Glenwood Springs man is a sports fan right down to the bone
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – His glowing smile is infectious. His enthusiasm for the simple things in life is contagious. He will tell you, in no uncertain terms that, “I take pride in making the best pizza in Glenwood.”
It’s impossible to be down in the dumps while in the presence of Joel Bone.
If you make a trip to Glenwood’s Mountain Market on a weekday around lunchtime, you’ll find Bone cooking away at the Piccadilly Pizza counter inside the store, as he has done for the past nine years. His menu includes cheesesticks and hotwings as well as pizza, and Bone mixes a special ingredient, if you will, into his service to assure that customers go away happy.
“I want all of my customers to have a warm slice of pizza and feel right at home when they are here,” said Bone.
Bone, who was born and raised in Glenwood Springs, is by no means just a one-dimensional pizza guy. He has several interests outside of the workplace. Many of his afternoons are spent at Mountain Valley Developmental
Services, where he likes to hang out with old high school classmates and take part in the C.A.T. (Community Access Team) program, which is run by Linda Austin Martin and Leslie Wareham. Bone regularly participates in C.A.T. activities, including going out to eat, trips to Johnson’s Park for mini-golf, and a game or two of bowling in Rifle and New Castle.
“They have great programs at Mountain Valley,” states Bone enthusiastically.
Bone has also had a lifelong passion for buses. His daily commute to and from work on the Ride Glenwood bus is a joy rather than a task. He puts being on a bus at the top of his list of favorite things to do.
“I love to ride the bus,” said Bone.
Bone also loves sports.
He was the team manager for the Glenwood High School football and girls basketball programs from 1995 until his graduation in 1997. Bone still attends Demon sporting events on a regular basis, and he even has and all-time favorite Glenwood athlete: Greg Orosz, a Demon football player and wrestler who graduated in 2009.
“He’s a great guy,” said Bone of Orosz. “He carried that football team in 2008 to the state championship.”
Bone also likes to talk at length about the professional and college sports team that hold a special place in his heart.
“I sure do like the Denver Broncos, and also the Seattle Seahawks because you have to respect the Boz,” said Bone, referring to former Seattle linebacker Brian Bosworth.
Bone has also taken a liking to the Minnesota Vikings since their acquisition of quarterback Brett Favre. Bone goes so far as to say that the Vikings are one of his two possible Super Bowl champions.
“I think it will be New Orleans over Indianapolis, and if that doesn’t work out, it will be Minnesota over San Diego.”
Bone’s college sports allegiances lie mainly with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, although he does pull for Ohio State because of his buddy, former Glenwood Middle School principal Brad Ray, and for Texas Christian U. since it is the alma mater of running back LaDanian Tomlinson, who now plays for the San Diego Chargers.
“My whole family is from Arkansas,” says Bone. “I would never go against the Razorbacks.”
A visit with Bone is not only about having a slice of hot pizza, you also get to delve into a wide variety of conversation topics. Bone’s not bashful about giving you his opinion. If the food he serves doesn’t warm you up, his kindness and spirit certainly will.
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