Meet a Westsider:
Paul Bahlinger

Profession/Occupation... Citizen, volunteer, general dentist.

What I like most about the Westside is... the access to the mountains, Manitou and the Garden of the Gods.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... Let’s get petty – I would remove unnecessary traffic lights on Garden of the Gods Road.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... There are an overwhelming number of outstanding films (How does one keep up?) and one I’ve recently revisited is “Nowhere in Africa.”

I'd like to discover... the answer to the question, “Why...?” (Actually, sometimes it is, “Because I said so.”)

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Again, so many, many, many to choose from. I’d probably like to get as many of the historically significant spiritual people together and find out what they really said.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... explore (which is anywhere and everywhere).

My favorite childhood memory is... When quite young, the neighborhood moms took a group of us fishing. I remember my mom asking another mom, “What do we do if they catch a fish?” The other mom answered, “Don’t worry, they won’t catch anything. There’s no bait on the hooks.”

My favorite winter pastime is... I’m in the moment. How can you beat a cozy living room when it’s cold and snowy outside?

Something good I’ve read is... Jon Krakauer’s “Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman.” At its heart, the book is a tremendously inspiring love story. It’s also a tragic account of corruption and deception.

My pet peeve is... The parking meters downtown. I seem to never have enough change.

If I won the lottery... If I really wanted to, I could take a year off. But I choose to keep working a couple of days a week, volunteering with Cheyenne Village and Pikes Peak Hospice. I am actually quite un- ambitious and I find that, ultimately, there is great purpose in “just living.”

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