If its true that what you do on the first day of a new year is what you do for the rest of it then i,m in trouble. I got food poisoning on xmas morning!! It hit me just after I went to a good friends house for one of his typicaly brilliant English roast dinners and it was to be the highlight of an otherwise crap year, but alas it was not to be. It did mean I missed the vodka induced brawl later that evening so maybe it was a small blessing. So my plans for the start of the year were thrown into caos, my workbench remains on paper and the few tools I have continue to lay in state in a box upstairs. Thankfully lumberjocks is here to help pass the time and it is time well spent. Its nice to know that there are others out there in a similar position to me, I dont mean the fetal position on the floor wishing I was dead, I mean not knowing where the next peso is coming from or just where are we going to put that workbench, or can I really make a living at this game. It,s also nice to know there are profesionals out there willing to spend a bit of time sharing their knowledge given that time is money and money is precious right now.
I want to give people a bit of background about what happened to me in 2008, I wont say too much as I will end up sounding like im just having a winge and there,s enough people out there doing it tough, so I dont want to get into a pissing contest with anyone, but here I go anyway.
The company i worked for for 8 years moved to the Philippines 3 and a bit years ago simply because the furniture trade in Australia is on its knees and has been for a long time. So if you cant beat them join them right? Things went ok for a while but in the end we couldnt get the stuff out the door fast enough to cover costs and we closed down. An attempted merger with another company in Davao failed because of behind the scenes politics we were not aware of and the bottom line was my boss lost the lot, machines, money and his marriage. I gambled and stayed here trying to start my own small business and just when it looked good the investors got cold feet and didnt want to risk setting up a small factory so they bailed out. Maybe they could see the recent economic events coming and for them it turned out to be a wise move because furniture sales here took a nose dive and looking back I believe we would have seriously struggled to get off the ground.
So here I am, Ive literally lost everything, I have 500pesos in my pocket, a five month old son and I,m starting again with nothing, except the belief that I can do it again from the ground up and im still living in the right place to make it happen.
I have good friends here and help is just a mouse click away. With any luck I will be up and running properly next week and can share some photos. Keep you posted.
-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand