Meet a Westsider:
Carol Gravenstein

Profession/Occupation... Member service representative at a Westside credit union.

What I like most about the Westside is... the small town feeling, the cozy neighborhoods and the diversity.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... we need a “Ross Dress for Less” on Fillmore and Chestnut.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... My hubby and I have several movies that we watch over and over, whenever we want to relax and laugh: “Office Space,” “Fargo,” “My Cousin Vinny” and I like “Ideocracy.”

I'd like to discover... what it takes to influence a child to be hungry for learning, so that I could share it with every teacher that I meet. “You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink,” unless you can figure a way to make him thirsty.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Saint Peter, but not for quite awhile yet.

The next time I travel, I’m going... California to visit my new great granddaughter, Eleanor Margaret Kalstein, who I predict will be famous someday.

My favorite childhood memory is... I have so many, it is hard to pick just one, but I loved being in the woods and exploring the critters that lived in the creek near my house in Kansas City, as well as many adventures with my cousins in St. Joseph, MO. As an adult, my most memorable winter was October 1990. We had sold our home and I was driving with my daughter to Colorado Springs, following my oldest son and my husband who were pulling a U-Haul with all our “stuff.’’ We came in from Limon onto Woodman and the snow was so deep and new that we could not see the street. I remember passing the District 20 bus barn and could hardly make out the buses. Little did I know at that time that I would drive a D-20 bus in Black Forest for more than five years. My husband graduated from Palmer High School, which was Colorado Springs High at that time, and he always wanted to live here again. Our place on the Westside is just blocks from where his house used to be before it was torn down to make room for the I-25 wall. And, oh yes, I might mention another favorite memory – September of ‘56, when we came to Colorado Springs on our honeymoon. That was pretty memorable too, as I had never seen mountains that high and I will always love Garden of the Gods.

My favorite winter pastime is... snuggling up with a good book or playing board games with family.

Something good I’ve read is... “The Shack,” and I never tire of the Bible, basic instructions before leaving Earth.

My pet peeve is... burnt- out light bulbs...(I don’t know why).

If I won the lottery I’d... I have no idea what I’d do really. The usual “setting up your family for life thing,” and then I’d buy a big, dark- blue truck with the four seater cab and a stool (so I could climb in) and then I’d just drive around town and become the eccentric Westside Diva!

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