Meet a Westsider:
Carla Falkenmayer

Profession/Occupation... psychotherapist. I’m a crisis evaluator at Cedar Springs and have a small private practice on the Westside.

What I like most about the Westside is... the small-town atmosphere, the wonderfully diverse population, the closeness to the Garden of the Gods and our very own local newspaper!

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... no more attempts by well-meaning know-it-alls to stifle people who “aren’t like them.” A tattoo parlor across from a church? Great! Decorations all over the kids’ old swing set? Beautiful! I think the Westside is fine just the way it is, and hope we don’t change things too much in the name of progress, historic preservations, urban renewal or whatever.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... Well, I’m a “Twilight” fan (yes, really!), so any of those and the original Swedish film trilogy: “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played with Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.”

I'd like to discover... the cure for all mental illnesses, so I could go write my book and know that no one was suffering anymore.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... It’s sad, but right now the only famous people I’m thinking of are actors, so Pierce Brosnan, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Maggie Smith. Politicians? Nah.

The next time I travel, I’m going... Louisiana to visit my daughters, hear some great music, have a crab boil and swim every day. Heaven!

My favorite childhood memory is... taking off on my quarterhorse on Saturday morning after chores were done, dog running alongside. I’d either meet some friends or go alone, take my lunch and be gone all day.

My favorite winter pastime is... Once upon a time it was skating, but my knees won’t do it anymore, so now it’s curling up in front of the fireplace and watching skating on tv (especially Johnny Weir!)

Something good I’ve read is... I can’t even begin to pick! I read constantly, every available minute. Anything by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Lee Burke. I did read the “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and the rest of the trilogy – really liked them.

My pet peeve is... bureaucracy, the mountains of paperwork that seem to go with every aspect of life now. Also, cheap clothes that fall apart the first time you wash them.

If I didn’t have to work for a year, I would... travel, finish my book, learn another language.

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