For the last several months, we’ve been marking the days on the calendar that commemorate the starting date of each of the members of the Hammock Publishing crew. Today, we caught Patrick Ragsdale at the single-serving coffee maker, again, and asked him about his first year with Hammock. We wish him many more…
1. July 11 is Hammock Day for you. How long have you been with Hammock Publishing? 1 short year.
2. What do you remember most about your first day at Hammock? The single-serving coffee machine. We’ve spent many minutes together since that first day.
3. If you didn’t work at Hammock Publishing, what do you think you would be doing? I would probably be working at a large company like Dell and traveling a lot for their sales department. I had great interviews with both Dell and Hammock. Choosing Hammock was pretty much a no-brainer.
4. What is your favorite movie of all time? That would be toss up between the narrated version of Blade Runner and Zentropa. The directors cut of Blade Runner removed Harrison Ford’s narration, which was a mistake. Zentropa was the first Lars von Trier film that I saw. It’s a very cool film. Multiple languages and interesting exchanges between cinematography and graphic arts.
5. If you could own a sports team, which one would it be? I’d like to own the Nashville Predators but still have plenty of money to spare. That way I could subsidize the high cost of tickets for the fans.
6. What was your most memorable day at Hammock? Out of all the great days I’ve had at Hammock, the one that stands out as the most memorable here would be the day you all held that baby shower for Lorraine and me. We hadn’t been in town very long and you all were so thoughtful with your gifts. We really felt welcomed and overwhelmed. I can’t imagine having a more memorable day at any job I’ve had!
7. What is the last musical act/group you saw live? This is pathetic. I can’t remember the band’s name since they were mediocre, but I enjoyed the last venue I was at. It was The Middle East Restaurant and Night Club in Cambridge, Mass., on Mass. Ave. Great place.
8. If you were to win the lottery this week, what is the first purchase you would make? I’d probably buy a bottle of wine on the way home. There’s this $25 bottle of Ravenswood Merlot that I think is great.
9. What is your favorite summertime vacation destination? Holden’s Beach, N.C. Lorraine and I have been going there since childhood.
10. If you could switch places with any other Hammock employee for one day, who would it be and why? I enjoy what I do so much that the thought never occurred to me before.
I think it would be nice to have the ability to do Natalie’s work since she knows so much about contracts and business law. So, if I were to switch places with someone, would that mean that I gained their knowledge permanently or just for that one day?