“Pick a job that’s recession proof either ice, booze or women,” was the advice given to the cooling repair guy by his grandfather. As he fixed the machine in the coffee (stimulants are also somewhat recession proof) kiosk we spoke about the economy and the difficult times we live in. We chatted as he waited for the ice to drop and verify that both fan and condenser were working. His phone rang and he stepped outside to answer it.
Animated with excitement he stepped back into the kiosk and shared about the phone call. A friend of his does drywall as he finds jobs. Drywall work isn’t consistent but the bills are. In his off time he has been under the tutelage of the Ice Man. The call was the Ice Man’s boss asking for his telephone number to hire him. Studying and learning, hope against hope to get hired. And he did.
We can learn two things from this story. The first is that not all advice given by all grandpas is good advice. The second is that it is good to hope for, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”