I have never held a job where I got paid hourly. Yet another way I have difficulty relating to the common man. Yesterday, a friend was telling me about his new job making $15 per hour. I have no immediate frame of reference for this. Sure, I can do the math and multiply 15 x 40 and come up with his weekly earnings, but there is a pause before I decide whether I should congratulate or console him. Further more, since I spent most of my employment history in the service industry, my understanding of the federal and state tax programs are rather remedial. My point is, when I find out a buddy landed a new job, and he tells me what he will make per hour, I don’t know which one of should buy the next round.
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