Central Carolina People@Work: Drew Lucas

Oct. 18, 2013 @ 11:26 PM

NAME: Manly Andrew Lucas, but my parents always called me Drew and that's what stuck

AGE: 34

FAMILY: Wife Anna, 5-year-old son Joseph, 3-year-old daughter Maggie, and we just found out on Tuesday that we are having another girl (due in March)

POSITION: Attorney/partner with Harrington, Gilleland, Winstead, Feindel & Lucas LLP


What is your favorite movie? "Planes, Trains and Automobiles"

What is your favorite book? "The Hunt for Red October," followed by any other Tom Clancy book.

Is there a hobby you can't live without? I used to think so before I had kids.

Where would someone be most likely to find you on a Saturday night? Watching "Mary Poppins" or some other Disney movie with my wife and kids, unless UNC has a night game.

What was your dream job when you were a child? Professional baseball player, then once Larry O'Connell fitted me for my first pair of glasses and I could see, I thought being an optometrist would be a pretty cool job.

What would be your last meal? I'd have to have a collection of soups: (a) Some Lucas Chili, (b) my mom's vegetable beef soup and (c) my wife's gumbo. And then I'd pass, I guess, before the heartburn could settle in.

Who would be your ideal dinner guests? (Name three, living or dead). I'm going to cheat here and name four. I never got a chance to meet my grandparents on my dad's side at all (R. Paul Lucas, Sr., and May Lucas) and my grandparents on my mom's side (Joseph W. Foster and Louise Foster) passed away when I was very young. I'm sure we would have some fun swapping stories about my mom and dad.

Ideal vacation spot: Disney World

If you were given $5,000 to donate to a nonprofit organization, which would you pick? I'd have to give it my the Kiwanis Club of Lee County, and then we could, as a club, distribute it out.

What's the worst injury you've ever had? I was upended on a fast break in an intramural basketball game while at UNC and fractured both elbows. It sure made it tough to take notes, open doors, etc.

What's your favorite website? ESPN.com

Would you go bungee jumping or skydiving? No thank you.

Ever been outside the United States? I went to Mexico on my honeymoon and, unless Epcot counts, that's about it.

Did you have a childhood nickname? Not one that I liked

Favorite season? Fall (no better time to get outside and play some soccer and football or enjoy those "crisp October nights" that Charles Kuralt liked to talk about)

Would you consider plastic surgery if someone else paid for it? No

What's the most embarrassing experience you've ever had at work? I was interning at the office at which I now work. After about three months, somebody was nice enough to tell me the envelopes I'd been licking for the summer were self-adhesive.

Which actor would portray you in a movie about your life? It would be nice if it was Matt Damon, but it would probably be Adam Sandler or Melissa McCarthy.

Biggest pet peeve? People who don't do what they say they are going to do (this includes showing up late for something).

What's your usual wake-up time in the morning? Around 6:40 a.m. each morning, I awake to my son about two inches from my face asking me if I'll go downstairs and watch "Star Wars" with him.

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing well. My wife probably wishes this even more earnestly than I do since she has to hear it all the time.

To keep the stars on the flag nice and even, which state should be traded for Puerto Rico? I would not make the trade.

What's your cell phone ringtone? It's always set to vibrate and usually not in the same room I am in. I miss a lot of calls.

Favorite dessert? It's called "stuff." It's got crushed oreos, multiple puddings, whipped cream and sticks of butter, and when you eat some, you can't even blink anymore because there is so much sugar in it. Buddy the Elf would love it.

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 (especially since falling in a canal sounds like something my wife's dog would do). I'm pretty sure if I called my partners, they would come help me save the dog, so no worries about getting fired anyway.

If you could create one rule that all society had to live by, what would it be? Be nice to others.

How do you define success? In life, I think it's happiness. If you are playing against Duke or State I, think you are aiming for total domination.

Ever wondered why Kamikaze pilots wore helmets? Modern U.S. cinema teaches us that the helmets are where you put your awesome call sign like Maverick, Goose and Iceman. I'm not sure what the Japanese equivalent would be.