January 18, 2021

Boredwalk Community: I'm Looking at You, Amelia Earhart

Welcome back to our weekly Boredwalk Community series, where we ask Boredwalk fans fun questions! This week we're talking to Zach K., looking cheerfully judgmental of everyone's spelling & grammar in his new tee!

1. What's your actual day job and what's your dream day job?

Actual day job: HR wizard who occasionally dabbles in graphic design and event planning. Although if I had more business savvy and access to worldwide vaccination for everyone, I'd open up an indie bookstore to showcase up-and-coming talent.

2. What's your biggest pet peeve?

People whose only language is English and yet continuously misuse your/you're or their/they're/there. It's actually because of this pet peeve that my friend got me this shirt for Christmas and introduced me to the Boredwalk community! (Ed. note: you are preaching to the choir, Zachary!)

3. What's a book you think the Boredwalk community should read?

Just one? Man. It's hard to pick. Ideally I'd like to say "read any book where you see yourself and your upbringing represented," but to keep with the theme of my shirt, I'm gonna say Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language. The irony of this recommendation is not lost on me. Trust.

4. If you could have any super power what would it be and why?

My answer to this at one point was just "Danny Phantom" since he can phase, go invisible, and fly, but if that's triple dipping, I'll settle for retrocognition. I could see what anyone was doing at any point in the past, and I could use it to solve historical mysteries! Looking at you, Amelia Earhart. (I would have allowed your original answer, but thanks for clueing me in to retrocognition!)

5. You can curse your nemesis with a minor annoyance for eternity; what do you choose?

They would always experience *just* enough of a delay between people's mouths moving and hearing sound come out, like a poorly buffered video. Both online and in real life. (Yeah, that would drive me nuts after just a few minutes.)

6. What experience do you most want to cross off your bucket list?

Setting foot on all six continents with habitable human history! And the Studio Ghibli theme park when that opens in a couple years or so — I just wanna live my best Spirited Away fantasy.

8. If you drink: what's your go-to drink? If you don't drink: what's your go-to dessert or snack?

Tinto de verano! It's a wine cocktail they serve a lot in Spain — one part red wine, one part lemon seltzer/soda. During this holiday season, however, I discovered the magic that is hot chocolate with Trader Joe's gingerbread liqueur. I'm never looking back.

9. Where can the rest of the Boredwalk community find you?

Deactivated most of my social media and made a New Year's resolution to visit 52 different parks (be they city, state, national, or theme) in Southern California this year. When I'm not working, there's a good chance that you'll spot me at one on the weekends!