Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Stupid System.

I got home this afternoon with a message for a possible job and guess what.

I needed to use the internet to apply.

My wonderful ISP had a little problem. It seems that someone did something and knocked off all of Eastern Michigan's users of my ISP for almost 16 hours. (Got that info from their office when I tried to find out what was happening.) I went to the library and there was a line a mile long waiting for the stinking computers. I gave up and went home.

An afterthought, the job was 75 miles away and may not have been a good idea.

Another curiosity: Somebody is buying up abandoned factories (which are a common sight) in this area. I would like to know what for.


Blogger Gayle said...

A 75 mile commute every day each way gets tiresome really fast, Shoprat, and at the price of gas it would have taken a huge chunk of money out of your pay, not to mention wear and tear on your car. Walt used to commute that far every day and was so happy when he retired.

Regarding the factories, that's pretty mysterious. Couldn't you find out what's going on at the Land Office?

11:01 AM  
Anonymous realist said...

The dollar is weak. There is a lot of vacant factory property available for cheap and with fed/state money tax breaks/incentives/payroll stipends it's possible for a foreign company to buy an old mill/warehouse/etc and use the govt freebies to employee marginal workers (training money) for a cost of a dollar or two per hour, the rest being made up by the taxpayer. A lot of 'fullfillment' type companies operate on this princple.

Once the golden goose government earmark money is gone, the properties are re-abandoned, the workers go on 26 week unemployment and retraining benefits, and the taxpaying workers left in town grab their ankles and bend over again.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Wow, the frustration of computers sometimes.

2:06 AM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Shoprat: my commute is 89 miles one way, each day. But at the end of the day I'm in the mountains at 4,000 feet and it's, for me, SO worth it. And as Realist indicates, I'll wager its an entity or series of entities (foreign included) snatching up properties at bargain basement prices.


1:23 PM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

Depending on the factory and location, these things can be converted into shopping centers,
apartments, office complexes, etc.
I know of an old tire factory in N Wisconsin made into fashionable
apartments, as well as one right
in the downtown Kansas City area.

5:00 PM  
Blogger benning said...

Perhaps a developer is snatching them up for gentrification?

3:07 PM  

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