1. Name?

Matt!

  1. Is this your real name? Or do you have another super-secret name? Are you like a super hero or something?

I also have two middle names- almost had three. I have three older brothers and they each got to pick a middle name for me. One picked “Betelgeuse”, and got knocked out of the running.

  1. Where did you grow up?

Minneapolis, Minnesnowda.

  1. Do you prefer the Forest or the Ocean? Why?

Matt from Minnesota. Lots of lakes but most lakes small and muddy. Big salty lake is scary. Boundary Waters forest is nice.

  1. What was the first beer that made you go: “Oh damn.”

Experiencing beer is a lot like food and wine- the circumstances and company make a lot of the memory. A great beer can taste not-so-memorable to me and pretty boring beer can be fantastic. So I don’t have an “oh damn” beer, really.

  1. How long have you worked for PB?

About a year

  1. What do you do at PB?

I break stuff until it works right. Mechanical Engineer? Working on the PicoStill now and also have worked on the PicoPack production line.

  1. What do you love most about PB?

This is the job that I didn’t really think existed: In school I got to build interesting things, learn my way through unfamiliar territory, and explore things from all angles. I figured when it came to a job I would have to pick between being covered in grease and spending a year designing one part. Here I get to do a little bit of everything.

  1. Hobbies?

I’ve practiced a grappling martial art for about 10 years that, depending on viewpoint, can be characterized as: “wrasslin’”, “angry hugging”, “human chess”, or “why would you do that?”

  1. Allergies?

Nope.

  1. Pets?

Once had a rabbit named Fritz, but that’s it. Oh, man. I just let the bots get the answer to one of my most common account ‘secret questions’…

  1. Funniest story you’ve heard in the last 12 months?

One of my friends made an airline let him on an airplane carrying on three cardboard boxes by finding an abandoned cardigan in the airport and squeezing it over all the boxes. Apparently over the course of a fairly protracted argument he convinced them to give him the definition of a “duffle”, which they said was a “cloth covering”, and he ran with it.