I was trying to dig up a few missing Employee Profiles (in fact, re-send your answers if I haven't posted yours yet!) and stumbled upon Sanjuro's which was sent in this past September. Why was it never posted? Was I harboring some secret resentment over his good looks and winning personailty? We'll never know for sure.
He even plays the guitar and sings for god's sake!
Who the devil are you?
I'm Fernando, known 'round these parts as Sanjuro. Whilst many folks have clever or unique handles, mine is just directly cribbed from the main character in Akira Kurosawa's films Yojimbo and Sanjuro. I'm a big fan.
What are you supposed to be doing during the day when youÃ‚'re reading GWJ?
Well, since I donated 5 years of my life to the government doing military things, I'm just a tad bit behind on getting that college degree that all those potential employers seem so keen on me having. So I'm a 25-year-old college sophmore. Sometimes I feel like Rodney Dangerfield in 'Back To School.' I walk around campus and I'm amazed that I'm seven years older than a lot of my classmates. When I'm not at school, I'm a corporate meat slave, I mean, assistant store manager, at a GameStop here in San Diego. It pays the bills until I get that law degree, sometime around 2035.
When youÃ‚'re not working or gaming, what do you do with your time?
You mean when my school/job/demanding girlfriend lets me? (just kidding babe. haha. that was funny, right? right? uh-oh) I play the guitar, I run (when my running muse wills it). I do a great golfer impersonation. I love cooking more than almost anything. I picked up surfing a few years back and I've skiied since I was a kid. I just made the switch to snowboarding last year and I found it to be a lot more fun than skiing, although that may just be the thrill of learning something new. I also read quite a bit; I enjoy history and contemporary fiction, particularly. I've been on a big World War I/Chuck Palanhuik kick lately. You'd be surprised how well that dovetails together.
How about family? Do you have any kids?
How about family? Mine's spread all over creation, but I love them all.
What was your favorite game over the last year or so? Why?
I'd love to say Beyond Good and Evil or Call Of Duty (because those were truly outstanding games) but nothing has been as much a timesink as ESPN NFL 2k5, which is downright pathetic after you look at my record.
Which game are you looking forward to most?
Evil Genius. Or SuperPower 2. I'm into world domination. It's a hobby.
What is your fondest gaming memory?
Playing The Legend Of Zelda on NES with my pops as a child. When my family bought that Nintendo it was ostensibly for me, but my dad beat Zelda more times than I did. That game became a cooperative effort for us, and I'll always remember it fondly.
Finally, why do you play games at all? Why havenÃ‚'t you outgrown them?
Gaming holds a significant place in recreation. It won't replace exercise or reading or anything of the sort, but its far superior to the average Westerner's habit of coming home from work, sitting in front of the TV and disconnecting their brains. Games encourage thinking and decision-making, they engage you in a way that TV never will. If 'growing up' means changing my recreation from video games to watching Matlock reruns and knitting, then I'll go the Peter Pan route.
Thanks for taking the time to answer our hard hitting questions! Any last words?
GWJ and places like it are the Rotary Clubs or Moose Lodges of the future. And ours rocks. Vote Sanjuro for Grand Poobah. Next employee profile should be SwampYankee. I saw a picture of him with his dentures out once, it was hysterical.