We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What made it particularly intriguing is that you know the author wanted to put a negative slant on it, i.e., the lavish benefits and pensions the guards receive are further proof of this once great state's demise — but she just couldn't. The numbers were simply overwhelming. The only logical summation one can arrive at upon finishing it is that only a moron would go to an Ivy League school, or even college in general.
Why bother going through all that, when you can expend a tenth the effort and end up in a cushier position when you retire at an earlier age?
Before you send your boss that angry "I QUIT, ASSBITE!" email and head for the nearest California Prison Guard Academy, let me toss out another golden opportunity (they don't call it the 'Golden State' for nuthin') that you might find even more attractive. We'll use a photographic display to help you decide.
You're at your job, tending to people's needs, when suddenly you're confronted with one of your young charges in distress.
Of the following two choices, please pick the person in distress that you'd most like to see before you:
If you chose 'B', be sure to check out this amazing job opportunity!
Big A - Personally, I find self-castration to be very effective. After the fourth time, I found myself loving everyone, and thinking that the entire world could work out its problems if only everyone sat around a big campfire singing 'Kumbaya' and just talked things out. "Why can't we all just get along?", I screamed plaintively into the night.
What I'm saying is, while it cured some problems, it created others, so it's not for everyone.
Well, I'd like to chat more, but I've got a lifeguard application to fill out. As far as I'm concerned, it's Pamela Anderson or bust!