This week we continue our series of interviews with agents and staff members. We hope these quick peeks into the lives of our team members will go beyond putting a face with a name. These snippets will give you an informative and sometimes humorous look at our most important asset, our people.
Do you have a nickname, if so what is it and how did you get it – My most memorable perhaps is ‘AltaMax’, which my lovely college friends started calling me when I was at OSU. One of my roommates was describing how I was the best roommate ever…the ultimate, the maximum supreme, and there you have it. 🙂 I also go by Tricia/Trish
First Job – My first job was serving as Hostess for Italian Oven. I still miss those pasta straws.
Worst Job – During Summer Break, I inventoried the warehouse for Kaufmann Dept Store before I went back to college.
Personal motto or credo – Never Give Up! or Keep Smiling! or In an ever changing world, I believe in paying it forward!
A great day is comprised of these elements – My best days are spent with family and friends, creating laughter, having adventures, and traveling.
Hobbies – Some of my hobbies include hiking, skiing, traveling, coaching, and working out.
Favorite Sport or event to watch, live or on TV – My favorite sport of all time is Football. My second favorite sport to watch is Gymnastics.
Proudest Childhood Accomplishment – When I was 8 years old, I won a city drawing contest. I will never forget carrying that 6 foot yellow Easter bunny up our house stairs to proudly show my Daddy what I earned.
What did you want to be when you grew up – I always wanted to be a lawyer. Oddly enough, I enjoy the art of negotiation and persuasive motivation.
If you were a super hero, what powers would you have – If I were a superhero, I would have to have the power to fly and also the power to make time stand still, pausing everything and everyone in that moment.
It’s Karaoke night and you have to sing, what’s your go to song – If I were out and got persuaded to Karaoke, I would have to sing Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd, absolutely one of my all time favorite songs, and there is little chance I would mess the lyrics up. If not that song, I would sing The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert. It hits pretty close to home.
What two stations or Podcasts do you listen to most in your car – I need variety in my life to go with my daily experiences to better balance them out. Some days I am jamming to Southern Rock. Others I am rolling with old country. Still others I am bouncing along to whatever popular fast beat artists like Rihanna and Hey Violet are creating. Radio stations include 92.5, 99.9, 97.5, 94.1, or 94.9
What makes you laugh – People make me laugh. When you are faced with a difficult situation, sometimes, if you take yourself personally out of the tenseness, you watch the characters animate in front of you, and you just have to laugh. My husband is very good at making me laugh when I need it the most. If that fails, I can drum up some college or high school memories of a plethora of Tricia moments that seriously need to be written down in a Are You Serious Right Now type of book.
What is your favorite book to read and who is your favorite author – Perhaps my favorite author is James Alexander Thom. He married a native american woman and spent his life retracing her ancestors’ paths and writing novels explaining the meaning of their ways, symbols, and adventures. That is the epitome of the dream life…exploring new places while learning pieces of history, and writing it all down to the entertainment of interested readers. One of my favorite books is called The Loop by Nicholas Evans. He also wrote the Horse Whisperer, but refused to turn The Loop, a story of people’s interactions with wolves in Montana and Wyoming, into a Hollywood movie after seeing how the Horse Whisperer turned out on film.
Alaska or Hawaii, which would you rather visit for vacation and why – I would absolutely love to visit Alaska some day! I love the epic landscape that could be mistaken for no other land in this world. I enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, and hunting, so Alaska seems like it would captivate many of my adventurous notions. I fear Hawaii might be a bit more commercialized than what I would like, but I definitely would not turn down a free trip. 🙂
Of your five senses, which is the strongest and why – I see a lot with my eyes. They tell me when a person is fibbing. They tell me a story by quietly collecting the details of a scene. My eyes tell me what a person’s movements mean when completed in certain patterns. They truly help me perceive all the little hidden specialties of life.
If you had a warning label, what would yours say – Warning, You Have No Idea What You Are Getting Into With This One…Spontaneously Adventurous
How many pair of shoes do you own – Not Enough
If you could share a coffee with four individuals, living or dead, who would they be – I would love to sit down and have a good cup of coffee with my dad again. I feel he needs to see who I have become, and I need to be refreshed by his opinion of life’s oddities, motivated by his smile and energy. A cup of coffee with one’s best friend is the most beneficial appointment a person can make. The strength he provided me with is undeniable, yet imagine if it could be renewed by one chance meeting away from it all. Maybe Heaven will provide me with a Starbucks with a corner booth some day. Besides my number one choice for coffee date, I would be really interested to meet Jack Kennedy, just to learn in a few moments how he commanded a room with one charismatic gesture. I would love to speak with Abraham Lincoln and learn how to be brave in my decision making. Jesse James would definitely be interesting to meet and would fulfill my adventurous hankering for the day. Last but definitely not least, I would love to meet Robin Williams just because I would like the opportunity to make him smile. I am sure he could brighten my afternoon in as original a way as imaginable!
If you had to describe yourself using an animal, which one would it be and why – I think if I had to narrow it down to one being, it would be a dolphin. Technically they are not animals, but that is what I would choose. They are perceptive and intelligent. They guard even the unknown against danger, which is something I respect.
On a scale of 1 – 10 how painful is the questionnaire – This wasn’t painful…more reflective and informative.
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