Name: Sean Igoe – Denali Marketing
How do you decorate your desk?
My cubicle space is dominated by kitschy outdoorsy decorations. I have lamps that look like trees with moose statuettes at the base. I also keep cardboard animal head mounts on the wall. They’re made out of 100% recycled cardboard, and I put hats on them. Currently, there’s a moose wearing a Renzing Hat from Sherpa Adventure Gear, and a bear wearing a Mountain Khakis cap. I change the hats every month, and sometimes I take them off to wear myself. I might give the moose a scarf for December.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I would like to go back to Costa Rica. I went there once as a teenager, right in the middle of my surly I’m-too-cool-for-stuff phase, and it was the experience of a lifetime. We went because my mother used to live there. I went ziplining, belaying down waterfalls, hiking in the cloud forests, and we even got to see sea turtles laying their eggs. I remember that there were a lot of monkeys too, and they were so fearless and cute! Now that I’m older, I would to go back and do more.
If you could eat dinner with anyone, alive or dead, with whom would it be?
That’s a surprisingly difficult question, but if I had to absolutely pick one person it would be James Joyce. I’ve got a lot of questions about his book Finnegan’s Wake. I’d ask him “why?” and then move on from there. Some scholars considered the book unreadable. Here’s a quote: “The fall (bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk!) of a once wallstrait oldparr is retaled early in bed and later on life down through all Christian minstrelsy.” Somehow that represents the fall of Adam and Eve. How? I don’t know, but answering that question is why I want to have dinner with the guy.
What is your favorite item that we sell?
That one’s easy. It’s the Ranch Shearling Jacket from Mountain Khakis. I tried one on the other day, and I fell in love with it. It’s incredibly warm and cozy, and the fleece lining is so soft. I like the style of it, especially with the canvas shell. There’s also a lot of pocket space, and that’s always a plus!
What do you do in your free time?
There’s not a lot of free time, but I go to a lot of poetry readings and events. Before coming to Denali I used to study poetry, at first in Maine and then in Connecticut, and I’m still pretty involved with stuff. I read a lot too. When I’m not doing any of that, I often go hiking at Sleeping Giant. I live around the corner from the park. When you’re near the old quarry at the top of the Blue Trail, you can see all the way down into the New Haven harbor, and it’s absolutely breathtaking.
What would you title a book about your life?
That’s another tough question, and to be honest I’m not entirely sure. I do have a working draft, though: “How Not To Die: a Memoir of All the Times I’ve Almost Died (Unless My Parents Read This In Which Case I’ve Definitely Never Come Close to Death).”
If Black Hog could make a beer about you, how would it taste?
Black Hog Brewing Co. is my favorite local brewery, and if they made a beer about me obviously it would taste delicious. It would probably contain copious amounts of coffee flavoring combined with the barest hint of blood, sweat, and tears and a dash of sticktoitiveness. It would be a dark beer but not something too heavy. It probably wouldn’t be hoppy, unless I was extremely caffeinated that day.
What’s your spirit animal?
My spirit animal is definitely an otter. Instead of cats on my YouTube feed, you’ll find all of these videos of otters. They’re so small and cute! Otters are crazy intelligent, and they’re extremely playful. They can also be a little vicious in a pinch, but mostly they’re awesome.