Thursday, 15 October 2020

You May Be A Pack Rat If ...

“My boss asked me to start the presentation with a joke, so I attached a payslip to the first slide.”


It is amazing what one finds when going through old long since forgotten boxes that one finds in storage. I took a few vacation days from the office this week, and a good part of it was spent cleaning out old boxes of junk that somehow managed to move with us over the years. I thought I had better get to it before my wife nominated me for a contestant on one of those hoarding shows. LOL.

I am getting better than I used to be. It wasn’t that long ago that I still found an old backpack and pup tent that I used as I hitchhiked across Canada in the late 1970’s.

Can you say, “Pack Rat?”

Well today’s discovery was a dusty old box containing old bank statements and paystubs dating as far back as the mid-1980’s. Imagine my surprise to discover a paystub going back to 10-10-86. As I looked over the details of my earnings 34-years ago, a plethora of memories came flooding back. A couple random thoughts also came to the forefront.

Unlike the sentiment in the anonymous humorous quote above, I’ve never had too many reasons to complain about my earnings. Could they have been better? Sure, I suppose they always could be better, no matter what wage we earn. However, having made more per hour 34-years ago than I would make as minimum wage in that same province today, I really cannot complain. I have certainly been blessed over the years with good employment, something for which I am very thankful.

Still, I’ve often mused that I should have wage parity with NFL players, but I have yet to have a boss that would agree with that opinion. LOL. Oh well; here’s to nostalgia and the fun of shredding some very old paystubs and bank statements. Hopefully I don’t decide to wait another 34-years before doing this again.


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