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My generation, meet the economy

As much as I’m sick of talking about the state of our economy, I’m going to talk about it right now, because it’s teaching me something.

I’m 23. I graduated college with honors 1 year ago and have multiple part-time jobs. I cannot find a full-time job; I can’t even get an interview for a full-time job. Even ones I’m qualified for.

Many of my friends are in very similar situations. They are working very low ball jobs that there are overqualified for. Did you know the new Red Robin in Exeter had 5,000 applicants, some of whom had their masters degrees, they were applying to be servers.

What does that do besides cause a lot of frustration? Well for people my age in a similar situation as myself, I think it will teach us a little bit about humility.

It teaches me humility to be bossed around by rude customers on a busy Friday lunch where I walk out with $40 and they yell at me for forgetting their coleslaw. It teaches me humility to push around our mailroom cart at Sweet Street, making copies, and shipping out marketing supplies when I’m qualified to be helping make decisions about marketing materials.

Eventually I will move out of these part-time jobs and get a career, but hopefully I will see the people below me in a new light because I was them. I will have more respect for the restaurant cleaning lady who’s done it for 20 years, for the factory workers who can’t find the opportunity to ever have a job in a different field and the people who simply may be below me in a future job.

We are getting a fine taste of what it’s like to be under qualified, unemployed, or just trying to get by. We may complain, we may get upset, but let’s take on some humility.

Eventually we will get our shot and move up in the working world. I hope it is then we can realize that those people in our former positions are no less of people than we are. Let us realize, we are not too good for any job and not above any task. We are all humans who deserve respect, regardless of our careers and our paycheck. Let’s remember that when we reach the top.


Someone has to make it seem cool

I’m finishing up this book right now called “Here’s to Hindsight” by Tara Leigh Cobble. She’s actually an amazing artist who performed at Gravity and has a couple books. It’s basically a spiritual memoir. In the chapter called “Leaking Light” Tara talks about the concept of being cool and being Christian, something I struggled with in high & middle school.

I always tried to make myself seem cool. I dabbled with swearing and talking outside of my faith because I thought I was doing Jesus a favor. I mean, somebody’s got to make Christianity look cool enough to join. Cobble talks about the book of Mark where Jesus meets the rich, young ruler. Jesus is infrequently seen in the Bible communicating with really powerful, important people. Here, the rich young ruler comes to Jesus and asked him what he’s got to do to follow him.

What’s interesting about this encounter is that Jesus doesn’t try to recruit the popular, rich kid by telling him that joining him will make his life way better and increase his wealth. He doesn’t try to sugarcoat the message. He tells him what he has to do. He has to sell his stuff, give away his money, reverse his identity, and follow Jesus. He presents the gospel as is, not the everyone-friendly Joel Olsteen message which tells you that your life will get better, you will make more money and you will be really happy (while this may happen as a result of a relationship with Jesus, that’s not all there is to it)

We can do a lot of things to try to attract people to Jesus and the gospel. We can have flashy powerpoint presentations, free pizza or coffee, or have really cool, attractive people attend our church. The truth is, when we do things like that purposely to attract people, we’re saying that Jesus isn’t enough.

John 12:32 (Jesus speaking) “If I am lifted up from the Earth, I will draw all men to myself”

The only thing more annoying than high gas prices…

is hearing talk about high gas prices. Every car commercial on the radio, every soft news article and every thought of mine as I pas a gas station is focused on the same darn thing. I’ve read lots of articles and this is what I’ve found to be true as well as the information that I feel is straight up unnecessary lies.

Actual, real live ways to increase your gas mileage…
a – Check air filter (consider a high mileage a filter)
b – Use better oil
c – Use a Fuel system cleaner
d – Fill up your tires with air

Gas Lies that I hear over and over again…

“Do not speed; driving more than 60mph decreases your mileage.”
So this makes sense at first. Drive slower, get better mileage, thus save gas. BUT if you drive faster…you get to your destination faster…which means your car is running for less time, which uses gas. So wouldn’t they equal each other out? If I drive 5mph faster but drive for 5min less time to get there….?

“Don’t idle your car. When Idling your car gets 0mph.”
That phrase that says when your car is stopped you get 0mph is the stupidest phrase I’ve ever heard. It tells you absolutely nothing about how much gas your car is using. It basically just says that you aren’t going anyway…duh. If you ever go to a website that says that, simply turn away, the person who wrote the article is a moron.

And if you want to know, my next car will not be a gasoline-only car. I’m sick of those greedy oil people, whoever they are. I will not be a slave to their prices my whole life. I will buy a car that runs off a battery or alternative energy and hopefully as little gasoline as possible. Feel free to hold me to this, I’m 100% serious. There are plenty of them out there…Here are some examples if you’re interested:

Aptera Hybrid
Water Car
Mitsubishi’s Electric Car
5 Electric Cars You Can Buy Now
Chevy Volt