Study Number 1 - The Idiot

Counting Blessings and Locking Down

I just had a message from LinkedIn asking if I know Julia Wilson and telling me that “You and Julia have 1 mutual connection in common.”

This is wonderful news. After half a lifetime of marriage and two kids, you might start to look at your partner and wonder what you have in common. I’m sure Julia does. I am not the man she married, and even I don’t know when I changed. Actually, I’m literally not the man she married as most of me is less than 10 years old. I don’t think I need to add more.

Now we know – we have a mutual connection in common on LinkedIn and a chance to be sarcastic about social media and the possibilities of having a mutual connection that we don’t have in common. When I see things like that I always suspect the writer was being paid by the word. I saw another thing I hate earlier today. I was reading a publisher’s blurb that told me the poet in question wrote very unique poems.

Well, for one thing, if they weren’t unique that would be plagiarism, not poetry. And once you are unique, how can you be more unique than that?

LinkedIn, for those of you that don’t know is a social media site where you go to lie about your CV and, supposedly, to find new jobs. I’ve been on it a few years and so far no new job has been offered. I can’t get on it at the moment to alter my profile because, like WordPress, it’s part of the international robot techno-conspiracy to refuse me service due to the inadequacy of my computer equipment.

Catch-22 in action – I can’t replace my computer equipment because I don’t have a proper job, and I can’t get a proper job because I need a better computer.

That’s not quite true, of course. In reality, I can’t get a proper job because I’m close to retirement age, have no qualifications and, quite frankly, have a bad attitude. After years of self-employment I find I don’t like bosses, don’t like co-workers and don’t really care for customers much. I do, however, like being paid regularly, and that tends to keep me in line.

Anyway, it’s possible that there is no better job and, to be fair, there probably aren’t any better bosses and co-workers around, particularly in jobs which allow me to mess about with coins and medals all day.

And now that I’m being paid by the government to have a month off I really can’t see much of a downside to being employed.


16 thoughts on “Counting Blessings and Locking Down

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Thank you. The one in canada seems to be doing better than we are, but we are keeping OK at the moment thanks. I hope you and Rick stay safe too – it seems to be spreading again doesn’t it?

      1. jodierichelle

        It’s raging here in New Jersey. Daily numbers of cases are way higher than they’ve ever been. It’s up to us all to behave ourselves and keep safe because everything is still wide open.

  1. derrickjknight

    I tried to cancel Linked in years ago, but as you know, those options on e-mails never work. They are still offering me employment options despite the fact that I have never worked for anyone else since 1986, or even for myself since 2010

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Which just goes to show that even I can be a (comparative) ray of sunshine. The Lord does indeed work in mysterious ways. I now have a new garden fence too, and it looks quite smart, even if it did take six months of argument.

  2. charliecountryboy

    You do paint quite a picture luckily I don’t get any furlough or time off, there again I’m only contracted for 20 hours a week. Apparently construction and education is immune at least I hope we are as we are all over one another πŸ˜‚
    I’m so pleased you now have something in common with Julia, LinkedIn is great like that they once sent me a job offer training the Saudi Navy in ship armaments in Portsmouth πŸ‘πŸ’ͺ

    1. quercuscommunity Post author

      Julia is at work as it now comes under a different heading than it did during the first lockdown. I think the new heading is “things we don’t want to fund this time round”. Since they reopened they have had one person turn up showing symptoms and two who should have been in quarantine. It’s difficult to explain the system to people with diminished mental capacity, as Boris and Cummings demonstrate. I can feel Covid tightening its grip…

      On a lighter note, we are having bacon sandwiches for breakfast, so it’s not all doom and gloom.


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