Many thanks to Eric for doing this Oblivious Interview early on when I was getting the ball rolling for this feature.
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SGHS Graduation Year: 1998
What's the one word you are guilty of using too much?
"Like". I cant help it.. Im like totally from the valley.
What is a random high school memory that has stuck with you all these years?
Smoking cigarettes on the side of Bryan Pacpaco's house in the morning before school and drowning in Victoria's Secret body spray to cover up the smell.
How did you end up doing what you are doing now?
I first started out working with an up and coming wristwatch company called MSTR Watches which broke myself into the fashion industry. Since then I have moved on and started my own business w/ my partners called ROOTED - a lifestyle men's boutique located in Artesia.
If high school is the movie "The Breakfast Club" which one were you? Brain? Athlete? Basket case? Princess? Criminal? Which one are you now?
With the choices available, I would say the athlete since I played sports for SGHS. Currently I would say I am a basket case but that's only because I am working on a few projects at the same time.
What is the best part of any given day for you?
The beginning of every day is always a blessing.
Algebra. Did whatever Mr. Van teach you stick? Do you even still use it?
Absolutely.... not. Thankfully, I am in a business where I don't have to apply the Pythagorean theorem in daily life.
What is the last thing you searched for on google?
Ideas for clothing racks.
If you could talk to your high school self, what would you say to them?
Enjoy it while it lasts because as you get older, it doesn't get any easier. Stay focused on your studies because it will pave the way for your future. Also, don't let anyone or anything stop you from doing what you want to do or who you want to be in life.
Can you still sing the Valiant Alma Mater?
Yes I can but might want to refrain from giving me the mic to sing in public. Ill drive the crowd away.