Meet a Westsider:
David McCarty

Profession/Occupation... a carpenter since Ď76, a jewelry artisan since Ď94, a poet since high school (not much money there). However, health issues have dictated another change in the past few years, final outcome yet to be determined.

What I like most about the Westside is... the closeness of the mountains and the wildlife that comes with that, the people and the wildlife that comes with that too, the freedom of a live-and-let-live attitude.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... I have lived on the Westside since 1954 and seen a lot of change. Some good, some bad. My wisom is not big enough to try to dictate what changes ought to take place. Letís just keep it simple and free.

A good movie Iíve seen recently is... ďLonesome Dove.Ē You did ask about a good movie I have seen recently, not a recent movie that I thought was good.

I'd like to discover... a pill we all could take (myself included) to get rid of this me-first attitude that seems to plague our society.

If I could meet someone famous, Iíd like to meet... God himself. I have some questions I am sure he has the answers to. Of course Iíd be awestruck mute at the meeting, but the relief, peace and comfort of the fact that itís all true would outweigh the need for answers.

The next time I travel, Iím going... When you live on the Westside, you donít need to travel. People come from all over the world to see what I can see from my front porch. We are blessed to live here.

My favorite childhood memory is... Family picnic at the grandparentsí house. The laughter, the ruckus, the fun. Think I got spanked twice that day. Good fun, well worth it.

My favorite winter pastime is... sitting on the front porch in the sun with my dogs. Enjoying the view, a book or conversation with a friend.

Something good Iíve read is... my mentor gave me a book called, ďThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly,Ē by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Read this book and count your blessings.

My pet peeve is... Strangers trying to tell me how to live my life... Donít!

If I didnít have to work for a year, I would... Because of health issues, the work capacity the last two years has been almost nonexistent. In all honesty, Iíd rather be working.

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