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A life in the sun...
A life in the sun
A fisherman lies on a deck chair relaxing in the sun. He’s a laid back kind of dude. Near him sits a businessman on holiday, working on his laptop. He taps away through most of the sketch and is more intense. You can of course change the gender of the people in the sketch to suit your group.
BUSINESSMAN: (answering his mobile phone. Fisherman looks round and frowns at him making a noise)
Derek, at last, I’ve been waiting for you to ring. So, did they accept my offer on the house?
Great. Well, I want you to get on with the renovations while I am away so we can sell it ASAP. OK? Cheers.
(to Fisherman) Sorry, was I disturbing you? Important call. Are you here on holiday too?
FISHERMAN: Me? No, I live here.
BUSINESSMAN: Wow, imagine living in this amazing place, enjoying the sun all year. Must be great!
FISHERMAN: It is. So, why are you working if you’re on holiday?
BUSINESSMAN: Well, you know, lots to do. I don’t want to miss out on some great opportunities while I’m away. My business is at a crucial stage.
FISHERMAN: And what exactly is your business?
BUSINESSMAN: I buy houses, do them up and then sell them for a profit. It’s a great way to make money.
FISHERMAN: And what do you do with your money?
BUSINESSMAN: I buy more houses, do them up and sell them to make more money. I’ve been able to afford some great holidays like this one.
FISHERMAN: So you go on holiday, but then you work to earn the money to go on the next holiday to give yourself a well-earned break. But then when you get there you work to earn the money for your next holiday, where you need to keep working to keep earning, to keep paying for your holidays…
BUSINESSMAN: Erm, something like that I suppose. But it’s all part of a bigger plan. At the rate I’m going I’ll be able to retire by the time I’m 40.
FISHERMAN: And then what will you do?
BUSINESSMAN: Erm – dunno. Invent a hobby or two I guess. I might take up fishing. Anyway enough about me. What do you do for a living?
FISHERMAN: Oh, I’m in business too.
BUSINESSMAN: Are you? What line of business?
FISHERMAN: The fish business. I fish in the morning from my sailing boat while I watch the sun rise over the sea. I take my catch to market to sell it by lunchtime. I spend my afternoons here on the beach, then later I’ll have a meal with my family, stroll into town to have a drink with my friends and finally serenade my wife in the moonlight. It’s a great life.
BUSINESSMAN: But why do you only work for half a day? Why not keep going?
FISHERMAN: Because in that half a day I can earn all I need for me and my family. I don’t need any more.
BUSINESSMAN: (gets more and more enthusiastic as he talks) Ah, but if you had a bit of determination and drive, you could do so much more. You should fish all day so you earn twice as much and save the extra money until you can buy a motor for your boat. Then you can travel further to better fishing grounds and catch more fish. A couple of years’ hard work, then you could buy another boat and employ some people to work on it. In ten years time you could have a whole fleet of fishing boats, with loads of people working for you. Then you could sell it all and live off the proceeds for the rest of your life!
FISHERMAN: And then what would I do?
BUSINESSMAN: That’s the great thing. You can do whatever you like! You could spend your mornings fishing for pleasure, your afternoons on the beach and your evenings with your friends!
FISHERMAN: I think it’s time for my afternoon snooze. (smiles and puts his hat over his face)
BUSINESSMAN: (muttering) That’s the trouble with people like you – no ambition. (Presses button on phone) Derek? I want you to put an offer in on another house.
Taking it further
Jenny Baker is a writer and Consulting Editor to Youthwork International