Scott Anderson

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Scott Anderson

– As reported to Meredith Mirrington

Many of us might know Scott Anderson as one of the owners of Triassic Industries, a local company bringing the world sustainable wood and stone designs from the heart of Utah’s red desert. But did you also know of his love for watching dogs chase ducks, especially in San Diego? Or that he’d love to be a Japanese monkey that sits in hot springs all day and eat boiled potatoes? Read on for a few more interesting, and entertaining, facts about Scott.

1) What initially brought you to Moab?

In 1998, I came out with a Hoods in the Woods program over in Torrey and I would get my groceries here. I thought Moab was Satan, because it was big and loud and stinky, but there are no ladies in Torrey.

2) What do you love most about living in Moab?

Every time that I get interested in something different, there are folks who will do it with me.

3) What do you dislike about living in Moab?

The abundance of underachievers who talk too much.

4) What is your occupation?

Artist and arborist

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

I would like to kick it with Jacque Cousteau’s son, wherever he is.

6) Describe a typical day in your life.

Work, then some work and then some work on the side. And then I think about working and maybe I’ll read something.

7) 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…

…If there was something I would rather be doing, I would just be doing it.

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

I was in Vanity Fair magazine – as one of their most influential people for 2000 something or the other. I agreed to go because I thought I would get the chance to come face to face with Karl Rove, but he wasn’t even there. One of the biggest disappointments of my life.

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

…Drink himself silly.

10) What is your favorite Moab activity?

Sitting at the beach with friends waiting for sheep.

11) Tell us your favorite non-Moab place to visit.

The dog beach in San Diego. I like watching the dogs chase the ducks.

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

Love Muffin

13) What do you consider your greatest achievement in life?

Hasn’t happened yet.

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

I would legalize all kinds of things that should be non-issues: gay marriage, drugs, prostitution, assisted suicide, gambling, polygamy. And I would institute public castration for corporate crimes – the BP oil spill wouldn’t happen again.

15) What superhero power would you most like to have?

I think I could stand to be a little bit smarter, yeah, I think that would help me quite a bit.

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

One of those Japanese monkeys that sit in hot springs all day and eat boiled potatoes.

17) What is your all time favorite movie?


18) And your all time favorite book?

That is a tough one – “Sometimes a Great Notion.” I think I am going to have to make a plaque that says, “Never give an inch.” Way better than “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

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

There is the angry dinner, so I could confront Ted Nugent. Then, there is the intellectual dinner, chewing cacao leaves and drinking some chi chi with Wade Davis. Then, there is the sappy one, I would really like to have dinner with my grandma and ask her all kinds of things.

20) What is your life philosophy?

Embrace change ‘cause it is going to happen anyway.

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