What do you do?
Richard Jensen

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I’m the owner of Jensen Remodeling and work mainly on the westside of Colorado Springs.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       Being the owner, I’m responsible for everything that a business needs done. I do all sorts of carpentry, painting, drywall, etc.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       Forty some years. Thirty some years on the Westside and Manitou Springs.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       Being my own boss. I can work when and where I want, and I enjoy being able to work in my shop. I also like all the interesting people I come in contact with. What I like the best is talking to the older people and hearing their stories of years gone by.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       Not a thing. Okay maybe drywall, have someone make it lighter.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       People not showing up for a meeting that we set up. I always try to be a few minutes ahead of time for any meeting. Also, when I run across a problem that's unusual and I get to think out of the box and come up with a solution. Such as a recent fence job I did. To make everything plumb, I had to use shims. It was a 60-foot-run fence and the owners were pleased with the results.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       You meet the nicest people on the Westside, and nowadays working on the Westside is good on my gas tank.

“What do you do?” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you know someone who has an interesting job on the Westside (but doesn’t live here), he/she might be a candidate for this column! If you know someone who might qualify, give us a call at 471-6776.