on Sat Aug 18, 2012 5:45 pm
Re: The price of gas around the world.
The guy seemingly knocks the Norwegians for not wanting to spend all their time holed up in an office or slaving away on the docks. God forbid they actually want to be out of the office by 5 PM.
Now, I've never been to Norway and I don't know the ins and outs of their system, but I think I've been over this before, where I've said that if earning six figures a year means I have to fly a desk under cancerous fluorescent light tubes and recycled air, you can count me out. I'd rather figure it out as I go along and have time to do what I want rather than what society wants. It's worked for me so far. I actually live a more active life than a lot of people earning ten times my yearly salary. What's the old saying, "Some people are so poor, all they have is money..."
Shaun, when the balloon goes up (I actually kind of sympathize with you in that regard, I think something is going to go down in the next decade), all those zeroes and ones in the bank aren't going to mean shit. But I think you know that.
However, the writer of that blog post makes a valid point, the only reason Norway can pull this off is because of their oil reserves, which aren't an infinite resource. Norway doesn't have anything else really other than pretty landscapes, and only weirdos like me will fly up there to see them. They need to regear their economy soon, otherwise they're screwed. I suggest they take up software development. They're educated, they can pick up the concepts easily enough. Work from home, crank out code, and then spend the rest of the day in the fjords. I should be prime minister.