Facebook fan profile: Brian Orrell

Every month we profile a neighborhood resident who’s also a fan of our Facebook page. If you’re not a fan, become one now … we give away loads of free stuff, nearly every day. And, if you’re interested in answering a bunch of goofy questions and being featured in an upcoming profile, email me at kscott@advocatemag.com and include the subject line “I want to be a Facebook profile.”

Brian Orrell making friends in Grand Cayman.

This month, meet 38-year-old Brian Orrell. He lives in Hollywood Heights, has been “partnered in non-state-sanctioned bliss for 14 years,” and he and his significant other have three dogs: Buddy, Louis and Haskell. Orrell is a CTO for Pariveda Solutions, an IT consulting firm, and he wants to party with Parker Posey.

What’s a little known fact about you?
I love peanut butter and pickle sandwiches.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?
In high school while cleaning the neighborhood pool as a lifeguard, accidentally giving myself a perfectly round hickey on my chin from the pool vacuum — very long story. Had to register for classes that day, too, with a big ace bandage over my chin.

What would your career be if you could do it all over again without consequences?
Exactly what I’m doing.

What’s the one thing you wish you could do but are reasonably sure you never will?
Move to and live in Barcelona.

What makes you laugh out loud?
“Chelsea Handler,” “Family Guy” and “Modern Family”

What’s your most treasured possession?
My iPad and my Slingbox — I like toys

What’s your strangest or most random Facebook Friend connection?
Who isn’t on Facebook? Everyone from my childhood best friend to my clients.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor (until I realized I didn’t like blood)

What’s one question you think other Facebook Fans could help you answer?
Haven’t a clue.

If you could only eat at one neighborhood restaurant for the rest of your life, which would it be?
The Porch. Grapefruit Agave Gimlet + Stodg Burger

How would you explain your neighborhood to someone living in, say, Newfoundland?
Austin Texas meets “Desperate Housewives”

Whole Foods, Central Market, Kroger, Tom Thumb or somewhere else — where do you grocery shop and why?
Whole Foods! Go Local!

What brings a smile to your face every time?
My dogs

What item in your closet is most humiliating?
Nothing … now the attic is another story.

What do you miss about the you from 10 or 20 years ago?
A 32-inch waist

What do you love about the age you’re at now?
My partner and working with amazingly bright and talented folks.

What are some jobs you’ve held in the past?
Working in “games” at Six Flags — “Step right up and win yourself a pig, that’s just a dollar a chicken, a buck/a cluck.” Also lifeguard, movie concessions, programmer, project manager, CTO …

What celebrity would you most like to meet for coffee and why?
Parker Posey. She seems like the type of person you could dare to do something really embarrassing and she would always say yes.

What’s your favorite guilty-pleasure website?
Perez Hilton

Do you have a favorite quote?
“People who say it can’t be done should get out of the way of those of us who are actually doing it.”

What are you afraid of, rationally or irrationally?
Hating my job.

If you could import the brain of any person, living or dead, into your own noggin, whose would it be?
C. S. Lewis

Who is your hero and why?
My mom. She went back to school, after raising a family, at 50 years old and became a nurse. No fear, she just did it.

Would you skydive in the most beautiful place in the world? Why or why not?
No. My partner would literally have a heart attack. Of course, that’s really convenient because I probably wouldn’t want to anyway, but it’s easier to blame him for it.

Do you have an benign confessions to make?
I hate the movie “The Princess Bride.” There, I said it.

When did you realize you were no longer a child?
When I told my mom I was “going home” after going over to her house (the house I grew up in) and it meant I was going back to my own apartment.


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