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Author Topic:   Just quit my career. Life is good.
Phat
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Message 16 of 18 (654160)
02-27-2012 11:22 AM
Reply to: Message 13 by Taz
02-26-2012 8:45 PM


Re: A little update on my life
Taz writes:
And somehow, I haven't hit the big 30 yet LOL. Will be soon, though. Man, I'll be an oldie in a few months. Depressing...
Impressive. You college guys impress me more and more. One thing, though. Aging is never really felt until around age 36-40, the age when most athletes retire. Now is the time for a renaissance. Get out and walk. Bicycle, Go to the health club...your best years still await.
I have had a union grocery clerk job since I was 28. Before that I was a career dishwasher. I am not stupid, though I did a stupid thing by ignoring college while it was still affordable. Now, I count on the Local 7 Union to keep me employed rather than suffer the fate of so many others.
Quite simply, I'm 52, no degree, suffer from moderate-severe Diabetes and am battling the demon of aging. Here in Denver, Walmart is coming to town with a reported 22 new marketplace stores.(Those are wal-mart grocery stores) Some people still say that we clerks are overpaid, but factoring in inflation over the past 20 years, our wages have actually dropped...which is of course to be expected. I am a union shop steward and thus can never get laid off, and i have the opportunity to see how the union politics works and how activist members think...and also am friendly with some managers and see how the Safeway corporate mentality thinks as well.
Jar and Ringo have lectured me in another forum about how we union folk--in order to survive--need to think. In a nutshell, we need to provide value for our employers and give them a reason to want us around....a consensus rather than a strict adversarial relationship.
So my future? Well, I am one of the last to get a pension though it is small...currently $565.00 a month...not even enough to pay health care for an aging diabetic. I plan on working out more, too...its cheaper than amputation surgery, and I can look like Onifre when I grow up!

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onifre
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Message 17 of 18 (654164)
02-27-2012 11:58 AM
Reply to: Message 16 by Phat
02-27-2012 11:22 AM


Re: A little update on my life
Get out and walk. Bicycle, Go to the health club...your best years still await.
I see I've gotten through to you. Very happy to see you write that.
So my future? Well, I am one of the last to get a pension though it is small...currently $565.00 a month...not even enough to pay health care for an aging diabetic. I plan on working out more, too...its cheaper than amputation surgery, and I can look like Onifre when I grow up!
One day when you grow up, you too can look like a 34 year old adonis like me!
- Oni

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Dr Jack
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Message 18 of 18 (654193)
02-27-2012 5:31 PM


Odd threadjack, bucko
Well, since this got bumped I guess I could update.
The taught phase went well. I got the highest mark in my class (I think), was elected class rep, oh, and met a girl . I managed to sell my house and move to Leicester too. A few weeks back I started the research project, I'm looking at a gene to do with pollen development in plants and making transgenic organisms daily .
I'm currently applying for PhD places again, I had an interview last Thursday so fingers crossed...

  
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