This week, I have the privilege of introducing our newest team member, Yannick (pronounced YAH-nick). This swell dude with a positive ‘tude comes to us from Côte d’Ivoire (or “Ivory Coast” for us English-speaking yokels) by way of the
great state of Florida*. Because we’re going to be spending a lot of time together, and because Nina asked me to, I decided it would be nice to sit down and get to know the guy a little better.
Q: How are you today?
A: I am feeling wonderful.
Q: So you just moved here from West Palm Beach, Florida. What’s your favorite thing about Richmond so far? What’s your least favorite thing about Florida†?
A: My favorite thing about Richmond so far is the people. I’ve only been here for a few days and I already feel home. My least favorite thing about Florida? The temperature, as it could be extremely hot at times.
Q: What do you like to do with your free time? I think the people reading this might be able to give you some pointers on the best places to do things in the area.
A: During my free time, I like to read about science and technology, watch movies or documentaries. I am also a flight enthusiast and I like to fly on simulators. I also like outdoor activities. I like to go to the beach, go kayaking, play pool§ or go kart racing, cook and so on. Finally, I like to travel and discover new countries and cultures.
Q: So you are originally from Côte d’Ivoire. Wikipedia, my primary source of information in life, tells me that the official language there is French. As you may or may not know, we have a fantastic client in Montreal with a lovely French-speaking staff (if you are reading this, Allo!). How different do you think the regional dialects are between your country of origin and that of French Canadians? Do you think you would be able to communicate effectively? I remember in high school, we had a kid from Mexico and one whose mother was from Spain. They tried speaking Spanish with each other once and apparently found it very difficult to understand one another. The Spaniard kid was my co-worker at McDonald’s in 11th grade, and he was not a good employee. The Mexican kid was on my soccer team; he was pretty cool. Anyway, this question is really for my own curiosity. Feel free to answer it however you like, or skip it entirely. Also — if you’ve made it to the end of this “question”, thank you for your perseverance.
A: Yes, I am from Côte d’Ivoire, and the official language there is French. There is probably no correlations between regional dialects in Cote D’Ivoire as they do not relate to French at all. My French is similar to the one spoken in France and there are slight differences between French Canadian and French but I will be able to communicate effectively with any French-speaking client as it is my primary language. Also, my siblings and I unfortunately did not grow up learning any dialects (shame on my parents, lol). I only know French and English and a tiny bit of Spanish (learned in school).
Q: Besides the steady paycheck, what do you like about web development?
A: I fell in love with web development during my last year in College. I think over the past years web development had some major technological advancements. I am happy to be part of that and I can’t wait to see where web development will be in the next 5 years.
Q: What kind(s) of music do you like?
A: I listen to any type of music depending on the mood or what I am doing. It ranges from hip hop (party mode), to coupe decale zouglou, azonto, to rock, reggae, techno to epic instrumental music and motivational instrumental music (the last 2 when I want to focus).
Q: What are you looking forward to most about working at Foster Made?
A: At Foster Made, I am looking forward to unleash my inner potential.
* Just kidding, Florida.
† I ask this question for the sake of due diligence and journalistic integrity, not because I harbor any grudges against the
idyllic adequate paradise place we all know and love‡.
‡ Still kidding. Or am I? The answer is yes, I am.
§ Note to Yannick: There is a pool hall 2 blocks from our office. They have good beer and homemade ice cream sandwiches.