Welcome back to Meet The Staff! Today’s focus is going to be on Wahden “Wham-Bham” Brandau, a gentleman who has been working here at Pot-O-Gold for over 7 months as a pump truck driver. “I love my job! I take pride in my work! What can I say? I love to pump poo!” Endearing words from Mr. Brandeau. Wahden was born July 23, 1984 and is from Ponchatoula, LA. He’s married to his lovely wife Ashley and they have 3 beautiful children together. In fact, his fondest memories are the days when each of them were brought into this world.
Decompressing at the end of a long day or ,heaven forbid, a long week is absolutely paramount to keeping your sanity. We all have our hobbies. Some of us like to plop down in front of the TV or PC and play some video games. Some of us like to do puzzles or build models. Some of us like to work on our cars. Wahden enjoys golfing and playing darts. I never got the allure of golf. Maybe I’ll have to ask Wahden why he likes it so much. From what he tells me, he’s very good at it.
Speaking of decompressing, the best way to decompress is to go on a vacation. Most people love to travel or go on a nice cruise, and Wahden is no different. He wants to go on a nice, week-long cruise. I assume he wants to go with his wife and leave kids with grandma and grandpa. All the parents out there know how difficult it is to get peace and quiet when their little bundles of joy are zipping around the house.
Whether is Italian, French, or any of the other amazing types of cuisine out there, we all have our favorite. It’s rather difficult to outmatch Italian and French cuisine, but to Wahden, Tex-Mex does the trick. He really enjoys eating at the restaurant Ponchos, and from what I hear, it’s a pretty decent place to grab a bite to eat.
Lights. Camera. Action. Wahden was given the chance of a lifetime to have a movie made about his life. He was also given the privilege to choose the actor to portray him in the upcoming hit blockbuster. He picked the star of Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, Water Boy, Big Daddy, and Mr. Deeds. That’s right folks! Adam Sandler! Not everyone can appreciate Adam Sandler’s comedy, but personally Wahden and I agree that he is hilarious. You gotta love a good slapstick comedian.
Getting up in the morning can be a drag. Coffee rarely helps, and you’re dreading taking a cold shower. Your mind gets to churning, and you have an epiphany. Music. Music is always something that hypes you up and prevents you from getting into an icy shower. What do you play in this situation? Wahden plays a little bit of hip-hop. I’m curious what his tastes are. Logic or Kevin Gates? Maybe old school stuff like Dre, Biggie, Pac, Snoop, or Eminem? Either way, music with heavy hitting bass is bound to wake you up in the morning.
No matter how down we get about ourselves, we always have that one attribute we value. For some, it’s physical and for others it’s mental. Wahden values his work ethic, something that will never go unappreciated. Hard work is always rewarded. Keep that work ethic burning my friend. It’s one of the greatest traits anyone can have.
From picking your teeth to counting how many swipes of deodorant you put on, we all have our unusual habits. Wahden’s unusual habit reveals a little something extra about him that we didn’t know. “I have a habit of forgetting to put my teeth in.” Yea, Wahden has false teeth. Kinda cool. I wonder what the story is there.
American muscle cars and Italian exotics are among the most desired cars in the world. I favor the 1967 Shelby GT500, but classic American muscle isn’t for everyone. Wahden favors a Lamborghini. That’s a very respectable choice. The sleek body style and the sound of a lamborghini is very unique and I see the appeal. They are beautiful pieces of craftmanship.
Historical figures, late family members, and celebrities are among the most desirable people to meet. Most people I interview want to meet their late family because of the stories they hear about them growing up. Wahden wants to meet Lynard Skynard because, “I’ve heard they are really cool to hang with.” There is nothing with wanting to meet the gods of southern rock.
What was your aspiration when you were a child? Firefighter? Astronaut? Cop? Well, that sure was Wahden’s. He wanted to be a police officer. As a child, I could see the appeal. The thought of wanting to help people and protect them from harm, and wanting to make the world a better place is a heartwarming sentiment. Alas, we can’t all be a Judy Hopps.
Wahden is a brave man. When I asked him what one place he would like to visit, he told me Australia. Traveling through the outback and visiting Sydney does seem like fun, but there is just something about all of venomous nope ropes and creepy crawlies there that turn me off. More power to you man. I hope you get to go and you have fun.
A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket. Wahden is quite the adventurous type. He wants to go sky diving, go to space, and he wants to go on a cruise. When people tell me that they want to go sky diving, I always ask them why they would want to jump out of a perfectly good plane. Going to space seems kinda cool and going on a cruise can be quite romantic. Seems like a hell of a bucket list my friend. You better get cracking.
We all have guilty pleasures, and almost every single person I’ve interviewed has a one revolving around delicious yummy sweets. There is a good reason for this. We all know that sugar isn’t necessarily good for you, but it’s just so tasty and it’s very addicting. Wahden enjoys a nice bowl of ice cream while lying in bed. That sounds very comfy-cozy and delicious. That’s a great combination for a nice post-treat nap.
Brad Pitt, Amy Jo Johnson, Johnathan Taylor Thomas, Hillary Duff, etc. What do all of these celebrities have in common? These are all common first celebrity crushes. We’ve all had them. Don’t deny it. As I’ve shamelessly said before, I fancied the pink power ranger, Amy Jo Johnson. Wahden was saying, “hit me baby one more time,” a bit more than your average boy in the 90’s. Brittany Spears was a stunner back in the 90’s and guys drooled over her. Wahden, it seems, was no different.
There is always that one piece of advice that sticks to us once it’s given. While not a piece of advice, it’s a mostly true and profound statement. “It takes money to make money.” That is the most profound piece of advice Wahden has ever received. You have to spend money in order to make money. It does seem like that most of the time. This is why I say to invest and let your money work for you while you sleep.
First jobs suck and we all know it. Most of the time, it’s working in retail or a restaurant and you feel over worked and underpaid. We have all been through it. Wahden’s first job was a bag boy at Winn-Dixie. Things can get a bit boring bagging groceries, but someone has to do it. That job eventually led him to us, and now Wahden is part of the Pot-O-Gold family.
Time for my favorite question. I really like this question because it reveals a lot about a person. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Wahden wants the power of invisibility. I wonder why. Does he wish to spy or hide? In my experience, invisibility is an answer given by those whose trust doesn’t come easy or by those who just want to disappear for a while. Who knows why.
Alright guys that’s going to do it for this Meet The Staff! Stop by next time to learn more about Pot-O-Gold’s amazing, ever-growing family!
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