Monday, January 14, 2008

middleCoast Staff Profiles!

Thanks to the fervent buzz surrounding this year's mC staff member picks for the Best of 2007, we decided to give you a glimpse into the lives of the people that make the middleCoast possible. We present The middleCoast Staff Profiles:

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Jessica, aka Red

1. Ultimate Goal in Life: Travel the world with leisure

2. One Album I Could Never Part With: Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy

3. My Pet Is... Stella/Kitty

4. Favorite Night Spot: My bed, with a book

5. Odd Superhero Power: I absorb other's emotions easily

6. Favorite Website: www.chicagotribune.com

7. Favorite Lunch Spot: Bandera Grill

8. Favorite Street Corner: Armitage & Halsted - shopping heaven, with teahouse to boot

9. Pet Peeve: Tardiness

10. Most Celebrated Moment: My wedding

11. I Heart... Animals

12. If You Wanted To Buy Me a Drink, It Would Be: A soy latte

13. Fantasy Celebrity Spouse: Wes Anderson












14. One Bad Habit I Can't Shake: Putting my foot in my mouth

15. The Occupation of My Alter-ego: Novelist

16. If I Could Live Inside One Movie for the Rest of My Life, It Would Be: The Royal Tenenbaums

17. Top Five Classic Fashion Items -
1) Perfect-fitting jeans
2) Gold earrings

3) A fabulous bag

4) Unique flats

5) A lovely scarf/wrap


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Rene Romero, Jr
1. Ultimate Goal in Life: To be old and happy

2. One Album I Could Never Part With: Air's Moon Safari

3. My Pet Is... Awesome - what's up NITER!

4. Favorite Night Spot: Oh god. My bed. Or Debonair Social Club when my friends deejay


5. Odd Superhero Power: My ability to put up with stupidity

6. Favorite Website: Missingtoof.com, Myspace.com!!!!!!!

7. Favorite Lunch Spot: ZKF...I always get a discount

8. Favorite Street Corner: Anywhere that intersects Racine between Fullerton & Grace...that's my secret quick route home

9. Pet Peeve: People thinking they are sexy

10. Most Celebrated Moment: Puberty

11. I Heart... Beav

12. If You Wanted To Buy Me a Drink, It Would Be: Hitachino Nest White Ale...the Japanese even brew better beer than us

13. Fantasy Celebrity Spouse: Josh Duhamel...I wanna kill Fergie

14. One Bad Habit I Can't Shake: Rolling my eyes

15. The Occupation of My Alter-ego: Stupid, sexy accountant

16. If I Could Live Inside One Movie for the Rest of My Life, It Would Be: He-Man & She-Ra's Christmas Special
17. Top Five Stupid Questions I've Heard At Work (plus one) -
1) "How do you keep those glasses on your face?"
2) "How old do you have to be to bartend?"

3) "How much do it cost to have a birthday party up in there?"

4) "Can you play some current hip-hop?"

5)
"What makes that juice organic?"
6) "Isn't Rene a girl's name?"

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JasonToo

1. Ultimate Goal in Life: Set foot on all seven continents

2. One Album I Could Never Part With: Radiohead's Kid A

3. My Pet Is... Stella the Star / Kitty, aka Skittles, aka Meowsers

4. Favorite Night Spot: Schubas

5. Odd Superhero Power: Recognizing celebrity voice-overs in commercials

6. Favorite Website: the-middlecoast.blogspot.com - obviously

7. Favorite Lunch Spot: M Henry

8. Favorite Street Corner: 8th & Mass - Lawrence, KS

9. Pet Peeve: People chewing/eating on the other end of the phone

10. Most Celebrated Moment: This one game of H-O-R-S-E in college that lasted forever where we both made these miraculous shots, and I even had a sprained ankle so I was playing on just one leg. It was sweet.

11. I Heart... Jessica, pizza, beer









12. If You Wanted To Buy Me a Drink, It Would Be: Makers 'n Coke

13. Fantasy Celebrity Spouse: Salma Hayek - I mean, come on

14. One Bad Habit I Can't Shake: Procrastinating - I'll even wait till the last minute to take a piss

15. The Occupation of My Alter-ego: National Geographic Photographer

16. If I Could Live Inside One Movie for the Rest of My Life, It Would Be: The Big Lebowski

17. Top Five Words I Overuse But Can't Live Without:
1) Sweet

2) Jackass

3) Douchebag

4) Awesome

5) Seriously

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JenniferToo
1. Ultimate Goal in Life:
My ultimate goal is actually three-part. My goal is: a) to be the best, coolest, happiest, fairest, most respected mamma I can be; b) to not lose sight of who I am ASIDE from being a mom; c) to find a way to make the two Jennifers happily coincide.


2. One Album I Could Never Part With:
Joshua Radin's We Were Here. For some reason, this is my go-to album. Radin's voice is so beautiful, and his lyrics are simultaneously uplifting and melancholic. And, bonus, I know all the words so I can sing along.

3. My Pet Is...

I'm not sure fish count as pets. But if they do, we have three (for the time being - they seem to be rather disposable).


4. Favorite Night Spot:

My bed. And if you wait long enough, it gets crowded. Usually around 3am we get a visitor or two. Now, now, that isn't as kinky as it sounds. Our visitor is a two year-old, which explains why being in my bed, sleeping, is my favorite.


5. Odd Superhero Power:

My ability to remember just about every song lyric I've ever heard upon hearing the song once. If only that power came with a beautiful singing voice...


6. Favorite Website:
Aren't we all going to have the same answer here? middleCoast?

7. Favorite Lunch Spot:
Marco Polo Italian Cafe, Kansas City, MO

8. Favorite Street Corner:
Any corner along Sesame Street...

9. Pet Peeve:
People that say bolleyball instead of volleyball. And supposebly instead of supposedly.

10. Most Celebrated Moment:
I guess I could go with the obvious moments...the birth of my children. Like no one has ever done THAT before. Or, I could say that one of my favorite "celebrated" moments was when I won Honorable Mention in the Science Fair for "The Effects of Soda on Meat." My alternate title was "Dammit. Look What Happened to my Dinner when my Drink Spilled on it."

11. I Heart... Reuben Sandwiches


12. If You Wanted To Buy Me a Drink, It Would Be: Tanqueray and tonic with a twist

13. Fantasy Celebrity Spouse: Zach Braff

14. One Bad Habit I Can't Shake: Shopping. I'd call it a habit...

15. The Occupation of My Alter-ego:

Rock Star. But that's so obvious. Either that or Secret Agent. Either way, Veronica is her name.


16. If I Could Live Inside One Movie for the Rest of My Life, It Would Be:
Any movie with Cary Grant. But not one that I'd die in. Or be in a wheelchair. One where he could wear amazing suits and just look at me and shower me with compliments.


17. Top Five Songs That Remind Me of High School Mixers (1989 - 1993)
5) "You Shook Me All Night Long" :: AC/DC
4) "It's the End of the World as We Know It" :: R.E.M.
3) "Wonderful Tonight" :: Eric Clapton
2) "Smells Like Teen Spirit" :: Nirvana
1) "Ice, Ice Baby" :: Vanilla Ice


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Sweet Eggz, aka SeƱor Juevos
1. Ultimate Goals in Life:
a) Make others laugh
b) Watch the sunrise on six continents. Fuck Antarctica.

2. One Album I Could Never Part With: Outkast's Aquemini
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Favorite Website: espn.com / middlecoast

4. Favorite Night Spot: Hot summer night - Wrigley Field. Heaven.

5. Odd Superhero Power: Luck. Seriously, I'm the luckiest cat alive and I can't explain it.

6.
Fantasy Celebrity Spouse: Alicia Keys - so sexy

7. Favorite Lunch Spot:
Formerly... O'Neil's Pub, Chicago, IL - Rest In Peace; currently... Jimmy John's.


8. Favorite Street Corner: 54th & College Ave - Naptown, IN

9. Pet Peeve:
Super-fat people that dress as if they're skinny and then get on crowded buses. I mean, c'mon. You're mega-fat. Buy a mirror, get naked, and look at yourself. Then take a cab.


10.
My Pet Is...
Wrigley - a dog that looks like Falkor from Neverending Story













11. I Heart... Sleeping, Tennis Shoes, Sweet Iced Tea

12. If You Wanted To Buy Me a Drink, It Would Be: Whilst Sober? Any kind of Belgian Beer. If I'm drunk? Whatever you're drinkin'.

13.
Most Celebrated Moment: Beating my dad for the first time in golf

14. One Bad Habit I Can't Shake: Going to the ATM at a casino in order to "Go right back at 'em" - a retarded attempt to win my money back.

15. The occupation of My Alter-ego: Bullpen Catcher in Major League Baseball

16. If I Could Live Inside One Movie for the Rest of My Life, It Would Be: Breakin' - I'd be Turbo, aka "Boogaloo Shrimp"

17. Top Five Realistic Things I Would Like To Do Before I Die:
1) Skydive / Basejump
2) Take batting practice at Wrigley Field

3) Race an Indy Car

4) Read the Bible and the Koran

5) Get in a shark cage - biggest fear EVER







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Seattle Dave, aka Champ
1. Ultimate Goal in Life:
To not look back on life and feel like I wasted it. I'm still not sure how to do this. It might mean a lot of prescription meds in the golden years.

2. One Album I Could Never Part With: That's tough. For now I'll say Highway 61 Revisited. Bob Dylan, plugged.

3. My Pet Is... My new T.V. It does whatever I want it to.


4. Favorite Night Spot: Tost (Seattle, WA). The people are beautiful. The cocktails are knockouts. The doors are cheap. The DJs mash up "Bizarre Love Triangle" in a way that even gets me dancing... which isn't actually very hard after knockout cocktails.

5. Odd Superhero Power: I fart like no human before me. I mean, it really is a superpower. If used for the powers of good, I could fart super-villains off the planet.

6. Favorite Website: pornotube.com

7. Favorite Lunch Spot: My least favorite lunch spot is my desk. It's also my favorite lunch spot because it's the only place I eat lunch. Capiche?

8. Favorite Street Corner: I can only think of my least favorite, which is probably now Broadway & John, which used to be my favorite and then was taken over by condos and US Bank, which is essentially the same thing.

9. Pet Peeve: I don't like it when people don't take me seriously. I mean I don't like it in a Unabomber kind of way.

10. Most Celebrated Moment: My 30th Birthday

11. I Heart... Obama. I will cry if he doesn't get elected.

12. If You Wanted To Buy Me a Drink, It Would Be: An Apple Pie, at Bistro 1000. It really tastes like apple pie and it gets you blasted. Now that's American!

13. Fantasy Celebrity Spouse:
The chick from "The Office" that plays Pam

14. One Bad Habit I Can't Shake: The occasional "social" smoke

15. The Occupation of My Alter-ego: Salesman

16. If I Could Live Inside One Movie for the Rest of My Life, It Would Be: Superbad. I could go back and do that for the rest of my life.

17. Top Five Hangover Cures -
1) More booze + tomato juice
2) More booze (if you just have the booze and no juice)

3) Superfood

4) EmergenC

5) Tazo Green Tea - Zen
*I recommend combining them all with a greasy breakfast sandwich.


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Sean, aka Too'sBiL

1. Ultimate Goal in Life: People often want to leave the crowd cheering fanatically; I want to leave the crowd in stunned silence.

2. One Album I Could Never Part With: I could never part with music in general - how could I possibly just pick one album? There are so many songs/albums that evoke very specific memories that are often only triggered in response to hearing a song which my brain has associated with the event. This is the same as asking what memories I could do without - an impossible task.

3. My Pet Is... I have no pets, though my children often try to pass themselves off as cats, dogs, and horses. They're good actors, buy I'm not buying it.

4. Favorite Night Spot: As far away from the lights of the city as possible on a clear and moonless night.

5. Odd Superhero Power: Exceptional balance. Have you seen me ride a bike?

6. Favorite Website: The administration module that I just finished developing for a banking application. On this project I had the opportunity to use most every programming skill I've picked up over the past five or six years. The result is quite gratifying.

7. Favorite Lunch Spot: Currently, Adrian's Cafe for a chicken breast club sandwich on two one-inch-thick slices of their incredibly soft white bread.

8. Favorite Street Corner: The intersection of Arkansas State Highway 5 & the Syllamo Blue Trail. At this intersection, you've just completed a kick-ass three-mile downhill and have anywhere from 10-45 miles of technical mountain bike trail in front of you.

9. Pet Peeve: People that don't understand, or choose to ignore, the fact that the left lane is the PASSING LANE. Get the fuck outta the way.

10. Most Celebrated Moment: Sitting across the table from my four year-old (complete with tiara and princess jammies) one morning as she ate her cereal with me. If it were possible, that's the moment that I would send back in time to myself during the darker days of my life. Who knew life could be that sweet?















11. I Heart... My wife and kids. Life just wouldn't be worth living without them.

12. If You Wanted To Buy Me a Drink, It Would Be: Free, more or less - one extra large, ice cold (and I mean brutally cold) glass of Johnson County tap water satisfies me.

13. Fantasy Celebrity Spouse: So many to choose from and so little real world info... I'd have to go with Jessica Alba, for the outstanding curves and my perception that she lacks any significant bitchiness.

14. One Bad Habit I Can't Shake: Attempting to multi-task with a single-processor brain.

15. The Occupation of My Alter-ego: Slacker

16. If I Could Live Inside One Movie for the Rest of My Life, It Would Be: The first two minutes of The Bourne Supremacy. Listen to that scene sometime in full surround sound. It's like you're there... and it's perfect. A warm and windy night with the ocean rolling in the background. Try to ignore the part about being plagued with guilt from your previous life as a murderous black op.

17. Top Five Places to Mountain Bike (plus one) -
1) Landahl Park - Kansas City, MO (believe it)
2) Porcupine Rim - Moab, Utah

3) Joe's Ridge - Fruita, CO

4) Syllamo - Mountain View, AR

5) Mountain Goat Trail - Winter Park, CO
6) Monarch Crest - near Salida, CO (though this is by reputation only - I haven't been there yet)

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OtherJennifer
1. Ultimate Goal in Life: Travel, Travel, Travel

2. One Album I Could Never Part With: Duran Duran's Rio

3. My Pet Is... Sweet Sonny Baby

4. Favorite Night Spot: My bed. I'm getting old.

5. Odd Superhero Power: My ability to somehow hold it together despite everything.


6. Favorite Website: Yahoo / The Onion

7. Favorite Lunch Spot: Jerusalem Cafe - Kansas City, MO

8. Favorite Street Corner: Anywhere along Mass in Lawrence, KS

9. Pet Peeve: People that write "your" when they mean "you're"

10. Most Celebrated Moment: Walking down The Hill with my brother when we graduated from KU

11. I Heart... Silver Jewelry

12. If You Wanted To Buy Me a Drink, It Would Be: A tall Bacardi & Diet with Lime

13. Fantasy Celebrity Spouse: Joaquin Phoenix















14. One Bad Habit I Can't Shake: One?

15. The Occupation of My Alter-ego: Psychiatrist

16. If I Could Live Inside One Movie for the Rest of My Life, It Would Be: The Wizard of Oz

17. Top Five Movies with Excellent Twists That I Adore -
1) Fight Club
2) Oldboy

3) Dial M for Murder

4) Les Diaboliques

5) The Shining



1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing! It's fun learning about the writers of the middleCoast.