Saturday January 31, 2004

Money Makes the World Go 'Round

[ Today's meme is courtesy of Past, Present, Future Round 50 ]
"Fifty," I thought to myself. "Fifty what? Fifty-cent piece? Hmm... money!"

PAST: I remember those pre-teen days when having a pocketful of change gave me a sense of financial independence. What did you first do for money?

PRESENT: Understanding the current (lousy) state of the economy, I won't assume you're employed right now. So. What did you last do for money?

FUTURE: If you suddenly came into a situation where you didn't need the income, would you still work some sort of job?

Another week older, another week richer in wisdom. Or some-such.

PAST: I remember those pre-teen days when having a pocketful of change gave me a sense of financial independence. What did you first do for money?

I asked :-)

No, seriously, neither my sister nor I ever got an "allowance'. If there was something we wanted, we asked. if Mom or Dad thought it was worth having, they'd buy it. Or maybe it would show up at the next birthday or at Christmas. Or, maybe they'd say no.

I got my first job the summer after I graduated from High School. I wanted a camera (specifically a 35mm SLR Pentax K1000 camera; I still have it). In those days, if I recall correctly, that camera cost $500. That wasn't something I could just ask for. So, that summer I worked as a cashier at one of the municipal swimming pools, taking money from small half-naked children, taking photos and making up summer pool passes, bantering with the (now dripping wet) small half-naked children.

PRESENT:Understanding the current (lousy) state of the economy, I won't assume you're employed right now. So. What did you last do for money?

Thanks, that's awfully considerate of you! (I'm not employed at present and haven't been, really, for approaching 2 years now.)

I am, by preference and practice, a professional programmer (how's that for alliteration?). I'm also a technical writer and web spinner.

The last paid job I had was a 5-week contract writing Perl and VBScript code for Windoze2000. Yuck. Did I enjoy it? No (it was a Survival Job). But I kept pounding away at it for 5 weeks, until it finally blew up on me. Sigh.

FUTURE:If you suddenly came into a situation where you didn't need the income, would you still work some sort of job?

You mean, would I work on someone else's project, with my time and tasks dictated by someone else? Outside of my home? Away from my cats, my well-configured computer, my large, comfy, and private home office, not to mention my personal projects? Would I still do that if I were financially independent?

BWA-HA-HA-Ha-Ha-ha-ha

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Money Makes the World Go 'Round ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 31 Jan, 01:04 Pacific | «e»