You may have noticed another among us.
He sneaks into our meetings, gets the inside story, hears things not intended to be heard. While we wouldn’t say that there is a 7th member of Gradient (at this point in time), we do have something of a mascot in Carl Jenkins.
Turns out, he’s more than a drawing dummy. I decided that I should probably sit down with Carl and hear his story, before some elaborate work of fiction were to reach the 188 friends he has on Facebook.
David (D): What motto do you try to live by, Carl?
Carl (C): “Love your neighbor as yourself”…Oh and, “Beware of Dog”. I learned that firsthand.
(D): What’s the story between you and Gradient?
(C): I was referred by the brother of Gradient’s big boss lady, Rebecca Noles. Basically I would get to travel and get paid to do what I do best: Pose.
(D): And so far it’s worked out better than your last job?
(C): I was employed by Borders as a bookend. I’d say it’s going better for me now.
(D): Where would you most like to travel?
(C): If I got to ride in a car or plane without being stuffed inside a backpack I would be tickled pink! The ideal destination would be Copenhagen, Denmark where Soren Kierkegaard spent a good portion of his life.
(D): Do you have a guilty pleasure Food?/Movie?
(C): I love muffins. For movies, it’s a tie between The Nutcracker and The Toy That Saved Christmas. I get all kinds of emotional every time I watch that one.
(D): You seem to be in great shape, what’s your secret?
(C): I train in several combat disciplines including Muay Thai, Jujitsu, and Jazzercise! In fact, I once fought off a huge Nemean lion that was attacking Gradient!
(D): Is that real, or is that a legend?
(C): Oh it’s a real legend! I’m surprised you didn’t hear about it.
(D): Okay, moving on. What are some of your goals?
(C): I want to become the first inanimate object to win the Nobel Peace Prize for my work with Pandas. But most of all, I want to find the wrong way to eat a Reese’s.
(D): Well thanks for your time Carl, this has been truly an insightful interview. And, readers, I hope you feel a little closer to our friend Carl Jenkins, and if you’d like, add him as a friend here
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