This week we are spotlighting my son Brandon. Brandon was an only child until Mike & I got together in 1996 when Brandon was 13, then Brandon got to know what it was like to have 2 brothers. They didn't officially become his brothers until we got married in 2006.
Brandon loves computers, listening to police scanners, weather, photography, playing video games. On TV he likes watching Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Storm Chasers, Cops, Amazing Race & Survivor.
When Brandon was a kid he loved insects. He loved to catch & collect them. You could say he was obsessed with them, especially butterflies. We would go to the Butterfly exhibit at the San Diego Wild Animal Park & Brandon would stay in their for hours. He gave more information about the butterflies to visitors than the park workers. He loved it!! Too humid for me. He is not so much into insects as an adult, but still has a small collection from his childhood. He even got 2nd place at the Del Mar Fair for his insect collection in the adult hobby show when he was a kid & won $50.00.
He has also been obsessed with weather since he was a kid. He used to watch the Weather Channel 24/7. He always wanted to be a storm chaser when he grew up (he would still love to be one). He still loves to take photos of lightning & clouds. He was in 7th Heaven when we had a tornado here last year.
He also used to collect old license plates & would make me drive around looking for out of state license plates on cars when he was a kid. He has always loved playing video games as well as computers. He has always loved airplanes & to take photos of them whenever he gets the chance to fly. Whenever we go on vacation, Brandon only takes photos of airplanes, clouds or lightning.
Brandon currently works as the IT person at work solving all computer problems. He is great with computers & quite handy to have around when a computer problem pops up. He is self taught in his computer skills.
His favorite thing to do is listen to police scanners while on the computer. The desk in his room is loaded with about 20 different scanners. I should have taken a photo, but I didn't. He also has his ham radio license. So his ham radio will come in handy someday when the "Big One" hits.
I am proud to call Brandon my son. Here are his answers to the questionnaire:
Your full name? Brandon St.Clair
Your age? 25
Spouse’s name? I don't know her name.
Children’s names & ages? No data available at this time
Job description: Head of IT for insurance company
Where do you live? Menifee, CA (from 6pm to 7:30 am) - Moreno Valley, CA (from 8am to 5pm)
Places you have lived: Provo, UT, Oregon (I don't remember the city), El Cajon, CA, Sun City / Menifee, CA
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Right here in SoCal
Education: High School and Google//
Happiest childhood memory? No responsibilities
Happiest memory of teenage years? Graduating high school and getting A+ certification the following week
Happiest moment in life? Fridays!
What makes you happy? Being alive
What makes you laugh? Seinfeld
What makes you cry? 9/11
What scares you? Nancy Pelosi
What has been your biggest challenge or something you struggle with? Whether or not I am successful
Who has been the biggest influence on your life, or who is your hero? My mom
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today? Hope to wake up and realize it was a dream
Before you die, you would like to: Travel the world
What do you (or did you) want to be when you grow (grew) up? Wanted to be: Entomologist -> Actually doing: Computer work
What is something you believe in? Death penalty
What has been your hardest decision in life so far? Leave San Diego county behind
What is the craziest thing you have ever done? Accidentally starting a brush fire with a rocket
What are your goals for the next 5 years? One day at a time
Do you weigh yourself? And if so, how often? Not very often, probably 3 months ago. Add two zeros to that for the answer. :-[
What are you listening to these days? Police pursuits, wildfires, shootings, foot chases, car wrecks, the FBI, drive-thru's, your phone calls.... you name it. (OK, just kidding about the phone calls.)
What song describes you & your life? Have no clue
What are you most proud of? Everything
Are you a dog or cat person? I like dogs but we have a cat.
Are you a morning or night person? Wake me up after noon and I will tell you.
What is your pet peeve? Hypocrites / Double standards
What celebrity crushes did you have as a teen? Stifler's Mom
What surprises you most about your adult life? How fast time goes by.
Who would you love to meet living or dead? Grandpa Manning. I've heard great stories about him.
What is the nicest compliment anyone has offered you? Your a life saver!
Name 2 objects you use in your everyday life: Mouse and keyboard
What did you do for Halloween? I was sick on Halloween. I write this response on December 4th, 2008 and still not 100% optimized.
What did you do for Thanksgiving? Eat turkey.
What are you going to do for Christmas? Stay home.
Favorite food or drink? Food: Mexican, Drink: Pepsi
Favorite food or drink that is not good for you? See above
Favorite treat or dessert? Not really a dessert fan but I like ice cream
Favorite ice cream? Vanilla mixed with Oreo's
Favorite place to eat out? Marietas (Mexican restaurant)
Favorite vacation spot or place to travel? Europe tops the list. Snowbird is awesome too.
Favorite color? Blue
Favorite movie? Team America World Police
Favorite book? Southern California Frequency Directory
Favorite thing to do or favorite pastime? Listening to public safety radio communications
Favorite holiday & why? Christmas. Because it's next in line :-)
Favorite decorating style? I'm not allowed to make these decisions.
Favorite day of week & why? Fridays... work week is over and I usually see G, G and J and have
dinner with them. (G,G & J = Grandma, Grandpa & Jodi)
Favorite time of day & why? 1800 hrs... by this time work is done, beat the traffic on the 215 fwy and home for the day.
Favorite thing about yourself? Being able to teach myself things better than a professor ever could
What is something no one knows about you? If I shared it wouldn't be a secret
Favorite memory of Grandma & Grandpa Manning? Unfortunately I never met grandpa manning but I enjoyed going with grandma manning to the pond to feed the ducks.
Favorite possession? My data
What are you really good at? People say I am good with computers.
Something on your mind lately is? I am soooooo tired of being sick!!!!
What is your ultimate goal in life? To see the year 2100
What has been your greatest accomplishment? Making it this far
What do you think is the world’s biggest problem? Those that blame others for their own faults
Are you a spiritual person? I guess so
Your life would be more simpler if? I was Amish.
One word that describes you? My name
What is your motto? In God We Trust, All Others We Monitor
Your advice to others? It looks better in HD
For Monday's Show and Tell you can post anything in regards to Christmas. It would be nice for you to post your favorite memories of Christmas & what makes Christmas special to you.