With DALLAS THUERINGER
When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... probably a professional baseball player and an artist. I'm a pretty visual learner and always enjoyed some competitive team sports.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I couldn't tell you the name of a movie or any actors, but I am always down for a romcom.
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? So far, my proudest moment has been completing my service as a Peace Corps Uganda volunteer. I've been saving for a while now to go back for a visit!
It really stinks when ... I eat too much garlic.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? I'm thinking somewhere near "white" and "vanilla."
I always laugh when ... Jim Gaffigan is at the mic.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Just my brother because I miss that guy.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... eat some junk food, take a shower, put on a favorite podcast and go to sleep in that order.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... crazy enough, best dressed. Times have changed.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... definitely the mayor of Pittsfield, Ill. -- John Hayden.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... get all my childhood buddies and their families together in the same place.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... I'm still thinking.
America should be more concerned about ... probably income inequality or climate change. No matter where the cards fall, how we address these two issues will affect the most people.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... books. There's so many on my shelf that are still waiting to be read.
When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Google News because I'm addicted.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." -- Nat King Cole, the Moulin Rouge, Emery Hartstein.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... stupid funny type rap.
I always get sentimental when ... a friendly dog stops by for a visit.
The older I get, the more I realize ... that time really does fly by.
My favorite item of clothing is ... this red flannel I wore for a hot date on New Year's Day a few years ago. Couldn't be happier that she and the flannel have stuck around this long.
If I've learned anything at all ... it's that I have a lot more to learn.
Dallas Thueringer, 28, was born in the deserts of Southern California and has since moved around quite a bit. As he jumped from place to place, he became curious about the unique qualities that make a community an enjoyable place to live. That curiosity led him to Western Illinois University, where he is currently studying rural development while interning with the Pike County Economic Development Corp. in Pittsfield, Ill.