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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 11:14 AM
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20. I know someone who actually QUIT his job...
It was a good job... insurance underwriting. He was smart at it and usually got all his work done by 2 in the afternoon. Short hours, good pay. Some boss said something he didn't like, and he quit. He looked for work for the past year, and had all sorts of comments about how people were condescending to him in interviews or how he was clearly a lot smarter than the prospective boss. That, I do believe, clued me into the lousy way he performed in those interviews. He finally accepted an IT/Admin Assistant job. It took a lot of pain and personal suffering before he came to understand what the current employment climate is all about.

But I also know people who are willing to do just about anything to put a few lentils on the family table and a stick of wood in the fireplace.

My heart goes out to all concerned.

I know we've talked about this before... those of us who know how to make something out of nothing, who know how to repair things, or make them from scratch, who learned important lessons at the feet of our family elders who survived The Great Depression, we are the new survivors.

I'm cutting back more and more all the time. Even the Goodwill is getting fewer items from me this year. I went through the bag and found a few sweaters and blouses that I could mend or otherwise zazz up. I work in a professional office, and despite my penchant for jeans and t-shirts, or shorts and tank tops, I have to don the corporate costume every day. That costume is getting more and more expensive all the time and I can't justify my new clothes purchases to myself, even though it's expected that I look right every day. I even got some new heels and insoles for four pairs of dress shoes. I'm going to squeeze another year out of this stuff or know the reason why!

There are lazy people in the world; it has always been so. I don't agree with the current GOTP "hammock" meme at all, however, and I think the truly lazy among us are coming to a harsh awakening. I think the GOTP is looking to "decrease the surplus population."
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  -Young Guy Down The Street MineralMan  Jan-27-11 10:06 AM   #0 
  - uh oh...  dionysus   Jan-27-11 10:08 AM   #1 
  - no kidding.  TBF   Jan-27-11 11:19 AM   #24 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-11 12:47 PM   #41 
  - lol n/t  Liberal_in_LA   Jan-29-11 11:50 AM   #104 
  - And Ronald Reagan saw him at the grocery store using food stamps and driving a Cadillac!  proud2BlibKansan   Jan-27-11 10:11 AM   #2 
  - LOL!  Hello_Kitty   Jan-27-11 10:16 AM   #5 
  - Let me guess - they were buying steaks 'n smokes with those stamps  eleny   Jan-27-11 10:29 AM   #11 
  - Probably driving his wife to get a recreational abortion.  ret5hd   Jan-27-11 10:30 AM   #12 
  - At a spa!  proud2BlibKansan   Jan-27-11 12:51 PM   #45 
  - but the same mindset. n/t  RainDog   Jan-27-11 12:47 PM   #43 
  - I'll bet he keeps  H2O Man   Jan-27-11 03:05 PM   #61 
  - No kidding.  Marr   Jan-29-11 11:07 AM   #101 
  - I bet he was wearing a fur coast, too! n/t  QC   Jan-29-11 11:11 AM   #102 
  - Give him time. Sometimes it's hard to be humiliated by life  lunatica   Jan-27-11 10:14 AM   #3 
  - good old male ego  ensho   Jan-27-11 10:14 AM   #4 
  - This has nothing to do with gender  Cali_Democrat   Jan-27-11 03:50 PM   #70 
     - 'guy' means male last I heard  ensho   Jan-27-11 04:49 PM   #80 
  - Similar situation here.  Ineeda   Jan-27-11 10:16 AM   #6 
  - I'd do it, but  pintobean   Jan-27-11 10:19 AM   #7 
  - That RepubliWhiner needs to pull himself up by his own, um, toolbelt  SpiralHawk   Jan-27-11 10:20 AM   #8 
  - How do we know he's a republican?  proud2BlibKansan   Jan-27-11 12:48 PM   #44 
  - I have no idea what his politics are. Don't know him that well.  MineralMan   Jan-27-11 02:32 PM   #54 
  - When my husband was out of work  My Good Babushka   Jan-27-11 10:26 AM   #9 
  - Yah. I clear the driveway and walks for a woman in her 80s  MineralMan   Jan-27-11 02:35 PM   #56 
  - I tried doing that for the old goat living next to my parents.  Fuddnik   Jan-27-11 04:13 PM   #78 
  - I have a family member (not by choice) who quit her job at  madmom   Jan-27-11 10:28 AM   #10 
  - Who did she vote for?  MedicalAdmin   Jan-27-11 11:35 AM   #25 
     - She says she's a dem, but she doesn't vote. She doesn't watch or listen to any news, she  madmom   Jan-27-11 11:52 AM   #30 
  - Isn't half his problem that he isn't open to innovation?  dkf   Jan-27-11 10:32 AM   #13 
  - he probably doesn't know what the word innovation means  ensho   Jan-27-11 10:33 AM   #15 
  - What we need to do to survive -  TBF   Jan-27-11 11:17 AM   #22 
     - +100  Hannah Bell   Jan-27-11 12:42 PM   #37 
     - NOW we're talking.  Poboy   Jan-27-11 08:31 PM   #86 
     - Gather together conveniently in a single place so a staged, faked...  Shandris   Jan-28-11 02:59 AM   #93 
  - a job would probably pay him over $600 a week plus benefits  hfojvt   Jan-27-11 10:32 AM   #14 
  - It's not about making a living but about figuring out how to survive.  dkf   Jan-27-11 11:00 AM   #18 
  - people want and expect to do more than survive  hfojvt   Jan-27-11 12:19 PM   #34 
  - Do you think people who work in factories or any other job  sufrommich   Jan-27-11 12:32 PM   #35 
     - there's a big difference  hfojvt   Jan-27-11 12:39 PM   #36 
     - Many of them do. It's a job where they can work 8 hours a day, get paid a good wage, and go home  Brickbat   Jan-27-11 02:00 PM   #49 
  - easy to figure out how to survive. steal like the big boys do.  Hannah Bell   Jan-27-11 12:44 PM   #38 
  - many people are not surviving on the "new paradigm"  RainDog   Jan-27-11 12:52 PM   #46 
     - I'm just wondering how innovation takes place in that mindset.  dkf   Jan-27-11 08:16 PM   #83 
        - that's been my argument for universal health care for ages  RainDog   Jan-27-11 08:56 PM   #89 
           - Yeah I don't see how we survive without universal health care that cuts margins.  dkf   Jan-28-11 12:34 AM   #92 
              - northern european nations have outperformed the U.S.  RainDog   Jan-28-11 10:06 AM   #95 
  - It's disgusting how cheap some people can be -- I agreed to edit  Sal Minella   Jan-27-11 11:09 AM   #19 
  - The rate around here for snow removal is about $20/hr.  MineralMan   Jan-27-11 02:23 PM   #50 
  - The son of a good friend was a framer.....  Uben   Jan-27-11 10:50 AM   #16 
  - When you feel none-too-secure about the worth of your  Sal Minella   Jan-27-11 10:56 AM   #17 
  - A certain age...  JuniperLea   Jan-27-11 11:39 AM   #27 
  - It's more than just being a certain age to realize menial labor  sufrommich   Jan-27-11 11:47 AM   #29 
     - True. And there are also those of us who have spent enough time around members of the ruling class  Hello_Kitty   Jan-27-11 12:03 PM   #31 
     - oh baloney.  Hannah Bell   Jan-27-11 12:47 PM   #42 
  - I know someone who actually QUIT his job...  JuniperLea   Jan-27-11 11:14 AM   #20 
  - It's become common here in my part of Michigan .Lots of  sufrommich   Jan-27-11 11:16 AM   #21 
  - House framing is manual work, too. I've done it. It's hard work.  MineralMan   Jan-27-11 02:27 PM   #51 
  - every day i turn down people who come by looking to shovel my drive for money  dugaresa   Jan-27-11 11:19 AM   #23 
  - Recently a couple kids walking through the parking lot at a senior  jwirr   Jan-27-11 11:37 AM   #26 
  - Work is work.  MedicalAdmin   Jan-27-11 11:39 AM   #28 
  - out of curiosity  guitar man   Jan-27-11 12:03 PM   #32 
  - I offered him $20/hr. That's what I consider the job to be worth.  MineralMan   Jan-27-11 02:28 PM   #52 
  - Shit, where do you live  guitar man   Jan-27-11 02:36 PM   #57 
     - I can do it myself. I was just trying to help a guy out. After he  MineralMan   Jan-27-11 02:39 PM   #58 
        - I know, I was jk  guitar man   Jan-27-11 03:27 PM   #68 
  - i pay, or i would, 15 to clear out gardens. i have lots. lots of hours. cant find someone  seabeyond   Jan-29-11 12:15 PM   #107 
  - BOOTSTRAPS!  Ignis   Jan-27-11 12:06 PM   #33 
  - funny. in my town, there are people with masters degrees hauling people's trash  RainDog   Jan-27-11 12:44 PM   #39 
  - when it snowed recently  RainDog   Jan-27-11 12:46 PM   #40 
  - He complained about not being able to find a job. What you suggested was not a job, and I find his  Brickbat   Jan-27-11 01:58 PM   #47 
  - OK. You're right. It was about an hour and a half's work.  MineralMan   Jan-27-11 02:31 PM   #53 
  - +1  fishwax   Jan-27-11 08:40 PM   #87 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-11 02:00 PM   #48 
  - Maybe his Union don't allow  Fla_Democrat   Jan-27-11 02:33 PM   #55 
  - Wow. Sounds like his sparkling personality might be costing him a shot at employment, too.  Maru Kitteh   Jan-27-11 02:55 PM   #59 
  - sure  H2O Man   Jan-27-11 02:59 PM   #60 
  - Ugh, where is this? Here in MN us young folks would have no problem with that.  Odin2005   Jan-27-11 03:11 PM   #62 
  - Saint Paul. Actually, there are lots of guys who work construction  MineralMan   Jan-27-11 03:52 PM   #71 
  - Guys have signs up town around here offering to do such work  NNN0LHI   Jan-27-11 03:11 PM   #63 
  - Here too and it's been going on for at least a decade. Funny that  sufrommich   Jan-27-11 03:23 PM   #67 
  - They do here, too. Lots of guys who work construction do snow  MineralMan   Jan-27-11 03:55 PM   #72 
  - He could have just said no thank you.  Dappleganger   Jan-27-11 03:16 PM   #64 
  - That was my first thought too.  Swamp Rat   Jan-27-11 03:56 PM   #74 
  - So there ARE jobs that some Americans won't do. Who knew. nt  Obamanaut   Jan-27-11 03:18 PM   #65 
  - What's your point?  Union Scribe   Jan-27-11 03:21 PM   #66 
  - My point was to relate a story.  MineralMan   Jan-27-11 03:48 PM   #69 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-11 04:26 PM   #79 
     - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-11 05:27 PM   #81 
  - We can't bust heads like we used to. But we have our ways.  Gold Metal Flake   Jan-27-11 03:55 PM   #73 
  - LOL!  Swamp Rat   Jan-27-11 04:10 PM   #77 
  - Lol!  XanaDUer   Jan-28-11 10:13 AM   #97 
  - Was that after you yelled at him to get off your lawn?  Fuddnik   Jan-27-11 04:04 PM   #75 
  - it would be nice if he would do it as a favor to you -- just to help you out  orleans   Jan-27-11 04:05 PM   #76 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-11 06:43 PM   #82 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-11 08:19 PM   #84 
  - How's that?  MrMickeysMom   Jan-27-11 08:41 PM   #88 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-11 08:22 PM   #85 
  - So a man needs a job, you offer a chore and you do not see  Bluenorthwest   Jan-27-11 09:14 PM   #90 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-29-11 09:48 AM   #99 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-27-11 11:11 PM   #91 
  - Give him a few weeks and he'll probably comimg around practically  Raine   Jan-28-11 03:44 AM   #94 
  - I love listening to retired boomers bemoan the work habits of the young folk.  cottonseed   Jan-28-11 10:11 AM   #96 
  - I don't believe you.  tekisui   Jan-29-11 09:47 AM   #98 
  - Maybe he'd be willing to troll the internet with right-wing narratives.  Marr   Jan-29-11 11:02 AM   #100 
  - So one guy turns down your offer and that means....  Lydia Leftcoast   Jan-29-11 11:30 AM   #103 
  - Maybe if everyone shovels snow for you we can be more like the Egyptian economy  CreekDog   Jan-29-11 12:04 PM   #105 
  - It isn't always laziness or false pride.  shimmergal   Jan-29-11 12:10 PM   #106 

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