My name is...Mickey Nykyforchyn

Lover of dogs, ‘Phantom’ and Rolls-Royces

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Buddying up

I’ve been a dog person my whole life. I was around 5 years old when I had my first dog. His name was Peppy and he was just a bouncy, fluffy, happy little guy. I’ve always liked little dogs since.

My wife and I have owned the same breed, Bichon Frise, for about 27 years, and Buddy is the third of them.

Everything is proportionately smaller with little dogs, I think it’s easier to take care of them. They eat less, they make a smaller mess. Everything is smaller — except the vet bills.

Winding down and going out

My wife and I enjoy some traditional activities, but not too many TV shows or movies. We do watch some of the factual shows, the mysteries and the whodunits on the History Channel and the like. They just give you the Reader’s Digest version of something — you don’t have to sit there for four hours and watch all of those commercials. You get your little bit of entertainment and get in and get out.

Our favorite cultural activity is probably “The Phantom of the Opera.” We go to town to see it every time it comes. We didn’t see it when it was here in Parker because it was in September, and it just didn’t feel right. It’s more of a February thing.

A challenge becomes an asset

I have dyslexia. It was handled differently when I was a kid. Now I just recognize it for what it is — everybody has something and that’s what I’ve got. But it also gives me a gift.

I can visualize things three-dimensionally, and that helped me excel in my career. I have a master’s degree in building construction and I parlayed that into the facilities business. You’re always dealing with structures and devising solutions to physical obstacles, and when you have that ability to see something in 3-D you have a leg up on other people who don’t see it that way.

Childhood dream realized

I’m a car guy, and one of the cars I’d always wanted to own was a Rolls-Royce. Now we have a 1951 Silver Wraith. I got a model of one when I was knee-high to a tadpole and said “One day I’m going to own one of these,” and I ultimately did.

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