My Life, My Words: Steven ‘Rocco’ Skiff — ‘A new addiction’
May 16, 2011
Server at Gino's Neighborhood Pizzeria & Grill
"I'm a big fan of bowling. I bowl a lot, and I've got a big tournament coming up for the next four weeks in Colorado Springs. We won the Men's City Tournament here, too. I used to be a mechanic at the bowling alley, but that kind of fell short and I just lost interest. So, I decided to become a server and wait tables at Gino's. I really like this restaurant. It's a fun atmosphere, a different kind of place compared to other restaurants. We have a good time here. I work with great people. They really help me out.
"In the last four years, when I moved to Craig, I really started bowling competitively. Before, I used to work in the bowling industry, and I just kind of goofed around with it, and then once I moved to Craig, I got more serious. I have a 193 average. Our team here is the Country Living team, and we've got the lowest handicap out of all the teams, which is pretty cool. Growing up, my parents were always in the bowling industry, so I grew up as a little kid running around bowling alleys. As far as I can remember, bowling was the family sport, except for some cousins who play baseball. I'm kind of cut off from my family down in Denver. I talk to them every once in a while, but not total contact.
"This drunk guy at a party kept calling me 'Rocco' once, and I kept saying 'Hey, man, that's not me,' and then eventually it just kind of stuck with me. More or less, it also comes from work, too, because ever since I've had that nickname, people say 'Hey, go rock this out, Rocco' because no matter what job I have, I work as hard as I can. I've never really gone by my real name ever.
"I guess the most exciting thing in my life right now is bowling. My life kind of revolves around bowling. Other than that, I'm a pretty uninteresting person. I don't drink, I don't use drugs, I've been sober for several years. I went through some hardships in life, I was kind of a troublemaker. Now, bowling is my addiction. It's definitely a good replacement.
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"I grew up in a real bad neighborhood in Denver without a real attentive family. I kind of did what I wanted and I lived on the streets when I was 14 years old all by myself. I just kept getting in trouble and trying different jobs and nothing would work out until I moved up here. I've found a lot of good support and good friends here. I've started my life over in Craig. It's been good ever since.
"Living here, everybody really gets to know you and they don't think of you as just another junkie. I've got a real good personality and people like me and want to see me sober and laughing and smiling and having a good time. In the big city, you can do whatever you want and you go unnoticed, but here your reputation gets around."
— Interview and photo by Andy Bockelman
Server at Gino’s Neighborhood Pizzeria & Grill