Routt County Spotlight: Kit Rice
Occupation: Sports coordinator for the city of Steamboat Springs
Place of birth: Oak Park, Ill.
Q. When did you move to Routt County and what brought you here?
A. I moved here in 1989. My parents had bought a condo in the early ’70s, so I had spent tons of time here. My friend and I decided to move up here and start a record store. We opened “Wapiti Records & Tapes” in the Franklin Mall and kept it going for a couple years.
Q. Describe your morning routine.
A. Take our new puppy “Doc” outside, start coffee, feed cats, check coffee, check puppy, check coffee, check puppy…repeat as necessary.
Q. Has a book ever changed your life? What was it and why?
A. “Charlotte’s Web.” It was the first book that made me cry.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
A. Life is not for sissies.
Q. What are the first three things you tell new acquaintances about yourself?
A. I’m not the type to divulge too much information about myself until I get to know the person, so I would probably keep it pretty general. I am the sports coordinator for the city, I live in Stagecoach with my family and I have a new puppy.
Q. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A. A baseball player for the Chicago Cubs.
Q. If you could invite any four people to dinner, who would they be and what would you talk about?
A. My dad, my mom, my dearest friend, Natalie, and her husband, Jerry. The key word to this question is “dinner.” My dad and Natalie were two people who truly enjoyed good food, and before they died, they were deprived of this pleasure because of their illnesses. We would eat, laugh, eat some more and we would talk about their lives. I would listen very hard. I would tell them how proud I am of what they did with their lives, how they both taught their families to live each moment and that everyone was doing pretty well. My mom and Jerry would kick my butt if they knew I had dad and Natalie over to dinner and didn’t invite them.
Book: “The Complete Grower’s Guide to Carnivorous Plants” by Barry Rice (my brother)
Song: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Food: Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich with hot peppers
Sport to watch: Football
Vacation spot: Anywhere with an ocean
Recreational activity: Ice hockey
Movie: “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure”
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