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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Zack Notes

February 4, 2016

Zack Notes | UncommonGoodsZack Notes, UncommonGoods Senior Product Manager, Product Management

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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The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Personalities: Meet Gaby Germaine

January 26, 2016

Gaby Germaine | UncommonGoodsGaby Germaine, UncommonGoods 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 Anuli Akanegbu

November 20, 2015

Anuli Akanegbu | UncommonGoodsAnuli Akanegbu, UncommonGoods Vendor Relations Associate

My hometown is…
Laurel, MD. The city of Laurel has land in three counties, so you now know my home town, but not where I’m from. Weird, right?

When I was a kid my favorite television program was…
“Arthur” even though I never understood how an aardvark could have a dog as a pet. I still watch the show occasionally on Netflix. The show has some pretty catchy songs like the “Library Card Song.”

My style is…
All black everything. Despite having a pretty colorful apartment, these days I mostly wear all black with hints of colors like grey and navy blue. I know that doesn’t really count though, but I fully believe that nothing is the new black. Plus, I think there is something sophisticated about the color black. Maybe because it’s harder to tell when you spilled something on your shirt.

My guilty pleasure is…
Watching British reality shows on YouTube. Not the good ones either, I’m talking about “Jersey Shore” quality here.

If I won the lottery, I’d…
Start off by paying my student loans and see how much I have left. How much did I win, exactly?

When I’m not working, I’m probably…
Scouring the beauty section for the perfect shade of “nude” nail polish, watching “30 for 30” films on Netflix and perfecting my recipes for guilt-free desserts.

An uncommon fact about me…
My name means “joy” or “daughter who brings happiness” in the Nigerian language of Igbo.

Would you rather…Only speak and write in clichés for an entire day, or ride a tricycle to work through the snow?
I pretty much only speak in clichés and random pop culture references, so that would just be a regular day for me.

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