Any vehicle I've had since my '62 Lincoln has had a little crank that
caused the window to go up and down. The Lincoln was a great car until
the gadgets started failing, leaving me with a dislike for power this
An even stupider thing about daytime running lights is they don't turn the tail lights on, which means there are now loads of people driving around at night with only the front lights on, not realising they are unlit at the back. If you have no front lights on in the day, when it gets dark you notice.
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Ed Pawlowski wrote:
"On 2/12/2016 6:31 PM, Mr Macaw wrote:
On;y a compete idiot woult not notice the instrument panel is dark too.
DRL do not really give you much to see by. The purpose it to be seen
under certain circumstances. "
I guess people are just that distracted nowadays.
Life is that hectic - folks working harder and longer
for less money, relative to a decades costs of
Seems like the Europeans are working less.
But in the USA the fruits of increased productivity have gone to the
owners and upper management, not the workers.
I think one diff is unions. Europe seems to be heavily unionized and
the USA does not.
Had an interesting situation a bunch of years ago: the #2 daughter and
my nephew both worked at basically the same jobs as travel agents.
The daughter in Philadelphia PA (USA) and the nephew somewhere in
The daughter got paid for 40 hours but had to work whatever it took to
cover the calls. Busy at noon? You might get a few bites of lunch
down, you might not. If they worked through dinner into the night, the
employer didn't even send in sandwiches... they just went hungry.
And, of course, no vacation time, no retirement plan, no medical
coverage... no nothing....
Nephew's job was union. 40 hours pay for 40 hours work.... paid
overtime if he chose to accept it. Six (6!) weeks vacation, retirement
plan, full medical coverage.... You get the drift...
In the UK, only jobs paid by the government are like your German example. Private companies are the same as the USA.
The thing is, we shouldn't be doing 40 hours of work. Machines are doing way more than they used to, we should be working a fraction as much as we used to. What went wrong?
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I don't think so.... Back in the day guys who worked in, for instance,
steel mills and automobile assembly plants owned houses and sent their
kids through college.
Nowadays my impression is that most non-professional/non-technical
workers are living paycheck-to-paycheck.
It's in Somerset, not Yorkshire - but when I was there for a family
reunion in a town called Wells, I came across two local-color types
having an extended conversation in the local dialect.
I could not even catch the drift of what they were saying - and I really
tried.... not one word... they might as well have been speaking
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