Meet a Westsider:
owner of Healthy Alternatives.
What I like most about the Westside is... the small-town atmosphere. I like Colorado. I came here in ‘73 and have lived here longer than anywhere else, including Oklahoma, where I was born.
If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... to get rid of all the houses on Gold Hill or at least the one blocking my view of Pikes Peak. We used to be able to see the mountains from our home; we can’t anymore.
A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “The Bucket List,” with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. I’m also looking forward to the new “Narnia” movie.
The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... in the ‘50s, we were supposed to go to college, get a degree in engineering, get a good job and then be happy and secure for the rest of our lives. That doesn’t seem to hold true anymore.
If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Ronald Reagan. He would have been an interesting person to talk to. His presidency was instrumental in changing the Cold War. For someone who started off as a half-baked actor (I never did like him as an actor), he was a very effective president. It would have been interesting to know how much of what he did was political and how much was something he really wanted to do.
The next time I travel, I’m going to... the Dakotas. My wife has a son stationed in Minot, N.D. I want to see Mt. Rushmore and the Badlands.
My favorite childhood memory is... Fourth of July in Oklahoma. You could have firecrackers back then (they were legal). We’d save our money to buy firecrackers and then blow up tin cans. We were lucky not to lose a finger or worse.
My favorite spring pastime is... Fishing. It gives you time to sit and reflect, and it’s a plus when you catch a fish. I enjoy the fresh air and the beauty of the mountains.
Something good I’ve read is.. “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” by Robert Kiyosaki. The author is comparing the attitudes of his father (who was a college professor) and his friend’s father (who was a high school drop-out and eventually became one of the richest men in Hawaii) on what’s important in life and the mental attitude of what it takes to be successful in life.
My pet peeve is... drivers who don’t use their turn signals.
If I won the lottery, I’d... probably give most of the money away to charities and churches. And keep enough to live comfortably the rest of my life and set up my grandkids with college funds.
Meet a Westsider” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you would like to be a Meet-a-Westsider (or know someone who should be), please give us a call at 471-6776.