Spouse: Mike Rasher, a pilot with FedEx. She is stepmother to a son, Matthew, and daughter, Leigh Ann.
Occupation: Service Assurance Agent with FedEx
Tara Rasher’s perfect plan for a good weekend is simple. She likes to sleep late, have a good breakfast, and go watch her niece, Miranda Laugherty, play softball. Tara says when she has the opportunity, she and Mike love to go to the beach.
“While I am there, I am spending the entire time reading, riding my low-rider Harley Davidson and hanging out with my family and friends. I also like to play golf when someone will go with me and play!”
Here is Tara Rasher:
• What was your first paying job?
“I worked as an apprentice for a local artist and sign painter when I lived in North Carolina. One day we might be doing a layout of a huge billboard in the office, and then the next day we might be on a ladder, painting a mural on the side of a building.”
• If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
“Take all my family and friends to Europe and travel on my motorcycle. Spain would be my first destination.”
• What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“It is from the ‘Godfather III’ when Mary Corleone tells Vincent Mancini, ‘I’ll always love you,’ and he replies, ‘Love somebody else.’ ”
• What are you guilty of?
“Usually talking when I should be the one listening.”
• What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Complete my college career, and then take golf lessons from a professional golf instructor.”
• What is your favorite material possession?
“My convertible 350Z that my husband surprised me with for my 40th birthday.”
• What are you reading currently?
“James Patterson’s ‘Judge and Jury,’ and ‘Grounded: The story of Frank Lorenzo and the Destruction of Eastern Airlines.’ My husband used to work for Eastern.”
• Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
“The Wright Brothers. Together they invented each of the technologies they needed to pursue their dream and achieved it.”
• What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Where do I start? I usually embarrass myself every day. I would have to say when I was about 8 years old, I was pushing my younger cousin in a grocery cart in the grocery store, and, as I started to turn to the next aisle, I turned the grocery cart into a display of Aqua Net Hairspray cans. The cans fell all over the floor and made a terrible noise. I burst into tears from embarrassment.”
• What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“I asked my friends and they said ‘compassionate’ because I am so loyal to my family and friends and have a huge love for animals.”
•When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“I wanted to be a Cherokee Indian princess. Then, as I got older, I wanted to be a park ranger until I found out there was a chance that I would have to go out into the woods by myself.”
•If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I believe it would be to stop trying to please everyone. I try too hard sometimes to make sure everyone around me is happy. I am always overly conscious about hurting someone’s feelings or being a disappointment to them.”
•What is your passion?
“Besides loving chocolate, I believe it is the fact that I want to do as much for my family and community as I can. I believe everyone should volunteer to make their community a better place to live.”
•With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“The apostle Paul. I would like to discuss with Paul the fact that he struggled on a daily basis but yet remained faithful and loyal.”
•What do you hate?
“Laziness, litter bugs and cruelty to the elderly, children and animals.”
•What is your all-time favorite movie?
“ ‘Pretty Woman.’ I can’t count how many times I have watched it. I am a hopeless romantic.”
•What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“James Patterson’s ‘The Big Bad Wolf.’ I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I liked it because it was so suspenseful. I kept wanting to see what would happen next.”
•Would you travel in space?
“Yes. I would love to, but I would have to take a whole lot of Dramamine before I did. I am prone to motion sickness.”
•What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?
“Esther in the Bible. Although her life was in danger, she stood up for what she believed in.”
•What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My first pair of diamond earrings, and my engagement ring that my husband gave me.”
•What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“She said that the things you may think are important to you now, such as making sure your house is spotless, all of the clothes being washed, the lawn mowed and everything in it’s place, isn’t really important. It is taking the time to spend with your family and friends and enjoy life.”
•Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
“Yes. It was always for the same thing - talking.”
•Who is your hero?
“I would first have to say my almost-10 -year-old nephew Camden Laugherty. He loves everyone unconditionally, and he is not afraid to walk up and tell you that he loves you.”
•Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
“It is overflowing. I am so blessed.”