Aimee Gromowsky, attorney, mom/wife, podcaster and political junkie, talks hearts and pingpong The Pitch Questionnaire
Twitter handle: @aimeetheatty
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri!
Current neighborhood: South Kansas City
What I do (in 140 characters or less): Help people with speeding tickets; momming and wife-ing; voter registration and protection; civic-leadership posts; plan family vacations.
What’s your addiction? I read ridiculous amounts of cruise reports (people on the internet reviewing their cruises).
What’s your game? None of my kids can beat me in pingpong yet. I fear my reign is coming to an end.
What’s your drink? Vodka and water with a splash of cranberry and a lime. It’s my go-to diet drink. Also, Boulevard Pale Ale. When my husband came to pick me up for our first date, he knew I was a keeper because I offered him a Pale Ale as he walked in the door.
Where’s dinner? Usually on the table by 5 at Chez Gromo. We love Marco Polo and Dos De Oros.
What’s on your KC postcard? Raygun has this amazing postcard with the classic “I♥NY” design, but rather than the heart, it is a shuttlecock. I love that postcard so much and have sent dozens around the world as I do postcarding “postcrossing” as a hobby.
Finish these sentences: “Kansas City got it right when …” George Kessler was given the keys to the City Beautiful movement and gave us our gorgeous park and boulevard system.
“Kansas City screwed up when …” We don’t talk every day and every minute on improving our schools.
“Kansas City needs …” More of the streetcar. To the airport, to the stadiums, to the East Side, to the Plaza. Let’s go!
“As a kid, I wanted to be …” An actress.
“In five years, I’ll be …” Terrified that my oldest child will be a freshman in college and my youngest a freshman in high school. Time is fleeting.
“I always laugh at …” I’m not much of a laugh-out-loud person but I am thoroughly enjoying the Obama-Biden memes.
“I’ve been known to binge watch …” Lost, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. I watch the same thing over and over again. It has stunted my growth but gives me great pleasure.
“I can’t stop listening to …” Anything by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I have listened to Hamilton in excess of 1,000 times and now I am on to The Hamilton Mixtape and Moana. I will walk out of court saying “We won, we won, we won” from “Yorktown.”
“My dream concert lineup is … ” Don’t @me but I don’t like live music. I would rather go see a musical.
“I just read …” The first four books in A Series of Unfortunate Events. Passionate about reading the books before I see the movies or the series. Never into Harry Potter until I found out my in-laws were taking us to Universal for vacation. Made my kids listen to all seven books before we went. Once we get through the Hamilton book, I am taking them to see it in Chicago.
What’s your hidden talent? I pretty much lay all of my greatness out on the table for all to see.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure? Chicken McNuggets
The best advice I ever got: “Act boldly, and unseen forces will come to your aid.” From my father, via Dorothea Brande.
Worst advice? Law-school debt is the good kind of debt.
My sidekick? My kids.
What is your spirit animal? According to Pottermore, my Patronus is a swift. So I have that going for me, which is nice.
Who is your hero? For sure, my parents. Every day as a parent, I’m like “Oh, yeah, they did that for me and that for me and that for me.” They made it seem effortless.
Who (or what) is your nemesis? Gossips
What’s your greatest struggle right now? Wanting to not act like the Republicans when Obama was in charge.
My favorite toy as a child: Basketball or any ball
My dating triumph/tragedy: Met my husband at a Chiefs tailgate, first game after 9/11.
My brush with fame: I got to meet Obama in 2008 at the Liberty Memorial.
My soapbox: Extend voting times and days in Missouri. Single mom gets up at 6 a.m to drink a cup of coffee before she gets the kids up at 6:20 to feed them breakfast; gets their lunches ready and gets them to school. Gets to work; works all day. Picks up kids from soccer/after-school activity; feeds them and shuttles them to another activity. It’s 7 p.m. When should she have voted? Yes, she can take off four nonpaid hours to vote, per Missouri law, but where is she going to make up those four hours of pay? Get at least three weeks of weekend voting prior to Election Day.
What was the last thing you had to apologize for? Apologized to my kids this morning for yelling at them last night.
Who’s sorry now? Me, for sure. How can I expect them to keep their temper when I can’t keep mine?
My recent triumph: Me and my podcasting partner did our first podcast, Reveries: a Westworld Podcast for the Ladies. We added a Facebook Live show every week as well. We are plotting our next move, and — not surprisingly — it has to do with books and movies (a book-to-screen pod or maybe a podcast where each episode examines one minute of a movie). It’s downright obsessive and right up my alley.