Thursday, August 31, 2017

Workplace rudeness

Jennifer Breheny Wallace has a nice WSJ essay, “The cost of workplace rudeness”, link here

I got my share of accusations of this over the years.  “Bill doesn’t know what he did.”  You would be surprised how people can interpret things, in their own space.

One time, a clerk at a Rite-Aid claimed it was rude for someone to put money down on a counter in front of her, thinking it implied she was untouchable because she was black.  That was the farthest thing from my mind.  It was just the physical arrangement of the space.  

I wonder how this issue would have played out on "The Apprentice". 

Sunday, August 06, 2017

A real job, again

Here's an example of a real job.

The cornet did not move off load point very much while I filmed.

Blue collar, anyone? 

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

More white collar people take proletarian blue collar jobs

The bourgeoisie may be turning into the proletariat, one person at a time, according to  USA Today article July 31 by Paul Davidson, ‘Tired of the Corporate Grind: A Blue-Collar Job Might Be for You”, link here.

Maybe a welding job is for you?

This has happened before. Even back in 1992, with the George H W Bush recession, the advice was to “take grunt work.”

In the next-to-last story in my DADT-III book, “Expedition”, this happens to one of the characters. 
For retirees, the issues has been more about being pushed into hucketerism.   Then there is the 1978 movie "Blue Collar".  Or my 1969 novel draft "The Proles" where this sort of thing has to happen. 

This may get us back to the doomsday prepper world.  How many of us can do our own home repairs?