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Posted: June 20, 2016

25 Things You Didn't Know About Supt. Reedy

APS Superintendent Raquel Reedy answered the questions for the June issue of Albuquerque the Magazine.

1. Favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memories are of driving around with my grandfather, running errands or just tooling around in the green Pontiac. When I was in the car with “Daddy”, I knew we were headed out on an adventure and everything was perfect in my little world.

2. Which talent or skill would you most like to have?

I wish I could speak extemporaneously in glorious prose. If I could just stand there and let those golden rounded vowels and those pithy statements spring forth, I would be one happy woman. Winston Churchill did it effortlessly. But unfortunately, as you can see, I cannot.

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3. Most overused word or phrase?

I find the word “whatever”, when said in a flippant way, to have overstayed its welcome in the English language. Mostly I find it dismissive and annoying.

4. Any quirky habits?

OK, so I must admit that I can NEVER have too much ice in my iced tea or water. I order everything with a “ton” of ice. This must be so annoying to restaurant staff, but they are always very accommodating and sometimes bring me an extra glass filled with just ice. I think they are often surprised to see that I really do use up all the ice. This must hail back to my days growing up in Laredo, Texas, where there was no air conditioning and the summer months sometimes brought temperatures as high as 110 degrees (not an exaggeration). No wonder I love ice!

5. What is your most treasured possession and why?

I have inherited my great grandmother’s opal and diamond engagement ring. The year was 1899 and she was 18 years old. She died giving birth to my grandmother, her only child, in 1900. The ring holds very special meaning for me. It brings up a lot of “what ifs,” but the beauty is that she left behind a wonderful daughter who proceeded to establish the family as it is today. Great-Grandmother Margarita is still remembered lovingly by all her descendants.

6. Red or green?

The answer to that would be “Christmas”! There is nothing more beautiful than to look at a plateful of steaming enchiladas and see the swirl of red and green beckoning for you to take that first forkful. Mmmmmm, makes me hungry just thinking of it.

7. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?

This is a hard question because frankly I am pretty happy with myself. Nope, I wouldn’t change a thing. Love me as I am because I am not changing…OK, maybe the weight thing. And come to think of it, maybe the exercise thing. But everything else stays the same!

8. What was the last lie you told?

It was just a few days ago. Someone asked me if I was tired. I said “Me? Tired? Not at all!” Well, that was a BIG LIE! That was the night I went to bed at 7:00!

9. If you were a cocktail, what cocktail would you be?

I would be a piña colada because there is more than a little Carmen Miranda in me.

10. One job you'd never do.

I would never want to write editorials for a newspaper.

11. What is your greatest accomplishment?

That is easy. My greatest accomplishment is raising our daughter Alexis with my husband, David, and watching her grow into the caring selfless woman she is today. There is nothing that beats that!

12. Pet Peeves?

I find it hard to interact with individuals who have selfish agendas but who pretend otherwise.

13. What is your most marked characteristic?

Folks say I have a hearty laugh. I must admit that if something strikes me as funny it will start with a giggle and then morph into something raucous. Can’t help it.

14. Top bucket list item?

I would love to visit Omaha Beach in Normandy and pay my respects. I want to walk on that beach and imagine the heroic efforts that took place there during World War II. We owe so much to that generation of heroes.

15. Number-one thing you love about Albuquerque?

Albuquerque is the only place I know that embraces and displays such pride for so many cultures. Look at our people, music, food, art, architecture, literature and history. The city and state genuinely celebrate the strength and beauty of the Native American, Hispanic, African American, Anglo and so many other cultures. Nothing is forgotten. We rejoice in all of it. It is no wonder that the rest of the country sees us and marvels at our diversity.

16. If you had to choose any other career, what would it be?

This is a no-brainer for me to answer. I would like to be a Navy SEAL. SEALs are my heroes. Yes, I would definitely become a Navy SEAL as long as I didn’t have to exercise, swim or get up early. 

17. Your biggest fear?

That (former APS Interim Superintendent) Brad Winter will challenge me to a senior pole vaulting or track event. I fear that challenge because, let’s face it, I would win and I hate to see grown men with bad knees cry.

18. Your favorite smartphone app?

I confess I am a Pinterest addict. It brings out my hoarding, compulsive side. But since I don’t buy anything and I just add things to my growing list of boards, I guess it is a harmless pastime. I love it when someone actually pins something that I have on my board. It’s like scoring a 3-pointer! Yes, I lead a dull life.

19. If I had one day left to live, I’d…

Get a second opinion.

20. What is your life motto?

I’d say my life motto is “Never tickle a sleeping dragon.” It can be taken literally – yes, I watch “Game of Thrones”. But it can also have different dimensions that can apply to everyday life. I like the word “tickle”. It is a soft word describing a gentle action. Put that word next to “sleeping dragon” and you get an entirely different picture. Life is like that. One must move slowly and carefully anticipate unexpected reactions. It could save you from nasty surprises.

Five things you would never have guessed about me:

  1. I am genuinely shy and quiet.
  2. When I was young and foolish, I had Julia Child and her husband, Paul over to my dinky apartment for a Mexican dinner.
  3. I am a history and biography nut. No fiction for me. It has to be true or I am not wasting my time on it. I love to read and reread these stories. I admit this is pretty limiting and I shouldn’t shortchange fiction, but it puts me in the center of the era I am reading about. It allows me to dig deep into the life of a person I admire. Nothing beats reading a biography or history book on a cold winter day.
  4. I must confess that I dream of becoming an extra on a movie or TV show. I hope casting directors are reading this because if you need someone to be sitting in a restaurant scene, drinking iced tea (a ton of ice in the glass) and pretending to be engrossed in captivating conversation at a table within sight of the camera, I’m your girl.
  5. I miss my pug dog, Chula. Chula died at the ripe old age of 16. Working such long hours really does not allow me to get a dog. It would not be fair, but I sure do miss her. So I have taken to adopting fish. The only problem is that they have a tendency to die. Quickly. It is to the point that I don’t name them anymore. How sad is that? For their sake I promise not to buy any more fish. I don’t think anyone knows about my inability to mother a simple little fish. So now the secret is out.