Patterico's Pontifications

11/9/2003

END OF THE WORLD: Described

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 10:31 pm

END OF THE WORLD: Described here. (Via Aaron’s Rantblog.) (Shockwave presentation — not for those who avoid profanity.)

WATCHER’S COUNCIL WINNERS: A couple

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 1:02 am

WATCHER’S COUNCIL WINNERS: A couple of great posts won the weekly Council vote. Xrlq had the winning Council entry with Gun Control “Logic.” Rosemary Esmay had the winning non-Council entry: a post with the wonderful, wonderful title Why I Left the Democratic Party.

It was my honor to be nominated for the category of best non-Council entry, but I have to say I really enjoyed Rosemary’s entry. It is required reading for the wife today.

RETIRED GROCERY CLERK’S OP-ED ALMOST CERTAINLY NOT WRITTEN BY UNION LAWYER

Filed under: Dog Trainer — Patterico @ 12:19 am

Anyone else read the op-ed by the retired grocery clerk in yesterday’s Dog Trainer? It had the clever title Grocery Retirees Have a Beef Too. I have to say, it was pretty damn well-written for a piece by a former grocery clerk. I especially liked the references to Greek mythology. Now that I think about it, running bananas and milk over a supermarket scanner is a lot like the eternal struggle of Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the mountain.

Great stuff. I was sure when I read it yesterday that it wasn’t ghost-written by union officials or lawyers. I’m even more convinced now that I have read actual examples of writing by actual grocery employees, as featured by Xrlq.

If the guy really wrote this himself, I suggest that he use his considerable writing skills to freelance and make some money, rather than bitching about his retirement package. His sore hip obviously presents no impediment to his writing, and he won’t have to feel like Sisyphus forever fighting the bananas and milk.

UPDATE: Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to imply that one cannot have a blue-collar job and still be a good writer. Take this cabbie, for example. (Warning: linked item contains profanity.)


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