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Sep. 5th, 2002 | 01:10 pm
mood: lazylazy

So my refridgerator needed some simple repairs and I didn't have time to deal with it. And then a friend posted a message about needing some money and offered to do miscellanious work.

And then I realized a personal assistant is rather convinent. I got to follow the rich persons solution to problems, throw money at it to make it go away.

After this problem was solved I realized there are several other things that I should do but have been procrastinating on, like finding a dentist and optometrist or taking my cat to the vet.

Hmm I could get used to this. Though my inner feminist is reminded of <a href="http://www.cwluherstory.com/CWLUArvhive/wantawife.html>Why I want a Wife by Judy Syfers</a>. Hopefully actually paying those you're outsourcing parts of your life too something closer to the current "livable wage" avoids being exploitive.

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Melody

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from: melodymuse
date: Sep. 5th, 2002 01:23 pm (UTC)
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While I was married, I always joked that Max and I needed a "wife". ;)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 5th, 2002 03:14 pm (UTC)
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It'd be really convienent to have someone doing the stereotyped duties of a wife. (I just don't want to be exploiting a real person as a wife).

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Melody

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from: melodymuse
date: Sep. 5th, 2002 04:42 pm (UTC)
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It would be nice to have a person to help out with those duties. I can let things get dirty around the house to a certain point and then the clutter drives me crazy enough to clean up.

My Ex and most of my boyfriends did not have that switch. Come to think of it, neither does my sister. They are all slobs.

I don't think it is a gender issue, more of a person to person one. I try to practice the 'clean as I go' method. This way things don't pile up and the task doesn't seem so insurmountable.

As for the personal assitant in the office enviroment, I tend to think I am a damn good one and yes, if someone wants to throw money at me to organized there office lives, I will take it.

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T e s s

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from: soulsong
date: Sep. 5th, 2002 01:43 pm (UTC)
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It's strange but these days it feels like we're getting back closer than ever to the time when wealthy people had a permanent retinue of servants.

eg http://www.helpmates.co.uk/

If I was an IT contractor at $100+ per hour, why not hire someone at $10/hour to do all the stuff I dont want to have to waste my evenings doing? It doesnt seem so different to setting up a business and then hiring a receptionist, administrator, secretary etc etc.

I still think the whole system is fucked.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 5th, 2002 03:12 pm (UTC)
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Well considering the vast differences between the wealthy and poor at this point it makes sense that it can happen.

I just never thought I was in the "rich" category.

(BTW, I find the phrase a "LifeStyle Management company" amusing.)

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Sep. 5th, 2002 04:52 pm (UTC)
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a study showed that a lot of people who are bracketed in the top income classes by, say, u.s. tax codes think of themselves as middle class. i find self-perception of classes nearly endlessly fascinating.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 5th, 2002 05:06 pm (UTC)
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What are the top income classes? I was randomly defining it as above $100,000/yr. Which I'm quite some distance from. Though my mother and I make about the same amount of money, but it feels like I have much more disposable income. (Largly because I'm using an 11 year old car and am willing to live in a small apartment versus a large house.)

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[you'll find a light, find a friend, find a way]

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from: artemii
date: Sep. 5th, 2002 05:15 pm (UTC)
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i think the study defined it as $50K per family or higher but i can't remember right now for sure.

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adrienne

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from: sapience
date: Sep. 5th, 2002 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm... Your link's not working. *looks it up* Looks like it was a typo. This should work:
http://www.cwluherstory.com/CWLUArchive/wantawife.html

And for what it's worth, I don't feel exploited. Although I still feel guilty for traumatizing poor Izzit. And bad that I'm not even sure how to spell her name!

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Sep. 5th, 2002 03:05 pm (UTC)
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It's okay, I'm sure Iset is recovering...

And I get to feel some guilt for her scratching you.

Thank you for helping.

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