2017-07-27 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Adam Couturier

ADAM COUTURIER a graduate St. Mary is High School and Hope College. After of graduation, he worked as a paralegal before going into teaching and eventually moving back to Leelanau County.ADAM COUTURIER a graduate St. Mary is High School and Hope College. After of graduation, he worked as a paralegal before going into teaching and eventually moving back to Leelanau County.
Name: Adam Couturier

Town or township of residence: Lake Leelanau (Southwest Leland)

Resident since: 1973

Age and birthplace: 43 years; Munson

Occupation: English and history teacher at Suttons Bay Virtual School

Marital status: I’m married to Corine, who grew up across the big lake in the great State of Wisconsin. Our story has kind of been like that Sally Rogers song, “Lovely Agnes,” except we have two, not four, children and we don’t live on a farm, and I guess her name’s not Agnes either.

You live in Leelanau County because: When I lived away from here during and right after college, I always thought about how I wanted to be back. And, I do like the seasons, but that one season just drags out a little too long.

Last good movie you saw: The Fundamentals of Caring

Last good book you read: Life of Pi. I know that this book has been around for a while, but I use it for teaching English. I believe the movie of this book only scratches the surface of what this book really has to offer.

If you could trade places with one person for one day, it would be: My wife always says she wishes that I could trade places with her; I never tell her the same. Hmmm.

Things important to you that you’ve accomplished so far: I don’t know if I’ve “accomplished” a family, but that is most important to me.

What you hope to be doing in ten years: Talking about how it was just a crazy phase the world was going through right now.

Things you lose sleep over: Contemplating what if The Hokey Pokey is what it’s all about.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: That’s a difficult one. The more I think about Line 5, though, the more I think that the potential costs outweigh the benefit. So, the one thing I would change is our susceptibility to any consequences of a failure of Line 5. That, and bringing back the VFW dances.

Favorite dessert: I don’t pick favorites. As a teacher or as a dessert appreciator, each needs to be delighted in. (But, obviously chocolate is the right answer.)

Are you a coffee drinker? No, I never started. But, if I did, I would drink Leelanau Coffee Roasting Company coffee.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: Sometimes it’s where people are and sometimes it’s where people aren’t.

If you had more time you would: “Time” is the most common noun we use, so I heard a while back. After looking up the overall ranking of the 100 most commonly used words, “time” outranks “no” by one click. And, “yes” apparently doesn’t even make the top 100. So, if I had more time, I think I would try to help make “yes” at least to the top 100. And, the first thing I would say yes to is to spend more time with my wife and kids.

The words that best describe you are: I wouldn’t describe me. I would ask someone else to describe me.

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