posted on Oct, 29 2009 @ 10:33 AM
I've worked two full-time jobs before. 80 hours a week was exhausting but not exhausting to the point of death. It might make you sick of work, but
not physically sick. And it wasn't a temporary thing either. I did it for almost 2 years.
I've even worked 20 hour days for 20 days at a time at a single job before taking a solitary day off and then started the whole thing over again when
working on big projects. Granted, I'd only do such for a year to 16 months at a time, but still, 120 hour weeks trumps 60 hour weeks no matter how
you shake a stick at it.
Even when I wasn't working so much I would juggle a full-time job, part-time school, and tag-team parenting with no sleep longer than 20 minutes at a
time for 9 months before I said enough is enough.
I've even worked non-stop for 24 years before ever finally taking a vacation (and I took 13 months off when I finally took one).
Unless you are doing physically demanding hard-labor, you cannot be worked to death unless you already have a pre-existing health condition.
I'm going to chalk this up as sensationalistic reporting. The person either let their health seriously deteriorate, or failed to get plenty of fluids
and food, and died of malnutrition and/or dehydration. I doubt they worked themselves to death working a paltry 60 hours a week.
However, as for the Retirement age in the U.S. going up and up and up...that peaves me off to no end. I already know there won't be Social Security
for my generation when we are ready to retire, but considering our grandparents and parents were able to retire at 62 and 65 respectively, the thought
that the Retirement age for my generation has been upped to 70 and most likely upped again to 75-75 in the not-to-distant future, really rubs me raw.
I don't work myself to exhaustion, wasting the prime of my years for nothing! If I can't be sitting on a beach in Cabo drinking Cervezas for the
last third of my life, then what's the point?