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MEET: Tim Lawrence’12, who wouldn’t mind being reincarnated as a buffalo

October 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm


Name/year of graduation: Tim Lawrence’12
Hometown/residence: Glenview, Ill. (Chicagoland)
Major: History
You may have seen me: Ranting about Thoreau at the OEC
What are a few of your favorite things? Fresh air, free food, a good cuddle, live music, a hard-fought hockey or soccer game.
What’s on your desert island jukebox? Portugal. The Man, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, the blues.
Any do-over requests to lodge with the universe? Explain. High school, but I think that’s on everyone’s list.
Favorite meal? A diner breakfast, one with greasy hash browns and eggs, endless coffee, and a couple of good friends. That, or pesto pasta.
Any advice? In life there are meals, spaces, and people. The rest are details. Take time to do those basic things well, you’ll always be doing them.
If you could be reincarnated, what person/thing would you like to be? A buffalo, a mellow animal, hanging out in the sun with his friends, eating all day. Sounds pretty good to me. That or Ringo Starr, he had a sweet gig.
Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? I’ve always had trouble with this question. There’s always a better answer it seems. Edward Abbey  would have to be on there - he’s funny and interesting. I’ve always thought about Lincoln, but instead probably General Sherman, the Civil War’s BA. After that, what’s a dinner party without a drunk? Hemingway.
What gets you up in the morning? Coffee, just figuratively. I get excited over little events as well, such as when I’m driving to pick up the Round Table with Steven Jackson and India John. That makes Friday mornings a bit brighter.
Who are your heroes? My uncle, a former wildfire fighter, now a professor of forest firefighting and prevention. My father, who is constantly putting his ideas into motion. My brother, who makes me laugh like no one else.
Which talent would you most like to have? I’ve seen my uncle consistently converse with strangers as if they were old friends. I’ve always thought that’d be really cool to do.
Beatles or Stones? The Beatles. Every Beatles song is recognizable, so many are iconic. The Stones have a lot of good songs, they also have a lot of bad songs.
What’s your favorite hidden gem here in the area? Turtle Creek, many solid and nostalgic afternoons there.
What’s the number one thing on your bucket list? Write a book, actually learn an instrument well (harmonica), build a house. And, partially joking, hike the Rockies down from Alaska into the Andes to the tip of Argentina.
Proudest moment? So much potential for corny answers here, it’s hard to say. I’m sure it would have something to do with my family, my father.