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(pro_xy at yahoo) on Sep 17, 2002 01:48:46 PM

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Why do we work ourselves so hard at things we do not want to do?
It doesn't make too much sense to me.

I spent 12 years of my life busting my ass in a school I did not really like to get into the college of my choice. I went to the college of my choice to work my ass of in a department that I liked, but will get my nowhere in life (religion, wee!). I nearly killed myself the last semester of college working on a 40 page paper that I only recieved a B on.

And now I'm sitting in a chair, flailing around the internet, trying to write a cover letter for a job I really don't care about, and thinking about what I'm supposed to do for the next 20 years.

What I've been noticing while looking through people's profiles and stories and watching people talk about their jobs, is that no one is really happy. We're talkig about a culture where if you work 40 hours a week, that is considered meagre and not even close to fulltime. I mean --- technically it's fulltime, but we always have overtime and overwork and extraextra hours that we must put in that we don't get paid for. It's pretty silly.

Why don't people do what they like, try to support themselves, and try to make themselves happy? Why do they kill themselves (like I did for so long) to get nowhere?

For a week's worth of vacation every year?

I was a wrestler in high school. I was not too bad, and ended up being the captain of my team. However, at 5'6 or whatever I was, I had to wrestle at 119 lbs. This is not my frame, is not where I should be, is not what I should have done.

So I didn't eat, worked out obsessively and stayed at 119 lbs. for five months. When the season ended, and I could eat again, I threw up everything I ate because my body simply rejected it. It was not used to having food, it couldn't DEAL with having food, so up it came.

But I had control over my weight, and if I failed, it was because of me.

We work so much, I think, because we feel like if we work, we have control. It is almost a bulimia of the mind. Binge on work, purge with football. End up feeling as grey and lifeless as I did when I was curled up in a sweatshirt, sleeping in the hall because my body had no nutrients.

But we make fifty grand a year.

And we have a big screen television.

And every so often, we have sex.


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    What you mean "we" paleface?
    by TheChisa(come@me.bro)
    gfd messages
    on Sep 17, 2002 01:58:44 PM
    Speak for your damn self. I never went to college, and I never will, and I had a good job in the corporate IT world regardless, and LEFT IT because it SUCKED.

    Now I wash dishes again and I'm happy as a faggot in jail.
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    I hear in Germany
    by zaxon(huk~)
    gfd messagesMSN
    on Sep 17, 2002 10:17:27 PM
    They get something like 6 weeks paid vacation... all of'em , waitresses, teachers, whatevah. I mean shit, they have like one decade of slave labor feeding their current prosperity.... we had what, several centuries? What's up with that shit.
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      god damn europeans.
      by bean
      gfd messages
      on Sep 18, 2002 12:18:33 AM
      fuck those europeans. its not fair. and the spainish! they get a nap in the afternoon! what the hell is wrong with americans?!!! and they think we are lazy!
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        No we dont't
        by tiggr
        gfd messages
        on Sep 18, 2002 09:39:18 AM
        We think you Americans work too much...:)
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          Amen to that
          by GMFTatsujin(Ask and ye shall receive)
          gfd messagesAIM
          on Sep 18, 2002 02:21:16 PM
          Work harder! Work longer! Show your dedication! Be all you can be! You'll never get anywhere in this company if you just work the maximum hours alloted for your paycheck in the budget!

          The next mouth that utters that pop-psychosis reinvigorate-your-workplace "+1%" bullshit is gonna get bitchslapped. The workplace wouldn't NEED reinvigorating if it wasn't for being run ragged all the goddamn time.

          Europe doesn't think we're lazy. YOUR BOSS thinks you're lazy. Or the twit your boss reports to. Or some accountant somewhere.

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            The Europeans are geniuses.
            by TheChisa(come@me.bro)
            gfd messages
            on Sep 18, 2002 03:17:48 PM
            And the fucking Australians are super-geniuses. They get 3 months off.
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              by GMFTatsujin(Ask and ye shall receive)
              gfd messagesAIM
              on Sep 18, 2002 05:56:36 PM
              I have a friend in Oz that manages to travel around the world on seemingly a near constant basis -- now I know how she does it.

              What a world.
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              id move to australia but...
              by bean
              gfd messages
              on Sep 18, 2002 09:37:11 PM
              i kind of dont like the walmart effect going on there
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                Yeah, like you can get away from that
                by GMFTatsujin(Ask and ye shall receive)
                gfd messagesAIM
                on Sep 24, 2002 12:23:19 PM
                They're openeing a giant super Walmart on the other side of the mountains in Cedar Crest.

                Where, like, 500 people live.

                They'll open one of those damn things anywhere. They're probably breaking ground in my ass even as we speak.

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                  Oh my god you live in Albuquerque
                  by Gribble
                  gfd messages
                  on Sep 24, 2002 01:44:41 PM
                  Get away while you can.
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                    Maybe you haven't heard
                    by GMFTatsujin(Ask and ye shall receive)
                    gfd messagesAIM
                    on Sep 24, 2002 02:28:04 PM
                    Albuquerque truly is the inescapable black hole of America.

                    Seriously. People check in, they don't check out. Even if you've gone to greener pastures, you'll be back. You're just in a wide orbit -- Albuquerque will suck you back in, wherever you gotten yourself to. I've seen it happen over and over again.

                    Think that's something? I was *born* here. I'm pretty much fucking consigned. I've never known anything else. It's like limbo, the fairy tale holding pattern for the souls of the unsaved but sinless who were born before Christ came and redeemed mankind. Like cavemen. There's tons of cavemen here.

                    No punishment, no judgement, no salvation... NO FUCKING CHANCE. Just an eternity of hanging around waiting for something to happen, and that something will never come.

                    Join us.... JOIN US....
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                      Mommy make it stop.
                      by Gribble
                      gfd messages
                      on Sep 24, 2002 02:58:39 PM
                      I was born there, too. Spent 24 years in the land of Entrapment.

                      I want very badly to say I will never go back, but I know how it is. As soon as you say that, you lose your job and your mom gets sick and the next thing you know you're living in a trailer next to the railroad tracks on North 4th watching the El Caminos cruise in and out of the massage oil demonstration parlor parking lots and cursing the sound and stench of the Pit Bull puppy mills that surround you while planning an exciting evening of drinking and puking in the new improved downtown strip of bars. If you're lucky you'll see an old boyfriend who will give you a rock of crack and you'll sit in his pickup truck and hit it and then watch the beautiful lights of the good old APD as they surround your truck and shoot the guy fourteen times when he gets out of the truck to take a piss.

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