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Store supervisor loves history, road trips and movies

By: Menka Belgal, Telegraph Correspondent
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By Menka Belgal
Telegraph Correspondent
Sam Hodgkin is a front-end supervisor for Target in El Dorado Hills. Co-worker Grant Anderson describes him as a funny and energetic person.
“He’s an awesome guy and helps everyone out,” said Anderson.
Besides his full-time job at Target, he’s in his last year at Sacramento State University pursuing a business degree, majoring in management and a minor in communications.

How long have you been working for Target?
I’ve been with Target now for four years. Going into retail was actually more of a last resort for me when I first started here, but I consider myself very fortunate now to have found my place in what is really a great work environment with plenty of great co-workers.

What do you like most about your job?
What I like most about my job is that every day here is almost guaranteed to offer up a new challenge. I love that there is always something to do and that there is never really a dull moment up at the front end of our store. I’m also extremely grateful for what I’ve learned from being a supervisor in a position oriented towards guest service. I have had interactions with almost every type of personality there is. When someone is angry about something in our store, it’s up to me to talk with them. Confrontations with people used to intimidate me, but after the experience I’ve gained, I welcome confrontations as more of a challenge and something I can learn from.

What were you doing earlier?
Before Target, I worked at Bass Lake Golf Course in Cameron Park as a cart attendant. I had some really great times there with a lot of cool people to work with.

What are some of the most interesting things that have happened to you?
A couple of summers ago, my friends and I went on a road trip. One of our destinations was Portland, Oregon. Close by there is a popular place called Punchbowl Falls, home to an 80-foot cliff into running water which us California kids jumped off of like champs in front of our Oregon buddies that didn’t want to. We were all thrill seekers. I just don’t know too many people who have jumped into water from that distance.
I’ve had the pleasure of going to a lot of interesting places and having some amazing experiences with my friends on our road trips that we have gone on every summer since senior year in 2008.

What are your three favorite songs and movies?
It’s really hard to pick just three, but if I had to narrow it down they would probably be: “Happiness is a Warm Gun” by The Beatles, “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John, and “Tom Sawyer” by Rush. But there are way too many runner-ups for this list.
My favorite movies are “Casino” with Robert De Niro and “The Jerk” with Steve Martin.

What hobbies do you enjoy?
In my free time I love getting exercise, playing basketball, and watching movies. My schedule with school and work can get pretty stressful, but I think it’s so important for anyone with a busy schedule to still make the time for the things they really enjoy doing.

Tell us about your family.
I am the youngest of three strapping young boys. I’m thankful for how well my parents raised us and always make sure we are supported. Practically everyone on my dad’s side of the family lives on Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs, I don’t think I could drive half a mile down Ponderosa without being able to point out a relative’s house. I’ve always been very thankful to have family so close to home and I think they all deserve some credit for what I think was a great childhood.

What are you most proud of?
I think I am most proud of my parents and how well they raised us three boys.  Money was always tight. My mom and dad both had jobs, but they always found a way to make sure one of them was home to take care of the kids without needing a babysitter. They managed to have a sit down dinner made for us at night, which at the time didn’t mean much, but I realize now how important something like that really is for a family to do. I don’t doubt that their persistence and patience with three boys is what has made us into respectable human beings.

What causes are you passionate about?
Hearing or reading news on up and coming technologies always excites me. New theories in the field of physics and what’s beyond the known universe is always interesting to read up on or hear about. My favorite thing to learn about, though, is history. I could write a thousand words on the reasons why I find history so interesting. To keep it simple I’ll just say that the little time I have in a day to watch TV is usually spent on The History Channel.

What is one thing about you people might be surprised to learn?
For some reason, people always seem to be surprised to learn that I’m color blind. When I have to mention it, people can’t help but point at one random thing after another and ask me what color it is.