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Title: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: Johnson on October 18, 2007, 12:14:39 AM
collecting demographics
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: mikehz on October 21, 2007, 01:51:06 PM
No "retired?"

Two weeks ago, I would have said retired. Now, I have to say full-time employed. Just couldn't resist the bucks. However, I may soon wise up. It's sure nice not having to get up in the morning!
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: sillyperson on October 25, 2007, 10:04:53 AM
Two weeks ago, I would have said retired.
You, sir, should move to NH and run for State Rep
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: mikehz on October 25, 2007, 09:34:05 PM
Two weeks ago, I would have said retired.
You, sir, should move to NH and run for State Rep

Not a job I'd want--not because it doesn't pay (which it does not), but because I'd hate it, and wouldn't be much good at it.

But, I'd love to move to NH. And, may.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: Elitist Bitch on October 25, 2007, 09:35:51 PM
No student either?  I'm employed part time, but I consider myself first a student.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: Johnson on October 26, 2007, 01:51:29 AM
Student is not an employment status, it's a job... it's listed under occupations in that poll... If you make money part-time that is how you are employed.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: YixilTesiphon on October 27, 2007, 01:21:53 AM
I'm a student and I also work Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Cornell University Soil and Water Lab.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: Earthwormzim on November 01, 2007, 10:07:19 PM
I'm a full time welfare recipient.  Where is that option?  Haha!  J/k.  I'm part a part time worker, and a part time student.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: hellbilly on November 13, 2007, 12:04:41 AM
self employed.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: mikehz on November 14, 2007, 12:59:22 AM
Employed, for two more days. Then, I'm done. Just too much trouble and too much risk.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: tanstaafl1981 on November 14, 2007, 07:57:00 PM
that's it?  no more boiler?  after reading your blog, I'm interested in what the final straw was.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: mikehz on November 14, 2007, 08:58:27 PM
that's it?  no more boiler?  after reading your blog, I'm interested in what the final straw was.

Cumulative effects. For one thing, there's the safety issue. To clean the firebox, it's necessary to open it up and practically stick your head into a 1200 F. furnace. So long as the draft remains negative, everything is okay. But, if it should go positive, then you're cooked. If the power should go out, you're done. The crappy draft controller bounces all over the place, and could die at any time. Also, there is no steam or gas backup feedwater pump, and so if the power goes out you can't get water into the boiler--even though the fire doesn't die for twenty minutes or so. They've lost water in the steam drum several times in the last month, and there is know way of knowing if the tubes were exposed or not. God knows how many times in the past this has happened, or what condition the tubes are in.

Then, there is the equipment issue. The electronic control system is old and failing, and replacement parts are no longer made. Some of the multi-level controllers no longer toggle between functions. The skin of the furnace leaks like a sieve, so that there is dust everywhere all the time. And, there is no real back-up boiler. If the unit goes down when it's freezing outside, the entire place will freeze up before the crappy little fire tube in the next building can be put together and brought up to pressure. By that time, it'll be too late.

I don't care for the 50-minute commute, which will only get worse as winter comes on. I can hardly keep my eyes open on the freeway while driving home.

But, the last straw was that I was told there would be a mechanic on duty most nights to help out if something goes wrong. Now, I find out that the guy is being transferred to day shift, and will only work mids during my days off. When I took this job, I was lead to believe I was to be the midnight shift operator. After being hired, I found out I was the only operator, and that on the other shifts a mechanic would look in on the boiler "from time to time." They just shoved all the actual work onto midnight shift, so that the operator is just running all the time.

Hey, I'm retired! I just don't need the hassle, especially at the fairly low wages they are paying (around $18/hr). I really don't need the money, and value my time more than that.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: timmysoboy on November 14, 2007, 09:18:32 PM
Part time employment under my pappy, although I may start looking for another job, due to not enough hours.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: Travis on November 15, 2007, 12:47:02 AM
I fit 3 of these. How do I vote 3 times?

Part Time - Self Employed - Family Caretaker
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: Johnson on November 15, 2007, 01:01:52 AM
I put family caretaker in for unemployed spouses whose PRIMARY role is to take care of the family in lieu of a job. I felt this clarification is better for stay at home moms and dads than simply calling them unemployed. Ugh, and before anyone bitches at me for the use of the word spouses, interject the word "life-partners" or "mates" there and see if that works for ya...

Its very difficult to predict how people will choose to interpret your wording when creating a general purpose poll...
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: mikehz on November 15, 2007, 12:22:40 PM
Changed my vote to "retired" since, as of an hour ago, that's what I am.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: Laetitia on November 15, 2007, 12:26:54 PM
Changed my vote to "retired" since, as of an hour ago, that's what I am.

Congratulations. Isn't it great to have the confirmation of the time back on the job to let you know you did the right thing?
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: mikehz on November 15, 2007, 05:28:31 PM
Changed my vote to "retired" since, as of an hour ago, that's what I am.

Congratulations. Isn't it great to have the confirmation of the time back on the job to let you know you did the right thing?

 :D
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: michaelmcneil on February 22, 2008, 07:39:20 PM
No "Student" option?
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: jimmed on February 22, 2008, 08:36:18 PM
No "Student" option?

You're supposed to be working, you lazy kid.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: Johnson on February 23, 2008, 10:14:04 AM
Student is an option under the occupation poll. However, being a student doesn't pay the bills. As an answer on the occupational survey, it essentially lets advertisers know that you probably fall into the category of extremely low income, and unlikely to buy any big ticket items in the immediate future.

Being a student is not a position of employment as it does not generate revenue that you might potentially spend with an advertiser. However, if you are employed part time, you should list that.
Title: Re: Demographics - Employment Status?
Post by: Teddygram on April 10, 2015, 07:56:13 PM
i wish there was a more than full time option I have 1 job and i work somewhere between 48 - 72 hours a week,