My Life, My Words: Patrick Perkins — ‘Easy to make friends’

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Patrick Perkins stands along Yampa Avenue with his son, Corbyn. Perkins works as a sales associate at Walmart, but previously worked in security and as a coal miner. He moved frequently growing up, which he feels benefited him later in life.

“I was actually born here, then we moved away in ‘81 and came back in ‘93.

“I lived all across the south as a kid, so (moving) is really nothing new to me.

“We moved all the time. We just did, I don’t know why. We weren’t military or anything, we just moved a lot. I went to five elementary schools, four middle schools and five high schools.

“My parents would show up and just pick me up after school with a loaded vehicle ready to move and we’d just move. It became easy to forget and make new friends quick. You had to. You can’t just walk around in school by yourself all the time and be that stand-off guy over in the corner, you know? So it was real easy to make friends and my social skills, because of it, are up there.

“I consider myself fortunate I got to see so much of the country as a child because it becomes more and more expensive to travel as an adult. As a kid, whatever, you’re just going. As an adult with a family, it’s hard to travel, it’s hard to vacation. It costs too much.

“I consider myself fortunate that I got to see so much of the country as a child but less fortunate that I didn’t get to lay down any roots until I was out on my own. Until I finally moved out of the house and was on my own, I didn’t have any substantial roots in any one place. I was born here and this is where I decided to start my family and raise my kids.

“Before (Walmart) I was a coal miner for about two-and-a-half years (and) I worked in security for about eight years.

“(I was unemployed) from December until October, so about 10 months.

“The unemployment from the mine was good enough (to get by). It wasn’t as good as I was making obviously, but it was good enough to get by.

“Any time you lose your job it’s tough, but it happens.

“The only real big thing that happened the entire time I worked security is about once a month we’d get new printouts of the Colorado and the FBI’s most wanted lists. I ran into a guy that looked familiar over in Steamboat in one of the condos.

“Him and some of his friends were in a hot tub and I went back to the office and ended up checking the list and seeing it was him that was actually on one of the FBI’s most wanted lists for international drug trafficking. So I called the FBI office here in Colorado, and they were able to apprehend the guy in Steamboat

“As far as he was concerned, I was a security guard kicking him out of a hot tub and as far as I was concerned he was just another guy who was in the hot tub at the time. It was one of those (moments), I just happened to recognize one of his tattoos. I went back, looked at the photo, saw it was him, told them where he was and they got him.

“I’ve never done anything more exciting than the next guy. A pretty standard life really except moving around every few months to a couple of years.”

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