Kim Horgan, freelance photographer, gets ready for a new job, hopes for bike lanes and sizes up Steven Tyler in The Pitch Questionnaire
Twitter handle: @kimbikeskc
Hometown: I consider Kansas City to be my hometown now, but I was born in California and grew up in Oklahoma.
Current neighborhood: Prairie Village
What I do: After being laid off last year, I spent some time doing photography, working at a bike shop — and anything else that interested me — while I looked for the right job. I’m happy to say that I just accepted a position at UMKC, and I’m really excited to get started there.
What’s your addiction? Cycling socks. What started out as just an innocent purchase of a few pairs led to polka dots, Bigfoot, cats in bow ties, and gnomes. Now I can’t stop.
What’s your game? Dodgeball
What’s your drink? In the mornings I’m a tea addict — my favorite is Hugo Tea’s 100 Year blend. For cocktails I like anything whiskey in the winter, but in the summer months it’s all about tequila.
Where’s dinner? El Patrón for Mexican and margaritas, La Bodega for tapas and sangria, and happy hour and dinner at Plaza III or Extra Virgin can’t be beat. If it’s a special night out, my pick would be Pot Pie.
What’s on your KC postcard? The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Finish these sentences: “Kansas City got it right when …” Kansas City has a great arts community — First Fridays, the Nelson-Atkins, the Kauffman Center, the Kansas City Art Institute and so many wonderful galleries. I also think we have some of the best restaurants in the country. I’m surprised anyone eats at home here.
“Kansas City screwed up when …” I think KC screwed up by not having better public transportation; it’s a very car-focused city.
“Kansas City needs …” Protected bike lanes
“As a kid, I wanted to be …” A mobile veterinarian. I think I had my best ideas at age 8.
“I can’t stop listening to … ” I’ve created a really good Pandora station for myself and I listen to it every day. It’s taken years to get it just right.
“My dream concert lineup is …” My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, the Black Keys, Fleet Foxes and Youth Lagoon.
“I just read …” I’m reading Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts right now.
What’s your hidden talent? Sewing. My mom taught me when I was a kid. I won a ribbon in 4-H for my excellent tote bag–making skills.
The best advice I ever got: Was from graffiti. I saw this spray-painted on a wall downtown: “Sometimes life gets difficult, you just have to laugh about it.” I’ve been through some difficult times, but I’ve always tried to find the humor in my situation.
Worst advice? “Your hair would look good black.”
My sidekick? My bike
What is your spirit animal? In the winter I’d have to go with overweight house cat. In the warmer months I’d bump that up to something more adventurous.
Who is your hero? Betty White. She’s funny, smart, advocates for animals and still looks great at 94.
Who (or what) is your nemesis? The online job-application “profile” that you must create to apply for most jobs now. You attach your résumé then spend 90 minutes entering each detail of your entire life in the tiny little boxes until your arm goes numb. I am pretty sure that’s what the résumé is for.
What’s your greatest struggle right now? Trying to stay social in the winter. I’m not a fan of cold weather, so staying in PJs all day is hard to beat.
My dating triumph/tragedy: I dated a guy who had a crazy ex-girlfriend. She became obsessed with me and stalked and harassed me online for at least two years. He ended up married to her, so I guess it’s his tragedy now.
My brush with fame: I saw Steven Tyler from Aerosmith on the Plaza once. He’s very small.
My soapbox: The left lane is for passing.
What was the last thing you had to apologize for? After spending hours at the emergency clinic, I took my daughter to Panera for lunch when she had a bright red rash over her entire body. She wasn’t contagious, but I am sorry to all of those people trying to eat lunch that day. All I can say is that we were really hungry.
Who’s sorry now? Most of America, I think
My recent triumph: I was asked to teach a class in nature photography. I have the public speaking skills of a turtle, so I wasn’t sure I could pull it off, but I think it went really well. No one fell asleep or left, so I’d call that a triumph.