Routt County Spotlight: Gary Burman
Place of birth: Inglewood, Calif.
Q. When did you move to Routt County, and what brought you here?
A. September 1994 in a 1975 Ford F250 4WD pickup truck.
Q. What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken recently?
A. Spending a week in a cabin with complete strangers who turned out to be great friends at the end of the week.
Q. Describe your morning routine.
A. Varies a lot, but always seems to involve a cup of tea and a few tunes.
Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?
A. Yes, “Paddle to the Sea.” It’s a children’s book that I read over and over as a kid, and it definitely shaped who I am.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
Q. What are the first three things you tell new acquaintances about yourself?
A. I come from a long line of Swedish carpenters. I grew up on a surfboard. My dad emigrated from Sweden during the Depression.
Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. An adventurer.
Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?
A. Krishna, Buddha, Mohammed and Jesus Christ. I would just listen to what they had to say (because I’d just put my foot in my mouth).
Q. Do you collect anything?
A. Musical instruments and Irish session tunes
Q. In the Meatloaf song, “I’ll do anything for love, but I won’t do that,” what is that?
A. Break a promise.
Q. What was your first job?
A. Sweeping my dad’s cabinet shop for a nickel.
Q. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
A. Felix the Cat, because he always had his bag of tricks.
Q. Do you have a tattoo? If so, what of and why did you chose it?
A. No, and I don’t have hepatitis, either.
Q. Do you have any phobias?
Q. If you could go back in time, to what event or time period would you go?
A. I would want to travel with Marco Polo or the ancient Vikings.
Book: “A Pirate Looks at Forty” by Jimmy Buffet
Song: All of them
Sport to watch: Surfing
Vacation spot: Lately it’s been Hawaii
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