Pfizer on the Road
I am not fond of salmon but could not resist stopping at another road side cabin this one advertising a salmon bake. The aroma of freshly grilled fish mingled with smoldering charcoal enticed me further to the dimly lit eatery. Tourists, obviously the owners of the four large RV’s, parked in front devoured the salmon which had recently been plucked from the Teslin lake just meters behind the smoldering grill.
I was sipping coffee when I overheard one of the visitors said. “I just retired from Pfizer pharmaceuticals” I was startled. I too had just retired from Pfizer after a 34 year career.
I had been walking all morning. My shorts were soiled. My hair was long. I hadn’t shaved in three days and had recently cut the sides off of my shoes to reduce the rubbing on my toes. I short I looked like a lost bum.
Unfazed, although the speaker and his wife must have been startled, I introduced m self to Steve and Susan Day. Steve had recently retired from Pfizer research. The couple had driven their RV all the way from Rhode Island. “We are doing this trip to celebrate our 40th anniversary. Steve got sick last year so we had to delay our dream adventure for a year” We exchanged cards before I wobbled again down the long road in an indeed small world.