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Mountain Profile Don Gradin posted on 07/27/2023
Place of Birth? Seattle, WA
How long on the Mountain? I’ve been back on the mountain for 8 years.
If you were not brought here as a child, what brought you to the Mountain? I went to grade school  here and moved away during high school. I’ve always loved the mountain, so I came back to live and open Don’s Automotive Service.    
Profession? Owner of Don’s Automotive Service    
Favorite movie/and or musical? “Sometimes a Great Notion”
Favorite actress and actor? Jessica Biel and Clint Eastwood
Favorite TV show? “Blue Bloods”    
Favorite book? “Intensity” by Dean Koontz    
Favorite type of music?  All types but when alone, definitely metal
Favorite food? Mexican    
Favorite hobbies? Fishing and riding Harleys whenever I get the chance    
If offered a dream vacation, where would you go, and why?
I think New Zealand. I think it offers everything including an almost perfect climate. From the mountains to the oceans, even some of the cities offer everything I’m interested in.    
Best lesson learned as a child? Work hard or fail.    
Defining moment in your life or your greatest accomplishment? Taking the gamble of opening Don’s Automotive Service and not working for someone else.
A memorable dinner? I guess it would be as a kid, during the holidays, playing board games and eating good food. This doesn’t happen anymore since lots have passed on or moved away.    
A funny moment from your life that you can share? LOL. I don’t think I have one that’s appropriate.    
If you could invite anyone (past or present) to dinner, who would it be, and why? Well, it’s all about family and my kids are all grown with lives of their own. Dad has passed on, so I’d love to have my four granddaughters, Dad and family for an old fashioned sit down around the table.
Describe yourself in one word? Straightforward
When you’re not reading The Mountain Times, what book/author/magazine/other do you read? The only reading I do are online automotive diagnostic manuals, but The Mountain Times is my go-to hard copy read.
If your life were made into a play or movie, what would the title be? “The School of Hard Knocks”
Pet peeve? People who loiter in the left lane.
Bad habit you’d like to break? I suppose I haven’t grown out of liking tequila on a Friday night.
Famous person(s) you have met, and the circumstances? I haven’t met anyone famous.    
Favorite quote? “Sometimes there is just not enough coffee or middle fingers to make it through the day.”
Favorite part of The Mountain Times? I like the Mountain Profile and the local news.



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