Even though I left DC a few years ago, I love featuring Capital-area dwellers in the Twitter Spotlight. They’re smart and informed and passionate. Am I generalizing? Sure, a bit. But it’s my blog so I get to do that.
Today you’ll meet digital strategist, writer and photographer Dave Stroup. His web site bio calls out his experiences and accomplishments plus some good basic rules for living. When I read “when in doubt, Google it,” I wanted to send it to every intern in the world.
OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest
@DaveStroup: She should have a good sense of humor — this is absolutely essential. Being able to laugh at oneself, too. Being serious about what you care about without taking yourself too seriously.
OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)
@DaveStroup: Relentlessness. I don’t give up easily, for better or worse. This could also be called stubbornness.
OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends
@DaveStroup: Loyalty and calling me out on my bullshit. As I get older I realize just how difficult it is to hold onto friendships over a long period of time, so I really appreciate the ones that have lasted. I’ve also realized the importance of having people around who will point out when you’re being stupid, careless, or shortsighted.
OneChicklette: Your idea of happiness
@DaveStroup: Going to a cabin somewhere and spending a few weeks reading and writing, with minimal human contact. No access to social media or the internet. A break, a reset, a time to slow down.
OneChicklette: Your idea of misery
@DaveStroup: Days scheduled from morning to evening with non-stop conference calls.
OneChicklette: Your favorite fictional character
@DaveStroup: Dr. Walter Bishop from Fringe. Or, to be more literary, Nick Adams, the protagonist of Hemingway short stories.
OneChicklette: Your favorite thing to eat, and also to drink
@DaveStroup: McDonald’s fries and a glass of Sangiovese, because I am a refined modern gentleman.
OneChicklette: Five tangible things you can’t live without
@DaveStroup: My car, the dog, my laptop, my camera, and my stupid phone that I love yet know I am far too reliant on.
OneChicklette: What’s the number one item on your bucket list? (question via @SaraLang)
@DaveStroup: Walk the Appalachian Trail. I’m not really a big hiker, though, so that could be problematic. I think it’s more the challenge of it that’s appealing.
@OneChicklette: Who do you know via social media that you’re dying to meet in real life? (this question came via @Tammy)
@DaveStroup: @darth. I’d be afraid to ruin the mystique, but I’d absolutely jump at the chance.
@OneChicklette: This is a perfect answer.
@OneChicklette: How many days do you think you would you go without speaking a single word, if you were being paid $100,000 a day for every consecutive day you didn’t speak? (this amazing question came via @BrianSpaeth)
@DaveStroup: I’d like to think I could go for at least ten days, and come away with a million dollars. But, given that I talk too much to everyone (including the dog and the cat), I’d probably crack after a day or two, tops.
OneChicklette: via @AndiLavs What was the last kind thing you did?
@DaveStroup: Tried, though not nearly enough, to provide support for a long-distance friend who is grieving the death of a close friend.
OneChicklette: A question I should ask the next participant
@DaveStroup: What’s the very next thing you are going to do after finishing these questions?
OneChicklette: Random shout out (can be a person, your business, a web site, a favorite product or brand…anything)
@DaveStroup: Shoutout to Soulforce, a non-profit doing important work to stop religious and institutional oppression of the LGBT community.