Routt County Spotlight: Melanie Guerra

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Melanie Guerra

Age: 34

Occupation: Art and antiques appraiser/jewelry designer

Place of birth: Boston, Mass.

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

A. 1996...I was "discovering" the west by moving from one cool place to another. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. recruited me from Glacier National Park.

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

A. Agreeing to be one of 25 artist/owners at the Artists' Gallery of Steamboat.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Put on the fire, make some coffee and decide what to tackle first.

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

A. I have always been an avid reader, and I think that has continuously shaped who I am...so I guess many books have changed my life!

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

A. Dream big.

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

A. Well, I usually ask about the other person first, but I guess my name, why I am wherever we've met and that I am always going in 10 directions at once.

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

A. A ballerina-fire fighter-movie star-bus driver-astronaut.

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

A. My husband and three of our close friends - the most interesting conversations unfold with good food, good wine and good friends!

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Experiences and memories.

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

A. Move to Los Angeles.

Q. What was your first job?

A. Scooping ice cream at one of the last soda-fountain/drug stores in the Boston area.

Q. Do you have a tattoo? If so, what of and why did you chose it?

A. Yes. A dolphin jumping over a yin-yang symbol in some waves. It represented my life at the time.

Q. Do you have any phobias?

A. Spiders - those legs!

Q. If you could go back in time, to what event or time period would you go?

A. I just finished reading a trilogy about Tudor England, so at the moment, I'd love to go back and watch all the courtier nonsense unfold. I'd try to bring back some furniture...

Q. What is your favorite thing to do in Routt County?

A. Enjoy the view and the people who live here.

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