Lately, there seems to be one main topic of conversation in the Jones’ household, well okay, two, but adopting a dog is pretty much a foregone conclusion and only a matter of the right dog finding us. What’s causing much discussion is imminent retirement from the day jobs.
I’m fine with retirement. Although I love my job as a community learning coordinator, I’m ready to have more time to do other things. Mr. J is okay with it too – in fact, he can’t wait – but what he has a problem with is my rapidly expanding to-do list for him. I have to admit it is pretty long and made up mostly of DIY jobs (not his strong point, although he has many others, I hasten to add, in case he’s reading this). It’s no exaggeration to say he hates DIY, so much so that he’s thinking he’d be better off with a part-time job away from the home.
Now if he’s serious about a part-time job (which I very much doubt), how about something like this? Outside a local zoo, here in the UK, there’s a parking lot for 150 cars and 8 buses. Apparently, for 25 years parking fees were collected by an extremely reliable attendant who never missed a day. When he didn’t show up one morning, the zoo called the local council and asked them to send another attendant. The council said it was the zoo’s responsibility to employ an attendant and nothing to do with them. Turns out that the man (nobody knows who he is) had set up a private enterprise collecting parking fees and had accumulated in excess of £7 million over the 25 years. It’s rumored he’s retired somewhere in Italy or the south of France, probably soaking up the sun on his super-yacht. Now that’s some pension plan and I’ll bet he’s not thinking about a part-time job!
As far as Mr. J is concerned, his own plans for a part-time job have since fallen by the wayside. It has, however, made me re-think the to-do list and I’ve cut it down for now… or so he thinks 🙂
posted by Tricia Jones