10 Questions with Zach Cleary
Current FH Med/Surg 4 nurse and future goat keeper enjoys his life and new home
- What was your very first job?
I pushed shopping carts at Roche Bros. supermarket back when I was 14. I tried getting a job there when I was 13, but they said I was too young. I mostly retrieved carts and worked as a bagger. It was a very formal place – you had to wear a tie. <laughs> It was one of my first exposures working with the public, which was a good thing.
I worked there until I was 18 and that’s when I started working at Falmouth Hospital. I started in housekeeping, then I worked in radiology as a radiology tech aid in X-ray and CTscan.
I always knew I wanted to work in the medical field. My parents are respiratory therapists, so I always knew the hospital was the setting for me. I didn’t know I wanted to be a nurse until I was about 19 or 20. I thought I’d be going into radiology, but I realized I wanted to learn about medications and help the patient as a whole, as opposed to one modality.
- What’s the next thing on your to-do list?
Probably yard work, which I actually enjoy! At this point, I’m just trying to get rid of weeds and yard grass, but there’s always something. I bought my house last April and there’s a lot of yard renovation. I don’t actually have a lawn yet.
I'm planning to get some goats for the yard. I hear they make great pets, plus they'll help eat the wild grass and weeds!
- If you could have another career, what would it be?
Honestly, probably a landscaper of some sort, whether it’s working on yards or, like, masonry. I really enjoy it. There’s something peaceful to me about doing yardwork. I can turn my brain off and just work.
- What are you most excited about?
I’m just happy the pandemic in on the downswing. Things are opening up and people are getting back to normal. I’m ready to get out into the nicer weather.
I went out to Arizona last month, which was pretty cool. A lot hiking, went to the Grand Canyon. It was great to go out there after vaccination.
- Do you have a prized possession?
I grew up with Star Wars action figures – the vintage ones from the 70s and 80s . A couple of years ago I started trying to buy the old ones. I’m about 32 figures short of the 100 or so in the collection. The rare ones go for about $200-300 apiece.
I was born in the 90s, and my father handed me down a few when I was probably way too young. I was probably chewing on them <laughs> and I started collecting them a few years ago. I get them on Ebay, but I see them at flea markets and other places. I have them all displayed in case.
I had stopped for a while, but watching The Mandelorian got me interested again.
- What’s your hidden talent?
You’re not going to see me on American Idol or anything. <chuckles> I like fishing, kayaking. The house has kept me so busy.
- Favorite TV show?
My all-time favorite show is Breaking Bad. The transformation in that show: How Walt (the main character) changes; how they first introduce him, and every day is the same. Then he gets a cancer diagnosis and realizes he has to support his family.
The cinematography is just amazing. It’s visually stunning. I always said I’d pay money to have someone erase that part of my brain that remembers the show, so I could watch it again. <laughs>
- What should everyone have in their glove compartment or trunk?
I have a bug-out bag, if for whatever reason you’re stuck on the highway. It has anything you’d need to survive the night. It’s like a backpack you’d almost take camping or on a long hike. A poncho, stuff to stay dry, stuff to stay warm – I even have a paper map in there!
- What’s your favorite time of day?
I’m definitely not a night person anymore, though I actually like to watch the sunset on the beach.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more productive in the mornings. I did overnights at the hospital –7 p.m. to 7 a.m. I’m sort of done with that. <laughs>
- What song is stuck in your head at the moment?
Ha! I don’t think I was singing anything today. I listen to mostly just, like, peaceful stuff. I’ve gotten into Country music, which is something I never thought I’d say. I listen when I’m doing yardwork. Simple music for simple work, I guess.