San Francisco; 22 years in the industry
Where did you grow up, and what was it like there?
I grew up in Cotati, CA. We joke and call it the Land of Ten Bars and Two Stoplights, only that's a pretty accurate description. When I tell people I'm from Cotati, they typically respond two ways: "Where is that?" or "I got drunk there." We did not have a high school (we still don't); I went to a nearby town for high school. I was a Cheerleader, we were the Cougars. We had a grocery store, about a mile away. It would take me 13 mins to walk there (if I took the alley and didn't run into anyone I knew). If I asked my parents for a ride, it could take over an hour to get there. My parents would stop and chat with everyone who was walking and hanging out in their yard, because we were "friends with all our neighbors and it would be rude not to."My dad was also a Cougar and knows everyone. My parents wanted me to stay home for College and I wanted to get away, so we settled of San Francisco, 40 minutes south. I go home every week and I'm still friends with all my neighbors.
Favorite childhood memory?
All of it. I had the best childhood.
Where do you work & what do you there?
I work at The Pig and Whistle, a little pub known for their fish and chips. I manage The Sausalito Cruising Club, a Members Only yacht club.
What is the most rewarding part of your career?
Getting to know my neighbors.
What is your favorite bartending moment?
My best friend brought her baby in, who refused to leave me alone, so I let her help out a little. It's not often you get a one-year-old as your barback.
What do you do to relax outside of work?
I love sailing. I sold my sailboat a few years ago. I go hiking, camping, and backpacking as often as possible. I read a lot.
Tell us about your dream vacation.
I want to hike through the Amazon, walk through Machu Picchu, white water river raft back to the coast, and then sail to the Galápagos. I'm already planing this trip.
"When you get that warm fuzzy feeling about someone, you can't get them off your mind, every song reminds you of them, you just want to call them to hear their voice, that's love and when they don't feel the same way about you, that stalking." ~My dad, Paul McQuaid
Advice you could offer to others:
The advice that has helped me the most is: You are the only common denominator for all of your problems.
Who do you look up to and why?
My parents and my grandparents, because they have always been there for me, they have always loved me conditionally, they've never judged me, and they have always given me a solid advice.
Tell us something unusual or unique about yourself that we might not know.
I can wiggle my right ear and I can write with both hands, at the same time, different sentences.
What does the future hold for you?
An ever-changing landscape.
Do you have a website, for personal or business reasons?
What's your favorite part of usbg.org?
What is your favorite joke?
Why was ten afraid of seven? Cause seven ate nine!
What is your favorite word?
"Hecka," 'cause it's more geeky than "hella."
What turns you on?
A great sense humor.
Did you go to bartending school?
What other profession would you like to attempt?
I really want to be a professor or man scientist.
What other profession would you never try?
Anything involving blood or needles.
What personal attribute of yours do you most appreciate?
My ability to chat with anyone about anything.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
"All your friends are here, let's party."