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?



What is your *least* favorite word?



What turns you on?

Good drinks


What turns you off?

The phrase "Do you need change?"


What sound or noise do you love?



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?



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?



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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