So it was 1990 and I was working at Hewlett-Packard, the huge electronics firm. I had just gotten clean from my crack addiction and this was my first job after I got clean. And just to put in a plug for sobriety , if I had still been using, there is no way I could have got this job and kept it for the three years I worked there. Anyway, my job was mainly recycling cardboard at this huge firm.
While I was there they hired a new janitor. He was a friendly bloke and we often crossed paths throughout the day while we were working and we started talking to each other. Well, one day he comes up to me at work and says, “How would you like to do me a favor and earn some cash?” The guy was from Peru and he had a sister back in Peru who wanted to become a U.S.citizen but the only way she could qualify to do that was to marry a U.S. citizen and be his wife in this country. So the janitor wanted me to be this guy and he would pay me $5000 in cash.
Now $5000 is nothing to sneeze at and I actually considered it but my common sense kicked in and I thought there is no way I will do this. And I told the guy no. He nagged me for a couple of weeks to try and convince me to do it but I kept telling him no. The whole situation was a little bizarre and a little funny.