SideBar -- It's Gettin' Personal With Mike Vacheresse

Mike Vacheresse; New York City, 32 years in the industry.

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What is your current state of mind?

Downhill and shady all the way.

 

What is your favorite word?

Neat

 

What is your *least* favorite word?

Moist

 

What turns you on?

Good drinks

 

What turns you off?

The phrase "Do you need change?"

 

What sound or noise do you love?

Shaker

 

What sound or noise do you loathe?

Screeching NYC subway brakes

 

What profession (other than your own) would you like to attempt?

Zoo keeper

 

What profession would you *not* like to do?

An actuary

 

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

"Will you be dining with us this evening?"

 

What are you most afraid of?

Something happening to my kids.

 

Which trait in yourself do you most deplore?

Biting my fingernails

 

Which trait in yourself do you most admire?

Hard-working

 

Which living person do you most admire?

My father, a brick layer his whole life who raised 7 kids.

 

What do you consider to be the most over-rated virtue?

Being on time - because it shouldn't be considered a virtue at all.

 

What is your most luxurious extravagance?

High-end Whisky

 

How might your nearest and dearest describe you?

When we first met, she might have said "free spirit." Today, probably "pain in the ass."

 

What do you dislike most about your appearance?

My five-pack

 

What do you love most about your appearance?

My smile

 

Which living person do you most despise?

It's a toss-up between Phil Collins and Lou Holtz.

 

Which words or phrases do you most over-use?

"The best"

 

What (or who) is the greatest love of your life?

I'm contractually obligated to say it is my wife, Courtney. So she's probably right to describe me as a pain in the ass.

 

 

When and where are you/were you the happiest?

The birth of my twin daughters/6 month bike trip through Europe

 

Where would you most like to live?

New York City

 

Who are your favorite writers?

Russell Banks & Raymond Chandler

 

Who is your hero of fiction?

Beetle Bailey

 

What is your greatest regret?

Planning a bike trip in New Zealand with another person - he backed out so I didn't go.

 

How would you like to die?

Butter knife

 

What is your motto?

Life's too short to drink cheap liquor.

 

What do you most value in your friends?

Honesty

 

What is your most treasured possession?

My memories, and mementos of travel.

 

If your were forced to live the rest of your life without your body (physical), mind (intelligence), or heart (emotion & intuition), which would you choose to lose?

My mind.

 

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