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Mugs of RoC- John, Care Specialist, Research Coordinator

Y'all, I know I say this every month, but WHERE DOES THE TIME GO?! Maybe it's because I say that every month that it feels it's going by faster... time is all relative anyway. And that is exactly something team member John Matu would say, and that's my segue. This month I sat down with John Matu, RoC Research Coordinator, Orientation Leader and a Bilingual Care Specialist. He's a fellow southerner, hailing from the Bluegrass State, KY.

John is super laid-back and deep. And smart. Heckasmart. Like crazy-genius smart. When we're in an education session as a team (learning new things), you can bet that John is going to know the vague references and medical jargon better than anyone in the room. He drops knowledge bombs like nobody's business. And he's fantastic to have on your team for trivia night! Which is also one of his pastimes- going to places, racking up on prizes, and leaving his victims speechless.

Ahhhh, our team.

Without further delay, please meet John Matu!

Nicole: "Say 'Hi,' John!"

John: "Hi."

What's in your mug?

"Coffee with a lot of cream." (Me: Why a lot of cream?) "Cuz it tastes good."

Where did you get your mug?

"It was a gift from my mom. She knows I like the Grateful Dead." :)

Why do you love it?

"Love is a difficult word to use to describe feelings for a mug....." (Me: Ok, then why do you choose this mug?) "Because I like the Grateful Dead, it's a band I like."

Why do you love RoC?

"Because we get to help people, make an impact." (Me: But lots of other nonprofits help people, why were you attracted to RoC?) "Because I've always been interested in cannabis, I get to use my skills of being bilingual here, and my degree is in health communications- it's a nice trifecta."


What's the last thing you bought: "Dinner, last night, the Rabbit Hole. Seafood Pasta with lobster, shrimp and scallops."

What's the weirdest thing in your fridge: "Don't judge me by my fridge. I don't even know what's in the fridge right now...frozen bread? There's nothing, it's empty...but it's ok, empty is just a state of mind." (I should mention John is 25, or so he says, according to John "age is just a number"....)

What is your favorite website: " it's alright, for the moment. I'm not good at these 'favorites' things, I like a lot of different things, and stuff, doesn't have to be just one, may be a different one each moment...."

What's your favorite way to spend time: "Relaxing. Skateboard, hike, read, that about covers it. Right now I've got The Complete Roman Army by Adrian Goldsworthy. I've read a few by him, Pax Romana and Augustus." (Me: So you're into history?) "You could say that..... and the future, too." (Me: What does the future look like to you?) "Trichilicosom" (Mind blown.)

Where would you travel to: "Latin America, since I already know how to speak the language, I'd like to experience the culture first hand, just immerse myself, get lost."

What's your favorite music: "I like all music, I listen to everything; classical, rap, country, electronic, good music is good music, no matter the genre." (Me: What attracted you to the Dead?) "My dad got me into them when I was younger, it just kinda stuck, their catalog is just so diverse."

John, what would you like to say to all of our readers, in closing: "Thanks for tuning in, hope you enjoyed it, a day in the life."

A man of little words, but immeasurable impact. Until next month friends, be well and take care!

Written by,
Nicole Mattison

Last modified on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 17:40
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