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Reaching middle age

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At 44 years old, chances are I have more years behind me then in front of me. I feel no different then I did when I was in my 20s, except that I need more sleep and my weight is getting more difficult to control.

When I was 17, 18, 19,, years old I could eat just about anything I wanted. Now I eat that kind of stuff and my stomach hurts. Eat some greasy chicken nuggets and my stomach gets tore up.

Instead of thinking about what I wanted to do when I grow up, I am thinking about my retirement in 20 years. Its simply amazing how the years creep by unnoticed.

When I look back, I realize how I was totally unprepared to enter the workforce in the mid-1980s. Besides reading, writing and math, the public school system taught no real life skills. Mom and dad were at work, so the time they had to teach life skills was limited.

In my late teens and early 20s I thought the thing to do was to get married and have kids. So do you have kids when you are financially stable, or when you are young and healthy? I picked to have kids when I was young and healthy. Some of the people I went to school with have kids in jr. high, while all but one of mine have finished high school.

I wish society had not lied to me about the value of hard work. Society says if you work hard, that work will be recognized and rewarded. Rewarded with what, a life of poverty?

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Fake People

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While I was working in one of the various welding shops in southeast Texas, one of my coworkers told me about his theory of fake people.  I would like to share that theory with all of you.

A fake person is someone who has no identity of their own.  They have no hobbies that set them apart from anyone else.  When the fake person is around other people, they adopt the attitude of the people the fake person is around.

I am going to use a certain individual that I know.  He is in his late 20s, married and has three children.  He also adopts the lifestyle of whoever he is around.

When he was living with a girlfriend a few years ago, his apartment was always spotless.  He kept his truck clean,,, just an overall clean person.

That relationship ended, and he started dating a certain woman, who I only know to describe as whitetrash.  She comes from a welfare family, house is nasty looking, trash in the yard,,, just stuff like that.

Instead of keeping a clean house, the guy adopted to living like whitetrash.  The yard is full of trash, the floors of the house are nasty, dogs chained in the front yard, just your typical whitetrash family.

How does this relate to survivalism

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Being a burden on those around you

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Before we begin, there is a difference in someone who gets down on their luck and needs some help, and someone who is always having some kind of issues.

Being a Burden – We all know someone who is always broke, always has some kind of legal problem, always drunk, always broke, never has a job, always has some kind of drama in their lives,,,,.  Every time you talk to the person, they need this or that.  Having a party, ask everyone to bring a little something, they bring a small bag of chips, or 1 or 2 soft drinks,,, just enough for that person and whoever is with him or her.

These are the people that are never quit able to improve their financial, drug, alcohol, drama, baby mama, baby daddy,,, issues.

Have you ever seen the movie “Catch me if you can” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken? Through the whole movie, Christopher Walken is having some kind of financial issues with the IRS. Its the same story every time Christopher Walken appears in the movie, the IRS is trying to take everything, and he is going to sue the government. Its the same story over, and over, and over,,, through the whole movie.

Surely we all know someone like the character Christopher Walken played, always having some kind of issues or drama in their life.

Why is it that some people can not move past drama or problems? One of the goals in life should be to live stress free. But there seem to be a group of people who thrive on stress, and why is that? Why do some people “have” to have stress in their lives? Does stress give them a rush, or a type of high?

My opinion on people like that, they never mature past 16 or 17 years old. They are stuck in high school and are unable to make progress in life.

Either they never mature, or they thrive off drama. I am sure we all know someone who loves drama.

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Why do we miss the past

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survivalistWhy do we miss the past so much? Why do we look back and say “those were good times”, even if the times were not “that” great?

Career Path

I grew up in a little town in southeast Texas called Bridge City. My parents moved to Bridge City sometime around 1976. After I graduated high school I got married and bought a home.

Fast forward 14 years, my wife and I divorced and I moved to the Conroe / Montgomery area for a few years.

In 2003 my new wife and I moved back the Bridge City area.

After I finished high school I went to work for a welding shop. Between 1986 – 1999 and 2003 – 2004 I collected around 15 years experience in the fabrication of ASME certified pressure vessels and heat exchangers.

During that 15 years I learned a lot (not all) of the welding shops in southeast Texas take joy in paying low wages and exploiting workers. The low pay was one reason why I had to leave the Bridge City area. To those fab shop owners that get some kind of sick kick out of exploiting their employees, screw you. There is a special place in hell for greedy bastards like you.

Even with 15 years experience working in various welding shops, the wage I was earning did not allow my wife and I to buy a home. The home prices were so inflated that the average middle income wage earner could not afford to buy.  In the end, the lack of decent wages, and bloated housing market drove my wife and I out of the Bridge City area.

Even though the job market was ok at best, and the housing market was too expensive, I miss living in Bridge City. Its a good area to live in, and has a low crime rate. I just wish employers were willing to pay skilled workers what they are worth.

Even though I resent being exploited, why I miss working in the welding shops? Why do I miss being exploited? Why do I miss backbreaking work? Why do I miss barely scrapping by on my bills?

Maybe its not that I miss those hardships in life, maybe I miss times that seemed simpler?

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Where your at right now

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Why are you where your at right now? What are you doing there? What course of events drove you to be at your present location?

As I get older, I think about my life, and the course it has taken. There is some regret, there is some happiness and some sadness.

A couple of weekends ago my family and I were up at the camp having a relaxing weekend. One of the people there was a long time friend of mine – we have been knowing each other since around 1977 or 1978,,, somewhere in there. At the day turned to night, we built a camp fire, grabbed the lawn chairs and talked about past times.

One of the times my buddy brought up was a trip down the Bayou close to Bridge City, Texas. A fog had set in, and they could not see where they were going. The guys in the boat spotted a fish camp where they stopped and spent the night. My buddy thought I had gone on that trip. Regrettably I had not gone. I had probably missed that experience and spent that trip and spent that time with my girlfriend at the time – who would later become my wife, and ex-wife.

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