The Signature Q&A: Toby Barker

What is your idea of happiness?
Sitting in a room, looking around and knowing that there’s no place in the world you’d rather be.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I have a difficult time living in the moment.

What is your most prized possession?
The American flag that covered my grandfather’s casket; E.D. “Red” McKinney was a tech sergeant in the European Theatre in WWII and the greatest man who ever lived.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Being able to read minds would be a useful skillset in my line of work.

What do you most value in your friends?

What is your favorite quality in a woman?
The ability to put up with me (see Kate Barker).

What is your idea of misery?
Sitting in an all-day seminar on a topic of little interest with no wifi and very weak coffee.

What was the happiest day of your life?
Oct. 30, 2016; my daughter Audra was born at 12:03 p.m.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
I have a hard time remembering names, but I can easily recall dates of random events.

Who are your favorite authors?
Willie Morris, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Besides the Pine Belt, where is your favorite place to be?
New England, particularly Rhode Island and Maine.

What do you hate the most?
Being late or unprepared.

What words would people use to describe you?
Not sure I’d want to know.

What is your present state of mind?
Active and a bit chaotic, which is par for the course.

What would you eat for your last meal?
Something that included andouille.