United States


Slippers Cortez

Ben Jungbauer

Where did you grow up?
Southern suburbs of the Twin Cities, in the woods. A good portion of my “adult” life was spent in Duluth learning how to be an engineer.

Interests? Hobbies? Do you even have any?
Camping, camping gear, pocket knives, portaging in the dark, bikes (single speed mountain bikes, cross bikes, all types of bikes), bluegrass music, playing the mandolin, snowboarding. Beer is my second favorite hobby behind bikes; I like to make it as much as I like to drink it (almost).

Who do you think you are, anyway?
I’m not sure yet, I don’t think I’m old enough to answer that question.

Top ten factoids about you that even your co-workers may not know. Go.

  1. I am the youngest Surly engineer/employee
  2. I am probably the shortest Surly employee, thankfully we make bikes for short people.
  3. I have never had a bloody nose, not for lack of opportunity
  4. I have dislocated my left shoulder
  5. I have dislocated my right shoulder
  6. I have never dislocated my right and left shoulder at the same time, but you can imagine what it would be like.
  7. No, I don’t do the Lethal Weapon thing to get them back in the socket. It’s actually a lot easier than that.
  8. I play in a bluegrass band and I like to pretend that we are good.
  9. I received college credit to work 4 hours a day in a brewery during my last year of college. I brought the professor a few growlers just to cement a solid grade. It worked.
  10. I still don’t know if I am cool enough to work here.

Who or what influences your behavior and why?
My family and friends, my upbringing, science and math, music.

What would you say your job is around here?
I’m still trying to figure that out, I’ll have to get back to you. But it probably involves a lot of math and other stuff that would bore most people.

One sentence to say what you want to. Go.
Close your eyes and merge.