Employee #FeatureFriday with Clare Blando

Title: Communications Coordinator

Years with DMI: 10

Spirit animal: Elephant; smart, gentle and good parents

What do you do when you aren’t working?
My husband and I enjoy the casino, especially when we’re winning. We have 2 grandchildren and try to spend as much time with them as possible. I enjoy reading, especially historical fiction and narrative nonfiction. In the summer we spend a lot of time in the yard with the neighbors engaging in friendly discussions and solving the world’s problems.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Sewing and writing. I wrote a manuscript but never managed to publish it.
I also made my wedding dress. It cost $75 in 1984 to buy the materials.

What movie can you quote the most?
Stripes or Monty Python and the Holy Grail

What is your favorite book?
Gone With the Wind

Favorite place to eat in Kansas City?
I love a good bar burger so Hoopers, the Well, Tanners, Peanut, Johnny’s Tavern, Lews, Red Door, etc…

What’s one item on your bucket list?
Take my family to Sicily to meet their Italian cousins.

What would you name your autobiography?
“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy”

Cats vs dogs? Which do you prefer? (if any)
No contest, CATS! We have three.