Last night we drove into Ridgewood to have dinner with my old buddy Chris and his girlfriend Ulrike. They have been living together in Waldwick for the last two years. The way we got together was kind of funny: about a month ago, X and I were eating at Fratelli’s when I turned and saw Chris with his mom and stepdad; we walked over to say hi and exchange numbers. After a lot of back and forth, we finally set a dinner date.
Chris has been selling textbooks to schools while he gets he teacher certificate training, and he was lamenting the fact that many of his professors have told him the job market is tough and getting tougher. This lines up with my mom’s experience; she has found it difficult to break into the area public schools. But it doesn’t match the popular idea that the schools are underfunded and understaffed, so maybe that’s a myth – or maybe it’s easy to get a job in a school that no one wants to work in, and hard to get into the good schools. Most likely.
Ulrike is soon getting out of her current line of work to go into the pharmaceutical industry. She will be working on drug development and she can’t wait to get started.
It all echoes our experience: young people trying to get the work they want, trying to get started in life. We had a nice time and the food at Ridge Thai was good, though we prefer Taste of Thai around the corner.
Which brings me to the title of this post – it has been raining more or less all week. Making up for the long, long summer, I suppose. I only worked on Wednesday – yesterday my dad got the time of his round wrong and I ended up late for his loop, then it rained all night into this morning so I figured the club had to be closed and slept in. I hope I was right. Meanwhile, I think I am getting close to leaving the caddying business – there is a company that seems very interested in me. But more on that later if it works out.