Your Turn with ... Christopher Davenport

Christopher Davenport
Posted: Jun. 19, 2014 1:51 pm Updated: Jul. 11, 2014 11:15 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I wanted to be an architect, as I loved to draw and build.

What would you rather be doing right now? Sitting on the 50-yard line of a Green Bay Packers game, preferably in the fall, versus middle of December when its 8 degrees.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... 1. I love to brew my own fine home-brewed craft beer. 2. I ran in the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain, in 2000.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Attaining my Eagle Scout Award with the Boy Scouts of America.

It really stinks when ... I hear someone immediately give an excuse of why they can't do something, versus working on a solution.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Chutzpah.

I always laugh when ... my youngest daughter, Seren, makes one of her signature sarcastic facial expressions. She very much has my personality.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? 1. Teddy Roosevelt. That dude was a man's man. I bet we would be eating something gamey and burping a lot. 2. Vince Lombardi. Just to grasp a few of his profound words and a signature on my football. 3. Bill Murray. He is a pure comedic genius. Every dinner needs a funny man.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit down in a recliner, flip on Fox News, and phase out any outside noise. This doesn't occur very often, but when it does it's pure bliss.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... probably a little introverted, a little boring, and a little overweight.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was with ... Dr. Ben Carson, who I just met a few weeks ago at a banquet. He is one to both admire and to watch for in the future. I've also had lunch with Mike McCarthy, head coach of the Green Bay Packers.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... travel anywhere outside of the United States. I love to travel, and the more mysterious destination the better.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... sell out my faith. Jesus is my rock; I am absolutely nothing but dirt without him.

America should be more concerned about ... our blatant disregard for a balanced budget and payoff of national debt. We are moving closer and closer to an implosion of epic proportions, and it appears no one in our federal government really gives a flip.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... oatmeal.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... I refuse to pay for anything that is not a basic necessity or emergency, and even then I'll haggle.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Always put your shoes on before putting your pants on. This was on a "Seinfeld" episode, but I utilize this every morning.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... indie folk. I like the National, Bon Iver, Band Of Horses, Boxer Rebellion, etc.

I always get sentimental when ... I see a video of a combat soldier reunited with his/her family. Those guys are heroes. In the same regard, the last military rites at a funeral really tug at my heart strings. Such an emotional moment, I usually am tearing up hard when the flag is handed to the survivor of the deceased.

The older I get, the more I realize ... just how hard my parents worked to give me a solid chance in life, chance being the important word, as it was up to me to seize the opportunities. What's most important is that they didn't do the hard work for me, they instilled the discipline and result of personal reward reaped from hard work.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... develop a taste for raw tomatoes. Such a versatile fruit, but I just can't man up to eat them plain.

My favorite item of clothing is ... Brooks tennis shoes. The best, hands down.

If I've learned anything at all ... 1. Be bold in your faith and convictions, knowing Jesus always has your back, and recognize that sometimes God does indeed give you more than you can handle, so you will have no other choice but to depend on him. 2. Light beer isn't for people who actually like the taste of beer, but for people who just like to pee a lot.

Christopher R. Davenport, 41, is construction cost management director for Church Development Fund Inc. in Pittsfield. He consults churches all over the country on the design and plans for building projects. He is a husband and father of three, a foodie and thrill seeker.

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