Dorothy Bottini, better-known as Didi, joins Arnerich Massena as a performance measurement analyst. We are excited about our new team member, and asked her to share a little bit about herself so that we can get to know her better:
What is your favorite restaurant in Portland?
I am torn between two: Fire on the Mountain and The Roadside Attraction. Fire on the Mountain is my go-to spot for “the usual”: spicy chicken wings. The Roadside Attraction isn’t a restaurant — more like a bar/shanty town —but they serve great steaks and, oddly enough, wonderful crab cakes. It looks a little like a weird uncle’s garage, with a tin corrugated roof and a giant collection of kitschy stuff. It has a lovely patio with little cubbies, and is a perfect place for people-watching, especially if you engage in the sport of beard hunting (it’s a prime location to spot funky hipster beards).
What is a book you would recommend?
I would recommend The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. It’s a quick, fun read about an autistic teenager who becomes obsessed with solving a mystery involving a neighborhood dog. It’s a popcorn book; very enjoyable.
What is a film you would recommend?
Wild Tales, which is an Argentinian indie movie. You shouldn’t go into this movie with any expectations; it’s a very strange movie with short vignettes centered around weird situations involving revenge. It’s a dark, quirky movie.
What’s the strangest job you’ve ever had?
I owned a yarn business for five years — selling yarn online, in stores, and at trade shows. I had a mill to custom-spin yarn. I still dye yarn occasionally for a project, and knit.
Where is your favorite place to which you’ve traveled?
I took an accidental roadtrip to southern Africa, driving a rented truck from Capetown to Namibia. It was beautiful, and the people were really nice. It smelled like cardamom!
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would go backpacking in Central America; I would love to hike through Honduras and Nicaragua. I recently returned from El Salvador, so those are next on my list.
Do you have a favorite hobby?
I love to travel, taking roadtrips and hiking, dragging the dog along. I also like art — sketching and painting — knitting, and reading. I have a very nerdy hobby, which is that I love to create data visualizations. For instance, I recently collected all my bank statements over the past six years so that I could graph out my fast food purchase history. Yikes: not only was I eating too much fast food, but I could see all of my patterns of consumption! I record information when I go hiking so that I can chart it later.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever given/been given?
Be open-minded. My grandfather told me that the best opinions are those loosely held. That way, you don’t dig in your heels when you learn something new. Oh, and: if you want to travel, travel!
If you could have one superpower, what would you choose?
Teleportation: imagine all the times you wished you were somewhere else.
City or country
Dogs or cats
Coffee or tea
Clean or messy
Summer or winter
Comedy or drama
Beach or mountains- Both!
Early bird or night owl