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Your Turn/Matthew Brink

Lindsay and Matt Brink on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. | H-W Photo/Jake Shane
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With MATTHEW BRINK
Posted: Feb. 24, 2019 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a general manager for a professional basketball team. I had an obsession with basketball statistics. In elementary school, I would write letters to the Chicago Bulls with trade recommendations; although, I'm pretty sure they didn't follow them.

What would you rather be doing right now? At home wrestling with my boys.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I used to play the saxophone. I have no musical ability and was very bad at it.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? When my brother joined the military. He has the intelligence and skill-set to do whatever he wants, but he chose to serve our country. I'm very proud of him.

It really stinks when ... people chew with their mouth open.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Ornery. I asked my wife to help me answer this question.

I always laugh when ... There's nothing funnier than accidental flatulence.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My grandfather. I was fortunate to have spent a great deal of time wit him growing up. He taught me a lot about life. He passed away a few years ago, but I continue to have questions for him as I age. Michael Jordan. Growing up in Illinois in the 90s, he was the ultimate sports icon. My wife's grandmother. She was a very influential person in my wife's life, and I would have loved to have met her.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sleep. My evenings are currently pretty full with making dinner, getting the kids ready for bed, cleaning up and finishing charts from the day. When all of that is done, I just want to sleep.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... lost in the hallway. I spent more time walking the halls and horsing around than in a classroom. It was a great time, but I also look back and think about the educational opportunities I wasted.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Scottie Pippen. I was at a Chicago Bulls game when my friend noticed a large crowd around someone. It was Scottie Pippen. I though the was there enjoying the game, so I played it cool. I later found out that he gets paid to be there to socialize with the fans.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... spend an evening alone with my wife.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... join social media. I refuse to use facespace, mybook, instachat or whatever comes out next.

America should be more concerned about ... its character. I worry about the America that my children will grow up in where we are more worried about feelings than honesty and integrity.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... socks and underwear. I shower multiple times per day and need a new pair of each after every shower.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... real estate websites. I have four or five websites I check daily. I'm always watching for land to go up for sale/auction.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? You don't need all the bells and whistles. It's just more that can go wrong. -- My grandfather.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... It depends if I'm riding alone or with my family. When I'm alone, I like to listen to podcasts on medicine or sermons. If I'm with my family, we are typically listening to country music.

I always get sentimental when ... talking about my wedding day. While we were planning it, I thought it was going to be a huge waste of money. It was the most fun day of my life. There are very few times when all your friends and family are in one place. We were blessed with a beautiful location, great weather and special loved ones to share it with. It was worth every penny (especially seeing that it wasn't my money).

The older I get, the more I realize ... how lucky I am. I'm so fortunate to have my health, a loving family, a home and a job I enjoy going to. I don't know what more I could ask for.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have focused more on my education when I was younger. When I finally decided to take education seriously, I had a lot of catching up to do.

My favorite item of clothing is ... camo shorts and a cut-off shirt. It just feels right.

If I've learned anything at all ... Hard work, a good attitude and a willingness to learn will take you far in life.

Dr. Matthew Brink, 32, was raised in Quincy and is proud to be back home practicing family medicine at Quincy Medical Group. He and his wife Lindsay have two young sons. Brink has a strong faith in God. He enjoys playing and watching basketball, home improvement projects and spending time with his family.