We know what you’re thinking. Didn’t he just start a new job? Isn’t it somewhat soon to take a vacation?
When we began work at the now famous Hobo Hot Kakes (“HHK” to locals) eatery in the old Sun Coast Shopping Market in West Palm Beach, Florida back in 1974, our family wanted to take a long-planned vacation to Valdosta, Georgia for the annual festival of agriculture and innovation. This is long before Valdosta became the international city it is today.
Our new boss at HHK said no vacation or no job. Even though we had a whole ten days tenure on the HHK bus/dishwashing crew, we couldn’t take a vacation until we had worked at least a year.
Our heart told us to go with the family to the Valdosta fest, but our brain said we could be messing up a job with enormous upside potential. In the end, we stayed while the family went to Valdosta. They had a great time, we got ringworm — for reasons unrelated to our work washing dishes but directly related to busing tables.