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Meet the Team: QLer Chris

Chris is a Southern California native who has slowly made his way up the west coast over the years and has settled in Portland, OR for the last 5. Chris got his feet wet with design and development when he joined a punk band in high school and has never looked back. When not hard at work on Sprintly, Chris can be found: coding or learning about code; playing drums and/or listening to loud music; being really nerdy and anal about craft coffee, beer, or cocktails; buying records; cooking, baking, learning how to cook/bake, or eating; or relaxing with his girlfriend and their dogs. Fun fact: Chris has come to be known as the "Sprintly Grandma." He occasionally brings in fresh baked cookies for the team, gets the air conditioner fixed, and makes sure people have comfortable chairs to sit in.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

"You don’t stop doing things because you get old. You get old because you stop doing things.” — Rosamunde Pilcher

What is your favorite adult beverage?

I’m a big fan of IPAs, my current favorites being Boneyard’s RPM IPA or Double Mountain’s Hop Lava.

I’m also big on fancy cocktails—can’t go wrong with an old fashioned, and I also love good summery drinks like margaritas, and I’ve been into this concoction from Whiskey Soda Lounge here in Portland involving gin, some apple drinking vinegar, club soda and a lime.

One of the best cocktails I’ve ever had was a bartender in Portland’s own creation and was made with gin, fernet, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and topped with fresh oregano.

What is your favorite game?

I love top-down strategy video games like SimCity, Civilization, Warcraft, etc. I tend to get really into video games for a month or two, then don’t play any again for about a year.

In person, I love Cards Against Humanity, and I have a friend who frequently organizes “The Name Game”, which is fun with larger groups.

The Name Game involves creating two teams and each person writes 10-ish well-known people/character’s names on little pieces of paper and they are all folded mixed into a bowl. Then the teams/team-members alternate and get 1 minute rounds of trying to get their team to guess as many names as you can without actually saying the names themselves—you should give it a go.

What is your favorite food?

Classically, my mom’s lasagna is probably my very favorite food, but I’m sort of a foodie, so I love a lot of food. I love Mexican & Italian food the most, and right now I’m super into ramen.

What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

Music has been pretty huge in my life, and these are some of my very favorite songs. Each of these reminds me of a particular time in my life, and are in approximate chronological order as such—here goes:

  • Green Day – F.O.D.
  • Strung Out – Razorblade
  • Saves the Day – This Is Not An Exit
  • Poison the Well – Loved Ones
  • Bayside – Blame It On Bad Luck
  • Jose Gonzalez – Cycling Trivialities
  • The Lonely Island – Like A Boss
  • Defeater – Waves Crash, Clouds Roll
  • Paper Rival – Keep Us In
  • Colour Revolt – Our Names
  • The Walkmen – Angela Surf City
  • Aesop Rock – Daylight
  • Queens of the Stone Age – In The Fade
  • Daniel Rossen – Saint Nothing
  • The National – This Is The Last Time

What’s one of your bucket list items?

Eating ramen in Japan.

Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?

People have told me that I resemble David Beckham, which I won’t brag about or anything. And Brian Fallon, the singer of a band called The Gaslight Anthem, is sort of a dopplegänger.

What is your favorite form of exercise (riding a bike isn't a requirement to work here)?

Playing drums.

What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?

Portland summers are magical.

Favorite place in all the world?

If I had to pick one, it’d probably be my house.

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