posted on Dec, 28 2007 @ 08:12 PM
A glimps into the mind of an unemployed American:
Get up, make some instant coffee.
Check out the job websites
Attempt to motivate self with sayings such as “you are not a loser, you will find a decent paying job, ect…”
Throw out some resumes and cover letters
Eat Ramen noodles for lunch
Take nap to shut off conscious mind.
Get up, make some more instant coffee.
Throw out some Follow-up letters
Go to Dollar Tree to buy more Top Ramen Noodles
Ward off temptation to apply at Dollar Tree
Eat Ramen noodles for Dinner
Check out the news websites
Tell yourself you are doing the right thing, holding out and budgeting, waiting to be hired by an employer that pays a decent living wage and who
cares just as much about their employees as they do about the dollar.
Pray that you don’t have to work at the Dollar Tree, a store that I personally despise, but am forced to buy from because the cost is so low.
Fall asleep and dream about the Dollar Tree store and how buying from them is a problematic cycle for all of us poor folks. I dream about how I
don’t want to work there, the pay is lousy, yet I am forced to buy from them because the food & products are so cheap. I see the cashiers through a
dreary haze and think to myself, man, I can’t decide whether I admire them all or despise them. I dream, should they be admired for working? Sure,
it is a well known ideal that one should be admired for working, but now it has become skewed – because the problem in now becoming, who is one
working for? Why do adults, with no developmental disabilities, work at the Dollar Tree for such lousy pay in the first place? Why in the heck do
they put up with it? I would like to say, they work there because they have no choice but to work there. Speaking for myself, I would be working
there only because I have no choice, as in, I have bills to pay, rent and so forth, so therefore, that would mean, that I was being forced to work
there, under the guise of being a free American and free to do what I want. Well I want to utilize my college degree, but no one’s biting – so
therefore I am not free to do what I want, even if I have the right credentials, as you can see, I am not free to do what I want. And I wonder to
myself, why isn’t anyone biting? Well, because those are the jobs that are coveted and hard to come by – their hiring process is set up like a
Mrs. Universe Beauty Pagent. The jobs by the hundreds are those merry-go-round jobs, like Dollar Tree and McDonalds. So basically I think to myself,
you know what little missy? …. technically you are not a free American if you are being forced to work at such low paying jobs such as the Dollar
Tree to pay your rent and get some food in your belly. Any adult employee with no developmental disabilities, that works at the Dollar Tree or any
other low paying job and is doing so out of being forced to, be it lack of jobs/positions that pay a decent living wage, is technically NOT free.
They are free in a sense to either be homeless or work in a position that pays a humiliating hourly wage and they are free to pick which of these
Merry-go-Round jobs they want. There are so many to choose from! My dream then reverts to how proud I am to be an American, where at least I know
I’m free, and the time I spent serving my country in the military and blah, blah, blah and yadda ding dong, and then I'm falling, and then
Wake up, make some instant coffee
Say out loud, “you will not break me, you will not break me!” over belly rumblin'.
And start all over again.