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19 Aug

london 6.43pm 19C sunny monday 2019

it must be what it feels like this morning for many people who go to tortilla for lunch, buying a burrito. well i got an idea of what they must feel , because i went there today to get my free jackfruit burrito and i get to enjoy the experience of making an order watching it being built up and seeing the server very cleverly fold the burrito without spilling the insides filled with bursting, to make a neat package which he enclose in a tin foil and so make it very easy for people to unwrap and eat it bit by bit.

this is the free jack fruit burito that tortilla, the restaurant is giving out every monday in august to celebrate the meatfreemonday concept to get people to eat more vegetarian.

they have a cheese option to add to the other ingredients, (which were beans and rice). i am rather pleased that they give me the chance to add cheese to it. and not include it as an extra.

so that is what people feel when they do it every day buying lunch at these restaurants. its quite a nice feeling, which explains why so many do it instead of making their own lunch and bringing it to work, so they can save money. to me it is doubly enjoyable because i got it free. i discover that it is much nicer wrapped in a burrito, rather than eaten naked as they say in a bowl. this is because the saltiness is not so obvious when you eat it in a burrito. 

later, after my nap, i went to lidl to buy celery which they are selling for 35p, and coming back i was watching the big crowds of office workers crowding the vauxhall bus station and the railway station…it was about 5pm, so they have finished work and making their way home. 

i am out of it of course being retired, but not only that managing to getting out of it 15years early from the normal retirement age of 65.  i am not that keen on work, so was glad to be able to stop work early. mine is not a desk job , which i think might be easier, because u are using your brain. my job i not only have to use my brain, but also to use my hands too, and the hands job is the one that gets more difficult as i get older. that is the main reason why i like stopping work, the physical aspect of it is getting difficult to do for me as i get older. i think if i had a desk job i too would like to stay working for as long as i can. i wonder what kind of job is one where u dont need physical effort, and not much brain power, and still pays so well… 

i made a lovely stew of celery with pork, mushrooms, it is a very easy dish to make, and is delicious over rice. i was thinking you cannot find any restaurant selling this. why? and then it occurred to me that it is so easy to cook anyone can do it, and so u wont find anyone willing to pay someone else to cook it and sell it. there wont be any buyers that is why this kind of dish is never sold in restaurants by itself or if at all.


different jobs payments

11 Apr


I have been chatting to my friends from the usa, and he was saying that businesses have to contribute for your health insurance if they hire anyone who works over 30hrs a week.

so that is why many jobs in usa are parttime, to get round this requirement that lays costs on businesses who hire anyone working more than those hours.

And because working less than 30hrs means people earn less, many have to work more than one job. that explains why so many americans work in more than one job. and why so many dont have health insurance. 

but this is interesting,did u know that  when they get to 65yrs old they get free medicare. not many know that. my friend is 65yrs and he told me he was so relieved when he turned 65yrs without  getting a serious illness before than, or he would be made bankrupt.

but now he is over 65yrs old, medicare means he is safe from being bankrupt if he gets ill.

now i know why there was that theroux program i saw recently about people being kept alive and going through great lengths to prolong their lives even though they are in coma or in long term no hope illness. And there were whole hospitals and doctors there to help them keep alive even though their prognosis is hopeless.

at that time,when i was seeing the program;  i was thinking how come these people can afford that … now i know. medicare pays for it. that medicare bill must be enormous and it will fall on the taxpayer.

isn’t it a paradox! when u are below 65yrs old, u want to die quick if u get a serious illness, after 65yrs old u want to prolong your life even though the chances of getting well is hopeless and the doctors will want to keep u alive for as long as possible. this is in america the great big land of freedom and democracy. i am glad i live in the uk, with our national health. 

we were looking at a tv program on london live, a new tv channel, and they were showing a bunch of workers in the ritz cinema in brixton demonstrating for a living wage. the minimum wage in uk is £6.80, the workers were paid £7.70 and want £8.50 an hour. the ritzy is a small cinema in brixton, which is not really a rich area.

and not like one of the big guns cinema chains in leicester square charging £12 for a film. so it makes me wonder how the workers can justify asking for such high wages. they are actually paid more than the basic wage and they still want more. it makes me realise why businesses dont like to give workers more than the minimum wage if they can help it because it seems u start giving them more, the workers start getting ideas and want still more. 

now i ask myself do the workers in the vue, or anyof those cinema chains in leicester square make more than the basic wage or not. and if so do they want to strike for a living wage?

or do they get overtime and that bungs up their salary and so no need to fight for living wage.

perhaps  they are all  hired full time, seeing that in uk no businesses deliberately hiring parttimers only; because businesses dont have to contribute to  the  national insurance of their workers. it is related to pensions though, businesses will have to contribute an extra % to their full time workers’ pension pots. some businesses may only want to hire on a short term contract, so that they dont have to contribute to the pensions. you can see how govt rules can influence how businesses hire people. or they might want to hire self employed workers. that way they are not responsible for the pensions of those workers. sigh, there are all these bits and bobs that influence who and why and how workers are hired. 

Retirement Challenge: Finding a New Identity Away From Work – WSJ.com

18 Nov

Retirement Challenge: Finding a New Identity Away From Work – WSJ.com.

a very honest evaluation of how it feels to be retired.

the loss of status  (and implied loss of income and prestige) , the loss of a sense of purpose, the loss of influence, the loss felt when ones opinion does not matter anymore, the loss felt when one cannot make any contribution to the conversation. that all comes across when the author retired and socialise with people who are working.

she tried to replace it, but i get the impression it was not really as big as the sense of purpose and fulfillment she gets from the time she was working.

voluntary work, taking up educational courses, learning languages, (she did not mention travel, but that many will take up) just dont seem that important somehow, as commanding a workforce , making decisions at work that solves problems, or create fresh income, or ideas that others can implement to their satisfaction. the sheer creativity, and results, and sense of achievement at work is never recreated with whatever u do during retirement.

retirement is being unemployed because u are too old to work, and it feels like being  let out to grass.

someone in the comments said, strivers find it hard to be retired. that is a very true, and that gets to the heart of the problem of those who are retired and disastisfied with it.

maybe the way for them to overcome this is to stop being strivers. but i think they cannot do that , because they have lived all their lives as strivers, if they stop, they will think they might as well stop living.

i think i like not working because i have not been a striver. in all the work motivation courses, u are always exhorted to set goals, and strive for it. i have not accepted that as a meaningful way to live. but many may have bought into it, and it will be difficult for them to just abandon it when they retire.

finding a job when u are close to retirement

9 Sep

Monday 9.9.13
Its been raining practically the whole morning, a fine rain which has been the characteristic of the rain falling around this time of the year. No big torrential rain with thunder like  in summer.

I had been out earlier in the morning, taking the bus to Brixton to buy garlic, ginger, onions, tomatoes. I can get them for 50p a pack, unlike in supermarkets.
Brixton is quite busy even though it was raining. Not so much the stalls, but the main road, where the buses run through. Many people taking the buses. One lady I was standing next to, lost the wheel on her shopping trolley. I told her she might like to put it back on, and she asked me to do it. So I tried to, but it was not easy to put it back. When her bus came, the wheel rim came off again. She just smiled ruefully at me, and dragged it to her bus.

Now I am back for some time, and had my lunch of spaghetti pasta with homemade tomato sauce using 6 tomatoes I bought; and looking out at the rain falling on the ground, and being rather happy that I am inside and the rain is outside. Haha.

added. 14.9.13 i like a bargain, even though i am not really that destitute that i have to buy cheap. i like to buy the basic spaghetti, as i dont taste any difference from the expensive ones; and i am glad to say the tesco in clapham south is selling them at 15p for 500mg. i used to buy asda basic spag for 18p, but recently i went there and found that it is now 32p. glad to know that tesco is still selling them at that low price. it used to be that u can get the chinese instant noodles for 11p at asda, but now they have revert to their higher price of 15p. spag is just as good for use as noodles.  

I notice that i might have given people the wrong impression that i am rather poor and have to seek out cheap goods. it is because i seem to harp on about buying cheap goods. dont get me wrong, i enjoy it. it is something i do to make my life interesting. pathetic i am sure u will be thinking, but then if it makes me happy, why not? right? haha. 

I might go out again, just to the library, and to the sports centre for the swimming pool. I shall see how I feel. It is lovely not to have to work and have all the time to do what I like.

Talking of work, there are still old people who want to work. I have been reading a blog for oldies, where it reprinted a article by the oldie, a magazine that u have to pay for, and normally cannot read it but because he re-blogged it u can read it free in his blog.
It is written by an old man who was made redundant and his experience trying to find another job at 59 yrs old. U can tell he wont find it easy to find work. The mere fact he is so close to retirement will make any employer reluctant to hire him and train him. Not to mention the employer also knows old people are not easy to train.

When u read it, u can see he does not want to get new certificates which he have to do if he wants the jobs. Simple jobs like truck driver, still requires a certificate.
He actually found a job , a good one, quite early on, in the part one of this 2part article, but he found he cannot cope, it was too much for him and he had to leave.

So u can see old people being made redundant from their jobs have high expectations and also reluctant to learn new things. and they dont have the energy to do the jobs in the first place. he mentioned he was tired out during that first job he had. its no wonder so many are reluctant to hire an old person . i know it sounds like i am very unsympathetic. maybe it does, but i think i am only voicing some simple facts of life. we all have a working life span, and are at our optimum when we are at a certain period of our lives. when we are near retirement, that period is past.