a bit about Christian
What do you do and why do you do it?
I work for Dynamic Signal as an Account Executive - we are a communication software that assists brands with effectively communicating with their workforce. I'm passionate about people - our platform provides employees with a unique experience where they feel included and informed. We are the reason why brands have a "happy employee" - and who doesn't love to provide happiness to others?
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I was a valet at a gay bar - late nights, awful pay, and constantly having my butt pinched.
Were you born and raised in Dallas? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Dallas?
Born and raised in Detroit, I moved to Dallas in 2008 for a job. I've lived in Los Angeles, Chicago and Cincinnati and Dallas by far provides me the quality of life that I'm looking for. Being an urbanite, I love that I never have to be in my car. Dallas is affordable and offers an incredible downtown experience - I really love living here!
What’s your current hood in Dallas and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in the Main Street District. The best part about it is being within walking distance of great restaurants, bars and parks. There's nothing bad about it if you ask me!
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I love all kinds of music: Beastie Boys, WIlco, Jack White, alt-j, Spoon. I just can't get into new country or pop.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
The Flame by Cheap Trick. Cumbersome by Seven Mary Three.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Good Times - I love urban America and this show really does justice to city living. The characters are exceptional - DY-NO-MITE! Seinfeld - does this really need explaining??? GIRLS - millenials fascinate me and Lena Dunham does an amazing job showing us the interesting side of this unique generation. Sons of Anarchy - the complex characters do a great job of speaking to family life when your family is a criminal enterprise. Sopranos - a lover of the mafia, I can't get enough of wise guy talk. But more importantly, how dysfunctional the family business can be.
Name some spots in Dallas that are good for a Tinder date.
If you're looking to hook up - have a drink at Victor Tango, the place oozes sex. If you are looking for a relationship - sit outside at The Black Swan where it's quiet enough to have an intimate conversation but you're still in public so nobody can go psycho and knife you.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Who’s your hero and where in Dallas would you take them out for a serious hang?
My father - we would sit outside at Dot's, shoot the shit, and have access to a hundred taps.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Penguin, Ben Sherman
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Where do you go in Dallas for a casual night out?
Downtown: Americano, Midnight Rambler, Dallas Chop House, Woolworth's | Deep Ellum: Dot's, Cane Rosso, Black Swan, Stirr, BrainDead Brewery | South Lamar: Cedars Social, SodaBar
Where would you go in Dallas to celebrate some freaking good news?
Tei-An: incredibly good food and fantastic sake selection
What’s your choice of transportation in Dallas and why?
My legs. I find that sitting in my car is a colossal waste of time.
What are the Dallas spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Dallas Farmers Market for access to a vast array of great food, Deep Ellum for three blocks of great restaurants and bars and culture, White Rock Lake, Pecan Lodge for barbecue, Sixth Floor Museum, Ft. Worth Stockyards, State Fair of Texas, Lakewood (a Dallas neighborhood that is distinctly "not Dallas")
What are the Dallas spots tourists should run from screaming?
Uptown, Uptown, Uptown
Tomorrow’s your last day in Dallas. How do you spend it?
Morning bike ride at White Rock Lake, breakfast at Smoke, Sixth Floor Museum, lunch at Cane Rosso, shop and drink Deep Ellum, one last stroll through the Nasher, dinner at Lucia, end the night at Midnight Rambler.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
London - the history, the culture, the people, the arts, and lastly The Chelsea Football Club.