My name is Nick Sine, but you can call me Nick Opposite/Hypotenuse. I heard lots of sine jokes from my math teachers growing up, and I had one Spanish teacher who loved singing that horrible Ace of Base song every time I walked into class.
I grew up in Shell Beach and live there still today. Actually, I have never lived farther than three blocks from the beach. I’m proud of this, but anybody can do it. You don’t have to be rich; you just have to have low standards for housing.
However, I have lived elsewhere. After graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in agribusiness and working in the industry, I spent 2008 to 2012 in Del Mar, California while my wife went to graduate school at UCSD. It was during this time that I began part time work land surveying. When we moved back home, I eventually found full-time land surveying work, and I have no plans to return to agriculture. Getting to geek out on the computer one day and bushwhack up a mountain the next are the main reasons I love land surveying. I’ve been at Wallace Group for one year, two months, and five days.
I love the Central Coast and will often drive an hour or two North or South for some combination of hiking, surfing, and spearfishing. I especially enjoy when boundary surveying allows me to get glimpses of the hard-to-get-to nooks and crannies that make this area so beautiful.
Questions not necessarily in order of importance:
Describe what you do at WG
I measure things while trying to be both accurate and precise.
What are some of your favorite activities with WG?
I’m going to be honest on this one. I love having my desk near the break room when left over food and snacks are brought in.
What are you involved in outside WG? (Charities, Organizations, Service groups?)
Is this question supposed to make me feel lazy?
Without a doubt I would surf (with my wife) with all my free time if only this portion of the Pacific weren’t a lake most of the year.
It’s hard to choose between The Big Lebowski and The Princess Bride.
I have an amazing chocolate pie recipe that was my great grandmother’s friend’s mom’s from back when the cocoa was delivered by horses.
Describe your dream vacation.
My favorite vacations are always surf trips around the world with good, uncrowded waves.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
I went on a really great road trip to Washington DC and back with my family the summer after 6th grade. It really opened my eyes to the many landscapes across the US. I should mention that we were driving a white Ford Bronco and it was the year after the OJ car chase. We heard a lot of colorful remarks along the way.
What’s your secret ability? (expert pool player, play the harmonica, know how to tap dance)
I’m kind of a cat whisperer.
What is the furthest away from SLO have you been?
This is a great excuse to open up Google Earth at work… Indonesia.