Nick Woodside

Director of Human Resources

Nick Woodside

What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?

I don’t consider myself to be very talented, however I am pretty good at catching things that are unexpectedly falling.  For example, if I open a cabinet and a jar was leaning against the door and it falls, I’m usually going to catch it.  While not impressive whatsoever as far as talents go, I admit I am pretty proud when I pull it off.

Who, living or dead, would you like to eat dinner with the most? And why?

It’s a little cliché, but I’d love to have dinner with members of the ’04 Red Sox – especially Pedro, who is one of my favorite players of all time.  Baseball has always been my favorite sport and I have so many memories that revolve around the game.  I remember watching Red Sox games in the summer on TV38 and collecting baseball cards.  When I was in college, in the mid/late 90’s the team was bad and tickets were cheap, so we’d blow off school and go catch a day game.  Now my son has become completely obsessed with the game, so it’s great to experience it through his eyes.  The entire 2004 post-season run was incredible, and I’d love an opportunity to hear about it from people who experienced it and how they dealt with all that pressure.

What is one thing on your bucket list and will you accomplish it?

I would love to travel outside the country more – in particular Europe and Japan.  I’ve traveled a bit around the U.S., but my international travel to this point have pretty much consisted of trips to Canada to visit my wife’s relatives.  My daughter loves Japan (her name means cat in Japanese), so that one will probably have to be high on the list.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

It doesn’t seem crazy at first, but my wife and I went on a cross country trip for our honeymoon.  We went from Boston to Arizona, then drove to Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Where it gets crazy is that halfway through our last Amtrak trip from San Francisco to Chicago (where we were going to spend a couple days with friends and see a Cubs game), there was a huge storm that flooded the tracks.  We ended up having to share a different set of tracks with freight trains and the trip ended up taking more than 24 hours more that expected.   They started running low on food, people started running low on patience, and we made a slow decent into anarchy.  Outside of that, the trip was wonderful!

 

 

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