To not to have entirely wasted one’s life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself.

By Charles Bukowski. Found in the book Reach for the Sun Vol 3

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Hello John:

Thanks for the good letter. I don’t think it hurts, sometimes, to remember where you came from. You know the places where I came from. Even the people who try to write about that or make films about it, they don’t get it right. They call it “9 to 5.” It’s never 9 to 5, there’s no free lunch break at those places, in fact, at many of them in order to keep your job you don’t take lunch. Then there’s OVERTIME and the books never seem to get the overtime right and if you complain about that, there’s another sucker to take your place.

You know my old saying, “Slavery was never abolished, it was only extended to include all the colors.”

And what hurts is the steadily diminishing humanity of those fighting to hold jobs they don’t want but fear the alternative worse. People simply empty out. They are bodies with fearful and obedient minds. The color leaves the eye. The voice becomes ugly. And the body. The hair. The fingernails. The shoes. Everything does.

As a young man I could not believe that people could give their lives over to those conditions. As an old man, I still can’t believe it. What do they do it for? Sex? TV? An automobile on monthly payments? Or children? Children who are just going to do the same things that they did?

Early on, when I was quite young and going from job to job I was foolish enough to sometimes speak to my fellow workers: “Hey, the boss can come in here at any moment and lay all of us off, just like that, don’t you realize that?”

They would just look at me. I was posing something that they didn’t want to enter their minds.

Now in industry, there are vast layoffs (steel mills dead, technical changes in other factors of the work place). They are layed off by the hundreds of thousands and their faces are stunned:

“I put in 35 years…”

“It ain’t right…”

“I don’t know what to do…”

They never pay the slaves enough so they can get free, just enough so they can stay alive and come back to work. I could see all this. Why couldn’t they? I figured the park bench was just as good or being a barfly was just as good. Why not get there first before they put me there? Why wait?

I just wrote in disgust against it all, it was a relief to get the shit out of my system. And now that I’m here, a so-called professional writer, after giving the first 50 years away, I’ve found out that there are other disgusts beyond the system.

I remember once, working as a packer in this lighting fixture company, one of the packers suddenly said: “I’ll never be free!”

One of the bosses was walking by (his name was Morrie) and he let out this delicious cackle of a laugh, enjoying the fact that this fellow was trapped for life.

So, the luck I finally had in getting out of those places, no matter how long it took, has given me a kind of joy, the jolly joy of the miracle. I now write from an old mind and an old body, long beyond the time when most men would ever think of continuing such a thing, but since I started so late I owe it to myself to continue, and when the words begin to falter and I must be helped up stairways and I can no longer tell a bluebird from a paperclip, I still feel that something in me is going to remember (no matter how far I’m gone) how I’ve come through the murder and the mess and the moil, to at least a generous way to die.

To not to have entirely wasted one’s life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself.

yr boy,

Hank

By Charles Bukowski. Found in the book Reach for the Sun Vol 3

How to change text color of cmd with windows batch script

Batch script color codes:

0 = Black       8 = Gray
1 = Blue        9 = Light Blue
2 = Green       A = Light Green
3 = Aqua        B = Light Aqua
4 = Red         C = Light Red
5 = Purple      D = Light Purple
6 = Yellow      E = Light Yellow
7 = White       F = Bright White

Set the color like so:

color 01
color 02
color 03

Found here – https://stackoverflow.com/questions/12572718/how-to-change-text-color-of-cmd-with-windows-batch-script-every-1-second

How to turn on AutoComplete in Windows Command Prompt

Turn on auto-complete in CMD permanently

To enable auto-complete permanently in command prompt, run regedit to open the Registry Editor, and navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Command Processor

You will have to edit the CompletionChar value. The default is 40 in Hexadecimal. Set the value of REG_DWORD to 9. This will enable folder name completion.

Next, double-click on PathCompletionChar and change its value to 9.

This will set the TAB key as the control character.

If you want to use the same control characters that you use for a single command session as mentioned in the first part of this post, then set the values as follows:

  • 4 for Ctrl+D
  • 6 for Ctrl+F

The file name auto-completion feature will work on folders too, because Windows will search for the complete path and match against both file and folder names.

Found here – https://www.thewindowsclub.com/autocomplete-in-windows-command-prompt

How to get rid of multiple partitions on a usb flash drive

  1. hit windows-x and hit ‘command prompt (admin)’
  2. type ‘diskpart’
  3. type ‘list disk’
  4. type ‘select disk #’, with # being your flash drive
  5. type ‘clean’
  6. type ‘create partition primary’
  7. type ‘format fs=fat32 quick’
  8. type ‘active’
  9. type ‘assign’
  10. then finally type ‘exit’

Found here – https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/768988-my-sandisk-8gb-usb-drive-is-showing-up-as-multiple-drives-on-my-computer-please-help/?tab=comments#comment-9708246

How to find your wifi password on Windows 10

Had to figure this out today.

  1. Right-click on the windows icon in the bottom left corner and left-click on Settings.
  2. Click Network & Internet.
  3. Click Wifi on the left hand side.
  4. Click Change adapter options on the right hand side.
  5. In the window that appears, right-click on whatever your wifi connection is and click Status.
  6. Click Wireless Properties.
  7. Click the Security tab.
  8. Click the Show characters checkbox to see your wifi password in the Network security key box.

I almost told someone to reset their router and go through that whole mess. So glad this worked instead.