I once thought that a sure-fire way to make a ton of money would be to figure out a way to make sausages out of chum salmon. If one were to grill a batch of these in a cart on the sidewalk in front of any gym, patrons would line up to get their fix of omega-3 fatty acids. In the right locations they could go for $10 – $15 each. Given the right ingredients and gluten-free bread, these salty dog morsels could win the proprietor an award for cashing in on the fitness movement.

In fact, “Salty Dog Smoked Salmon Smokies” would be a good name for the hot dog stand.

But alas, we, as a society, are sprinting in the opposite direction. Instead of cholesterol-free foods, we’re opting for worse choices. My evidence of this is the proliferation of a new hamburger chain that is ravaging the Lower Mainland of BC, FATBURGER – the home of the coronary bypass special.

I’m actually afraid to go into the one that opened near me. Judging from the picture of a grease-laded sandwich on the masthead of their website at, the kitchen might resemble a whaling station. I would worry that Sweeny Todd might have a barber shop in the back room to prepare people foe the grinder. Worse still, I would worry that old Sweeny would select customers for their fat content.

I mentioned this to my class at West Point Grey Community centre this morning. “Is this the direction our culture is going?” I asked. “Are we spending all this time, energy, sweat and money on exercise, weight control and looking good only to throw ourselves into the in front of a triple stacked fatburger and a side of fat fries? Is this really what we want?”

“Are we digging our graves with our teeth? I asked.

My rant was getting out of hand, and they were running out of time on their cardio machines, and I still had to lead them through two more sets of weight before calling it a day.

I didn’t want to spook them.

“I often thought that a good way to lose a pile of money would be to open up a sushi and bait shop.” I said,

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .
He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there “aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look like.
He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”
He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at or at 604-464-4105 If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.


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