Meet a Westsider:
Deke Collins

Profession/Occupation... Dad/husband and electrical contractor.

What I like most about the Westside is... the people are nice, and I like the old buildings.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... I would have built Highway 24 on the Old Stage Road and Gold Camp Road and left Ute Pass open to only buckboard and foot traffic.

A good movie Iíve seen recently is... ďHotel Ruwanda.Ē It shows how bad it can get when people judge others.

The worst advice Iíve ever gotten was... that I could be a ranch hand on the plains of Colorado. You have to be incredibly tough and resourceful to do that.

If I could meet someone famous, Iíd like to meet... Leonard Vahsholtz (my apologies to John Hazelhurst). I love it when he smashes his trophies to protest the ill treatment of local Pikes Peak Hill Climbers. (He drives good, too!)

The next time I travel, Iím going to... Mexico!! Sun - driving - diving - sand - guacomole - margaritas - Jill - Isaac - beachchairs - Palm trees ... (Need I go on?)

My favorite childhood memory is... when my dad would just be... a dad. He didnít have to be the biggest or the baddest dad Ė just a dad.

My favorite winter pastime is... saccording to my wife, itís drinking beer. I say itís doing indoor projects and getting to use all my outdoor gear.

Something good Iíve read is.. ďEven Cowgirls Get the Blues,Ē by Tom Robbins. Itís just a good book that reminds me of us.

My pet peeve is... inconsiderate drivers who use the passing lane to drive, donít use the turn signals, double park, are slow-to-go or donít know how to merge.

If I won the lottery, Iíd... I think the lottery should give out lots of little prizes and then we could all do sane things with the winnings.

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