HEâS BACK! Fishing smell and all, Spencer Veysey is back in Ames after living and working on a fishing boat for the last five months. Last year Veysey graduated from Ames High as a junior with the plan of becoming a commercial fisherman for the first part of his senior year. Since then, heâs been fishing near the U.S. and Russian border with stops in the small town of Akutan, Alaska. âI lived on a boat for five months,â Veysey said. âI worked 12 hours a day with rotating 16-hour shifts, everyday.â This definitely isnât your typical high school job. His day usually started around 7 and sometimes didnât end until after midnight. For meals, they had three-day cycles where they would eat dinner for breakfast every three days. âItâs terrible work, itâs terrible conditions, and you donât make that much money,â he said. Despite the hard conditions, Veysey was not one to slack. âI was the youngest person on the boat; most of the workers were about 30,â Veysey said. âI was pretty good at what they had me do because I was pretty young.â Getting tired wasnât so much of a problem for Veysey as questioning his work was. âThe stupid man doesnât go crazy, he just gets tired. The smart man, he just starts thinking about the situation and the job heâs doing,â Veysey said, after commenting on how he almost went insane. One thing he did like about his work was the end pay. He earned roughly $12,000 before taxes, and plans on saving a fair chunk of it and probably getting a new motorcycle. Now that heâs back, Veysey is looking forward to doing absolutely nothing, except maybe ârockinâ the goatee for a little while.â One thing he is happy about is getting to hang out with âchicks without beards.â Veysey plans to return to work on the boat in January, where heâll work 16 hour shifts everyday for two months. Although that sounds like fun, Spencer urges that âall the children reading this newspaper should get an education. Itâs mostly immigrants who these jobs.â He also stressed that it was very important for Ames High students to get out of Ames after graduation. âYou know Ames is heading downhill when places like the Boheme and Cyclone Truck Stop close,â Veysey said. Ames High hasnât been the same without Spencer Veysey, but weâre going to have to adjust when he leaves again in January to return to the fishing life. While he is back, weâll just have to adjust to that strong fisherman smell.