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RiverCat Journal : Opportunity

Posted by on September 20, 2012

Current Venue:  Tempe, AZ (Phoenix Area)
Campground: Tempe Travel Trailer Villa

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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 .  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.



2 Responses to RiverCat Journal : Opportunity

  1. Jim and Gayle

    Sounds like a good plan. Phoenix is a nice place to spend the winter, if you can tolerate all that sunshine!

  2. RiverCat

    That IS the thing I like least, but can’t wait to do some sightseeing in that 70 degree weather!

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