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Meet a Westsider:
Herbert Aparicio

      Profession/Occupation...My wife Lindsey and I own Aparicio Home Investments, LLC, for which I am the property manager. I also manage the Goat Cheese Lady Farm.
      What I like most about the Westside is... The rich history that characterizes this place called Old Colorado City and the variety of people who live on the Westside.
      If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be...I would like to see the OCC section of Colorado Avenue blocked off to car traffic so that it could be used by pedestrians only.
      A good movie I've seen recently is... Movies?? I am out in the darkness here. Last time I watched a movie was in the '80s.
      I'd like to discover... a way to get people to teach our new generations to get away from the mentality of entitlement, and begin the process of teaching responsibility at all levels and circumstances.
      If I could meet someone famous, I'd like to meet... meeting famous people has never been attractive to me, but meeting important people in my life has always interested me. So I'd like to meet my maternal grandfather who left us too soon for me to have had the opportunity to learn from him. He is famous to me.
      The next time I travel, I'm going... back home to El Salvador to see my family. It's always my favorite place to go: FAMILY.
      My favorite childhood memory is... going to the mountains in my home town in El Salvador to fetch wood for cooking, with my grandfather and my little brother. It was hard work and a two- or three-hour-long walk for an 8-year-old, but I loved every minute of it... almost.
      My favorite winter pastime is... to dream and organize our next planting season and, of course, get to see our new baby goats being born and my kids loving them.
      Something good I've read is...“The Principles of Vegetable Gardening,” by L. H. Bayley. It is so interesting to see how what we consider new in our times has actually been around for a very long time. The book was written in 1901, but it helps me understand that most of our knowledge of self-reliance used to be common sense.
      My pet peeve is... I don't like the concept shared by some people who expect a government, a union or any entity to solve their problems. I believe that we can get up every day and put on our outfit and do our best for our families, for our communities and for our nation. We are too good to wait around for others to fix our lives.
      If I won the lottery, I would… spend lots of time with my two boys and my wife at our urban farm. I'd also fix everything that needs attention around the farm that just keeps piling up for lack of time. And volunteer building homes for Habitat for Humanity overseas.
      
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(Posted 1/26/14)