Routt County Spotlight: Tim Bishop

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Age: 36

Occupation: Principal, Steamboat Springs Middle School

Place of birth: Durango

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

A. My family and I moved here in the summer of 1999. I accepted the position of assistant principal at Steamboat Springs Middle School.

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

A. Learning to play hockey. Friends convinced me that it would be "easy" to learn. I will never believe anything else they tell me. I never told my teammates that I had never skated or picked up a hockey stick before my first game. The hardest part was figuring out where all the pads belonged on my body. I felt like I was back in seventh grade putting on a football uniform for the first time.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. I don't have a routine. Early mornings and me are like oil and water. They don't mix.

Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?

A. My wife's first cookbook. Before she came into my life, all that I knew how to cook was spaghetti.

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

A. Buy real estate in Steamboat Springs.

Q. What are the first three things you tell people about yourself?

A. I hate to lose. I am just a "little" competitive. I hate to lose.

Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?

A. I am still trying to make up my mind.

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

A. Family and friends. We would enjoy each other's company and talk about life. Steak and potatoes would be my food of choice. We would have to break out the chocolate fondue fountain.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Baseball memorabilia

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

A. Become a Boston Red Sox fan.

Q. What was your first job?

A. I was the proud coach of a little league baseball team.

Q. When was the last time you cried?

A. When the New York Yankees lost in the playoffs.

Q. What brought you the most pleasure in the last year?

A. Being a part of the great success that Steamboat Springs Middle School has experienced. The staff and students worked hard to earn recognition as a "School of Excellence" by the Colorado Department of Education this year.

Q. Do you have any phobias?

A. Potluck dinners

Favorites

Song: "Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett

Color: Orange

Food: Mexican

Sport to watch: Any and all

Vacation spot: Anywhere that has sand and surf

Recreational activity: Summer softball

Magazine: Sports Illustrated

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