doesn’t anyone have a job, and links

One of the things that amazes me when I’m between projects is the sheer number of people out and about during the day. If you go to Costco or Bloom (a grocery store) during the day, there are a lot of people there.  There are cars on the road.  There are people out and about all day long, and I always wonder – are these people who don’t work, or who work irregular hours, or who work at home?  How can there be so many people out and about from 9 to 5?  I don’t mind, I’m just curious.

On to the links:

My New Career: Stealing Cars in Oakland: Fun signs of the decline of the American empire…

Amazon Prime 1 Year Free for Students and Others: Amazon Prime is a great deal – I’ve been a subscriber to the plan for the last 5 years. It all depends on the volume of your orders from amazon, of course, but if you order more than a few orders a year it’s a good deal.

Our Credit Card Rewards Surprises: As far as I’m concerned, the American Express Blue cash rewards card is the best card out there – we put almost all of our household expenses on that card.

The Joy—and Value Received—of Community College: Let me start by saying I know nothing about community colleges. I didn’t ever go to one, knew few who did and don’t pay any attention to them. All that having been said, I love the idea of community colleges and wish they were better promoted. Many professions – my own, accounting/auditing included – could probably be just as well served by community college grads as by four-year college grads. Why we don’t promote these institutions more is beyond me.

The Siren’s Call of Passive Income: An interesting take on the ethical implications of “passive income.”

It Doesn’t Matter What Your Position Is Right Now, You Can Do Better: Great advice: “What can you do, right now, to start improving your situation? That’s the only question that matters. ” Quite true.

Networking Tips to Help You Find a Job: “Make sure to follow through. If someone provides you with a referral, make sure that you follow through quickly.” This is a small thing, but it’s one of the least-followed pieces of advice in the job-seeking world. I’m not nearly as good as I’d like to be at following up; but I’m better than many people are. Don’t offer to follow through if you won’t. And if you offer, and DO follow through – people WILL appreciate it.

The preservation of wealth: “In fact, I doubt there’s a rich person in the world getting by with an index tracker, a savings account, and a wodge of Government bonds.” Probably true. I’m convinced that index funds, savings, etc. are the mark of a small, non-rich mind. That having been said, they are also the mark of an educated, non-poor mind. There’s a big gray area between rich and poor that can be quite comfortable for many of us.

99 thoughts on losing 100 pounds: Hey, that sounds familiar… hah.

And more:

6 comments

  • I always have the same amazement when I’m running from meeting to meeting downtown and pass groups of people my age sitting on every decks and patios drinking beer at 2 on a tuesday afternoon. Upsets me enormousy!

    Community college has helped produce some excellent construction professionals, involved in large projects all over north america.

  • I am one of those…I work nights and alternate weekends in law enforcement. I would LOVE to have “normal” life, enjoying every weekend with my family and friends.

  • I make it a habit of taking time out of my day to do errands during normal working hours. It makes it much easier than trying to do them during rush hour or on the weekends when everyone else is out and about!

  • This is so true…I’m self employed so sometimes i have days off in the week, and the amount of people out shopping or in coffoee shops is unbelivible…I know alot of them are mums and stuff, but still

  • Let look at the stats. There is a total of 220.8 million adults over the age of 20 (approx work age according to the government). 74.3 percent of all men work, and 60.3 percent of all women work on a daily basis. That means there is a total of 72.8 million adults that do not to work (incarcerated, stay at home parents, too rich to work, etc). Of the rest (147.9 million), 9.9% of men and, and 7.8% women are unemployed (for a total of 13.1 million people) in June 2010. So on a given day, there is 85.9 million people not working in the USA who are over the age of 20.

    I am just pointing this out. One final thought .. you live in Florida. There might be (I don’t have data) a lot of people who are retired there as well. If you want to look at the charts, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t01.htm

    • @Big-D: Fair enough, that sounds pretty reasonable. I will say that in northern Florida, where I live, the retiree population is actually not much bigger than, say, Georgia or South Carolina or any other southeastern state – it’s mostly south and central Florida where the retiree population is so significant.

      But I guess you’re right, it’s simply a factor of unemployment and people who, for whatever reason, don’t need to work or work at non-standard job hours. Still always seems a bit weird to me 🙂