Workin’, Workin’ For A Livin’…Workin’

April 15, 2010 | Karin's Blog | 10 comments

(Rant alert!)

I’m amazed at the amount of people who, especially in this harsh economy, have no concept of the above.  Sorry, Charlie, if your family needs to eat, pick up a shift at Micky D’s. 

Is it me or does Gen X seem entitled?  So many of them have their hands out, palm up and just expect.  What?  You want me to do your job?  Me to get you a job?  Me to keep your job?  Me to do the work while you said you tried, and point fingers at others because you can’t keep a job?  How many jobs does one have to have before they understand you need to roll up your sleeves and do the freaking work!  Sorry if you don’t like your job, work a side deal i.e. more schooling, learning a trade, to make it so you don’t have to do the job you don’t like, but keep the job you have while you’re bettering yourself!

What got me to thinking about all of this was the other day I was getting my nails done, and the gals had on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.  One of the K girls is pregnant, (I think she had her baby tho’) and the baby daddy, Scott, is a smarmy piece of work.  I guess the Kardashian mom got him a job, and he showed up drunk at an important meeting and embarrassed the hell out of her.  He goes on to tell the camera, there is nothing he can do right for any Kardashian.  Wah wah wah!  Who is this guy?  Now, I think those girls work.  He doesn’t.  So he’s going to sit around and live off the girlfriend?  Kind of like that smarmy Jon is living off of Kate?

What’s up with these chicks picking loser guys?  Where the hell is the bar?  Not the one with alcohol but the one you lift way above your head and don’t lower, under any condition!  Are girls lowering the bar because the quality of choices is so sub standard?  I see more females out there kicking ass then guys.  Is it ok for guys to kick back and let the ladies take over? Fine, but who wants a guy like that? 

I guess I’m old fashioned.  I want my man to do it all and make me feel like the only woman in his world.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m right there along side him working just as hard, with my bar held high over my head.  I never have, nor will I ever settle, I deserve the best.

Why do so many women, young and mature, today think they don’t?

 Karin * who thinks there should be a Beware of This Smarmy Guy website for all women!


  1. Sasha

    Hear, hear!

    I work with a ton of younger people and some of them are greta. They work hard and go to school, and are responsible. However, we also go through a ton more of kids from age 15-25 who have no clue what work is. and who don’t want to learn. They expect others to do their job while they collect the paycheck. It’s very sad.

    However, it appears equal between guys and girls. LOL

  2. Lauriekap

    I can’t answer any of that because I’m scratching my head wondering the same damn thing. My princess has 3 jobs and goes to school full time, but she picks dead beat loser boyfriends that she takes care of …WTF – I don’t get her or them, but hey if I had my way I’d bring back arranged marriages again, cause that girl has no taste, unless they are deadbeats.
    Good Rant Karin!

  3. Bonnie H

    Oh boy do I agree with you on this!! One of my daughters is like a jerk magnet and I really have no idea why. I think she’s watched so much “reality tv” (that’s an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one) that she believes all the garbage. But she does know better (thankfully)
    Its a crazy world, and I think a lot of the people who have grown up in our society in the last 20-30 years have watched all these shows like MTV Cribs etc and think it should just be easy. Automatic wealth. Good luck with that one *snort*

  4. Edie

    I think with the kids I know who are like that — young women as well as deadbeat men — it’s because their parents enabled them to become that way. I have a friend who’s daughter is a deadbeat. The only way she got her daughter to support herself was to get an RV and leave the city. Other than this, my friend is so smart, and I don’t get it.

  5. Erin

    My only disagreement is about the smarmy Jon (although he is smarmy – so is Kate IMO though). They’re living off their 8 kids. If it wasn’t for them no one would have heard of any of them. lol

    The rest though? Too many people who believe themselves entitled to everything without doing anything to earn it.

  6. Denise

    Karin, I completely agree that the younger generation doesn’t seem to have much of a work ethic. I think I would be considered Gen X and I’m in my late 30s. Aren’t those younger considered Gen Y? Or who know what they’re calling them now.

    My youngest brother is 25 and he definitely falls into this category. Sure, he works, but when he’s short on cash, he always shows up at the parents’, looking for money. And whenever any of us try to hold him to his promises to do work and he falls through, his response is always ‘I thought family should cut each other some slack’, never being accountable for his behavior.

    There’s a girl I work with at the hospital who’s similar in her ethic. She’s supposed to put charts together, and is always making mistakes: forgetting forms, placing them in wrong areas of the chart, using the wrong acct. number and when I call her on it she ALWAYS blames something or someone else. It is so infuriating. I once asked her if she was EVER going to own up to any of her mistakes and she broke down and cried, telling our manager that I ‘blew up at her’.

    Dude. You haven’t SEEN me when I blow up.

    I see this all the time in the young adults at the store or in restaurants. I ask where something is in the store and I get ‘that’s not my dept.’ or I ask if someone could do something and I get ‘that’s not my job’ or I go to a restaurant and ask what is in something and I get ‘dunno’. And unless I prod them, they make no effort to find out the answer!

    What do you see as a solution to this widespread issue?

  7. B.E. Sanderson

    First off… Sing it, sister.

    For what it’s worth, I think there are a couple reasons why good women hook up with crappy men. And just to not be sexist – it’s the same reason why good men hook up with crappy women. 1) low self-esteem combined with 2) the belief that no one can be complete if they aren’t in a relationship of some kind (any kind – even the bad kind is supposedly better than being alone).

    Been there, done that. Thank goodness I broke the cycle. Now we just need to get the millions of other good people to believe they’re worthy of a positive relationship and that if you don’t find one right away, it’s okay to be alone while you wait.

    I won’t even start on the entitlement mentality, or we’ll be here all day. ;o)

  8. Margaret

    You said it , Karin!
    It’s close to my home. One nephew took six years to get a degree–it’s been two years and he hasn’t worked a DAY in is life. he’s the middle child, the other ones are hard workers. And no, nothing is ‘wrong’ with him other than being lazy.
    The other is my niece, she went to law school and is now an asst. DA married a school teacher. Now, that isn’t bad, except he wants her barefoot and preggers. HUH?? What’s up with this world??

  9. LaDonna

    Totally agree, Karin! I’m old-fashioned too, and love that my man works hard and handles things. I’m doing my thing, and working hard right alongside him. Luckily, my girls married hard workers too. Although, they both dated guys along the way, I prayed they wouldn’t marry. 😆 And they didn’t , so it’s all good!

    Without getting too political here, things are heading for a rude awakening. The culture is molding and has been into a, we’ll-take-care-of-you-state of mind. I long for a different way.

  10. Karin Tabke

    I’m sorry for not responding! My life is not mine anymore!

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