Meet a Westsider:
Georgia Thompson

Profession/Occupation... Retired – formerly a third grade teacher, then stay-at-home mom while our three boys were growing up, then administrative assistant for Congregational Care at First United Methodist Church, then page at Old Colorado City Branch Library where I still occasionally “sub” when needed. Now my occupation is “volunteering” – at Gate-way Presbyter-ian Church, on the Westside CARES Board (also helping with the Food Pantry there), and co-chairing Democratic Precinct 197 with my husband Tom.

What I like most about the Westside is... The slower-paced, less-congested feeling of community.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... I wouldn't change it.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... I enjoy the old musicals like “The Music Man” and “The Sound of Music.”

I'd like to discover... A way to make straight hair permanently curly (without periodic “perms”).

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... President Barack Obama. After campaigning for him last year and after hearing Michelle Obama speak in Colorado Springs in October, I would be thrilled to meet him in person.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... Alaska.

My favorite childhood memory is... There are many – but a special one is attending family camp at YMCA Camp Meehan beside Spirit Lake at the foot of Mt. St. Helens in Washington and picking huckleberries to bring back to the camp cook to make into pies. My dad worked for the Y and led some summer camps there.

My favorite winter pastime is... Enjoying a good book or getting family and friends together.

Something good I’ve read is.. “Amache: The Story of Japanese Internment in Colorado During World War II,” by Robert Harvey – about the internment camp in Granada, Colorado; and “Dear Miss Breed,” by Joanne Oppenheim – about how a librarian made a difference in the lives of interned Japanese children; and anything by Jan Karon, Rosamunde Pilcher, Lauraine Snelling or Nicholas Sparks.

My pet peeve is... Speeders on North 17th St (we live here and this is the street where the city is/was supposed to put in a calming circle/device), people on bicycles not stopping at stop signs and people that talk over other people.

If I didn’t have to work for a year I would... travel to Ireland and England. Of course, I would take my grown children, Kellie and Rob and Rob’s wife Becky and both grandsons, Drue and Joshua. Oh, maybe Mom and Chuck would like to go!

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