Deeper Than the About Us Page

These fun icebreaker questions were asked of me as a speaker in the business track of Central Soapers Workshop in Kansas City. I haven’t caught up with myself since the trip to write about all that I learned there yet. I decided to share these icebreakers for now. They are the kind of questions that would be fun on an About Us Page.

Otherworld TransportWhat’s your favorite town/city in the world? Why?
This is a hard one! I’ve lived so many places in my lifetime. My top three favorite places in the world are Munich, Galway and Portland. But I will have to go with Portland, Oregon being my favorite city in the world. I felt community there like no other place I ever lived. It is as close to having a hometown as I’ve ever come. When I first visited Portland in 1986 I felt at home and grew deep roots there.

What’s the worst haircut you’ve ever had?
The year was 1982. We were just weeks away from our move from Munich, Germany back to America. I hadn’t set foot in America for years. I was anxious already about the move. I went for one last haircut at the Munich Vidal Sassoon School of Hair and that is when everything went terribly wrong. I had never had a single bad haircut in the five years students had cut my hair under the watchful eye of the head instructor until that day. My hairdresser just couldn’t get the sides even she cut more and more length off as she tried to correct her errors. At the final inch of hair she had it right. When I put my glasses on to view my haircut tears welled up in my eyes. I ran all the way home and hid. I sobbed to my mother. I was thirteen years old. I turned out that I loved short hair and kept it various short cuts for years to come. The world didn’t end.

If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
I would first invent a solar powered Kindle with an endless supply of books on it. I love to read. Since it is three things and not people I would have to go with my newly invented solar fully loaded Kindle, my glasses so I could see and endless supply of fresh water. I love water. [Continue reading]

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