You may not see it initially but one of the consequence of being a nation of overworked people is that Americans have great smiles. I know what your thinking: sounds like sheer and utter nonsense but when you think about the fact that In the U.S. 85.8 percent of males and 66.5 percent of females work more than 40 hours per week, some surprising ramifications come to mind.
As of 2010 Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers. That means more stress less fucking, greater difficultly connecting to the opposite sex, terrible eating habits, bad posture, overall lower quality of life.
Higher stress, more hours working leads to bad diet weight problems and lo and behold the obesity epidemic. I’m not saying more work mean fatter asses unless you are a crabby boorish self-indulgent heartless corpulent bastard who works at the DMV or any other government office who is resigned to live as an amorphous 300lbs’er. I’m just saying heightened stress, coupled with bad eating problems and no time for physical exertion sexual or non, may play a roll in the obesity epidemic. Also for men obesity, weaker heart and cardiovascular strength excess weight kill boners like David Hassellhof on Baywatch.
It is easy to miscommunicate and have difficulty connecting to your significant other when both partners are working excessively. Generally when one comes home after a 80 -100 hour week One doesn’t have the patience to be attentive or give a fuck supposedly this can hurt a marriage or a relationship. I did this once and worked 5 jobs, 7 days a week to support myself and a significant other who had been sick and unable to work at the moment. That’s a slow fucking death. I lost track of days and life became a somnolent blur. I started to look after a while like an angry gruff Crispus Attucks. I had a sarcastic attitude and sometimes unfortunately was a bit impatient and a dick.
My worst bullshit job, tutoring organic chemistry biochemistry and other science to stuck up, rich mutha fucking – NYU/Columbia University/Other students. If what people say is true and these mutha fuckers are supposed to be the leaders of tomorrow then we are fucked! Of course my lil homey is exempt from the vitriol I have for NYU student
The White Teeth
There are some moment though quiet moments admist all the nonsene when we realize we are human beings and its not all about money. We say maybe around our bday or new years or some holiday – lets be different lets do something for ourselves. right when the conviction to do that reaches critical mass you are two people behind the cashier at a Duane Reade, Savon, Rite Aid, or a Jean Coutu sur rue Jean Talon and you realize you don’t have time to read a book, don’t have time to hit the gym, but you do have 5 minutes a day while you get dressed and get ready for work to use some Crest Whitestrips or another popular tooth whitening product.
So you do when you smile now you blind mutha-fuckaz in the street, but you lost a sense of yourself, what you like and dislike and your dreams, long time ago. Your not even sure why it is you smile.
“Smile and others will smile back. Smile to show how transparent, how candid you are. Smile if you have nothing to say. Most of all, do not hide the fact you have nothing to say nor your total indifference to others. Let this emptiness, this profound indifference shine out spontaneously in your smile.”
Shout out to Mr Tinney for his very poignant posts on working, that in part inspired this post
- Getting Techniqued, Jean Baudrillard and Strip Clubs (aspoonfulofsuga.wordpress.com)
- Sushi, Sexless Marriages, Jean Baudrillard and The Dark side of Joking around (aspoonfulofsuga.wordpress.com)