I was definitely in a job (the one right before my current one, which I love) where grunt work was the bulk of my day. I was a go-fer, problem-solver, e-mail writer, and general do-it-all kind of person. I did it well, and my supervisor loved me, but it was definitely tough to slog through sometimes, knowing that I wasn't doing what I wanted & had no say in the "big picture" of the work I was supporting.
The Bakken shale boom story is not new. ND has been at the top of lists like this for several years. But soon enough they'll tumble hard - every boom has its bust. So not only are towns like Dickinson and Minot overtaxed by huge numbers of men & equipment & environmental pollution now, they'll also get stuck with a huge amount of useless infrastructure and inadequately remediated well sites in about 15 years. Double whammy.
It always fascinates me to read snippets from OK Magazine, People, US Weekly, other garbage magazines et al. The quotes are manufactured SO HARD and yet they're presented as if it's some kind of serious journalistic scoop. You could get a computer algorithm to write these things (they probably do already). Also, I'll bet the person they refer to is actually a professional photographer or something legit, but they decided to go with "Kim Kardashian pays selfie retoucher $100k/year". Bleccccchhhhhhhhh.
@goodtimesnoodlesalad I agree, I'm a mid-aughts HS grad and I've always felt like anyone who was in high school in the '90s belongs to an earlier generation.
Now Tayne I can get into! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWX4GUYGQXQ
@viewfinder I really don't think the argument from the political left is going to be "This will reduce the size/influence of the government, therefore it's bad." I think sometimes we get trapped into thinking that because right-wing conservatives believe in the most minimalist government possible, therefore left-wingers must want the most maximalist government possible. That is absolutely not true in any real sense that I've encountered, and I work in a political field. Left-wing ideology in most parts of the U.S., such as it is, is based on an assumption that the government should be adequately funded to provide basic services and establish a basic social safety net. This does not = more government wherever possible.
@BillfoldMonkey This is exactly my life situation, although I'm still in my 20s. Knowing that I *could* buy a place on my own, but reeeeally wanting to have someone taking the jump with me. But if I wait...yikes, how much longer am I waiting? I'm ready now! (This has been your comment-as-therapy comment of the day.)
What late night comedy shows need is MORE BEES* PLEASE http://tinyurl.com/nnc6g5l *i.e. Samantha
The Twin Cities are lovely. I have lots of friends who live there & used to go often as a kid, and every visit is a delight. It's one of the least-stress-inducing metro areas I can think of. The vibe is just very well-calibrated between city happenings & suburban sleepiness. In contrast, I also enjoy visiting my friends in Chicago, but the mere prospect of flying into Chicago and getting around is just exhausting.
@chic noir Umm... Pope Francis does understand income inequality, perhaps better than any Pope in history, and has, in fact, attacked greed and unfettered market capitalism repeatedly. For example, he denounced the "idolatry of money" in Evangelii Gaudium, his 2013 missive on reforming the practices of the church. For reference: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html#The_economy_and_the_distribution_of_income