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Late night phone calls.

September 26, 2009
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Ever been laying on the couch late at night, or crawling into bed, after a day of working hard?  Your body is exhausted and your mind is beginning to shut down for that well needed rest.  The only thing you are looking forward to is closing your eyes and drifting off into dreamland.

Then the damn phone rings.  You’re up with a start and looking around the room going “What the hell was that?”.  After the second ring you realize that the barking handset is your evening’s nemesis.  Reaching over you pick up the handset and look at the caller ID and go “Who the hell is that?”.  The heart starts to beat a little faster.  Is it the police?  Has something happened to a parent?  Sibling?  Really, who is calling this late a night and it not be an emergency?  You answer.

“Hey honey, (hic) whatcha’ wearing?”

Oh, hell.  The wife is out with some friends for the weekend and she’s drunk.  I love her. 🙂  Send me pictures, and let me get back to sleep.

Do I really care if my wife is out having a good time?  Hell no!  She needs time away from me and the kids as much (if not more so) than I.  Was I really upset that she called?  After realizing that it wasn’t the drunk tank or a cop on the side of the road calling about something more serious, I was fine.

Love is a funny thing.  We’re so much more likely to forgive something that our loved ones do, than someone else in our lives.  Passion of the heart will lead our misery away.


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The grrr factor.

September 16, 2009
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Have you ever noticed that just when you think things are improving, something happens?  Car breaks down, kids get sick, the economy takes an enormous dump the size of the Marianna Trench, etc.

Well, it’s those random acts of the universe that I consider the grrr factor.  There isn’t anything you can do about them, you just have to deal with the issue at hand.  Yet you have this undeniable urge to just grit your teeth and go “grrrrr”.  The only thing it does is to serve as a relief valve.

Long story short, I’m employing the grrr factor a lot these last couple of weeks and it is keeping me sane.

Grrr on, my friends.


Labor Day (con’t.)

September 9, 2009
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Some further ramblings regarding unions:

Some may have heard of the issue between Mercury Marine and their labor union.

Mercury put what they characterized as their final best offer on the table.  If it failed, then the plant was moving to Stillwater, OK.  The union voted against the proposal, and when Mercury said that they would leave town, all of a sudden the union is waving its arms around going “We thought Mercury was going to come back to further negotiate!”.

I’m sorry, do we need to review the definition of “final”?  This is where relying on someone else to determine what you earn, or even if you have a job will lead you.  Right to the edge of losing your job.  Here’s some commentary from another blog.

The worst part is that these drones were so focused on their own pocket book that their consideration of the long term impact wasn’t even on the radar.  Now I don’t advocate that people should be considering everyone else when making decisions for themselves, but they should have considered the impact of their decision.  It wasn’t like Mercury Marine was looking to substantially cut pay and benefits for current workers, they wanted to start new hires at a reduced pay, and to bring benefits in line with those of the non-union employees.  Hardly earth shattering.  Instead, 450 or so people got to determine the livelihood of nearly 5,900 people in the area.

Eventually the union revoted (after the deadline) to accept the offer from Mercury Marine.  Personally, I would have voted to decertify the union and take my chance with the free market.

Oh, and if anyone had was at a loss for the definition of final, see below.

fi⋅nal

[fahyn-l]

–adjective

1. pertaining to or coming at the end; last in place, order, or time: the final meeting of the year.
2. ultimate: The final goal is world peace.
3. conclusive or decisive: a final decision.
4. constituting the end or purpose: a final result.
5. pertaining to or expressing the end or purpose: a final clause.
6. Law.

a. precluding further controversy on the questions passed upon: The judicial determination of the Supreme Court is final.
b. determining all issues presented, so that no further decision upon the merits of the issues is necessary: a final judgment or decree.
7. Phonetics. occurring at the end of a word or syllable, as the (t) sound in bit or bite.

–noun

8. that which is last; that which forms an end or termination.
9. Often, finals.

a. the last and decisive game, match, contest, or round in a series, as in sports.
b. the last, usually comprehensive, examination in a course of study.
10. the last edition of a newspaper published on any day.
11. Music. the tonic note of a church mode.

Labor Day

September 7, 2009
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As the days of summer seem to quickly tick past, Labor Day weekend has become the defacto close of fun and frivolity.

Yet as I consider the purpose of the Day, and what we are to celebrate (not that anyone actually does) I am saddened.  At one time labor unions performed an admirable purpose.  They guarded the worker from overzealous owners and foremen, they provided a structure for the common worker to express their dissent due to a lack of government protection.

Now, as we rapidly move forward to modern day, we have come to a point where both state and federal governments have established a plethora of alphabet soup agencies to do the work that at one time the unions had performed.  What purpose do labor unions still perform?  Do labor unions bring anything to the table in this modern day?  Do we separate labor unions from trade unions?  How does the concept of the Right to Work work in this environment?  How do we blend in the concept of Right to Work States into the mix?

As a general rule I argue labor unions (as separately defined from trade unions) are an anchor around the neck of business.  They should be discarded as the dinosaurs they have become and be encouraged to die a quick death (hemlock would be a good suggested method).  Labor unions are counter productive to their purported purpose of maintaining a fair work environment.  Labor unions eventually protect the least productive employee, and create work rules that raise the cost of doing business to the point that a business either declares bankruptcy or moves out of town.  Where the hell are the jobs they were protecting now?  Gone.

I separate a trade union because trade unions are much more similar to the old guilds than modern labor unions.  They act as a means for continuous educational training, for obtaining jobs and ensuring a consistent work quality.

More thoughts later.


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Got nothing to say? Most of the time.

September 5, 2009
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Blogging is an attempt to express one’s self in a public manner, while maintaining the anonymity that is afford by the internet.

I’ve been torn for a while about the possibility of  blogging.  On the one hand I can tell people to their face what I believe, on the other I don’t actually see a lot of people during my day.

So, let us begin with an experiment in modern profundity.


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