For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for March 17, 2023

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    Templo S.U.D.  9 months ago

    touché, Gordon

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    yoey1957  9 months ago

    Nothing wrong with making a living by working with your hands. Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your career!

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    howtheduck  9 months ago

    Michael: Brian, you’re gonna go into chemistry or something, aren’t you?

    Brian: {says} …or something> {thinks} It would nice to have friends who did not think of me as an Asian stereotype.

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    Botulism Bob  9 months ago

    If something breaks on the job, always call a mechanic… they are your friends.

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    Black76Manta  9 months ago

    The comment makes sense!

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    Robert Nowall Premium Member 9 months ago

    My father got pretty well to do as a mechanic.

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    jay  9 months ago

    Lawyer or mechanic. Hmmmm. Go for the mechanic.

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    Carl  Premium Member 9 months ago

    Good mechanic with a good accountant/financial planner = early retirement.

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    goboboyd  9 months ago

    Life is a passion play in many respects.

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    susan.rego  9 months ago

    Brian?? I thought this was Dawn.

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    Back to Big Mike  9 months ago

    At 40, my son switched jobs to train to be a welder.

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    josballard  9 months ago

    Way too many lawyers. Not nearly enough mechanics. Or plumbers. Or electricians.

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    jmworacle  9 months ago

    A good mechanic is worth their weight in gold.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 9 months ago

    Making good money instead of paying off crushing college loans.

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    Chris  9 months ago

    he’s not wrong… :J

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    DawnQuinn1  9 months ago

    These days a college degree does not get you anywhere. The money is in the trades. Carpenter, plumber, electrician, mechanic.

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    rhartt4363  9 months ago

    Nobody calls a million mechanics on the bottom of the ocean a beginning.

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    freewaydog  9 months ago

    Spoiler alert: Gordo becomes very successful & that’s all I’m sayin’…

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    Moonkey Premium Member 9 months ago

    In my life and in my career, I have met many, many lawyers. Some have been very kind and caring, and some have been real jerks, which is true of most professionals.

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    JerrysLover Premium Member 9 months ago

    Gord has the right attitude and goal. The colleges are not what they once were. We need more good trades people.

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    Daltongang Premium Member 9 months ago

    Good to see the gang having this discussion now instead of after graduation. For those who are potentially college bound, you should be working on getting accepted into college. For those that are not you should be working on placement for training for what it is you want to do.

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    grocks  9 months ago

    I remember this from the original run. Always stuck with me. And, Gordon is wise.

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    hooglah  9 months ago

    Stay a mechanic. You will enjoy life more and probably make more money than a lawyer…..unless you become a politician, then you’re in the millions doing public servant work.

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    mindjob  9 months ago

    My high school was a college prep, and nobody talked about working after graduating. We just went straight to college

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    ExSubSailor  9 months ago

    Most work done by lawyers will soon be replaced by AI. Programming is done overseas in India and China or using Indian nationals on Visas here in the states. However mechanics, plumbers, electricians, etc are all done locally and they make good hourly wages. And to learn to become one is much cheaper than 4 years of college.

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    gldoutt Premium Member 9 months ago

    I worked two years for that big Mart outfit as an assembler. I built thousands of bicycles, also grills, furniture, and even did some repair work. There were no bosses hovering over me although technically I did have a manager. That all changed when they decided they didn’t need store assemblers any longer and they cold hire it out cheaper.

    I spent one year on the sales with a bunch of idiotic bosses, most of whom had no clue how to do their job. They thought being a boss just meant giving orders, often contradictory. I finally just had to quit.

    If they hadn’t gotten cheap, I would probably still be there. It’s a grossly mismanaged business. Try to find help. There isn’t any.

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    paranormal  9 months ago

    I was tired of twelve years of school and had no desire to go to college. If teachers could keep kids from hating school… I get bored easily. I prefer to learn by doing.

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    darcyandsimon  9 months ago

    I seem to recall that Gord did very well as a mechanic. From the “be successful” point of view, he was completely successful at doing what he loved!

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member 9 months ago

    True, especially with the cars today………

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    djtenltd  9 months ago

    Very good point, Gord! No matter computerized the world gets, we still need skilled laborers like auto mechanics, refrigeration mechanics sanitation workers, ad infinitum. But these days, even auto mechanics need some computer knowledge since many of today’s cars run on computer chips and microprocessors.

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    Snolep  9 months ago

    I’m told that my grandfather was an accountant until he did a plumber’s books, saw what the guy made and switched to plumbing.

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    Tetonbil Premium Member 9 months ago

    Hooray for you Gord!

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    USN1977  9 months ago

    We have separation of church and state. Now it is time to consider separation of school and state.

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    rebelstrike0  9 months ago

    There has been a lot of propaganda shoved down everyone’s throats that anyone who lacks a college degree is a second-class citizen.

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    sjsczurek  9 months ago

    “Do you have any experience?”


    “Then you’ll have to fill out an application.”

    And you’ll never hear from them again.

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    dlaemmerhirt999  9 months ago

    Mechanics make BANK if they’re good! Gordo’s got the right idea.

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    Mark DeMist Premium Member 9 months ago

    Gordo will be making 60K a year when he’s 20 with no college debt.

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    raybarb44  9 months ago

    Got that right and I know starving attorneys….

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    rob  9 months ago

    People working with their hands make darn good money and they don’t have college debt.

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    pamela welch Premium Member 9 months ago

    Gord’s right! Wish there were more mechanics.

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    Dkram  9 months ago

    Do you know what an auto mechanic makes? Yah baby.


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    meowlin  9 months ago

    That’s true. Harry Orwell had a good mechanic, but when Spence (the mechanic) was killed, the series ended.

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    Scoutmaster77  9 months ago

    It’s a good gig. My brother-in-law wound up as Jay Leno’s mechanic.

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    BlitzMcD  9 months ago

    Typical recent car repair: Parts $22.75. Labor $850. Gordon is making the right choice.

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    Linguist  9 months ago

    My oldest grandson decided he didn’t want to go to college. He apprenticed as an ironworker. His union bosses saw his potential and sent him through some special training programs that they offered. Today, at 28 he is not only a successful journeyman ironworker but a job supervisor, making a heck of a lot more money than he would have with a college degree – and he’s got no student loan to pay off!

    Conversly, the eldest of my Ecudoran grandchildren graduated from high school today and is planning on going to university to study sports broadcast journalism.

    Whatever career path my grandchildren decide to take, whatever dream they want to persue, it is their choice and their dream but I will encourge and support them in any way I can.

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    kamoolah  9 months ago

    There is good money in garbage and construction…because both are rife with fraud and heavily mobbed up.

    In the same way mechanics are always needed for auto theft rings. Gordon already has experience boosting cars.

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    USN1977  9 months ago

    When I was forward deployed, I remember this sermon from a chaplain:

    “What is is success? Do you associate success with…”



    *Social class?


    *A car?

    *A house?

    *Election to political office?

    *Getting married and having kids?

    *Being awarded an honor?

    “If you associate success with any of the above, it is easy to give up. But if you consider success to be never giving up, then you understand the definition of the word.”

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    Drag0nr1der  9 months ago

    I’m a product of not having a college education. Worked for the Bell System starting in the 70’s. Never “worked a day in my life” as I h=was having too much fun. Started as a lineman (person) and moved into electronics (switching systems). Bell paid for and trained me to do my job. Actually learned what algebra was used for (think Ohms law, and potential). The job was never dull, and learned about computers as they grew into what it is today. Not bad for just a HS degree.

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    JD_Rhoades  9 months ago

    He’s right, you know.

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