Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rat Race



Welcome to the Rat Race here at OPOD. This week we will be examining various elements of the Rat Race over the last 100 years. The picture above was taken in 1915, and it shows people so busy that they have to sleep in their office. The office is a stock exchange, and the people are office clerks.

I would be interested in hearing your perspective on the Rat Race. What exactly does it mean, and are you stuck in it?

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  1. I'll be darned. How interesting. Who knew. Just think of all the ttaffic congestion and pollution this would save nowadays.

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  2. If you Google "Herm's Rat Race poem", you'll get a link to a poem you might enjoy.

    Yes the rat race is alive and well in Phoenix, AZ. Fortunately, I'm retired and can avoid it.

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  3. Looks like there's a balcony and chair up on the right where the boss sits during the day to keep an eye on these guys. The balcony is even outfitted with a fan.

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  4. My daughter is in IT and there are firms that she has worked for that put small couches in their offices so they can lie down and rest during the day and actually sleep on at night when they work on projects with short deadlines.

    When I lived and worked in Austin, Tx, my commute was at least 50 minutes but more often 1 hour and 20 minutes. Occasionally, it would last 2 1/2 hours. Just one more reason for retirement.

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  5. For the last thirty odd years I have been a stay at home, homeschooling Mother of nine, although I worked two years in a hospital lab identifying pathogenic bacteria before our first was born.

    I don't miss the commute to Baltimore even though it was only half an hour.

    I love my chosen "career" and wouldn't trade it for anything, even though folks have told me that I have wasted my college degree.

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    1. A college degree is never a waste. I'm sure you are a better teacher in some way to your kids, Myrtle, because of it. ;)
      -Anne K.

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  6. This photo made me very very sad. The "little guy" got and still gets the shaft. Nothing's changed. It's going to be an interesting and potentially instructive series.

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  7. My husband worked 77 hours last week and had zero days off, I won't show him this picture for fear it will give him ideas.
    When I picture rat race I see miserable individuals performing meaningless tasks for money. I have no specific examples however. I'm a stay at home mom now, but I always enjoyed the jobs I had, despite them not being on the higher end if the pay scale.

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  8. I think it is sad if a company is so busy that they expect their employees to sleep on site. (unless weather is an issue) I am not part of the Rat Race and thankful for it!
    -Anne K.

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  9. I was stuck in that for a looong time.
    Retirement was a God send.

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