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Old 08-16-2008, 06:45 PM   #41
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ejman -what cute kids! why are the prices so different? desireable genetic lines or colors or...?
Thank you. Yes our kids are wonderful! You are correct on the reasons for the price differences. Bloodlines, coloring are very important, Also, a proven doe who is a good milker will be more expensive. At the other end of the price spectrum are wethers (neutered males).
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Old 08-16-2008, 10:46 PM   #42
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I'm curious--what do the "national tax prep" companies pay? (per hour?, per completed return?)

Today on the radio I heard an advertisement by one of these companies that is about to start their annual tax prep training classes for next tax season. I assume they don't pay anything for that (or maybe the student pays?), but rather use it as a way to find qualified employees.

And, I hesitate to ask, but if you know what you are doing, how stressful is the working environment?

edit: after posting, I researched these issues a bit using Google. Lots of pro/con information out there. I'd still be interested in learning the perspectives of the ER/FIRE people here.
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Old 08-17-2008, 08:52 AM   #43
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I worked in a store for a short period back in my early 20's while attending school at night. It was a store like a western auto.

Someone mentioned a book store. IMHO - We can get that fringe benefit by just visiting our local library. No offense intended.

A retail store would be my last choice for employment.

IMHO - Retail work usually does not pay much and provides more aggravation than the the money earned would provide satisfaction. You are likely to have a moron for a boss (that could be demanding) and regular customers that are @ssh0les. Spend any time working retail and you will no doubt agree.

One other consideration... and I mean no offense. But if you are fairly smart and looking for intellectual social interaction from a job... It is unlikely that one would fill the void at a WalMart.


The only possible area of retail sales that might offer some interest would be if the product line were associated with some personal interest or hobby. For example. I play guitar. But there is no way I would work at guitar center to listen to a bunch of adolescents turn the amp up full blast and butcher a "G Chord" for hours on end.
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My father worked at IKEA in his semi retirement, mainly because they offered health benefits. He also liked the department he worked in (kitchen renovations) and the discounts he got.
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What discount could one expect working for Home Depot? If a person was building a new home, or extensively remodeling, could the discount be more significant than the hourly rate?
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Someone mentioned a book store. IMHO - We can get that fringe benefit by just visiting our local library. No offense intended.

A retail store would be my last choice for employment.

IMHO - Retail work usually does not pay much and provides more aggravation than the the money earned would provide satisfaction. You are likely to have a moron for a boss (that could be demanding) and regular customers that are @ssh0les. Spend any time working retail and you will no doubt agree.
I live in an county with low taxes (for MD, anyway). So the library gets a few books/month, and only occasionally one that I'm interested in. I'm a voracious reader, and even when I lived in the major metropolitan city the library system couldn't keep up. Having free-ish access to all the new releases as soon as they come out would be wonderful. As I said, the pay would be a secondary consideration.

Having said that, I worked retail as a kid, and hated it. I'm hoping that between being FI as well as older, wiser(?), and a lot more patient I will not take things as personally and obnoxiously as I did when I was a kid who was smarter than everyone else and knew I should be running the world. But we'll see. Also, I'm planning on coming and going as I desire, a few months here, a few there. It might not work for them, and if not, oh well. I'll just hang out in the store and read the books anyway
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I live in an county with low taxes (for MD, anyway). So the library gets a few books/month, and only occasionally one that I'm interested in.
Our Library, allows users to order any book, cd, video, etc (from any library branch or the main library) online. They deliver it to your local branch library where it can be picked up. Usually takes a few days for it to arrive that the branch library. No cost... except taxes of course.
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