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|Subject: Re: Unwritten Rules of Wage Slavery||Date: 2/1/2000 12:06 PM|
|Author: Conehead||Number: 2795 of 795045|
The Unwritten Rules of Wage Slavery:
Until you reach the day when you are independent of the need to work for pay, someone owns you.
Rule One: You Have To Say "Pretty Please" To Take Vacation Time.
Rule Two: Work Is The Norm, Personal Life Is The Exception.
Rule Three: You're Not Here To Have Fun.
Rule Four: Free Agents Need Not Apply.
Rule Five: You Have To Buy At The Company Store.
Wow, it seems like you've had some bad experiences. I can take my vacations whenever I feel like it, as long as someone will be able to cover my workload. I take "non-vacations" all of the time. My coworkers and I tend to be very emotional aobut our jobs. Nearly all of us work even during non-traditional work times. Almost all of things you mention that your employers frowned at.
But despite our very different experiences, and my hope that most employers actually have a good attitude about their employees, I essentially agree with you.
I love my job. I love working. And my job is the central thing in my life and I like it like that.
But I'm still planning on retiring within five years. Although I define "retiring" as being financially independent. I probably won't actually stop working. I wouldn't know what to do wit