Gail Krusen

I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado.  Yes, I’m a Native.  The only one in my family.  My parents and my sister were born in Ohio.  They moved from Ohio to Colorado after my Dad left the Air Force.  My Dad died in September 2003 from cancer.  My Mom still lives in the house in Wheat Ridge that my sister and I grew up in.  My parents bought the house in 1954.  My Mom is 95 years old and, until recently, lived by herself.  I have lived in Colorado (Wheat Ridge, Westminster, Broomfield and Brighton) all my life except for a short period of insanity when I moved to Los Angeles, California.  My sister, brother-in-law, and nephews were living in Los Angeles and I thought it would be a cool thing to move there too.  That only lasted three or four months and I regained my sanity and moved back home to Colorado.  I was married in 1996 and divorced in 2007.  My sister and her family moved back to Colorado from Los Angeles over twenty years ago and they now live in Golden.

I worked for an insurance company for five and a half years and then for the Federal Government for thirty-three years.  I retired in 2007.  I only worked for two agencies during those thirty-three years.  The first agency was the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which is part of the Department of Transportation (DOT).  I worked there in Lakewood from 1974 until 1991.  I had a full-time job and went to college at night where I earned my Accounting Degree.  Then I worked for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in downtown Denver from 1991 until I retired in 2007.  I started out as a Clerk and progressed through Clerk-Typist, Clerk-Stenographer, Secretary, Accounting Technician, Accountant, Underwriter, and ended my career as a Management Analyst.  I very much enjoy being retired and being able to do what I want when I want.

My time is spent reading (fiction and science fiction mostly), working puzzles with my Mom and my sister, learning how to crochet from my Mom and my sister (I’ve been learning for a couple of years now and still consider myself to be a beginner), taking care of my Mom (which is the very least I can do after all she has done for me), and watching television.  I enjoy watching tennis, Broncos football, Avalanche hockey, NHRA drag racing, Formula 1 racing, bicycling and some regular series.

I heard about the club from some members who belonged to another club.  I decided to join because I enjoy the many and varied activities and also the people. 

My favorite vacations spots are Hawaii (I have been there twice but not for a long, long time), Las Vegas, Nevada, Los Angeles, California, Palisades, Colorado, and Ouray, Colorado.  My first car was a 1969 Triumph GT6+.  It was midnight blue and really small but that’s when I fell in love with sports cars.  I have owned many other cars throughout the years, but that car started my dream of owning a Corvette someday.  My first Corvette was a 1999 Magnetic Red Convertible 6-speed.  I always dreamed of owning one and I finally got my wish in 1999.  I couldn’t believe it!  I love this car!  Whenever I drive it, I get what I call a “silly ass grin” on my face. Even after 16 years, I still do it.  In the Fall of 2016, I became the proud owner of a 2014 Stingray Z51 convertible that is Arctic White with a red interior. Some of you may recognize this car and that is because it was another member's Corvette (Mike Finlay) before it was mine.  So, if you see me driving and you wonder what I am grinning about, it is just my love and joy in my car.  

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