in Canada you know, we have the one and two dollar coins...know as the loonie and the twoonie. This act of throwing your change in the jar really adds up quick with those in there! My wife and I spent a week all inclusive in Mexico just on a few months of her tips going in the jar when she was still working as a waitress.
One Summmr after my Sister got divorced, she was out of money. (In Indiana, Teachers can have their check spread over 9 months or 12. Because she was married at the time, she had chosen 9 months)
So she got a job as a waitress as an upscale place near a golf course.
She nocticed 2 things. Tips got better as soon as she took off her wedding ring and as her skirts got shorter, her tips got bigger! She made it thru the entire Summer on her tips. In fact, she took a pay cut going back to teaching!
Of course, it didn't hurt that my sister has rather large, assests!
About a 100 acres with the Klamath River in California running through it!
Screw the State of California and their anti-dredging rules. It would be private property. And if they asked nicely, I MIGHT let fly fisherman on it! (Unless you are of a couple of my buddies who fly fish, they'd be welcome anytime.)
There's gold in that there river!
I'd have the largest prospecting store in the world! (Not to mention a place where all my friends could come out on vacation and play in the dirt!)
If you don't mind me asking, what kind of job did you work and how were you injured?
I was in real estate and a sales associate for Dell Computer in Carolina Place Mall. I was opening the Kiosk one morning , reached down to retreive a laptop from the safe and ruptured 2 disks and bulged a 3rd. I went from walking to not walking in 36 hours. That was Nov 15th, 2005. I haven't walked since.
Now I have a handicapped van that I drive everywhere. But when you can't drive or even ride a bus anywhere, you litteraly feel like a prisoner. (At least I did.) I was stuck in my tiny apartment. Only time I went outside was to take the trash out or to talk with neighbors. At least when I got approved to ride the "shorty" bus LOL I could go to the grocery, shopping, movies, laundry, etc.
I look at it as a "Mulligan"! I got to take my life in a different direction. How many people get a chance to do what they want to do with their life. (OK, sports figures do.) I spent so much time working and buying "things" that I had forgotten what was really important in life. I truly believe I am a better person now than I was before my injury.
Arguably, the most successful General Manager in CFL history, Popp has won four Grey Cups (1995 with the Baltimore Stallions; 2002, 2009, and 2010 with the Montreal Alouettes) and his teams have appeared in 10 Grey Cups (eight over the past decade).
Montreal Alouettes Jim was named General Manager of the CFL’s Baltimore Stallions in 1994. After two Grey Cup appearances (including one championship) the team disbanded (the original Cleveland Browns NFL franchise having relocated to Baltimore as the Baltimore Ravens) and an expansion team was formed and relocated to Montreal in 1996 and Popp was hired as the Montreal Alouettes Vice President, General Manager, Director of Football Operations, and Director of Player Personnel. During his tenure with the Alouettes, Popp has also served three terms as the team's head coach. The Alouettes have been in eight Grey Cup Championships during Popp’s tenure (2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010), capturing the title three times (2002, 2009 and 2010). Coaching Career
During the 2001 season, Popp took over the team after he and owner Robert Wetenhall fired Rod Rust in the midst of a long losing streak. On October 4, 2006, following the resignation of Don Matthews due to health reasons, Popp again took over as head coach and led the Alouettes to an appearance in the 2006 Grey Cup. Popp continued leading the Alouettes during the 2007 season as well, a rebuilding year which saw the team play with 23 rookies and without their starting quarterback for half the season. Following the 2007 season, Popp decided to step away from the coaching ranks when he hired former NFL coach Marc Trestman as the new head coach of the Alouettes. Front office executive
Under Popp’s guidance, his teams have seen unprecedented success, reaching the playoffs for 20 consecutive seasons, and advancing to the Divisional Championship game 15 times. Popp’s teams have appeared in 10 Grey Cup championship games, winning the Grey Cup four times.
In January 2012, Popp was a finalist for the vacant Indianapolis Colts General Manager position
Career Highlights The 2009 and 2010 Alouettes back-to-back Grey Cup championships were the first back-to-back CFL titles in 13 years. Popp’s teams have been some of the most successful in CFL history.
Two of three coaches in CFL history to have ever won back-to-back Coach of the Year awards
The only team to ever win 18 games in a CFL season (Baltimore Stallions - including the final 13 in-a-row)
One of three teams in CFL history to have ever won 12 or more games in six consecutive seasons.
Popp is the only General Manager to have won 12 or more games in seven consecutive seasons.
Notoriety of having the most successful expansion franchise in sports history (1994 expansion Baltimore Stallions played in the Grey Cup Championship).
Popp credits much of his success on the field to his family, especially his father Joe, a former NFL and college coach. Jim and his father share the privilege of being members of the Mooresville (NC) High School Hall of Fame, whose football stadium is named in Joe’s honour (Coach Joe Popp Stadium). Awards
Popp was recently named 2011 Sports Executive of the Year by Sports Media Canada.
He's from North Carolina, he has various front office positions, even served a few terms as a Head Coach. Really succesful in building teams.