"What do you call it when you know you could do a lot better but you're satisfied with where you're at? Complacency -- yeah, I'm complacent. I'm slow to change even when I know I could improve my situation ... except with chicks."
Graphic Designer, Laffey Group
"My smart-aleckness. I'll never give that up. It's the most fun of all my flaws. I was picked on in grade school. My nickname was Turkey. It hurt my feelings, so instead of letting it get to me I started with the smartass comebacks. Sometimes people don't get me, and other times it's, like, "Did I say that?'"
"I'm frugal to an extreme. Down at the bar, I don't tip, so they call me Jack Benny. But my mother instilled that in me: Make use of everything, make your dollars stretch. Rose Kennedy, the mother of all them Kennedys, she went around the White House turning off the lights. Well, I do that, too. I might splurge if I ever won the lottery, but most likely I'd still be tight."
Graphic Designer, Park Avenue Group
"My anal-retentiveness. It's a product of my German Lutheran upbringing. I learned early on that if you did something right the first time, it didn't have to be done over and over. It borders on compulsion. I can't leave the house without checking the gas burners on the stove -- not just looking at them but testing each one, click-click-click, until I can finally say with utter certainty, "OK, the stove is off.'"
Codicil Writer, Last Will and Testament Department, Barclay's Bank
"Oh, I would never change my lewd sense of humor. It throws people off because of my sweet, innocent look."
Read Part 2, from the week of January 10, 2001.
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