Monday Morning Chat: Rebecca Rolando
Where is your hometown? “I was born in Redding, Calif.”
When did you move to Craig? “My parents moved here when I was 11 or 12 years old.”
Motto or outlook on life? “I try to live every day as if it was my last. You never know when your life is going to end and I always try to be a happy, upbeat person and positive.”
How did you first get involved in your job? “I decided to do it because my son was an avid snowmobiler and I thought that would be great to participate in the things that he does. I was a real estate secretary for about 15 years and it wasn’t very exciting.”
Favorite part of your job? “The clients and customers that I work with are just great people. They’re full of excitement and have a lot of energy and like to have fun.”
Out of anywhere in the country, where would you most like to live? “I’d like to live in Alaska. I love Colorado and all my family’s here, so it’s probably my second choice, but out of anywhere in the world it would be Alaska. All the outdoor opportunities like hunting and fishing and recreation, those are what I like to do. Alaska’s the last frontier and it’s beautiful. That’s where I’d go in a heartbeat. Or anyplace with mountains, like Canada or Montana.”
Proudest accomplishment? “My two children. My son is 22 and my daughter is 11. I was adopted as a child, so I never had a blood relative until I met my son. He was born New Year’s Day and when I had him I was 21. I looked at him and thought, ‘Oh, wow. I’ve finally met somebody I’m related to by blood.’ That was probably the most profound moment of my life.”
Favorite meal from a local restaurant? “The prime rib at The Tin Cup Grill. It’s just great.”
If you could pick any nontraditional name for a child, what would it be? “Bo. I wanted to name my son that. Some people might name their kids ‘Saturn’ or ‘Jupiter’ or something like that, but I just always liked that name, like Bo Jackson or Bo Duke from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’”
Resolution for 2012? “I haven’t really made any resolutions. I’m pretty content with my life, and I always try to be better or do things better. I’m pretty good about finishing projects and things like that.”
Favorite spot in Moffat County? “Anytime I’m outdoors camping or something, that’s my favorite place to be. I love going to Browns Park and Black Mountain, anyplace like that where it’s beautiful and there aren’t a lot of people.”
Biggest pet peeve? “People who aren’t handicapped who park in a handicapped space. I have a hard enough time getting around because I have kind of a bad hip and then I see people pull into those spots in the parking lot, and it’s like, ‘Come on!’”
Most embarrassing moment? “I don’t really have one most embarrassing moment. Every day when I’m at work, I embarrass myself and put my foot in my mouth. (Laughs) I can’t really think of anything specific, but sometimes I just say things I shouldn’t say before thinking.”
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