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Perk at Work Podcast

Episode 1: Jon Sanchez

In this first ever Perk at Work Podcast, I get to speak with Jon Sanchez, a fantastically talented illustrator out of Albuquerque, NM. Click image to go to that post, complete with player.

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Work, by itself, is just a means of making money. The beauty of working is it allows us to interact with people — to meet and connect with a variety of folks. I have met some of my best friends through work. The workplace was an environment where we could learn about each other and build bonds.

Perk at Work is about our experiences as humans. Sure, at it’s core, it is about a lowly cafe worker who chats it up with his regular customers. But they are sharing moments of their lives together, learning and sharing bits of information and, hopefully, learning to care about each other. Is there any greater purpose in this life than to love and be loved? Well, maybe to get the perfect cup of coffee but we can do that while we talk.

The Cast

2014-06-25-perkPerk works in a cafe located on the ground floor of an office building. He works the dining area while Compa cooks all the food. Perk is always willing to serve and doesn’t mind if a regular wants to bend his ear.

2014-06-25-eugeneEugene works on the third floor for a design firm as a Graphics Designer. In his free time, Eugene plays bass in a garage band that has yet to get a paying gig. Eugene prides himself in his aversion to the establishment and it’s rules. He also plans to one day take on “Corporate America” if he can only, in his words, “find enough people to buy into the idea!

2014-06-25-moxyMoxy works on the first floor as an Advertising Representative for a publishing company. She’s young, attractive, and single and shamelessly utilizes these assets to increase her sales. And why not? “Work with what you got!” is her motto. Moxy is always working. If she’s out on the town, she’s networking. When she’s not networking, she’s exercising and managing her best asset: her looks.

2014-06-25-calCal is a freelance copy writer, specializing in sports pieces. He is active and healthy and always on the prowl for women. Because he has sown his fair share of wild oats, Perk looks to him for advice on romance.

2014-06-25-wrenWren works as a programmer for a software developer on the fifth floor. He is one part classy, one part nerdy. Yet he’ll geek out as much on watches and jazz as he will on Star Wars and comics. He has a zine called “BLAM!” which he describes as ” intelligent humor with a dose of nonsense.”

2014-06-25-hennaHenna is a gofer at a real estate company located on the fourth floor. She’s been working as a gofer for a while now and has no real aspirations of doing anything more. Henna is a bit of a hippie but without the strong convictions. Not only does she want to give peace a chance, she would like to give peace flowers or maybe a nice beaded necklace.

2014-06-25-compaCompa works in the kitchen with Perk. He is something of a short order cook, though not a lot of orders come his way. Compa doesn’t understand why some people try so hard to achieve some strange form of success. To him success is having enough money at the tail end of his paycheck to buy something “cherry” for his car.

2014-06-25-mrargyleMr. Argyle owns the cafe business as well as the entire office building. What he lacks in formal education he makes up for in experience. Mr. Argyle would like to see average folks pick themselves up by the bootstraps and really live. Unfortunately, the majority of the folks he meets would rather kick off their shoes and kick back.

2014-06-25-sherylSheryl would rather be anywhere but work. Sometimes she feels like she’d rather be on another planet far away from all the things and people that bug her. Sheryl works in an accounting firm doing data entry. Most of her time there is diligently spent finding ways to not do work. According to Sheryl, “Not doing your work can be a full time job!”

2014-06-25-candyNewly hired at the cafe, Candy was brought on to give some relief to Perk. Yet, that’s not what she does. If anything she can make life a little tougher for him.

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