Meet a Westsider:
Debby Simpich

Profession/Occupation... I am a wife, mother, artist, stagehand, puppet wrangler and shop manager at the Simpich Showcase in Old Colorado City.

What I like most about the Westside is... the old historic small- town feel of it. Like my daughter would say, “It's a little like Mayberry.”

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to slow down the traffic down that passes through Old Town.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... I'm looking forward to watching all the wonderfully sentimental Christmas movies. A few of my favorites are “Meet Me in Saint Louis,” “It's a Wonderful Life” and “Christmas in Connecticut.”

I'd like to discover... a wonderful old story or book I didn't know existed.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Charles Dickens. Of course, this would involve some time travel. He has been my favorite author since I was 13.

The next time I travel, I’m going... I'd like to visit as many National Parks as I could with my family.

My favorite childhood memory is... going Colorado ghost-town hunting with my parents, two brothers and granny. My dad would pile us all in our 1965 blue International Scout and take off to find old gold camps he’d read about. Daddy took us tent camping, stream fishing and over many mountain passes. We discovered beautiful, off-the-beaten-track, scenic parts of our wonderful state... “I wonder where that road goes?”

My favorite fall pastime is... walking our dogs in the Garden of the Gods and visiting our family's cabin near Victor.

Something good I’ve read is... “The God I Love,” by Joni Eareckson Tada. Joni became a quadriplegic after a diving accident in 1967, when she was in her teens. The story of her life and love for God are an inspiration to me.

My pet peeve is... People who honk loudly when they don’t know why the person in front of them isn’t going. There may be something that they can't see. This happened to us recently when we were driving downtown and needed to yield to three people and a dog crossing Cascade Avenue during our left-turn arrow.

If I didn’t have to work for a year, I would... tour England, Scotland and Wales, with my husband David. We met each other on a 14-day trip to England 29 years ago, and it would be wonderful to go back and spend a lot more time there.

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