What’s the Question – March 2022

For What is the Question in March, Roland Rocchiccioli spoke with Adrian Misseri.

What is your name?

Adrian Misseri

What is your occupation?

Podiatrist.

What brought you to Ballarat?

I was looking for a change of pace after being in Bendigo for six years. Twelve years ago a job opportunity came up in Ballarat and I gave it a shot.

What is your favorite place in the city?

The Botanical Gardens. I remember walking through them when I first moved to Ballarat and fell in love with the statues, the Prime Minister’s Walk and the amazing trees.

What is the best decision – ever made?

Wanting to be a father and marry my wife Christine to create our family! They showed me so many wonders and taught me so much about love. He fills my heart every day.

What do you like to cook?

Coming from an Italian background, meals have always been a meeting point for the family. I like to cook things that bring people together. I have a thing for feeding the pizza hordes

What is the greatest love of your life – besides your friends and family?

I like to dance! I was a ballroom dancer for 10 years and also did social dancing. The feeling I have of being on the ground is addictive! I am amazed at how some people can just float on a dance floor.

If you could ask your pet one question, what would it be?

“Why do you constantly smell so bad? Willow, our nine-month-old rider has earned the name Stinky Head. The vet says she is as healthy as can be!

What is your favorite vacation destination?

Florence, which I first visited many years ago. I have a keen interest in the Renaissance and the works of Dante Alighieri. These days, anywhere in the trailer with the family is my favorite place!

What is your favorite quote?

“Aim for the moon, because even if you miss it, you’ll land among the stars.”

What technological/scientific development intrigues you?

The concept of time and relativity. It’s so simple and yet so complex! I’m a science nerd so I often read scientific papers

What qualities do you admire in others?

Authenticity and the courage to be yourself. Everyone is different, and loving and trusting yourself, as difficult as that is, I find admirable. None of us are perfect, but we are all amazing.

What’s the best parenting advice you could give?

Buy the onesies with the zippers. You can’t do studs at 3am if you haven’t slept.

And remember, people have had babies for thousands of years in all kinds of conditions, so it’s pretty hard to make too much of a mess of them.

What was your favorite toy?

Lego. Every Saturday morning I would spend a few hours creating something with cartoons in the background, then I would spend the whole afternoon playing with what I had made

What is your favorite book of all time?

The big divorce by CS Lewis. It’s so simple, yet so profound. I read it during a difficult time in my life and it gave me tremendous perspective. I get something new every time I read it

What is your favorite smell?

That first morning espresso

What is it about you that is still the same as when you were a child?

I still can’t kick a soccer ball with accuracy or distance!

What is your favorite place in the world and what makes it so special?

House! I’ve been many places in my life; done and seen a lot; but to go home to my family, see what we have around us; why we worked; and built together.

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