Life's been a little insane lately. Sadly, very little time to fish in the last week or so and the continued mild weather is teasing me like the last Boston Creme on the rack at Dunkin Donuts.
The basement remodel is in full swing and there seems to be an endless train of people coming and going. If that wasn't enough, the garage door finally crapped out and a new door is on order, our 3 year old Frigidaire stove went on the fritz and the budget keeps creeping up for the basement. Before I go on, let me just say that Frigidaire, owned by Electrolux, has absolutely no customer service. I come to find out there was a recall notice for my stove but they would only supply some of the parts at no charge. I had to foot the bill for the rest. This didn't sit well with me and, being in sales, I got in touch with the salesman and he shipped me the necessary parts at no charge but I would have to pay the $80 for a service call....a total load of crap and the last Frigidaire product I will ever purchase.
However, all of this has been the least of my concerns. After 14 years with the same company, I resigned my position on Monday having accepted a position with a new employer last month. I've been negotiating this position since early January and it's worn on me a bit. The mild weather has been a blessing as it has allowed me to recharge my battery and keep my head clear these last few weeks with fishing opportunities that I did not imagine would present themselves this winter. Stepping off the cliff after such a long run with 1 company wasn't easy. When it's just you or even just you and your spouse or partner, it's easy to change the status quo. Life changes in a hurry when you throw a couple wonderful little boys into the mix. It's not just about you anymore. Discretionary income is diverted from wants to needs and the security of employment is huge. However, even with those considerations in mind, I was fortunate to have a great opportunity with a very well know company unfold over the course of a couple months. I am looking forward to this next chapter as I complete the final few pages of the current one and plan for the next.
Even as I've seemed to have forgotten my name these last few days, I have started to make plans for my May trip to float the Delaware for a couple days. I am sure that life will have settled back to a nice rhythm by May.
In closing, I simply suggest that we all take a moment and take stock of what's really important in our lives. Thank those around you whose company you cherish, hug your kids, play with you dogs and be thankful for what you have.