I remember when I was a child I used to watch a TV show called Dallas. At the time it was a big show and used to love it. I also used to love that the whole family would gather round and watch. I was always a ‘family man’ even back then. In my house ‘Dallas’ was a big weekly event. My favourite things to do was the scream at the top of my lungs “Dallas Is Onnnnnn!” and watch everyone come running.
The show was real glam, a real ‘bling’ affair…very ‘Hollywood’ (as a kid I fell for all that BS!)
And I remember that I used to watch the show and be mesmerised by their lifestyle & their houses. Bobby Ewing, one the main guys had a red Mercedes 500sl cabriolet, I’d say stuff to my parents like “I want one of those cars”. Or I’d say “I’d like to buy Southfork” (that was their ranch) it was real cool. Now your parents want you to keep your ‘feet on the ground’ so they’d say things like “Son! When you go to university you’ll get a good job, then you can have anything you want”.
Secretly I knew you wouldn’t get those things working for someone. Up until that point I wanted to be a fireman but after watching Bobby & JR, if I wanted to buy Southfork I’d have to be a business man.
So FAST FORWARD, I believed the hype and went to University. I did what is called a ‘Sandwich’ degree – that’s when you take one year out of study to work so you had experience when you graduated.
I started my job and I liked it. I liked the boss, and I liked the people in company. I thought was ‘the business’ I worked in the West-End of London, wore the suits & ties – I thought I was living the dream.
All was going well and I developed a good relationship with my older and ‘wiser’ colleges, however it soon dawned on me that something was amiss and all was not as it seemed. Very quickly I realised the people with whom I was working, didn’t actually like what they we’re doing! I was shocked. How could this be?