Everyday People: Ruby Jonsrud
Ruby Jonsrud has lived in West Linn for 20 years, today with her son and granddaughter in the Robinwood neighborhood. She works at Precision Castparts as a radiologic evalulator.
What's the most questionable hair style/fashion you've donned in your life?
They called it a banana wrap, if you can believe it. It was in the '80s, in my bartending days; it was kind of shaved around back of the ears but permed around my forehead. I kept it that way for about a year, kind of liked it that way. I saw a woman a couple of years ago wearing that exact style and asked her about it. Turns out I remembered right — it was called a banana wrap.
What's your favorite travel destination?
Palm Springs. I love hiking in the canyons there and I love it because I have family that lives there.
Who's the most famous person you've ever met?
Steve Perry of the band Journey. I used to be a radio disc jockey and I got to meet a lot of bands. I was introduced to him backstage and he sang a few bars of "Ruby, Ruby" to me. He made an impression on me for sure; I was starstruck because I was a big fan of Journey. I just saw them at the Moda, their new singer sounds just like Steve Perry.
What's your biggest phobia?
Crowds. I get uncomfortable, but it's probably not really a phobia. Heights, spiders, the dark — I don't have a problem with any of those.
What are you watching on TV right now?
I'm a big MSNBC fan; I love the news, it's become pretty important to me.
Among your friends and family, what are you known for?
Cooking. To me cooking is love; everybody knows on their birthday they get a dinner of their choice.
What's your most useless talent?
I'm a frustrated carpenter. I love to start projects but have a low percentage of them I've actually finished. But I have great plans!
What is your favorite sing-loud-in-the-car song?
"Mad World" by Gary Jules; I was singing that in the car just today.
Which table did you sit at in the high school cafeteria?
I didn't! I always went to the Nerd Room where the class president and the guys in the French class went during lunch. You knew you were going to talk to people who understood your jokes.
What's the stupidest purchase you ever made?
Several kitchen gadgets would have to vie for that. Like a spiralizer gizmo that had a stand and was so much trouble. I only used it once. With that I will be a master chef — sure.
Who would portray you in the movie of your life?
Everyone always says I look like Catherine O'Hara, who played the mom in "Home Alone." But I would like it to be Sally Fields, although maybe a few years back.
What superhero do you most identify with?
Storm — because she harnesses nature. Her powers are very earth-related.
If you could pick one specific memory from your time living in West Linn, what would it be?
When I graduated from Marylhurst we had a big party at my house and everyone came. It became a family and neighborhood reunion, with people in the house that had hadn't talked to each other in forever. It went so far beyond my graduation.
What's your number one bucket list item?
I'll be doing it next birthday. I'll be skydiving for my 60th birthday. The idea of soaring through the air, I love that idea. I still have flying dreams, that's definitely appealing.
If I could have one item on a deserted island, it would be ____
A Swiss army knife. Everything else you can make. Or maybe a satellite phone.