Talk of the Town - - Opinion - ... with Eugene Ja­cobs

Ques­tion: Tell us about your job.

An­swer: I am the ex­ec­u­tive sushi chef at Yay Sushi in Post­mas­ter’s Vil­lage.

Q: What made you get into that line of work?

A: An op­por­tu­nity for per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment arose and I took a chance not know­ing what I was get­ting my­self into.

It’s 18 years later and it’s still a pas­sion.

Q: De­scribe the most mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence that you have had.

A: I’ve been lucky enough to have many in­ter­ac­tions with var­i­ous lo­cals, in­ter­na­tion­als, celebri­ties and politi­cians but the most mem­o­rable and en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence was pro­duc­ing a tep­penyaki din­ner for Jonty Rhodes and his cricket acad­emy.

Q: What do you do to un­wind when you are not work­ing?

A: En­joy­ing sleep­ing on a good whiskey and en­joy­ing ei­ther an awe­some e-book on phi­los­o­phy or an ac­tion com­edy drama movie.

Q: What is your motto in life?

A: YOLO – you only live once. En­joy ev­ery mo­ment you cre­ate.

Q: What makes you happy?

A: Life! It’s a jour­ney, en­joy the ride.

Q: What makes you an­gry?

A: Peo­ple who wal­low in self-pity.

Q: What do you think about the youth of South Africa? Do you have any ad­vice for them?

A: We as adults cre­ate a so­ci­ety of fol­low­ers not lead­ers. Get as much knowl­edge and in­for­ma­tion as you can, it is pow­er­ful.

The se­cret is ap­ply­ing that knowl­edge you have gained.

Q: If you could change one thing about the Port Al­fred . . .

A: The road con­di­tions of the side streets and street lights that work per­ma­nently.

Q: What do you like most about Port Al­fred?

A: The friend­li­ness of the lo­cals and the ac­cep­tance of a new face in the com­mu­nity means a lot to me (my bosses).

Q: What is your favourite mu­sic of all times?

A: R& B from the ’90s.

Q: Name three peo­ple you would like to in­vite for din­ner (dead or alive).

A: Ma­hatma Ghandi, Anais Nin and Edgar Casey.

Q: Three wishes for South Africa.

A: I wish peo­ple would find their pas­sion to build bridges across the cul­tural di­vides.

I also wish peo­ple would be tol­er­ant of each other’s dif­fer­ences. I re­ally wish for abun­dance of spirit and sub­stance for all South Africans.

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