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Daily Words 2/1/6: On the American Work Ethic 
11th-Feb-2006 12:22 pm
requiem for a dream eye
The nice thing about salary is you know how much money you'll make in advance. The downside is that how much money you make is not directly correlated with how much or how good your work is.

I have just determined that after taxes, health care, and 401(k) I earned about $10 per hour in January. That's the same take home pay I earned when I was a Little League umpire in high school. Back when I didn't have to pay rent, buy food, or stay up until 2am entering my time for the month.

I might enjoy entering my time more if our Time & Expenses program was named TNA instead of TNE. But only marginally more.
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11th-Feb-2006 09:48 pm (UTC)
Do you work for a company that makes you put in mad overtime?
13th-Feb-2006 06:28 am (UTC)
They didn't "make" me put in mad overtime. I just did everything I could to make the project successful. Which involved staying in a county government building until 2 or 3 am several nights in a row. I now intend to get sane amounts of sleep and exercise for the rest of the year.
13th-Feb-2006 12:45 am (UTC)
At least the 401(k) is money you'll get later, plus interest (in theory). So that's a "pay me later" type of thing.
16th-Feb-2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
thank you! you're validating my decision to not work for a big company, and get $10/hr at the Co-op instead :D
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