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Thomas Buford hates blackberries on the Burke-Gilman October 15, 2012

Filed under: 10 Question Profile — seattleworks @ 7:00 am

1. Name: Thomas Buford

    Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

    Years in Seattle: 6

    Occupation:  Attorney

2. Where is your favorite place to go in Seattle?

Wow, picking one place is impossible. At this particular moment, the place I most want to be is on a blanket in Volunteer Park with coffee and a book to read.

3. Your first interaction with Seattle Works was…?

I joined a New to Seattle Team in January 2007. The team has been together with various members since then, although we had to change our name a few years ago (what up A-Team!).

4. What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in the Seattle area?

As tempted as I am to say the Whiz Steak at Tat’s (no really, try it), it is the Brooklyn, every time I go there. They have a great raw oyster selection, the bartenders make a martini to perfection, the atmosphere is classy but not pretentious, and, duh, the steak is pretty amazing.

5. Are you involved with any other Seattle nonprofit organizations?

Not nearly as much as with Seattle Works – perhaps in my next volunteer life.

6. Which coffee shop do you frequent most?

Victrola on 15th Ave on the Hill. In my opinion, the best coffee shop that I have been to anywhere. I should go there now.

7. What three words best describe your experience with Seattle Works?

Challenging. Nuturing. Enriching.

8. Mariners, Sounders, or Seahawks?

Sounders – it is not close. I have been a season ticket holder since 2009. I spend way too much time and energy following the Sounders and soccer generally. Eternal blue, forever green.

9.  What is your most (or first) memorable volunteer experience?

Digging blackberry off the Burke-Gilman Trail in NE Seattle – we discovered the heart of evil that day and turned it to good. Hence, Friends of the Monstrous Root Ball was born. In Blackberry We Hate.

10. What makes someone a Seattleite?

Engagement in their community. I think this is true no matter where you live. A person can sit in the place they live, watch cable TV, shop at big box stores, eat at national chain restaurants, and, literally, it doesn’t matter if they live in Seattle or Fargo or Baton Rouge – it is the same place. It is only once you get out and engage the place and the people where you live that you become a true citizen of your community.

This weekly 10 question profile is Seattle Works way of highlighting and saying THANK YOU to all that our volunteers, leaders, community partners, board members, committee members, etc do for our community! We’re asking the same 10 questions to various Seattle Works participants as a fun way to feature the different ways to be involved with Seattle Works and in Seattle.

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P.S. In case you’re interested, the inspiration behind these interviews comes from NY Mag’s weekly blog post.


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