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Your Turn/J. David Gilbert

J. David Gilbert
Posted: Jun. 30, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 30, 2019 12:54 am


When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... Depending on the day, either a Muppet or a giraffe. I settled for development.

What would you rather be doing right now? It is raining and dreary as I write this. I'd rather be a home reading a book or watching reruns of "Cheers."

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I have a very impressive air guitar collection.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? A great moment for me was the day I received the Eagle Scout rank. A wonderful afternoon with friends, family, mentors and snacks.

It really stinks when ... people don't use their blinker. Or when they pass on the right. Terrible drivers drive me up the wall.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Dapper. I look sharp in a bow tie. Most men can't tie one.

I always laugh when ... I hear a good pun.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Mel Brooks, Robin Williams, Tim Conway. I feel like I don't think I'd get a bite in with all the giggling I'd be doing.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... go for a walk. Or if it's a REALLY long day, sleep for a few hours before I have to be back at work.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a nerd. They weren't wrong.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I bagged former St. Louis Cardinals player Ozzie Smith's groceries once. Super chill guy. Lots of Kool-Aid and granola bars. I did, however, get invited to a pre-debate social in college between Sen. Tom Daschle and former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan. That was fascinating.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go on an adventure. I like traveling, experiencing new things and socializing with people.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... mow the grass. It is my single motivator for living in an apartment.

America should be more concerned about ... financial responsibility. When I don't have money, I can't raise my personal debt ceiling. Why should our country?

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... I'm a millennial. I don't own much. I do have a box of rice in my pantry. There's probably tens of thousands of grains of rice in that box, not that that would last long.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Reddit. I like the fun combination of world news, baby elephant gifs, jokes and stories.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? An old mentor told me there are five magic words to life. They are as follows in order: "How can I help you?" Once you get an answer, you must follow up. There's how you show your character, how you build a reputation and how you excel in all relationships -- both personal and business.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Sirius XM's Billy Joel radio when it's in season. If I'm road-tripping, I always start with Paul Simon's "Graceland" album. I tend to rotate between the '60s and '80s.

I always get sentimental when ... I struggle to watch the final episode of any TV show. I don't like endings.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how thankful I am for the mentors and friends who have invested in time to teach me to be a better person, professional and friend.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... I am very thankful for who I am as a person. I wouldn't change a thing. Eh. I take that back. At some point I bought a lime green bow tie. I don't know what the hell I was thinking that day.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I can't say that I have a particular favorite clothing item. I do look sharp in a suit.

If I've learned anything at all ... It's OK to ask for help. It's how we grow, learn and build relationships.


J. David Gilbert, 30, grew up in Manchester, Mo., where his mother put him in the Scouting program for male adult role models. Gilbert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in corporate communications from Southeast Missouri State University and moved to Quincy to work for the Boy Scouts in 2012. He is an avid moviegoer, co-hosts a "Star Wars" podcast, travels as much as his budget allows, and enjoys walking and reading.