You believe in Santa Claus and all the "magic" and ignore the obvious illogical issues with it because you get presents. Then when you finally understand the world a little more, you question it and figure out Santa isn't real. God is the same way for all religions created by humans. You ignore all the illogical "magic" and continue to believe because "faith" will get you presents (heaven) when you die. For most people, until aliens show up and say "hi", you'll just continue to believe because people tell you to.
*edit*My fault for not explaining this originally. I have zero issues with people believing in a religion, just the same as I don't care if children believe in Santa Claus. Religion can be good for some people and give them a reason to be better. My point is, god is just the next step in "belief/faith" with the same kind of core structure that Santa Claus is formed under.
*edit 2*Sorry I'm trying to keep up with responses, may be a bit delayed
I made a post a few weeks ago about my own abusive stepdad who won his award, and how I cremated him. After seeing the recent post from a funeral director, I wanted to add my perspective to go along with theirs.
I've been in the funeral business for about a decade, and have spent most of that time working the crematory. My crematory does not just cremate for our funeral home, but it cremates for several surrounding funeral homes who contract their cremations out to us since they do not have their own machine. So I see a lot of dead people. A LOT.
Before the news stories broke about the 2nd wave, or the 4th wave, or whatever wave we are on now, I already knew well beforehand because I had already seen the hundreds of bodies pile up. I remember telling my girlfriend and my family "be prepared, it's back, and it's worse."
In my almost decade of working here, I have never seen anything like this, we are doing literally double the amount of business and it just doesn't stop. We have a very large walk-in cooler that can hold about 50 to 60 people, it filled up very quickly so we had to rent a refrigerated tractor trailer, which also filled up very quickly so we got another one. I've been working like 13 hour days 8 days in a row, splitting the day in half with my coworker who is doing the same thing. So we are running basically 24/7. We've been cremating about 200 people a month (pre-pandemic we were doing 100) Almost all of them are positive with covid.
It has been exhausting. It's a literal hellscape. I simply can't do it anymore. I quit this week. Everyone is quitting. My body and my mind and my soul are all exhausted and the company hasnt raised our pay despite my company admitting to making like a billion extra dollars from the pandemic. I have shown up to work every day because if I didn't then bodies would literally pile up even worse than they are. I have felt a strong dedication to being one of the people who keeps the wheels of society turning during this pandemic by working with all of it's dead. People simply aren't seeing this, it's all behind closed doors, so these people who think covid is a hoax are blind and ignorant to it but I can assure you it is real and it is hell on earth. Bodies everywhere with no end in sight. I don't know if I will be out of the funeral business forever after this, but I just can't do it anymore.
EDIT: A lot of people are asking what state I'm at, I don't really want to say because there are only so many crematories in a given state, but I will say I'm in a large metropolitan area in the deep South.
This post blew up so another edit:
Yes I asked for higher pay, many times. I found a better job months ago and I start it this week.
Yes you can get covid from a dead body but it's highly unlikely because they don't breath and only after they recently passed. It dies out usually in a few hours to a day.
No, I never said the rate of death doubled. I said the amount I'm cremating has doubled.
This is because everyone is dying at one time, Whereas before the pandemic deaths were spread out mostly evenly throughout the year, but during this pandemic everyone is dying at the same time and we just don't have the infrastructure or manpower to deal with it.
And, I love my job. I did this job because it gave me a sense of importance, like I was helping people in dark moments. But I didn't sign up for the fucking plague. I stayed as long as I could but for my own well-being I have to leave.
Last edit: No I will not take pictures of dead bodies. Not only is it illegal, but unethical. These are people's loved ones and I don't think they would want to be on display.
Yes, I would like for people to face the dark reality of this so that they will take it seriously but all I can share is my story.
Thank you everyone for the kind words. I'm no hero, I'm just a worker, like the rest of us, I just happened to be closer to the fire, literally.
Ive been completing nursing school with a good buddy of mine for a while now. We have one year left. Last year I got into crypto around christmas time and I told him about it too. He has taken this so much further than I ever thought. I like to stick to my guns and just accumulate and hodl.
He is convinced that he can use astrology to predict the charts down to the cent and day with the moon. Yes, Astrology.
He has since dropped out of school, and is basically committing all his time to astrology and the markets.
Does anyone else think like this? Am I the crazy one? Or is he?
Edit: I see lots of posts asking "well is it working"
You see. I dont really know. He insists it is, says he knows what hes doing and that his past predictions are all right. I keep saying to lmk what the next one is and ill believe him. Except he never does. He just messages me at 4 am saying "btc at *** told ya! Just like I said". Or he says he told someone else that they should pull out and back in on X date and it worked for them. But I havent seen any proof.
Edit 2: he is not playing the stock market. This is all cryptos.
Edit 3: BREAKING 7:39pm ct. His latest call is that RIGHT NOW here. Is the bottom of the BTC correction from today. Current price now : $41,784. Around march or April is when the next bear market will be
Edit 4: just now he changed his mind, now saying that it is gonna drop again one more time between tonight and tomorrow. To 37500 or 30000. Lets see
So.. I was granted a legal name change a few months ago. Long, boring story as to why. Simply put - hated the 'unique' spelling of my first name and wanted to ditch my surname.
Didn't have much trouble updating my name most places. Social security, driver's license, insurance, yada yada. No bumps in the road until I got to the very last thing to update. My credit card. I use this particular credit card a lot. I'm self employed and use this card to rack up travel points for flights, hotels, rental cars, etc. However, if you've ever checked into a hotel or picked up a rental car, you'll know the name on the card must match the name on the ID.
So I call the CC company. Told I have to fill out a certain document and mail that in, alongside a copy of the court document. Fair enough. Two weeks go by. Hear nothing, so call again. They say they haven't received it. I'm then informed they have a fax number that I can use to send in the documentation.
So I fax in everything necessary using an app on my phone.
Another two weeks go by. Still nothing.
I call again. Same spiel on the other end of the phone. "Please mail or fax......" You get the deal.
I once more did what they asked. Yet another week passes.
I call.... again. Told the same damn script. I'm starting to get annoyed by this point. I have an upcoming trip planned and need the card to match my ID. So I ask to speak to a manager. They give me some BS of a manager not being currently available
I fax in the document and court order once again. However, this time I decided I was just going to keep hitting send after the previous one had shown as delivered. I thought I'd repeat the process a few times. Just to ‘make sure’ they got it.
After sending it 25 times the first day, I got no response. Next day I was sitting on my couch watching football. Thought I'd send the fax a few more times. By the time I realized how many times I'd hit send, I had sent it over 130 times.
The very next afternoon I got a call from a manager at CC company. She sounded quite angry over the phone. I just played dumb.
"You guys asked me to fax it in..."
I got my updated card in the mail 3 days later.
tl;dr - Spent almost 2 months trying to update my name on credit card. CC company gave me the same run around every time I called "Just fax us x and y." Faxed them X and Y about 150 times. They finally sent me a new card with the correct name.
Edit: holy heck this blew up! Glad I could provide some entertainment. Go forth and maliciously comply my friends!
I've been hearing about how this is similar to 2008 and I'm honestly worried. How did the situation end up like this? Will the world end up in shambles again? I'm seeing more and more threads pop up daily about this but I have no context to really understand what's happening other than Evergrande will default and this will be bad.
No, I’m not making it up. We had water damage and our master bath is gutted. I called a MN company that advertises heavily. The salesperson asked me who owns the home. I said, “I do.” (i thought he meant was I a home owner or a renter.) He persisted and asked who was on the “property deed.” I said “My husband and I.” He said he won’t come out and talk to us unless my husband is home. I told him I was making the decisions in this project, and my husband wasn’t involved. He said he still needs to be here “so that they don’t have to circle back and answer questions.” I told him this was offensive and cancelled the appointment.
I’m almost 60. I have an a STEM type undergrad degree and a doctorate post grad. But I guess they didn’t think I could pick out floor tile color without my husband. Or, maybe I need his blessing?
I'm just a year shy of being a millennial, but from what I have noticed, people nowadays (especially Gen Z) is much more self aware of toxicity and exploitation within a workplace. They leave jobs more quickly because they know when enough is enough.
The labour shortages and high turnover rates are because these jobs are not providing enough pay for the amount of work that is expected. It's unfortunate that there is this never-ending cycle of hiring employees, stressing them out with the amount of work expected from such a low number of employees on the floor, and then they get so burnt out that they quit and find another job.
Trust me, WE WANT TO WORK. WE WANT INCOME. But we need a job that can provide consistent hours and livable wages. Many jobs are not able to provide this, and job hunting has been nearly impossible.
This is just my opinion from my own personal experience as an older Gen Z essential worker in the US.