Day: August 26, 2008

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Coming into work today I went into the conference room for the much anticipated meeting letting me know I am officially getting my severance package. Just as I’d heard my last day will be October 31 with an additional 22 weeks of pay. This is something I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time but to be honest it’s frightening to think of the unknown. Of course I will be doing the inspections still but will it be enough? While I really hope so I have to accept the possibility of having to acquire a PT job during the slow seasons.

Working PT sort of makes me feel irresponsible in an early adulthood kind of way. Just knowing I could be working a job some days and for a limited time makes me feel free from “the man” like I could just tell them to stick it if I want to. Well having much responsibility I know that’s not exactly the way I should handle myself but I do like the idea.

Prior to being presented with my papers I chatted for a while talking about family and life. When I said I had a day job I’d been hoping to devote more time to she let out a sigh of relief at knowing I at least had a backup plan. For her part she said it made the process a little easier knowing my ship probably won’t sink. She  congratulated me on my business ventures handed me my packet and sent me on my way.

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A benefit of living in a relatively diverse community is the opportunity to enjoy dishes from different cultures.  I’ve always taken the opportunity to try different types of food and have seldom been disappointed. Over the weekend we went to our local fruit market looking to stock up on some healthy options when I stopped at an area with an unusual looking fruit I’d never tried. 

It’s not the first time I’d seen jackfruit there but I just stayed away from it more out of fear of eating something from so far away it might not be fresh. This time there was an Indian woman standing there who gave us the how to of this odd looking fruit. She told me it was very sweet but you had to put oil on your hand when peeling it as it was very sticky. She also recommended we dip it in honey. 

Peeling the thing apart was not an easy task and just like she said it stuck to my hands with a sap that looked exactly like Elmer’s glue but with the staying power of rubber cement. Washing this stuff off with regular soap was pointless as it also had water resistant properties. Fortunately I had some GOOP which took it right off. It’s hard to compare the taste to anything but it had the texture of a firm onion with the taste of a cross between an orange and perhaps mango.