Nice. #1. I've been wanting this one to AOTD since I read it 5 days ago. Gogogo!
I was glad too, and not just because of the silly self-satisfaction of knocking you out of #1 as a Scout haha.
lol, god forbid I spend a few days working on Readup's fundraising plan! enemies at the gate left and right!
anyway - that's a taunt. so now you're toast, lol. prepare for total scout domination.
Oh, it's on haha. I am not usually one for vanity metrics but scouting quality articles is one I can get behind, and maybe get vaguely competitive over ha.
Lol, like I said, comments like that make me think that you're some kind of spy (sent by Amazon obv) to infiltrate Readup. Because, yeah - exactly!
Binoculars and quill is such an epic combo.
I will only claim credit as an amazon spy if you get a kajillion dollar buyout offer from Jeff Bezos ha.
Also, agreed on the combo. It's like my very own Moonlight Kingdom reader flair. Keeping it.
Whoa. Great read.
I enjoyed this a lot. It’s light, breezy, and downright funny, but also not a joke. There’s some deep stuff in here.
This is my favorite kind of thing to read - deep, personal, real. Enriching.
Loved this! Writer came thru as a great human being. You are right, Bill-very funny and NOT!
Loved loved loved her response to Dick Cheney. I made house calls for many years but her stories top anything I ever experienced!
Favorite read of the decade :)
Love that fire.
A great read indeed.
From 1977 to about 1988 I spent most of my work life as a TV repair technician. I can relate to a lot of what she's saying in this article. No drugs, no stealing, and I wasn't timed quite as ruthlessly but a lot of the rest rang true. I never went to a vice president's house or a mob house but I had several calls to biker gang clubhouses. Those guys were mostly pretty cool...
Thanks (now and always) for sharing your personal experiences. Very interesting. I have never done work quite like this, in people’s homes, but I have done a fair bit of blue-collar and customer-service stuff. My parents own a couple of liquor stores, so that’s where I first learned the mantra “the customer is always right.” Sometimes it’s painful if the customer is a nightmare.
So yes. This rang true for me too. Some people with money think they’re more important than people without it. It’s a cliche, but true: it’s incredible how much you can learn about people based on how they treat the people who serve them, as cable guy, waiter/waitress, cashier, driver, whatever. It’s basically binary; some people think “I’m human, this is a human, we are equal,” and some people think “I’m in charge and you work for me.”
I've worked as a TV Tech (and other consumer electronics), Draftsman, Engineering Lab Supervisor, Electronic Circuit Designer, Unix Sysadmin, and now, as a cashier at a tool store. It's amazing how different people treat you in different roles.
In retail, I've learned how some people consider you less than human, a lesson I started to learn years ago as a TV Tech.