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  •  Back in the mid-90's I was having trouble (4+ / 0-)

    finding full-time work in N. California. Part-time was easy, but I wanted more hours. So I moved to Santa Barbara, where my aunt said there was plenty of work. That was true, but what I didn't realize before I moved there was that I'd have to work multiple jobs to afford the cost of living. Two jobs, one full time and the other half time, allowed me to live there, albeit with very little margin (and I still had to share the cost of housing with roommates). When I decided to leave a few years later, it took working three jobs to be able to scrape together the wherewithal to do so.

    Fortunately, I was able to self train with temp agency computer tutorials to get the skills that let me get a better job, one that led me into a much better paying career, but I will never forget that the people who work the low paid jobs generally work a lot harder than I have to do except on my very worst days, with far less job satisfaction. I was lucky--there aren't enough sit down jobs for everyone even if everyone had the skills.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.
    --Carl Schurz, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872

    by leftist vegetarian patriot on Mon Nov 01, 2010 at 08:28:30 AM PDT

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