Saturday, August 29, 2020

Get off your arse

Spur of the moment post. Not really ready for publication. Nothing prepared to post for today, so this is a raw version.

Generally you could sum me up as a bleeding heart cafe latte sipping, sav blanc leftie who is quite well off, and you won't be far wrong. I care deeply for the environment, for animals, for those less fortunate in society and did I mention our environment? If we don't get that right, nothing else will be right.

But I do get a little cross with moaning young people who for everything is so hard. I know it is hard for so many but really! Women are so often disadvantaged, left holding the babies, literally and metaphorically. Young men are immune, until you look at the suicide statistics.

But I say to you young people, you get up at 4.30am for a 6am work start, work until 11am, go home for a break and report back to work at 3pm and work to 7pm. Go home, repeat and rinse.

Do that for forty years and you may well be as comfortable as I am and can retire at the age of 62 and own your own home.

Yes, no children, no responsibility aside from R, family and friends.

Later edit: This was somewhat intemperate and not my finest moment. I am not sure what brought it on, but there you go. I will let it stand.


32 comments:

  1. You are understating the responsibilities you accept and act on for R, your family and friends.
    But then as another merlot-swilling leftie without children I would say that.

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    1. EC, I am not sure why I wrote that. Note the later edit.

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  2. I'm a freshly-squeezed orange juice-swilling retired Rightie hermit with two furry best mates who are also hermits; who has no children; who worked hard all her life, and who doesn't own her own home...and one who doesn't frequent coffee shops, preferring to prepares her own...on her own... :)

    Have nice weekend...

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    1. Lee, it is interesting how you are so satisfied without much outside contact with the world, especially as your working life involved dealing with people.

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  3. I love this post, very honest and forthright and so true.

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    1. Cheryl, thanks. I should have written it better and sounded less pull yourself up by your bootstraps. It is not easy for some.

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  4. Although I have not had proper jobs, I worked as a mother and care giver since I was 17 years old. I am nearly 62 now. I have heard "Oh, you never worked?"
    LOL
    I worked and my work was 24/7 even after the kids left I suddenly had Jack home all the time.
    My day will come, Andrew, when I can sip a Latte and enjoy my retirement, but that won't be for a bit.

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    1. Yes Maribeth, you are still working. What will your future hold.

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  5. I hear ya. I had hoped to be a little better off until the clear cutting swine of a neighbour took down a forest next door to me and instantly devalued my gorgeous property. By an amount I can't even think about. Boy did I work hard tho. Single mother, two kids. Poor but really? I don't need anything. Our needs decrease.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, no doubt you did. Just bringing up children is hard work in itself. You are right about needs decreasing as we age.

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  6. For the moment I am really sad for young people at least ours here ! Running around with masks at school, no festivities, no cinema,really nothing !! Hard to find a job etc. My friend Myriam's neighbor 18 years old hang himself and another I know too. Am I happy to be retired get my pension each month and have no financial problems. Our apartement is finally completely finished and I enjoy the views. No travelling this year with all this Corona mess !!

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    1. Gattina, I feel so bad for them. That is awful about your friend's neighbour's son. We must give young people hope.

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  7. Totally agree, the young ones well some of them don't know they alive, they think they and so many want everything at one.
    The men, well! The law is not equal at times.
    Take care.

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    1. Margaret, as someone once said, the law is an ass. I do feel of a lot of young people though. So many are without hope.

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  8. I really like bleeding heart cafe latte sipping, sav blanc leftie environment-concerned human. Sounds perfect to me :)

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    1. Hels, but I also come with dictator tendencies.

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  9. Andrew, wonder if your job is already a robot and out of bounds to young people. And look what it's done to your health. I loathe the Pig in Charge in Canberra, he wouldn't get a job now but how he loves to hammer the 50 year olds who will never get work now. Have a look at where all your medication comes from. In the middle of a pandemic and I'm taking pills coming from Turkey. Time to start looking at doing our own production of everything, we always did.

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    1. Jah Teh, it can never be. Aside from a bad back work related, and possible mental health issues, work hasn't affected me too much. I do take note where meds come from. Turkey, Poland....maybe a bit safer than China. I'd like to think this disaster will see us producing more at home and be less reliant on the world.

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  10. When I first started work I left home at about 5.30am, took a train up to London, worked at a very stressful Stock Exchange job all day, then got home at about 9.00pm. I later moved to a small flat in London which helped, but it was still a very long hard day.

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    1. Cro, yes that sounds like pretty hard yards to me. We could do it when we were young and bounce back.

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  11. I do wish I had worked longer from an earlier age and now own my own home. Too late now of course, since I have no wish to turn back time and start over.
    Many (not all) of the young people today are used to getting what they want when they want it, now they have a lesson to learn.

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    1. River, I am perhaps at times too soft on young people because we have left them a crazy screwed up world. People in your situation when you were younger really didn't have many choices.

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  12. At first I was going to mildly rebuke you for stereotyping young people, until I realized--

    "bleeding heart cafe latte sipping, sav blanc leftie"

    --you had more pointedly stereotyped ANOTHER group.

    Latte. That has something to do with coffee, right?

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    1. Cafe latte, yes coffee Kirk. Actually I drink black coffee but that too is a stereotype.

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  13. That was a brutal work schedule. But beyond that, you are where you are, because you worked hard, and long, and took care of what you earned. You have what you have, because you made the most of what you had to work with and took care of it.

    I have a lot of education, because I worked hard and paid for it. For the last decade I have earned a good living, because I made the most of what I have to work with. We are debt free, because we chose to be happy with what we can afford, I am positioned to retire in 35 months and 2 days, because we have taken care of what we have. Anyone who wants to whine about how hard it is, is right, it is hard, and some of us have gotten on with it.

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    1. Good last words Travel. 35 months and 2 days, but you aren't counting....

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    2. Oh yes, do you think you will adjust well to retirement?

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    3. YES, this extended period of working at home, has made me realize how happy I can be with a routine that does not involve a daily commute. It will be better when we can start traveling again.

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  14. Dictator tendencies you say Andrew.. I can't imagine R letting you get away with that 😁 I have to admit I am enjoying the benefits of P's many years of hard work 😉 I did work right up until I produced Dave, then it was as Maribeth above said 'working 24/7' but I loved it and have two delightful adult sprogs to show for it 💜

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    1. Grace, well not a dictator at home. I never underrate the successful bringing up of children.

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  15. I think all of us older people have moments when we feel impatient with younger ones. It's hard to walk a mile in another's shoes! Having said that, I think young people DO have many challenges that we didn't face in quite the same way, from the environment and climate change to the difficulty of finding an entry-level job that pays a living wage. It's brutal out there for those just starting out.

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    1. Yes, I know Steve and really I am sympathetic to what they are facing, much of it our doing, whether we had any control over it or not.

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