SLAVERY: WHAT A WAY TO START A CAREER


If you ever get a chance to sell yourself into slavery, you might think of going along with it. It may lead to a professional career.

Back in 1967, while in by graduating year in high school, we needed to fundraise for a party for graduating class. Someone suggested auctioning me off to the community to work for $2.00 per hour. Every now and again you run into a troublemaker like this. In this case it was Martin Terwilliger. “Let’s auction Mikee off to do some work,” he said. “He’s never going to make it any other way,” he continued. “He’ll be lucky if he graduates at all.”

Oddly, I was reading all about the Marquis de Sade at the time, and I thought that it might be a good idea. I’d never been a sex slave before.

The following Saturday, I found myself in the Village of Crescent Beach with a shovel in my hand. My task was to dig a ditch for a new water line from the water main in the streat to a house. It was a distance of 50 feet and it had to be two feet deep. I saw my opportunity to have unbridled sex with real adult women evaporate porn stars.

“What the hell,” I thought as I began to dig.

The digging, however, was easy. Where I expected hard clay as dense as a sea wall, I found shell. “How did the shell get here?” I wondered. I also found some other things, There were sharp points made out of bone. I found some slate that was ground to the shape of a knife blade. I found some moe slate that was chipped into the other types of blades. I found some stones that had been chipped into arrowheads.

I finished my ditch in less than two hours. I started calling it a trench rather than a ditch. The owner was very pleased with his new ditch, but wondered why I left the bits of stone and bone on the side of it. I told him that I wasn’t sure, but I thought it was a good idea. I told him I thought there was something weird about his dirt, and I thought I would take them with me. I asked if I could take “my treasures” with me, and he saud I could. He gave me a $2 tip which I used to by gas for the family sedan, which I drove to UBC to meet Dr. Charles Borden, the father of BC Archaeology. He told me that my trench cut through an archaeological site.

A few years later, I had a degree in Archaeology and I spent 13 years digging stuff up. Martin Terwilliger is a lot attendant at Home Depot.

Mike Broderick is an Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he finds employment for people with physical disabilities. Part of this work means affiliation with the Vancouver Board of Trade where he is a member of the Ambassador Club, the Burnaby Board of Trade where he is a member of the Labour Task Force, the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce where he is an active member of the 10X10 initiative, and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. He also does some work as a field Archaeologist. He is also a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine, and the proprietor of The Résumé Doctor in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at  michael_broderick@telus.net or at michaelb@neilsquire.ca.

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When he is not doing all this he lives in Port Coquitlam with his partner Cecelia

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