Cathy Streib and Carol Williams are throwing a May Active Rain Challenge. I, of course, had to turn it into an Alan May Active Rain Challenge. Here is mine.
What was your first job?
My very first paying job was delivering papers. I had two routes where I delivered about 200 newspapers daily, via my trusty banana seat stingray bicycle. I was also tasked with collecting the money from the subscribers, which proved to be the worst part of the job, and the reason I eventually quit.
How long have you been in real estate?
On some days, it seems as though it's been eons, and other days I feel relatively new. But I actually started right around the turn of the century.
What is your biggest fear and what have you done to try to overcome it?
Yeesh! I don't know that I actually have a biggest fear. I don't love heights, but I'm not acrophobic. I don't love snakes, but I'm not Ophidiophobic.
What would you do, if you knew you wouldn't fail?
Vegas, here I come.
What is a habit that you would love to eliminate or change?
Well, it used to be biting my nails, (I used to chew my nails 'till they bled) but I conquered that many years ago. I've always struggled with my weight, so I guess the habit would be overeating.
What's your favourite meal?
This one's easy for me. Filet Mignon, baked potato and asparagus with butter... accompanied by a Vodka Martini, - shaken hard, with olives (multiple) .. and Tira Misu for dessert.
What is something you wish you'd done?
I wish I'd travelled more.
Who has been most influential in your life?
This one is tough. There have been a lot of influences in my life, good and bad. I'm going to have to go with my dad. A great deal of who I am as an adult, is due to my father.
What are you favourite business-related books?
I don't have any. I don't read business-books.
Other than business books, what are your favourite things to read?
I love to read historical novels. (ie: James Michener, Ken Follett, Jeffery Archer, Jean Auel)... you get the idea... I also love science-fantasy (ie: Lord of the Rings, Asimov's Foundation Series)
What are your top five favourite movies?
1) the Shawshank Redemption
2) Dances with Wolves
3) Saving Private Ryan
4) the Wizard of Oz
If I came to your city to visit for one day, what is the one thing that I must do or see?
Ohmigosh, this is Chicago! One thing? Really? If I had to choose only one thing, I would suggest taking the Chicago River Boat Architecture Tour. It gives you the chance to take a leisurely cruise (literally) down the Chicago river with a narrated education of many of the iconic skyscrapers that make up downtown Chicago. It's an eyeopener even for the locals.
If I came to your city to visit for one day, what is the one restaurant you would recommend?
Well, that would depend on the type of food you enjoy. Chicago is a serious restaurant town. If you're a steak eater, I would recommend Gibson's. One of the great Chicago steak-houses. If you like high-end asian, I recommend LeColonial. Amazing high-end Vietnamese food that leans heavily toward France. White linen table clothes, waiters that scrape the crumbs away, heaven wrapped in banana-leaves. If you like trendy and delicious, I recommend The Girl and the Goat. Stephanie Izard's incredibly creative restaurant that allows you to eat foods you would rarely consider.
If I was going to relocate to your area what advice would you give me that is unique to your area?
I guess that depends where you're coming from, but in general, I think the best advice I could give when moving to greater Chicagoland is "buy warm clothes".
Do you have any special talents?
I can curl my tongue. Does that count?
Do you have any quirks?
I can curl my tongue! Does that count, again?
What is your best character trait?
I wear pants, now, in all of my zoom meetings.
Have you ever done anything that you would never do again because it was too hard or too dangerous?
Yes. Almost everything I did between 18 and 21. It's amazing that I'm still alive today.
What is your favourite thing to do in your spare time?
What is this "spare time" of which you speak?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to live?
I spent a few years living in Israel, when I was young. I would live in the old city of Jerusalem. It's not a religious thing... it's just an amazing city, steeped in history, and sacred to three of the world's major religions.
What is something that we don't know about you that would surprise us?