At this time, I’m in the process of changing jobs. I’m leaving my medical job at the casino, for a production position in a plant affiliated with a major corporation (who shall henceforth remain nameless).
The reason for the change is rather a bit of a no-brainer. While it’s out of my field, this plant is a 5 minute drive from my house, as opposed to the 15 minute drive I presently enjoy. In a time when fuel prices are bordering on obscene for the better part of the year, this is invaluable.
Next, I’ll be making $6 per hour more than what I make now, with mandatory overtime every other week. It goes without saying that this is a sweet deal, given how badly the economy is presently faring. I suspect that a good paying job will be a treasure in times to come.
Finally, it’s a union job. While I personally don’t like unions, I have no moral qualms about taking this job. My dislike of unions stems from two well- known things about them.
First, they consistently vote Democrat. I harbor a serious dislike for both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Why? Their political philosophies are no longer in line with the best interests of the American people.
Over the last few decades, it’s become clear that there is only one real difference between the two parties; one wants your money now, and the other is content to wait until later to take it. If you wish to know which is which, ask them. For the promise of your vote and/or a campaign contribution they’ll be glad to tell you.
The second stems from the fact that I don’t like the way union workers tend to treat non-union workers. Once upon a very long time ago, I was a non-union worker in a union workplace. The way they treated me has stuck with me. I wouldn’t treat my worst enemy in that manner.
In this case, I’ve chosen to set aside that bit of animosity, in order to help my family. I see nothing wrong with it, but it’s clear I’ll be there for quite some time. My other half and I have this plan to buy land in the middle of nowhere, and start a farm. This will help us achieve that.
Now, for the change in perspective. It has occurred to me that there are some rather odd elements to the American English language. For example, we tend to use incredibly strong, though thoroughly useless, words for emphasis.
As an example, earlier this morning I had occasion to take some items from my dispatcher’s office to HR. While I was there, the receptionist took a moment to congratulate me on the new job, and this led to a conversation about politics. I mentioned why I don’t like unions, centering on their traditional relationship with the Democratic Party.
What was odd was the phrasing I chose to use. I said, “I hate Democrats and Republicans equally.” However, the fact of the matter is, I don’t hate anyone. To be sure, I hate philosophies, ideologies and even certain foods. People? No.
What I was trying to say was, “I detest the philosophies and ideologies of the Democratic and Republican parties.” The funny part is, I’m sure that’s how she understood it.
Anyone else have this happen, our am I just over-thinking the whole thing? What are your thoughts?
This is kind of a Part 1. The next post will come soon.