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First job: I was 16 and worked at Sebastiano's Italiano, formerly Pal's Ice Cream. I was a jack of all trades: waitress, ice cream scooper, sandwich maker, and the occasional coffee barista. It was a great first job and taught me the value of a dollar.
First salary: I made around $5.25 plus tips during the ice cream days.
My idol is: My mantra is that every day you might find someone who can better your life. Whenever I meet someone like this I take a little something away from them and try to improve myself. I guess you could say my idol could be hiding anywhere.
Most embarrassing TV moment: Hmmmm, embarrassing moment … I might need to ask the people of Toledo about this one. That's the beauty of live television, anything can happen — losing your train of thought and bad hair days, you get to see it all.
Highlight of my career: Things are just getting started but so far the highlight is working where I do now. Growing up, I always watched Channel 13, and it was a far-off dream to work there. Now I am proud to be part of this talented group.
My favorite thing to do outside of work: Anything outdoors. The Metroparks are so beautiful, walking the trails and taking in the scenery is a free getaway. I try to visit at least once a week. There are so many people in the Toledo area that don't even use them!
I think Toledo's best-kept secret is: Hands down the Toledo Lucas County public libraries. My mother is a huge advocate of the library. Growing up she would always take me to the library and it stuck. To this day I am always up for a good book.
People may be surprised to know that I: am fascinated with marine biology. I want to become SCUBA certified and plan a dive trip.
In five years, I see myself: Furthering my career, traveling more, and starting a family. My journey is just beginning; as long as I have a job that I enjoy I'll consider myself blessed.
My dream job is: working in a big city or taking on a job as a foreign correspondent. If only for a year it would be such a great adventure!
Contact Kirk Baird at419-724-6734 or kbaird@theblade. com