Category Archives: work

Exhaustion

From 2010 to 2011 I worked at a metal shop. We constructed objects from steel, zinc, tin, and bronze. Everything was heavy and the work was hard, but better than being broke, since my old spot on 47th Street was gone. No one was buying diamonds these days and even my old friend and boss […]

SMASHING KNIVES by Peter Nolan Smith

In the Greater Depression the employment opportunities for a man my age were limited in New York City. A younger man would perform the job for a third of the wage, however my absolute willingness to work overcame most obstacles and for the past two months I have labored on the black market at a […]

Labor Day Weekend 2018

Labor Day Weekend traditionally marks the end of summer in the USA. Millions of Americans flocked to the shore, lakes, mountains, parks, and backyards for a last gasp of enjoyment before going back to work. Few realize that the holiday was established by President Grover Cleveland as a peace offering after his ordering in troops […]

Sleeping on the Job #1

When I was a kid, some men would see road crews leaning on their shovels and called them lazy bastards. My father had worked a lumber camp in his youth and tell them, “You’ve never worked a day in your life, if you say that.” He was an electrical engineer. His hands were soft, but […]

The Curse Of Sir Grope-A-Lot

This October Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was out as a sexual predator. Actresses had complained about constant harassment during castings and groping on the sets, however their agents and fellow actors persuaded the victims that a formal accusation was not in their best interests. His behavior went with the territory of the Sunset Strip. Finally […]