Wednesday, 13 December 2006

How To Not Be Rich & Successful, An Ongoing Experiment In The Name Of Mark Sanderson

You may have noticed that it's been quiet on Burridge street of late. No new words for a month! So, here's a tale of sorrow and woe, otherwise known as my CV to keep the faithful amused...........

I've had a fair few jobs over the years. The long list of disastrous employment would give Frank Spencer a run for his money. Highlights include burning my fingers with glue-guns whilst packing tampons, working the nightshift at a printing press factory that knocked out publications such as "How to Successfully Farm Whale Teeth." Distraction came only from my supervisor's sinister insistence on pinning lurid pornography to my guillotine. Not to mention the all too common sight of yours truly vomiting on the roadside after a late night of excess, on route to prepare the salads; at the kind of dismal supermarket restaurant that attracts people to pay well over the odds for bad food and bad service.

I wanted to leave this mess behind and become a man's man, like Dad: methodical, practical and good with my hands. All the things that I wasn't. I saw a virtue in doing such manual and skilled work. But, the harder I tried the more time I spent looking through the classifieds as another catastrophic embarrassment ended in at best, mutual agreement. Gaining a trade was simply beyond me, I'm just far too much of a scatterbrain. One day as an air-conditioning fitter proved that I was as proficient with tools as Jade Goody with an atlas. Finally, the answer came to me at the job centre during another short period of post employment. A vacancy was available that met the manly criteria I desired - the obvious career move? To become a delivery driver, of course. After all, I could drive. Well, I had a license. Surely nothing could possibly go wrong, could it?

I collected the job details, and a phone call later I was driving to meet my new employers. After a quick chat with them it became quite clear that I was the man to deliver their sandwiches and snacks. All I had to do was load up and drop them off at various places around town. A doddle. I would start the following morning, but before I left I was introduced to the wheels that would be Kit to my Hasselhoff, General Lee to my Bo Duke; Silver to my....well, you get the picture. Yes, she'd seen some action alright, but she was good to go. A white transit van complete with the necessary extras: well thumbed copies of both the Daily Sport and Zoo Magazine sat on top of the dash, whilst empty McDonalds paraphernalia littered the passenger seat and floor. I was ready.

The morning arrived. I made my way to work, saddled up my stead with the sweet smell of the people's favourite sandwich fillings and hit the road. She was a tough ride, but I felt more than equipped to show her who was boss. There I was out on the open road, windows open with nothing other to keep me company than the fresh air and the chart friendly optimism of FM radio. From the confines of my white machine, women would be ogled, boy racers would be cut up, old ladies would be allowed to cross the road, and fellow van drivers would be given the nod. I was living the dream and I felt great. Golden great.

Finally I'd become what I wanted to be. A real man. I made some drop offs, all the while being sure too conceal my love of the arts and the avante-garde with appropriate use of slang. Of course, for the best part I was acting - but what an act. Right hand on the wheel, elbow resting on the open window to catch the warm air, left hand poised on the gear stick. Really, I should have known better. Despite my self satisfaction something wasn't quite right - I felt uneasy. I tried to bury the feeling, but its buoyancy was such that it kept rising to the surface. I couldn't find my drop off point. I was right on top of it, but still it remained elusive as I continued to wind my heavy vehicle in and out of car lined streets. I was late and things weren't going according to plan. "What would Dad do," I thought. "He would have found the address," came my swift answer. I pulled myself together, thinking I'd found where I ought to have been - but the latest mirage was nothing more than a dead end.


My heart sank. Somewhat flustered I began a three point turn that would free me from this position in more ways than one. Into first gear, pulling right; back into reverse, hard left - then crash. I put on the handbrake, a sick feeling was in my stomach. I got out to examine the damage. I'd failed to notice a stationary forty foot oak tree. The back door was bent, the windows smashed in, and in turn my cargo of sandwiches ruined. For a moment I considered dousing the ruddy thing in petrol, putting it to flames. That, or just running away to start a new life in Venezuela. Instead, I did the noble thing and returned the van to the warehouse. I don't work there anymore, another mutual agreement had taken place. Now I stick to working in offices where any damage done can be repaired by the delete key. That or Tippex.

14 comments:

Scotty B said...

That was gold dust mark...gold dust!

fields said...

excellent story mark. first time i've smiled in 4 days.

iceman said...

Sandy, thank you for cheering me up, that he has put a big smile back on my face! Keep the trials and tribulations coming!

Mark E Sanderson said...

Let me paint you a picture. It's Tuesday Morning and I'm wearing a suit. Bryn's suit. Got to look smart for the interview. Then what? I'm blabbering. I'm hot. Beads of sweat from nowhere, and what's this? A test? Looks simple enough, a bit of math, a bit of English; should be right up Mark's street. I finish. He's marking it, right in front of me. Anxiety is tatoo accross my forehead in bold italics. I've fallen short. Then what? You got it - another test. I'm going to pieces, I'm getting vertigo, I'm failing. I've failed. We exchange handshakes. We remain polite. We make the right noises. But, we know we will never meet again.

greg_baker said...

Mark my friend, you're a ruddy genius. I was transfixed. That elusive publishing deal can't be far away!

Dykey said...

I thinkwe all should show more committment to trainign as it appears to be the same 8 every week turning up at mo we will not go forward unless this changes

PS Sandy is a novel genius

iceman said...

I agree bakes, such a compelling read!

iceman said...

Dykey, i cant wait to get back training, i wish i had the opportunity to go! Hopefully be back with you all in the new year. Im going out of my mind at the moment not being able to run or do ay exercise.

Jonny Face & The Pretsels said...

Don't worry Ice, time heals everything. Just think, you haven't even missed a game.

What you getting for Chrimbo? I'd settle for a cup of tea and a cuddle.

iceman said...

Hey Jonny Face,

I will probably be getting bits and pieces for my new flat, how terribly boring! I might treat myself to something more personal, although i hope to get more than a cuddle and a cuppa! You should set your sights higher my friend.

Jonny Face ate his pretsels said...

Good tip off Ice Man. Aim higher, is that what you're saying? Take more of a Gordon Gecko approach.

Does your new flat have an ensuite facility?

Anonymous said...

Subs for training will be increased to at least 4 english pounds now for those eight of you that regularly turn up, to compensate for the lack of numbers.

Once we have everyone there again, it will return to the usual 3.

Regards, The Burridge accountant.

Froudie said...

A baby !!
Daniel Caleb Froud born on Fri 15th at 4.17pm weighing 7lbs 3.5Oz

We're dead chuffed.

(if subs go up to £4 for training then even less will turn up)

Froudie

Anonymous said...

perhaps a charge of £1 to those who DONT go training will stop it having to be raised for those who can be arsed...

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