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By Tonatiuh (Thu May 01, 2008 at 11:49:03 AM EST) (all tags)

Starting your own business.

Those outsourced jobs.


So after losing my job I did the logical thing and I booked a couple of holidays I have  been planning for a while.

I went back to Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands where I was last year, the resort where I stayed has only 2 options to spend your time: to do sports or to be bored to dead. Thus I forced myself to do some swimming for the first time since my now relatively distant teenagerhood,  I am happy to report that I managed to swim the full length of an Olympic pool without stopping, I was completely out of breath but, hey, nobody is perfect. I also did some serious running in the hilly  lava fields and the cultivated land covered with black ash of volcanic origin. It is a most surreal landscape, you should be able to find pictures in the usual Web 2.0 sites.

This time I visited some other sites dreamed by Cesar Manrique, who is to Lanzarote what Gaudi is to Barcelona. Manrique is less well known perhaps because his  origin (Lanzarote is not the most important of the islands) but he also fought In the Spanish Civil War, which is nothing to sneeze at,  unless you were with the fascists. To be fair he relented of this, going as far as burning his uniform shortly after the end of the war, but right wing Spanish intellectuals and artists haven't had an easy ride since the dead of Franco (most of them rightly so).
So I visited his foundation's building,  impressively located in the middle of an old lava field, I also went to "Jameos del agua" which is a bar located around a cave produced by lava floods.

Before and after the  holiday I started exploring the possibilities to abandon paid employment. I went to an exhibition about franchising  and my inner geek felt like if demonic possession was taking place, the devils of marketing and unrealistic riches whispering to my ears . The highlight was a lawyer (paid for by the organizers     of the show) who told us in no uncertain terms that franchising in some instances was akin to making a pact with the devil, so maybe my inner geek wasn't wrong after all.

Some other interesting facts I learned was that an Indian company would charge one fifth of my previous salary for providing a professional that would apparently have the same skill set as mine (I am not counting bonuses and other goodies I used to get). This is of course bollocks (pardon my Latin) since they call "Senior" a guy with 2 years experience that has never worked in a big company. Oh well, I should harness this to my advantage some how ....

I am flying to Edinburgh tomorrow to spend the Bank Holiday weekend there, I will be running a little race which includes a step climb of Arthur's Seat (amongst several ups and downs).

I am almost looking forward to it.

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