Name: Carrie Ridenour
Children: Lucas Ridenour, age 7
Occupation: Leasing Specialist at Marriott Business Services
• What was your first paying job?
I started babysitting when I was 12, but the first job I had paying taxes was at Corn Dog 7.
• If you could do one impulsive thing, unrestricted by cost, what would it be?
I would love to take my family and all of my friends to Disney World and rent it, so that we were the only ones in the park.
• What’s your favorite television or movie quote?
“Why are you trying so hard to fit in when you were born to stand out?” - From the movie “What a Girl Wants”
• What is one thing you have always wanted to do but haven’t?
“Go on a cruise.”
• What are you reading currently?
“I have been reading the ‘In Death’ series by J.D. Robb, but with everything that I have going on, I have put it on hold. I will be going to the beach soon, and I plan on doing some reading.
• What do you hate?
“Hate is such a strong word, and I always tell my son that he is not allowed to say that he hates something. He has to use a different word. I will say that I despise liars. I have no time for them.”
• Do you think there is life on other planets?
“I think that there is some type of life on other planets, but I am not sure exactly what kind.”
• What is your favorite material possession?
“I have an old trunk that was given to me that is filled with precious memories.”
• Who has been the most influential person in the 20th century?
• What was your most embarrassing moment?
“There was one time when I had to go to the principal’s office in elementary school because I got in trouble for being part of a raisin fight on the bus the day before. That was pretty bad!”
• What was your first car?
“A black Pontiac Grand-Am.”
• Would you travel in space?
“Sure. I believe in trying everything once, twice if I like it!”
• What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“I asked my mom to help me with this, and she said that ‘happy’ would be the word that she has most often heard to describe me. She said that even when I was little, people used to comment on what a happy child I was. I try to stay that way now.”
• When you were 5 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
“I wanted to be a mommy. I loved playing with my dolls and dressing them up and pushing them around. I always had a doll with me.”
• If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I would love to be a little taller. Not WNBA tall or anything, but tall enough to where I could shop for jeans that aren’t in the petite section or be able to wash the top of my car without a stool or a ladder.”
• What is your passion?
“I am actually very passionate about helping others. I am a very active volunteer for Relay for Life, which supports the American Cancer Society, and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. This year I am on a Relay for Life team at work, as well as being one of the Onsite-Activities Chairs for the Blount County Relay for Life this weekend.”
• With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
• What is your all-time favorite movie?
“Whenever I see ‘Top Gun’ on TV, I have to watch it.
• What is the best book you’ve ever read?
“The entire Harry Potter series. I know, I am an adult, but those books are phenomenal. I am a Harry Potter addict.”
• Who is your hero?
“Lucas, my son, is my hero. He inspires me to be the best person I can be, and he is the reason that I know what love is. When I am down or just having a bad day, he can look at me and grin, wrap his arms around me and tell me he loves me and all my troubles go away.”
• If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“1863 during the Civil War for the Gettysburg Address.”
• What character in a book or movie would you most like to be?
“Kay Scarpetta from Patricia Cornwell’s books.”
• What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“One Mother’s Day, my son gave me a beautiful bracelet. My mom asked him what he wanted to get me, and he told her diamonds. She asked him why, and he told her because all women love diamonds. Of course I didn’t get a real diamond bracelet from my 4 year old son, but, to me, it was more valuable.”
• What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“She always told me not to be afraid to be myself and to stand up for what I believe in.”
• Did you ever get paddled in school and if so, why?
“Never. I was always good in school. Probably because my mom worked there and we were always told that if we got in trouble at school, we would get in worse trouble at home.”
• What’s your favorite all time song?
“ ‘Rocky Top.’ I am a die-hard UT Vol fan and hearing that song always puts a smile on my face! Go Vols!”
• Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
“In every situation I always tell myself to see the glass half-full. Looking for the good in any situation usually leads to finding it.”