Routt County Spotlight: Jay Kimbrough


Age: 25

Occupation: Bookseller and jack-of-all-trades at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and lifeguard at Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation

Place of birth: Gainesville, Fla.

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

A. I moved here in the summer of '05 when my enlistment was up. After six years in the Navy, I was sick of the ocean and figured the mountains would be a nice change of pace.

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

A. I tried a 540-degree spin off a jump on the mountain last weekend ... and wiped out hard.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. I get up at 6 a.m., take a shower, get dressed and open the bookstore. On weekends I get up and snowboard - pretty regular stuff.

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

A. My name, maybe where I work and that's about it. For the rest, they get to figure that out on their own. I'm usually more interested in them than in talking about me.

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

A. My answer depended on who was doing the asking. I had a long list I'd spout off to impress adults: archaeologist, zoologist, biochemist, paleontologist, etc. Yeah, I was a little know-it-all.

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

A. Richard Dawkins, James "The Amazing" Randi, David Weber, and Robert Jordan. With the first two, I'd talk about science and skepticism. The latter are two of my favorite authors, and their novels would pretty much dominate the conversation.

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Phone numbers. I've got a bunch of them on little scraps of paper all over the place.

Q. What was your first job?

A. Mickey Dee's.

Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

A. Darkwing Duck, because of his two catchphrases - "Let's get dangerous!" and "I am the terror that flaps in the night!" Can't get any cooler than those.

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

A. I have four. Three of them include a dragon, a phoenix and an angel, because I'm fond of mythical creatures. The fourth - and the first one I got, chronologically - is a design I drew on a napkin while waiting for the tattoo appointment.

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

A. I'd go back to the start of the Industrial Revolution and, using modern knowledge, set myself up as a merchant king.


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