RIP Philo

Know what I miss?

Summers.

I do not mean the season, or the warmth, or swimming, or running around in shorts.

No, I miss having about 2.5 months every year that I really didn't have to do anything at all.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
March 5th, 2007 10:01am
Join the club, sparky.

The economy would wither and die if grown-ups had summers.  That's what they'd say.

I posit that we'd triple productivity on morale alone.

The only trouble with my plan is this: who would run the ice cream stands?
Permalink Send private email muppet 
March 5th, 2007 10:05am
Kids. They've had it too easy for too long.
Permalink Colm 
March 5th, 2007 10:07am
But you're a kid.
Permalink Bluebeard 
March 5th, 2007 10:09am
"who would run the ice cream stands?"

I say they can have winters if it means I get summers again.
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March 5th, 2007 10:16am
There's a metaphor in here somewhere for class segregation.  Let me work on it.

:-)
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March 5th, 2007 10:20am
Ann?
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March 5th, 2007 11:04am
Well, in order for some class of people to enjoy summers off, there would need to be another class, of some other status, to provide essential services while the summers-off people enjoy their leisure.

So we'd either need a lower class of subservients, a lower class of people who get a less desirable season like Winter or Fall off, or we need to invent fully autonomous robots.
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March 5th, 2007 11:06am
We could stock our freezers with 6 gallons of ice cream for a couple months.
Permalink Send private email strawberry snowflake 
March 5th, 2007 11:21am
Why would it have to be that way?

Like I said it isn't the weather...

I'd trade my 2-3 weeks vacation and even a bit of salary to have a straight 2.5 months off out of the year. The season doesn't matter.

Susie and Jason at the Starbucks could have some sort of rotating schedule like that.

Maybe I should be a teacher.
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March 5th, 2007 11:24am
You'd trade 2-3 weeks of vacation plus $1000 bucks for 2.5 months off? How generous of you.

The reason people can't take huge chunks of time off like that is because we work in teams. Teams require cooperation, etc. I can see if everyone takes August off, it's coordinated (just like a project), but if schedules are unpredictable, work is unpredictable. Risk costs money.

I'm afraid you'd have to be willing to lower your salary to accommodate the loss of project coordination, as well as actual hours.

Jobs with the least amount of interdependency with others, like being a novel writer, can afford the greatest amount of schedule independence.
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March 5th, 2007 11:31am
Which is why I'm writing a novel...

Anyhow, Jack said he'd happily reduce his salary in exchange for time off.

Rotating schedules could work, if there's enough parity between people who want winter off vs people who want summer.
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March 5th, 2007 11:34am
It'd end up being like Scandanavia -- they all take the summer off, yet the countries seem to keep working despite that.
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