Jan. 2, 2009, marks one year that Megan Pacella has been with Hammock Inc. full-time. So as is customary around here, we sat her down to ask a few questions about what she’s been reading, her favorite day so far at Hammock, and cartoons she enjoyed as a kid.
1. How long have you been with Hammock Inc.?
On Jan. 2, I’ll have been with Hammock for a year as a full-time employee. I started as an intern in February 2007, so I guess collectively I’ve been here on and off for close to two years.
2. What do you remember most about your first day at Hammock?
I came in around 8:30, and Lena and Lynne were the only people here. I was used to coming in after my last class, around noon every day, and I was so confused about why no one else was around. At first I thought we were still closed for the holidays.
3. If you didn’t work at Hammock Inc., what do you think you would be doing?
Probably teaching high school English for Metro schools, or spending a year teaching at an English school in Guatemala where a few friends of mine are living right now.
4. What was your favorite cartoon growing up?
I was really into David the Gnome when I was a kid.
5. What was the last book you read? Last magazine you read cover to cover?
I just finished “The Short Stories of Breece D’J Pancake” a few weeks ago. Now I’m reading “Middlesex” by Jeffrey Eugenides. I read The New Yorker cover to cover almost every week. It’s my Saturday morning ritual, and I get very cranky if something interrupts that.
6. What has been your most memorable day at Hammock so far?
Oh my. In June, Lena came down with vertigo a few days before we were supposed to go to D.C. for NFIB’s Small Business Summit. I was trying to help her get some things taken care of before the Summit, and it was chaos. I remember fielding cell phone calls from state directors at 10 p.m. on a Friday night. That was memorable, to say the least. Also, any Friday when we close early and grab beer and appetizers is memorable, because very few of my friends get to enjoy perks like that at their places of work.
7. What’s your favorite reality TV show? Would you ever participate?
I haven’t had cable for about four years now, so I don’t watch much reality television. But if I had to choose, I think I’d be on “Top Chef.” I’m not really good at cooking, but I absolutely love that show, and sometimes I go to the Y on Wednesday nights specifically so I can watch it on a treadmill or elliptical machine.
8. Where did you go to college? Your major?
I was an English major at Lipscomb University.
9. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Columbiana, a really small town (population 5,000) in Ohio. It’s about 15 minutes from Youngstown, Ohio, and an hour from Pittsburgh, Pa., which happens to be my favorite city.
10. If you could switch places with any other Hammock employee for one day, who would it be and why?
I would want to switch places with one of the designers. I wish I had a creative streak like Kerri, Lynne or Ben because they put together some incredible layouts. I always wanted to get into graphic design, but I’m pretty sure I’m not tech savvy enough to figure out how to use InDesign.