Whats your weakness?
Trying to do too many things at one time; not being realistic about the time I really have. You know, like youre walking out the door and think ,I can squeeze in that one more thing.
Who is your favorite character in history?
I think Thomas Jefferson, I love Thomas Jefferson. Michael and I had the privilege of living in D.C., so I certainly love learning about all the American founders. But Im just intrigued with his broad knowledge. I loved being in his home, seeing his inventions and his changes in policy, his worldliness.
Have you ever met anyone famous?
Yes, when I worked in Washington, D.C. I met many presidents. My favorite was meeting Bill and Hillary Clinton. I served on a subcommittee on long-term care with Hillary. It was a working committee, so she came to meetings. She was so bright. She knew Medicare, she knew what she was looking for, she could talk to us in very fine detail.
What was your last nightmare about?
I was supposed to sing in a band and I couldnt find the band leader to tell me what song Im singing. And it was all about chasing to find this guy and its getting closer to the night Im singing and I cant find him to tell me what Im singing.
Aside from a property, whats the most expensive thing youve bought?
Well I have an Erte bronze, and its probably the most expensive artifact I own. I love art deco. In my Washington, D.C. years, I had to travel a lot and got to shop good and go to fun, unusual places. And I fell in love with Erte when I was traveling the country, so much so that I couldnt stand it and had to buy one.
What was the last movie to make you cry?
You know, I think it was Life of Pi. I love Life of Pi, it was so touching.
Whats the worst pickup line youve ever heard?
Im way too old to remember any of these or to have heard any lately. You know, I dont remember the pickup line, but living in Washington, D.C. was humbling because my roommate started dating and fell in love with a guy that worked for the FBI. But about six months later, he tells her that hes married and he was dating her as an alias. He had a wife and kids at home!
Have you ever said I love you and not meant it?
Oh I hope not! I dont think so, but I hope not.
What song makes you crank up the volume?
Lots. Celebrate is one. Crosby Stills Nash & Young. The soundtrack of The Big Chill.
If you could have an all expenses paid vacation, where would you choose to go and what would you do?
I think I want to go to the South Pacific Islands, like Bora Bora, Tahiti. Its just part of the world weve not been, and I want to get into those blue waters, read books and relax, enjoy the culture and eat the food. Thats definitely on the to do list. Michael and I try to do a really good trip every year. We Tivo a lot of travel shows and we watch those. Sometimes we disagree on some places, but we both agreed on that one. I guess we need to find the money!
Surfside resident Nancy Gorshe grew up in Spokane and attended Washington State University to study social work. From there, she earned her masters degree in social work administration from University of Washington. For 30 years, she operated assisted living, long-term care and home health programs. In the 1980s, she spent eight years in Washington, D.C. working as a lobbyist for community-based care. After purchasing a beach house on the Peninsula in 1992, she and her husband, Michael, opened The Depot restaurant in 2003. Nancy also serves as a Ocean Beach Hospital commissioner, the board president of the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau, and on the Pacific County Economic Development Council board. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, swimming and reading.