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Getting things done

Three and a half years in Texas has left me pleasantly surprised every time I learn that a business is open at convenient hours. The post office is open by 7:30 am, not 9:30-4 pm. The department of licensing also opens by 7:30 am, as does the bank. The grocery co-op is open from 8 am until 9 pm, every day, not 9-6 on weekdays, 10-4 on Saturdays, closed Sundays. I can actually do things without cutting into working hours and nonexistent vacation time. I could get groceries on Monday night, after getting back in town at 5:30 pm.

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jamesfduncan
Mar. 11th, 2015 06:54 pm (UTC)
Business Hours
Hi Rebecca,

Having spent my childhood in neighboring Kansas, I can do a "humblebrag" that the Midwest has a pretty dang good work ethic; just saying:)!
rebeccmeister
Mar. 12th, 2015 01:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Business Hours
Yes, absolutely! I really appreciate it. It makes it easier for me to do justice to my own work. I'm really much happier when more productive, and I am inspired by being around others with a solid work ethic. Seattle has a similar feel as well.
randomdreams
Mar. 12th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
Huh. That's weird of Texas: banker hours are really irritating.
randomdreams
Mar. 12th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
Although what do you want to bet it's because the state has figured out how to cut funding for state employees until they have to go on reduced work hours?
rebeccmeister
Mar. 12th, 2015 01:31 pm (UTC)
That absolutely has something to do with it. I think the predominant mentality there is one of, "Government bureaucracy is slow! Let's trim the fat!" and then state offices and other places can't maintain long working hours, which just makes them even slower.

Texans don't seem to see things from that perspective, however, and are somehow satisfied with the system. I think there's still enough economic segregation, too, that those who are more socially mobile don't have to witness firsthand the social consequences of the system. Institutional poverty is a huge problem.
randomdreams
Mar. 13th, 2015 01:27 am (UTC)
Add to that, at least some sense that if you're rich it's because god likes you, and if you're poor it's because you're a bad person...
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