If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would they be?

It would be my mother, she passed away about 10 years ago. Just so she could meet her granddaughter — my daughter, Marisa. She was a great mother, she was always there and going on the field trips. We never got into trouble because she was Hispanic and she heard everything and if we did anything bad we knew she would kill us. But she raised us well, so that my brother and I get along and take care of my dad. She would be really happy.

What is your earliest memory?

My earliest memory is probably living in Japan. My dad was in the military and we lived in Japan. They took me to a Japanese kindergarten, and we went on field trips. And it was color coordinated, you wore these colored hats so teachers could keep track of where you were. You’d wear uniforms and you had this stamp book and the teacher would stamp your book to show you were there. And I remember at the school you’d climb up this hill to build your confidence, and you’d drink warm milk and play on xylophones.

When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be…

I always wanted to be a vet, actually. I liked and wanted to be at the zoo, I thought that was so cool.

What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Lazy people. People that can’t think for themselves. And it drives me crazy when people call in sick for the dumbest stuff.

How do you relax?

Actually, I work 90 hours a week. I work two jobs — I work at the coffee shop and at the Fred Meyer gas station ... So I don’t know, that’s a hard question. I’ve been working so hard the past couple months. My relaxation is at the coffee shop. I just like talking to people, getting to know people, where they’re from, what they do. And working at the coffee shop, you get to hear what they’re doing, where they’re going, what’s going on in their lives. It’s just great to hear how things turn out to be. I just love talking to people.

If you didn’t have to work for a living, what would you do instead?

I would actually travel, I like to travel. I’d like to travel overseas, Europe and stuff. I just like different cultures and stuff. It would be fun to travel and work in different places and do different jobs.

What is your favorite book?

Oh my gosh. I don’t read, except for USA Today. I can read children’s books and after two pages, I’m asleep before they are. I cannot get through a book.

If I ruled the country, I would…

Do away with mortgages. I just think it’s crazy to spend so much on the elections when all these people need help with foreclosures. I just think it’s crazy how the system is set up. Not to get too political, but also just to find more avenues for things for kids to do, especially in this area. What is there to do — a movie theater and a swimming pool? Why not a YMCA? A lot of kids don’t have an outlet to get away from certain home life, so having a place for them to go, whether they have mentors there or other stuff, I think that would be cool.

To whom would you most like to apologize, and why?

Probably my aunt ... She was a great aunt and I always visited her in Panama. She would treat me good, she had all these maids and cooks. I always stayed there a month and she treated me good. When my mom died, we just lost touch because we were so far away and kept living our lives. But I wish I would have kept in touch with her because she was such a nice lady.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

People like my sarcasm, they come back for it. I’m just sarcastic and just say what’s on my mind — it’s usually not what people want to hear.

Naselle resident Jeff Woods spent his adolescent years in Japan, Panama, California, and Washington D.C., before settling in Virginia. For 12 years, he was a district manager for Perry Ellis and then 10 years as the district manager for Welcome Home. After moving to Pacific County, he became one of the owners of Diamond Espresso in Long Beach.

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