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What do you do and why do you do it?
For work I am employed as a UX Designer. My wife, Iris is a naturopathic physician. Outside of work you can find me reading and writing poetry, and playing music. We love exploring Seattle's restaurant scene and planning trips abroad. I am a curious person by nature and try to live my life accordingly.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
When I was a teenager I worked at a couple of fast food restaurants. I quit one and got fired from the other because I made a joke about cracking the safe. Oops.
Were you born and raised in Seattle? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Seattle?
I was born in Chicago, grew up in Cleveland, and moved to Seattle in 1991 to play music. Iris was born and raised here, but we moved to Portland, Oregon for 2 years so Iris could finish medical school and we both have lived abroad, Germany (me) and Scotland (Iris).
What’s your current hood in Seattle and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
We live in Green Lake and by far the best thing about it is the lake—there is a roughly three mile long path around it that's prefect for running, walking, or bike riding. The worst thing about this area is the minimal selection of good restaurants and bars—we probably have more sporting good stores per capita than anywhere else in Seattle.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I listen to a wide variety of music depending on my mood—classic jazz, indie rock, classic rock, hip hop, classical, and so on. If I hear about something interesting I'll give it a listen: I don't want to be one of those people who only listens to the the music he grew up listening to. Boring. Iris and I have our musical quirks as I was a Dead Head in college and she was a Goth in her youth. You will almost never find either of us listening to metal or contemporary country music.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Me: Depression Cherry by Beach House (album), That's How You Sing Amazing Grace by Low, Songs For a Blue Guitar by Red House Painters (Album), Pink Moon by Nick Drake (album). Iris: Song to the Siren by This Mortal Coil, Ultraviolence by Lana Del Ray (album), Betty Blue movie soundtrack, The Scientist by Cold Play, Grounds For Divorce by Elbow.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Me: The Wire: gritty, unexpected story telling, The Sopranos: compelling and morbidly fascinating seedy underpinnings of human nature, Game of Thrones: Complexity and DRAGONS!!!! Homeland: original and unpredictable. Iris: Alias: sexy, kick-ass spy chick show, Lost Girl: sexy, kick-ass succubus chick show, Scandal: sexy, kick-ass lawyer chick show, Jessica Jones: sexy, kick-ass superhero chick show, etc.
Name some spots in Seattle that are good for a Tinder date.
We have been married for 19 years so the dating scene is a little different than it used to be. However, we do like to go on dates together and love sharing a sensual meal artfully and lovingly prepared and imbibing in craft cocktails and wines from the South of France. You can find this type of experience at Walrus and Carpenter, The Whale Wins, Le Pichet, Serafina, MKT, among others.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
John Oliver or Amy Schumer would be fun to watch since we wouldn't want to waste our time watching a roast of someone we hated.
Who’s your hero and where in Seattle would you take them out for a serious hang?
We would love to take Barak Obama out for an amazing Italian meal at Altura (we did not recommend this restaurant because we have not yet tried it!). Altura has a prix fix menu that would last for a few hours and give us some good QT with Barak!
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Me: Kuhlman, Bonobos. Iris: Anthropologie, Nordstrom
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
The Cheesecake Factory
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Go to the Ballet. Pacific Northwest Ballet is an acclaimed dance troupe that put on great shows every year. We have missed going recently. Enjoy the outdoors. Due to either weather or our busy lifestyle, it is difficult to squeeze time in for this.
Where do you go in Seattle for a casual night out?
Anywhere! Seattle is very casual and dressed down most everywhere you go. We love going to local craft beer breweries where dogs and kids are welcome making for a lively atmosphere.
Where would you go in Seattle to celebrate some freaking good news?
Canlis restaurant (if the news was that we won the lottery). This is a classic fine dining establishment that opened in the 60's, has a great view, live piano, and an exclusive wine list.
What’s your choice of transportation in Seattle and why?
Me: bicycle, because it helps the environment, keeps me fit, and allows me to avoid the horrible traffic. Iris: hybrid, I can zip around in comfort and if I get stuck in traffic I go into EV mode.
What are the Seattle spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Pike Place Market, The Fremont Troll, Ferry ride, The Ballard Locks, Sea Plane ride, Seattle Underground Tour (especially at night)
What are the Seattle spots tourists should run from screaming?
Ride the Ducks (should be called, Don't Ride the Ducks), also the line at the "original" Starbucks in Pike Place Market—this is not actually the original so no need to wait in line for a half hour to get inside and be completely underwhelmed.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Seattle. How do you spend it?
If its not raining, grab some picnic foods at the Paris-Madrid Grocery in the Pike Place Market and head to one of the fabulous parks such as Discovery Park (if its not raining). If it is raining, what the heck, go up to the top of the Space Needle for lunch!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Play Del Carmen, Mexico. For a relaxing beach vacation where you can still find off the beaten path spots where you aren't in cruise-ship tourist hell, this is paradise! The sand is white, the sea is turquoise, the food is delicious. Its Mexico so can be a little rough around the edges but this is real and one of the reasons we like it. We go back every year and it feels like home away from home.