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Out of the Blue

Well I hoped to take delivery of a couple of baskets for my new rotisserie in time for the weekend, as I have ideas for a couple of things to use it for like veggies and chicken wings that won't work on the forks, but that's not going to work out, so I'll just have to start out on a typical chicken dealie. Now I have to figure out how people cook baseballs on one of these things.

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30. Re: Out of the Blue May 12, 2012, 03:26 Cutter
 
sauron wrote on May 11, 2012, 21:03:
No offense, and I generally enjoy your contributions to the Blues community, but you're coming off as kind of strident on this and there are several long posts which are rather aggressive.

Do you have a degree? If so, why the hostility?

No offense taken, man. No, I'm a university drop out. Never finished my degree - dropped out after year 2 honours history/poly sci program. I regret not doing it because I actually love history and politics - as I think my posts over the years will attest to. Hell, for everything I've done on my own would be worth an MA at least if not a doctorate IMO. However, at the time, I realized I wasn't learning anything beyond what interested me and there was little practical application to it unless I was going full academia - which I had no intention of doing. I'll probably finish it one day, just because.

My old man was a master carpenter, and most of my family were/are tradesmen. So I see that side of it. When these people are bitching about no work, or being underpaid, they seem to miss the reality of what those things really mean. There are only so many tenured positions at Ivy League schools where the make the big bucks. And not many more, and even less money, at smaller schools. So I find it laughable...yes, laughable...that they have this sense of entitlement that they deserve some cushy, well paying job in academia.

Almost all my tradesmen family not only own their own houses but other properties too. They own cottages, cars, boats, solid investments, etc. and they can still sock it away. Meanwhile these people hop from shitty job to shitty job to unemployment to welfare and still feel they're owed somthing. That someone had somehow lied to them and simply by having an advanced degree the world would be their oyster. If they put half as much effort into something like a trade - albeit not as cushy - they'd be sitting pretty comfortable, and they wouldn't ever have to worry about being out of work.

I'm a bartender - working bar manager/agm - at a high end restaurant. And it's no different from any other trade. For those who really want to succeed and make good money, it's there. However, you need to understand customer service, sales, and product in a meaningful way. I've spent a lot of money over the years doing my WSET certs and other stuff that shows I actually know what the hell I'm talking about. So for me, I make just shy of 100k a year - most of it tax free - without killing myself. And...I actually, really like my work. So yeah, I get pissed when I hear about people like this who feel they're entitled to something better. Even in the trades there comes a point when you're paid for what you know moreso than what you do.

It's not like these people can't be out doing something else and making damn good money in the process. So, sitting around on gubment handouts hoping someday they'll get what's "owed" to them is not a way to go through life IMO. Believe me, I'm a socialist throgh and through, but my socialism stops at the self-entitlement line. You don't want to work doing something that you consider beneath you? Fine, starve in that case. The world needs ditchdiggers too, and at least they actually earn their money.
 
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