Had a public school education, as did my brother and sister. We all left school at 16 with no qualifications as we all did not take any exams. We all spent the next ten years of our lives having a lot of fun, doing just enough to get by. And no, it wasn't on our parents money, dad went bankrupt and became an alcoholic eventually killing himself, mum just stuck to being an alcoholic.
I now own my own house, and have a decent pension pot after getting some quals and working my way up the ranks. I recently downsized my career to half my previous salary, because I could.
My brother also owns his own house, along with a business employing 200 people he built from scratch after he decided that he really should do something about his future. He works 16 hours a day 7 days a week. I think he's worth what he pays himself. He also pays several others very well who have helped him build the business and who add to the growth. He also pays some workers minimum wage as what they do is, well, basic.
My sister owns her own house, is now retired at 50 and lives in Texas after she also worked her way up and sacrificed a large amount of her time to get there.
So, did our education help us? You could say in general that it did, not so much in the knowledge imparted, but in the self confidence it gave us.
So, as you can see, I am very much in the ' If you want it, do something about it ' camp. I'm not willing to give up what I've worked for to someone who isn't willing to help themselves in the first place.
As for Unions, don't get me started. As bad as any political party. The top guns are paid multiple's of the wages of the majority of members, are they willing to only pay themselves a living wage so their members can have an increased pay? The cynic in me brings up the thought that most Unions base their subs on a stepped increase in line with wages, so the more the members get paid, the more the Union gets in as subs, the more the top guns get paid etc.....
Hi all, just popping in to say hello. Signed Mrs C up for this on the promise that I'd train with her and run it with her (her first marathon, did a half this year, and another 6 years ago, not a runner!). She's aiming for a finish/sub 5 if everything goes well.
So the winter is going to be tough as I've got my own training to do, aiming for a sub 3:15 by autumn, currently 3:35, looking at White Peak in May for a 3:30.
Been up in Kilnsey Yorkshire climbing and walking for a few days. Met up with some friends from Berkshire who were up for the weekend. Only done a couple of short runs at Mrs C speed since last weekend, realising just how much I put into my PB. Spent last night eating lots, drinking lots of wine, followed by a nightcap that ended up being a third of a bottle of Jura. So a very, very drunk me passed out sometime in the wee hours.
unfortunately, one of my friends had suggested a 10 mile run before breakfast today which I had agreed to. I must have been drunk, not just for agreeing to it, but agreeing to it with someone who was in Microsofts adventure racing team at the worlds a couple of years back.
We set off in the dark at 06:30. I was still a little drunk. I struggled immensely in the first three miles, throwing up, walking 'cause I couldn't run etc. Finding out that we'd done 1200' of ascent in those first 3 miles made me feel a little better! I was hoping I'd feel better as the run went on. I didn't, I only felt worse...... I didn't have anything in the tank, calves cramping, hamstrings tight, stopping to throw/stretch. It's more I think that I just haven't recovered.
Hope everyone else had better runs/races today.
FR, we should help each other, either go under 4 or just get round, one of the two.
Brer, hope it clears up by next weekend.
SS, I'll be in for a coffee and a chat in the afternoon, and be back about 6 to eat. Whether that's a standalone meal or Buffett I'm good