Meet Andy Harrington. Musician at heart and a software engineer by day. He and his wife Marnie have successfully united a wonderful family household of children and cats. Should the opportunity present itself, casually drop an etch a sketch on the table in front of Andy… he’s got skills!
Q: What inspired and/or led you to your current career?
A: I’ve been a software engineer for 20 years, which I stumbled into by accident. I graduated with a music degree in 1993 and came to Boulder with no particular plan. For a couple years I was selling futons and ended up selling some to a tech start up company. I began working with them as a Customer Service Representative which eventually led me into software engineering. I worked and grew within that company for nearly 18 years! I now work with Kyrio, a subsidy or CableLabs in Louisville. I remember the day I went in for my in-person interview, I put the address into Google Maps and it told me to turn left and in 1 mile your destination will be on the right. I thought, “this is the best commute ever!”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in Lafayette/Louisville?
A: There are a couple. The hands-down favorite is the Taj Mahal 3. I’ve been going there since before I had kids and Indian food is just awesome. Another favorite of mine is Ras Kassa’s, which is delicious! It’s an Ethiopian restaurant on S Public Road.
Q: How long have you lived or worked in Lafayette/Louisville?
A: I moved to Lafayette area 2003, so that would be 17 years now.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: The two places that Marnie and I are eyeing are Hawaii and Iceland. We still owe each other a honeymoon! If it’s just the two of us, we’ll probably go to Iceland and if we take the kids we’ll go to Hawaii, but we don’t have any specific plans yet.
Q: What is your favorite movie? What is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
A: The first movie I recall seeing in a theater was Dumbo. I don’t remember much about the movie except being very enchanted by the fact that there were people in the balcony above us, and I kept turning around and pointing. I’m guessing I may have been around 3 years old. Honestly, I am not a huge movie watcher, but I enjoy movies with big reveals at the end. The one that really sticks with me is ‘Close Encounters’ and every time I see it I get something else out of it. ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Memento’ are some of my other favorites. My son just recommended ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ and it’s fantastic.
Q: What advice would you give to a crowd of people?
A: Being open to understanding other points of view. One of the biggest concerns I have right now is that we’ve gotten segmented in terms of what news we listen to, and what are thought processes are, and we’re so afraid of people that are different in points of view. So, look at people as people first and then work on the differences from there.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: I feel like I’ve had such a great life that if I die tomorrow I’d feel pretty satisfied, which I feel very grateful to be able to say. It’s a rather simple thing, but I really want to backpack over the Continental Divide, stay overnight in Winter Park. Actually, when I was single it was sort of my test that ‘any women who didn’t think that sounds like a really great idea was probably not the right woman for me’. And another date idea I had was to hike up to Sanitas Valley Trail at night and look down at the lights. I mentioned this at a party and Marnie chimed in and said, “I’ll go on that date with you” and it was our first date!
Q: What are your three favorite bands that you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: It’s so hard because there’s so many. The Beatles because they’re such a ‘tree trunk’ of popular music now. I’ve always enjoyed seeing Living Colour live, they’ve been one of my favorite bands in the late 80s, and they’ve only gotten better. Last, would be They Might Be Giants. I had tickets to see them this past fall, but that was cancelled. The band I was in during the 90’s was compared to them quite a bit.
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about Lafayette/Louisville?
A: When we have people visit from out of town, we would always do Lucky Pie, Sweet Cow and Tilt. That’s sort of the Louisville trifecta for us. Oh, and 12 Degree Brewing. I’m not a big beer drinker, but when I go out for a beer that’s the place I go. It is unassuming and has a really positive vibe. I love their beer called Treachery.
Q: If you could choose anyone that is alive today and not a relative; with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? And where locally would y’all meet for this lunch?
A: It would likely be Geddy Lee of Rush. I’ve been a big Rush fan for years and years and years. Barrack Obama comes to mind too. We would go to some place I haven’t been as a conversation starter.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about Lafayette/Louisville?
A: Easy – The balance of urban-suburban-rural that is here. It’s very easy to get where you want and also be outside so immediately. Marnie and I get up pretty much every morning to walk around Hecla Lake and just say, “isn’t this place is amazing.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: I’ve been asking that myself a lot right now. Ten years from now, with the kids wrapping up college, I think Marnie and I would like to be traveling a lot more.
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: I’m really good on an etch-a-sketch! I’ve gotten at least one job and at least one free meal by doing etch-a-sketch art.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Peace, Home base, Return.
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino).
Q: If you have a full-time staff member that is fully paid for, who would you choose? Driver, Nanny, Personal Trainer, Chef, or anything you want.
A: If I was single it would absolutely be a grocery shopper, but we’ve managed to divide that responsibility. Honestly, it’d be someone to manage my time – to help tell me how much time to spend on each task and project.
Q: Is there something that you can add that would benefit or add value to the community, what do you think would that be?
A: That darn train that hasn’t yet been built to Denver.