Routt County Spotlight: Paul Potyen

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Paul Potyen

Age: 64

Occupation: Musician/music teacher

Place of birth: Elmhurst, Ill.

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

A. August, 2001. My truck.

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

A. Moving to Steamboat with my wife - neither of us with a promise of any work.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Breakfast, meditate, exercise (skiing, biking or running), then some kind of musical activity (practicing, composing, arranging, etc.)

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

A. "The Great Turning" by David Korten. I started a book group and also joined Deep Roots, a local food organization whose goal is to make available local sources of tasty and healthy food.

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

A. Rule No. 26: Don't sweat the small stuff. Rule No. 27: It's all small stuff.

Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?

A. 1. I whistled "Tales from the Vienna Woods" from my baby crib. 2. I got lost in George Lucas' house in San Anselmo, Calif. 3. I'm not dead yet.

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

A. Who says I ever grew up?

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

A. 1.) Dalai Llama, John Coltrane, Thomas Jefferson and Karl Rove. 2.) The meaning of life

Q. Do you collect anything?

A. Mailing labels with all the different spellings of my name.

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

A. I'm a vegetarian, so I don't listen to Meatloaf.

Q. What was your first job?

A. Drug runner for Ardmore Pharmacy. I delivered prescriptions to people who called them in. I drove their little Renault Dauphine, which I ultimately blew up.

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

A. Bike up the Hot Springs Trail.

Favorites

Book: "Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Save the World" by Paul Stamets

Song: Anything written by Thelonious Monk

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