Andy Dixon is all over this co-op. He started out co-managing back from 2001-2003, then served on the board from 2004-2007. After a brief interlude in California, he returned to Daily to serve as a totally rocking grocery manager. Co-workers and customers alike delight in his wry wit, his generous nature, and his horribly clever puns…This little grocery store just wouldn’t be the same without him.
How long have you lived in Athens?
On and off since the fall of 1999. Mostly on.
What are your favorite things about living in Athens?
It’s always felt like home to me, from the moment I got here. The music, the artists, people more concerned with living life in the moment than anywhere I’ve ever been. Very Southern, very bohemian without being too pretentious about it. The kind, interested and interesting people.
What do you do for fun?
I like to write songs and play music (my band Gumshoe is coming out with a record early in 2014), work crosswords, come up with nonsense onomatopoeias like “Snuh.”
What is your dream vacation?
I’d love to spend a few months at Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery, even if it is in France. Also I’d really like to see the Egyptian pyramids.
What makes you happy?
Music, family, fun with words, bad puns, when the Braves win, moving water.
If you had a super power, what would it be and why?
If you could have the ability to time travel and shape shift, you could witness first hand pretty much anything in history – see Dylan & the Band in England in 1966, meet Jesus, etc. That’d be cool. (I think I just explained the plot to Quantum Leap.) I’d also like to have the neural pathways of Thelonious Monk for just a little while.
When you shop at Daily, what are your favorite things to buy?
The Deli’s Banh Mi, Chocolove Dark Chocolate with Almonds and Sea Salt, Dondero’s Pumpkin Muffins, Marie Sharp’s hot sauce, local kale, whatever the best piece of fruit of the moment is, fizzy water. My new favorite is the Dancing Deer Kalamata Olive & Fig Shortbread.
Who’s had the greatest influence on your life and why?
Obviously my parents, who taught me that love is most important, and that being kind is our main job in life; my brother Al who taught me to appreciate the absurd and not take anything too seriously; my godfather – just a cool guy who introduced me to good music, and Bob Dylan whose music blew the doors off my little brain and whose example taught me to trust myself, to never let external feedback overwhelm my inner compass.
What is your darkest secret?
That, despite Hayden Christensen and all its other many flaws, Episode III is my favorite Star Wars
What’s a secret ambition of yours?
To write a series of detective/noir/pulp novels.
Who in your life would you like to thank and for what?
Everybody who knew me before the age of 30 for putting up with me. My family and coworkers for being kind people who make me laugh a lot.
What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone?
I haven’t done it yet, but some day, I hope to fall in love with a woman who is really into making smoothies and whatnot. One morning I would leave like 3 or 4 brand new blenders on the countertop with a note that read “Love is a many-blendered thing.”
What are the advantages of getting older?
Realizing that every little thing that goes wrong isn’t the end of the world, developing compassion because your own mistakes have taught you that people that hurt you or others are doing the best they know how to do. Increased gravitas. Getting handsomer.