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May 25, 2004 at 12:25 pm #12151

wendy
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I’m having a dilemma which I need to air. And it’s the age old (and old age) classic…

To season or not to season :(

Here’s the sitch:

- Saved up and took a sabbatical last season

- Really want to go back for another season and *may* be able to (probably will) scrape the money together but I’ll have to quit a lucractive job (that will get ‘lucrativer’ in January 05) that is funding me and Snow Valley Lodge.

I’m having “should” thoughts about my job, being responsible and waiting till season after next (i.e. 05/06) and I can’t quite bring myself to make a final decision…. especially since I [b]may[/b] be able to get away with doing one month (a combination of paid and unpaid leave) in 2004/05…

*sigh* :(

Any thoughts?

May 25, 2004 at 12:33 pm #30751

Lorene Voskinarian
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Well I think there’s more to consider about your current job

- Do you like it?
- How hard would it be to get a new job?
- Can you afford to do a season and then come back and be unemployed for a bit?

Without knowing this, my practical side says to not do it and take the month off and go. Job markets are picking up but they’re not that good yet. And people aren’t getting paid as much as they used to.

May 25, 2004 at 12:38 pm #30752

Emse7
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I would say go for the month trip and wait it out for the next season. I had to wait a year and a half in a crap job to do this season!

Unfortunately I now can’t seem to get a job anywhere and it’s quite depressing :(

Anyone need assistant management accountants????!

May 25, 2004 at 1:18 pm #30753

VestanPance
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Its a real toughie when your sensible side and “fun” side start arguing.

I’d say the same as everyone else, do the month this time round and then tough it out at work until the 05/06 season.

Damn, it makes me feel old saying that!

May 25, 2004 at 4:20 pm #30754

Lucie McLean
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It’s a toughie.
I know you spent a whole heap of cash on improvements to SVL, buying the van etc this year and it must have been a stressful time. Would you not feel a whole lot more relaxed if you could get another year of earnings behind you to allow for any rainy days – especially if there’s more cash coming your way?
I’m sure there’s plenty of stuff you can do from here this winter to help the business too – marketing etc which you just would’t have the time or motivation to do out there.
And you can come with me for a cheap week in the Alps – I think I’ll be putting off any more long/expensive trips until I’m in decent enough working physical order to make it worth it. (I promise it will snow this time!)

May 26, 2004 at 3:20 am #30755

deathonastick
Member

You just know all the above makes sense!

It’s obviously a case of head vs heart.

Head says stay, earn the cash, be more secure, reap the benefits in a year.

Heart says Sod It, Lets GO!!!, but you may pay the price next year if you can’t get the job you need on your return…….

Which rules your world? Head or Heart?

*For the record, I think you should stay, earn loadsa cash, and reap the rewards the following year. But then I would say that, cos I’m old ;)

May 26, 2004 at 8:07 am #30756

wendy
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Well, that’s 5 for 5… so I guess I’m staying! Thanks guys :)

If I’m not going to be over there fulltime this year, I’d better get started sorting out SVL stuff!!!

*scurries off to make loadsa calls*

DoaS -> guess my head rules my heart and I’m not even old! ;) Well maybe a little bit old :D

June 8, 2004 at 11:40 am #30757

rob88
Member

WHAT ?

Do the season.

Do it now before you wake up one morning with knackered knees, a couple of kids and a strange regret that you missed an opportunity.

In 10 years time whether you do the season or not will not make a huge amount of difference, but right now it does.

If you forget the season this year because of a job one of two things will happen.
1 – your job will get better and you’ll want to keep the job next year, so you’ll miss the season again.

2 – you’ll hate the job, quit, and then realise you should have done the season after all.

There’s only one choice.
Go to Fernie for the season.

June 8, 2004 at 3:19 pm #30758

wendy
Member

:D and you’re not biased! ;) I agree completely Rob but you have to consider:

1. I went last season for 4 months.

2. I’m planning to visit Holly & Tina in NZ in 2005 (winter in south).

3. I want to quit and move out there for a year at the end of 2005.

4. I want to consolidate my SVL business before risking the cash flow by quitting my job.

…. but I did buy an early bird season pass…. just in case ;) cos I mostly agree with you although my sensible side is saying go next year.

If I don’t do the season, I will be out in Fernie for at least 3 weeks, maybe 4.

June 8, 2004 at 6:42 pm #30759

Chilli CAT
Member

well, obviously you want to make visiting NZ a priority!

looking at all the stuff you want to do, it probably does make sense to stay on with your job – and as you say, you’ll still get to go out there for a few weeks

looks as though there is going to be lots of people coming over next year – cool!

June 9, 2004 at 4:24 pm #30760

wendy
Member

Well of course it’s a priority!

Wouldn’t miss it for the world and I may end up doing slightly less boarding that originally planned but the point of the trip is to visit you and Holly… and snowboarding is an additional benefit! :D

June 9, 2004 at 6:12 pm #30761

Chilli CAT
Member

yes… Holly will go insisting i learn to board so we can go boarding together – then finding ‘excuses’ to not go boarding – which i guess will apply to a slightly lesser degree next year too ;)

:D

June 10, 2004 at 1:48 pm #30762

bagpuss
Member

[quote][i]Originally posted by CeeQ[/i]
:D and you’re not biased! ;) [/quote]

Which is why I kept my mouth shut.

But I’m crap at advice anyway. I always perch precariously on the fence and dither about which way to jump. Head & heart are always arguing. I need someone to give me a decision so that I choose the other way :P

Still, we expect to see you out there at some point, and we’ll make sure that Tom_g isn’t wrecking the place for you ;)

June 11, 2004 at 6:43 am #30763

square
Contributor

It’s not like you’re letting the rat race rule your life, after all. You’ll have a good few weeks this year, and you had a full season last year, plus you’ll be able to spend more and more time in Fernie as SVL starts to settle down…

If my emigration plans fall through I’m going to spend the money I saved on a season somewhere, but in the meantime I’m working and going on two week holidays instead. It’s all about the pay-off to come…

June 11, 2004 at 9:33 am #30764

wendy
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[quote][i]Originally posted by Bagpuss[/i]
[quote][i]Originally posted by CeeQ[/i]
:D and you’re not biased! ;) [/quote]

Which is why I kept my mouth shut.

But I’m crap at advice anyway. I always perch precariously on the fence and dither about which way to jump. Head & heart are always arguing. I need someone to give me a decision so that I choose the other way :P

Still, we expect to see you out there at some point, and we’ll make sure that Tom_g isn’t wrecking the place for you ;) [/quote]

You sound like me Ange!!! :)

I’m hoping someone else will make the decision for me…. like my job suddenly becomes as sh*t as it was last year or getting a nice redundancy cheque or Pete saying we’re going…

Oh I’ll definitely be out there… hopefully for a nice long time…

I’m not sure anyone can keep Tom in line ;)

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