Name: John E. Thompson Thompson
Occupation: visual arts teacher at McMath Middle School; dojo cho (head instructor) for Aikido of Denton
Birth date and place: July 3; Corpus Christi
Family: brother, James Thompson
The one thing I enjoy most about my work is: helping my students reach their full potential.
My business philosophy is: I try to allow my students to find their place within the framework of the Japanese martial art of aikido.
If I could, I'd be a: full-time aikido instructor and comic book artist.
I'm so sick of: people who are looking for easy answers to hard questions.
The four guests at my fantasy dinner party would be: Morihei Ueshiba, founder of aikido; graphic novel artist Paul Pope; actress Olivia Wilde; and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
My hobbies are: making art, aikido and Brazilian jujitsu.
The last book I read was: Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy.
I wish I knew how to: gain weight.
My worst habit is: thinking of the worst possible endings to prepare for future tasks.
The person I most admire is: anyone who is living their dream while making the world a better place.
My guilty pleasure is: Dexter.
I drive a: Kia Spectra.
I'd like to be driving a: bicycle, because that would mean I'm not in a hurry and the weather is nice.
My favorite restaurant is: Oriental Garden.
I'm happiest when: I'm making art or training aikido.
I regret: nothing. Your arms will get heavy holding your past sins over your head.
If I won the lottery, here's what I'd do just for me: travel to Japan for an extended stay.
If I could change one thing about Denton, it would be: better public transportation and more acceptance of bike lanes and bike culture.
When I retire, I plan to: never retire!
Community activities: Denton Chamber of Commerce