Employee Spotlight

It’s payday here at the City of O’Fallon and once a month our PR Department puts out a small company newsletter that’s included in our paychecks. Unlike most company newsletters, this one is pretty well-written and people actually read it.

One of the most popular highlights of the newsletter is the Employee Spotlights, where employees from different departments answer a questionnaire so we can all get to know them a little better. Sometimes the answers are generic as hell, but there are those times when you’ll actually be surprised to learn something about a person.

I keep a low profile while at work, therefore no one at the City knows who I am other than a face they see a lot in the halls. Needless to say I will never be asked to fill out one of these Employee Spotlight questionnaires. So on a lazy Friday morning, I took a quick 15-minute break and wrote up what my responses would be were someone to ever notice I exist and ask me to do an Employee Spotlight interview.



City of Residence:

On the St. Peters/O’Fallon line

Inhabitants at my residence:
Andrea, wife; Peekaboo, cat; Rufus, cat; Baby to be named in January

Start date and current position with City:
12/18/00, GIS Technician

What I like best about working for the City:
Being in GIS, things never get boring. Every day brings some new project, new toys to play with, and new information to learn.

Best job:
While I love this job, the one I will have fondest memories of will be when I was 22 and one of my buddies setup his own computer consulting company. I worked there with a couple of other guys my age and we had the time of our lives until we made the mistake of merging with another company and the business went sour.

Worst job:
Code Enforcement. I worked with some great people, but it just wasn’t the right place for me. But I stuck it out for five years until I could get to where I wanted to be. (See my “Motto or Personal Mantra” entry for more information)

Favorite place to live:
I’m still looking for it.

Motto or Personal Mantra:
“Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.”

I’m happiest when:
The sun is shining and I’m surrounded by good friends, good food and good beer.

What I fear most:
Fear itself! And spiders. And werewolves.

I’m proudest of:
Getting my Associates Degree (Mass Comm/Advertising) and my Bachelor’s Degree (English) while working full-time. It’s taken me forever, but it’s definitely not something just anyone could do and stick with it. Of course the irony is I’ll probably never use either one now that I’m in GIS. Oh, that and beating Mother Brain in “Metroid.”

Favorite sports or pastimes:
I’ll read just about anything I can get my hands on (fiction, non-fiction, magazines, comic books, boxes of cereal, legal disclaimers, etc.). I even listen to audio books while I’m working (currently slogging through 52 hours and 19 minutes of “Atlas Shrugged’). I’m an aspiring author, a film nerd, an internet addict, an industrial design enthusiast, a woodworking novice, a photographer wanna-be, a punk rock poseur, a sometimes video game player, and general pop culture geek.

The Top 3 Highlights of my Life:
1) Getting married
2) Finding out I was going to be a father
3) Finally getting a job in GIS

People would be surprised to know:
1) That I work here.
2) That I have a couple of tattoos and will be getting more before it’s all said and done.
3) That I killed a man in Reno, just to watch him die.

If I could do it all over again, I would:
Live in New York City for a year. Just long enough to experience it and say I did it. Although I have a feeling I wouldn’t leave after my year was up.

Favorite Memory:
To avoid being cliche and say “The day I got married” or “The time I was beat up by Joan Baez”, I’m going way back to when I can honestly remember unwrapping my first Star Wars action figures on Christmas morning. I couldn’t have been more than 3 or 4, but I remember it rather vividly. And I still have those toys today in a hermetically-sealed box with a time lock that only allows it to be opened once every six years. I think the next time I can play with them is sometime in 2011.

Pet peeves:
I start to go insane when I hear incessant sounds like beeps or thumps. Ironically, I love old school hip-hop.

Favorite song, movie, book, or comedian:
Song: If Mozart, The Beatles, Dean Martin, The Sex Pistols, Public Enemy, and Ben Folds got together, they would produce my favorite song ever.
Movie: Toss up between Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”, David Lean’s “Bride on the River Kwai” and W.D. Richter’s “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension”. I’m only kind of joking about that last one…
Book: The academic in me loves George Orwell’s “Animal Farm”. The non-academic loves Chuck Palahniuk’s “Survivor”
Comedian: Patton Oswalt (for obvious, geeky reasons)

Best Vacation:
In the year 2000 I went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I don’t know that it gets much better than that.

Favorite Vehicle:
I would love to own a 1968 Camaro, the most badass-looking car there ever was or ever shall be.

Before I die, I would like to:
Take a few of those brain-eating zombie bastards with me!


Hmmm. Maybe they shouldn’t ask me to fill out the Employee Spotlight questionnaire after all…



  1. A.K.M. says:

    I was just asked to come up with a survey for people in our office to fill out for “Employee Spotlight” and came across your blog, with all of the clever answers. I would love to read something like this by a co-worker, because I wanna take a few zombies with me before I die as well. I am also curious to know the name of your child who was born in January of 2008. Thanks for the smile today, and the great list of questions for our get to know you questionnaire.

    AKM in Utah

  2. Ellie says:

    I interview engineers for our company newsletter and for the record, you offered quite entertaining and fun responses! 🙂 Love the Star Wars memory best!