My employment history starts at my family bar.
Not really an 11 year olds dream job… picking cigarette butts out of the men’s room urinals. BARF! Of course I was gloved up but it didn’t matter. This was a job I never cared to do again.
So, I got a job at one of the few restaurants in town, The Driftwood in Linesville, PA. I waited tables and ran the register. They had the best bread and pies in town.
It was a good job. I’d work a 4-5 hour shift and make forty bucks give or take. It was good money for a 13 year old. I worked there 4 years and learned the foundation of my work ethics.
- Be organized – constantly evolving
- Be willing to learn always
- Be genuine
- Work hard
- Be patient
- Be quick
- Be polite
My family, basketball and an avid collection of Moms helped engrain what I just somehow recognized as good and right values.
How does it translate now? It translate into every project I touch and today my focus is on water.
It makes sense for me, I’ve been guided by it my whole life. One of my first memories is of my Mom and I. She has me on the counter and my bare feet are in the dishwater. She is singing Patsy Cline and I’m humming it with her. I can still see the bubbles on my toes and the look in her eyes. Love.
My Pap works in water chemistry and technology. For a sizable portion of my youth, I wondered why it seemed like a secret. Turns out I just asked a lot of questions and his brain was tired. I understand now… now that I’m a parent.
Fast forward to our last collective family vacation. It was the summer of ’94. We went to Ocean City and our place was walking distance to the beach. I filled my journal with everything and more… the ocean was so inspiring to me. My liquid energy!
It was on that vacation I discovered; the ocean would be part of my home. I dreamt about being a marine biologist but missed opportunities short changed that dream. Perhaps for a purpose, because here I am, staring at a new venture in WATER.
The Florida Earth Foundation in collaboration with impressive university partners, ASCE, USCE, The US Dutch Ambassador, UNESCO-IHE – including humble (but amazing) tech resources are focused on addressing water disconnect. The goal is to develop ethical, global, water solutions for all through authentic, contributing partnerships.
We are looking for help in raising awareness. Please consider offering ideas and sharing collaborative opportunities for us all to learn from and work together. We believe in fostering viable, ethical solutions to dire hydro issues. Your water; is it a convenience you take for granted? I know I do.
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