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- From: jwarne(--nospam--at)direct.ca (jim warne)
- Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 17:05:11 -0800
Christopher Wright wrote: >If you think you've seen discrimination, just wait 'til you're 51. Just relax and enjoy it, Chris. I find the discrimination great. People are, at last, starting to treat me with respect when I meet them... at least until I start talking. Do you ever picture Einstein with black hair? The grey hair gives an engineer an edge. At least the tradesmen on the job site don't seem to raise their fists as quickly, when I say to "do it over". This seems to be one job where you don't have to panic if you're sacked at 51. Just buy a fax machine, set up a desk at home and get into the yellow pages. You'd be surprised who phones, asking for a beam to be designed ("I need to take out a wall, and the Building Inspector says I need an engineer to design the beam. How much will it cost?"). But there are a few contacts built up over the years who bring over some good jobs. Working on your own means you can say "No" to the nasty jobs, and play as long as you like with the challenging ones. I couldn't afford to do that as a partner, when I was only 50. I bailed out at 55. The plan still seems viable, 5 years later. There may be professions that make more money, but there aren't many that give you the freedom to work independently at any age. I probably never have to retire if I don't want to. We don't have Affirmative Action here in Vancouver, but I sympathize with all of you. I've often wondered how you Californians define "black" or "hispanic"? And women - I guess we can define the target, but are they a "minority"? Sorry, I couldn't resist. I always enjoy your comments, Christopher. Jim Warne Vancouver, BC ...
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