After an 18 hour work day yesterday, I’m a little tired but the immediate rewards (thrown in with a little good luck) made it worth it.
Completing my regular work day from 8 am to 4 pm, I went in two my part-time job to bartend at 4:30 pm for a 7.5 hour shift that was supposed to end at around midnight…supposed to end. While it was slow going throughout happy hour I made a few tips. When it all died down I decided to do something I rarely do, toss in $5 in a VLT. I turned $5 into $120.
A phone call completely changed the evening. While the bar usually closes at midnight, it’s at our discretion to stay open until 2am if it’s busy and we want to make extra money in tips by staying open…I stayed open and more than doubled my usual take in tips. Clearing out the bar and shutting it all down, I was out the door at 2:30 am, home shortly after and awake again at 7:30am, rushing off to work to be back in the office at 8 am.
Between tips, a little luck at the VLTS and 18 hours of wages, I certainly came out ahead. That extra bit of cash will fill up a gas tank, fill up a fridge and put a bit of spending money in my pocket without having to touch my bank account where the real money is and just in time for the weekend!
This weekend marks a CWE triple shot, two shows on which I’m booked in
featuring Stevie Richards on Saturday and Morden on Sunday. CWE is back in Morden on June 1st for the annual street festival and June 28th in Winnipeg featuring Paul London. I’m committed until June 28th, beyond that who knows what the future may hold. Winnipeg
Slowly, I’m prioritizing things I’d like to accomplish over the next year or two which included a trip (possible Las Vegas for the CAC Reunion), laser eye surgery and home renovations (exterior first, then interior) as well as eliminating any and all credit dept and personal loans. From there it would be to begin filling up my bank accounts for a rainy day and put any excess towards retirement. It’s likely more of a 5-year plan than 2-year plan but I’d rather be ambitious than lackadaisical.
Life is a work in progress…I’m going to keep working at it until I get it right.