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The Daily Rat Race: Running After That Cheese

Well, it’s Monday & that means it’s time for another installment of Bill’s Bologna. Since it’s Labor Day, I thought I’d talk about an expression that we associate with work.

This will be quick because the answer is pretty straightforward.

I think I can say quite confidently that most people would rather be doing something other than work, which is why we can be thankful for days like Labor Day. Of course, when the three day weekend is done, we have to get back to the rat race.

This comes from lab rats. See aside from doing awful things like spreading plague & jumping at you from behind trashcans, rats are used in labs. Scientists perform tests on these rats by putting them in running wheels. They run, chasing their reward, but never getting anywhere.

It’s pretty pessimistic, but a lot of people spend their weekdays working hard for promotions or raises they’ve been promised. Of course, those routines can become fairly tedious & repetitive. Some people have been waiting for a while & can draw the cynical connection to being a rat in a wheel.

Just remember, no matter how mundane your job can be, you still aren’t running on a wheel, with some new trial perfume being sprayed in your eyes, all while trying to get your cheese on a string… or whatever.

Now you know. You’re welcome.
I told you it was going to be quick. Now, GET BACK TO WORK!

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