When I was in college, I had a friend who loved trains. However, this seemed as if it were just a hobby, and since he was a biology major, I always assumed that he would end up going into research or medicine or some related field. We lost touch for a few years after we graduated, so I was not sure what he was doing.
At our 10th reunion, we ran into each other and started talking. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered that his old love of trains had turned into more than that. Rather than working in biology, he was working at a company that manufactured trains for amusement parks and carnivals!
This surprised me, though later, when I thought about it, I realized that it really should not have. After all, lots of people do not end up working in fields that are at all related to what their major in college was. I was a philosophy major, and I do not work as a philosopher.
Anyway, we sat down and started talking, and he told me a lot about his job and what it involved. I have to say, he was really quite passionate about his work. He got to travel all over the country, visiting various amusement parks and helping them decide what sort of trains were best suited for their needs.
It sounded like fun, though of course he did not actually get to go on many of the rides. Still, it was a good way for him to take his wife and kids to lots of different amusement parks. I was a little jealous, actually, since I had still not been able to find the time to take my kids to one of these places.
He told me a lot more, and a lot of it actually went over my head. He went into great detail about various types of trains and tracks and other things that I did not really follow. Fortunately, he realized before long that he was getting carried away and apologized. It was really nice to see him again, and we promised to stay in touch.
I did not see him again for a while, but a few weeks after the reunion, I got a letter from him in the mail. He included some free passes to a nearby amusement park for me and my family! This was really nice of him, and I wrote him back and thanked him profusely for being so generous.
In fact, since my son was having a birthday a few weeks later, we decided to take a trip to the park and use the passes. This made it really easy to have a great time, since I did not have to worry about spending too much money on tickets for the rides.
We all had a great time, and I told my friend about it. I hope to see him again before too long!