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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Zack Notes

February 4, 2016

Zack Notes | UncommonGoodsZack Notes, Senior Marketing and Product Manager

My hometown…
I’m originally from Boulder Creek, a little mountain town in the northern California. We lived on Chipmunk Hollow Road, where there were indeed a ton of chipmunks. There were also slightly less cute animals – like scorpions, tarantulas, and mountain lions. We had a vegetable garden and a chicken coop. One time I was collecting eggs and the rooster decided that he wanted the eggs back. A brutal showdown ensued and I lost. Luckily, I was rescued by our dog, Sasquatch. I still have a scar on my cheek.

In our backyard, I had a laboratory under a redwood tree where I worked on my “inventions.” Starting when I was three, I would take stuff out of the trash, bring it into the backyard, and try to build things with it – time machines, etc. I wish I had some kind of baby genius invention to tout, but I don’t think I ever actually made anything other than a mess.

Every now and then someone’s house would go into the creek when we had mudslides. My parents tell me that one of the guys that lived on our street was a Hells Angels gang leader who would frequently throw raging biker parties. One time, the Hells Angels let me shoot a shotgun at a washed up house in the river. That was probably around the time my parents decided we should move.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Gaby Germaine

January 26, 2016

Gaby Germaine | UncommonGoodsGaby Germaine, UncommonGoods Associate Creative Director

My home town is…
Smack dab in the middle of the heartland, Van Meter, Iowa.

I’m inspired by…
Hard working people, nature, color, and kindness.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
That this Thomas Edison quote I love is 100% accurate. “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” I have been fortunate enough to work with and learn from some amazing people who have not been afraid to work and to work hard.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Arnold Pittman

January 2, 2016

Arnold Pittman | UncommonGoodsArnold Pittman – UncommonGoods Operations Team Lead

My hometown…
New York City.

I’m passionate about…
Sharing my wisdom with others that may benefit from my experiences and being open so I can continue being a student to life.

The best gift I’ve ever received is…
Madison, Harmoni, Sidney, Cheyenne, Imani, and Jayden. My children!!!

My favorite food of all time is…
STRAWBERRIES any time of the day (preferably in season and not too big like they’ve been pumped with Hulk water).

If I could learn anything, it would be…
How to count cards at Vegas…”Yeah baby!

My style is…
Versatile.

The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen is…
My grandmother living to be 102 (almost 103!) years to see her great grandchildren and still be kickin’ it –and I mean parties, she works, and does her own shopping.

An uncommon fact about me…
Facts, plural:
1) I can drift like Vin Diesel in Fast 7, and
2) I can wiggle my ears…both at the same time and…individually (wink).

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Uncommon Personalities: Michael Guillette

December 29, 2015

Michael Guillette | UncommonGoodsMichael Guillette – UncommonGoods Operations Team Lead

My hometown…
Brooklyn, New York born and raised.

I’m inspired by…
Greatness being achieved around me. I have always been motivated by seeing someone else doing well.

The word or phrase that best describes me…
Driven.

The way to my heart is…
My stomach.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Working out or relaxing with friends.

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
Good Stuff or Amy Ruth’s. They’re so good.

A song I love so much that I played it until I was sick of it…
Alive by POD and No Role Modelz by J.Cole.

The best gift I’ve ever given is…
A face scrubber from Sephora. I forgot what it was called but she loved it. And books for my mom.

An uncommon fact about me…
I write poetry and short stories.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Michael Stokes

December 22, 2015

Michael Stokes | UncommonGoodsMichael Stokes, UncommonGoods Customer Service Team Lead

My hometown…
Technically Brooklyn NY, (Brownsville) by birth, but I spent the bulk of my formative years in Elizabeth NJ. (That’s right, I’m a JerseyBoi.)

I’m passionate about…
I love to cook, and event planning. I love seeing small details come together to make an event a huge success.

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Relaxing on my porch with a homemade margarita, or in my room playing video games.

Something that always makes me laugh…
Anything that Stewie on Family Guy says

My spirit animal is…
That all depends on which religion and/or cultural reference we are looking at this from. Native American – I am the deer. I am a horse in some tribes. And I am a Spider Monkey some African practices such as Yoruba.

My relationship with Mother Nature is…
Not very good. I hate to get dirty, and Mother Nature has a lot of dirt. So I try my best to avoid her.

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
Caliente Cab on 7th and Bleeker

If I could throw the perfect party…
I’d rent a modern glass house that had a huge pool and a great view. The house would be divided into 3 areas one that is comfortable for sitting and holding conversation with seating for people to eat. The pool area, and another large room for dancing with a healthy mix of reggae and R&B music.

An uncommon fact about me…
I have a twin sister. She is my polar opposite in every way. (We do not get along at all.)