The other side of the fence; the Fall of Big Ring

13 10 2015

We’ve all been there; driving around on a hectic workday when you pass an outdoor restaurant patio or coffee shop packed with people seemingly enjoying a life of infinite leisure. Why can’t I be one of them? you wonder. Don’t these people have jobs?

Well, as of Oct. 2, I walk amongst the leisure class.

Alas, it’s not by choice.

On Oct. 1, the newspaper that employed me for 24.5 years published its final edition. The next day, we were out of business, and for the first time in 25 years, I was out of work.

Fall of The Big Ring!

An autumn of infinite riding! Languid afternoons sipping hot chocolate in the crisp cooling air! And on rainy afternoons, sparsely-attended matinees at the local movie theatre!

Woohoo! It's Fall of Mario!

Woohoo! It’s Fall of Big Ring!

Unfortunately the reality of unemployment isn’t quite so glamorous.

While notice pay and severance will help pay the mortgage and buy groceries until late 2016, there’s always the niggling seed of doubt; what if I don’t get another job? What if my next job doesn’t pay as well?

Oh crap! There's still that whole having to find a new job thing...

Oh crap! There’s still that whole having to find a new job thing…

Of course a week into my newfound unemployment means that seed of worry is still a ways off from becoming heart-pounding pressure. So, in the interim, it’s time to take some time.

That means breaking out the knickers and riding under autumnal canopies of yellow, red and orange leaves, with lunch breaks at favourite spots that are now deserted by summer crowds.

The Lunch Doctor is the first place I had lunch when I started working in the Lower Mainland 24.5 years ago. So it's only fitting I ride there for lunch on my first official day of unemployment.

The Lunch Doctor is the first place I had lunch when I started working in the Lower Mainland 24.5 years ago. So it’s only fitting I ride there for lunch on my first official day of unemployment.

It’s my favourite time of year to ride.

And this year, I get to enjoy more of it.

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