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Tub-Thumper - 1. A speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter. (from This blog will be a combination of reasoned posting somedays and an occasional rant.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
As Michael hinted at the other day, there are now two tubs that shall be thumped from this site. The other is mine. Two heads are better than one and all that. Just hope I can match his standard (I need to be sycophantic, it's his blog really).

I'm sorry to whine as well but I too am rather busy just now. So sorry if the initial posts are rather short and sweet. This should change. I'm mainly busy due to my job as a government office drone. We're talking mind-meltingly, joy-sappingly busy. Right about now I'm wishing for the abolition of work.

This brilliant essay, which I only came across very recently through a friend's recommendation, just about sums it up. Or how about these anti-work sentiments in Is work bad for you? Talk about a rhetorical question! These facts and figures on the same site make for interesting reading as well.

It's sad that so much of our lives are taken up with just earning though, isn't it? I don't want to lie on my death-bed and think - "That office job was shit, every day like the last, disappearing into a chasm of apathy, tedium and fights over staplers. But it was steady and paid the bills, so it was worth it - wasn't it?".

I need to hatch a plan to escape, before I go off my chump. You may be able to notice my steady decline into insanity on this very blog, until my posts consist of the likes of "RaRR!!!! Must kill Th£M ALL!". Could be sooner rather than later.

Perhaps it will end like this Atari Teenage Riot video?

In the meantime I urge you all to join the NSCPO (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty in Offices) so that others need not suffer a similar fate.
posted by Paul Tomba @ 11:36 pm  
  • At 3:13 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Welcome. Will you be thumping in unison? Can we expect harmony? Dissonance? Syncopation?

    But on the topic at hand, I so buy the "major cause of stress" viewpoint. Makes me want to quit and blog full-time, but as Mal Reynolds said, "Got a powerful need to eat..."

  • At 5:53 am, Anonymous sk said…

    Howdy from Texas y'all. Regarding work, I remember seeing a British documentary some years ago about a man who had managed to grow up to mid (or possibly late 20s, or even 30!) without having worked a day in his life. He was feeling under the gun as welfare laws were changing and his income stream was going to dry up soon. Anyone remember that portrait of a welfare artist as a not so young man?

  • At 6:26 am, Blogger GraemeAnfinson said…

    dude, work sucks. lets abolish the whole system of wages and move into a anarchist society. Part of me is joking and part of me is serious.

    great post and welcome to a great blog.

  • At 10:17 am, Blogger a rose is a rose said…

    welcome! i am sure it will be a pleasure reading you

    i do so ALREADY enjoy all of the tub thumping i've heard, seen and read. can't wait for more

  • At 10:36 am, Blogger Keir said…

    Welcome to Paul Tomba-thumper.

    I have to say that nothing stresses me out more than maintaining my blog. Seriously. It brings me so close to matters that--y'all will understand--make me crazy.

    sk, are you by any chance talking about a certain Fortune Son? Just to catch you up: he still hasn't worked an honest day but has a rather robust income...and he's well into his 50's now! There are far too many like him.

  • At 12:08 pm, Blogger Left of Center said…

    welcome to the tub! Work is for fools. Trading the work of others is the highest calling!

  • At 2:41 pm, Blogger Peacechick Mary said…

    Good to meet yer! Work is like banging your head against the wall - it feels sooooo good when you stop. Keep on thumping.

  • At 7:37 pm, Blogger miken said…

    I got fed up with my job, so I went back to college and got a COmputer Science degree; I'm now a programmer and enjoy my work a lot more. Of course, for five years, I worked full time and took a full class load as well, which really sucked hard. But after that, just working seemed easy!

  • At 12:13 am, Blogger michael the tubthumper said…

    oh, and for the record we are still going to have healthy disagreements on this site. i would say 'abolish pointless work'. if all the tele-sales and call centes in the world shut down tomorrow nothing bad would happen

  • At 1:51 pm, Blogger Disillusioned kid said…

    I'd more or less forgotten about ATR, but that video is awesome!

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