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Subject:It's all relative...(was: The Blues) From:"Link, Virginia" <LINKVI -at- DWD -dot- STATE -dot- WI -dot- US> Date:Tue, 22 Sep 1998 11:00:17 -0500
If you want to get a real jolt of "geez, I really *don't* have it so
bad," get a copy of the film, "One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich"
(1970), based on the book by Solsynetzyn (spelling?) about a prisoner in
a Soviet gulag, and watch it. Makes you appreciate the little things
(big things, really) we take for granted.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bayne, Sonia E. [SMTP:BAYNESO -at- AMSWORLD -dot- COM]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 1998 10:07 AM
> To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
> Subject: The Blues
> Bruce and Camille's discourse on the joys of work:
> >And in the mean time, 90% of other occupations are harder, dirtier,
> more demoralis(z)ing, less rewarding, more boring and don't earn you
> >Camille: And I've done 'em all, you betcha...">
> Camille, my hat's off to you. We often just don't know how well off we
> really are. This came home to me several years ago when I spent a
> of weeks in West Virginia, in coal mining country, with a group of
> from church. We took an afternoon to visit an exhibition mine,
> what grindingly hard and dangerous work some folks have to do... When
> returned to my techwriting job after the trip, I could have kissed my
> desk! (That visit came to mind last night too, watching "The Farmer's
> Wife" on Frontline. I never really knew how physically and mentally
> tough that life could be.) So I'll stop now, and go back to
> my sometimes-tedious, but sometimes-great, desk job, where the biggest
> hazards are stress and carpal tunnel syndrome!
> Sonia Bayne
>mailto:bayneso -at- amsworld -dot- com
> "Ecrire, c'est une facon de parler sans etre interrompu." -- Jules