Stranger 42 – Part I…
I have yet to learn to give myself a break and interview my strangers early in the week so that I have ample time to write and prepare. Nope.
I was out scouring the streets in my new hometown late Sunday night and I thought the local tavern would be a good pace to find a stranger. Unfortunately a live band was playing and it would have been impossible to hold an interview. My next plan was to head out to a truck stop just outside of town on the highway, hoping to find a truck driver having a late night coffee before heading back on the road. No luck. Finally, I headed back into town and took a shot at the hockey rink to see if there were any late night hockey players who’d be the next stranger
I entered the doors and it wasn’t so busy. There were games going on in each of the rinks, but really no one else around. The janitor was cleaning the floor and I thought I’d give him a shot, but then another man started walking in my direction. He was quite tall and had a thick build. He wore a light jacket over top of a Toronto Maple leafs jersey.
Strangely I became a bit nervous but approached him and made my pitch. He scrunched up his face and looked at me like I was crazy. He questioned what this interview was about and I shared a bit about the experiment and how far along and that he would be the 42nd person.
He stood there and looked down at me, contemplating the situation… and agreed.
1) What is your dream job?
“In the operations planning department for NATO or UNDPKO in New York. My background is in military and those are areas that you get to go out and do some good in the world, but you do it in a proactive way instead of a wishful thinking way.”
2) What fulfills you?
“I think recently I’ve discovered that it’s family. I’ve got a new daughter…
3) What is your greatest fear?
“Failure. It’s a measure of who you are, what you are, what you think, you believe, failure is a big thing.”
Check back Wednesday for part II…