Now don't get me wrong, I'm not a lazy person, it's just that in the past few years I've done some major re-evaluation of my priorities. Over 30 years spent in a lightning fast paced, manufacturing environment has taught me to slow down and enjoy the simpler things away from work. Not always a common or popular view in a sprawling multicultural metropolis of over 4 million people struggling for that "better life" our society deems necessary for approval. For me, money has always been a tool for personal growth, not an ever elusive goal of attaining a vast financial empire. And thus my personal motto: Work to live - Live to fish.
The past 16 months have been extremely difficult finding employment other than entry level, minimum wage, work-till-you-drop type jobs. The plastic industry took a huge hit years ago, and with it's slow recovery, employers today are looking for young hotshots who are more malleable, and more importantly, cheaper to keep. I'd only had a dozen or so interviews during this time, lowering my salary expectations just to get a foot in the door, but never quite managing to impress.
Two months ago, and getting perilously close to the bottom of the barrel, I got a call from an old associate from half a lifetime ago. He and a few others from that long ago factory had started up their own company, and by diversifying their customer base, had prospered where many others had gone down in flames. It was like a class reunion at that first interview, I knew everyone that was anyone in the company, and the interview itself was spent catching up and trading war stories, with little time spent reviewing my qualifications. Things were looking up but it took another 8 weeks before my call back earlier this week. After a brief run down on the responsibilities and another tour of the plant, I left there with that warm fuzzy feeling associated with a long awaited homecoming and a dream job all rolled into one. And that's the good news.
Every coin has two sides and so does this story. The factory is on the far side of the city and a 40 mile round trip commute by public transit will eventually wear me down. After a 2 week orientation I'll be taking responsibility for the midnight shift. Midnights combined with a 3-4hr commute leave little time for anything else during the week especially fishing. I guess the cure for a self indulgent fishing addiction is gainful employment. I'll be making some serious coin so I imagine in a few months time, when the novelty's worn off and my bank account has regained some weight, I'll start indulging myself with the purchase of a few items from my long ignored fishing wish list.
One final and ironic note. As the bus crossed over the partially frozen Humber River less than a mile from my house on that first commute, I saw a 30" steelhead roll on the surface as if giving a final salute to the end of an era. This new time in my life will initially offer limited opportunities to indulge my passion, but will make those infrequent outings all the more sweeter!
|Destined to be a Weekend Warrior|