Meet a Westsider:
Gary Hassig

Profession/Occupation... Drummer/ percussionist, full-time drum teacher and free-lance writer.

What I like most about the Westside is... the realness of the people, the old houses, the rock formations everywhere Ė even some in peopleís backyards.

If I could change anything about the Westside, it would be... less traffic. When I moved down here from Denver 13 years ago, the traffic, to me, was almost non-existent. Now itís congested.

A good movie Iíve seen recently is... ďBenny & Joon,Ē (for the umpteenth time.)

The worst advice Iíve ever gotten was... meditation isnít for Christians. I am now finding out that it is a very rich and vital part of the Christian tradition. It goes all the way back to the early church.

If I could meet someone famous, Iíd like to meet... (living today) Garrison Keillor; (historical) Jesus, Meister Eckhart (Christian mystic in the 14th century), Mark Twain.

The next time I travel, Iím going to... Cancun, Mexico, in December - I canít wait!

My favorite childhood memory is... hanging around my dadís country store north of Denver, Sunday drives with my family and riding horses in the fields and mountains.

My favorite fall pastime is... hiking through the fallen leaves in an aspen grove, and outdoor drum circles.

Something good Iíve read is.. ďLeaping,Ē by Brian Doyle; ďGod in the Alley,Ē by Greg Paul.

My pet peeve is... poor planning by bureacrats for water and traffic. Iím a fourth-generation Colorado native and I donít want to discourage anyone moving here, but it is being overdeveloped with no thought of where the water will come from or what to do about traffic. Another pet peeve (on a smaller scale) is dog droppings on hiking trails.

If I won the lottery, Iíd... Iíve never played the lottery in my life, but if it happened, I would give money to charity, buy my wife a big house in the mountains with a porch all the way around, record some of my songs and buy a 1952 Chevy and fix it up.

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