Pogo, The Most Interesting Monkey in the World, is on the search to find other Most Interesting Characters out there. He didn’t have to look far. This month he took a moment to interview the rad-est, happy-go-lucky, most enthusiastic Ranch family member, Matt Gubernick.
Not only is Matt our Rockstar Administrative Assistant he also is Master Energizer Engineer, holds several titles in Ultimate Frisbee, is a sound designer and can outrun an ostrich. Not to mention he is Employee of the Month!
Tell us about a moment in life that made you proud.
So outside the Ranch, I also coach women’s ultimate frisbee up at DePaul University. This past fall, we went to a tournament and they won their pool in pool play day 1. This is something that they had never done before in club history. It required them to win a couple games that they were not favored to win, but they pulled it off and that was an extremely proud moment for me!
What kind of projects or hobbies have you been working on?
As far as hobbies go, my biggest hobby is ultimate frisbee! Ultimate has become such a big part of my life over the past 10 years I’ve been playing. As far as projects, outside of the Ranch I am an audio engineer and I have been working on a fun mockumentary style web series as well as working on a feature film!
What was the last picture you took with your phone?
The last picture I took on my phone is of my friend Rachel standing in a corner facing the wall in time-out… When I say time-out, I mean she was pouting at the fact that I won the The Annual Universe Ultimate Championship for the 10th year in a row. The game this year was just me against Rachel’s team of 12. The pouting photo was her teasing me about always winning; she actually gave me a high five right after I posted the photo to my Celebrity Instagram account.
What is your favorite word? Least favorite?
Favorite Word: hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia
Least Favorite Word: Swag
What cheers you up?
No matter how down I get or how hard of a day I’ve had, one thing that always cheers me up without a doubt is playing some ultimate! Stepping on that field and getting away from the rest of the world for a little bit is just an experience like no other.
If you were a kind of bird, what would it be and why?
If I were a kind of bird, I would probably be an Ostrich. This is because we have a lot in common, I have really long legs, I’m a fast runner and I do not have the ability to fly. At least not yet.
When was the last time you were on roller skates, either figuratively or metaphorically?
This morning. I like to switch up the commute to work, it helps keep my body in the best shape.
What phrase continuously inspires you?
“Life is too short to do anything that doesn’t make you happy”
When you become (more) famous, what will your namesake sandwich be made of?
“The Gubernick” It would be based off of a Buffalo Chicken Wrap but would include a combination of secret ingredients that would be give you extra running and jumping abilities. You know, it’s the “Ultimate” sandwich, helping to make you a better Frisbee player.
What artist, living or dead, do you want making the portrait of you for your museum?
Vincent Van Gogh. Did you know he painted over 30 self-portraits? We have some similar facial features, minus the missing ear, so I think he could really knock out a solid portrait for me. Imagine a post-impressionist Matt Gubernick. That would be really wild!
What brings you joy and what stresses you out?
Playing music, spending time with my friends and playing ultimate are easily a few of the things that bring me joy! I’m not easily stressed out, but thinking about how much stuff I want to get done and how little time I always seem to have can get stressful. But then I think about my joyous moments and that stress all fades away.
What is your favorite website and why?
I don’t know if it’s my favorite website, but one of my most commonly visited websites is probably Facebook…I know thats a bit cliché, but I do enjoy networking a lot and Facebook is a good way to keep in touch with people and network!
A penguin walks through that door right now wearing a sombrero. What does he say and why is he here?
Haha. I don’t think he’d say anything but he would definitely be there to party.
What songs best describes your work ethic?
hmmm…good question…if I had to put a few songs to describe my work ethic, it would probably be a combination of:
-Heigh Ho – The 7 Dwarfs (Snow White)
-Eye of the Tiger – Survivor
-Money – Pink Floyd
-Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bob Marley
-Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
-Lazy Song – Bruno Mars
-Closing Time – Semisonic
Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?
Gatherer all day!
If you were on an island and could only bring three things, what would you bring?
1) A disc
2) A guitar
3) A friend to catch the disc (dog would be acceptable too). The ability to throw back would be good….but not a requirement.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color are you and why?
If I were a new addition to the crayon box, I would be a color called Guber and the crayon would create a different bright color every time you used it! This is because, I’m all about the bright colors and brightening peoples days with color!