Meet your neighbor |

Meet your neighbor

ALL | GrassValleyArchive

How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: Four months

Why I like living here: I visited my nephew who lives here and I liked what I saw. I also saw a potential for my business. The people here are nice, too, and the traffic is much better than in the Bay Area.

What I do in my spare time: Head for lakes and rivers. I also work out in martial arts.

My family: I have family here in Grass Valley, in the Bay Area, and in Hawaii. There are five men and lots of grandkids.

Friends: My best friend lives in Redding, and we talk on the phone quite often.

Favorite food: There’s no food I don’t like. I’ve been around the world two times and I’ve never come across food I don’t like.

Pets: Two chickens, Buk Buk and Turkey.

Job: Watch, clock and jewelry repair.

What I like about my job: I love my job – I’ve been doing it for 41 years.

What I would change about my job: I’d have a big store with lots of clocks ticking and one or two employees.

The best job I ever had: I worked on Kwajalein, an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, as a watchmaker for the army. It was absolute paradise. The island is three miles long and half-a-mile wide and there are no cars, all pedalists.

If I won a million: I’d help out my family, especially my mom, whose never had a break in life.

My favorite vacation: I went to the big island of Hawaii and stayed with my dad – it’s a beautiful island.

My dream vacation: I’d have a seaplane, get all of my friends, and spend a couple of days on a bunch of islands.

My greatest accomplishment: My daughter, Danielle, 27, that God gifted me with.

What I’d change about the world: You can’t change the fighting; there will always be fighting. But for just one day there would be peace and everyone would say, “life is good.”

The most important lesson I’ve learned: Never ride a Harley while you are upset.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: My brother, Joe, who is a professor of martial arts.

The best book I’ve read recently: I’m a very slow reader so when I do read, I really absorb it. Right now, I’m listening to the tapes of “The Life You Were Born to Live” by Dan Millman.

My personal theme song: Theme from “Blade Runner” by Vangelis.

Favorite TV Show: “M*A*S*H” The scriptwriters were really funny and I was in the military so I know what’s going on.

A movie I’d recommend: “Blade Runner.”

What you should know about me: I love to make people smile and laugh. That’s a reward right there, seeing someone smile. And I try to be fair, and I’d like to fix your watches. (Perry works at Tempus Jewelers in the Bear River Junction center at 10055 Wolf Road, Suite 5.)


Who are your neighbors? If you know of a western Nevada County resident to be spotlighted in this feature, contact Becky Trout at or 477-4234.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User