Rita Bricker, a resident of Maricopa since 1987, writes a gardening column for InMaricopa.

Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
Reside: Rancho El Dorado
Maricopan since: 1987
Occupation: Retired database administrator
Family: Husband Jerry and daughter Andrea
Pets: Ginger and Honey – Chihuahua-mix rescues
Cars: Town car – Prius; Offroad vehicle – RAM 4WD pickup
Hobbies: Gardening
Pet peeve: Poor spelling and grammar
Dream vacation: Any cruise
Like most about Maricopa: It is compact, has most “big city” amenities and is close to wide open spaces.
Like least about Maricopa: Highway 347 – like most everyone.

Favorite …

Charity: Ballet Arizona

Book: “Gone with the Wind,” “Lord of the Rings” trilogy

Movie: “Last of the Mohicans” (Daniel Day-Lewis version); “Gladiator”

Actor: Gary Cooper

Song: “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young

Musician: Bob Dylan

Team: Kansas City Chiefs, of course!

Athlete: Larry Fitzgerald and Aaron Rodgers

Food: Mexican

Drink: Iced tea

Meal: Vegetable lo mein

Restaurant: Sunset Cafe – so sad it’s not coming back.

Getaway: Payson

Website: Amazon

Quote: “Any minor world that falls apart falls together again.”

Words to live by: “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”