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I’m considering spending the winter here.
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that this venue is particularly tough to play poker in (for various reasons) and I wanted to tackle it head on — knowing if I could make it here — I could make it anywhere. I’m losing the battle. I’m making a steady income — but not quite enough to meet my expenses and the enormous cost of gas. I’m sooo close, though. Having lost a chunk of my savings since arriving here, however, I need to figure out Plan B in the next couple weeks.
Here’s what I really want to do: Learn how to tend bar.
I think it’s the missing link. I feel if I add bartending to my resume, I could land seasonal jobs that actually pay enough to exceed my expenses. I could also develop relationships with temporary agencies and work banquets. I have to believe it would open a lot of doors for me and, ultimately, I could find myself workamping at national parks at a nice pay rate. I’m probably naive, but it couldn’t hurt to break into the business — it’s been on my brain quite a bit lately.
I keep thinking of those girls in Yosemite Park. There they were, living in paradise by day and hustling for great pay at night in a nice open-air setting amongst happy tourists and deer and squirrels. It’s got to be the dream job…
If I determine this pipedream is realistic enough to pull off, I think I’d enjoy spending football season and the colder months right here. I understand the winters are in the 70’s by day and 50’s by night. Why not.
I’m also really drawn to some opportunities that came to me through www.meetup.com . What a fantastic site! With hundreds of groups and literally thousands of events to choose from, this is a great resource for meeting people with common interests, instantly. I’ve joined three. A singles group, a volunteer organization, and a writer’s workshop group — all of which have dozens of opportunities each week. I worked at a children’s shelter last Saturday and have been to two writer’s workshops so far.
The writers have been extremely encouraging. After reading them some excerpts from my poker blog (where I take care to write in story-form rather than journaling), even the published authors were singing my praises! They were insisting I write a book. I dunno about that just yet…
A lot of opportunity here to expand my horizons, though. That’s kind of where my head’s at right this moment. This may be my new adventure.