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The Bucks Stop Here by Jim Parton

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Chapter 23

In June, Rika and Gen made their annual trip to Japan to see the grandparents. In my redundant state, I baulked at the cost and stayed at home. I still went for the odd interview, played cricket at weekends, fiddled around with the train set, drove Mr Gibbon to distraction with my piano playing and DIY. Bliss.

When you are not working, or are self-employed as I have become, and the wife is away, despite the leisure and freedom, weekends and evenings become, if anything, more important, because that is when all those dull people with proper jobs come out to play.

I began to discover a few of the pros and cons of being self-employed. The pros are obvious: complete freedom and mastery of your own destiny. Or at least you think they ...

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