One thing that I love about being a teacher is that I get summers off. Well actually in all of my 14 years of teaching, this will actually be the first summer I have off. For the past thirteen years I have had a pretty amazing summer job. I have worked special events for a Budweiser distributor. I have gotten to do some pretty amazing things at this job. I ran into a guy yesterday at the Bulls game that I work with at that job. It made me realize that I am actually not coming back. I was a little bummed about that. I have said every year for about the past ten years that I wasn’t coming back. My coworkers just laughed at me and said see you next year. Of course they did because I always came back. How couldn’t I? This is finally the year where I am actually doing it. I am stepping away.
This job has given me so many memories. I have worked every Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago, Blues Fest, and many other cool events. I have worked a ton of Bears games, concerts, races, and other small events. I continue to say work, but most of the time I was really just having fun. Don’t get me wrong, we worked a ton, but this job definitely had its perks. I haven’t paid for beer in the summer in thirteen years. I have hung out in VIP for so many events. I have seen so many amazing concerts and other sporting events. I have gotten so many friends and family into so many cool events. Which in turn made me a pretty cool guy. What other job can you drink at the whole time you work? I got to be in our amazing city every day, enjoying the beautiful Chicago weather.
I was the beer guy. I was the guy that everyone at an event looked forward to getting there. I got to meet so many amazing people, both famous and just simply cool coworkers. I have made lifelong relationships with so many people I otherwise would have never had the chance to meet. I did more entertaining people watching than most people can do in a life time. I got to see the behind the scenes views of so many amazing events.
I loved that job, but it is time to move on. I have another baby coming in July, so I finally decided that it is time to step away from this job and let the youngsters take over. My days of slinging kegs and working 18 hour days are over. I am really going to miss this job, and the people that went along with it. The best thing about it is I can still go to these events, and most likely not pay a dime. I will cherish this opportunity that I was given for the last thirteen years. I can confidently say though that when I am home this summer with my wife, and two little ones, I will appreciate that 1oo times more. Cheers!