Will the Checks From the Government Ever Stop?


MINOT, N.D. — I love to work.

I got my first job in the fourth grade, delivering copies of the Minot Daily News at 4:30 in the morning, seven days a week, to about 100 or so subscribers. I also had to make monthly collections from many of these subscribers and deposit the checks in cash in a local bank.

For my time, I was paid about $120 per month.

I kept that job through my senior year in high school.

In my youth, I detailed cars and put in hours at a local call center doing over-the-phone technical support for Gateway 2000 (remember the cow boxes?). I’ve worked as a private investigator. I’ve served civil process. I’ve managed a retail store.

People sometimes ask me how I can deal with what can be tidal waves of criticism my writing can provoke, and I tell them it’s not quite as bad as trying to explain to a flustered parent how to set up their new personal computer on Christmas or serving someone divorce papers.

But it’s time I got to the point.

Work is important.

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