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Ted Houser is a 12-year resident of Lancaster's East Side neighborhood who lives with two cats, two motorcycles, nine bicycles and one wife. He moved to the city after college and enjoys returning to Lancaster as much as he enjoys traveling the globe.

As a member of the Lancaster United Bicycle Polo Club, Houser has proudly represented Lancaster in large American cities like Boston, MA, Portland, OR, Washington D.C and York, PA.

Three people now living I would like to have lunch with: My mom, my dad and my sister. What can I say? I was born into the right family.

The cause I most believe in is: Bicycling. In one activity we have the answer to energy independence, obesity and urban congestion.

Name three things on your bucket list: 1. Ride a motorcycle from Alaska to Chile. 2. Ride a bicycle around the perimeter of the United States. 3. Ride a dolphin. Okay. That last one was a joke. I have no desire to ride a dolphin.

What did you want to be when you grew up? An architect.

My greatest accomplishment is...: I hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 2008 and, well, it was a long walk.

My unfulfilled ambition: I've always wanted to ride a dolphin.

Three words to describe me: All The Way. It was a question often asked of me on the Appalachian Trail. Are you going all the way? Yes, in fact, I am.

Tell me something about you that most people don't know: I almost died at birth. I was a "blue baby" and they had to stick me in an incubator and pump me full of oxygen before I started breathing on my own.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? The weather. I don't have a car, so the weather is an important factor in my commute to work.

What's the farthest-away place you've been? Chuuk (Federated States of Micronesia). I think that is farther away than China. I was working for Mennonite Disaster Service at the time and Chuuk had just experienced some awful mudslides. China felt farther away. I flew into Beijing and took a 30-hour train ride to my final destination. I saw a man carrying a hog on a moped. You don't think about how big a hog is until you see a man carrying one on a moped.

In China, on a 30-hour train ride. (TH)

What do you think Lancaster will be like in 10 years? Lancaster is awesomesauce and I only expect it to get better. As the cost of energy and transport rise, urban living is going to become more and more desirable. Suburbs are clunky and uncomfortable places for people to live. Cities are full of life and energy. 10 years is not a lot of time, but Lancaster is already ahead of the curve. I think it's going to get a lot of attention in the years to come.

What do you consider to be Lancaster City's greatest asset? Her people. Justin Bieber, of all people, has a lyric that goes, "The grass ain't always greener on the other side, it's greener where you water it." The people of Lancaster are investing in their community and it is making our city a wonderful place to live. Let's all take a moment to forget that I just quoted Justin Bieber.

Grabbing a bite in Lancaster with - $5, $10, $30 – Where (and what): $5 and I'll be at the Friendly Greek picking up a Salt, Pepper, Ketchup and Mayonnaise Cheesesteak. It's not on their menu anymore but it's their best creation and you can still ask for it. $10 and I'll get a beer to go with it. $30 and I'm at the Belvedere ordering a Grilled Ceasar with my meal and charging the rest to my credit card.

What are the best aspects of your job? Ironically, I live in the city and work in the country. One of the best aspects of my job is the 10-mile bicycle commute to Bareville. The accessibility of the countryside is another of Lancaster's many virtues.

Would you describe yourself as introverted or extroverted? Extroverted. At my core, I want to be left alone. But I can't stop appreciating the good people around me.

Coffee shop drink of choice: I'll have 16 ounces of your darkest coffee. Black.

What music are you listening to now? I'm listening to the Beat Blender channel on They won't stop with the mad hot tracks.

Best advice from your parents: Education is not about what you learn, it's about learning how to learn. They don't remember telling me that, but they did. Well, my dad did. On the back porch.

Finish this sentence: If there is one thing life has taught me it is... the more you live, the less you know.

What should they have taught you in school but didn't? I figured testing out at an early age and was able to ace my way through most of my academic career. They never told me that this knowledge was useless without the ability to manage relationships. I figured that one out on my own.

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