Our “12 Questions” series continues this week with a look at Alison “One L” Modafferi, who has joined the PRC family for the summer. She moved to the PNW from Michigan to attend George Fox University and work on obtaining her doctorate of physical therapy. She just completed her first year there, so we’re hoping to squeeze a couple more summers out of her before she graduates. She comes to us with significant run retail experience, having worked for three years at New Balance in Grand Rapids, MI. Alison was a collegiate lacrosse player at Grand Valley State University, so she and Henry will likely participate in weird lacrosse-related rituals. Alison will be working almost exclusively at our Beaverton store.
Interview by Greg Mitchell.
Greg Mitchell In what city and state were you born?
Alison Modafferi I was born in Milford, Michigan.
GM What high school did you attend? What was the mascot?
AM I attended Milford High School. Which was located in Highland, MI, which doesn’t make any sense. The mascot was originally a Redskin, but it had to be changed to a Maverick.
GM What was the year, make and model of your first car?
AM My first car was a 2007 Chevy Trailblazer, which was the only thing my dad felt was safe enough for me to drive in the winter. Which is why I have the same car now.
GM Your 2007 Chevy Trailblazer should offer the horsepower necessary to successfully navigate the impressive puddles of a typical Portland winter.
GM What has been your most embarrassing athletic moment?
AM I was running down the sidewalk of a very busy road near my old university with my dog a few years ago and tripped on the sidewalk, fell, scraped my knee, and almost pulled my dog down with me.
GM What is your current training shoe?
AM Saucony Triumph, forever and always.
GM Forever and always, that is, until you try the Chaser by 361 Degrees.
[Editor’s note: Yesterday Greg was raving about the NB 1400, so take his endorsements with a grain of salt.]
GM What scares you more: clowns or snakes? Explain.
AM Clowns. The smiles are too unnatural.
GM What is your favorite TV series of all time?
AM My favorite TV series is Dexter. It’s funny, serious, and dramatic all in one!
GM What is your biggest pet-peeve? Explain.
AM Unnecessary swearing. There is no need for that.
GM So #@&%ing true.
GM What is your favorite restaurant in the Portland area?
AM I don’t have one yet. Any suggestions?
GM Yes. I suggest you find a boyfriend who takes you out to nice places for dinner (just kidding, Larry).
[Editor’s note: Rob Conner, Amelia Bryan, and Jessie Rubin all like Proper Eats, but their bumper stickers include unnecessary swearing, which might not sit well with you.]
GM What would you like the epitaph on your tombstone to read?
AM “Work to live, don’t live to work.”
GM Minnie Mouse or Mini Cooper? Explain.
AM Mini Cooper. I don’t really know why, but I choose Mini Cooper.
GM Well, you may not be welcome at Disneyland any longer.
GM What is the best advice you have ever received?
AM “You do you.” I was told that minutes before my PT school interview at George Fox, and because of that, I was myself, and got a position in the class.