I’ve never met anyone who immediately doesn’t like Alex Launspach, one of the most affable people you’re ever likely to encounter.
Don’t judge his appearance (he didn’t just roll out of bed) or usage of colorful language that’s straight out of a Tarantino film. Alex is a sweet man underneath and extremely knowledgeable about the glassblown art he sells as co-owner and manager of Fuzion on State Street. The hybrid retail store specializes in functional-yet-artistic glass pipes, underground men’s fashion, and street art, especially championing Santa Barbara’s own artists.
Recently, I stopped by to say hello at his lounge-like basement gallery, and witnessed a Montecito lady who is fighting cancer buy her first pipe. “Do not hesitate to call me at anytime of day if you have any questions,” Alex told her in his usual caring fashion.
I need to disclose that Alex is my partner’s son, and I’m extremely proud of this young man’s entrepreneurial spirit and strong sense of who he is.
He took time to answer the Proust Questionnaire.
What do you like most about your job?
I like to show people things that they would have never thought existed.
What is your greatest fear?
That people stop loving art.
What is your most treasured possession?
The sandwich in front of me.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Nothing is perfect.
Who do you most admire and why?
Christopher Walken. Check out Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice” music video.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Hoping Benjamin Franklin.
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your current state of mind?
What is the quality you most like in people?
What is the quality you most dislike in people?
I don’t like manipulative people.
What do you most value in friends?
A good time.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Which talent would you most like to have?
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d love some better eyesight.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Working on it.
Where would you most like to live?
Right here in Santa Barbara.
What makes you laugh the most?
Enjoyment of life and friends.
What is your motto?
Every problem can be solved.
On what occasion do you lie?
When I say I’m going to fill out the questionnaire the first time.