Meet a Westsider:
Mark Arnold

Profession/Occupation... Elementary school teacher, third grade, Centennial Elementary in Harrison District 2.

What I like most about the Westside is... the long-term residents and the small-town atmosphere. It’s true that the Westside is the best side of Colorado Springs.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to stop the expansion of U.S. 24 by CDOT. Overpasses are one thing, massive lane expansions are another thing entirely.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... The documentary, “Wordplay.” Will Shortz, editor of The New York Times crossword puzzle, hosts the annual Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Connecticut. A must-see for crossword fans.

The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... never volunteer. I’ve been a classroom volunteer at Midland and Washington Elementary Schools and that led to a new career as a teacher.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Harry Truman. A true original who spoke his mind and agonized over momentous decisions.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... Japan to see our son. He’s teaching English at a Japanese Middle School in Fukui.

My favorite childhood memory is... swimming and surfing on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. We lived in downtown Honolulu and walked to the beach.

My favorite fall pastime is... making a leaf pile in the front yard and jumping into it.

Something good I’ve read is.. “1968: The Year That Rocked the World,” by Mark Kurlansky. I have read 3 other books by him, “Salt,” “Cod,” and “The Basque History of the World.”

My pet peeve is... drivers who never stop at red lights while using the right-turn lanes, especially at U.S. 24 and 21st Street.

If I won the lottery, I’d... fund a scholarship program for lower-income students to be able to attend the college of their choice.

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