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About

There’s something about people. We’re all different. It helps make life unique and interesting. Imagine if we were all the same, it’d be miserable.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.”

Perhaps the great Bill Nye the Science Guy said it more eloquently, “Everyone you ever meet will know something you don’t.”

If those brilliant minds can learn something from the simpletons like me, why can’t we all learn from each other. And as a curious mind (read: once a journo, always a journo) I love to talk to people and hear their stories.

Since kindergarten, we’re all told to follow our dreams, constantly asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” The answers change, day-to-day, week-to-week, year-to-year. And as I graduated college and searched for that perfect job, some things stood out. Still, I want to do something with my spare time that won’t be considered a job, but maybe, someday, will make me a living.

I want to know those things that Nye and Emerson spoke of. I love learning, and the best way to learn is through conversation. I want to know why people are Democrats or Republicans. I want to know why people continue to work in jobs they despise; why do people settle; why money drives happiness for nearly everyone on this planet; what would happen if the job didn’t get done. And so many more questions.

I’m a journalist and writer. Why not just ask questions and talk to people. It’s going to be fun for me, and hopefully you. Hopefully we’ll see dramatic improvements in all my abilities.

I want to talk to anybody and everybody from all walks of life, so please contact me, evanspa7 [at] gmail.com, if you’re interested in being part of this project. I’m going to start limited to Michigan, and even Grand Rapids to start. But that will expand. I don’t expect to break any new ground, or discover life’s meaning with this journalistic, sociological and anthropological experiment.

But who knows, it’s worth a shot.

Influences:

52 Cups

Dirty Jobs

Emerson

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Anthony Bourdain

Bill Nye the Science Guy

TJ Duckett

The Oregonian

NPR’s Fresh Air

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2 Responses to “About”

  1. Maarten VanVoorthuysen

    Pat, have you read Studs Terkel’s: “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do”? I didn’t see it listed among your influences, but it has some fascinating insights.

    Reply
  2. Pat Evans

    I have not, but it is now on my reading list. Thanks for the suggestion! Looking more into it, I can’t believe no one has suggested him before! This is neat.

    Reply

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