10 Questions with Korrine Altieri, RDN
Walk, run, car, boat, bus. A scooter may be one of the only modes of transportation she *doesn't* use during her day
1. What was your very first job?
I was a mother’s helper. I remember when I was 12 maybe, helping with my neighbors son, who was just a baby. I was always interested in kids. Since I can recall, being a mother is a job I look forward to most.
I did it forever -- babysitting. In between college semesters, I nannied. I live on the Vineyard, so I nannied for a summer family forever. Now, I can’t believe the girl is 11 or 12, but I was with her, babysitting weekend nights here and there, up until last summer. As I grew older, I felt as if I couldn’t nanny anymore. You’re parenting these kids! It’s a fun job, you go to the beach with them. It was a good time.
2. What is the best trip or outing you remember taking as a kid and what made it great?
The first one that pops into my head was when my mom took my brother and I – we were in high school – to Hawaii. We kayaked next to whales who were breaching right beside us. It was amazing. We went to Maui and I remember doing this winding drive, called the Road to Hana and it really sticks with me. We walked on the black sand beach, the red sand beach. It was very cool. I plan to go back some day.
3. Favorite spot on the Cape (or the Vineyard)?
There’s so many. My friend that I went to college with has a family house on Old Silver Beach. I’ve been to some other beaches in Falmouth, but Old Silver is my favorite so far. Her house is right on the beach; the private side of Old Silver is so peaceful.
On the Vineyard, I live in Edgartown - it’s my favorite town. I’m one of those unusual people who loves the town they grew up in. I try not to be biased, but I love the town of Edgartown.
This morning, for example, I ran early before work. I ran along the water and through downtown Edgartown with some friends. At 5:45 a.m., it’s so peaceful and definitely a way to avoid the summer crowds… tourists. [laughs] It’s just such a unique and simply beautiful spot.
4. What do you keep an emergency supply of?
I have Chapsticks everywhere. I would say, right now – I’m not even joking – there are at least, probably, 25 that are open right now! I’m not kidding!! It’s so funny.
I just opened my drawer -- there’s two. I open my purse and there are more. [laughs]
5. What is a possession you just can’t seem to part with?
My car. My situation is unique. I have two cars: an “off-island” car and an “on-island” car. I would never have two if I didn’t live on the Vineyard and commute to Falmouth for work.
The one on this side (Falmouth) is my 2003 VW Beetle. It’s baby blue. I was on the phone with the mechanic recently and it needs so much work done to it. They were, like, are you sure you want to fix this?
It was my first car and it’s my baby. It’s on this side, so I don’t drive it as much, however I’m just not ready to give it up.
6. Name something you can’t do?
I used to play, well I used to think I played clarinet. I was horrible. Even though I think I might have been good, I’m probably not good. [laughs]
7. What’s the very next thing on your to-do list?
I take, obviously, many modes of transportation home. When I leave for the day, I have to walk to my car on this side, drive to park it and catch a bus from the Palmer Ave. lot to the ferry, then take the boat. Then I walk to my car on that side, then drive home. It’s a struggle. [laughs]
8. What have you been putting off?
I really should do more stretching, with the amount of running I do -- taking the time to actually relax and stretch. Our lives are so go-go-go, you’ve gotta get in a workout and then you’ve got to shower. It’s hard to take time for stretching.
9. What skill could you bring to the apocalypse that others couldn’t?
[Laughs] Well, when I was in first grade, I broke my left wrist, which is my dominant hand. So, I learned how to write with my right one. I’m ambidextrous!
10. What song is stuck in your head at the moment?
Actually, it’s funny, this morning after my run, I posted a picture of the sunrise with my friends in the background, running, on Instagram and attached that song “Good Day” by Surfaces. …I’m so glad the sun stayed around… We haven’t seen it in so long, especially early in the mornings.