Get your facts straight!

Afternoon all you pixelated pixies and other such virtual people out there, time for another rousing session of listening to Lilliana rant and Rave.

I would like to believe that I am a rather understanding and reasonable person, I try not to pick fights, but I will finish one if not given any other option in the matter, and I do seriously, seriously try to be open-minded and accepting of everyone’s beliefs and ways of life.  However, I do expect the same in return and when people mistake my good-natured kindness for some form of weakness or ignorance, I go from a polite intellectual to a raging super saiyan in 10 seconds flat!  Yes, i purposely made two nerd references there to poke fun at my own nerd rage!

There is a reason I avoid most of my family, that reason reared its rather backward-thinking unpleasant head today while we were having our Labor day picnic.  Deciding to be social for a change, and join the picnic for some good food and conversation…I should have stayed the hell in my Troll cave, aka my office/room!  Now, I fully understand that Labor day is a celebration of laborers and other such hard workers:  Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.  ((U.S. Department of Labor; http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm))

My friend and neighbor decided to join us for some picnic food before he had to head off to work, as he is, ironically, a dish washer and laborer at a local restaurant, we felt it only fitting to get him a meal before he ran off to work.  Never the less a friend of our family whom I shall just call “aunt” from this point on, decided to ask him what he did for a living.  He replied that he worked at “Cracker Barrel”, I’m sure most of you know name, but for those of you who do not, it is an “old country” style restaurant and though the food is “good”, it is not good for you and slightly overpriced.  When aunt asked “Ared you cook there?”  My neighbor, with much humility that was to be respected replied, “I am a dish washer.”

I dunno who many of you out there are dishwashers or, the politically-corporate-correct term, DMO(Dish Machine Operator), but I have done this job and I know how filthy, dirty and un-glamorous the position truly is.  You may not like it, but I sympathize, I know you do what you have to do to get by in these hard times.  As soon as aunt replied, “Eh, its a job.” I literally almost crushed the styrofoam cup I was drinking out of.  I may not like the job, and I constantly am telling my neighbor he should consider getting further education and looking into more rewarding employment, or better yet, a career in something; however, when someone replies with the age old “eh, its a job!”  They are really saying:  “You are an unimportant person and your job is shit, but at least you’re not being lazy.”  They are not sympathizing with you, they are putting you beneath themselves!  

If this wasn’t bad enough, she then turned to look at me and asked me “Why don’t you try and get a job there?”  For those of you who don’t know, writing is a difficult career to get started in when you are new, especially if you do not have the money for agents and such.  So no, I don’t make a whole lot of money doing this, but I do enjoy what I do.  However, I also know that I need something to compensate my pay, so I teach ESL, English as a Second Language, online.  It isn’t a full time job but it provides me with compensation and I did go to college for a degree in English Lit, so I’m actually making full use of my talents and skills.

Aunt, is well aware of what I do for a living, and that I am a published author, even if I am not a published author of large renown.  So now, I’m already annoyed because rude behavior and ignorance rank at the top of my rage triggers, right beneath stupidity, but just before Laziness.  Regardless of this, I replied rather calmly, but firmly, “A:  I have a job I love where I am “GUARANTEED” hours and 12.50 per hour.  B:  I am working on my career as a writer, it is not an easy career to get off the ground but it is a career, not “just a job.”  “As you put it.  C:  I hate, and I do mean HATE dishwashing!  It is a filthy job that consists of digging in everyone else’s mess and garbage for minimum wage while you wait on everyone else in the entire facility to finish their job so you can finish your own.”  Snide, perhaps maybe, but truthful none-the-less and I had already done the job before.  I am not going to insult my friend and neighbor by saying “its just a job” when I honestly have the utmost respect for him and anyone that can work labor their entire lives.  I have up until recently and I have never been happier to get away from it.  Some people may enjoy that type of work, I on the other hand do not.

She then proceeds, instead of letting it drop at that, to go into this big long rant about how she’s worked for 45 years in the labor industry, and she’s never relied on anyone to take care of her and that is the way that things are and should be and blah blah blah, I’m sure the lot of you have heard this speech a number of times in your life, if not, consider yourself lucky this is just the way  my life is, seriously you can’t make this shit up!  So, after insulting my friend, she proceeds to insult ME for choosing to use my  higher education and talent to obtain a career but am currently unable to fully support myself and chose to live with my parents?  What is funny about this, is I actually have been running my own apartment for years but CHOSE to give it up to help BOTH my folks and myself out by combining resources.  Funnier thing is my neighbor is actually LIVING IN my old apartment next door.  Getting the picture yet?  if not, I’ll continue, I also recently SOLD my car and gaming console with all the games and controllers because I wasn’t really using it anymore.  However, I put MY big screen tv I recently BOUGHT, with the money I EARNED WORKING, in the FAMILY ROOM so EVERYONE could enjoy it especially my son.

By-the-way, at this point I believe it is important to note she NEVER HAD A CHILD, so she doesn’t know anything of what its like to try and raise a child as a SINGLE PARENT in these tough economic times.  Kudos all you single parents out there!  Its hard and its hell, trust me I know but you are some true survivors!

So, not only was my choice to get higher education insulted, my choice to get try and achieve a career insulted, but ALSO she wanted to make me feel bad because I am doing my best for my entire FAMILY when she lives with one other roommate and a bunch of cats in a RENTED apartment that is technically being taken over by a nearby factory, hang on folks here comes the kicker, which can tell her to move out at anytime they are just being NICE about it and she’s worked 45 years at…wait for it…A FACTORY and has…NOTHING to show for 45 years of hard work slaving for SOMEONE ELSE, while I have given away/sold many of my hard earned possessions in pursuit of a career and betterment of my family?  Hmmm…well if that is WRONG then I dont think I ever want to be right.

Basicly, I understand Labor day honors all you hard labors out there, and I have respect for the work you do, I’ve been there alongside you sweating it out for my meager restitution just like the rest of you.  However, I made a choice to pursue a career not only doing something that pays me better than I have been paid before, but also something I’m very talented at and enjoy doing.  I respect your right to choose to be a laborer and work damn hard every day of your life, so you best damn well respect my right to be an intellectual and tell it to you how it is!

I don’t appreciate uneducated, uncouth, knuckle-dragging, backward-thinking ass-clowns trying to make ME feel bad for choosing a career and higher education over under paid, under appreciated, non-reliable work that most of your bosses, if given the option and the ability to avoid the legal ramifications for doing so, would hire a fucking half retarded monkey to replace you in!

Next time you attempt to insult someone about how THEY have chosen to live their life and try to make yourself look like such an accomplished and studious worker, get your damn facts straight before you open your damn mouth!  Good-night folks!  Till the next time you come to listen to me bitch and moan, take care!

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~ by shad0wrav3n2014 on September 2, 2013.

3 Responses to “Get your facts straight!”

  1. […] Get your facts straight!. […]

  2. LOL As a single parent and a struggling author – I can completely see where you are coming from. Great post – loved your rant! 😉

    • Hey thanks. I dont rant all the time, but when i do its usually about something that is causing my brain to sizzle and its usually people’s stupidity! lol. Glad you loved it, thanks for following too I try to always follow back

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