Proust Club: Patrick Finan

We’re asking the Block Club team a few questions from the famous Proust Questionnaire, popularized by the famous French essayist and novelist. This famous interview style has been interpreted many times over, from Vanity Fair’s popular last-page profile to “Inside the Actor’s Studio.” Today’s questionnaire is with Patrick Finan, Block Club’s co-founder and principal. Let’s see what Patrick has to say…

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Cooking for people I love, eating a meal with them, taking a deep breath and sitting back to enjoy the company and the food, not thinking of anything else but the present.

What is your current state of mind?
Nervous. Today a lot of things are unsettled and I’ll feel much better when a few of them fall into place.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I’m losing my hair and I don’t like it, but I’m learning to live with it.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Brandon Davis.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d like to be able to speak another language fluently. And patience might be a virtue, but it’s a talent in my book. Let’s add patience to the list as well.

Where would you most like to live?
I love living in Buffalo and am very happy here, but if I could live anywhere and my business, friends and family weren’t a concern, I think I’d move to New Zealand.

What is your most treasured possession?
My body and my health.

What is your favorite occupation?
Being the co-founder and principal of Block Club is pretty neat! I really love my job.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Every year, I appreciate more and more all of the gay and lesbian activists that risked their reputations and in some cases their lives, to fight for LGBTQ rights. I’ve been able to live the way I was born, love the person I love, and society accepts me for that. I’m eternally grateful for all of the people who fought so hard for my rights, even though they didn’t know me and never will, believing that they were fighting to make life better for the next generation. I’m in awe of their courage, hopefulness, determination and resolve. They’re my heroes.

What are your favorite names?
French and Italian names pronounced by a French or Italian speaking person.