Our respondent for February is Charlie MacQuarie, our first-ever digital archivist. He’s just finishing up his first month here, so let’s get to know him a little better.
Q: Where were you born?
A: Alta Bates Hospital, Berkeley, California (but I grew up entirely in Nevada)
Q: What was your favorite subject in school?
A: I think that’d have to be English. Somehow I sort of wanted to be a writer even though I didn’t like writing at the time.
Q: What was your least favorite subject in school?
A: PE was pretty bad, mostly because my parents took me on hikes every weekend so I didn’t need it, and the locker room was so frightening that I just cowered in the corner while all the other kids beat each other up and gave each other swirlies (the sticking the head in the toilet thing).
Q: What was your first job?
A: I worked doing data entry about urban-planning design elements, being a barista, and being a bike mechanic all concurrently, so I guess those all count.
Q: What is your favorite sound?
A: Passing diesel freight trains – both the whistle and the rumble of the engine.
Q: What is your least favorite sound?
A: The sound of a cyclist getting doored (hit by someone opening their car door)
Q: What did you say the last time you stubbed your toe?
A: “WHY DO I OWN A BOX FULL OF RUSTY RAILROAD SPIKES?” (but I still kept them)
Q: What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?
A: A wildland firefighter
Q: What food couldn’t you live without?
A: Onions if we’re speaking in terms of raw ingredients. Burritos if we’re speaking in terms of whole meals.
Q: Where in the world would you most like to visit, but have never been?
A: Mostly, the deserts: the Gobi, the Atacama, the Tibetan Plateau.