Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Current neighborhood: Live in Raymore; work at Briarcliff
Who or what is your sidekick? My BlackBerry and orange Tic Tacs
What career would you choose in an alternate reality? A job in the front office of a professional football team
Favorite arts organization: My girls love to dance around and all that, so the Kansas City Ballet and any small outfit that teaches dance and the performing arts.
Favorite place to spend a significant portion of your paycheck: Apple Store on the Plaza or my kids
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Brookside. Don’t get me wrong, I love Brookside. I grew up there. It’s just a little overrated.
Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Typically the Country Club Plaza or one of the stadiums
Finish this sentence: “Kansas City screwed up when it …” Decided that Emanuel Cleaver was qualified to be a member of Congress. He is a hack.
“Kansas City got it right when …” Everyone banded together to make sure the Performing Arts Center got done.
What TV show are you embarrassed to admit you watch? A lot of Phineas & Ferb and a lot of SpongeBob. With five kids around the house, how can you not get sucked in?
______ take up a lot of space in my iTunes. Black Crowes in music, The Wire in television shows
What movie do you watch at least once a year? The Departed. Great quote from Dignam, who was played by Mark Wahlberg: “I’m the guy who does his job. You must be the other guy.”
Celebrity you’d like to take on a gondola ride: I’d like to talk to Tiger Woods. See what his problem is. All his problems.
What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? I hardly pay for anything anymore. Is that bad? I would be lost without Twitter or my BlackBerry.
What is your most embarrassing dating moment? Probably, in college, going out on a date and not having the cash to pay for it. I was, however, so charming that she paid. But as a guy, that’s pretty embarrassing.
What was the most important thing you learned in school? How to reason and remove yourself from an emotional situation and determine the most prudent course to take.
Describe a recent triumph: I’ve gotten a lot healthier since meeting my wife two years ago. I guess that’s her triumph, but I did it, so maybe it’s both.
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