5 Question Friday - The Long Overdue Edition
Where I ask friends and interesting strangers to answer the same 5 questions, and it happens on Fridays.
I met John in dingy basement bar somewhere north of North Avenue back in '08 - an unlikely setting an digital marketing workshop. I knew little about digital marketing back then, but I was eager to learn, so eager that I dared to ask the speaker about backlinks from MySpace. That speaker was John. Since that time, John has been an incredible resource, a helpful adviser, and most of all, a good friend.
John Geletka is a painter, sculpter, designer, technologist, and marketer. He’s a Chicago native who’s always looking for something awesome to do. John is the CTO at CentUp, a tech partner at Avenue, a startup advisor, and a UX/Programming teacher. He’s the worst sysadmin ever.
1. What defines you? (Be descriptive, is it your job, family, a certain skill or talent you may have?)
My friends would say… I’m a hard worker. I’m a pain to deal with, I’m a bit flighty, I’m a always there to help. My enemies would say…I’m hard to deal with. I forget everything. I’m full of myself. I’m not as good as I think. My colleagues would say…I know my discipline. I deliver great work. I drive them crazy. My wife would say…I’m the best looking smart person she knows.
2. What song that energizes you when you are looking for motivation? (maybe it is more than one depending on what you need to get motivated for)
Graceland by Paul Simon. I listen to this song once a day, every day. Secret to life.
3. If you were to show up to a potluck, what would you bring? (and why? And what kind of potluck is this?)
Wine. I hate cooking. I stopped at Hugo’s Frog Bar on the way to the last potluck I was invited to and purchased a large plate of pan fried frog legs. Yum. The potluck was a French theme. I took the warm legs, plated them on one of my finest IKEA dishes, put foil on top and severed them to my friends.They were convinced I had made them myself until the host outed me.
4. Describe your perfect day.
A perfect day for me is one that’s different from the day before. I don’t have high expectations of fine dining, travel and wine, but I do hate doing the same repetitive thing over and over again. I like surprises, good or bad. I look for the new and generally this outlook has made everyday perfect. Yes, I’m that asshole who loves everyday…as shitty and hard as some can be.
5. What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery? What would you do if you won $100 million?
Isn’t this a 90’s song? If I had a million dollars I’d pay off my house and my parent’s house. I’d by a new computer, take a small vacation and invest in some sustainable companies that help the world. Like Centup. Sorry for the shameless plug.
If I won 100 million, I’d do the same things for myself, make sure all my friends were out of debt, invest in sustainable companies, and invest/fund non-for-profits focused on new ways of teaching. I hate our current education system, and I’d love to get kids exposed to problem-solving disciplines like art and computer science. I might also setup some sustainable artist communities.
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Read other 5 Question Friday posts here. P.S. I listened to Graceland while posting this and I might make it part of my daily routine too.