Routt County Spotlight: Susan Dressen

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Susan Dressen

Age: 46

Occupation: Hairstylist/owner of TriBeCa Hair Studio Inc.

Place of birth: Boston

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

A. 1998. I wanted to live in a small town in the mountains. Steamboat fit the bill.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Coffee, coffee, coffee, work.

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

A. Yes, “If the Buddha Dated.” I realized that I am not alone in the belief that being an accepting, nonjudging person is an easy way to live.

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

A. Treat others the way you wish to be treated.

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

A. 1) I am a very happy person. I believe we have a choice to be happy or miserable. I choose happy. 2) I’ve wanted to be a hairstylist since I was 8. I still love my career after nearly 28 years. 3) I have a fabulous boyfriend, and I love his children.

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

A. I would love to invite five: my five siblings, and we would have lots of great stories of growing up.

Q. What was your first job?

A. Tended a salad bar at a fancy restaurant.

Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

A. Superman — if Jerry Seinfeld likes him, he has to be good.

Q. Do you have any phobias?

A. Aerophobia and arachnophobia. I am overcoming a fear of flying, but I will never like spiders.

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

A. I would have to stay in the present. This is the best time of my life!

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

A. Golf.

Favorites

Book: My most recent favorite is “If the Creek Don’t Rise,” a memoir by Rita Williams about growing up in Steamboat.

Song: “Mrs. Potter,” by Counting Crows

Color: I know it sounds goth, but black — it’s a great neutral

Food: Does a Rio marg count?

Sport to watch: Football

Vacation spot: The Abacos, Bahamas

Recreational activity: Golf, fly fishing, skiing

Movie: “To Catch a Thief”

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