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Your Turn with ... Jeff Scott

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When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... like my dad. In a child's eyes, dads can fix/do anything. I do occasionally hear, "You are just like your father." Now I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing.

What would you rather be doing right now? I love spending the day at the go-kart track with the kids racing. The kids have a few years under their belts now, and it's fun to teach them new things and see them progress. However, having two kids racing against each other can be a tad bit challenging.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I was Zippee (a chicken mascot) at Quincy Raceways, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Other than your wedding day and the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Accepting my Eagle Scout Award. It took years of dedication and hard work, and sometimes, a little shove. Thanks, Dad.

It really stinks when ... people have no respect for one another.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Determinedeasygoing. Hey, they add 4,000 words to the dictionary every year.

I always laugh when ... I'm with my kids. Every day should give you something to laugh about. Laughter keeps you young.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? "Scottie," my grandfather. I would love to show him what his business has become and also apologize for some of things that may have had him rolling over a time or two. Lance Armstrong, because he was such an inspirational figure for cancer survivors and cyclists alike, and I would like to know the truth. And Rachel, because most people don't realize the sacrifices of running this business while also keeping up with four kids and their activities. A dinner date night is hard to come by.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... grab the bicycle and ride for an hour or so.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a little on the crazy side. They were probably right.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was with ... Dale Earnhardt. In the early '80s, he was staying at our hotel in Daytona. Got his autograph, of course, but in that day and age, they didn't have the star-studded lifestyles and egos. He actually took some time to meet us.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... jump on a plane with the wife and the kids and head back to Punta Cana.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... eat some of that crazy stuff they eat on shows like "Survivor." I'm out. Please send the boat to pick me up.

America should be more concerned about ... our children. Obesity is up, and academics are down. Parents need to monitor their children more and be the ones who influence them to achieve what it is they want. It's nice to offer roller skating at the Fun Spot. It's where we began and still believe it's a great calorie-burner that most kids don't think of as exercise.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... cookies. Rachel buys them by the case for me.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Facebook. It's interesting to see what old friends are doing across the country, although I really don't care what they ate for lunch.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Each day is a gift, not a given." It's lyrics from a song, but it says so much.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... it depends if the kids are with me or not. I love my rock 'n' roll, but if they are with me, it's all the newest (age-appropriate) top 40 music.

I always get sentimental when ... I watch that dang "Marley and Me" movie.

The older I get, the more I realize ... my body can't keep up with the rest of me. I'm ready for some replacement parts.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have no regrets. Whether it's an accomplishment or a failure, you can't erase the past, but you can use it to shape your future.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my diving suit. It's 20 years old, full of wins and holes (losses/crashes), and it just recently just got retired.

If I've learned anything at all ... life is short. Live each day to the fullest.

 

Jeff Scott, who recently turned 40 (or 4.0 the new version, as he likes to refer to it) works at Scotties Fun Spot, which he says can be "hectic and demanding, but I love to be able such a great experience to the community." He has a new wife, Rachel, and two kids -- Avery, 10, and Riley, 8 -- and two stepsons -- Lucas, 11, and Shane 8. When he has free time, Scott plays roller hockey, goes cycling and races go-karts.

 

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