Routt County Spotlight: Riley Polumbus


Riley Polumbus

Age: 33

Occupation: Public relations director for Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association

Place of birth: Denver

Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?

A. August 1999. I always wanted to live in a mountain town. I skied here in the '80s and must have caught the curse.

Q. What's the biggest risk you've taken recently?

A. Bought a house.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. I hit the snooze for 20 minutes. Turn on NPR. Snooze for 40 minutes. Shower, breakfast, work, coffee.

Q. Have you ever had a book change your life? What was it and why?

A. "The Old Man and the Sea." I read it at age 23 and I think it helps you learn how to keep things in perspective.

Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?

A. The most important thing in life is love. All other things pass.

Q. When you meet someone new, what are the first three things you tell them about yourself?

A. 1. My real name is not Riley. (It's Christina.) 2. I've lived in Colorado my whole life. 3. I come from a large family, oldest of five kids.

Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A. Archaeologist.

Q. What kind of music did you listen to in high school? What kind of music do you listen to now?

A. High school -- mostly classic rock and alternative. Now -- alternative is classic rock, but I still listen to new alternative and bluegrass.

Q. If you could invite any four people over for dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about?

A. Mark Twain, Harper Lee, Paul Simon and Dominic Consolo (my English professor in college). Talk about literature. I can't cook, so we'd go out for sushi.

Q. In the Meatloaf song, "I'll do anything for love, but I won't do that." What is "that"?

A. Watch reality TV shows.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Books.

Q. What is your first memory?

A. My dog having puppies. I think I was 3.


Song: "Southern Cross"

Color: Blue

Food: Steak (medium rare)

Sport to watch: Hockey

Vacation spot: Australia or New Zealand

Recreational activity: Skiing, hiking

Movie: "The Power of One"

Magazine: National Geographic Adventure

TV show: "West Wing"

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