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Mood: The Usual

...Created 2011-12-03 17:42:51

dotsJournal: dots
Mood: The Usual

I am the perfect example of how someone can change their lives and do EVERYTHING right and by-the-book, and still end up totally FUCKED in the long run, despite their efforts. I should have stayed gangstah.

...Created 2011-12-01 06:28:21

dotsJournal: dots
Mood: The Usual

I hate my job, and I really hate my classes...
One exam down, two more to go, and this is over~!!!

...Created 2011-11-29 06:25:25

dotsJournal: FYIdots
Mood: The Usual

An example of good grades for bad, boring writing... this is what is wrong with the class I'm taking.

How To Survive Any Job

Throughout the world, everyone strives for comfort and security within their own structured societies. Despite the differences in cultures and geographic locations, one common thread is generally shared by all human beings: the desire for a good job. Jobs not only provide a basis of financial support, they also define an individual who holds a particular position. Throughout the history of civilization, people are generally known by their jobs. Titles such as "doctor," "lawyer," or "judge" carry implications of respect and credibility. The mere word "policeman" conjures an image of someone who respects and upholds the law. "Teacher" implies knowledge, just like "nurse" implies caring and kindness. If a personality does not match its job title, generally problems arise as a result. A bookkeeper who hates working with numbers, for example, will eventually find the job unbearable regardless of the salary offered within the position. In contrast, a person who enjoys cooking will most likely enjoy long-term employment in a restaurant or cafeteria despite the long hours or time spent working in kitchen heat.

The main purpose of gaining a good education is to prepare individuals to financially support themselves in today's economy. Not every job is ideally suited to the employee's personality, however. Sometimes a job description sounds wonderful, but the work environment turns out to be very different for the employee than he or she previously expected. On average, most people spend more time working than they spend with their own families; for this reason, it is important for potential employees to understand what type of job they are accepting. For the sake of simplification, most jobs easily fit into three basic categories: dead-end dalliances, feel-good positions, and soul-selling settlements.

Dead-end dalliances are generally stepping-stone jobs that have nothing to offer the employee except a steady paycheck. Because these jobs rarely offer health care benefits or retirement funds, they are rarely suited to the average employee who might be looking for a long-term employment that provides security and stability for the future. Sometimes the dead-end job may not even be in a field of interest to the employee; acceptance may be based on the employee's financial desperation. Despite how well the employee performs his or her assignments, there is little chance for promotion or advancement within the confines of the dead-end job. Because of this limited growth potential, most employees work the dead-end job while seeking other employment opportunities. The few employees who continue working in these positions for a long period of time often find themselves quickly burning out from the drudgery of the mundane tasks required by the job. Without adequate rewards, the long-term employees tend to care less about achieving their highest potentials scores on job performance reviews. Because of the high turnover in staffing dead-end jobs, the long-term employee sometimes feels getting to know the newer employee is a waste of time and energy since the newer employee will most likely leave the position soon enough. The job environment can appear unfriendly, even hostile, to the newcomer, fueling a desire to leave the job even sooner.

Feel-good positions are jobs that give the worker an opportunity to make money doing something that is personally fulfilling. These are the best possible jobs to have, although they are the hardest sometimes to find in the job market. It is common knowledge that every employee performs better when they are engaging in tasks that are enjoyable. Happy employees have more optimistic outlooks, adding to the friendly nature of the work environment. Feel-good positions not only give an employee a sense of self-worth and integrity but also pride for a job well done. Attendance records and performance reviews are usually most favorable for employees who enjoy their jobs. Even when the pay scale is not up to par, most employees in feel-good positions do not complain; they feel compensated spiritually and emotionally by what they are doing. Considering most full-time employees spend more time at work than home, it is reasonable that a feel-good position is the best job for the average worker to hold.

In contrast, some individuals are less fortunate than others; these people find themselves in the third category of job classifications that is best described as soul-selling settlements. Soul-selling settlements are often jobs that an employee grows to hate but cannot afford to quit. These positions usually offer high payment compensations and excellent benefits but often induce the most stress and misery in the work environment. Not only do these positions strip an individual of their peace of mind and emotional well-being, the job stress follows the worker home at the end of the day and affects the worker's family life. Every waking moment is consumed by worries and reliving the experiences encountered on the job. The stress not only affects the employee, it also inadvertently touches every member of his or her household. Instead of feeling good about the benefits of the job, the employee feels trapped by the job position. Since the goal of employment is to obtain financial security, it becomes almost impossible to consider leaving a job that provides everything needed to meet a budget, however emotionally exhausting it might become to the employees. Even though they might feel like they are losing their own souls, the employees refuse to quit; instead, they settle into a self-destructive routine of continuing to work in these challenging positions to meet their financial requirements. Often the stress of maintaining the position changes the employees' outlooks and personalities. Some employees become so bitterly obsessed with achieving harmony in the work environment that they lose focus in their personal lives; the loss of focus and misplaced priorities often result in dysfunctions in their home lives, even divorces. The sacrifices these employees make for their jobs can result in losing everything they were initially working to support. In the end, these people have nothing left but the jobs that have consumed them.

Throughout the world, all social and economic structures are fueled by one commonality: jobs. Depending on the type of employment a person accepts, life can be a drudge, a happy experience, or a miserable test of personal endurance. An individual's outlook and financial requirements can dictate the job classification that applies to whatever position he or she holds. Whether a chosen job is actually worth the paycheck is something that must be carefully considered by each individual employee. If a job brings happiness to the worker, it is a job worth keeping; if a job brings nothing but misery, however, it should be carefully evaluated to see if the sacrifice made by the employee is worth the monetary compensation the job offers in return. Life is too short to be unhappy in a job that is not suited to the individual, especially if there is an opportunity to work elsewhere. Once people begin to make conscientious decisions when choosing their employment, perhaps they will be able to comfortably work the job without finding the job is actually working them.

CRITICAL ASSESSMENT: The essay contains a readily identifiable central focus and a meaningful pattern of development from beginning to end with varied sentence structure and supported assertions. The minor mechanical errors include punctuation and pronoun-antecedent agreement.

MY THOUGHTS: This is the worst, most boring thing that I've ever read, much less written.

...Created 2011-11-28 21:37:16

dotsJournal: dots
Mood: The Usual

...Created 2011-11-21 22:22:11

dotsJournal: dots
Mood: The Usual

...Created 2011-10-29 01:06:54

dotsJournal: dots
Mood: The Usual

Quitting school after I finish flunking this semester. I got a few thousand dollars back from the grant I was given, so at least it paid for part of what I lost in this whole sick experiment. Academics are great for those deserving of them. The ones that aren't make the world go round by emptying garbage cans and setting the stage for the real players with the degrees. Fuck it. I never really cared about it anyway, I just wanted to see how it basically all worked, and now I know.

...Created 2011-10-15 09:42:19

dotsJournal: dots
Mood: The Usual

A 6-year-old and a 4-year-old are upstairs in their bedroom. "You know what?" says the 6-year-old. "I think it's about time we start cussing."

The 4-year-old nods his head in approval.

The 6-year-old continues. "When we go downstairs for breakfast, I'm going to say hell and you say ass."

"OK!" The 4-year-old agrees with enthusiasm.

Their mother walks into the kitchen that morning to find them waiting, and asks the 6-year-old what he wants for breakfast.

"Aw hell, Mom, I guess I'll have some Cheerios."

He flies out of his chair, tumbles across the kitchen floor, gets up, and runs upstairs crying his eyes out with his mother in hot pursuit, slapping his rear every step. The mom locks him in his room and shouts "You can just stay there till I let you out!"

She then comes back downstairs, and asks the 4-year-old, "Well, what do YOU want for breakfast?"

The 4-year-old blubbers, "I don't know, but you can bet your ass it's not Cheerios!"

...Created 2011-09-23 14:25:44

dotsJournal: dots
Mood: The Usual

Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?

Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.

Woman: Oh, I see.

Officer: Can I see your license please?

Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.

Officer: Don't have one?

Woman: Lost it 4 times for drunk driving.

Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.

Woman: I can't do that.

Officer: Why not?

Woman: I stole this car.

Officer: Stole it?

Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.

Officer: You what?

Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see.

The Officer looks at the woman, slowly backs away to his car, and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.

Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please!

The woman steps out of her vehicle.

Woman: Is there a problem sir?

Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.

Woman: Murdered the owner?

Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.

The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.

Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?

Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.

The first officer is stunned.

Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.

The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer. The officer snaps open the clutch purse and examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.

Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.

Woman: Betcha the lying bastard told you I was speeding too.

...Created 2011-09-20 02:40:56

dotsJournal: dots
Mood: The Usual

This semester, I am totally over my head... I am starting to understand why everyone was warning me, I'm not going to get thru school. I burn out on things fast, and the "new" is wearing off, the novelty of the study-crush, and OMFG... I can't stand slipping in the grades! It's such a failure, all recorded on Permanent Record... I almost wish I'd never started this shit, and I'm not even 1/3 of the way thru this yet :(

...Created 2011-09-14 00:12:10