Q & A with Mr. Webb

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Wes Webb

What is your full name ( including middle name, maiden name, if any) ?

Wesley Lucas Webb

 

Where were you born?

Springfield, Vermont

 

What were you like in high school? What activities were you involved in?

I was a Goofball who was friends with almost everyone in a small school of ~ 200 students. Played sports all 3 seasons, did school plays, mock congress, honor society, outing club, and went skiing every day I could.

 

Where did you go to college? What was your major? 

St. Lawrence University (2011) in Canton, New York. Majored in Sociology. Later MSU (2017) for teaching credentials. Currently MSU (2021) for Masters in Ed Leadership.

 

Do you have any pets?

Yes! We just got a golden retriever pup to help us through the working at home.

 

What is the last concert you saw?

Bon Iver at the Kettle House Amphitheatre outside Missoula. Never listened to them before the show, and I was pretty impressed.

 

What book are you reading?

Woof. The AP Gov textbook, and re-reading some supporting texts on news media and politics. First year with a new curriculum. I’ll have time to read philosophy and psychoanalytic theory again after this year. Although the sequels to that book Annihilation are still on my queue.

 

You are stuck on a deserted island with one book and one album. What are they?

Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club

 

What songs or albums are on your current playlist?

Artists: Koffee, Jay Electronica, Mach Hommy, & the God Fahim

 

What is your favorite binge-worthy TV show?

Narcos

 

What is your favorite cuisine?

Armenian

 

Coffee or Tea?

Yes please.

 

What is your favorite item of clothing?

Wool Socks!

 

Are you a night owl or an early bird?

Medium.

 

Do you usually remember your dreams? Any you care to share?

Yes, usually, but right now it’s been a few days so they escape me. This reminds me I need to read that book The Art of Dreaming and try to go lucid.

 

What did you think you would do when you grew up?

Business

 

What is your motto?

Save your carbs for desert!

 

What is one of your strongest memories from the past?

A few days of park skiing where I felt completely in control of my skills and free to do anything I wanted.

 

What was your last job?

Teaching Psychology, World History, & Economics at Billings Senior High School.

 

What do you like to do in your free time?

Cook while I listen to podcasts & philosophy lectures, snowsports, canoe float with charcuterie, mountain bike, hike, and go to bed early.

 

You are a telemark skier. How has telemark skiing shaped your outlook on the world?

It reoriented my pursuits as a skier from performing stylistic maneuvers to sensation seeking maneuvers that feel stylish. Often they are the same thing, but not always. Before telemarking, the goal was to do something technical (and maybe dangerous) and make it look easy so that I could get a kick of serotonin and feel competent. Now, the goal is to aim for making everything look easy and letting the technical develop spontaneously as I go. I think it is a much better and more rewarding approach to any day on the slopes.

 

If you could live in any historical time period other than this one, what would it be?

Pre-European contact, North America, in a Tribe in the northern Rocky Mountains.

 

Who are your favorite historical figures?

Chief Plenty Coups of the Crow, and Malcom X, full stop.