Hudson Weichsel is the Vice President of Merchandising and Product Development at Wisteria. We love him for his eternal optimism and his unending zaniness. We hope you’ll love him just as much as we do.
What is your job here?
Head plate-spinner, adventure seeker, fireman, dreamer, pot-stirrer, storyteller, and Ethel to many of Andrew’s Lucy-style harebrained schemes (I am convinced we’ll all end up in one of Ricky’s shows someday).
What are your favorite things about working at Wisteria?
The people, the creativity, and the opportunity. Anything is possible.
What is one thing about you people probably don’t know?
I am scared to death of flying, even though I do it all the time. People ask if I sleep on flights, but I am way too busy counting the rows to the nearest exit, looking for my flotation device (Sometimes it’s under your seat, between seats, over the seat, behind the tray table, or in the kitchen with Dinah. In a panic situation the last thing I need is a scavenger hunt), and praying/making deals with God. (You know, the “Please get this bucket of bolts to Delhi and I will never swear again” type of thing.) The good news is while other people are reading the paper or listening to their ipods, I am actually paying attention to the safety speech from the flight attendant. If anyone’s getting off that plane, it will be me. I also self-medicate with beer, so I am actually fun to sit with (unless, of course, you are the hairy, 350-lb guy wearing flip-flops who hasn’t showered in a week. You know who you are.)
What is your favorite Wisteria item?
I tend to be fickle and like whatever is new. Right now I am nuts for the Oversized American Flag, the Chinese Acupuncture Models, and the Oyster Stick Lamp. The Very Old Stone Wall Lamps are my all-time favorite.
How many/what languages do you speak?
Well, I can say hello, thank you, please, how much? and where is the bathroom? in a lot of languages. Plus I’m good at charades and can sketch enough on cocktail napkins to get by.
My one indulgence is my nieces and nephew. I love to bring them prizes from my trips.
Craziest food ever eaten is alpaca in Peru, witchetty grub soup in Australia, and goose foot in China (ok, I didn’t really eat this one but the guy next to me did, and he cleaned it to the skeleton!).
What is your favorite place to watch the sun set?
Not sure but those Viagra commercials certainly make sitting in a bathtub on a hill look appealing though separate tubs and the logistics of getting hot water up there sort of ruins the magic.