Meet a Westsider:
Terry Brunette

Profession/Occupation... I am the special investigator for the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department, covering dangerous building enforcement, work- without-permit violations and complaints against contractors. From 1999 to 2006, I was the building inspector for the downtown, Westside and Manitou Springs.

What I like most about the Westside is... I like the slower pace and the friendly people who live on the Westside. There are problem people in every neighborhood, but for the most part there are just a lot of really good people. We have lived on the Westside for 33 years now. Two of my three daughters live on the Westside and my youngest daughter is looking to move here.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... convincing the landlords that they need to put some money into their properties for maintenance and to realize that their properties affect the property values of all of their neighbors. Pride of ownership is contagious when it gets rolling. Overall, the Westside is still the “Bestside” of Colorado Springs.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “Young at Heart” – a documentary about elderly people in a choir. It was very inspirational.

The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... I guess I've been pretty fortunate. I've been able to discard advice that I didn't think would be very good. The best advice I've gotten was, “Don't worry about things you have no control over. Keep focused on the positive things in your life.”

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Ronald Reagan. He was a one-of-a-kind person.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... I would like to go back to Alaska. My wife and I were there 10 years ago for our 25th wedding anniversary.

My favorite childhood memory is... going fishing every day in the summer with my brothers at Prospect Lake after we finished our paper routes, and watching our grandpa clean all the fish we would catch. With six kids in our family, we didn't travel much but we had a great childhood in Colorado Springs.

My favorite summer pastime is... going up to our cabin almost every weekend and enjoying the fishing and the peace and quiet.

Something good I’ve read is.. My lifestyle doesn't leave much time for reading. Most of the reading I do is work-related materials (kind of boring, huh).

My pet peeve is... Impatient people, especially when they are driving. They need to remember they are in a 6,000-pound weapon that can injure or kill in an instant.

If I won the lottery, I’d... take my entire family on a three-month cruise around the world, pay off all of my debt, and share some with my children.

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