Meet a Westsider:
Tricia Martinez

Profession/Occupation... I worked at Memorial Health System Central for 18 years. I was let go in 2010 and have been unemployed since.

What I like most about the Westside is... I was born and raised here and have lived on the Westside my whole life, so it is just home. It is fairly safe, laid back, friendly and seems to be its own little world.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... I would not really change much, but I would really like to see a restaurant like the Golden Corral or Country Buffet around here!

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “Sherlock Holmes.” I was so entertained with both films.

The worst advice I ever got was.... when I worked at MHS I had a supervisor who once told me that if I ever encountered a bear to just slap it on the nose. I do not ever want to be close enough to a bear that I can touch its nose!!

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... I would like to meet Peter Forsberg. He is the greastest NHL player ever and his style of play on the ice will never be matched.

The next time I travel, I’m going... I would like to go to Sweden because it is such a beautiful country, and to the Czech Repulic because it has some of the oldest Catholic churches in the world.

My favorite childhood memory is... When I was little and there would be rainstorms pouring down, my mom would take me outside and we would walk up and down Colorado Avenue jumping in all the puddles, then go home soaking wet. I would end up getting sick with strep throat and mom would say that we better not do that again. The next rainstorm, there we were outside playing in the puddles again!

My favorite summer pastime is... Going to the park with my friend and having a water gun fight.

Something good I’ve read is... “The Iliad.” I read it for the first time when I was in sixth grade, and it is my favorite book.

My pet peeve is... People who have to use filthy language to express themselves. That sort of language shows a person’s lack of education.

If I won the lottery I’d... would donate money to my late grandma’s little Catholic church in Segundo, Colorado. I would also send my aunt, who has Parkinson’s, to see doctors who are more qualified to treat the illness. And of course I’d help my three brothers and tell my mom to retire and then get myself a dog! I’d also donate to Westside charities, such as Billie Spielman and Westside CARES.

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