Meet your neighbor – B.D. Colwell |

Meet your neighbor – B.D. Colwell

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How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: 24 years.

Why I like living here: The radio station, mountains, trees … I love it here; you just fall in love with this place. I’ve made my adult life here.

What I do in my spare time: I have very little spare time. I like to read, do music-related stuff.

My family: My sweetheart, Diana, and two children, Simon, 11 and Sati, 13.

Favorite food: Chocolate or beer.

Pets: Five cats, two rabbits, two chickens, three fish, one rat, one hamster, so far. There’s a dog in our future, maybe two.

Job: I work at Asylum Down in the shipping department.

What I like about my job: I like the people I work for and work with. They offer me a lot of autonomy, which I like.

What I would change about my job: I want to be paid $1,000 a hour. I’d settle for $500.

The best job I ever had: Music director at KVMR.

If I won a million: Keep half of it, spread the rest around like pixie dust.

My favorite vacation: I took a road trip to the East Coast and back about 20 years ago; that was a good one.

My dream vacation: Africa, all over. I want to visit every single country in Africa.

My greatest accomplishment: I had an African music show on KVMR for 11 years. That’s the thing I’m proud of still.

What I’d change about the world: Almost everything. Just about everything to do with politics, corporations, but I’d start with the president.

The most important lesson I’ve learned: Patience.

The person who has made the biggest difference in my life: My sweetheart.

Who is your hero? Lawn Chair Larry (a man who got stuck 16,000 feet over Los Angeles in 1982 after tying helium balloons to his lawn chair).

The best book I’ve read recently: “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” by Audrey Niffenegger. Henry has chrono-displacement disorder, and he meets the woman he’s going to marry when she is quite young.

My personal theme song: Elvis Costello’s “What’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding?”

Favorite TV Show: I don’t watch TV.

A movie I’d recommend: “The Triplets of Belleville.”

What you should know about me: I mean you no harm; I come in peace.

Why you, or your ancestors, came to Nevada County: On a whim, some friends from the Bay Area moved here and I followed them. Once I was here, I haven’t found a good reason to leave.


Who are your neighbors? If you know of a western Nevada County resident to be spotlighted in this feature, contact Becky Trout at or 477-4234.

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