Jacob Baron, retail services specialist at O'Reilly Auto Parts, stands in an aisle of hoses and belts in the back of the store. Baron enjoys reading philosophy books, contrary to his lifestyle as a mechanic and automotive student at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

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Jacob Baron, retail services specialist at O'Reilly Auto Parts, stands in an aisle of hoses and belts in the back of the store. Baron enjoys reading philosophy books, contrary to his lifestyle as a mechanic and automotive student at Colorado Northwestern Community College.

Monday Morning Chat: Five minutes with Jacob Baron, retail service specialist at O'Reilly Auto Parts

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Hometown: "Craig is my hometown, but I was born in Wheat Ridge. Lived there until I was about 5. Then I’ve been back and forth between Denver."

Job title: Retail service specialist at O’Reilly Auto Parts

How long have you been working here: “About a year and a half. I also work at Conoco as a mechanic there and I go to school for automotive.”

How did you get started at your job: “I started working here because I needed a job so my parents wouldn’t kick me out. But I also work here because of all the automotive stuff I do.”

Motto or outlook on life: “I live my life on books about philosophy.”

Favorite thing about living in NW Colorado: “It’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from here.”

Favorite local restaurant: “Los Jilbertos. That place is awesome.”

Improvement to Craig you’d like to see: “I’d like to see the oil production go up. About 3 and a half years ago, Craig was supposed to boom huge because of all the oil fields around here. Some governor cut that off.”

Favorite band or musician: “Type O Negative”

Favorite movie: “Pay It Forward”

Pet peeve: “Miserable people”

Strangest thing you’ve found working on a car: “Mechanics mistakes. I found a few mice in an air box once. I found a pair of vice grips clamping the brake lines shut. Bolts missing.”

Do you have a dream car: “Yeah I’m working on one right now. ’73 Ford F100.”

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