Central Carolina People@Work — Lora Smith Wright
Name: Lora Smith Wright
Family: Steve (husband); daughter Jamie, 26; Katie, 23; my new son-in-law, Roy Warren; and son, Steven, 18.
Position: Owner of Southern Jewelers
Hometown: Sanford, N.C.
What are five most frequently played songs on your iPod playlist? "Maggie May," "Loving You Is Fun," "Tornado," "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" and "Any Place Like Home"
What is your favorite movie? "National Lampoon's Vacation"
What is your favorite book? I read so much for school, I don’t really have one right now. I do love trivia books of any kind.
Is there is a hobby you can't live without? Fishing, hiking around the rivers
Where would someone be most likely to find you on a Saturday night? Home
What was your dream job when you were a child? To be a dancer
What are some of your favorite things? Anything to do with the ocean or rivers
What would be your last meal? Endless pasta
Who would be your ideal dinner guests? Willie Nelson, Jesus, Howard Hughes
What is something interesting most people don't know about you? I take college courses online and at CCCC, keeps me busy!
Ideal vacation spot: Anywhere there's sand, water and sun
Favorite professional sports team: Whoever Steve is watching
If you were given $5,000 to donate to a non-profit organization, which would you pick? Duke Children’s Center
What's the worst injury you've ever had? Broken arm
Ever had a brush with celebrity? James Taylor
What would you like to know about the future? What wonders does it hold for my children
Would you go bungee jumping or skydiving? Neither
Do you have a tattoo? No — but not saying I never would
Any fears or phobias? Dust mites — yuck!
Ever been outside the United States? Yes
Did you have a childhood nickname? No
Favorite kind of cookie? My mother’s meringue cookies
Favorite season? Summer
Would you consider plastic surgery if someone else paid for it? Yes!
Which actor would portray you in a movie about your life? Bette Davis
Biggest pet peeve? When people put their fingers in their mouth to wet a ring to get it off. That’s just gross!
What's your usual wake-up time in the morning? 6:30 a.m.
What talent do you wish you had? Play any instrument
Ever seen a ghost? No
What superhero power would you most like to have? To fly
What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up? "I Dream of Jeannie"
Favorite band or musical artist? Willie Nelson
To keep the stars on the flag nice and even, which state should be traded for Puerto Rico? They'd just have to be uneven — but maybe combine North and South Dakota.
What's your cell phone ringtone? The original
Favorite dessert? Key lime pie
You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time, you get fired. What do you do? Save the dog!
If you could go back in time and change one historic event, what would it be? Slavery
Do you have bumper stickers of any kind on your car? Yes
If you could create one rule that all society had to live by, what would it be? Be nice! Play fair!
How do you define success? My ability to give my children a good life and have them feel successful in life
Ever wondered why Kamikaze pilots wore helmets? No, but thanks for something to ponder
Hamburger or pizza? Pizza
Describe your life philosophy in six words or less: Work hard — laugh a lot — go barefoot