Monday, January 28, 2013


I think that secretarial jobs can often have a large Rat Race component. Unfortunately, secretaries are often not treated with the respect and appreciation they deserve. This picture was taken in 1908, and shows a woman with a dictation pad and typewriter.


  1. A lovely photo; I love her hair.:) Agreed, secretaries are often under looked. That being said, in the company my husband works for they have had a lot of trouble with secretaries not working well together. Lots of cat fights and disharmony. Not the kind of thing I'd expect from mature women!
    -Anne K.

  2. HMMM, did we miss another Sunday without a Domistic Update?

  3. No executive or manager can do without a realy good and supportive secretary. Their career track can include advancement to executive assistant where learned skills and interpersonal relationsip experience will make her (or him) a right hand helper for an executive. An extremely valued person.

    Office infighting and discord are present at every level of business. Extreme cases must be investigated and delt with in a timely manner.

    I didn't intend for this to be a training manuel, it just came out that way.

  4. I am one of those Rat racers. Here's my typical morning... Almost 1 and a half hour commute to work today because some numbskull implanted his pick-up truck into a guard rail. Got to work and phones ringing off the hook. Inside sales is bickering about this and that. New phone system doesn't work right, customers complaining about product malfunctions. Us rat racers like the cheese but it ain't easy being cheesy.

  5. Just to add to my last post, I'd, much rather be a tour guide in a museum or an old historic house, something like that rather than a Rat Racer. Thats probably not going to pay the bills though.

  6. Beautiful woman.

    For the short period of time I worked in an outside job, our secretary wasn't worth her weight in used carbon paper or anything else, but since she was a state employee she couldn't be fired, only promoted to another position.

    1. One way to get rid of them. Then they become some one else's problem

  7. The rat race is what you make of it.

  8. No work is "meaningless" if one needs the money that one is paid to do it. If one needs that money, the work providing it is very meaningful. Many people confuse on-the-job "meaninglessness" with boredom. And boredom is a bad mental attitude - not the job. If a good mental attitude is nurtured, a person can be content doing any job.

  9. Anyone else see a resemblance to Debra Winger?


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