Meet a Westsider:
I am the project manager for Sunset Metro District, a water and wastewater reclamation district. We are the sub-regional service provider for the Upper Black Squirrel Creek Basin east of
Colorado Springs. I am also a member of the board of the volunteer Organization of Westside Neighbors.
What I like most about the Westside is... the people, the unique character of the area and the close proximity to the mountains.
If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... I would like there to be a greater sense of community and more support for Westside independent businesses.
A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “Into The Wild,” which was based on a true story and the Jon Krakauer book by the same title. It was a favorite book of mine and very compelling story about being young and searching for truth in the world.
The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... long since forgotten!
If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Aldo Leopold, who wrote the “Sand County Almanac” and who pioneered land stewardship and conservation; or maybe Johnny Cash or Ernest Hemingway. It’s a tough choice.
The next time I travel, I’m going to... My fiancee Rachel and I are taking off to Northern California this summer to travel Highway 1 from Big Sur north through the Redwoods and then back through the coastal mountains and wine country. Someday, however, we would really like to take an extended trip to travel through South America.
My favorite childhood memory is... from when I was 5 and my mother, who was an educator in Cripple Creek at the time, brought a stray golden retriever puppy home. It was the best surprise ever. These days when I am riding my mountain bike through the woods with my dogs, it takes me right back to those early days with our golden retriever, only now I'm a little taller with a bit more facial hair.
My favorite spring pastimes are... preparing the garden soil for the summer growing season, spending a day or two spring skiing on my telemark skis and/or getting muddy on my mountain bike.
Something good I’ve read is.. the Westside Pioneer and “Petroleum Man” by Stanley Crawford.
My pet peeve is... when someone leaves me a voicemail that goes on forever, never really coming to a conclusive point, or when someone does not leave a return phone number.
If I won the lottery, I’d... buy some health insurance, start a 401K, add onto my kitchen, take that trip to south America and Antarctica, and then I would buy Harvey Carter's 320 acres on the west side of Pikes Peak, and I'd turn it into a rustic backcountry recreation area with a small restaurant, cabins and yurts that could be accessed by hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, skiers, or via snow cat.
Meet a Westsider” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you would like to be a Meet-a-Westsider (or know someone who should be), please give us a call at 471-6776.