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Subject:  Re: WMT Redux--Epitome of Shameful Date:  11/19/2012  5:42 PM
Author:  StubbleJumper Number:  868880 of 902410

Could you accept the idea that this is not something everyone can do? There are people with family obligations that require them to stay in Nowheresville, there are people who are having trouble gathering the funds to afford the move (because you can't move for free; usually you have to save up enough money for a place to stay while you job hunt, even if you find something the third day of your search) and there are some other situations that make moving impossible.

Yep, it sucks to move away from family. And it sucks to live on a shoe-string at your eventual destination. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

But you know what? It's funny how some people take a decision and then MAKE it work. People move thousands of miles with only the clothes on their back and get themselves established in a new place. We can either blame others for our problems or we can take responsibility for our individual problems.

Some of the people I respect most are those who "cannot move" for family reasons and instead work in areas like long-haul trucking or in northern mining camps that enable them to make a decent living while not permanently moving from their community. But again, those folks look at the range of options available to them and selected what they deem to be the most attractive option amongst an unappealing lot.

Or, we could instead just blame the big corporations...
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