What do you do?
Gary Gross

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am a supervisor at the Ray Nixon power plant. I also help my wife on weekends at our oldies store, Badda Bing.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       Im in charge of fuel (coal) to the power plant. With three trains per week, we unload and burn 42,000 tons of coal. On weekends at Badda Bing, Im chief cash register operator, janitor, greeter and salesman.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I have worked for Colorado Springs Utilities for 31 years. My parents owned and operated the Capital Motel, which was at 2616 W. Colorado Ave. for 25 years. As a kid, I helped work the motel, so Ive been a Westsider for 55 years. Weve owned Badda Bing for six years.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I like meeting people from other states who are as enthused about old cars as I am, and there are many! We talk about what old cars we have and the challenges to build them.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       I would like to close the highway and route all the traffic back through Old Colorado City, like it was in the 50s. I would also add more car shows to the summer activities. The Good Times Car Show every August probably has the second best attendance besides Territory Days.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       What I do at Colorado Springs Utilities never prepared me for what I have to endure at Badda Bing. Thanks to my wife for teaching me what it takes to own and operate a small retail business and the endless hours.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       Its away from the rat race at the north and east side of town. I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and seeing the expressions on their faces when they come in the store and step back in time.

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