How many jobs do you have these days???  

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
5791 posts
7/21/2005 11:54 am

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How many jobs do you have these days???

I know, for myself, I have several jobs just to stay afloat these days....

as is the case with many families today; and, those, without a 2nd breadwinner in the household, are finding themselves working even harder to make ends meet.

What is your situation today?

What was your situation growing up?

What are you doing to change your present situation, if anything???

Just curious...

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/23/2005 11:24 am

titsandtires - Significant of the inflated times.... Where will this take us in the future????

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
3656 posts
7/23/2005 9:44 am

my dad was a barber. my mom did not work outside the house. there house payment was $66.00, and they still live in that house. my wife and i both work, both 100% commission. scary at times. since our house payment is closer to $1600.00

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/23/2005 7:52 am

xrickjonesx - Yep!!! A viscious cycle, isn't it????? Amazingly, we manage to survive. Good for you on the school thing... I am doing the same thing at this time!!

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/23/2005 7:50 am

sharksnsails - Sharksy!! Generally speaking, I don't work as long as you do -- even with all of my jobs!! Glad you are able to find some fun in the midst of it all -- at least, a couple days of the month!!!



rm_xrickjonesx 37M

7/23/2005 1:52 am

lately i haven't had a job it been about nine months but i have been taking care of people
when i had a job i never had any money to spend on myself just rent and my car insurance
and when i was growing up both my parent had jobs to keep busy and i had one through high school until now and it is kind of wierd not having any money for the things i would like but i'm adjusting and going to school to improve the life i have

rm_sharksnsails 46M
738 posts
7/22/2005 11:47 pm

Just one job, it runs 12 - 16 hours a day. sometimes longer. 7 days a week (couple days off a month) and when I am at work I am usually miles away from civilization (or at least a wet county) today I drove 100 miles round trip for a bottle of Makers Mark (whiskey). It was 30 bux for 750 ml. What freaks me out is the number of y'all who work longer hours than me, why? "just to make ends meet" are we all a bunch of indentured servants? What do I hear in the distance (a generator kicking on, back to drilling, back to my job)? At least I have a shitload of fun on my days off.
smiles darlin'
ps, keith, oilfields are hiring! lmaoamrj (lmao at my rotten job)

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/22/2005 9:56 pm

Fallic40 - Do I ever know about that!! Part of the reason I do have the jobs I have is the great deal of flexibility to work around my schedule (being able to take on fewer hours during mid-terms or finals), etc. In a few years, I am hoping that my life will become more normalized....but, by that time, what will be considered normal??? lol...

redswallow777 - Oh, I do love the time I spend volunteering as well. Somehow, people do appreciate your time more, if they aren't having to pay for it. Trouble is, you pay for it in the end though...

jim5131 - Times were tight back then... but the dollar seemed to have streched a lot further too back then as well.

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/22/2005 9:49 pm

alice593 - Certainly not the easiest lifestyle, but you carry some valuable trades of barbering to fall back upon, which is always good to have a skill to fall back upon.

yagottalikit - I, too, don't know life without working hardly. When I was 13, I was helping my Dad with a startup business. After having my daughter, I stayed home and watched other people's kids too for about 6 months and then went stir crazy; I had to work b/c I couldn't stand asking $20 from my then husband and have to explain every cent of how I spent it!! Much too much independance for this gal!!! lol...

papyrina - I consider myself at the middle class level; however, I have to work hard as hell to keep afloat!!!

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/22/2005 9:43 pm

14u24me34all - I hear you -- most definately!!!

i6u9we69allnight - Have to agree with you.... having two incomes is a necessity these days for most families b/c the pay of the economic times isn't what it used to be 10- 15- or even 20-years ago.... Will keep you in my prayers. I am starting my 3rd job next week... in addition to my school.

sexyfitwoman - Cool! Is the PT work due to necessity or just to keep you busy???

pASSionwantd2 - Soooo - in the end, sales is a passion for you???

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/22/2005 9:37 pm

Mccartney2003 - Oh, I do understand the ol' "you gotta do what you gotta do" thing all too well. Hopefully, they will appreciate the efforts somewhere down the road...

expatbrit49 - If only we could all be so lucky!!!

Lipator - Enjoy the quiet times while you can!!!

keithcancook - It is tempting, isn't it??? There was a magazine I picked up at an adult store that was advertising for job opportunities!!! lol... It sure is REALLLLL tempting at times to pick up that phone to make that call.... especially, when my daughter is wanting this and that.... Dang!

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/22/2005 9:30 pm

frbnkslady - My Mom didn't "work" per se either, but stated that raising me and my 3 siblings was work enough ... taking us to various activities and 25 years of PTA ( there is 14 years difference between myself (the oldest) and my brother (the youngest) ). Being a single parent most of my daughter's life has put me in situations of working 2-3 jobs. She doesn't understand all that to this day, although she is getting a taste of it by trying to work and go to school. It is a different world these days.... definately!!!

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
7/22/2005 9:20 pm

five_speed -- Ahhh... so you are one of those behind the scenes instructors that I encounter in my online education??? hmmm... I grew up in a doctor's family; however, the best times of my childhood was when I spent time at my Grandparent's ranch with the horses, pigs, chickens, and our own fruit and vegetable gardens..... definately the best of times without having the mostest!!!

Good luck with your future adventure!!!

CallMeSirInCA 49M

7/22/2005 8:54 pm

I was raised by a single parent. We lived with my grandparents for awhile. She had government jobs, so we did ok. Now I should get a second job. Just don't want to. How can you work multiple jobs and have free time for yourself? Hasn't come down to it. Hopefully it doesn't.

jim5131 55M
1296 posts
7/22/2005 6:40 pm

I've been working all my life...since half-days of senior year in high school, usually automotive-related stuff: auto parts counter, salvage yard, auto parts warehouse manager, mechanic, body shop manager, then started my own business at 23 as an insurance auto damage appraiser. Just sorta fit right in with what I wanted to do. Was in the Marines from 88-94, picked back up as an adjuster thru the 90's, restarted self-employment in 98 and still goin' at it.

Things were so different when I was growing up...Dad was in the military, Mom was a stay-at-home. Times were tight, but, as kids, we really didn't notice all that...

redswallow777 48M
6810 posts
7/22/2005 10:16 am

Just one part time one here with a lot of un-paid work on the side. Fortunately my spouse makes up for in income what I make up for in volunteering.

Fallic40 53M
1858 posts
7/22/2005 10:11 am

I grew up in a family that had two incomes. This was actually a rarity at the time in the UK.

I only have the one job (which we all know I hate) and although it pays the bills and has great insurance benefits, that is all it has.

The downside is that it also consumes a lot more time than 40 hours per week: and since I am salaried, this is all uncompensated. Perhaps a blog extolling the virtues of a mandatory work week should be in order from me.

As a result, I get to exist, but I will never get ahead as I would truly like to. This will continue for the present since it is difficult to find a new job when you work all of the time.

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
7/22/2005 6:20 am

growing up we were classifid as working class,dad was a single parent and we were poor,second hand clothes and toys were the norm.

As an Adult i've always worked and most of the time enjoy it,i'm now what would be middle class,head above water,a few luxeries,i don't often go without and if i do it means it was not a necasary purchase any way

I'm a

i'm here to stay

yagottalikit 49F
583 posts
7/22/2005 6:05 am

I was a military brat....and my mom generally worked outside of the home, as well....we never went without. I have worked full time since I was 15. I can't stand NOT working! However, I do receive social security survivor benefits so I have limited my work hours to keep from losing me more time to take care of all the things I've lost jobs for...Dr.s, dentists, teacher conferences.... etc. All that will be behind me soon and I can step back up to "full time". I am also constantly called on to repair or re-wire a multitude of things by my friends....I am ALWAYS doing something!

Yagotta get it soft and wet so we can kick/stick it

alice593 71M

7/22/2005 2:05 am

Growing up, my father worked and my mother didn't have to. I worked at a gas station while in high school. With my first marriage, I worked in a factory, but kept getting layed off, due to it being a lot of government work. I got into barbering and styling until the hippie generation stopped getting a lot of hair cuts, then I barbered and worked third shift at a 24 hour gas station. When barbering hit rock bottom, and I got may masters license, the barber had to let me go due to lack of business. I kept my third shift gas station job and worked second shift at another gas station as assistant manager. When my wife left for someone else, I moved out east where jobs were plentiful. I worked days in a lumberyard, and nights at a gas station. I finally got a factory job, which shut down after being there 16 years. I moved back to Iowa. Worked at a convenience store for a year, then got a factory job again, which I have been at for fourteen years.

pASSionwantd2 50M
1316 posts
7/21/2005 10:16 pm

Having a paperout growing up was great,Untail I saw the Ad that changed my Life 4evr-Earn Big $$$$$$ stuffin Envelope's,Yes I fell for that one and Im ashamed. Some years Later I got Really tired of Being a porn Producer and decided togo back to sale's,way easier,lol

i6u9we69allnight 40F

7/21/2005 9:12 pm

well as for me I thought my days of working were over... i married a hard working man who has been a great provider for myself and my daughters, but the news came today that my husbands company is closing their doors. So now it looks like i am in the market for a new job. I am worried that i wont be able to find a job because it has been almost 8 yrs since i have worked and who wants a out of practice secretary? Not only that i will never be able to make the money my husband does (or did).

I can remeber when I was growing up that my dad worked one job and we lived a very comfortable life. Now it seems that more and more families have to have both parents working and they are barely making it. This makes me worry that our children are the ones hurting the most from the shape our economy is in.

14u24me34all 51M
235 posts
7/21/2005 9:04 pm

Median priced home /condo in this county is $634,000, Either I win
that lotto soon or I'll be a commuter from a tent city...

keithcancook 60M
17800 posts
7/21/2005 6:07 pm

I never get any jobs these days. When I was growing up I never got any either. I am thinking of calling an escort service to reverse this joblessness. I wonder what the going rate for jobs are these days?

Lipator 56M
71 posts
7/21/2005 5:33 pm

Just the one, but I can elect to do extra shifts. Its a bit quiet now, so I wont do that till back around winter. Nice to get the extra money.

expatbrit49 62M

7/21/2005 5:25 pm

Just one here but im lucky it pays well even though it is 12/7 for 5 months of the year

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

Mccartney2003 38M
281 posts
7/21/2005 4:03 pm

I work as a customs broker. It pays somewhat ok, but as a single dad raising two kiddos on my own with no child support... Things are tight.

There is the morgage,Insurance for the home,insurance for the car,gas prices that keep on rising,food,power,health insurance for the kiddos,telephone,my deaf son's medical bills, and much much more.
Life's a joy!

Other than almost loosing my home twice this year and driving with no insurance for two months at one time, things have been going great. How so? Because I chose to ignore my kids on weekends and do odd jobs. Hey it's extra money!

frbnkslady 48F
6183 posts
7/21/2005 4:02 pm

I just quit my second job just over 2 months ago. I sure do miss the insurance there though.. but not the BS. It was the first time I have ever had to work 2 jobs. I had to keep insurance on my son, he is now out of school, and 18.5, so he has to get his own.
My grnadparents mainly raised me, and grams stayed at home. My dad paid them my allotment, mom, don't know, dad was in Navy. But I don't recall my mom ever having 2 jobs, nor anyone til this generation. I know some families where 1 is working 2-4 jobs.. I don't know how they do it.


five_speed 41M

7/21/2005 3:44 pm

and somewhere along the way I'm going to take a typing and a spelling class.

five_speed 41M

7/21/2005 3:43 pm

my father was a coal miner in a union mines, so things were pretty good unless the union was stiking, and then we literally lived off the land some times. Dad was too proud to go on welfare if a stike wore on for too long. One summer we all went into hiding because the Company had people looking for dad. We dug up roots, mossed, gathered cans, fished, hunted, and camped all summer while the strike threatened to spill out into a little war. How does that classic story go? "it was the best of times and worst of times..."

These days I teach computr classes from home via the internet. It was neat for awhile, but got boring much faster than I expected. I can't really complain though because it pays the bills and I get to stay home. Of course, that can be a draw back in itself. I get abn fever pretty bad some weeks.

I'm trying to line up someting new, but it's all up in the air right now. If all goes as planned, I'll have a job within the next 12 months that pays twice what I make now and allows me to travel worldwide 6 months out of the year. So I'm really excited about that.

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