Meet a Westsider:
Patty Strauch

Profession/Occupation... Realtor at Manitou Springs Real Estate.

What I like most about the Westside is... the “constants” that have been here since I was a little girl as well as the cool changes we’ve seen that haven’t destroyed the Westside’s flavor, warmth and goodness.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... workable solutions to keep all our grade schools vibrant and in use for another 100 years. There is nothing like having a small (enrollment size) school to start a child off to a great start in life. We have MANY successful citizens of all ages who went thru the westside public school system.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “The Passion of the Christ” and “Collateral.”

The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... from my mom, who said don’t marry Dick, he’s too jealous and you will not have a happy marriage. We’ve been happily married for 40 years!

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Jesus Christ. I’d just love to know what he was REALLY like as a human being.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... Pagosa Springs for an annual Corvette event. I love it because I love the people we’ll be with, the hot springs, the pool and relaxed time. I will be completely away from business and won’t worry about a thing with Rachel handling things.

My favorite childhood memory is... that’s hard. I had so many good memories growing up one of seven kids running “free” on the Westside. Way back then, as a kid, it was safe & permissible to pack a lunch & go explore the Garden of the Gods all day with no adult supervision (read: interference). I remember the Colorado Ave Creamery and the fun soda fountain, the “scary” underpass at Colorado Ave & 15th Street, playing on the old metal slide at Buena Vista grade school...yes, we got warm bottoms once in awhile, but we all survived. And so on & so on...MANY years of GOOD memories.

My favorite summer pastime is... being involved with family outdoor activities and Corvette Club activities.

Something good I’ve read is.. a cute little book that my sister-in-law gave me: “Bad Fairies,” by Fay Langmore.

My pet peeve is... closed-minded people!

If I won the lottery, I’d... sure help family with financial issues and donate to a couple of my favorite charitable organizations. I’d spring for a HUGE party for friends & relatives and then go on a fun trip with my “Sweedie,” the love of my life, Dick Strauch.

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