Local Spotlight: Chad James
June 13, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Age: 37
Occupation: Mortgage adviser
Place of birth: Cedar Falls, Iowa
Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?
A. We moved here in 2001 after spending a week here in the summer. We couldn't pass it up.
Q. What's the biggest risk you've taken recently?
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A. I just did my first mountain bike race. I finished dead last.
Q. Describe your morning routine.
A. Get up, check e-mail, coffee, motivational reading and listening, then off to get more coffee.
Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?
A. "Love is Letting Go of Fear," by G. Jampolsky. It taught me that I am not a victim of the world that I see.
Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
A. Don't tell your friends how to run their lives.
Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?
A. I love God, I love my family, and I love my life.
Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. The trombone player in the Saturday Night Live band.
Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?
A. God, Mother Teresa, Abraham Lincoln and my granddad. We'd talk about the right ways to treat people and how to eliminate hatred.
Q. What was your first job?
A. I was a 16-year-old telemarketer for insurance leads. It lasted a week.
Q. Do you have a tattoo? If so, what of and why did you choose it?
A. I have a tattoo that says "love" on my right ankle. It reminds me to be nice to mean people.
Song: "Silver Thunderbird," by Marc Cohn
Color: Blue — I'm an Air Force brat.
Food: Steak from Iowa
Sport to watch: Football — Roll Tide
Vacation spot: Northern Europe
Recreational activity: Mountain biking