December 20, 2005
Serving up soup at MiZuppa in Frisco, Annie Cusack is currently more concerned with being content than scrambling her way up the corporate ladder.She graduated in May from Colorado College and has been living in the High Country for six months. “I’ve had people tell me that Summit County has the highest level of educated people serving food,” the Frisco resident said. “But it has a lot of happy people too.”While at work last week, Cusack was chatting with a customer about her job situation and the direction she hopes to go in life.
Upon leaving, the customer left her an envelope that she didn’t have a chance to open while he was still there. Later that day, she remembered the envelope and opened it to find $100 and a note that said “Keep following your dreams.””He didn’t even put his name on it or anything,” she said.Cusack is definitely following her aspirations in Summit County, taking up teleskiing this year after being a snowboarder for 12 years.”It’s actually really fun,” she said. “I can do blue runs now. I don’t know if it’s the prettiest technique, but I’m getting the hang of it.”
Cusack has also taken up a unique indoor sport – boxing. She joined Elevation Fitness in Dillon, which has a “boxercise” class. The instructor of the class offered to train her.”It’s really fun. It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever learned,” she said. “I have to concentrate so hard. I can’t think or worry about anything else.”When the gloves come off, she can focus her attention on her 7-month-old, black Labrador guide dog puppy, Jo.”My mom started (working with guide dogs) when I was in eighth or ninth grade,” Cusack said. “At this age, you have to socialize them. Take them to restaurants, the grocery store, the post office … but when she doesn’t have her (guide dog) jacket on, she’s just like a regular pet.”
After surpassing her puppy phase, Jo will return to Guide Dogs of the Dessert in California.”It’s horrible to give them up. The whole time you keep telling yourself it’s not your dog,” Cusack said.The good news, she added, is that it’s an excellent situation for someone who wants a dog but doesn’t want more than a two-year commitment.