Meet a Westsider:
Trent Gary

Profession/Occupation... Owner and manager of Bottle Stop Liquors.

What I like most about the Westside is... the “small-town” atmosphere. From the very first time I ever visited the Westside, I wanted to live here. Now I do! Everyone kind of knows everyone else. The shopkeepers do business more like a small town than a big city. And most everyone is friendly and willing to help one another. There is a sense of “community” here that you don’t find elsewhere!

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to clean up the presence of narcotic street drugs and drug houses.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “Spiderman 2.”

The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... from a woman who proclaimed to be an attorney and turned out to be a fraud. I learned that just because it quacks like a duck and walks like a duck, it still may not be a duck. Now I always check out credentials when dealing with professionals.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Ted Turner. He has used a lot of his money to preserve masses of open space and created wildlife preserves in several states. In spite of his great wealth, I am told that he still enjoys a cold beer with “the guys” down at the local tavern near his home in Montana.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... Denver?? Working six days a week leaves little time for real travel. I have a mother and friends in Denver whom I like to visit as often as possible. My dream vacation, however, would be a trip to the Virgin or Cayman Islands.

My favorite childhood memory is... going to the lumber yard and hanging out on construction sites with my grandfather. I still love the smell of fresh cut lumber and certain pipe tobaccos!

My favorite summer pastime is... being in my backyard with friends, having an ice cold beer and grilling a good steak, or hamburgers, or brats, or hot dogs, or chicken, or... (Well, I love to eat and I don’t miss too many meals)

Something good I’ve read is.. “The Shaman Way.” It is a very spiritual book.

My pet peeve is... rude, pushy and inconsiderate people. Even though we are greatly diverse in our heritage, education, lifestyles and interests, we should still be able to be respectful of and considerate to one another.

If I won the lottery, I’d... give my mother a big chunk of cash for all the help she has been to me over the years. Then I’d pay off the liquor store, buy a Westside Victorian, refurbish it, and take my wife (and maybe a couple of friends) on an extended vacation to the Virgin or Cayman Islands. When we returned, we would buy two brand-new Harleys.

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