Chris Harper

Hometown & current residence

Buffalo NY; San Francisco, CA and Vieques PR

Best work project, ever

I led the L&D effort for an Oracle Financials installation where we closed the books on PeopleSoft and opened them in Oracle and everything went off without a hitch. People knew what to do, how to do it and the system worked without any major flaws. Overall a success!

Favorite word

Esdr'jula -- it's a Spanish word referring to words that have an accent mark on the third syllable (they count syllables starting from the end of the word to the front). Esdr'jula is an esdr'jula word. Making it self-referential, one of my most favorite literary forms.

Least favorite word

Utilize. Why take a perfect word like "use" and make it three times longer?

Family, pets or hermit

John is my husband and Charlotte is my dog.

Sound he hates

Jackhammers

Profession he'd like to try

Air traffic controller -- it's the ultimate control fest - I like to be in control of things.

Pet peeve

People who use the word 'utilize'

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"Make a plan and work the plan. Take risks and in most cases it will pay off."

Chris Harper

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