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My stuff: Caelin White

Qualifier in World's Toughest Mudder challenge/PhD candidate, U of M department of psychology

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If your house were on fire, heaven forbid, what's the one item contained within that you would try to take with you? (People, pets and computers not included.)

That's a tough one. I'm a bit of a nerd so I'm pretty attached to my books, but considering how one can get just about any book in digital format now, I'd probably be OK to let them burn. So I guess if I had to stick to the rules and choose only one thing to take with me, I'd probably save my travel journal from my second trip around the world. That was a powerful time in my life, full of personal growth, and I'd hate to lose those memories.

What's the one clothing/fashion item you can't live without?

I have a couple of items. My old, ratty Boston Red Sox hat is one of my favourite things to wear. I'll wear it when I'm bumming around town, training at the gym, or even out on a Saturday night. I'm pretty sure lots of people see me wearing it and think to themselves "Come on man, really?" or "Seriously, throw that thing out already" or "Kill it with fire." Well I'm sorry, friends, but I love that hat and it's just not gonna happen. The second item would be my ASICS Kahana 6 trail runners. They're super comfortable and they're great for shuttling books out of building fires.

What's your favourite knick-knack and why?

With no hesitation, I'd say the novelty underpants for squirrels a friend gave me for my birthday a few years back. Totally hilarious! The quote on the package says, "The poor little things don't even know they're naked!" Yes, I know squirrel underpants aren't meant to be displayed as a knick-knack in the home but I do it anyway because I think it's good for a laugh. After all, you know what they say: The secret to humour is surprise... and rodent undergarments staged on a bookcase.

What's the oldest thing you own?

I own a set of silverware that goes back about three or four generations in my family. I don't know its exact age but I know it's pretty old. When I was travelling through Nepal, I also picked up a old Tibetan prayer book that might be from close to the beginning of the 20th century. Oh, and I bought a brand new laptop about six months ago so I guess that's pretty much outdated now.

Describe your most beloved piece of furniture.

I have this awesome lime green beanbag chair on the floor in my living room. It's perfect for reading, watching sports and having unplanned afternoon naps (yes, these three often coincide). Once in a while, I'll even sleep in it overnight. This chair has magical powers and the authority to grant anyone superhuman sleeping abilities.

Is there an edible item we'll always find in your pantry or fridge?

I hope so! My fridge and cupboards tend to be pretty well stocked. It's hard work keeping them that way though because I tend to consume a ridiculous amount of calories through my training. Usually I have a decent stockpile of energy bars and gels. And I can't remember a life before pink grapefruit juice.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 10, 2012 E2

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