Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Top Ten Rural Counties

Howard is now in for a penny, in for a pound with the Top Ten lists.

Progressive Farmer Magazine (?!) has come out with its annual Top 10 List of Best Places to Live in Rural America. Topping the list is Ontario County, NY. Can't say Howard disagrees as he once lived and worked in neighboring Livingston County one summer, and was impressed with the beauty and abundance of the region.

No mountains though, so it was tough to keep ones bearings.

Howard's job? Quality assessor in the pea canning industry. He determined how much the farmers got paid for their peas. Funny, but he was never offered a bribe.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i read an article on nytimes.com or cnn.com (i can't remember which) that talked about there being a significant population of men out of work because of their refusal to take jobs "beneath them". i've always admired your willingness to work jobs that you have to despite your overqualification or drudgitude of the job. maybe howie should make a top ten list of crappy jobs he's had? although quality assessor at the pea cannery actually sounds nice.

7:24 PM, August 02, 2006  
Blogger HRlaughed said...

The pea cannery job WAS nice, although I'll always lament the total lack of bribes. The farmers would back their trucks full of peas to my loading station, where I would take three samples as the peas passed by on a conveyor belt. I would put a specific quantity of peas -- about half-a-cup -- into a highly scientific device which would squish them and tell me the moisture content. Based on this, the farmer got paid accordingly. I got the job because I wasn't a Puerto Rican immigrant and because I was the smartest person they could find that summer willing to work in a pea cannery. Comstock Foods, for what it's worth.

3:18 PM, August 03, 2006  

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