In the Easy Chair with Rudi Hauser

In the Easy Chair with Rudi Hauser

AGE: 50

OCCUPATION: President and owner of Hauser Chocolatier in Westerly.

RESIDENCE: Downtown Westerly.

BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Bethel, Conn. 

RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Figuring out the second half of my life.

FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME: Other than spending it with my kids, I’m not really sure anymore … I’m working on that.

PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Still a work in progress but my four kids, Ruedi, Ravi, Rashmi and Aasha.

I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: Being honest and helpful.

TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: A visit to India.

ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: My wallet and phone.

WHAT I WANTED TO DO WHEN I GREW UP: Exactly what I am doing now, working with my parents in the family business.


FAVORITE AUTHOR: Not sure I have one, but my favorite book ever is “My Side Of The Mountain,” by Jean Craighead George.

I AM READING: Oh, I wish … mostly I read reports and emails. Someday I’ll get back to books.

I AM LISTENING TO: Queen, Bowie, Jamie Cullum and ’80s alternative bands.

FAVORITE MOVIE: “The Princess Bride.”

FAVORITE TV SHOW: anything “Star Trek.”

FAVORITE PET: My cat, Cali.

FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Well, I do eat chocolate every day. There are so many foods on my favorite list, though. 

AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA: A couple of hours per week, some days none, some days too much.

TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: A good, honest work ethic.

PET PEEVE: Boorish behavior and language.

FAVORITE QUOTATION: “As you wish.” –  Westley the poor farm boy, in the “Princess Bride.”

MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: Living downtown within walking distance to so much. 

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: I have found that there is really nothing one CAN’T live without other than basic food and water.

LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I was a DJ in college and still do annual shows at my college radio station, WXCI.

BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Laughter is the best medicine and be patient.

ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: I rarely give advice but see above!

IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Dangerous question these days.

IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Quietly call my accountant and attorney and figure out how to give most of it away to do the most good.

I DRIVE A: Silver 2011 Ram 1500 Quad Cab.

I WISH I DROVE A: Silver 2011 Ram 1500 Quad Cab, exactly the truck I wanted.

ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE: Bacon, butter, milk and OJ.

IF I COULD INVITE ONE SPECIAL PERSON TO JOIN ME FOR DINNER AND CONVERSATION, I WOULD INVITE: My late wife Fal, there is so much to share about our kids and life that she’s missed in the last five years.

Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro



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