New Year! New Host!
With Abby off to Grad School we have a new host stepping in. It won't be too much of a change, because her name still starts with the letter "A". That seems to be a trend we have going on. But anyways, get to know the girl you probably already know, Anna Grace Christiansen!
Okay, so you're probably like, "Hey, my name starts with "A", how come I'm not the newly minuted WGTHO host? Well to help you fall in love with AGC as much as we have, here's a little bit about this wonderful human being:
Hailing from rural Minnesota, AGC grew up almost entirely outside building forts, riding four wheelers and dirt bikes, doing anything she could to keep up with or outpace her brother, cousins, and neighbor boys. She was one of the younger ones, so it was sure a challenge at times, but she things, and we agree, it made her tougher.
As AGC got a little older she got a horse and he became her everything - as horses often do to people who have horses. She showed him competitively in 4-H and the local circuit for many years. She was a good horse shower (and bunny shower too, listen to her podcast to get the scoop on that).
As for popular sports, she sucked and played them with absolute mediocrity. So instead of being a collegiate athlete she studied Architecture and traveled and eventually graduated from the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities and moved to PDX when she was 24.
It wasn't until the move that she found bikes, bike racing and got put on an entirely unanticipated life track... and boom, now here she is.
AGC raced pretty fiercely for many years, and as of 2018 she's officially QUIT bike racing (not retired).
WHAT'S YOUR DAY JOB? Front end website stuff, specifically, I work in e-commerce and am focusing on user experience with a more long-term focus on digital product management. It’s all pretty new to me and my education is in Architecture, so it’s been a fun challenge to apply my design thinking and problem solving to digital space and I’m digging it.
WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM HANG OUT GUEST? Michelle Obama
HOW PDX ARE YOU? I’ve been accused of being very Portland on several occasions. A couple that come to mind are as follows;
I ride my bike to the airport often to fly. When I was bike racing a lot, I would pack my race bike into its travel case and affix it to my surly bike trailer and pedal to the airport, park and lock my city bike and trailer, and haul my luggage and race bike onto the plane. I’ve also picked people up at the airport by bike, both on a tandem and also hauling them a bike on my bike trailer.
Last year at team camp, I made us all save our compost (food scraps) so I could bring it back to Portland and save it from the trash.
I like to snag herbs on romps through the city and stick them in my hair, lavender and rosemary are my top picks
WHY DO YOU LOVE PODCASTS: Pods are all the rage these days, they’ve really become an important part of how we consume culture, information, news, ideas, etc in our ever-shifting digital lives. They feel more intimate than other ways of consuming information and they necessarily and beautifully vary wildly from podcast to podcast. For example, you can listen to anything from a very serious political podcast to some hilarious and light podcast, and anything in between. You also get to curate your input to what you need on any given time in your life or based on your mood or current interests. I love it and I place a lot of importance on it
OTHER STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AGC:
I’m crazy about dogs
I have an affection for butter on almost all foods
I recently quit bike racing, it was a bit of a long term relationship
I’m addicted to finding the edge of reasonability, and pushing on it, in most areas of life
I sometimes use too many commas
Maybe this belief is helpful, not sure if it’s really a bio thing ---> I believe we all experience and feel things very similarly, even though they feel so intimate and unique to us as individuals. I find beauty and meaning in this idea, it speaks to our humanness and makes the chaos of the world necessary and manageable, even when things seem entirely fucked. Empathy is powerful, levity is necessary. Humor can help cure the most profoundly painful things. I think these ideas have a lot to do with what I find so appealing about storytelling, we’re able to connect to people by listening carefully, what could be better?
Like Abby, I’ve also been called a ‘good eater’ and it feels like a compliment