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    to find this post.  And I doubt you'll find this comment, but here goes anyway.

    Just wanted to say how magnificent it is.

    I remember a couple of things that happened in the '70s.  One was that weekends became compromised by FedEx's absurd slogans: "When it absolutely, positively has to be there" and my favorite, "Extremely Urgent."  

    Things used to take time to happen: work and shipments had to be posted, and make their way to their destination in an ambling sort of way.

    Suddenly not only were things happening faster during the week, there was a reason to come into work on a Saturday.   Ten years (a guess) later... on a Sunday!  So the "work week" began it's slow death.

    The other thing that went on was a simultaneous demand for longer work hours and work weeks.  I had one friend who traveled a lot for her company.  They took to sending her on a Friday night for a Monday morning meeting, because it was cheaper to stick her in a hotel in a strange city than to pay for the higher priced ticket that would get her there early Monday, or even Sunday night.  

    When I asked if she was being compensated for her time, she answered with undisguised indignation, "I'm salaried!"

    So as a salaried member of management-in-name-only, she earned a fraction over that weekend of what an employee who punched a time clock would have.  Yeah: good trade up.

    It was the early alarm of climbing the ladders and giving up your personal life because there was no time.

    I blame that growing attitude on Reagan.  

    The rest I blame on FedEx.

    Okay, not fair, but I love blaming them for stuff.  

    Thanks for listening... or not, as the case may be.  ;)

    In this country, white people feeling solid in playing around with the lives of black people is a FEATURE, not a bug. -- mallyroyal

    by Yasuragi on Fri Oct 14, 2011 at 03:13:32 PM PDT

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