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The Last Word—Matthieu Rodriguez

Matthieu Rodriguez
Bartender at the Atlas Oyster House, Get Down co-organizer, Battle of the Bay organizer

What is your chief characteristic?
My often ill-timed and eternal sense of humor

What do you appreciate most about your friends?
Their absolute honesty, and the passion and creativity that they add to my life

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Tomáš from “Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera—he knew that he had faults, but was still willing to accept the fact and strove to better himself.

Who is your favorite heroine in fiction?
Charlotte from “Charlotte’s Web”

What is the best thing you have ever won?
The love of a good woman

What did your mother always tell you?
I don’t know. She always said my two brothers’ names before mine, so I never knew who she was talking to.

What is the worst idea you’ve ever had?
To have the idea that I could do it all by myself

What is your favorite food?
I love Mexican food—go figure, right?

Which talent would you most like to have?
To make people dance their socks off

What movie do you love to watch repeatedly?
“Howard the Duck”

What was your most embarrassing moment?
When I was younger, we used to go to the “community pool.” One day, I tripped on an uneven sidewalk, and it left a quarter-sized mark on my face for the entire summer. Needless to say, kids can be cruel.

What historical figure do you despise the most?
Right now it is BP. The old tire/golf ball ideas solidified their place in my heart.

What TV show is your guilty pleasure?
“Glee,” but I do skip over the song parts.

What is the last book you read?
“Cien Años de Soledad” (or “One Hundred Years of Solitude”) by Gabriel García Márquez: his use of mystical realism drags me into the story every time I read it.

What is your theme song?
“Save Room” by John Legend