#066: Get a Job

[F.U.C.K. is an e-zine that I started on January 24, 1993 and ended on January 24, 2000. One concept is that articles should be timeless if possible, so they were not released with dates. As such, the date on this blog is not exact but I will try to use a date as close as possible.]


Have one? Want one? Need one? Is it the answer? Is it a real job? Looking for a better one? Any of that sound familiar to you?

Thing is, having a job doesn’t mean shit anymore. It no longer is a guarantee of money coming in. No longer does it mean you will be able to support yourself, let alone your family. No longer does it mean you can rely on company benefits to cover medical problems.

It used to be that if you had a job, and had been with a business or company for a year or so, you were pretty much set for life if you wished. No matter what, you would usually stay there provided you worked pretty hard and did pretty good. A while back there was no worry about a company laying people off because of lack of business. A few years in the company and some work above and beyond and you could usually get a promotion of some sort. Pay increases were more likely to happen, job benefits were greater etc.

These days though, it is much different. You can work for some business for a year, get no promotion, and little/no raise. You are nothing more than a number to your superiors, and nothing more than a statistic to corporate. You have to bust your ass to keep your job since so many unemployed people are out there. If you fuck up, you stand a good chance of loosing your job, or you will be talked into quitting, or maybe even harassed into leaving. Point is, unless you are management, your job isn’t worth shit.

BUT, these days, being a manager doesn’t mean shit. Just a few weeks ago, at the store I work at, our General Store manager was fired with basically less than a days warning. Five members of corporate level management came in, audited the store, looked over some other stuff, then proceeded to fire the GSM, and the RSM (Retail Sales Manager). These are the two biggest positions in the store. We have a total of 9 managers, 70+ employees. That shows you the responsibility of these two people. Despite that, both were gone, never to work for Tandy corporation again.

The reason why? Doesn’t much matter. Point is, both are gone and had no warning. Neither were told ‘You are fucking up, fix it’. Neither were warned ‘Hate to say this, but we have to let you go. You have a couple days to find other employment.’ Nothing. Now both are out of a job, both with families to worry about.

You may think ‘Bah. Both were just high school grads, nothing else going for them.’ Maybe so, but look at the options presented to college bound kids.

  1. College. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of debt. Graduation. CHANCE of getting a stable job. Good starting pay, but takes years to advance since most people working with you have at least the same level of education. Spend first 5-10 years of that good job paying back for college loans.
  2. Graduate High School. Work. Spend 20 years working up through the company, pretty much guaranteed a stable job and stable income, albeit lower than many other options. Eventually become a store manager. If you have a clue, possible move on into a district level position. District Manger etc.

These days, both have the potential to pay off. Neither of them have a good chance of success really unless you work your ass off in either one. You say why not work your ass off in college so you have a better job when you get out? Because working your ass off depends on your degree. For any degree that pays a good starting salary, you have to pay more for the college that offers those classes. So work your ass off, pay more, payback more.

No matter how you look at it, you are screwed it seems. So if your parents or teachers are giving you shit about going to college, think of the ups AND the downs. College isn’t a little yellow brick road like they lead you to believe.

And believe me, working for a corporation and being a # or statistic isn’t much fun either. Just weigh your options and go with what makes you happy. That is all that is important anymore and no one cares about it.

#065: Anthology III

[F.U.C.K. is an e-zine that I started on January 24, 1993 and ended on January 24, 2000. One concept is that articles should be timeless if possible, so they were not released with dates. As such, the date on this blog is not exact but I will try to use a date as close as possible.]


“Life without a beneficial purpose is empty existence. You ask me what is a beneficial purpose? It is one that counters the progression of entropy in the universe.” – The Eyes of the Beholders, A.C. Crispin

Anticipation of death is worse than death itself. – Marked for Death

In the elements world; fire well used-warmed/ill used-burned.

A prophecy implies we are destined to do something. It dictates to us, we have no choice in the matter. It robs us of our freedom of will. Too often, prophecies end up being self-fulfilling. Once the thought is in our minds, we act, either consciously or unconsciously, to bring it to pass. That can be the only explanation….unless you believe in a higher power. – Fire Sea, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

The universe is not only queerer than we imagine. It’s queerer than we can imagine. – Sir Arthur Eddington

The truth is a virus. – Pump Up The Volume

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it’s unfamiliar territory.

“The fear of death keeps us from living, not dying” – Paul C Roud

“Whether fate be foul or fair, why falter I or fear? What should man do but dare?” – Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never die but once. – Shakespeare

Treason doth never prosper: What’s the reason? For if it prosper, none dare call it treason. – Sir John Harington

“The truth is always a much stronger argument.”

“Teaching is the fine art of imparting knowledge without possesing it.”

“People who fly into a rage, always have a bad landing.”

“The man that has done all he thinks worthwhile has begun to die.”

The essence of war is violence. Moderation in war is imbecility. – Fisher

Atheism is a non-prophet religion.

Anarchy is the only system fair to all.

If con is the opposite of pro, is congress the opposite of progress?

Till human voices wake us, and we drown. – T.S. Eliot

The only good is knowledge and the only evil ignorance. – Socrates

The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power, and all that wealth, all that beauty e’re gave, a wait alike the inevitable how; the paths of glory lead but to the grave. – Thomas Gray

Why torture yourself when life will do it for you?

Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can’t help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.

The most preposterous notion that homo sapiens has ever dreamed up is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of all the Universes, wants the saccharine adoration of His creatures, can be swayed by their prayers, and becomes petulant if He does not receive this flattery. Yet this absurd fantasy, without a shred of evidence to bolster it, pays all the expenses of the oldest, largest, and least productive industry in all history.

The greatest productive force is human selfishness.

My life has a superb cast but I can’t figure out the plot. – Ashleigh Brilliant

There is only one difference between a madman and me. I am not mad. – Salvador Dali

When you feel like criticizing the younger generation, just remember who raised them.

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.

We, the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.

Most people miss their calling because they can’t hear it over their complaining.

You can make more friends in two days by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.

In spite of the cost of living, it’s still popular.

Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.

You cannot kindle a fire in another’s heart until it is burning in your own.

Stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.

Men of genius are admired; men of wealth are envied; men of power are feared; but only men of character are trusted.

Do not walk behind me, I may not lead. Do not walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Be different, act normal.

Rembrandt painted 700 pictures and Americans have all 5,000 of them.

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.

Ignorance needs no introduction. It always makes itself known.

Why talk but to end the fighting? Why fight but to end the talking?

Many people in one’s life can touch their heart, But few can touch their soul. – Denise McCay

Of all the base passions, fear is most accursed. – William Shakespeare

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of. – Blaise Pascal

I can endure my own despair, but not another’s hope. – William Walsh

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. – Jonathan Swift

‘Bullets Drop to the ground and sirens ring, While rich men keep doin’ their thing..’

Life is respected by serial killers… for without it… they would be out of business…

“When the government of a nation ceases to be the servant of its people, but rather their oppressor, it is their duty as patriots to overthrow it.”

Reality is entirely subjective.

“I am become death, the shatterer of worlds.” – Siva, from the Bhagavad Gita

Watch every step, guard every word, search every shadow…


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Atheists have no one to yell to at orgasm.
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The hell with prime directive, let’s kill something.
VirusScan — “Windows found: Remove it? [Y/n]”
OS/2 = Half an Operating System