Hans’ cheery face and sunny personality is always noticeable around the office. When he’s not busy cleaning up after the rest of us (we’re a messy bunch!), you can find him in the rec room shooting a game of pool or catching up on his musical theory via YouTube videos. He’s too shy to say it himself, but we’ll brag for him: Hans is an amazing Jazz/Blues pianist.
We asked Hans to answer a few questions about himself. Here’s what he had to say:
What is your favorite type of music?
I enjoy different styles as the day progresses. I start my morning listening to Baroque (Vivaldi). During the day, I listen to all styles, sometimes folk, pop or classical. I like Bartok, Debussy.
After work it is time to relax with Jazz, easy listening piano trios (Monk, Teddy, Ahmad, Horace Silver), gradually moving into be-bop (Miles, Dizzy, Bud Powel) then anything funky as in Weather Report or The Yellow Jackets.
On the weekend of course one would end the evening listening to Reggae, Toots and the Maytals.
Years ago I listened to guitar oriented bands such as Cream, Jeff Beck, Quicksilver, Mike Bloomfield, but these days I prefer piano music. It has been a few years since I had the stereo on so loud that I had to leave the room but it will always be a fun memory. Whaaaaaattt???
What is your favorite book of all time and (optional: why)?
My favorite book is usually the one I am reading, which right now is Steven Solomon’s book “Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization“, a very informative history that outlines the present day crisis with our fresh water supplies. In this case it will be for the 3rd time straight. I seemed to have missed so much the first two times. I am currently reading about histories of civilizations both western and eastern. For fun reading I read about Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
Any movie with John Candy I will watch over and over.
If you have an hour of free time to spare, what do you do with it?
I do not remember when I had an hour to spare, oh yes, that was 25 years ago when I was 35.
What kinds of food do you like?
I love everything except tapioca pudding.
What is the most interesting place you’ve ever traveled?
I have been fortunate to have travelled quite a lot. I like anyplace where I can sit outside, have a cold beer and people watch. Dubrovnick in Croatia was absolutely stunning for the light and colour. San Fran., Amsterdam, Rio, are fabulous for so many reasons but in the US of A., New Orleans has to be the most.
What do you like best about your job?
Yes it’s good to have a job so that you too can be involved in the game of taking from Peter to pay Paul. It is especially good when you get to work in a very cool environment with great co-workers.
If you could have dinner with anyone, alive or historical, who would it be?
Any chance of a quiet cozy dinner with Anne Hathaway? No?, OK then, I would like to have a romantic dinner with my spouse Jennifer who is beautiful, witty and my best friend.
What are the words you live by?
The words I live by are, “Let’s get it done and then have a beer.”
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I do not understand ‘grown up’. I have always been a responsible child and like it that way.
Do you speak any other languages, and which ones?
I speak fluent Dutch, English and somewhat remember 48% of a grade 12 course in French. Taken in 1969.
If you could own one piece of famous art, sculpture, memorabilia or historic artifact, what would the item be?
Since Aaron Mcmillan has first dibs on Van Gogh’s Starry Night, I will settle for the Sunflowers please.
What was your last Do It Yourself project?
My last do it yourself project was programming a Universal Remote. Aaagghhhh
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
I would like to have a super rate of metabolism, so that I could eat, eat, and eat some more and never have to worry about my weight.
What’s something about you that few people know?
Few people know that I am not “Bonkers”: my mother had me tested. I have a stamp collection and once studied the clarinet.