Well the big freeze has hit England again and so the South East and Kent in particular have been plunged into chaos. But I still just about managed to get an interviewee.
This week's interviewee has plenty to look forward to in the next 7 months. She has the build up to Christmas like the rest of us but more importantly, in May 2011 Jo is getting married to her fiance Ben.
So firstly, I want to offer my best to both for the coming months. (Ben, see you on the Stag Do!)
(I was assured this was a Diet Coke and not an alcoholic beverage)
So this is Joanna Marie Goldhagen, 25 from Malling. Previously she lived in Kings Hill and then West Farleigh where she picked up an interesting fact.
"The residents are out numbered by sheep apparently."
Jo is an Investment Portfolio Administrator for a London corporation. Her job entails dealings with ISAs, Unit Trusts, Exams and Pensions. Despite the huge demand on her, Jo clearly enjoys what she does.
"I love the people I work with, including the Fund Managers. The commute to work is a killer, particularly with the current snow conditions."
The only benefit of Jo's daily commute is that her fiance also works in London and so, she has a familar face to look at across the carriage.
Although she highly enjoys her current job, Jo also, like most of us, has an ideal occupation.
"I'd like to become an eating disorder counsellor or ultimately, I'd love to open a chocolate shop where I could just bake cakes all day and make truffles for people to enjoy over hot chocolate and coffee."
Aside from mandatory jobs, Jo finds some free time for her hobbies which include making chocolate and confectionary treats such as brownies, truffles, shortbread and fudge and wedding planning.
"My friends would argue that one of my hobbies is wedding planning as I've been planning my own wedding for almost 3 years. A lot of effort has gone into creating my ideal 50's style sweet themed wedding."
In her childhood years, Jo used to enjoy figure skating but has put her lack of commitment to it down to wariness of breaking something.
I know how great Kent is but it feels even better to know that the people of Kent feel the same.
"I like that we are close enough to London to be able to work and shop, but far away enough to enjoy the countryside. Kent is picturesque and the people, particularly in smaller villages, I find are very friendly."
"I think the best restaurant in Kent is the The Mulberry Tree in Boughton Monchelsea. My wedding reception will be held there and it has the best food ever."
Jo is also partial to a fish finger sandwich and recommends The Horseshoes in East Farleigh.
I was surprised with all her wedding plans, chocolate making, commuting and hectic working life that Jo had time to sit down and watch a flick or a TV programme.
"It's a tough one but I particularly love action films: Rocky, Die Hard, Man on Fire and Taken. They are up there in the best films ever for me. However, in complete contrast, I love The Sound of Music and La Vita Bella."
I thought I knew Jo well enough already from the information above yet she still had another story to tell me about from her childhood.
"When I was 3, my mum, brother and a family friend and her chidren all went to Butlins in Bognor. One of the first days there, we went swimming and after, when we were changing, I couldn't find my mum. I remember thinking 'Mum's left me here!'".
Most kids would panic at this point and it actually happened to me when I was about 7, but Jo funnily did pretty much what I did.
"Rather than crying, I went off to the play park for a bit, then managed to walk home to the chalet where we were staying."
(This next bit, I definately didn't do!)
"Little did I realise my Mum had just been in the toilets. My disappearing act had shut down the whole of Bognor Regis Butlins with the 'Red Coats' out combing the streets and stopping every car going out to check the car boots for me!"
Jo's moral to the story is that she has always been the type of person to just shut up and get on with her life.
"I think people complain too much about things and give up too easily."
Seeing as Jo didn't give up too easily, I continued to question her and I was really interested to know how Jo would improve the county if she had the power too.
"I would make the Southeastern train lines more reliable. Kent commuters pay the highest ticket prices and due to the snow, not one person from my area that works in London has been able to go to work. I would also encourage schools to offer more assistance to all students and not just tell them to go to university. They should encourage them to explore the other possibilities such as employment, apprenticeships and vocational study."
Again I totally agree and as I said before, I did not go to university and I did an apprenticeship and it was one of the best things I could have ever done for my future career. Unfortunately, the savage cuts the government are making will make opportunities like these few and far between so ex-students and non university folk out there, get your applications in quickly!
Finally, as always, Jo had to be asked my random question of the week: If your life was summed up in a song, what would it be and why?
"It would have to be Time Warp from Rocky Horror Show. It's weird, fun, energetic and addictive which couldn't sum up my life better!"
And as I'm writing this line, that is all I can hear in my head so thanks Jo.
Best wishes for the wedding (I'll await my invite in the post!) and I hope you have a great Christmas.
Who is the next resident of Kent to speak about our county? You tell me!
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