John Vickers.

15 Questions: With Victoria’s Mr. Festival John Vickers

15 Questions: With Victoria’s Mr. Festival John Vickers

  • Feb. 12, 2016 6:00 a.m.

1. It’s Sunday morning, what are you having for breakfast?

On Sundays, I actually bake my own bread from scratch, topped with peanut butter along with a banana and coffee. Something about the aroma of fresh baked bread on a Sunday has stuck with me since I was young and it’s been one of life’s joys.

2. If you didn’t do what you did for a living, what would you be?

I am doing exactly what I love to do so it’s hard to go there. Possibly a return to news broadcasting. Prior to the 20 odds years I spent in the security technology field, I was schooled in journalism and my first career of six years was spent dotting the land at various radio news outlets from Halifax to Thunder Bay. You can move around a lot trying to establish yourself in the news biz.

3. What’s playing in your music player right now?

XM, sounds like Tom Petty.

4. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Global corporations are destroying planet earth with no let up in sight.

5. What’s the best thing about living in Victoria?

The quality of life, El Niño storms included.

6. What’s your favourite movie(s)?

Can’t say I have a specific movie. One of the first movies I really loved was Logan’s Run which was cutting edge in its day, albeit a little laughable today. A list of favourites would be 20 per cent of all the movies I’ve seen.

7. Which person, alive or dead, would you have dinner with?

My father.

8. What’s your favourite vacation destination?

Clearwater Beach, Florida to visit my mother and as well as an annual pilgrimage home to Miramichi, New Brunswick to fly fish Atlantic Salmon.

9. If you could have one super power, what would it be?

A power to end all the suffering in the world.

10. What’s the one thing you haven’t done that you’d love to do?

Have breakfast on a terrace overlooking Hong Kong harbour.

11. If you could see one concert, what would it be?

One that I didn’t produce myself. I would get to see who’s playing.

12. What is your favourite TV show?

A guilty pleasure is Deadliest Catch. It’s also a good reminder that project execution requires a team to be all in, all the time and that projects have a beginning, middle and an end. And once and a while things can get a little messy.

13. What’s your dream car?

Fourteen years ago I would have said a Silver Spur. Today it’s definitely the car I am driving, a 2015 Nissan hatchback with a tiny footprint that ran up a grand total of 4,200 kilometres this past year.

14. What is your favourite place to dine?

Lately it’s the Italian place near the bottom of Yates Street beside Lucky Bar.

15. What are your words to live by?

Stuff doesn’t buy contentment, service to others does. Volunteer or contribute to your community in a way that works for you.

 

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