Routt County Spotlight: Ryan J. Fleming
February 21, 2010
Steamboat Springs — Age: 33
Occupation: Front office manager, Pioneer Ridge
Place of birth: Johnson City, N.Y.
Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?
A. August 2005. I Googled a place to study outdoor leadership and business, and CMC's Alpine Campus was high on the list. So I got in debt for a pickup, loaded my life in the back and moved out here to Steamboat never having been to Colorado before.
Q. Describe your morning routine.
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A. Wake up, get to work, coffee in an IV.
Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?
A. "Farewell, My Subaru," by Doug Fine. I was truly entertained, as well as informed "it is not easy being green."
Q. What's the best piece of advice you've ever been given?
A. The best conversations you will have will be with yourself.
Q. What three things would you want people to know about you?
A. I am entertaining, generous and unafraid.
Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?
A. Barack Obama, John McCain, Harry Reid and John Boehner. We would discuss getting government to work, as policy is more important than politics. Boehner might have to sit at the kid's table — Harry, too.
Q. Do you collect anything?
A. Vinyl records.
Q. In the Meatloaf song, "I'd do anything for love, but I won't do that," what is that?
A. Actually, I would do that.
Q. What was your first job?
A. Parks and recreation counselor.
Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
A. Iron Man. No special powers, just a lot of money, intelligence, charm and one really cool suit.
Q. If you could go back in time, to what event or time period would you go?
A. To see one of the first space shuttle launches.
Q. What is your favorite thing to do in Routt County?
A. Camp and fish up north.
Book: "Double Whammy," by Carl Hiaasen
Song: "When It's Good," by Ben Harper
Food: Cookies, chocolate chip and homemade is the preference