A bit about myself
I've been here for a few months now. I think it's about time that I tell you a bit more about myself.
I never know what to put when it's time to put up a Bio. I'll just put what I think might tell you more about me.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.
Born and raised in Sept-Iles, QC, Canada, a city that used to have close to 50 000 souls in the strong 70s years, and dropped down to less than half of that in the early 80s crisis.
My mother tongue is French, but I've done all of my school years in English, so I can permit myself to say that I'm "PERFECTLY" bilingual English and French.
That brings up an opinion I have about people who barely speak a second language an claim themselves bilingual : When I speak, write or Listen to English content, I THINK in English. When I speak, write or listen to French content, I THINK in French. "THAT" is what I consider as "PERFECTLY" bilingual. ALL the others can go have a walk ;-)
Until I was in school, I was babysitted by our neighbor. They had a piano and I just LOVED IT when she started to play. That made me want to be a pianist, so I TOTALLY got all over my parents that I wanted to play the piano. :-P
Started school, learned quickly the English language, being in a school where, fortunately, the teachers were, for most of them, bilingual.
You know how kids are, they always want more money on their allowance to be able to get all sorts of stupid stuff and a few less stupid things... so I started delivering papers at the age of 8. Started with a weekly paper delivered on Saturays, then, since the same publisher also offered a Wednesday paper, I started delivering that one too. Not finding my money big enough for my expenses and "dreams", I also started to deliver a daily paper, all of this ending up that in my delivery territory, I was delivering EVERY PAPER that was available! :-) 7 daily papers plus the Wednesday and Saturday local ones.
In the meanwhile, I started taking organ lessons. My parents, finding that the cost of a piano was way much more expensive than an organ, found that it was a good compromise to make me start with an organ to see if I would "catch on" to probably later switch me to piano if things went well. Thnigs went GREAT! :-) So I took in all 3 years of organ, one year of piano.
So what does this have to do with me being here? As I said higher, I had ALL the papers available in my territory. So I couldn't expand more on that side, besides getting more customers out of the more or less 500 homes that I had. I already had just about everyone who'd want to read a newspaper in that zone. I was just redoing the same houses one by one, knocking on their door when I was back to them in my list, to offer them whichever paper could interest them. I was at a STABLE POINT. One day, a new store opened up in the small shopping center just across the perpendicular street from our house. Less than 5 minutes walk :-) And what did they sell? ORGANS! I walked in, had a brief look around, the owner asked me if I knew how to play, I lacked a bit of self esteem at that time and said "so so...". He asked me to play him a tune, so I started playing him a few of the songs that I knew by heart from my courses. You know what? Karma had struck!!! :-) He wanted me to play in his store over the week-ends! MORE MONEY COMING IN! :-) That lasted over 2 years!
Now don't take me for a little genius or anything like that. I HAVE been a teenager like everybody else, and I HAVE had my stupid times. I hung out with a few bad boys, my grades went down, I lost interest in my piano lessons... in short, I became a teenage fool.
When I graduated from high school, the 80's crisis had already started, jobs were scarce, so I thought that maybe by going to the "big town" I could more easily find some work. Headed out to Quebec City where my brother had moved a few years back. I thought he could help me until I found something. Took a while... or I should rather say a VERY LOOOOOOOOONG while... I thank my brother very much for his support and patience. I eventually found a job telemarketing.
You've read up to my young adulthood.
I'll jump right away to a few highlights about the present.
I am now in the geater Montreal area (still in the province of Quebec).
I've always worked with the public since the age of 8. Now I'm trying to find "THE" niche that will be my MAIN PASSION giving me the thrive to wake up early in the morning and want to pass the whole day feeding my passion and making money.
I'm a GoDaddy reseller, but I don't want to spam, and, for now, I don't get the visibility to live off of it.
I offer computer tech support, Later, you'll read why, higher up, (in my high school years) I started working with computers in 1983. Since there are literally TONS of computer stores on just about every street corner, that niche is a dog eat dog world. Low-ballers will do ANYTHING to get the customer from you, who offers a high quality service, that bypasses the "ordinary" solution of formatting and starting over.
I own, with a partner, an intercom which permits salvage yards to communicate between them to find parts that their customers are looking for. That also permits me to find parts for customers who have started calling me up, since I'm independant from the yards, I act as a broker, and therefore can find the part at the best quality vs price ratio.
I just LOVE music! I just CAN'T live without it! I have a saying that there is NO bad music, only bad musicians ;-)
I probably will add more to this later. I realize that it takes time, inspiration and patience to write a good bio :-P
In the meanwhile, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
You can also find me on MOST social medias, always as merlinregis