This post is part of a weekly series in which we get to know Sifties.
Scott Vrable is a web developer who has been with Sift Science for six months. He’s visited Monticello multiple times, and was fascinated to learn that part of Thomas Jefferson’s morning routine was to run a mile into the woods. If Scott could time travel, he would want to go back to the 1700s to run alongside Thomas Jefferson.
Where is your favorite place to be?
The Berkshires of western Massachusetts, at the peak of fall. I love New England and I’ve taken several fall trips there, but the Berkshire region is probably my favorite. I feel like that area was made for autumn. I love the history of it and the quaint small towns.
Who do you admire the most?
I know it sounds cheesy for someone my age to say this, but my dad. He died when I was 11 years old but in the time that I did know him he had an enormous impact on my life. He set an example for me that I try to emulate as much as I can every day. He lived with a quiet dignity. I have always been an anxious person and as a child he was always able to calm me down — I still have imaginary conversations with him in my head when I’m feeling anxious. He also volunteered for pretty much everything available to him and would end up running the programs. He really valued community service, helping people who needed it and doing whatever he could to pitch in.
I was raised Catholic, but I would describe him as the epitome of the Yiddish word of “mensch.” A mensch is an exemplary man who does right by life, is responsible, dignified, mature, and an upstanding citizen. A good person to their core. This is something that I consciously try to work on.
Where were you born?
I was born Greensburg, Pennsylvania, which is about 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and is basically the northernmost point of Appalachia. I am proud to say we are a significant source of natural gas and we lead the nation in Bigfoot sightings east of the Mississippi.
Do you have a secret talent?
No. But, I’ve always had a fantasy about being really good at trapshooting/skeet shooting. I wanted to be so good that I was at an Olympic level of competing. But only one other person knew how good I was. One day, I’d be at an outdoor range, casually trapshooting with a double barrel shotgun, picking them off one at a time, effortlessly. Meanwhile, a crowd of people surround me, made up of everyone I’ve ever known. They’re all mesmerized by how good I am. One person in the crowd says, “Wow, I never knew Scott was so good at trapshooting,” and the one person who knew how talented I was would say “Oh yes, Scott is really quite good at trapshooting.”
I went trapshooting once and I missed ten out of ten. It’s hard.
You started a film club here at Sift Science – what inspired you to do so? And what’s your favorite movie?
I was inspired to start the film club a couple of weeks after I started here as a way to bond with my colleagues, to curate films that I really liked and to share them with the people I work with.
Fargo is my favorite movie of all time for a variety of reasons. I love the Coen brothers and their dark comedy. The cinematography is gorgeous and there’s a lot of subtleties and layers that make it so that you can watch it repeatedly and notice something new each time.