Working Daze by John Zakour and Scott Roberts

Working Daze

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  1. geopardy

    geopardy said, almost 3 years ago

    CJ 1 Dana 0

  2. Agent54

    Agent54 said, almost 3 years ago

    Ed is almost caught up. His TPS reports however are still 5 years behind.

  3. ZorroGames Secret Identity

    ZorroGames Secret Identity said, almost 3 years ago

    My"Christmas Gift" in 2016 is (hopefully) retirement on Dec. 31 of that year!

    Bye bye, Federal Government!

    Bye, bye DOD!

    Bye, bye Un-Intelligence Community!



  4. olddog1

    olddog1 said, almost 3 years ago

    @ZorroGames Secret Identity

    You’ll love it. My official retirement date from the fed govt was on a Sunday, first of the month. I had adjusted by 10:00 AM Monday, after the morning rush drive time ended.

  5. Agent54

    Agent54 said, almost 3 years ago

    Retirement date:
    First you die
    Than allow 2 to 4 weeks for HR to process the paperwork.
    (the check will be in the mail)
    After that I will be retired

  6. Jean

    Jean said, almost 3 years ago

    @ZorroGames Secret Identity

    My Glenn retired from Uncle Sam 14 years ago and has adjusted very well.

  7. johnzakour

    johnzakour GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I’ve proudly not set foot in any store for Christmas shopping. I have done all of mine online.

  8. invertedyesterday

    invertedyesterday said, almost 3 years ago

    @johnzakour… I find online shopping so much less stressful than shopping in a brick and mortar store. In the first place, I don’t like to shop, and secondly, with online shopping I don’t have to vie with a hundred others to walk down a single aisle in a store. I hate crowds.

  9. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    In stores or online? I don’t really care. The crowds are a nuisance, and the parking a nightmare of which even Hieronymus Bosch had not dreamed. But I like the atmosphere. I certainly did when we had a large outdoor mall near where I grew up. It had a uniquely, 1960’s type electronic magic to a kid’s eyes. Perhaps, in retrospect, it was tacky and cheap and commercial. Didn’t look that way then. It’s long since been enclosed and gentrified, till, as the saying goes: “When you’ve seen one, you’ve seen the mall.”

    By contrast: online, for all its convenience, is cold and solitary and detached. No atmosphere but what you make. I wouldn’t use the word ‘proud.’ Maybe it’s good not to contribute to the madness, but if that were truly our goal, we wouldn’t patronize those who profit financially by the holiday. We wouldn’t buy gifts at all, and would observe the day in a quieter, simpler way. Who’s ready to go that far? Who first?

    People are throwing around terms like ‘brick and mortar’ as though they’re synonymous with caves. As though, with the press of an on button, we’ve gone in a blink from the Flintstones to the Jetsons.

    Driving between a series of Christmas concerts in which Chris and I performed the last two weekends, we passed through a lot of rural parts of DE and MD. Farms. Woods. Long roads with little to look at, yet much to see. Our world has not yet entered cities in the sky. We are not yet in flying cars and jetpacks. There is still so much of what is traditional, old, and close to the Earth. The world is not yet all bits and bytes.

    Whether we shop online or stand on line, where’s the cause for pride? The world has become a weird mish-mosh of nature, and this net mankind had thrown over it. When we say ‘simplify,’ do we really mean ‘complicate in a more state of the art way?’

    Just choose gifts wisely. Give what will continue to mean something beyond the latest media controlled Pavlovian frenzy. Take time to get out of your house if you can, and see what’s left of simpler times. Spare a moment for that. And enjoy Christmas at a pace that doesn’t leave you worn and weary and glad it’s over. Wishing it away because it exhausts us- there’s nothing to be proud of in that.

  10. johnzakour

    johnzakour GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    @Thomas Scott Roberts

    I repeat, I PROUDLY have not stepped foot in any store for Christmas shopping. I do look forward to doing some post Christmas mall hopping though once the crowds have cleared.

  11. Rista

    Rista said, almost 3 years ago


    Sadly, I think most of us will be sharing that particular kind of retirement Agent54. I know I can never really afford to retire.

  12. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    I would repeat what I said, but it goes on kind of long. I did some online shopping, but it never occurred to me to be proud. In fact, I had looked in stores first. The stores are doing all right for themselves. Not enough people are likely to stay out of them for it to make a whit of difference to their bottom line. So I stand by what I said.

  13. invertedyesterday

    invertedyesterday said, almost 3 years ago

    @Thomas Scott Roberts… I live in a rural area in one of the Plains states, and for me to ‘go shopping’ for things other than everyday usage (groceries, postage, small hardware items, etc.), I need to drive a minimum of 25 miles. There are no ‘department’ stores closer (it’s a ‘mini’ store, with not much selection), and my little bitty town – population less than 700 – has one gift shop that caters mostly to craft-sy type items. You can’t buy a DVD or a game there. So, it’s online shopping for me unless I have the time to take a trip. If I need something that the ‘mini’ store doesn’t have, I have to go an additional 20 miles to get it.

    I used the term ‘brick and mortar’ solely to differential the options. I use a local bank that I can walk into, as well as an online bank, and that online bank has no building within 500 miles of where I live.

    I lived in cities for about 25 years, and came back to my hometown because my folks needed me (they are nearing eighty, now). It was a choice I made, and it wasn’t an easy one. I knew what I was giving up by coming back here, but the good outweighed the bad. So if I can’t just go shopping at the drop of a hat because of the time constraints, then online shopping, it is.

    Yep, this is sort of a rant. But the point is that not everyone lives where they can just drive a couple of miles and find a mall or department store. There is a huge chunk of the nation where that’s not possible.

    You talk about pride. My folks have run their small grocery store for more than 35 years, and my sister and I will continue to do so (we also have eight employees). We survive because we give service, not because we have the lowest prices. We cannot compete on price with the larger stores that are 45 miles away. I won’t go into the why’s and where fore’s, but the bottom line is that stuff just costs us more to get. Our store has always been about people, and what we can do for them. At least once a week people tell us that they are grateful we are still in business, since they’d have to drive 25 miles to buy groceries. Pride? You betcha.

  14. johnzakour

    johnzakour GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    Actually I go to Wegmans so much my phone thinks it’s my place of work.

  15. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago


    Running a store yourself, you have good reason to be proud. My quibble was with proudly announcing not going into stores, as if a victory has been won. If one doesn’t like crowds or driving, fine. Then don’t go.
    One of my oldest and best friends used to run a small record store. He couldn’t compete with the chains. Not only in the eyes of the public, but those of his distributor, who treated him as though he should be grateful they deigned to do business with him at all. All their prompt service was for a new chain that was opening all over the area, sending in millions of dollars worth of orders. He could only order a few hundred dollars at a time. In the eyes of the bean counters, that would make perfect sense. Go where the money is. Business is business. But life isn’t that simple. That chain grew too fast- tried to undersell all competition in a stated drive to put them out of business and monopolize the market. But they collapsed. They went bankrupt, owing the distributor a few millions that disappeared into chapter 11. My friend always paid his bills on time.
    I wish there were still more small shops to go into. Where I live we have a few nice ones- not a lot- and we have outlet malls. As far as the big malls- with the Macy’s and all that- the nearest ones are an hour away in either direction. We don’t even have a Target or a Best Buy nearby.
    I’ll buy some things online, though I don’t really like the experience. But I will also go into stores, big and small. I still prefer to see what I’m getting. Have a chance to make sure it’s not damaged before I get it. I like to get out of the house. Crowds are a mixed lot. Some people will be rude, others will be friendly. They’re not all that unlike me. Maybe different backgrounds, different interests, but we’re all people. I don’t need to shun them and do everything in front of a computer screen. Those stores are full of employees, some not making very much for their hard work. I don’t need to try to put them out of business just so I don’t have to get in the car.
    I know some people live farther away, and online may be more convenient for them. Again, our stories aren’t all the same. But good for the people who are still running family businesses- small stores where you pay a little extra maybe, but so what? Somebody else has to make a living, and running a store is not free. My record store friend will tell anyone that!
    I’ll finish with one last story about him. His name, by the way, is Mike. The time came when he had to close the store down. He’d started a mail order business, and that was the better prospect. The overhead in that store was getting beyond what he could make to support it. In his last days there, he received a phone call from a man who sounded upset. “I heard you’re closing! Why? How could you? This can’t be!” Mike asked him: “When was the last time you came in, sir?” The man answered: “About six months ago…” Mike replied: “That’s why I’m closing.” So I think I’ll PROUDLY go into some stores that people depend on to make a living. See what I’m getting. Get out of the house. Interact with people. If I can’t find what I want anywhere else, then I guess I’ll get it online. If I really have to.

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