North Country Snapshot #39 Phil Aldridge

Name: Phil Aldridge
Occupation: Baker
Residence: St. Johnsbury, VT
Age: 28

1) Given the choice of anyone in the world, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would you want to have dinner? 

“So I sat with my original answer to this question for a long time. It threw me for a bit of a loop. If I could have dinner with anyone in living or dead etc. it would be my father. My father is very much alive and I see him more than most people probably see their parents so, it seems like an odd answer. I enjoy my father’s company and with all of life’s distractions it’s very rare that I get to sit down with just my father and share even a moment.”

2) What’s one of your favorite movies? 

“I skipped this question and came back to it after finishing the rest… I still can’t think of a good answer… Casino… That one steady cam shot that’s five minutes long of them walking through the back entrance and through the kitchen and all that is technically amazing…”

3) Cat or dog? 

“I like both. If I had to pick a side I’d most likely go with dog. More practical. Home defense cat just doesn’t evoke the same spine tingling fear… unless you’re talking about a really big cat, but then there are serious ethical questions about keeping a tiger (etc) as a pet.”

4) If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

“South East Asia. Good food.”

5) What’s the last thing you remember hearing on the radio? 

“I was listening to NPR this morning. Radio was on in the car earlier but I wasn’t listening to it at all.”

6) What’s your favorite thing about the North Country? 

“It’s just different. I mean, everywhere is different but being up here is in a lot of ways its own world. I give thought from time to time of moving away from here but then, I remember, I’m established here. Which is a very easy thing to do here. Small towns… mixed blessings at best, but for whatever it’s worth after 15 years of coming and going from this area I finally think I’ve settled on staying.”

7) Smartphone, flip phone, or rotary phone? 

“I have a Samsung Galaxy 5. My contract ends in a couple of months then I’m downgrading to one of those phones designed for military and 3rd world use. You know water/sledgehammer proof with a battery life of up to 3 weeks. (Flip phone) Though a mobile rotary phone is a neat idea. No matter how impractical.”

8) What’s your least favorite thing about the North Country? 

“It’s pretty much the same as my favorite thing. Small towns everybody knows everybody.”

9) What's the biggest problem facing the world right now?

“Idiots. Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large groups. Most people aren’t even smart enough to work in their own self interest. p.s. Vote for Bernie” 

10) How do you like your steak cooked? 

“Complaining. Kidding! Med rare is a good standard. Enough Millard to create that amazing glutamate umami taste but it’s far from becoming shoe leather. This is the most cooked anyone should eat a good steak. If you want well done don’t order a steak. You ruin a good piece of meat. Shoulder chuck and filet taste almost the same at that point. Actually the shoulder would probably be better because it has a higher fat content than the Filet would.”

11) What’s something most people don’t know about you? 

“I’m highly opinionated… oh wait no anyone who is reading this knows that’s not true. I don’t hide much, if anything. If anything I’m prone towards over sharing.”