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If the job market is good enough, and/or if there are
worries about being paid for it, I wouldn't blame
anyone for splitting to a better job rather than
picking up a paintbrush. Attics are usually *hot* and
painting can be pretty nasty work.
But, as Gene pointed out, pride doesn't pay the bills.
I have had times when if they had asked me to paint
the attic, my only response would have been "What
color?" Painting with pay is preferable to being
unemployed with creditors.
I had a job once where I was supposed to write
courseware for, and teach, a course in software usage.
But before we could start the course we had to
construct the network, so I wound up spending a week
going into my high-tech office wearing scrungy jeans
and t-shirts, and crawling through the attic running
cables. At least that was kind of related to my main
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