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Life is a Job
bear

When I was a young man,
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still wet behind the ears,
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I acquired my first real job.
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The boss told me to talk
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to a man by the name of Andy
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who had been working there for
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over thirty years.
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Andy said,
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"I'll give you three
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pieces of advice,
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you follow these and
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you'll be alright.
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First, always set a
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good, steady pace,
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no matter how fast you work
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the boss will always give you more.
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Secondly, work smarter, not harder,
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don't do things the hard way
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always try and take it easy.
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And the last thing,
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which may be most
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important is that
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shit rolls down hill,
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if the boss gets in trouble,
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you had better believe we will too."
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I heeded the old man's advice
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and decided that this job was
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not too bad, I could manage.
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After about two months at this
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place, on a Friday with an hour
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to go, I was sweaty and dirty
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and declared:
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"This place sucks!"
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and Andy looked at me
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with his dull eyes and said:
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"kid, that's life."
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29 Dec 06

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I read this and instantly felt like someone was reading this to me, telling me a story. I heard a definite voice there, and I like that a lot.

It would work as slam poetry, of a different sort - the slam poetry that I like the most is the kind that shares a story, instead of just being a mish mash of words. This is good.
 — KibBen

that was funny
 — kronah_kcmg

Sounds like an email forward. Bad.
 — OKcomputer

o
 — bear

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