Teacher Feature: Mr. Taylor
- What is a unique tradition your family has/had?
My wife and I build a Christmas Village every year, complete with a mountain and running train. We started with a train that went around our Christmas tree and it has just grown more and more each year. We now have probably over 50 individual houses and have upgraded the train to the “Jingle Bell Express.” I know it’s dorky, but we love it and my family always enjoys seeing the new display.
- What is a fictional food you would most like to try?
I’m a hunter, so it would probably be some sort of wild mythical game. I’m not Voldemort, so unicorns are out but maybe some Dragon Steak or something like that.
- What was something that wound up being totally different than you imagined it to be?
In 2013 I took a random summer job out of college because a friend of mine mentioned it, and I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. Ended up meeting my wife (from England), traveling to different countries, and having new friends all over the globe. Stepping out of my comfort zone has made all the difference in my life.
- What is one trend you wish would come back in style?
Not sure here. I’ve fully hit my “dad fashion” style stage so there are a lot of current trends that I’m looking forward to dying out soon. I grew up in the ‘90s and early ‘00s so my childhood was filled with a bunch of neon colors and graphic tees.
- If money were no object, what outrageous luxury would you add to your house?
Definitely a sauna and a cold water tank. I know they are polar opposites, but there are crazy health benefits to putting your body in difficult conditions. The sauna reduces risk of cardiovascular disease, the cold tank reduces depression and anxiety. I could go on and on, but those two things are utilized by the wealthy and have a real science-based positive impact on our health.
- Bonus: If you were in a witness protection program, what would be your new name and where would you go?
William Epping – which is a combination of two of my favorite book characters. Jake Epping from 11/22/63 and William Chanokh from Infinite. I would probably live in the UK, anywhere in Ireland, Scotland, or England would be good with me.