We met at the Webster Groves Starbucks, where I pulled up a chair to the table Sean chose. He and his wife had given up caffeine as part of a diet they’re on, so he stuck to de-caf while I savored a peppermint hot chocolate.
Typically, Sean thinks fad diets are kind of silly. “I tend to find some of the uh, fad diet stuff off-putting. You know? I mean, I used to crack up when people would come into restaurants and say ‘I’m on the Atkins Diet, what can I have?’ I’m like, ‘I didn’t read that. I… I have no idea.’” But this one he likes because, as he describes it, it’s kind of like cross-fit for your metabolism. It involves abstaining from certain types of foods for periods of about 30 days so your body doesn’t get used to something and get lazy.
The diet has also been good for them because they can get into the kitchen together and make fun, flavorful recipes. This has led them to eat together more often and not in front of a screen.
Food is obviously a big part of Sean’s life, and that makes sense given his background. Up until several years ago, Sean had worked primarily in restaurants. He did everything from bussing tables at a Hibachi restaurant (where he had to wear a kimono and learn to sing in Japanese), to bartending, to managing.
But for the past nine years, Sean has sold real estate for Circa Stl, a “small but mighty” company with 21 agents. He initially got into the field because of his cousin, who was really enjoying it. The first two years he was working nights at Vin de Set and getting his feet off the ground with the real estate business. It paid off though, because during all of it he met his wife.
They had met a few times before through friends of friends, but with Sean trying to learn the real estate business and working until 2am at his night job, his lifestyle just wasn’t conducive to a relationship. But, they kept in touch and finally ended up dating. Five years later, they’re married!
Real estate has really agreed with Sean, because he doesn’t like sales. That sounded counter-intuitive to me, but he explained. In restaurants it was always about upselling guests, but this is more about listening. Also, the only thing he really has to sell is himself, and I’m sure that’s easy for him, because he is an incredibly nice guy.
“Cupcakes.” That was his answer when I asked about his hobbies. After a couple of seconds he added a few more including reading, basketball, and golf. Yeah, he likes sports, but it’s quite a conundrum for him. He is fascinated by excellence and the dedication of the players, its just the money and politics that go on behind the scenes that he finds “gross”.
When I asked Sean his favorite thing about St. Louis, he asked if he could start with his least favorite thing. Using an example, he explained why he doesn’t like the separation of the city and county. “So if we’re on an airplane and you’re from Chesterfield and I’m from Southampton, we’re both St. Louisans. But in St. Louis, I live in the city and you…” he shrugged.
What he does like, however, “I enjoy that St. Louis has that kind of headquarters… never leaves, feel.” He says we are a very loyal group, staying in touch with other St. Louisans even if they move away. There’s a potential to the city that he loves, and also the history. “People don’t realize that St. Louis was a big deal.”
Keep your eyes out for Sean. He’s currently working on a brewing history of the city and a blog to help us be better St. Louis citizens both civically and charitably.
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