Routt County Spotlight: Cynthia Zyzda

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Cynthia Zyzda

Age: 38

Occupation: Artist and associate professor of visual art/humanities at Colorado Mountain College Alpine Campus

Place of birth: Sioux City, Iowa

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

A. I moved here in 2006 to begin teaching at Colorado Mountain College.

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

A. Climbing Temple V in Tikal, Guatemala. It’s steep.

Q. Describe your morning routine.

A. Coffee first (preferably a double latte, no flavor or sugar), hit the gym, head to the college.

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

A. Many books have changed my life, but two authors I admire are Jose Saramago and Barbara Kingsolver.

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

A. I am a squirrel whisperer. Contrary to popular belief, I am not Velma from “Scooby-Doo.” I want my ashes spread on the top of the Beartooth pass.

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

A. An artist and someone who works with animals.

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

A. Alexander Calder — hand tools, Eva Hesse — the spaces between stitches, Jane Goodall — the future of life, and David Cross — sarcasm.

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

A. Vote conservative.

Q. What was your first job?

A. I rolled silverware into napkins at a restaurant.

Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?

A. Jane Goodall, because she’s super.

Q. Do you have any phobias?

A. Cockroaches and closed minds.

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

A. Anytime before people, to see the landscape.

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

A. Hiking and Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

Favorites

Book: “Prodigal Summer,” by Barbara Kingsolver

Song: Any song in which Tori Amos is screaming

Color: Green

Food: Ginger

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