Employee, Smoke City
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I live in Stanfield, but I moved down here last year. I was in Tri-Cities, but my wife’s father passed away, and we moved in with her mom to help offset bills.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
The Golden Palace.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am a competitive vaper — I travel all over the Pacific Northwest and compete in cloud competitions or vape competitions. I had a friend take first place at the West Coast Vape Expo in Lincoln City. He won $1,000 for blowing a cloud. The Expo is in Pasco this year — I’ll be there.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
The community comes together pretty well. If I happen to have a question, I don’t have a problem asking someone, they’re pretty open. I haven’t had a bad experience yet.
What was the last book you read, and would you recommend it?
Lord of the Flies for a school project 10 years ago. Most of my reading is done online.
What app or website do you use most often besides Facebook?
I use a vape tool that allows me to create my coils virtually before I make them. I also use Instagram. As a competitive vaper, I advertise for my sponsors.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
The Philippines. I’ve been twice, and would go back.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
While I was in the Philippines, we had a dance contest that I was forced to participate in — and I won, out of pity.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
I would like to be running my own vape shop, ultimately.
What is one of your proudest accomplishments?
Becoming an Ohm trooper — it’s a big network of friends and family competition vapers.