IFAQ: Pauline Vos, Back-end Developer
Get to know the faces and spaces that make up Usabilla in our Spotlight series. Next up to face our roulette of Infrequently Asked Questions is Pauline – a Back-end Developer with excellent taste in punny t-shirts.
Position at Usabilla: Back-end developer
Office location: Amsterdam
If you weren’t spending time on this interview, what procrastination site would be open in your browser tabs? (I won’t tell, I swear.)
I’m always checking AT5 for local news because local news is insane. Only last week two stores were robbed and an Icelandic tourist was stabbed, all around the corner from my house ON THE SAME STREET.
Do you have a good celebrity encounter story?
I once met Def Rhymez, a Dutch ’90s rapper who my fellow Dutchies will know for such chart topping hits as Doekoe and Schudden. I was about 10-years old and asked him for an autograph. He asked me for my name and signed “To: Pauline. Will you be my girlfriend?” and I giggled and that was it.
Do you have a go-to karaoke song?
I have two! One is Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin and the other is Tyrone (live version) by Erykah Badu. Although I look back very fondly to our joint performance of Rack City when our colleagues from the New York office last visited. Apparently, there’s video footage of it… definitely don’t need to see that though.
Before Usabilla, what was the weirdest job you ever had?
Where do I start? I’ve been a receptionist for the Catholic Church, harvested potatoes while living in a car, picked rhubarb while living in an office, worked at a punk bar, a video game cafe, a doggy daycare…
What would be the title of your autobiography?
A Life of Extremes. Nothing in my life has ever gone as planned. I always have either extreme luck or extreme misfortune. Example: on the very same day I managed to buy a great Amsterdam apartment for a very low price, I lost my job because an investment fell through. A few days later the apartment flooded. A few weeks after that, I got the best job ever (at Usabilla).
What’s the most embarrassing film/show we’d find in your Netflix history?
Gangsterboys, a Dutch film about… Gangster boys. I started watching it ironically, but it was so awe-inspiringly terrible I had to finish it.
What’s your worst cheese joke?
Luckily, my best friend is a bit of an expert on cheese jokes. The worst one she’s told me is this gem that she made up herself:
Two pieces of cheese walk down the street. One cheese starts lagging behind. The other turns around and says (annoyed): “Come on, Bert” (Camembert)
Song you’re currently listening to?
Usain Bolt by Bokoesam.