The Renaissance man behind the register: Patrick Bright spills the beans on his diverse interests

Where are you from?

Woodland Park, basically. I was born in Oklahoma, but Woodland Park since kindergarten. 

How long have you worked for Bon Appétit?

A little more than a year. Valentine’s Day last year was when I first started.

What type of music do you listen to? Do you have a favorite artist?

All types. Tool is my favorite band. It’s the first band that really was a religious experience for me. It unlocked my perception of all music. I now pay much more attention to scarce and complicated music. Recently, I have been moving away from that and listening to stuff like Beck, Fleet Foxes, and classical music. I also have been getting into more female music. Men tend to listen to male musicians more, so I am trying to listen to more girly music, and it counterbalances the Tool, Rage Against the Machine, and all the other angry music I listen to. So Regina Spektor, Feist, and KT Tunstall. It’s a difficult question.

What do you enjoy doing? What are some of your interests, hobbies, or passions?

I really enjoy mountain biking and climbing. Right now I am writing a comic book. I am excited. It’s a choose-your-own adventure. It’s really complicated. It’s like putting together a puzzle where the pieces and the image are constantly changing. I rewrite it over and over and then discover something that changes the fundaments of the whole story. I throw some out or use it different places. That is how I occupy my time, and it helps cause I am pretty broke most of the time, so anything free is good.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

None that I would really like putting in the school newspaper. So… no I have no guilty pleasures.

What is your favorite food, and what is your favorite item to get at the Preserve?

I started being a vegetarian 10 months ago, so food has kind of fallen to the wayside as far as how much I enjoy it. It has changed from flavor to nutritional benefit for me. I like asparagus and all these leafy greens.

[At the Preserve I like to get] Tea. This is peppermint tea right here. Peppermint is really good for you.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?

Hard to say. I guess I have to go with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas because it is unlike anything I have seen before. It’s off the walls. Seeing Hunter S. Thompson living the gonzo lifestyle, recording his experiences and the crazy things he did. I recently got through the TV show Fringe. It is just awesome. I have always liked Star Trek and Sci-Fi, and this is like a new-age, multi-dimensional Star Trek.

Do you have a favorite place to go in the Springs or Woodland Park?

In Woodland Park, there is this place called Red Rocks. It was carved by the ocean many million years ago, and it’s a cropping of rock that you can climb in and on, through, all over the place. I should be broken now. I did a lot of crazy stuff on those rocks, jumping over 10-foot gaps. And a lot of the time I would be alone because my friends didn’t enjoy it as much as I did. Red Rocks Open Space is really nice in the Springs. Manitou is great too. This weekend was actually carnival in Manitou. There was live music and parades and my friends, and I spent nine hours there. There were so many people, and everyone so receptive and friendly. Manitou is my favorite place in the Springs even though it’s not really in the Springs.

What is the best part about working at the Preserve?

The people I work with. We have a really solid crew at night. There is no tension. We have no managers that get on my nerves and treat me like an underling. It’s a big family. 

What would you do for an ideal Valentine’s Day?

Well, I have been single for every Valentine’s Day, so it’s pretty built up in my mind. But for the most part, I don’t really buy into the holidays—seems like a Hallmark holiday to me. But if I were to answer the question, I would go to the moon. I guess it would depend heavily on the person I am with and what we enjoy doing together.



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