Routt County Spotlight: Bob Keenan
Occupation: Planning technician
Place of birth: New Haven, Conn.
Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?
A. I moved to Steamboat in September 2001. The allure of the Rocky Mountains and my childhood/
teenage dream of living in a ski town brought me here.
Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?
A. Trading my alpines for telemarks. Life in a ski town is full of difficult decisions.
Q. Describe your morning routine.
A. Hit the snooze a few times, look out the window for signs of overnight snow, call the snow report if necessary, and make yet another difficult decision.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A. When in doubt, follow your heart.
Q. When you meet someone new, what are the first three things you tell them about yourself?
A. I’ve been living here for two and a half years, I came here from Massachusetts, and I work for the city.
Q. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. I really enjoyed playing and watching sports. So, I always wanted to be a professional athlete. It didn’t really matter which sport.
Q. What kind of music did you listen to in high school? What kind of music do you listen to now?
A. In high school, I was into the whole rap, hip-hop, classic rock and pop scene. Now, I listen to jam bands, reggae, bluegrass, jazz, funk, and good old rock ‘n’ roll. I’m not into the pop scene anymore. Sorry, Britney.
Q. If you could invite any four people over for dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about?
A. I would like to invite Mr. Trey Anastasio (guitar Jedi), Osama Bin Laden, George W. Bush and Tom Brady. George, Trey, Tom, and I would have a magnificent seafood dinner. Osama would be chewing on the leather from my boot. I would talk to Trey about Phish, Vermont and music. Dubya and I would discuss how he’s screwing everything up, from the environment to international relations. The Super Bowl MVP and I would chat about the terrific season they had and why he was hanging out with Dubya at the State of the Union.
Q. What is your first memory?
A. When I was 2, I remember getting separated from my grandmother at a Regatta event at the lake in town. I wasn’t too worried about it until this lady saw me by myself and brought me to the police. I thought I was in big trouble. That was when I started getting scared.
Book: “Desert Solitaire,” by Edward Abbey
Song: “Let it Be”
Sport to watch: Football
Vacation spot: Tropical island
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