MARATHON NEIGHBOR OF THE WEEK: MATT COLLINS


Matt Collins takes service seriously because he helps customers get the job done. ALEX RICKERT / Weekly Keys

We admit it: although Keys Weekly is responsible for reporting news in the Keys each week, we have a problem. No matter how many people appear on the pages of each edition of our newspapers, there are always many more members of our community who deserve recognition. In an effort to spotlight more of the amazing individuals who live and work on these islands, Keys Weekly is proud to present our Neighbor of the Week article, dedicated to celebrating a member of the community in each issue. Our second neighbor of the week is a helping hand for those who might get a little lost looking for auto parts.

MATT COLLINS

Handyman, NAPA Auto Parts

How did you come to Marathon and start working at NAPA? I went down in 2003 when I was a commercial diver. I started working at the Dolphin Research Center and then worked for boat rental companies for seven or eight years. Came here about six years ago when it was time to get out of the sun.

What song always takes you to the dance floor? Let’s go with any Grateful Dead song.

What is your dream vacation? Fiji

What’s the last book you read or TV show you binged? “Chernobyl” was the last one I binge-watched, and “Naked and Afraid.” They just had their finale on Sunday, and they’ve had all the shows before that.

What would you do if you won the lottery? I would buy a cabin in the woods and maybe help relatives.

What’s the one thing that’s always on the menu, but you’ll never try? Anything with broccoli in it, I’m not going to try.

What’s one thing most people never knew about you? Probably the fact that I was a professional diver. I’m a pretty open guy.

What’s the coolest car you’ve ever driven? Probably my own 1979 Camaro Z28.

Two truths and a lie: I once wrecked my car in a dump truck going 75 miles an hour, ran out of air once at 100 feet and went to Australia to get married to someone I met on the Internet. (Editor’s note: Check back next week to find out Matt’s lie. And if you guessed that last week’s neighbor of the week Maria made AND drank great coffee, you guessed right.)
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received or given (or is there any advice you think is overrated or wrong?) “Don’t believe everything you hear.” This is probably the best advice anyone has ever given me, and I pass it on.

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