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Redoak49

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12-21-2015 12:33 PM

With all the idiots complaining about wanting a safe place and their mommy on college campus, I found the following rules would be good for them. Also, good rules for all young people who feel entitled. I have worked many different job before getting a degree. The most dirty difficult one was flipping burgers. I worked in a large cafeteria Browning meat on a 3 ft square hot greasy griddle for hours on end. It was worse than working in the steel mill. Washing huge stacks of dirty dishes also was a tough one.

RULE 1 – Life is not fair; get used to it.
RULE 2 – The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
RULE 3 – You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice president with a car phone, until you earn both.
RULE 4 – If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn’t have tenure.
RULE 5 – Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping, they called it opportunity.
RULE 6 – If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, So don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
RULE 7 – Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents’ generation, try “delousing” the clothes in your own room.
RULE 8 – Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they will ask as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
RULE 9 – Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
RULE 10 -Television is NOT real life! In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
RULE 11 – Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.


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Kaleb the Swede

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#1 posted 12-21-2015 12:43 PM

I’m a high school teacher and I have this posted in my classroom for the kids. Some say it’s too long to read…sigh

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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MrUnix

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#2 posted 12-21-2015 12:44 PM

If the most most dirty difficult job you had was flipping burgers, then you had it pretty good.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Redoak49

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#3 posted 12-21-2015 12:57 PM

Brad…like many others I have done many jobs.

I spent two summers welding in leathers….I was the grunt doing arc air gouging and stuff. I have worked anywhere that I could.

I worked in steelmaking for many years. If you think I had it easy, I would like to see you working with 3000 F liquid steel and doing things like taking samples from it only feet away. The shop air temperature was over 130 F and I was wearing long johns, flame retardant pants and jacket, aluminized coat, hard that, respirator, hearing protection, safety glasses, and steel toes safety boots. Did I have it pretty good… yes I had a job.

Cheers

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 12-21-2015 01:11 PM

You hit it on the nail head. Speaking of heads, your’s is definitely on straight.


With all the idiots complaining about wanting a safe place and their mommy on college campus, I found the following rules would be good for them. Also, good rules for all young people who feel entitled. I have worked many different job before getting a degree. The most dirty difficult one was flipping burgers. I worked in a large cafeteria Browning meat on a 3 ft square hot greasy griddle for hours on end. It was worse than working in the steel mill. Washing huge stacks of dirty dishes also was a tough one.

RULE 1 – Life is not fair; get used to it.
RULE 2 – The world won t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.
RULE 3 – You will NOT make 40 thousand dollars a year right out of high school. You won t be a vice president with a car phone, until you earn both.
RULE 4 – If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. He doesn t have tenure.
RULE 5 – Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping, they called it opportunity.
RULE 6 – If you mess up, it s not your parents fault, So don t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.
RULE 7 – Before you were born, your parents weren t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parents generation, try “delousing” the clothes in your own room.
RULE 8 – Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades; they will ask as many times as you want to get the right answer. This doesn t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.
RULE 9 – Life is not divided into semesters. You don t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.
RULE 10 -Television is NOT real life! In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.
RULE 11 – Be nice to nerds. Chances are you ll end up working for one.

- Redoak49

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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cebfish

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#5 posted 12-21-2015 01:20 PM

Amen

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 12-21-2015 01:30 PM

Didn’t say easy.. said good :)

I doubt very few around here had it easy, and I know I certainly didn’t. Heck, I worked as a migrant worker for several years pulling peanuts and picking weeds in a soy bean field, out in the hot Florida sun for $1 an hour back in the 80’s when I was trying to get myself through college. That didn’t quite get enough to eat once a day, so we sold blood for a little extra cash. And while certainly not the worst job I’ve had in my life, it wasn’t exactly the best either :)

And I still only eat once a day – not because I can’t afford to eat more, but just because I got used to doing so for so many years that it just became part of my daily routine.

I bet everyone around here has similar stories – they are not unique and people find ways to survive… or they wouldn’t still be around. I agree that many kids today want things handed to them, and a lot do – but it by no means is a blanket statement that applies to everyone. Just saying.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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WoodNSawdust

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 01:51 PM

I think you described the attitude of must young people exactly. Unfortunately, I think you are also describing the attitude of some of their parents. So now we are developing a two generation problem.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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johnstoneb

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#8 posted 12-21-2015 02:49 PM

I fail to see what this has to do with woodworking.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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pjones46

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#9 posted 12-21-2015 03:15 PM

I would add one more:

RULE 12 – Nothing given by the Government is free, working taxpayers pay for it.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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WoodNSawdust

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#10 posted 12-21-2015 03:19 PM

Paul, you hit it right on the head.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Redoak49

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#11 posted 12-21-2015 03:20 PM

johnstoneb…...I agree it is not about woodworking and that is why it was posted in the Coffee Lounge.

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JoeinGa

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#12 posted 12-21-2015 03:30 PM

Hmmm, I’ll just leave this here …

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-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 12-22-2015 01:32 AM

JoeinGa/Redoak, Amen!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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mudflap4869

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#14 posted 12-22-2015 02:28 AM

Carry 90# sacks of wet cement and ric-rac them along alligator ally in the heat of a florida summer. Wet portland will eat the clothes and skin right off your back. I weighed 114# at the time so each sack was a struggle for me. 85cents an hour. Set choakers behind a bulldozer on a timber job the next summer knee deep in a swamp all day.
If you think that aint fun just throw your saddle on it and give it a ride.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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woodbutcherbynight

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#15 posted 12-22-2015 02:45 AM

LOVE IT, am going to copy and post in my own shop.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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