Meet a Westsider:
Pat Thomas

Profession/Occupation... My husband has been selling Snap-on Tools for 31 years, and I do the books. Previously, we owned McConnel Conoco at 30th Street and Colorado Avenue, which is now a 7-Eleven. Before that, we owned Red Rock Chevron, which was in front of Safeway before it was torn down to build the new Safeway.

What I like most about the Westside is... It’s home. I live in Pleasant Valley, and have had some of the same neighbors for 37 years and they are great people.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... Actually, I like the Westside. I think it has its own charm. I would like the city to help improve the ditch on 31st Street and help keep Rock Ledge Ranch. It is such a draw to the Westside.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... We don’t go to the movies very often, so the movies I see are mostly on TV. I did see the original “Road to Perdition.” I would like to see the remake to see if it follows the same story line.

I'd like to discover... A way to teach all people to be just a little more patient.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Red Skelton. I grew up with his comedy show and others, but I always enjoyed him the best. He was also an artist; not many people knew that. His paintings were always of clowns and mostly self-portraits.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... the Grand Canyon. I went to the North Rim in October and I would love to go to the the South Rim. It is an incredibly beautiful area.

My favorite childhood memory is... I was raised in Denver and as a family on Sunday, we would go for a ride out to the country. The country is now the suburbs of Denver. My parents sold soda fountain supplies, and in the summer they would make homemade ice cream and open dozens of sample toppings and invite the neighbors over for sundaes.

My favorite winter pastime is... Our family likes to build jigsaw puzzles. So one is set up on a table from January until done or spring, whichever comes first.

Something good I’ve read is... “Have a Little Faith,” by Mitch Albom. He has written several short books, including “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” – all fun, uplifting stories.

My pet peeve is... Litter. Why do people think someone else has to pick up after them?

If I didn't have to work for a year I'd... travel. I would love to see Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

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