Part 320: End of the Line #5: A New Life
I enjoy meeting new people and learning new skills. I spent a while at Aecon and I really liked it there. Something I learned in my new workplace: people love a music geek. I was at Aecon for three or four months, and then another place, and another, before finally finding myself working in a full-time-permanent position again. That process only took about two years, which is not bad at all. One thing all those jobs had in common was that there were music fans everywhere. As soon as people found out I used to work in the Record Store, the questions began! Did you have this? Have you ever seen that? What was it like working there? Can you make me a Bon Jovi hits CD? (The answer was yes: I made her a double. It included Cross Road as Disc 1, and my own custom made Disc 2 with all the rest of my favourites. See below for my track list.)
I will always have a soft spot in my heart for my job at United Rentals. We really had a lot of fun there. They were very good to the staff, and even though I was non-permanent there, I was treated as an equal. I really appreciated and respect that. On the music side, we had the radio tuned to Dave FM (having switched from the uber-lame-o Chym FM). I worked in a computer room in the back. My boss at that job came in during “Cum On Feel the Noize”. Excitedly he gasped, “Are they playing Quiet Riot? That’s awesome!” We then bonded over cheesy hair metal. I made him a custom May 24 Quiet Riot party CD. I also made a Christmas rock disc for everybody in the office, two years in a row. That was a hit with a lot of people.
It was a sad day when United Rentals closed their Canadian office. That unfortunately split up a wonderful group of people. It did however open the door to where I am now. Today, I work a satisfying job in the steel industry. It’s special for the same reason that all my jobs have been special: the people.
I like to say that I used to sell Heavy Metal, and now I sell heavy metal!
To be concluded…