Monday, March 19, 2012

A New Life

I haven't updated my random life and times for a long time as so much has happened in my life. It was of course a little over a year ago that my illustrious career in the casino industry had possibly come to an end. While I definitely don't regret meeting so many wonder people through the years. It is hard to believe that it has now been 23 years (March 1989) that I first stepped into that casino at 2477 Heather Street.

I don't regret moving up through the ranks until I'd finally become floor manager. Of course I regret the way I left. Whatever people want to say they can. I know that I was at least able to put a smile on my employees almost every day I was there. A lot of people have said I was not the typical casino manager; whether that is good or bad is open to interpretation. I've always said you can be friends with me or you can be enemies with me, but just be honest with me.

A lot people are wondering why I never came back to visit, especially after my 6 months. Well, believe me, I wanted to visit. I miss almost everyone at work, whether it is the Wanker Pit or Pit 11 or of course the Party Pit. But I can't. I can make a big deal out of it but suffice to say I can't come in. Am I mad about it? Of course. I would think that in 22 years I had built up enough of a good character that one little mistake wouldn't change that, but some people are allowed to think what they want to think. My true friends know what kind of a guy I am. People who continually ask me how I'm doing, or even make fun of my beloved Habs, thank you for being there. Some of you are more or less not allowed to talk to me, and that's fine. I know and I understand.

I'm pretty sure I've closed the casino chapter of my life now. With all due respect, I don't think I could go back. Whichever company it is, I think it's more of the same. Perhaps it is unfortunate because I have so much to offer but fate has told me to start anew.

So now I am starting anew. I'd spent the last 7 months in sales, and realized it wasn't for me. So currently I am a concierge at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Private Residences. I'm starting as the graveyard concierge (2300-700 Wednesday to Sunday). I get to wear a black suit and make use of those fabulously colored shirts and ties that started fashion trends in the casino. Yes, I still look good in a pink tie. Perhaps the concierge or indirectly the hotel industry is my new muse, my new career. It remains to be seen.

Thanks again for all those that have said a kind word in the past. I remember you all.


Amber said...

I don't know what happened to you at the casino or why you can't go back Jason, but I do know that you are an awseome person and you can sport that pink tie better than anyone I know!! Also, everyone at the "Downs" misses you! I'm just glad to see you married now and super happy in life!
Love you long time!!!

Anonymous said...

You claim you were able to put smiles on your employees, but what about your co-managers? The managers that had to cover your ass since the first day you arrived to River Rock. The managers that wondered how the hell were you able to pass probation at the HIB or FD. The managers that had to take calls from the Surv dept because they refused to talk to you due to your incompetence.
You were able to put smiles on "your employees" because you were able to offer them EO's, but you caused nothing but headaches for your co-managers.
You claim you can't return to River Rock because of a "little mistake". Well, this little mistake caused the company a great deal of embarrassment and stress with our Head Office. This little mistake cost the company our biggest player, who is now playing with our competitors due to your actions with the media.
We co-managers tried to help you everyday Jason, but you just kept making mistake after mistake.
I wish you the best in your future, but thankfully and deservingly your future does not involve the casino industry......

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