Dylan has worked at Apex Car Rentals as a car groomer, based near the airport, for five years. He grooms and washes vehicles and takes cars to VINZ and to the storage lockup. ‘I love my work!’ I’m an early riser; my alarm goes off at 4.30am and I work 5.45am until 4.00pm, five days a week. ‘I have stayed there so long because I love it. My boss Grant and I are good mates,’ says Dylan as he proudly wears his new steel cap safety work boots, top of the range.
Prior to the worldwide epidemic, Dylan was working more than full-time hours. However he is currently working three days a week until the international tourists start coming back and the business picks up. I ask if he is saving for anything and he says, ‘No, just saving, just in case.’ He interrupts our conversation as he spots Jan Murphy across the room and confidently goes up and says ‘Hi’.
A highlight for Dylan was when he bought his car last year, a Mazda Axela 2010, after passing his restricted driver’s license, on his first time. Then a couple of weeks ago he also passed his full license, first time! ‘I bought myself a new stereo as a reward, one with Bluetooth as the other one just had an old radio.’ At Easter, he was planning on driving down to Dunedin and staying in a motel for the long weekend to catch up with mates. I'm sure he will plan that for another weekend now.
Dylan has a good relationship with his family and every Sunday evening he goes around to his family home for dinner. Unfortunately, his Grandad passed away the end of last year. Dylan has fond memories of Grandad taking him to the Christchurch International Airport when he was younger, to the viewing platform to watch the planes land. ‘They were the days of the old 737-200 aircrafts.’ He has flown with his family to Canada in 2013 and has travelled to Australia several times.
One thing is for sure, with Dylan’s positive attitude and vitality for life, the world is his oyster.
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