It’s no secret that CaptionMax likes to talk (okay, brag) about its staff. Every month or so, we feature a particular staff member who makes our work place a little bit brighter. Meet caption editor Joel Menk. We like him, and we know you’ll like him too.
How long have you been working at CaptionMax?
Coming up on a year now! I feel really lucky to have found a job here just out of college. I like it a lot.
What are your favorite shows to work on?
Choo Choo Bob is probably my favorite. It’s really funny, and it’s made right here in the Twin Cities, so it’s always fun to see familiar sights on the show. The music is pretty great too. I recently attended a live show and met Choo Choo Bob in person.
What was your first job?
I got to detassel corn for a summer when I was 14 or so. It was a job I could get before being 16. I had to wake up at the crack of dawn to wade through wet corn fields yanking the tops off of the corn stalks. It was pretty miserable, especially for a whiny 14-year-old.
Where is you favorite place to visit? Why?
Anywhere my friends have moved off to. I love taking trips to reunite with people I haven’t seen in a while. They always know the city really well, and it also usually means a free place to sleep. Can’t complain about that.
What do you do to relax?
There’s nothing better than a game of Settlers of Catan with friends over a beer or some coffee out of my Chemex. Settlers of Catan is an awesome board game that’s sort of like a Risk/Monopoly hybrid. It can get pretty heated, but that’s part of the fun.
What is your favorite holiday?
It would have to be Christmas. I love pretty much everything about the holiday, but one of my favorite things is a Christmas concert I got to sing in all four of my years at Augsburg College called Advent Vespers. It’s held at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. I’m singing in it again this year as part of an alumni choir. It’s an awesome service and a great way to bring in the holiday season.