When I called to talk, however, Bop was in a chatty mood and my Grammy wasn’t home, we had a nice long discussion! He shared a really interesting story I had never heard, about how he changed careers years ago, and how it was “the best move [he had] ever made.”
He used to work for Prudential Insurance in New Jersey, setting up some of their first computers. One day, on a whim, he and his friends went up to New York to interview for Hughes aircraft and to party that evening in the big city.
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He ended up getting the job and having to leave everything and take his young family out to California.
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He got there and the office was in a huge aircraft carrier – no windows and low light – his initial thought was “Crap, what did I get myself into!” He ended up loving it though; he sometimes got to ride in a private plane or helicopter to work and land on the company’s private landing strip! I told him about the sea planes I always see here and how cool they look – he has ridden in one of those too ~ Fancy Schmancy!
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Bop has this great Irish wit and always has something snarky to say. Some gems from our talk:
ME: What have you been up to lately?
BOP: Well I’m about 6’4” now
BOP: Yeah, I’ve started shrinking in my old age
ME: Is Grammy home?
BOP: Nope, she’s out with her boyfriend.
ME: So what did you do today?
Bop: We’ll I rolled around in my wheelchair a bit – that’s what I do now that I’m an old geezer. (He does not really have a wheelchair).