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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Where Do You Work?


When traveling around Europe we often hear how Americans work too much. That we  don't get as many vacation days each year, that we work more hours in day, and that when we go out our conversations revolve around our jobs. And to be honest, this is a true statement. I get half as many vacation days a year as my European counterparts, and when I am out of work, one of the first questions someone asks me when I meet them is what I do for a living. At which point I have to engage with them on the subject of my job. A subject I don't want to talk about when not at work, because I'm not working.

I travel, I meet people, I engage people in conversation, and I have this expectation that our conversations won't revolve around our jobs. Unfortunately, this turns out not to be the case. Experience has shown that when sitting at a pub somewhere in Europe having a conversation with a group of people the conversation always turns to what I do for a living. I never bring it up, I never ask someone else that question in the hopes that not asking them will result in them not asking me. But they do, and I respond, then I have to explain what I do, and listen to them go on about the company I work for as if my life revolves around it. In the past there were times my responses consisted of lies and making up some job, but that never seems to last long and it gets back around to my job and the job that person does. As if we have nothing else to talk about in the world. 

Maybe I will change my fake job story to a new one, telling people that I am a professional blogger and send them to this post. And after reading it, we can't start talking about interesting stuff, not how many hours I spend sitting at a desk each day. 

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Airport Security For The Over 75 Crowd

We trust you... because you're old and old people are trustworthy.

 

Something for the rest of us to look forward to 

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Done With The BMW


For anyone who might actually be following along with the saga of my 2010 BMW F650GS POS (readable here) and wondering what is up with it after my last update of it being back in the shop? Here is the update and last post I will write on the subject.

After it's last visit to the shop, they replaced the fuel pump and jets again and as usual I started it up without issue and rode it home. This time however, I was able to start it later that evening and the next day. So it seemed the problem had been fixed. I took it for a ride the following weekend, and it did start a little slow and made me nervous as it did, but it did in fact start. So at that point I felt comfortable putting the thing up for sale. I was previously worried about the bad karma associated with selling bike, but since it seemed to be starting consistently now, I felt better about selling it.

So I posted it on a few sites listing the extras I added, and listing it for what I thought was a fair price.

After a week or so of no responses I did some comparisons and lowered the price. to make it consistence with what others were selling the same bike for. After this, I had a few responses but none of them sounding reliable or serious. So, I lowered the price again. This was during the summer months when I thought it would sell well, but apparently anyone interested in buying that particular model has been reading my complains about it. Anyway, I was running out of time on the sale, due to a move, so I was forced to take it down to the dealer and have them sell it on consignment. The fee was a little higher than what I thought fair, but since I was moving I don't have the option of continuing to sell it on my own, and waiting for someone to buy it. I took a loss and learned a valuable lesson of don't buy BMW motorcycles. And so my story ends.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Ireland Finally Doing Something About Ridiculous Anti-Abortion Laws

The Irish Parliament (the Oireachtas) will debate the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 for two straight weeks, after the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar shone a light on the country's controversial 'abortion law'.

Basically, abortion is illegal in Ireland, except for situations of  ‘real and substantial risk’ to the life of the mother. Recent events have shown this not to be true. A woman, who was not even a resident of Ireland was in the country and experienced complications from the pregnancy. The only option to save her life was to abort the baby. But the doctor refused to do it, out of fear of the repercussions. In the end both the woman and the unborn baby died. There was also another recent situation where a girl was raped, and was forced to have the child. I'm sure that child will be well raised, as the mother looks in its eyes, and see the rapist father.

I know some right-wingers in America thing any kind of conception is good conception. And that it is only okay to kill abortion doctors and Muslims. but the reality is, abortion is necessary, and even though other measures should be taken to prevent the pregnancy in the first place, there are plenty of situations when an abortion should be provided.

Hopefully the Irish will figure this out.

Read some more on the debate at The Telegraph