This week’s subject is semi-recent PRC hire Ryan Baxter. Ryan (or “Baxter” as he’s affectionately known at our Beaverton store) is a recent graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove, where he majored in Chemistry and minored in Mathematics (and earned an honorary degree in Nerdology no doubt). He also ran cross country and wrestled for the Boxers. He spends most of his time at the Beaverton location and is often responsible for transferring inventory across town.
Interview by Greg Mitchell.
Greg Mitchell In what city and state were you born?
Ryan Baxter I was born in Craig, Alaska.
GM What high school did you attend? What was the mascot?
RB I attended Craig High School, the home of the Panthers. Student body, 75 kids.
GM What was the year, make and model of your first car?
RB To this day I am carless, although I did own a sweet pair of skis that was more functional than any car in the wonderful Alaskan winter.
GM I imagine this helped your popularity with the ladies.
GM What has been your most embarrassing athletic moment?
RB My junior year in a basketball game against our rival, the tip got batted around and unfortunately I got confused and scored on the wrong hoop….
GM Ah, this helps explain your switch to wrestling.
GM What is your current training shoe?
RB Brooks Launch 2…. Thanks to my PRC co-worker, Chad Linnerooth.
GM Chad gets confused. I’m sure he meant to recommend the On Cloud. [Editor’s note: Greg Mitchell really, really likes the On Cloud.]
GM What scares you more: clowns or snakes? Explain.
RB Clowns easily. On a wrestling trip in high school we stayed in an old dormitory attached to a portion of our opponents’ school. There was an old TV monitor hanging from the ceiling with a VHS tape sticking out of it. Of course we decided to watch it, and it was a weird pseudo-horror movie called “It” featuring a terrifying clown. To this day, I think it was an attempt by the home school to freak us out.
GM What website do you visit most online?
RB Either Letsrun.com or Flowrestling.com.
GM What is your biggest pet-peeve?
RB Doing the dishes. I avoid it by only using a single spoon and bowl.
GM I bet you host some pretty classy dinner parties.
GM What is your favorite breakfast cereal?
RB Berry Colossal Crunch because of its wonderful fruity flavor and bargain basement price.
GM What would you like the epitaph on your tombstone to read?
RB “Intensity isn’t for everyone, but neither is success.”
GM Douglas fir or ponderosa pine? Explain.
RB Douglas fir for sure; when harvested it yields a much stronger product that is less prone to warping than ponderosa pine. It’s also easier to split with an axe.
GM I was expecting a figurative answer, but thanks for going literal here. This will help me when I build my next log cabin.
GM What is the best advice you have ever received?
RB The best advice I ever received was geared towards wrestling, but it applies to every aspect of life. “Get up and train while your opponent is sleeping.” So pretty much just do the extra work and it will pay off eventually.