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Two years ago Jacob Whipple moved to the Queen City from Salt Lake City. The home automation manufacturer he works for needed a corporate trainer in Charlotte and Jacob grew up in the area and has family here. It was a good fit, he says, that has worked out well. He certainly seems to have settled into the community nicely — as evidenced by the fact that 20 Questions runs into him at LGBT events and nightlife shindigs all the time. But, that’s just…uh, a complete coincidence. No, really. That whole “stalking” thing was a massive, unfortunate misunderstanding. Seriously, it was. Why are you looking at me like that?

Er, anyway — I thought we’d all like to get to know Jacob a little bit better so read on, dear reader, for the questions and abdomi…answers! The questions and answers.

Does it serve a man better socially to have awesome biceps, pecs or quads?

A man needs all three, so strive to be the total package. But, arms are easier to show off in public.

If you searched under your couch cushions right now, how likely would you be to find loose change?

My friends are all cheap and only use credit cards. There’s no change to be found in the whole house.

Have you ever painted your toenails?

No. Has someone else painted them before? Yes, for Pride. That shit’s hard to get off afterward!

What’s the perfect food to eat in the autumn?

Pumpkin pie, definitely.

How do these films rank based on the number of times you’ve seen them: “Bachelor Party,” “Big,” “Castaway,” “Philadelphia”?

I saw “Big” a few times growing up. “Castaway” I saw once and hated. I’ve never seen “Philadelphia” or “Bachelor Party.”

Do you think ventriloquists are entertaining?

Generally, no. However, if you’re Jeff (you have to pronounce the second “f”) Dunham, then I could watch you any day.

Who is your favorite live music act?

The best concert I ever went to was a Green Day and 311 show. But, I love seeing Linkin Park in concert.

How would you finish this sentence: “I know it’s a simple thing, but I really couldn’t get through the day without…”?

My gym time. I know it’s stereotypical sounding, but I love my gym time. It’s my release time. Put all the stresses and cares of the day away and take it out on the weights. It’s always there for you, especially in the bad times, like after break-ups.

Do you own more underwear or blu-ray discs?

Though taken separately, I do have a lot of both, but my 400 disc-changer of BDs far surpasses my drawer of undies.

Have you ever tasted any type of pet kibble?

I have not. But, I have convinced two of my siblings to try it.

What profession other than your own would you most like to try?

I have often thought of writing. I have even attempted a couple of fantasy novels, but to no avail. If you can’t write every day, you lose the focus.

Which national magazine do you read most often?

I don’t read any magazines. I’ll check CNN and The New York Times in the morning and then I just Google anything else I want to know about.

Who is your all-time favorite TV sleuth?

I think I’d have to give that to Bones. I love all the tech and science involved.

Which decade produced the best music?

I’ll have to give it to the 2000s.

Can you do any tricks with a yo-yo?

Once, my friends and I all got yo-yos to try and learn tricks and be cool, but it was too hard and we quickly gave up. So, no.

Do you have a yardstick in your home right now?

No, but I do have a tape measure.

Which comedy team is funnier: Abbott & Costello, The Three Stooges or The Little Rascals?

I’ve never really seen any of them, so I’m going to say Tom and Jerry.

Corn Flakes, Fruity Pebbles or Raisin Bran?

Fruity Pebbles, but I’d prefer Cocoa Pebbles if I could get them.

Did you have the board game Candy Land growing up?

Absolutely, and Chutes and Ladders, too. All kids should be raised on those two games.

Which LGBT community fundraiser or event do you most anticipate each year?

White Party Palm Springs! : :

David Stout

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