint for a 'horseshoe' (don't worry about the calories). Closer to Green Bay, The Cannery Public Market's burger fare is definitely worth a try as is Red's 'G.W.’s Lamb Burger', a delicious and a much more refined take on a Nyro's gyro burger that I would frequent during my time on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus (mostly after the 2:00 a.m. hour). Chicago's Acadia has one of the best burgers I have ever had and comes in a very close second. But when it comes down to the best burger, I have to say it's from California's In-N-Out Burger: Double-Double, animal style. It has that 'umami' taste you can't find around here...a certain 'je ne sais quoi'. Unfortunately, the closest location is in Allen, Texas, a 16 hour and 50 minute drive away (don't ask me how I know). Maybe it's the distance that makes my love for it even stronger. So, until I can get my hands on one of these, the burger I make myself will have to be the best.
Anyone that knows me knows that I love to laugh and love making others laugh as well. Perhaps the people I enjoy making laugh the most are my children. This week both of my kids were sick and not feeling too great. Despite being under the weather, my son Owen was able to crank out some belly laughs for me. I don’t know why making weird faces at him always gets a giggle, maybe I’m odd looking to him… Whatever the reason, their laughter is the best sound in the world and laughing with my kids is always a fun time for me.
The sweetest gift I ever received? I have a few that come to mind, but a trip to Chicago, a ticket to the band Muse and a marriage proposal take the cake!
The person I would want to get drinks with always changes. Currently, I would love to sip a drink with Sir Ken Robinson. I recently watched his Ted talk on how the educational system is stifling creativity. Given he is a leader in the development of innovation and creativity, I would love to pick his brain on how I can best foster the talents my children have and how I can stay on my A-game as it relates to developing creative solutions for work and home.
ONE song? I love all, OK most, kinds of music so I really can’t narrow it down to one. If I think back to my tapes and Walkman… yes, I’m aging myself… I was listening to Bobby Brown, Alice in Chains, Queen, Madonna, Fine Young Cannibals, Van Halen, Sting… So, to pick one song I will go to the song I’m currently obsessed with which is Reapers by Muse. Check back with me in a week or two. It will be different!
When folks share and talk positively with genuine passion about anything. Oh, and popcorn.
I’ve had a longstanding crush on the bubbly bark of the under-appreciated dogfish (it’s two pets in one.)
"Cool." But, I'll actually answer to anything.
Now, the right now, this very moment ... is all there is. NOW! It doesn't mean you don't make plans nor reflect on the past, but setting goals and looking back is still done in the right now!
When I was a child, my ideas of celebrities were a bit different than now. With that being said, I would have to say Mega Man. What isn't there to like about a power hijacking super cyborg that fights in the name of justice?
My greatest accomplishment is my constant drive for knowledge and continual learning. No, I wouldn't say putting 500+ hours into Fallout is an accomplishment over an obsession.
The 1940s - 1950s; To be part of the early modern computer discovery and to live in a time where music, food, and American culture was really booming.
I am not sure if I chose it or it chose me. My family was a bunch of geeky artists that loved art and technology. I just fell right in, and web development is the best of both worlds.
Optimism - Technology - Coffee
by Bell's Brewery, Comstock, MI
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