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Poll. Work vs. Play.(23 posts)

Poll. Work vs. Play.eyebob
Jun 5, 2003 12:17 PM
Okay, here's the question. You have to chose one or the other. No qualifications.

Would you rather have a job that you absolutely adore,the type of work that inspires you, fulfills you professionally and personally (whatever that means to you) yet have to live in a place that really sucks (again, whatever that means to you, crappy riding for example) or the other way around. Would you rather love where you live, yet dispise your work.

The quintessential work vs. play question. Would you chose professional happyness or play time happiness?


PS You cannot take this quiz if you ride for a living!
I have made that decision: work won.Humma Hah
Jun 5, 2003 12:26 PM
Something has to pay for the play. I adore the job ... perfect for me and wonderfully interesting and challenging.

I discovered, to my delight, that I could tie a little play into it. Commuting to and from is possible, I sometimes can ride as part of work (however boring that riding may be). And I've discovered that there ARE good riding opportunities here I had not suspected.

"The nature of beauty is such, that if you cannot find it whereever you are, you will not find it whereever you seek it."

I think the same may be true of opportunities to play.
Definitely the job. (nm)94Nole
Jun 5, 2003 12:29 PM
Meaningful work to improve society or a nice place to ride?Continental
Jun 5, 2003 12:32 PM
Let's see. I could apply my skills to improve society and provide security and freedom for my family (which I do), or I could have a nice place to ride my bike. Get real.
Live to ride....Ride to live............MR_GRUMPY
Jun 5, 2003 12:42 PM
When you're ready to take the big dirt nap, how many people wish that they had worked more ??
both; sorry nmDougSloan
Jun 5, 2003 12:44 PM
Yep, I'm with Doug, nothing in life is black and white. nmnoveread
Jun 5, 2003 12:54 PM
Both? Don't you live in Fresno? :+) nmLon Norder
Jun 5, 2003 12:56 PM
Jun 5, 2003 1:09 PM
Did the work thing. It was never more than a means to an end. Did I have fun and enjoy it, sure. Now that I've put it behind me, Say Goodbye! The key is to have alot of passionate interests. You have no idea how much better I like it since the ultimate plan has come together!
So you've got the greatest job and you live in Nirvana? (nm)eyebob
Jun 5, 2003 1:04 PM
Jun 5, 2003 7:32 PM
I have a job that makes me sufficient money and allows me to hang out here too much. I live right by mountains, and can ride from 300 feet to 9,300 feet and back in a day. Good enough for me.

I hate harsh winters and rain. I like heat. I like sunshine. I like mountains. Cost of living is relatively cheap here. What more could I want? I'm content.

So where is this fairytale land that you live in Doug? nmeschelon
Jun 6, 2003 12:55 PM
right hereDougSloan
Jun 6, 2003 1:46 PM
Fresno, CA
re: Poll. Work vs. Play.Caper
Jun 5, 2003 1:12 PM
Personally, my work provides me with meaning , I have one of them there "good" jobs I guess ... and I also live in a great place, I consider myself lucky to have both.
live where you want, and look for a job therelaffeaux
Jun 5, 2003 1:45 PM
I'd much rather live somewhere that I love, but I'd do my best to find a job in that area that I liked.

I've lived in places that I've not enjoyed. I don't recommend it.

I've had jobs that I hate. I don't recommend that either.

You need to find a compromise where you like your job and the place you live. I'd move to Tahoe in a minute if I could get a job that supported me. Until that time comes, I'll be happy living in the SF bay area, where the riding is good and the jobs exist.
pretty much bothterry b
Jun 5, 2003 2:02 PM
have a pretty nice job that's taken years to cultivate and I live in a place I really love.

however, if I had to choose I'd take a less liked job in the same location. there are many things you can do to improve your work (like wasting the day on internet forums) but if you live in a bad place, it's hard to change that.
Well - sort of bothRich_Racer
Jun 5, 2003 2:24 PM
I'm kind of trying to do both. I'm currently doing the job I want to do and I moved to San Diego (perfect for me, I think) to do it.

I think though that, in a way, I've always been afraid of this question and been unwilling to answer it or accept that there has to be an answer.

I do sometimes wonder if my job suffers because of lack of acceptance that I can't play all the time i want to!!
Work. Although, it's never been quite that stark a choicedjg
Jun 5, 2003 3:09 PM
(I like where I live pretty well). It's hard for me to envision a place nice enough that I wouldn't care about what I did there.
work won but next time equalandy02
Jun 5, 2003 4:40 PM
I would never want to live hear!
re: Poll. Work vs. Play.Leroy
Jun 5, 2003 5:49 PM
I work to support my family and my interests in music and cycling. My job is good in that it's in a field I really like [law] and I can arrange to have time and energy for both riding, and the 3 bands. The money is not great, but enough. I like where I live. I've got 4 bikes, tools etc, all kinds of music gear. My kids are grown (although they need cash every now that then, thankfully rarely) and my wife doesn't have to work. So both of us can pretty much do what we like. If we couldn't do that then what good would the job be? To me the job is secondary to my real-life interests. It hasn't always been like this, and the job can be frustrating, but it's worth it to do the things I really like to do. I am really thankful for this situation.
Both, but work has a little higher priorityc722061
Jun 5, 2003 6:13 PM
Both, My work hours, at times, allow me to train.....Juanmoretime
Jun 6, 2003 1:54 AM
and work around my training. Sometimes work and family commitments throw my training plans right out the window. I enjoy and am constantly challenged by my work. I spend quality time with my family and support them, I'm a dad with two daughters who both compete in sports. Most of the time I can get in two weight training sessions, 40 to 50 miles of running and 150 miles on the bike per week. On ocassion, I do sacrifice sleep to do all this although if your passionate about balance and accomplishing everything you want to, you find a way and maintain sanity.
mostly play but work important toomoschika
Jun 6, 2003 6:41 AM
i chose to live where i live and find work there. i grew up in a place i hated and will do what i can to stay where i'm staying now.

i have a good job, rolling hills on near empty country roads for road riding outside my door, a state park with lots of singletrack for mtbing 5 minutes away. it's never too hot nor too cold.

cost of living is high but you get what you pay for - sort of.