Every week I write a column called BE YOU for one of the local papers (The Times of Acadiana) – Each week someone different answers the questionnaire – the paper often has to edit them, so here are all the answers, unedited (the whole truth) – This week is Scott Dore.
Scott business card at Firefly Digital says “Slash” – he’s a computer programmer with a sense of humor. In fact he is one of the funniest people I know (but please don’t tell him that). Scott is one of those cool people who is a joy to have around (please don’t tell him that either). You really should meet him.
What was your first job?
I was a bag boy at Winn-Dixie for about a month.
Describe a typical day in your life.
Hit snooze about 3 or 4 times, rush to get to work, get some coffee, check the morning’s email, get some more coffee, read my tasks for the day, and start programming what needs programming. Lunch can be anywhere from 11:00 to 2:30, depending on the train of thought I’m avoiding wrecking. My workday ends after 6:00pm….closer to 6:30 if I’m avoiding another train wreck. I’ve somehow gained the reputation of spending my weekends helping people move, since I’m the geek with a truck….ssshhhh….don’t tell anyone!
What advice would you give the younger you?
Don’t be shy.
What event in your life most shaped who you are now?
I didn’t know it at the time, but getting a shiny new Commodore 64 computer from my grandparents would shape my career path. I spent countless hours in front of that thing!
What values do you live by?
Never giving up on what I set my mind to do, and doing it the absolute best that I can. And, if you know me, you know that I highly value a sense of humor. Not a day goes by where I don’t laugh at something….often, at myself!
What do you most appreciate?
A smile. It goes a long way.
What is your favorite journey?
Boy Scouts! I learned a lot about teamwork, self-reliance, resourcefulness, and had lots of quality time with my dad.
Where is your favorite place to be alone?
Sitting in front of a computer, I suppose. Surprise, surprise.
What living figure most inspires you?
My dad. He always taught me the value of hard work and taking ownership of what I do.
What was the best advice you were ever given?
Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability.
What book would you tell everyone to read?
With Twitter and text messaging wreaking havoc on the English language, I suggest people start reading a dictionary! U NO WUT I MEAN!?
What is the best thing about where you live?
The people, having festivals for everything, and the food!
How do you “let the good times roll” ?
Downtown Alive, Festival International, and Bach Lunch, to name a few….I guess any outdoor concert-type events top my list.
What did u want to be when you grew up?
I thought I wanted to be an architect, since I liked to draw as a kid. Then came the Commodore, and that was all she wrote!
What is your motto?
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
How would you like to be remembered?
I guess I’d want my loyalty and my optimism to be the things people remember about me. It’ll probably be that I’m remembered as that guy who helped everyone move.
What do you say to yourself when you doubt yourself?
It’s only a matter of time.
What three things are vital to BEing YOU?
Laughing, loyalty, and having my eye on the prize.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“I guess.”…I guess.
What is your favorite word?
“Automagically” (Yes, I know that’s not in the dictionary!)
What do you collect?
Movies, I have quite a few!
What food could you live on for a month?
Sushi! It’s quite an expensive habit, but so good!
What would you change about yourself?
I’d love to have naturally better eyesight.
What literary, movie or cartoon character do you most identify with?
This is easy. MacGyver. Hands down. I even carry a red Swiss Army Knife. He’s a TV character, but I’m going with it anyway. There were made-for-TV MacGyver movies, so it counts.
Describe yourself in five words.
Optimistic, loyal, resourceful, determined, methodical.
What is your idea of happiness?
Spending time with friends and family. The people in my life are most important to me.
What is your favorite movie?
I think Ferris Beuller’s Day Off would top the list. Followed closely by Big Trouble in Little China, and The Breakfast Club.
What music defines who you are?
I mostly listen to rock, so I suppose it does inspire some sense of determination.
What do you most regret?
As cliché as this sounds, I don’t know that there’s anything that I regret that I couldn’t at least learn a lesson from and grow from. I tent not to dwell on things I did wrong, but learn from them and do my best to not repeat them. Failure is the best teacher.
What question do you wish I’d asked?
“Would you mind answering your favorite 5 questions in this list?”
What would the answer be?
I would not mind at all!