It’s All Greek To Me

Greece is in shambles…and apparently it has been for a while.

There are angry mobs of protestors and speculation of financial collapse. Why?

In the land where democracy was born, the retirement age is 53 and Greek citizens retire with nearly full pay (80 percent).

Seriously.

The Greeks are upset that they won’t be able to maintain their current standard. Tough luck.

This has me thinking about a proposal of mine for this country: Raise the retirement age to around 75-80 for members of my generation. Life expectancy has risen since the 1930s and it continues to rise. More Americans are living to be centenarians (100+) than ever before.

The system wasn’t designed to support the elderly for decades. It’s security for life’s twilight, not the last 30-40 years of life. Why the Greeks think they can maintain their current retirement arrangements is literally “all Greek to me.”

No one in this country would be effected for several decades. For example, under my plan, I wouldn’t reach retirement age until the years 2064-2069 (2054 with the current retirement age).

If nothing is changed and the average American of the future lives to, say, 95, the United States may face a financial disaster like we’re seeing in Greece today (we need tighter regulations of banks as well so we don’t have a repeat of America in 2008).

We must keep, maintain and ensure the survival of the most successful safety net in US history. Doing so requires we use common sense and foresight.

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Bullseye: Adventures of a Target Team Member Pt. 1

I will be periodically adding parts to a new series I’m working on titled “Bullseye: Adventures of a Target Team Member” describing what it’s like to work at a Target store.

Hundreds of thousands of people work at Target stores across the country. I have worked at a local Target since the beginning of my Senior year of high school, over three and a half years ago (and the pay still sucks).

I have had the opportunity to witness one-of-a-kind situations, looney guests, management pitfalls and unforgettable co-workers. It’s been memorable to say the least.

Overall, the experience has been…well…unclassifiable. I’ve made several friends and met some amazing people. I’ve also met people who shouldn’t be allowed in public and others who got promotions for knowing the right people (happens in all jobs, I know…).

So, I figure it’s time that I start journaling my experiences at Target since I love to write and have been there for over three and half years.

Enjoy and always remember: “Can I help you find something?”

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The above photo is of a dear friend of mine. She’s been at the same store I have been at since I started (back when the store opened). Her name is Mary and she’s Catholic. We have an ongoing joke: I come up to her and say, “Hail Mary full of grace,” to which she always replies, “bless you, my child,” while signing the crucifix. She’s a great friend. 🙂

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This next picture shows part of the breakroom. I know, I know…it’s fit for MTV’s “Cribs.” In fact, it’s so pimpin’, the television antenna has tin foil. What was untended to be a technological breakthrough turned out to be something out of “el barrio”…still with little to no reception.

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This is exactly what it looks like; an aluminum baseball bat put on a milk rack in the milk cooler. I’m not sure what the brilliant guest was thinking (if they even were at all) but apparently, aluminum bats are now considered to be a dairy product. You know it sounds good – eating a new pack of Oreos complete with a nice, ice cold bat.

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I was a little shocked to see this design for a children’s cup. I guess Belle used to be Bill and has yet to fully transition.

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Everyone loves Coffee-mate coffee creamer…even big, intimidating bugs. Luckily, this little-but-big guy was too cold to move since he was in the cooler. He died with something he loved. Heartwarming.

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Target had A LOT of ice cream flavors to choose from. It has cookies ‘n cream, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mint chip…and now introducing “packaged meat.” The guest who put this here is definitely thinking outside the box.

Stay tuned for more additions to this groundbreaking series. 😉