2010年3月19日金曜日

what's wrong with the economy.

1+1=2

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The news last night said that one in five of this year's University graduates has yet to find a job. This is the worst year ever. Worse even than after the famous bubble burst in 1989.

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K went to the Tokyo sales office yesterday. (Not Tokyo Tower or Tokyo Disneyland as Meg and Amy think K goes when he goes to Tokyo- that being their only Tokyo references. Cute but requires some explaining when they announce 'Daddy's at Tokyo Tower, today!' to other people...) Anyway, he came home having done what he went there to do and caught up with two people he knows there. Two retired department chiefs. How did he meet two retired department chiefs at work? Why because they were still there, of course. They worked there until 65 on full pay, collected their retirement bonus but didn't want to quit so they agreed to work on an hourly rate (about the same as you make working nights at 7-11...) Then the economy took a nose dive and they were told they'd only be able to work two days a week. But they really love their work (K's theory) or they spent so much time there over the last 40 odd years to the expense of all other aspects of their lives (family, friends, hobbies etc) that they have nothing else to do (my theory) so they go to work every day getting paid 7-11 wages for only two of those days....

1+1=2

That's what I think is wrong with the economy.


3 件のコメント:

illahee さんのコメント...

good point.

what with the lifetime commitment to work, those poor guys reach retirement age with nothing else to do or concentrate on. their wives divorce them, they don't know their children and they have no hobbies (except maybe golf and manga reading....)

i'm exaggerating and generalizing but i think you get what i'm saying. and poor graduates can't get a job because the already retired guys are still at the company. *sigh*

achan さんのコメント...

I think that is so true for men in general. My dad retired from his job after 45 years and then a week later found another. He was bored. He loves the footy and the cricket but being idle at home (or as I suppose being with my mum all day) wasn't for him!!

Ironic isn't it that to live longer you have to keep your brain active, but being at the office all the time gives you no time to live life!!

thefukases さんのコメント...

it's a work/ life balance thing isn't it? I just see so many retiree couples who have nothing in common as they spent the last 40 odd years living parallel lives. Guess there's something to be said about living in a fixer-upperer with a big veggie garden- Lots of together time with K!