I am deadly serious about food and wine. I think foie gras is the greatest thing on earth. I think the state of California should be banned, not foie gras. I enjoy taking risks in the form of investments, relationships, or senseless stunts on snowboards. Practical jokes are the peak of excitement for me; I consider prank phone calls to be a sophisticated form of art. I'm a proud ENTJ (extraversion, intuition, thinking, judgment), which I think accounts for 3% of the broader population, but a large plurality of Kalypsonians. I prefer cool weather as the sun makes me sneeze. I am fiercely competitive, even in strange contexts. I am a Bocce Ball champion, a childhood tree-climbing prodigy, and a seasoned hot wing challenge veteran. I am a lover of other people's dogs.
What are your travel must-haves?
En route to the flight:
- Venti iced Americano from Café Vita, Stumptown, or Assembly Hall (three prolific Seattle coffee roasters)
- Immediately followed by an Uber to the airport (I usually drink the Americano in the Uber)
- Victorianox carry-on and laptop bags (these have endured seven years of near weekly travel with only minor repairs necessary)
- TSA Pre-Check pass (mine is enhanced so that it speeds me through customs on international flights, along with the domestic security line)
- MobileDay app (typically I’ll spend the morning before my Monday flight poking my head into a few conference calls, into which I auto-dial using my MobileDay app)
- A bag of roasted almonds (great low-sugar, high-protein snack to help power through long travel days with limited access to sit-down restaurants)
- Alaska Airlines e-ticket app
On the plane:
- Bose noise cancelling headphones
- iPad, fully loaded with episodes of House of Lies (House of Lies is to a consultant what a motivational speech in the locker room is to an NFL player)
- Adam Carolla's podcast (I never miss an episode)
- Reading material (right now I’m piecing through Peter Mayle’s A Year in Provence, a refreshing contrast to a fast-paced consulting lifestyle)
At the destination:
- Yelp (to pick out the restaurant for the evening and the after dinner entertainment)
- VRBO - Vacation Rentals By Owner (sometimes it's worthwhile to forget the Marriott points and stay somewhere interesting)
- Tide to-go pens (Sriracha stains don’t stand a chance)
- Travel-sized toiletries from Walgreens
Who are your favorite writers?
Kurt Vonnegut, H.L Mencken, Thoreau and adventure novelists like Daniel Dafoe and Robert Louis Stevenson. In the non-fiction department, I'm really into econ scholars like Friedrich Hayek and Ludwig von Mises.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Rather than a single event, I consider my greatest achievement to be lasting courses of development. A couple things come to mind:
- The progression of my career, my apprenticeship in the consulting trade, and the development of my capacity to deliver value to the world around me
- Learning to cook. It has been an indispensable creative outlet, a boost to my quality of life, and it makes me feel like an adult
What is your most treasured possession?
I'm somewhat of a minimalist, but my kitchen (which has grown through years of acquisition) is probably my most treasured possession. Sadly, it was once destroyed in The Great Flood (an incident in which I set off the sprinkler valves in my condo. I will NOT tell you how it happened), but the insurance company came through, and it reigns once again in all its glory.
When and where were you happiest?
- The Après-ski festivities in the slope side cabin at Whistler
- The exit walk through the parking lot after a kick-ass presentation to a client
- The "A-Ha!" moment of an elegant solution to a critical problem
- The first course of the first meal on a first visit to a far-off place
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