So you don’t like your job, probably hate your boss, think you should be paid more for all the hard work and overtime you put in, maybe your co-workers look like mindless drones these days and retirement seems a lifetime away (it is!) … but quitting isn’t an option, not when you would lose your health care and your apartment, the apartment that already costs more than you can believe. What’s a person to do?
Well, apparently, quit in place. Stop killing yourself. Stop sucking up to your boss. Refuse to take overtime. Slow down, relax, daydream a bit, take a long lunch break, sneak a joint in the john. It’s a brand new workplace. The go-go years have gone gone gone, good riddance. The company treats you like a robot, act like one. One pace, steady and slow as she goes. Do as little as possible, same as they would do for you. They’re no longer loyal to you employees, why be loyal to them? This is the New Work Ethic. Congratulations and welcome to your new cubicle.
Personally, I always believed in Quitting. Seemed like a good strategy. Course, apartments didn’t cost an arm and a leg back then and health insurance wasn’t in the cards. Pensions, 401-K’s, fergettaboutit. I was part of the gig economy decades before it had a name and by the time it did, I was self-exiled to the South End where employment was marginal to non-existent. So I did what the rest of us layabouts did down here, worked for myself. Sure, the boss was a jerk, but that’s the joy of self-employment, you can look him in the eye and tell him to go to hell. Won’t affect your wages one iota. And end of the day you can have a beer or two together, gripe about the same issues, maybe decide neither of you will work the next day.
I recommend it. But quitting in place. I dunno. Seems like the days would just be interminable, slowing down, dragging feet, avoiding work. You like that kind of job, maybe be a traffic sign holder, SLOW, STOP, for a construction company. Hours like years, days like a lifetime. Personally I like to work if I’m going to work, put a back into it, feel like it was worth the effort. Time flies even when it’s not much fun. But … don’t say you heard it from me. And whatever you do, don’t tell my boss.
It's not often that one stops to think about how infrastructure impacts the community. Yet, the outdoor spaces in which we find ourselves can have a significant impact on the way we approach life and can even impact how we interact with each other. Here's how.
The way a city or town is designed can help to promote societal interactions. Furthermore, the more architectural developments there are, the greater likelihood for people to be outdoors, which enhances the potential of relationships being formed organically, whether it be at the park, the library, community centers, etc.
Speaking of building relationships, one can also use the accessibility of public spaces to network for business purposes. For example, meeting with others at a convention center can help to boost potential prospects if you're looking to network. But suppose you're not that experienced at meet and greets or you feel that it's not your strong suit because you are naturally introverted, then be
sure to practice your pitch on friends and family first. Or, why not get networking tips from your most extroverted friend to help give you that extra confidence boost you need when meeting new people?
Infrastructure can help promote the public's wellbeing When there is the necessary infrastructure in place, people are often more willing to partake in outdoor activities that are good for their health. For example, when parks, subways, and other confined spaces are well lit, people feel safer engaging in healthier outdoor activities such as jogging or cycling to get more fit.
As far as design features go, lighting comes out on top as a must-have, especially if it is a place that people use often. For example, parking garages should be one of the safest places there are because there tends to be a lot of traffic in and through here daily. Not only is lighting needed for walkways or stairways leading to parking garages for safety as well as visibility reasons, but these LED lights for parking areas and structures also help to boost visibility for drivers in underground parking spaces too.
Housing infrastructure that is accessible and financially affordable to all, no matter your income status, race, or background.
There should be sufficient transportation routes in terms of accessible and convenient roads and highways, as well as a variety of public transportation that is available to the masses.
There should also be ample recreational spaces for the public to enjoy the outdoors, such as parks and botanical gardens, and access to cultural places such as community and arts and culture centers. For instance, if you’re in the Washington area, then why not make a pit stop at Bellevue Downtown Park to take in its beautiful waterfall, picnic area, and playground for the kids? Or, if you’re a beach fan, what about the Meydenbauer Bay Park to have a glimpse of scenic beach views and hiking trails?
In today's digital world, there has to be provision for internet services and a sufficient signal when it comes to mobile, not forgetting utility poles when it comes to landlines and your computer.
Certainly, infrastructure plays an important role in how we go about our daily lives. So if you are choosing to move to a new town, it would be wise to look at the infrastructure in place there to determine if it is going to be easy and enjoyable to live there or not. Furthermore, safety should be a big consideration also; hence, why lighting plays such a critical role in the infrastructure of most major cities.
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