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Shea Stewart, 31
Where are you from?
Pelahatchie, Miss., (Choctaw for crooked creek). Population 1,477 and we used to have a red light before the Mississippi Department of Transportation commandeered it because of lack of traffic.
Where have you lived?
Raymond, Miss., first dorm life; Clinton, Miss., first apartment life; Oxford, Miss., Hotty Toddy!; Atlanta, a brief three-month summer internship where I also vastly improved my driving skills navigating Interstate 285; Oxford, first post-college job; and Lafayette, La., a brief six-month sojourn on the bayou before moving to Little Rock.
Where'd you go to school?
The University of Mississippi, God's country
Was it easy for you to pick major?
It was either be a history professor narrating documentaries on the History Channel or join the exciting world of journalism. I chose the latter. The narration work can wait until my voice has been cured into a Southern twang such as Shelby Foote possessed.
What has been your favorite job?
My favorite job might be any of my journalism-related jobs ... or working as a baggage handler at Jackson International Airport.
Working as a waiter for three weeks.
What's your dream job?
Being a travel writer or music writer full time ... or being a cinematographer for some major Hollywood movie director ... or working as a blackjack dealer at a casino in some far, out-of-the-way Nevada town such as Elko or Ely.
When you were a kid what was your favorite toy?
My G.I. Joe action figures.
Would you still like to have that toy today?
Probably not, most people frown upon 31 year olds playing with action figures, a la The 40-Year-Virgin.
What happened to it?
The Joes fell victim to too many pyrotechnic displays.
Do you feel like a "grown up"?
No, I suffer from the Peter Pan complex.
If not, do you think you ever will?
"Growing up leads to growing old and then to dying, and dying to me don't sound like all that much fun." - John Mellencamp
If you could travel or live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Scotland or the Maldives
Scotland to drink a pint with my ancestors and the Maldives because David Lee Roth made it look so cool on the cover of his "Crazy From the Heat" EP.
What kind of music do you listen to?
Alt country, alternative and classic rock.
Best concert you've ever seen?
Bruce Springsteen, March 18, 2000, Pyramid, Memphis, Tenn., a rock 'n' roll revival.
What is your most embarrassing moment or a funny story your family always tells about you?
I plead the Fifth although it involves a can of cheese balls and Destin, Fla.
Do you have any pets?
Reading (mostly nonfiction), Netflix, watching sports (Ole Miss, St. Louis Cardinals and Dallas Cowboys), trying unfamiliar food and beers, visiting new places.
Any food or cooking-related disaster stories?
Nope, I cook simple.
Do you have any interesting Sync-related stories?
Two hours into my first day? Not yet, though I'm sure I'll accumulate stories.
Why did you apply to work on this publication?