15 minutes with … a grocery store clerk | PostIndependent.com

15 minutes with … a grocery store clerk

Robert "Bob" Basinger

Name: Robert “Bob” BasingerAge: 50Occupation: 13-year employee for City Market/King Soopers, now working at the Rifle store as a grocery store clerk, checker, carryout, flower delivery, cleaning bathrooms – a little bit of everything.Place of birth: OhioWhen did you move to Garfield County and why? I moved to Colorado from Ohio in 1991 at age 23 because of skiing. I flew into Denver and arrived in Vail by bus with $500 in my pocket. I moved to Rifle because at the time it was affordable and I bought a house.First thing you’d buy after winning the lottery? I’ve always said I would come back to City Market and give money to people who needed it. I’d be wearing a purple Speedo and cowboy boots and throwing money at people.Favorite fashion designer brand? Army Surplus or Martha Stewart (much laughter), or whatever is on sale.Best vacation ever? On a cruise ship through the Panama Canal.What do you do in your spare time? I like to cross country ski and take landscape photography.Greatest accomplishment? At this point in my life, it’s helping other people in this environment. It’s the little stuff you do – entertaining people and making their day.Best piece of advice you’ve ever received? Try never to hurt anybody or anything on this planet and be gentle.Any tattoos? No.If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? I’d want Osama bin Laden because I want to ask him why he’s so angry; President George Bush to ask why we can’t look into alternative energy sources; and Martha Stewart because I need some fashion tips (much laughter). I’d serve Kroger brand ravioli in the microwave because I’d want to save the time to visit with my guests.What’s the greatest invention ever made? Sliced Wonder Bread. They were the first to introduce sliced bread and I read that in a Reader’s Digest. But also Velcro and duct tape – depending on what day it is.FavoritesMovie: FantasiaBreakfast cereal: Captain CrunchSong: “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas”Food: Captain CrunchWeb site: None – I’m a #2 pencil kind of guy.Sport to watch: Women’s figure skating – I love their outfits.Place in Garfield County: Rifle Falls

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