|Quoting par13del (Reply 31):|
This is something to be taken to the politicians who have the authority to pass the laws to ensure that there is a level playing field. I am certain that there are a number of retailers who are hoping that these employees do walk off the job and make Target and Wal-Mart sales tank because theirs will be improved.
How's this ? "politicians who have the authority to pass the laws to ensure that there is a level playing field."
Wow! that kinda sounds like communism to me ! Are you seriously suggesting that politicians should "make laws" which prohibit retailers from opening for business whenever they think the demand is there for what they sell ?
So many people "feel sorry" for those who work in retail, and are required to work on holidays, night shifts, etc.?
There's an old axiom which states.........."people who work at un-skilled jobs tend to get paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of replacing them"
So.....how hard will it be for, say, Wal Mart to "replace" those dozen workers who chose to "stage a walkout"? My guess would be, a single "NOW HIRING" sign on the front of the building, and in about one day, they would have sufficient applications to last them for the next six months or so.
Understand, I'm NOT belittling the people who work at Wal Mart, (or any other retailer, fast food place, restaurant, or whatever) what I AM
pointing out is.......while you are still young, (the younger the better), take a hard, cold look at how people in different "occupations" live, the advantages and disadvantages associated with different occupations, than make a PLAN ! PLAN how you can PREPARE yourself to have a "skill" which will not be SO EASY to replace, (rather than following the "herd" in front of you, and ending up in a slaughterhouse).
There are relatively few "dream" jobs "around"; ( yes, I'm well aware of how much money NBA players, NFL
players, MLB players, and so-called "movie stars" make); I'm also equally aware of how difficult it is to get each and everyone of those "jobs" ! ( and what a MESS
many of them make out of their lives ! )
I could sit here and list a hundred people who are now independently wealthy, simply because they "prepared" themselves when they were a bit younger, rather than "following the herd"........( having to work in a "big box store", obliged to work on Thanksgiving, etc. etc. etc.)
Hers's just one example of what I'm talking about; this young boy was born in Chile (around 50 yrs ago) his father was a violist with a symphony orchestra; while he was still quite young, his father started teaching him the viola; later, his father became a "world-class" violist, ended up playing with some of the world's greatest musicians; all of this time, young Roberto kept studying, kept learning; during this time, there was a great English violist, named William Primrose. William Primrose is to this day, regarded by many as being the greatest violist of the 20th century; and young Roberto's father had studied under the great William Primrose, then "passed on" his knowledge to his son, Roberto.
Now.....anyone who is "into" classical music is aware that all string players, ( violinists, violists, cellists, and bassists ALL
seek to obtain better and better instruments; during William Primroses's long career, his principal performing instrument was a viola made in the late 1700's by Andrea Amati, ( the first but not the most famous of the great Amati violin makers)
Anyway, after William Primrose "passed on", he left this rare old instrument to a friend, and over a course of years, it was eventually purchased by the Philadelphia Orchestra, (one of the world's great orchestras) Finally, after some number of years, Roberto graduated from Julliard, and joined the Philadelphia Orchestra, and after just a few years, rose to become the Principal Violist with that great orchestra; during his time with the P.O., Roberto negotiated to "lease" the Amati viola of the late William Primrose. After a few more years, Roberto was honored to be chosen as the new Director of the prestigious Curtiss School of Music in Philadelphia. I have no idea what such a position pays it's director, but it must be "quite substantial", because Roberto was able to finally purchase the Amati from the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Now.........I have been greatly interested in violins and violinists all of my life; (or at least since I was in the 1st grade) I already knew quite a bit about the great violin makers of Cremona; but something happened that caused me to do a LOT more "studying";
My "soon to be" step-son met a young lady in a park, and after a year, they were married; my "soon-to-be" step daughter-in-law is a very highly paid teacher and governess; at one one point, she took one of her "charges" for a tennis lesson at a posh indoor tennis club; while there, she happened to meet a very nice man, they became acquainted, and he ended up hiring her to teach HIS children; we were hearing in her emails, "my new "employer" is a musician'; (and that she was now taking HIS child for tennis lessons in his new Bently ! Then, one day he gave her a CD
that he and another musician had made; as she is quite uninterested in classical music, she sent ME the CD
. While reading about it, I noticed the name "William Primrose", who I was very familiar with, as he used to perform in a trio with my "hero", Isaac Stern. Shortly after, I found that my soon-to-be step son's wife was now working for the great Roberto Diaz, (one of the world's most acclaimed violists), and he was playing the Amati viola on the CD
she had sent me; I quickly rushed it back to her, had her get Roberto to autograph it for me, and it is now one of my most "prized possessions" ! Incidentally, while I was in Chicago, I stopped in a famous violin shop, was chatting with the owner, and mentioned Roberto's Amati, and inquired as to it's "worth"; his answer was........most likely in the vicinity of "four" (like in million)
So..........that's just one great example of just what "preparing one's self" can do for your future life style.
But I'm sure, for every great musician capable of owning a rare old multi-million dollar instrument, there are BOUND to be thousands of "average people", FORCED to work at Wal Mart, and FORCED to work on Thanksgiving !
Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein