RE: I'm taking my marbles and going home...

Subject: RE: I'm taking my marbles and going home...
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbri -at- haestad -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 13:17:50 -0400

I remember, back when I was putting myself through college, just before
I bought my house, I went on a field trip. We got to drive ourselves. It
was interesting to hear some of my classmates busting on me because my
own aging 280Z noticeably burned some oil at shift-points, whereas the
cars their parents had loaned or bought them did not.

Having said that, getting laid off at the midpoint of one's career,
with a family and an apartment or house, and a car, et al., $40,000 can
be a real stretch. I don't know what the answer is. I do know that I'd
like to see underperforming CEO's get less than a multi-million dollar
severance. I'd prefer not to see management get huge bonuses for laying
off huge numbers of employees and making the bottom line good for a
year, and then leaving the empty husk of a company to suffer the
consequences in subsequent years. And, I would like to add that
promising CEOs who perform well for a year should be judged on more than
just that year; they should be judged on longer-term performance. A CEO
I know got all kinds of acclaim for performance based on buying and
merging several companies . . . and after a year the companies were
rotting shells of their former selves, much less productive, with more
than 50% of their workforce laid off or fled, and no real future . . ..

Uuuuhhh, where was I? LOL! It depends. $40k might be okay for a newbie.
It might be a terrible stretch for a seasoned writer.



Sean Brierley
Software Documentation Specialist
Haestad Methods
203-805-0572 (voice)
203-597-1488 (fax)

-----Original Message-----
From: kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com [mailto:kcronin -at- daleen -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 13, 2002 1:05 PM
Subject: Re: I'm taking my marbles and going home...

Goober wrote:

>$20/hr, minus health, minus dental, minus life
>insurance, minus equipment costs, minus taxes...

>Yeah, I could feed my family on that. *rofl*

I have. For many years. Sure, I *prefer* making more money than that,
I've lived far below that income level. 40K, even for the self-employed,
is NOT poverty, believe me.

I get the impression that many people posting here have never lived
through any financial hard times. I'm glad for you, but wonder if you
some perspective.

Dori's post today is an inspiring wakeup call in that regard...

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