Archive for the ‘Baby Boomer’ Category

Layoff Walk of Shame

December 4, 2013

Layoff Walk of Shame.

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Are You a Micro or a Macro?

November 14, 2013

Are You a Micro or a Macro?.

How to Close the Deal on Your Next Job

November 8, 2013

How to Close the Deal on Your Next Job.

Believe in Your Mission; Never Give Up : CareerFuel

August 9, 2013

Believe in Your Mission; Never Give Up : CareerFuel.

Saving Saturday Mail: $2 Billion; Growing 57K Jobs — Priceless : CareerFuel

April 19, 2013

Saving Saturday Mail: $2 Billion; Growing 57K Jobs — Priceless : CareerFuel.

Secret to My Sex-cess, Guys? Grab a Mop! – CareerFuel

April 11, 2013

Secret to My Sex-cess, Guys? Grab a Mop! – CareerFuel.

Job-Seekers, What is in Your Mystery Basket? – CareerFuel

April 1, 2013

Job-Seekers, What is in Your Mystery Basket? – CareerFuel.

Employment-ology: The Final 4 of Getting Hired – CareerFuel

March 22, 2013

Employment-ology: The Final 4 of Getting Hired – CareerFuel.

Have I ever told you about the Ice Cream Man?

March 20, 2013
Randy Woelk

Randy and Annie

My uncle died recently, and while his passing was sad the stories we’ve shared about his life remind me of all the characters we are losing with the demise of the Greatest Generation.

Born into the poverty of the Great Depression and steeled by the perils of war, this was a generation that persevered and was rewarded with a lifetime of grace and abundance like this country had never seen.

My uncle was many things in his life: A state champion miler (“the Galloping Goose from Goessel”), a soldier, a teacher, an author, a ham radio operator, a Fuller Brush salesman, a father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather.

One of my two New York aunts wrote to me about Uncle Randy, saying he could always find something good to do whatever the situation. She recalled that when his unit landed on Luzon in the Philippines in anticipation of the invasion of Japan during WWII, a team member found an ice cream freezer for sale in the village, and he bought the freezer.

Randy had a relative in the supply quarters, and he asked him for ice cream powder. He then traded some supplies for an ice-making machine, and the unit lived like kings eating ice cream every day.

But in an instant, their lives changed when the commanding officer found out about the ice cream freezer. The CO said it wasn’t fair for Randy’s unit to have ice cream when no one else did and confiscated the freezer. So much for living like royalty.

Soon thereafter, someone noticed that the officers were making ice cream for themselves with the little freezer, so one night the duty guard snatched it back. The unit made a secret space in a large pile of batteries to store the freezer, and soon they were able to make ice cream again.

The colonel used to join them for a treat, instead of turning Randy in.

We could all learn a lesson about resilience and perseverance from our Greatest Generation — truly resourceful people make their own luck. When life deals us a bad hand, we’ve got to find our own ice cream freezers and make the best of it when we do.

Job Wanted: Will Write, Edit, Photograph, Design, Cough for Food – CareerFuel

March 14, 2013

Job Wanted: Will Write, Edit, Photograph, Design, Cough for Food – CareerFuel.

What would You do to feed your family?