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Meet your neighbor – Kathy Doty

Becky Trout

How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: 25 years

Do I like living here? I love this whole area and everything about it, the climate, the beautiful river, lakes, proximity to other interesting places and great people.

What I do in my spare time: I enjoy hiking in these mountains, swimming in the rivers when it’s nice. I have many creative projects that keep me busy. I enjoy learning new art forms and meeting interesting people.

My family: I have two sons, 18 and 21, who really need to get out and see the world. Nevada County is nice, but for teenage people it can be a very small place to grow up in, with not a lot to do.

My best friend: My best friend would have to be my ex-future sister-in-law, Kathy. She and I spend countless hours solving the world’s problems – and each other’s – as well as exploring the river trails.

Pets: In the past, I have always had horses, dogs and birds but at this time the only pet is my son’s pit bull, a very sweet but spoiled creature who talks constantly.

Job: I am a cashier at a local grocery store. Before that, I have had a wide variety of jobs. I’ve taught riding lessons and had a houseplant business. I’ve been a waitress, everyone should have to do that once. The most interesting job was driving a school bus here in Grass Valley and I’ve also been a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service in the Santa Cruz mountains.

What I like about my job: I truly love all the interesting people who come in to shop. They become very much like family, when you wait on the same folks for years. I really enjoy these kids I’ve watched grow up and especially the seniors who are so wonderful.

What would I change about my job: That would have to be getting a full-time position after working there for over 20 years! It would be nice not to worry about my income the following week. Oh, and I would also like a swivel chair to sit on.

If I won a million: I have no problem figuring that out. I really want my own home somewhere in the woods, more horses, gardens and a vehicle don’t have to work on. I’d also send myself and my sons on some great adventures.

My favorite vacation: My favorite one was to Paris and Amsterdam with my brother and my boyfriend. It was the biggest reality check on how big and interesting (and old!) this world is.

What I’d change about the world: I would want people to learn to take responsibility for their actions. We are all here with different lessons to learn and we need to let go of the pettiness and judgments of one another.

The most important lesson I’ve learned: Life is short! Experience it to the fullest and be ready for adventures.

The person who has made the biggest difference in my life: My parents, of course, who showed me new parts of the world and taught me I could be anything and do anything I set my mind to. And my sons, who have given me the biggest love of my life and the biggest lessons.

My hero: I have a few. My father, for being such a dedicated dad to the four of us kids. He helped to broaden our worlds and give us a taste for other cultures. Another hero is a very special person, John Brooker, who opened my eyes to the spiritual, metaphysical world of endless possibilities.

A movie I’d recommend: “Practical Magic.” It’s the only movie I ever wanted to watch twice. And, Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World Live” video.

What you should know about me: I have a special interest in creating a program where the youth and the senior population can contribute to each other’s sense of value and self-worth through mentoring and sharing life stories with each other.

Why I came to this area: I moved here with a boyfriend in 1980 to buy land, build a passive solar home and raise a family in the Sierra foothills.


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


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