ambiguity

July 1, 2009

numbers

Filed under: Uncategorized — theinkhorn @ 10:29 pm

“You know what you should do Alvin. You should work in a bank.”

Its tuesday night and the pub is practically empty. Andy’s having his third Stella and we’ve been talking about my choice of career.

“You’re obviously good with numbers. You do fractions to ratios to percentages faster than many many traders i know. You speak excellent english. And you seem to be able to handle pressure. Its perfect for you.”

“I don’t know Andy. I still want to write. Its all i’ve ever wanted to do. Besides, working in a bank doesn’t interest me one bit. Trading and money and wholesale banking. No offence Andy, but its all so dry.”

Andy laughs. He’s been working in banks for over 20 years now. Wholesale banking has been his life. Me, i’m a 20 year old part time bartender who’s only work experiences involve alcohol and ice. Doesn’t look very nice on paper. The fact is, i know the paths available to me. I can’t have a career in hospitality for obvious reasons. My disdain for people in general means there are only so many jobs suitable for me. If i do decide to start a career as a trader, in 6 years i’d probably have a nice apartment, a cool car, all the money i can spend, and i’d probably be in a pub drinking myself silly all the time. Yes i’d probably earn alot more than if i were a journalist, columnist, editor or something like that, but i don’t think i’d live long enough to enjoy my money.

“Do it for twenty years or so. Then use the money to write and publish a book.”

Andy’s getting excited now. He’s listing different options.

“Alright, alright. I got it. You should be….. a research analyst.”

“What the hell, Andy.”

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3 Comments »

  1. Just keep the way you’ve always been. Well, after studying for years, I believe its no longer about fame, money and success. It’s the joy you get from the process. Like you now, being a bartender and a “writer” might bring you enough joy to last long enough. Well, I envy that factor of you. Being able to write, and inspire me. Cheers dude.

    Comment by Jl — July 14, 2009 @ 12:03 am

  2. its not about the fame. its a little bit about the money, success and the joy. and its alot about the satisfaction. i doubt i ever will have enough joy to last, but thank you for allowing me to inspire you, whoever you are.

    Comment by theinkhorn — July 16, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  3. Humans are never satisfied, never contented. And they never will be I guess. Well, you’re welcome.

    Comment by Jl — July 18, 2009 @ 1:37 am


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