THIRD PLACE, GRAPEVINE, TEXAS

David Base

Occupation: Senior Business Development Manager, Chevron Energy Solutions

Band/Artist: Talking Heads (David Byrne)

Album: Little Creatures

Our Favorite Reason Why He Thinks He’s the Ultimate Road Warrior: “I am personally responsible for Tumi dropping their ‘lifetime’ luggage warranty.”

Third Prize: One three-night vacation for two at the Hilton Papagayo Resort & Spa in Costa Rica
One BlackBerry Storm smartphone from Verizon
One $100 Verizon Wireless gift card

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After a few weeks it became apparent to my fellow trekkers that this was not my favorite activity — and that I was not very adept at even the simplest task associated with cooking. Eventually, a small Tibetan woman who ran our cooking station gave me a shove away from the camp stove with a grunt. I was a bit embarrassed to be so unceremoniously relieved of my cooking duties and tried to protest to our team lead. He simply replied, The Lady Don’t Mind, and that was that. Climbing to 19,000 feet — a point where we could see the peak of Mount Everest almost another 10,000 feet above us — I had never been so impressed by a single sight in my life. It made me understand fully that we are indeed only Little Creatures. I was now halfway through with my once-in-a-lifetime adventure. All that was left was to Walk It Down.”

20 Things You Should Know About Me

1. I haven’t owned a comb in 15 years.

2. I had a pet frog named Jimmy.

3. As a toddler, I was rescued by the San Francisco Fire Department.

4. I am married to an identical twin.

5. I have been helicopter skiing.

6. I once bought Johnny Miller breakfast.

7. My middle name is Carroll.

8. I wish I still had my ’67 Mustang.

9. I have never made a hole-in-one.

10. I’ve been bitten by a horse.

11. I have a guitar autographed by Alice Cooper.

12. I have been to Zambia.

13. I have two great kids.

14. My stepdad knew Charles Schulz.

15. I had six aunts and no uncles.

16. I work out at the same gym as Rafael Palmeiro.

17. I have worn a Super Bowl ring.

18. I played saxophone in high school.

19. I have a putting green in my backyard.

20. Under most circumstances, I’d rather be golfing.