10 Questions with Matthew Limberakis
Good luck, good humor and a good family keep JML’s facility manager humming
1) How did you arrive at Cape Cod Healthcare?
My mom’s been here for 44 years. My sister works in the MOB (Medical Office Building) and has worked for MACC (Medical Associates of Cape Cod.) There was even a stretch back when X-rays were printed, my dad used to come in at the end of the month and transfer all the records as a part-time gig. Years ago, I used to tag along to work with Mom, back in the day, when I was under foot and in the way.
I was a late bloomer in the family, coming here.
My father had a seasonal restaurant, which was where I always saw myself. I worked there, and I used to look for off-season work. I had a great situation where the stars were aligned. Then a few years ago, everything changed. We got out of the restaurant businesses and the other job was kind of a niche thing that didn’t look as promising anymore and someone suggested I apply here.
It was probably a lapse of judgment Rob Weber regrets to this day [laughing], but I was given a per diem position. Then a temporary position opened up and I was able to get that. Then I was at a point when I got a construction supervisor license and I was able to jump into a permanent job.
I just kept showing up and they didn’t have the heart to send me home. [chuckles]
Honestly, I feel really, really lucky.
2) What are you most excited about these days?
I think I’m really looking forward to some warm weather, being outside with friends in a responsible way. I don’t want to harp on the pandemic, but I’d like to get back to some normalcy. I’m looking forward to some live music coming back and putting 2020 in hindsight a little.
My son’s also going to turn 13 at the end of the month – maybe that’s the thing I’m least looking forward to, him becoming a teenager! [laughs] No, I’m really looking forward to his birthday.
3) What’s your prized possession?
Tools that I’ve inherited from my grandfather. Nothing I’d would use every day, but to get his bit and brace to drill a hole, it means something to me. It’s a hand-crank drill. I wouldn’t replace my power drill, but it’s nice to have. It’s the connection with the person.
4) If you could only eat one food forever, what would it be?
It’s probably pizza because it’s really versatile. I don’t want to say bacon, because I work in healthcare. I’d have every cardiologist looking to get me on their table!
5) What’s the next thing on your to-do list?
Very next for me is that we’re entering another phase of construction here, so I have to put up a new Poly wall to separate the construction from the rest of the building.
6) What’s your special talent?
Driving my family crazy! I’m very adept at that. [laughs]
Actually, I haven’t had time to pursue it lately, but woodworking was something I was working on (before COVID-19). Now that everything’s changed, I hope to get back into the shop for that creative outlet.
I wasn’t working on Queen Anne highboys or anything, but before I was working on little boxes, light furniture-type things for the most part. Sometimes, it was just shop project, making something utilitarian that I needed. I’d like to get back to that.
7) What do you keep an emergency supply of?
Toilet paper, now. If you’d asked in 2019, I’d have said something different. Now, it makes me relate more to my Depression-era grandparents – hiding money in coffee cans and things like that.
I just got in the habit of buying it whenever I went out. Never knew Charmin was going to become the official currency in the US!
8) What is the most important thing to you?
I think that family is the one pillar that I can always depends on. I always want to be as available to them as they are to me. I’m really lucky that my family is great, and I hope I can reciprocate.
9) If you didn’t live on the Cape, where would you live and why?
I would love to live in Maine; somewhere I could snowboard. I did a winter up there when I was young, and I worked in fast food, which was kind of an eye-opener. It’s just an absolutely gorgeous state and had I found more gainful employment, I might not have been back here now.
10) What song is stuck in your head at the moment?
“Whistle Stop” – It’s actually the intro to Disney’s Robin Hood. That’s what is on repeat for me, as ridiculous as it is. It’s completely infectious and I think we watched it six months ago and it’s just been a constant source of amusement to me. When I want to ruin someone’s day, I’ll hum it. Lisa, my girlfriend, she’s like, “Thanks a lot.” It’s not very cool, but that’s what’s in my head.