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post #1 of 31 Old 04-12-2014, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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What a day, I'm working harder every year. Mann keeping up with cost of living is just flat out b/s. Insurance, gas, groceries all up only to see my check is getting smaller by the year....sorry had to vent.

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Couldn't agree more! I find it horrible that some people refuse to pay more than minimum wage, and there is no way a single person can afford a car, insurance, rent, and food working a 40 hour job at minimum wage......

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Man I feel your pain! It's not easy anymore, especially so when you have children. I have a 10 year old and I can't even imagine what its going to be like for him!
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A mate posted this on FB just now and I immediately thought of this thread :-)
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smh...I don't have a minimum wage job... but at some point things have to change.
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On the other end of the spectrum, I can't believe the workers at McD's think they're worth $15/hour, guess I'm gonna have to pony up $12 for a Big Mac if they get it.

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I cook at home man and workout...McDonalds nasty anyway... to each is own.
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Good for you! I was just making a point about the situation in this country. Some jobs are only worth minimun wage. If the fast food workers were to get away with unionization and a $15/hour minimum wage it will start a trickle down effect we will all feel. What's next? Box boys makinig $20/hour? There go grocery prices, as if they not bad enough already. It wasn't a personal attack on you, I'm just tired of people whining about their jobs. Most people have the power to better thier situation, but most lack the necessary work ethic to do so. I'll get down off my soapbox now, got to jump in my Escalade with 22's and run down tho the liquor store and see if they'll take my EBT card.

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^^ that made me laugh a bit....

I'm not saying that everyone should get free handouts of money, unlike Obama. I am just pointing out that with the price of some things (rent/food/petrol) being so high it is very hard, if not impossible, for people to make it as a single person living on their own.

I also agree with you that if you don't like the circumstances you are in, find a way to change them. I didn't like what I was doing for employment (manager at a McD's) so I went out and invested my time and money to go to college. That was about 2 years ago, and I have about 15 months left until I finish my BA with a current 3.87 GPA and 42 credits to go. I can't wait to finish and hopefully find a lot of potential for advancement in my chosen career.

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^^ that made me laugh a bit....

I'm not saying that everyone should get free handouts of money, unlike Obama. I am just pointing out that with the price of some things (rent/food/petrol) being so high it is very hard, if not impossible, for people to make it as a single person living on their own.

I also agree with you that if you don't like the circumstances you are in, find a way to change them. I didn't like what I was doing for employment (manager at a McD's) so I went out and invested my time and money to go to college. That was about 2 years ago, and I have about 15 months left until I finish my BA with a current 3.87 GPA and 42 credits to go. I can't wait to finish and hopefully find a lot of potential for advancement in my chosen career.
WOW you go smarty pants! Great Job! I never completed my 2 years of college (Criminal Justice). If I had, I would be a retired Police Officer by now, but hind sight is 20/20! Great job though on the BA, you should be proud!
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WOW you go smarty pants! Great Job! I never completed my 2 years of college (Criminal Justice). If I had, I would be a retired Police Officer by now, but hind sight is 20/20!
Damn BladeMan right on! When I was in college tryin to figure life out I was spending all my time and money on my Hurricane. When I graduated I had my Associates degree, a full time $10 an hour job, and a new to me 900RR that I spent the next 3 years maxing out 4 credit cards to build!! Then I took 3 different jobs since then til now, when I decided to grow up and make a life change. I got hired as a cop in the town I grew up in. And sure as sh!t if I had figured that out 20 years ago instead of playing with motorcycles, I too could have been living the good life as a retired/cop Fireblader for life!!!!!! Now if I want my full pension I have to work there another 20 years from right now putting me near death ( no offense 60 something's). Wish I had figured that out years ago.

Now it's one day at a time and hopefully I can continue to feed the family as well as my addiction to wrenching on bikes for a long time.

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^^ that made me laugh a bit....

I'm not saying that everyone should get free handouts of money, unlike Obama. I am just pointing out that with the price of some things (rent/food/petrol) being so high it is very hard, if not impossible, for people to make it as a single person living on their own.

I also agree with you that if you don't like the circumstances you are in, find a way to change them. I didn't like what I was doing for employment (manager at a McD's) so I went out and invested my time and money to go to college. That was about 2 years ago, and I have about 15 months left until I finish my BA with a current 3.87 GPA and 42 credits to go. I can't wait to finish and hopefully find a lot of potential for advancement in my chosen career.
Glad you got a chuckle, it was meant to be a little funny, however there is a little truth in jest. Seriously, though, my 18 year old son just graduated High school last year, Magna Cum Laude, missing Summa Cum Laude by 0.02%, attends a state college full time and just made the Dean's list for his first semester, and as a freshman he's taking classes that are full of sophmores and juniors. He was captain of his swim team and became a lifeguard last summer and is in line for a promotion that comes with a $1.45/hr raise, a year ahead of schedule. As part of his lifeguard training he has been trained in placing conscious and unconscious victims in neck restraints and on backboards in order to safely remove victims with possible spinal injuries from water. He holds several Red Cross certificates which require annual renewal: CPR, AED, Emergency First Aid as well as a couple which aren't coming to mind right now. Obviously his mom and I are very proud of him as he has a maturity and work ethic far beyond his years. He asks for little and accepts responsibility for his actions. He was raised that way and I have little doubt he will accomplish his life's goals. He plans to become a doctor and knows full well the long road ahead of him. I don't profess to be the world's beast teacher, my wife's better, and we were blessed with a good student. Several of the 20 something year old A&P's I work with could learn a lot from him. So the thought of a burger flipper feeling they deserve to be paid higher than him gets under my skin a little bit. All I'm saying is wake up America, the free ride is over, the bank has been broken!

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Damn BladeMan right on! When I was in college tryin to figure life out I was spending all my time and money on my Hurricane. When I graduated I had my Associates degree, a full time $10 an hour job, and a new to me 900RR that I spent the next 3 years maxing out 4 credit cards to build!! Then I took 3 different jobs since then til now, when I decided to grow up and make a life change. I got hired as a cop in the town I grew up in. And sure as sh!t if I had figured that out 20 years ago instead of playing with motorcycles, I too could have been living the good life as a retired/cop Fireblader for life!!!!!! Now if I want my full pension I have to work there another 20 years from right now putting me near death ( no offense 60 something's). Wish I had figured that out years ago.

Now it's one day at a time and hopefully I can continue to feed the family as well as my addiction to wrenching on bikes for a long time.

BladeMan, May I ask why you didn't finish the CJ program?

You Sure can ask! back in the day you did not need a degree to become a police officer. I put myself through the Criminal Justice Academy and passed and was a Certified police office working for Sarasota County. At that time I was married (Stupid move and too young) and my wife at the time did not like that I was a PO! So like a dumbass, I quit and started working as a Surveyor for a local company. Well 7 years later I find out that my wife at the time was sleeping with everyone including me! (Not Good, thank god I never got a STD). So I was all alone on a minimal income so I could not send my self back to school because 7 years later, you were required to have a degree! yes that sucked! But, life is good. I now have a wife I am totally in love with, I have a 10 year old son that looks Identical to me and I own a Fireblade! Does not get much better than that! I'm not poor, but i'm not rich either!

So are you a police officer now? These days, its way different than when I was in!
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You Sure can ask! back in the day you did not need a degree to become a police officer. I put myself through the Criminal Justice Academy and passed and was a Certified police office working for Sarasota County. At that time I was married (Stupid move and too young) and my wife at the time did not like that I was a PO! So like a dumbass, I quit and started working as a Surveyor for a local company. Well 7 years later I find out that my wife at the time was sleeping with everyone including me! (Not Good, thank god I never got a STD). So I was all alone on a minimal income so I could not send my self back to school because 7 years later, you were required to have a degree! yes that sucked! But, life is good. I now have a wife I am totally in love with, I have a 10 year old son that looks Identical to me and I own a Fireblade! Does not get much better than that! I'm not poor, but i'm not rich either!

So are you a police officer now? These days, its way different than when I was in!
Wow that all sucks, sorry. Glad you're in a better place now family wise. Yeah, I got in 4 years ago at age 38. Had to pass a pretty intense agility test among other things. My department required the 2 year degree or military credit. Studying and taking tests at 38 years old sucked. Haven't been in any classroom setting since 1994. I love my job, working midnight shift, posting stuff here at 3am while on the road is great too! Hahahahaha. What's tough is I went through 26 weeks at a live in academy where we only got to go home on the weekends. Married 2 kids at home put a lot of burden of my wife, but we made it. I had a 21 year old and a 24 year old for roommates, who by the time they get to my age will be retiring as well. That was hard to swallow, but I carried on. They're making the same money as me, with no wife, no kids, and no mortgage. That hurts too. Definitely wished I did it at their age, but then I wouldn't have had such a stellar RR to flog around on.

But as you said, neither rich nor poor. Ends meet, for the most part.

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