I often work on peoples computers. I do it for fun. I do it to make connections with people. I do it because there is a need. I lost count long ago of how many friends I have made with this philosophy. Most of the time I get paid in the end by having improved my friendships or making connections that lead to other paying jobs. I don’t look at it as work. I look at it as a way to share with folks and get to know people. Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of having Thai food and getting to know one of my coworkers and her family better while taking care of a little computer issue they had. Not sure I helped much, just checked the main components, vid card, memory, power supply, you know. Luckily it wasn’t anything major. Few component reseats and a bios reset and viola, a booting PC.
What made the night super special was that payment I mentioned. I had AMAZING Thai food cooked in a real, as they put it, “working kitchen” by my friend’s husband. I have had Thai before but after this meal I would like to say I have NEVER had Thai until tonight. Thai beer, Green Curry with Beef, Lemon grass Shrimp soup with Thai chilies, read that as super HOT, and fresh fried rice with chicken. I loved every bite. I loved the company and conversation. I don’t write about every meal but I felt like this one was worth noting.
So here’s to Lisa and Rick who treated me like family just for helping them with a computer problem. Thanks guys!
Update 12/20/2015 : Rick passed away mid year last year. He was a good fellow and will be missed.