FUN FACTS WITH PHIL GAIMON
I’m enjoying the Spanish omelettes here in Girona. Egg and potato, and I put a little hot sauce on it. When I get home, though, I’ll get a burrito first.
Bright green, of course.
I mostly listen to podcasts to be honest. Music gets boring on long rides, and it’s a chore to find new stuff. There’s nothing better than Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” though.
FAVORITE MOVIE/VIDEO GAME:
Home Alone. It’s a kids movie, but it holds up, I’m telling you. I haven’t played video games since I retired from Counter-Strike at 17, but I bet I’m still good. Do they still play Counter-Strike?
IF YOU WEREN’T A CYCLIST, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Super fat and grumpy. No one could love me.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE BORED?
I call my mom or sweep the floors.
Mom in Atlanta, professor at Georgia Tech, sister in Austin, working on a Ph.D. “Not getting a PhD” is a recessive gene.
Junky cereal. Europe’s cereal game has America beat. All sorts of chocolate and granola stuff. Dinner and dessert rolled into one after a long bike ride if you don’t feel like cooking.
I have a little townhouse in Toluca Lake, a neighborhood outside of Hollywood. There’s a small garage full of bike stuff, I can walk to Sweet Salt, which is a great little restaurant with wonderful cookies owned by a good friend. It’s a very pleasant life over there.
IF YOU WERE A SUPERHERO, WHAT WOULD YOUR POWER BE?
Sleeping on airplanes. I get so jealous.
CELEBRITY ROLE MODEL(S):
Elon Musk. He doesn’t want to be a celebrity and he’s bad at it, but he’s so damn smart, it happened to him. If they could make him president, we’d be better off.
Someone texting and running me over from behind.
When I get to a hotel, I’ll just explode my suitcase everywhere. It’s so much easier than digging through it.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SMOOTHIE!!!???
I finish every ride with a shake: OTE protein, kale, beets, almond butter, and apple juice. I don’t care if that sounds gross.
I think my biggest talent is how far I can get on having limited talent.
Alex Howes’s mom dreamt something about my socks and tweeted about it. I have to get to the bottom of that.
“Don’t change. Just get better.”—Me. I thought of that when I turned 30 and had a giant cookie for breakfast, and I’m still really proud of it.
I have a contact form on philthethrill.net that’s been a good outlet for various weirdos out there. Or you can tweet me @philgaimon