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NAME: Virginia Graham.

AGE: 33.

OCCUPATION: Bartender.

RESIDENCE: To the west.

BORN, RAISED AND GROWN IN: Buffalo, NY

RIGHT NOW, I AM IN THE MIDDLE OF: Sip The Café Buzz – a lavender honey flavored version of a classic cocktail called Bee’s Knees. Cafe Buzz is a Cafe favourite.

MY PROUDEST ACHIEVEMENT: Buying, renovating and selling my own house.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Skiing in Japan.

I WEAR/ALWAYS WEAR: An extra layer.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GROW UP: A marine biologist.

MY HEROES ARE: Steve Corrigan and Dan King.

FAVORITE AUTHORS: I don’t read enough to do this question justice!

BOOKS ON MY NIGHT TABLE: You mean ski magazines?

THE THREE BEST SONGS ON MY PLAYLIST: Can we talk about artists? Taylor Swift, Caamp, Macklemore.

THE LAST THREE SONGS I ASKED ALEXA/PANDORA/SPOTIFY TO PLAY: “The Greatest”, “Pursuit of Happiness” and “And It’s Still Going”.

THREE ALL-TIME FAVORITE FILMS: “Father of the Bride”, “Just Go With It” and “When Harry Met Sally”.

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: “Friends”, “King of Queens” and anything on Bravo.

FAVORITE RADIO STATION/SHOWS/PODCAST: Top 40 radios.

TOP COMFORT FOOD: Ziti in the oven.

I MAINLY USE: My vacuum cleaner.

FEATURES I ADMIRE THE MOST: Altruism, independence.

CRAZY ANIMAL: Excitement and useless conversation.

FAVORITE QUOTE: “Not for nothing…”

MY FAVORITE ON OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: He is underrated and hopefully will remain so.

IMPOSSIBLE TO LIVE WITHOUT: Mountains.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I worked as a Parks Enforcement Patrol Officer in New York, I am well versed in the use of handcuffs, proper handling of batons and writing tickets.

THE BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: “Be nice to people” – from the veteran bartender who was the first one I worked with.

THE ADVICE I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE: Keep an overview and keep perspective.

IF I RULE THE WORLD I WOULD BE: Eliminate breeding until every shelter dog is adopted.

IF I WIN THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I DO IS: Book a crazy trip for my closest friends.

I DRIVE TO: Black 2008 Ford Ranger.

I WANT TO DRIVE A: Deceived 4×4 motorhome.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Sprinkle with parmesan.

IF I COULD INVITE SOMEONE SPECIAL TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: My grandmother, Wilmet Garofalo.

— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro

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