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#99907 - 04/14/12 04:56 PM Count your blessings  
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I was supervising a trainee while he was taking his Sub-arc test this past week. While we were there, I met another welder that was taking another weld test. He had said he just got back from Equatorial Guinea, an Island off the coast of Cameroon in Western Africa. This was his third time being over there working at a refinery. He even had his drivers license in order to drive back and forth to the airport to drop off and pick up others that were coming in to work on the refinery.

I asked him how it was, he said if I've never been to a place like that in person that I have no Idea how bad it is. The Island is ruled by a Dictator, there's a risk of being kidnapped for ransom. Also when you use the phone it's always tapped, so you don't want to talk about money or give locations of exactly where you are. The workers stay in a small apartment complex on site at the refinery that is also surrounded by a wall. He went on in detail how uneducated those people were, and how poor.

They would hire locals to come in and clean up, sweep and pickup trash and such. He said the people they had come in to sweep didn't even know how to. They had no idea how to do anything, they had to teach them. He said he constantly had an Interpreter since he was one of only a few that had a license to drive on the Island. The Interpreter knew 4 languages, yet he could not read or write in any of them. He also went on to say how they have almost NO value for life. One time he had to take some guys to the airport, on the way there it had rained and some children were playing near the road and a truck has hit a child about 10 years old and killed her.

On the way back from the airport, which was about 3 hours later that same child that had been killed was still laying next to the road. It was about 8 months ago when he was there, they flew out of Malabo. No more than they got into the air, they were going back down landing at another place. He said when they landed there were military type looking men holding assault rifles surrounding the airplane while 3 men came on board, then they took off again onto Paris. There were many other things he mentioned, mainly detailing how poor people there were and how uneducated they were even to the simple things.

This man also talked about how pretty that place could be. He said it looks a lot like Hawaii with the banana tree's and such. It also has a lot of black sand from the Volcano on the Island. It was interesting hearing first hand from someone that has been to and seen places like this first hand. Makes a person count their blessing of the things we have here, and how lucky we are to live in the nation such as ours.

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#99910 - 04/14/12 05:17 PM Re: Count your blessings [Re: Wolfgang]  
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People are willing to go work in places like that for good money. Besides your own safety risk there, you have to compactuate with all things wrong there. It's not a work for everyone.


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#100101 - 04/24/12 05:03 AM Re: Count your blessings [Re: Wolfgang]  
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I am always happy to be living in the 21st century, especially when I need surgery or dental work.


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#100118 - 04/24/12 06:24 PM Re: Count your blessings [Re: Cheerio]  
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Originally Posted By: Cheerio
especially when I need surgery or dental work.


Lets hope you don't ever lose your job, because you might end up with less coverage than your typical which-doctor patient.

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#100132 - 04/24/12 10:18 PM Re: Count your blessings [Re: Sini]  
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Originally Posted By: sinij
Originally Posted By: Cheerio
especially when I need surgery or dental work.


Lets hope you don't ever lose your job, because you might end up with less coverage than your typical which-doctor patient.


I racked up a nice $10,000 hospital bill about 8 years ago. I had to have emergency surgery with no Insurance. And wouldn't you know, they even did it knowing I had no Insurance. Then I talked to billing from the hospital and they even knocked off a couple thousand because they have funds from charity that helps people pay for their bill if they don't have Insurance. Since I was working at that time they rated how much was paid by how much I made that year.

I was working a lot of overtime then, I was able to pay it off without having a liberal/socialist pass a law that would take money from someone else to pay for it. Now that I'm making a pretty good living, I have given some money back to that hospital to put in the charity funds from where I had been helped from when I needed it. There are many things that could be done to help curve Healthcare cost, adding to the deficit even MORE and getting the Government involved IS NOT ONE OF THEM! Stop being so damn simple minded that Government Involvement is the only way. If you want a Government sticking a finger in your ass move to Canada!

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#100146 - 04/25/12 02:12 AM Re: Count your blessings [Re: Sini]  
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Originally Posted By: sinij
Originally Posted By: Cheerio
especially when I need surgery or dental work.


Lets hope you don't ever lose your job, because you might end up with less coverage than your typical which-doctor patient.


guess what? even if i do lose my job, i will still have access to the best health care in the world, because i am an american. not sure what to make of the "which doctor". do you mean that under obamacare i will be at the health clinic dmv line or was it a crack at my supposed religiousity? because, as you know from all those posts i made explaining my position, i am not religious. i am tolerant and despise bullies.


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