Re: Begin Vent
I know people where you work and I'm TELLING!
Seriously, I was glad to hear you say that you are happy to have a job regardless of your education.
I know of people who have Masters Degrees who are doing landscaping/lawn maintenance for a living. I know of LEO's who are now mowing lawns for a living and even others who have dropped 100k for an education, who are just scraping by.
As you may recall, my twin and I are in landscaping and have been for over 20 years... I've had people tell me that I am lucky to have my own business in this economy. My reply for the most part is that they are right, I mean I may lose one account, but I can replace it very quickly... I'm not going to be "laid off".
Here is the curve ball... This year, for the first time in the history of our business, we had four clients who just simply stopped paying their bill, now to be honest we have a lot of clients who get several months behind before they pay, but this is because of laziness... One Dr usually sends one or two big checks per year instead of paying every month when the invoice comes in, so at first it was no big deal... After awhile we have a hard decision to make, if we just terminate service there is a real high chance that we will lose that client and honestly, we don't want to lose business, but eventually that is what happens.
Unbelievably, we had to either threaten or actually file theft of service charges against a few of them to get our money... One guy has only a few days left to pay up before they issue a warrant for his arrest. This isn't good for business, but it does let people know that "We ain't playing games with ya", we did the work and were getting our money.
Anyway, sorry for the ramble, just saying that things are tight everywhere and we just better be glad that we have a job.
Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.