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Bluecollar Manliness

To discuss manliness or the difficulties of manliness when you're "takin' what they're givin' cause you're workin' for a livin'"

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Can a working man get along without a car or truck; can he afford to keep one?

Started by John M. Dolph. Last reply by Kevin Feb 23, 2013. 7 Replies

I get along without but my kids are grown. The savings are huge and if I need to drive I can rent a better "whatever" than I could afford to keep and very reasonably. I decided I didn't want a car…Continue

Tags: cost, of, living, debt, loan

the definition of success

Started by greyson kerr. Last reply by Timothy F. Miller Jr. Jul 26, 2011. 7 Replies

i was at school and a teacher asked me what i wanted to do in terms of a carreer, i told him that i wanted to become a welding engineer. He responded by saying that i would never make any money at…Continue

Would single payer health care through the government help or hurt you in your situation?

Started by John M. Dolph. Last reply by John M. Dolph Dec 12, 2010. 12 Replies

Would a single player health care program, Medicare for everyone for example, level any playing fields, alleviate or cause problems in your personal circumstances? Should such a thing exist for…Continue

Will you be voting? What's most important to you this election?

Started by John M. Dolph. Last reply by Chase Dec 10, 2010. 8 Replies

I was wondering what you guys in all your different states and cities/counties were thinking of as definitive issues in this election.Continue

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Comment by Kevin on March 11, 2013 at 7:59pm

...should have kept my ass in the Army...going to school (again) but maintaining a shitty factory job just to pay the bills and feed the family.

 that welding thing is interesting but I don't like heights. (live in Chicago)

Comment by Jared J. King on January 15, 2012 at 7:47pm

I'm doing well, but I'm a welder/fabricator with TIG detail skills, so I'm never without work. Anybody want a guaranteed job? Go into welding. The field is seriously thin of skilled workers. My starting salary was higher than what I ever got paid in social services. Have good stick and TIG skills and get good with aluminum and stainless steel.

Good luck, fellas. The economy is tough right now.

Comment by James Dibben on July 31, 2011 at 3:54pm

I finally closed my sub-contracting company this last January and went back to nursing.


I've had my LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) since '93 but walked away to be in construction.

 

I'm starting school this fall to become an RN.

Comment by Jared J. King on July 31, 2011 at 3:23pm

Almost nothing going on here for the last six months. So, what are you all doing now? How are you faring?

I finished welding school and started a great job in a fabrication shop that makes brewing systems for small to mid-size craft breweries. In spite of the continual downward trend of the economy, I'm doing quite well, which is odd. I'm used to riding the highs and the lows.

Comment by Keith VanDyke on December 14, 2010 at 3:19pm

This is the worse time of the year for that to happen, sorry to hear about it. I've had similar things happen to me, and it can really piss you off. No matter what time of year it is. Nothing will happen until after the holidays, so remember the reason for the season, and enjoy the extra time that you can spend with the family. I've been laid-offed since April (mostly due to health) so I can relate. Hang in there, and I hope that you have a Wonderful Holiday. And lets both hope that next year turns out better for the both of us.  

Comment by Jared J. King on December 14, 2010 at 12:21am

If you have a hobby, engage in it heavily for a few days. Advancing your skills in something you're passionate about can do worlds of good for you and put a spring of confidence in your step. I always make more beer when I'm out of work. Hearing friends praise my skills as a brewer when tasting my beer does a lot to make me feel like I can face the world with certainty.

Comment by mark on December 13, 2010 at 10:39pm

thanks again guys for everything. they just did things at the worst time of the year. nothing is moving till after the first.but at least i covered my ass with proper documentation and won my battle with them on my unemployment pay. im just at the bored stage right now. i have done everything i can do around the house and the garage. im finding it hard to pass the time.

Comment by Chase on December 10, 2010 at 2:09pm

Mark, I'm sorry that happened to you.  Good luck in finding a new job, and even more good luck for the opportunity to show your former employer up one day

Comment by John M. Dolph on December 6, 2010 at 5:19pm
Good luck with the new business. Don't forget that if money making jobs don't come as fast as you need there might be gain in bartering services in the community.
Comment by Jared J. King on December 6, 2010 at 12:34am
Sounds like you have something to pour yourself into. Go for it! Have a good back up plan B and plan C, should your plan A fall through. That way, you don't get bogged down in figuring out what to do if you fall flat on your ass. I needed someone to tell me this the last time I got laid off, so I hope that is helpful to you.

Remember, the most important thing you can give your family is your love, attention and time. It may sound cheesy, but you can't buy those things for them.

And, I hear you, dude. I turn 30 in January. It's a rough lot that has been handed to us by the previous generation. It's going to take a lot of digging to get out of it. There's much hard work to be done in the years to come. I'm back in school retraining as a welder after working a lot of years to earn my B.S. degree. It sucks to be starting all over again, but it's okay. One day at a time, man. One day at a time.
 

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