Real Chat with John Borland

PROJECT 375: When you wake up in the morning do you know what kind of day you will have?

John Borland: If I wake up feeling good, I can usually count on having a good day – but if I wake up not feeling so well, it can go either way. Sometimes the whole day will be like that, but sometimes the clouds will slowly lift and by 2 or 3 in the afternoon I’ll decide that I’m having a pretty good day.

PROJECT 375: What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

John Borland: Getting 50% custody of my children after my divorce. This was the biggest fight of my life, and because of our circumstances the assumption was that I was going to be an every-other-weekend dad. Even my own lawyer told me not to expect much more than that. I could not accept being anything less than a full partner in the day-to-day raising of my children, so I stood my ground. It cost me everything I had and then some, but I prevailed, and even my ex will admit that we’re all better off for it (we’re friends now). I think family law in this country is an abomination, it is engineered to create unnecessary conflict between parents and the damage it does is something that is rarely acknowledged or understood. I’d like to see it change, I haven’t found the right avenue to pursue that yet but it’s something I am keeping my eye out for.

PROJECT 375: Describe your dream job.

John Borland: I’ve always loved writing software, but I hate having to worry about the ‘bottom line’: what is going to be profitable, aesthetically pleasing to customers, etc. I’d love to have a job where I could write whatever kind of software I pleased, and when a good idea came out of it someone else could put on the polish and find a market for it and whatnot. Haven’t found it yet though!

PROJECT 375: What is your favorite restaurant?

John Borland: Sushi Kushi in Lake Forest. Sushi is my favorite food. I always order the same thing: spider roll, california roll, spicy tuna roll and salmon roll. Yum!!!

PROJECT 375: Do you have a daily ritual that you can’t live without?

John Borland: Special K with sliced bananas for breakfast. I surf the internet while I eat it. It is a chance for my brain to wake up in the morning. I don’t think about work or bills or my fears or worries or anything. It’s my little bit of personal space to start the day.

PROJECT 375: What do you most want people to know about you?

John Borland: That what I love most about life is being a father.

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