Meet a Westsider:
David Rasmussen

Profession/Occupation... Branch Assistant, Old Colorado City Branch Library.

What I like most about the Westside is... It's HOME! I was born here in 1960 and raised in Pleasant Valley. The Carnegie library I work in is the same one where I checked out my first easy-reading books as a child. Living in the neighborhood, on my walk to work each morning I see people who know me and wave and say hello. I only have to drive once or twice a week. It's great.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... That all of the really great people who live here would share their ideas more often. They tend to be quiet, but they really care about the community, and it would be great if all those ideas were expressed. We don't have to change, but if we do for the better, it will be because everyone pitches in.

A good movie I’ve seen recently is... “Fast Food Nation,” but it wasn't as good as the book.

The worst advice I’ve ever gotten was... When I was a kid and my older brother said “Taste this, you'll like it.” Seriously, I think most advice is worth listening to, but I would want to get a second opinion on almost everything.

If I could meet someone famous, I’d like to meet... Well, I've already met David Hughes. A person I’d like to meet from the past is Emily Dickinson. Alhough I don't think she'd like to meet me, I'd like to tell her how really famous she is and how many people think her one of the greatest poets of all time. She died an unknown writer.

The next time I travel, I’m going to... Well, the next trip is Texas. But I'm planning on Greece sometime next year.

My favorite childhood memory is... A fine summer day, looking out the front door at my Dad mowing the lawn. Really. I had a great childhood, and I think I realized at that particular moment how lucky I was and how the simple things in life are really wonderful beyond words.

My favorite fall pastime is... camping. But if I don't have time for that, an evening fire will do.

Something good I’ve read is.. “Out There: In the Wild in a Wired Age” by Ted Kerasote

My pet peeve is... parents who ignore their kids. Fortunately, I don't see it often.

If I won the lottery, I’d... think they had the wrong man. I never play. But if I suddenly got a lot of money, I'd give it all to the Pikes Peak Library District. They're the best.

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