One of Us: John Bolaris
My full name is … John Edward Bolaris.
I am a … Greek-American.
I was born in … Long Island, New York.
I’ve lived in Philadelphia for … 15 years.
The thing I like most about myself is … my compassion for others.
The thing I would change about myself is … my commitment phobia.
My greatest extravagance is … eating out almost every day of my life. Including breakfast and lunch.
My perfect Philly day is … any day with my little girl. On the day I wrote this, I went to see her sing at her school concert — amazing. They sang We Are the World, a Michael Jackson tune. She’s six.
My fictional hero is … Batman. (The Batmobile is awesome.)
My real-life hero is … my mom.
The best thing I own is … my house in the Hamptons. It’s the only thing I own, besides my clothes.
Vetri or Garces? Garces. Can’t get a reservation at Vetri.
The question I get asked the most is … “Is it gonna snow? And how much? And at what time?”
One thing this city doesn’t have that it really needs is … a better taxi system.
My greatest fear is … blowing a forecast.
The best place to vacation is … Anguilla. No traffic lights.
If I could have any other job, I’d be … a professional ball player.
The best book I ever read is … Beach Road by James Patterson.
The thing that people generally don’t know about me is … that I was in the Air Force.
The best thing on television is … Boardwalk Empire.
The best bar in this city is … any bar that lets me in. Although Mac’s Tavern and GiGi in Old City are great hangs.
My greatest achievement … is my daughter, Reina Sofia.
The person I most envy is … Howard Stern. He came from nothing and worked extremely hard and took a lot of crap to become the very best at what he does. He’s a down-to-earth guy despite his wealth and fame. And he loves and adores his wife.
Being on television … makes one a little paranoid.
I’m just so sick of … Twitter.
The most trouble I’ve ever been in … is something I’m not allowed to say.
If I could switch places with one person for a day, it’d be … Paul McCartney.
My pet … is a cat my little girl and I rescued from PAWS. My girl named her Harry Potter.