posted on Jul, 10 2015 @ 07:41 AM
originally posted by: HUMBLEONE
No matter how good it is, its still wage slavery.
I wanna be a Elegant Layabout!
Wasn't wage slavery to me , I never paid attention to what I was paid or how much an hour , all I knew is the money was direct deposited twice a month
. I loved my job , retired now , and miss it every day .
On point , I worked on the river . I started out as a deckhand and worked my way up to Chief Engineer in short order. Both jobs were strenuous
mentally and physically . As a deckhand , You always had to pay attention to what you were doing , know your surroundings , know your job or you could
lose a limb or out and out die . And physically , it was at times back breaking . Took a lot out of you slinging barge rigging and lock lines around .
You walked steel , coal filled barges in the heat of Summer where there was no escape from the heat and ice covered barges in the Winter . You worked
a minimum of 12 hours a day (most of the times around 18 hours) and you were away from home for weeks at a time . As an engineer , it was both
mentally/physically strenuous . You were in charge of everything on the boat from engines , plumbing , electrical , welding to fixing a door knob on a
crew members berth .
When I at home on my days off , I was ready to get back to the boat as my time off wound down . Only so much of sitting around I could take . I would
not have had any other job . Actually , most of us did not consider it "work" or a "job" , it was a way of life to us . We visited our families at
their home , and then returned back to our home (the river) when our off time was up .
As I said above , I never paid attention to what I was paid , didn't care . I knew I ,or the wife I should say, had a lot of nice stuff . So I made
great money , but money was and still is unimportant to me . I just enjoyed working , this retirement thing is for the birds . I could go back and
work under the table but I would be taking a job from a young man with a family .
edit on 10-7-2015 by Stonecutter45 because: (no reason
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