Anthony Brinegar - A Character With Character
...because interesting people are more interesting to work with
Although I was raised about 30 minutes from the Amish-y parts of Pennsylvania, I've spent the last decade outside of Raleigh, North Carolina. Last year, Mary, my beautiful girlfriend, was foolish enough to marry me (without a bribe). So, since then, we have been working on our retirement - by that, I mean baking up some kids who will love us enough when we get wrinkly to opt for one of the retirement communities with a private golf course (as against Kalypso's original values as that awful sport is). Until then, I look forward to the continued loss of sleep as I improve my software skills on the technologies the firm uses to make our clients’ lives better. I yearn for the day I can provide a status report with absolutely zero expletives or aggravated comments (it is going to be a very, very long road).
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Is there such a thing as perfect happiness? How depressing it would be to arrive at a point when you longer want or wish for anything better. Instead, couldn’t we view the world and our brief but fantastic lives with the understanding that true happiness lies in the "now"? With all of that said, my final answer is: Red Velvet Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory.
What is your favorite way to spend your time?
Engaged artistically - by any means or medium: drawing, writing, etc. Communicating thoughts and emotions through some form of expression keeps me going. It’s what I look forward to when I leave the bed (those days when I, in fact, decide to actually leave my bed).
Who are your heroes in real life?
The few times I've witnessed a person doing something charitable for someone they don’t know, I consider those individuals heroes; those who fight in a war for a country full of people they don't know or choose to help someone get their next meal. Also, anyone who serves alcohol.
If you were a fried food item (think state fair), which fried food item would you be and why?
Was I asked this because I've put on a few pounds lately? Is this profiling? Why not, If you were a salad… or, If you were a low calorie smoothie…? It isn't bathing suit season yet, I've still got time. I just signed up for Zumba classes and everything. How completely rude…
When was a time you were most embarrassed?
I struck out playing Tee Ball. You know, that form of baseball for little kids where the pitcher pretends to pitch, but the ball is sitting on a tee right in front of you? When I say "struck out", I mean I took three swings with a bat (roughly the size of me at the time) and, all three times, failed to connect at ALL with the stationary baseball directly in front of me. When I had to walk away from the plate, no one from either team made a noise - not even to laugh. It was not in their realm of possibility that such a thing would/could ever happen. Yeah. Anyone still question why I picked a life behind a desk?
Anthony is a Senior Analyst. Hiring Characters with Character is one of Kalypso's core values - click here to learn more about our values and firm culture.