Tom Dillon

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This week: Tom Dillon

– As reported to Meredith Mirrington

If you can’t find Tom Dillon, check a local trail. He is likely either helping to build it or riding it. Mountain biking brought Tom to Moab, but his love for the community keeps him here. Well, that, and a cup of joe at the Love Muffin. Read on to learn more about Tom Dillon, aspiring illusionist.

What initially brought you to Moab?

Mountain biking and the National Parks.


What do you love most about living in Moab?

The people, the climate, mountain biking, the landscape, the hidden treasures, the high season with all the tourists, the low season when there are no tourists, the wide variety of outdoor fun. Did I mention the people?


What do you dislike about living in Moab?

There’s no Walmart! (Just kidding.) I dislike the political polarity. Wait – that’s the same as everywhere. So, it’s what I dislike about everywhere.


What is your occupation?

Business software developer.


If you could have any job in the world, what would you most like to do?



Describe a typical day in your life.

Weekdays: Read news. Look at web comics. Read client emails. Write the prettiest damn databases y’all ever saw. Watch some TV. Go to bed. Weekends: Try to tame the yard. Mountain bike. And sometimes work on trails.


Some people have bumper stickers on their car that reads: I’d Rather be Sailing. What would your bumper sticker read? I’d Rather Be…

Mountain biking inMoab.

Tell us one thing people don’t usually know about you.

My life is an open book to anyone who reads Braille.


In high school, you would have been considered the person most likely to…

…not know that his pants were on fire.


What is your favorite Moab activity?

Mountain biking, trail building, listening to Doc and Rod play music.


Tell us your favorite non-Moab place to visit.

Austin– ya know, Carolyn Wonderland lives and plays music there.


Where can the best cup of coffee in town be found?

Lost River and Love Muffin pretty much tie.


What do you consider your greatest achievement in life?

Losing anger and finding Ruth.


If you were president, what’s the first thing you’d do to make life better in America?

Term limits for the House and the Senate, take the money out of lobbying and return corporations to their rightful place as corporations, not persons.


What superhero power would you most like to have?

To have people see truth, not mine, just truth.


If you could be an animal, what would it be? Why?

A muskrat, ‘cause, ya know, the Captain Crunch and Toenail song. But only if I could change back. That song gets on my nerves about halfway through.


What is your all time favorite movie?

Other than “Tank Girl,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Citizen Kane,” “True Lies,” “The Court Jester,” “Die Hard,” “Sin City,” “South Park” and the real “Star Wars Trilogy,” I don’t think I have a top pick.


And, your all time favorite book?

“Gödel, Escher, Bach” (It must be my favorite. It’s been on my nightstand for 20 years. I WILL finish it. I WILL!)


If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be? Why?

Albert Einstein, but he’s not likely to be very lively company anymore.


What is your life philosophy?

Float down the middle of the stream, beer in hand, listen to those on the left and right banks scream at each other without hearing what the folks on the other side are saying.


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