Jungmin James Park is our first Executive Director. He is a proud graduate of UC Berkeley and UNLV Law and is ultimately responsible for what we accomplish here at the Neon Law Foundation. Below are his answers to some "get-to-know-you" questions.
What talent are you most proud of?
Finding an inappropriate joke in rock bottom situations.
Do you know your Meyers-Briggs?
I usually get INTP, but I've also gotten ENTP and even INTJ when I went to compare results among MBTI test providers or tried alternate interpretations I had of the test questions. Perhaps my interest in examining the consistency of the test is indicative of my personality...
What are your pet peeves?
Stingy scoops at restaurants like Chipotle and Panda Express. I'm talking less than a flat scoop from a full tray outside of peak hours-no excuses.
Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
Introvert, but can be convincingly extroverted when required.
Are you an animal person?
Yes, but I have no love for mosquitos and ticks.
What's your favorite tv show to binge watch?
I recently binge watched Squid Games like the rest of the world, but I tend to watch food and travel shows. I follow Strictly Dumpling (Mike Chen) on YouTube, and I like to revisit Anthony Bourdain's work.
What's your favorite meal to cook yourself?
I make a three-egg omelet for breakfast on a near daily basis with any combination of peppers, spinach, onion, mushrooms, cheese, tomatoes, and ham.
What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?
Lately, I've been interested in self-help books like Jordan Peterson's “12 Rules For Life” and Jocko Willink's “Extreme Ownership”. However, I mostly read from Wikipedia, Quora, and Reddit, and go down hyperlink rabbit holes on those sites for general knowledge.
What places are on your travel bucket list?
Italy, Turkey, Japan, and somewhere with glaciers.
Do you prefer to fly or drive when you travel?
Drive the first time, fly to revisit.
Where would you move to if you could bring your friends and family with you?
Houston left a good first impression on me on a recent short visit. I am curious about Dallas and will have to check it out. San Diego is cool but too expensive and seems to be getting increasingly crowded.
What was the best date you ever went on?
It was in 2011 when I had just moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. A newly made acquaintance I met at a local bus stop while on my way to school invited me to visit a Ceramic Art show with her in San Francisco. She was also new to the area, so neither of us really knew where we were going, and GPS directions were unreliable. We got lost for a bit, but that ended up being a good way to get to know each other, and we managed to find our way to the Fort Mason Center in time for the show. The Bay's largest food truck rally also happened to be conveniently parked right outside for the evening.
We had such a memorable day getting to know each other, exploring a new place, and sharing a small feast, that we both felt we had to acknowledge it was a date. We shared a relationship for six years.
Who was your celebrity crush when you were in high school?
Emma Stone in Superbad (2007) and Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls (2004).
What subjects did you most enjoy in school?
Geography, sociology, speech communications & debate, astronomy, the Rhetoric of the Catholic Church in Medieval Europe.
What did you enjoy most about your last job?
I had free food and housing, and got paid to hike around in the forest by moonlight and compass with a rifle slung on my back. There was a lot of yelling and not much sleep, but it was a meaningful experience.