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In the Easy Chair: Nick Castagna


AGE 54

OCCUPATION Barber.

RESIDENCE Pawcatuck.

BORN & RAISED IN Westerly.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Packing a bag, jumping in the car, destination unknown, with my sexy and tolerant wife, Roz.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Raising three of the best kids a parent could ever ask for.

WHAT I HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Being a simple, generous man, with a warped sense of humor.

TOP ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST No need for a bucket list; because I believe that when I die, on my death bed I will be granted to total consciousness. I’ve got that going for me, which is nice! If I’m wrong about that, I’ll settle for a round of golf with Andy Delisio, Carl Spackler and the Dalai Lama.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET My cellphone.

WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP I figure I still have five, maybe 10 years, before that happens.

PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST My father, Ray. I have for some reason followed in his footsteps professionally and politically — with one major exception: He watches 47 hours of Fox News a week to my 15 seconds.

FAVORITE AUTHOR Vince Flynn.

BOOK READING NOW “Vertical,” a follow-up to “Sideways,” by Rex Pickett.

FAVORITE SONG It’s a toss up between “At Last,” by Etta James, and “RC Cola and a Moon Pie,” by NRBQ.

FAVORITE MOVIES “Diner” and “The Princess Bride.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW “The Three Stooges.”

FAVORITE PET Bear, our golden retriever we rescued from Tennessee. In third place behind the spider we have lurking in the corner of our basement is our cat, Dalai.

FAVORITE FOOD My mom’s stuffed peppers and spezzi from Hilltop Café.

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK No more than the amount of time my father spends watching Fox News.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Not being shy of a hard day’s work.

PET PEEVE Doors tribute bands.

FAVORITE QUOTATION “I’m funny how? Funny like I’m a clown? Do I amuse you?” — from the movie GoodFellas. My wife is extremely sick of me saying that right after she tells me I’m funny. Maybe her tolerance is running a bit thin?

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD Most people haven’t heard this yet, but the rumor is Taylor Swift just bought a house in Watch Hill!

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT My family, and the friends who’ve been part of my life since I was very young.

LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I was once in Miss Jeanne’s dance recital, as an adult.

BEST ADVICE I’VE EVER RECEIVED About seven years ago, a client who was celebrating his 60th wedding anniversary told what his secret was: “If mamma’s happy, everyone’s happy.”

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Surround yourself with people who love you for who you are.

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Parents who allow their children to play excessive hours of violent video games would be forced to dress like Richard Simmons and work out to “Sweatin’ to the Oldies” for the same amount of time.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS I have enough of everything. After giving half of it away, I would retire to the hills of Chianti, Italy.

I DRIVE A blue 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup.

I WISH I DROVE A golf ball 325 yards and straight.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Limes and goat cheese.

IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE Jesus Christ, just to ask him if this is what he and his father had in mind, not to mention the fact that I would have an endless supply of the best fish, bread and wine to dine on.

— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro



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