The Q&A - If PJ KEZELE is going out, what song will Billy Idol be singing?

PJ Kezele

What’s the worst pickup line you’ve ever heard?

That one that goes “You must be tired because you’ve been running through my mind all day.” I’ve heard that one before, ugh. Really, any pickup line is bad. People need to stick with, “Can I buy you a drink?”

If you could edit your past, what would you change?

I think I’d tell my 20-year-old me to move it because it isn’t going to be any easier — run, exercise, move your tush!

What is your earliest memory?

We used to live in a house in the hills above Santa Barbara and we overlooked a tree that grew through the porch. And I remember watching my mom chasing away what we thought was a raccoon and it turned out to be a cougar. They were always getting into the garbage and we were used to chasing them away from the garbage, and she chased it away and it growled back at her! It was pretty funny.

Who is your hero?

That’s easy, that’s my dad. His dad died when he was really young and he went to night school and became a civil engineer. I get my analytical side from him and may creative side from my mom. So I would have to say my hero is my dad. He was director of public works for Stanislaus County.

What is your greatest fear?

Living too long. I used to work in a life care retirement community, and I saw how people start out in independent living, then move to assisted living, and then to a nursing home, and it’s very sad to watch. So I don’t want to live too long. Once you’ve lost quality of life, what’s the point?

What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done?

Well, when I moved up here from California, I didn’t have a job here. I was still telecommuting as a public information officer for the city of Modesto.

You won’t ever catch me …

Hunting. I don’t want to shoot animals and I abhor camo. I hate camo with a passion, I really do. Sorry, I just alienated two-thirds of the people here.

What is our county’s best kept secret?

The wintertime is the best time. You can throw a bowling ball down the street and you won’t hit somebody. You can go downtown and actually find a place to park. I like the wintertime here, it’s like everything calms and you can finally take a breath.

What does love feel like?

Having somebody who knows everything about you and still likes you. Just like my husband, who is always asking my dad where the manual is for me!

Which song would you like played at your funeral?

Billy Idol, “Wild One.”

Born in West Covina, Calif., PJ Kezele grew up in Santa Barbara and studied advertising at San Jose State University. In search of cooler temperatures, she moved to Washington in 2003. Having worked in government since 2000, she has been Ilwaco’s city clerk since May 2010. PJ and her husband, Tim, also own Longbranch Tree & Shrub Care. They live in Ilwaco with two Schipperkes, Taz and Rogue.

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