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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Irony

Every weekend now, I make the 30 minute drive to my cleaning/personal assistant/chauffer (that was added to the list today) job. Now mind you, even though it sucks to be working this many hours each week, I am grateful to be picking up some extra cash on the weekends ($9 per hour if you were interested). But it is also ultra annoying to have to sit at the signal light just blocks from my job and have to be stared down by the dude with the cardboard sign begging for money. It seems like it's a different person each week, which makes me wonder if they have alternating shifts or something. And the sign always says something different, but they all have the same basic message.

GIVE ME MONEY FOR STANDING HERE AND LOOKING PITIFUL!

I know that times are hard right now. You don't have to tell me that. I also know that I am probably not in the same position, or even close to it, as these beggars.

But I also know that I am not the kind of person that is going to sit back and expect people to feel sorry for me without taking some initiative.

Does that make me heartless? I prefer to call myself a realist.

3 Comments:

  • At 12:47 PM , Blogger Liz said...

    You are amazing.

    I remember a few years ago when there was a real shortage of IT jobs around here. There was a man who dressed up in a suit and tie and stood on the corner of a busy intersection every single day during the morning rush hour, holding up a sign that said, "I HAVE A FAMILY. I NEED A JOB. IT SPECIALIST. CALL XXX-XXXX"

    My heart always jumped up in my throat when I'd drive by and see he was there again.

     
  • At 1:04 PM , Blogger This suzy said...

    You're not heartless at all. I am completely unwilling to help anyone around here who stands there with a sign. The economy here is still good enough that you can find a job if you want it, even if it's at McD's or something. I work hard for my money, so why should I just give it away to someone who's unwilling to get a job themselves?

     
  • At 8:11 PM , Blogger Caro said...

    I wouldn't consider you heartless at all. That was a heck of a hat you knitted my sis. It was her favorite.

     

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