Owner at Tech Tech Goose Gaming
When and why did you move to Hermiston?
I was born and raised here. I joined the National Guard when I was 17, and traveled there. I came back and got married when I was 20. I was a corrections officer at Two Rivers for 17 years. It’s just home.
What is your favorite place to eat in Hermiston?
That’s a tough one. The place we go out to eat most often would be the Golden Palace. I feel loyal to there because I worked there as a teenager.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
There are a couple things I like to do. One, I like to go camping with my family. Two, I like riding my Harley. Three, I like to go panning for gold. A lot of people don’t know, you can find gold in pretty much any river in Oregon.
What surprises you about Hermiston?
How well the community gets along. Everyone has been very supportive of [Tech Tech Goose Gaming]. The community is willing to get behind small businesses with such passion. It’s also a place that’s growing fast. When I was growing up, Hermiston was basically just Main Street. In 20 years, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was as big as the Tri-Cities.
What was the last book you read?
It was a book about how to run a small business. Usually, I’m more into Sci-Fi. J.K Rowling is one of my favorite authors, and Tolkien too.
What website or app do you use most other than Facebook?
YouTube. A lot of YouTube, a lot of how-to videos.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
The Vatican, or the Holy Land. I’m a devout Catholic, so I would love to see either of those places.
What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you?
I’m kind of a goofball. Just yesterday, my mother-in-law made me a cupcake with lots of chocolate frosting for my birthday. While I was holding it, my daughter tapped my hand and the cupcake flew into the air and landed directly on my head.
What is one of your goals for the next 12 months?
To make this store self-sufficient. To let people know that I’m here to help kids in the community, and that this is a place for adults too. I’d like to make enough money here to not have to pay the bills for this place out of my own pocket. I’ve always wanted to give back to Hermiston, and there’s nothing for kids to do in this town. People say I should turn this into a bar at night, but I’m not going to go that route. Here, kids play for free and can hang out and make friends.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I got a daughter who is an A-plus student in high school. You know how kids tend to rebel against their parents? She rebels against the thought of rebelling. I’m proud to have a happy home for my daughter and wife. When I think of all the things that I’ve done, I think that having a happy family you can provide for is a real challenge.