Do you know Mark Wessels, the President of the Washington Chamber of Commerce? His picture is in the paper almost every week, and he always wears a hat and a smile. I first met Mark when I started volunteering at the Visitor Center. Every time we would run into each other at Mannwell’s Coffee Alley, I would ask him when he would give me an interview for the blog. Finally, I caught him off guard at Music at the Market last week, and this is what he shared.
The Morning: I like to get up earlier than I have to, I enjoy taking my time in the morning. When I get up, I make coffee and I turn on the World News. Then I do some stretching and I fix a healthy breakfast. I try not to rush in the morning, it sets my mood for the whole day.
The Coffee: Got to have coffee. I don’t understand work places where people don’t brew coffee in the morning. I drink it black or with cream. No fancy coffee drinks, just plain regular coffee.
The Drink: Ale. I enjoy drinking it any time of year.
The Food: I am not really into food, it’s more of a necessity for me. I eat fairly simple, and I like the typical American foods: hamburgers, pizza. My downfalls are baked goods. I love cookies, cakes, and different breads. When we were in Germany there were bakeries on every corner and I’d always be munching on some kind of bread.
The Shops: I have a wonderful wife who does that. When we go to a store, I can look at everything in some minutes. I don’t mind shopping, but I am not much into it.
The Accessories: When I was a little boy I didn’t wear hats, and now I have to. I’ve grown to like them a lot, I have a whole collection of them for different occasions. I don’t wear any jewelry – no rings, no watch, no golden chain.
The Personal Space: My personal space looks a little cluttered, but I know where everything is. I enjoy being outside. Playing golf is a favorite pastime.
The Friends: Not as many as one might think. I have a lot of acquaintances, but I have only a few close friends. Some of them I’ve known for a long time, and others have become good friends over the years.
The Book: Lately I have been reading a lot. I am a slow reader, I take my time. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is my all-time favorite. “The Lord of the Rings” is a series I enjoy a lot. I also love reading historical fiction.
The Movie: “Jeremiah Johnson” is a movie I can watch over and over. I very much like the Bourne trilogy. “Harry Potter” and “Lord of the Rings” are other DVDs in my collection that I revisit.
Travel: My wife Joyce and I love traveling, but there is simply not enough time to go everywhere and see everything. I love to plan our future travels, pick out the places to visit and stay. We have been to Europe a couple of times, and we have traveled a lot in the United States. During our last trip to Germany we met an elderly gentleman, who wants us to go and visit him in France. He is 90 years old, so we might have to plan a trip to Paris very soon.
At Work: I’ve been very lucky with jobs in my life. I used to teach Math and Science, and after I retired I got the job at the Washington Chamber of Commerce. I love my work and I often say that I get paid for what other people volunteer to do.
At Home: Home is haven. We built our house 10 years ago, it’s the first home we have ever constructed. We wanted a new house that looked old. Since we couldn’t find anyone to design it for us, we learned how to draw plans and designed it ourselves. We love our home.
Downtown: What we have in Washington is very special. Many US downtowns died because of the big box stores. Our downtown is alive and vibrant, with many restaurants, stores, and historic buildings. We need to treasure it, maintain it and grow it.