Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Pitch's Questionnaire with Silicon Prairie News community builder Regan Carrizales

Silicon Prairie News' community builder talks the Plaza and KU sports.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 6:11 AM


Name: Regan Carrizales

Occupation: Community builder, Silicon Prairie News

Hometown: Osawatomie, Kansas

Current neighborhood: Plaza/West Plaza

Who or what is your sidekick? My Five Star notebook. Totally reminiscent of middle school, yet it is my lifesaver. Ask anyone who knows me, I am a serial note taker and writer. I can completely lose myself in the flow of thoughts that run through my pen to paper. Often, I look back and surprise myself with my own narrative and have come to realize that this is my way of processing.

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Opera singer! Andrea Bocelli's voice moves me. Romanza, "Vivo Per Lei," "Con te Partiro" - I encourage anyone to listen. No, I will not sing just a little #tinear.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Beer Kitchen in Westport. Stockyard fries, previously known as "piggy fries" - do I need to say more? KC staple.

Where do you drink? It's all about the experience. I love people and the spontaneous adventures that can come from being in a really great environment. But also because we are in the Midwest, those places are totally predicated on the weather. On a gorgeous day, you'll find me at Extra Virgin, Gram & Dun or Harry's. When I want to get cozy, Westport Café and Bar or Beer Kitchen ... and one of my favorite, cheap happy hours is Grand Street.

What's your favorite charity? The Children's Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI) in KC. Their mission is to prepare children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities, to reach their highest potential in the sighted world. Last year, I organized a group to participate in the Trolley Run to raise money for CCVI. It is their biggest fundraising event, and Kansas City is lucky to have such a resource.

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Online banking tells me that I frequent ALL things Plaza, and not in a healthy way. Most recent ridiculously rad purchase was a pair of Baldwin jeans. I love supporting a local entrepreneur and their product, but also supporting the "why" of what they do. No, I am not rationalizing my actions! My co-worker Michael Stacy suggested I consider a blog series on "Breaking in Baldwins." It has been a journey.

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? I'm a Kansas girl, which means barbecue has hold of a significant portion of my heart - Oklahoma Joe's or Jack Stack.

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " For me, there is not a specific "when"; however, the humility, honesty and aspirations of this city make it uniquely special. I've had the opportunity to travel around the world and live on the East Coast for six years, yet there is no place like home.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Allowed generations of young people to fall through the cracks (rather large gaps) of what is Kansas City, Missouri's version of urban education.

"Kansas City needs ... " Better public-transit options that connect centers of economic activity throughout the metro.

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Am an avid reader and knowledge consumer of Middle Eastern politics.

"On my day off, I like to ... " Get some fitness! @pokeyfour is my brother and trainer and pushes me to plank for more than 20 seconds! His positive energy and repeated 5 a.m. texts to meet at Woodside help ensure that I am taking care of myself.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Happy. There is no playbook, no right or wrong way. I love the quote "We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us." That is not to say that I'm not intentional about my life's direction. However, I'm much more conscious about those things that influence my decisions. Regardless of my title or status in five years, I have no doubt that I will have made decisions of which I can be proud.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Power & Light

What TV show do you make sure you watch? Psych. It's so awesome. I have 37 episodes on my DVR.

____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: What is iTunes? Spotify me!

What movie do you watch at least once a year? The 1957 film An Affair to Remember, with Cary Grant. I'm a hopeless romantic.

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Before Missouri seceded to the SEC, my family would throw a serious tailgate at Arrowhead for the KU-MU game. I can't remember a year that we weren't at the gates before 5:30 a.m. and providing entertainment to the local TV stations.

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Negative. I can barely ride in the back of a vehicle without feeling like something disastrous is about to come out, let alone think of a celebrity I want sitting next to me.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: The U.S. Congress

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? Silicon Prairie News, of course. Runner up is The Economist.

Last book you read: Desert Queen by Janet Wallach

Favorite day trip: Miami County! Home of Louisburg Cider Mill (Louisburg, Kansas); We B Smokin', hands-down the best barbecue and a local dive that has been feeding me since I was 5 years old; and the Trojans - three family generations graduated from Osawatomie High.

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? "Hey, Matt ... I mean Johnny." They are sort of close ... no, not really?

Interesting brush with the law? Let's just say that during my trial, which coincided with the commencement and retirement of my law career, I presented some very compelling arguments, and although found guilty, I had planted enough doubt that my fines were all waived. Argh, I still get fired up about this.

Describe a recent triumph: Opportunity to join the Silicon Prairie News team!

Follow Carrizales on Twitter @regslc.

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