Nick Nett - A Character With Character
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I have lived in San Antonio, Texas for most of my life. I thoroughly enjoy the Alamo City, always have a craving for Tex-Mex and love the warm (some would say hot) weather. I am not a fan of cold weather and don’t care to live in a location where I would need a snow shovel. Actually, the first time I heard the “crunching” sound of my feet in the snow was when I was dodging penguins in Antarctica. During graduate school, I helped renovate a 1,000 year-old abbey in the Loire Valley, before politely being asked by the French Government to go back to the United States. When I am not working on-site with a client, you can find me scuba diving, mountain biking and having a love/hate relationship with the golf course.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Setting foot on all seven continents. Traveling is my passion and I enjoy exploring new places around the world. I love trying regional cuisines (mystery meats) and interacting with the locals. In 2007 we decided to experience a “White Christmas” - so naturally, we headed down to Antarctica to spend Christmas with penguins, seals and glaciers. We closed out 2007 with a “bang” - literally: While in Brown Bay, Antarctica, our expedition vessel lost power and we slammed into a giant glacier (Titanic style). For the week in the Antarctic, I was a walking North Face advertisement. I think the penguins and fellow passengers were secretly laughing at how ridiculous I looked in all of my layers of clothing! Some of my favorite cities are: Cape Town, South Africa; Bagan, Myanmar; Paris, France; Istanbul, Turkey; and Cinque Terre, Italy.
What is your most treasured possession?
My dad’s medical school ring. It was given to me when he passed away and I never take it off. His shenanigans and positive outlook on life kept things simple and in perspective: Live life to the fullest and with no regrets. I am a big family person and enjoy spending time with them on the weekends. Whether it is an intense game of Hearts, laughing around the dinner table (usually at my expense) or exploring the globe, they are my foundation and number one support system. I can rely on them for anything.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My grandfather. He received the Medal of Honor and I learned so much from him. He instilled in me many virtues which I live by daily: Leadership, discipline and paying attention to life’s lessons. He lived by the quote, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” He always stressed the importance of respecting other people – another habit I try to exhibit daily.
What is your greatest fear?
Snakes on a plane. I live on a ranch and see rattlesnakes often. I cannot stand them (and have been known to run away from them). I hate all types of snakes and the thought of being trapped with them in a confined area would be torture - athough, I would feel at ease if Samuel L. Jackson happened to be sitting next to me.
What is your most marked characteristic?
My laugh/clap combo. When I get laughing, I unknowingly start to laugh and clap simultaneously. I am often told it is loud and distinctive. Someone once described it as trying to gasp for air and laugh at the same time - I guess it is segmented.
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