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Old 01-28-2013, 11:39 AM
 
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I'm talking middle people here.

Seems like even though I am white collar, I enjoy hanging with my blue collar friends more.
They seem to have the coolest interests: hunting, off roading, hiking, camping, photography, flying Cesna's,etc....

My white collar friends are the typical yuppies: they only like "nice" resturants, movies and their lives rotate around their children. They seem not to have ANY hobbies of interest. "Date night" is the highlight of their lives. Their conversations are boring and it's all about putting on the image of being "high class". Social status is what's important to my white collar friends.


Have you ever noticed this difference with white collar and blue collar people?
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Old 01-28-2013, 12:46 PM
 
Location: North Fulton
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I had noticed this myself with some of my friends when I was younger and had more free time. I tend to get along with the blue collar crowd better than I do with the average office cubicle dweller. Once kids are in the picture, it cuts down on anyone's free time. You know, it's more about the person than what they do for a living.
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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I'm talking middle people here.

Seems like even though I am white collar, I enjoy hanging with my blue collar friends more.
They seem to have the coolest interests: hunting, off roading, hiking, camping, photography, flying Cesna's,etc....

My white collar friends are the typical yuppies: they only like "nice" resturants, movies and their lives rotate around their children. They seem not to have ANY hobbies of interest. "Date night" is the highlight of their lives. Their conversations are boring and it's all about putting on the image of being "high class". Social status is what's important to my white collar friends.


Have you ever noticed this difference with white collar and blue collar people?
Many white collar workers can pound with the best of them! Egos, and how they have lived their lives overall and how close they are with their blue collar friends play a role as well.
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Old 01-28-2013, 02:54 PM
 
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I don't think that really represents a scientific sampling. I've met incredibly smart and well-read blue-collar guys, and I've met incredibly stupid white collar guys.

But that's a far cry from saying that one group is more interesting than the other, because I've met plenty of blue-collar guys who are dumber than dirt. No, dumber than a box of hair. So dumb that you wonder how they manage to navigate to work every morning. So dumb that you're afraid to send them out in the rain for fear that they will drown while looking up at the raindrops like so many domesticated turkeys. In fact, I'd contend that the bell curve for intelligence for blue-collar guys vs. white collar guys shows that the white collar guys are, on the whole, going to be significantly smarter.

Meanwhile, white-collar guys can be just as fun. there's really no objective way to measure that.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Ireland
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"and their lives rotate around their children" .... and that's a bad thing yea? Do you have any kids? How about your blue collar buddies, do they have kids or do they just ignore them?
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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"and their lives rotate around their children" .... and that's a bad thing yea? Do you have any kids? How about your blue collar buddies, do they have kids or do they just ignore them?
There is no doubt often a divide among males, Especially ones who have been friends for a long time and some marry and have families while ones that don't at that point may have a hard time understanding that time and life situations shift. I think the OP may be referring to this. One's family and children must be a priority. Going out every weekend and raising hell does not fit in anymore. Sure, it's great to wake up in a dumpster in Bangkok when young and live to tell about it. But as we age, The risks increase. it becomes less relevant.

And once in the mid-30's, it's not appealing at all for most in general.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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I've thought this before. I guess if we answer, we all are self-selecting one group or another! Based on profession, I am white-collar. At the risk of sounding prejudicial, though , "I have lots of blue-collar friends," and I have a LOT of fun with them.

Overall, the blue-collar crowd seems easier to please. When we go out, even mixed with white-collar folks, they are more welcoming to newcomers to the group. Not as much complaining about food or accommodations. Just happy to be there!

I wonder if it comes from a "leaving work at work" attitude? Once you clock out, you are done thinking about work, whereas my white-collar friends are thinking and talking about work or trying to impress each other about work.

I think the "kids" comment means using your kids and their accomplishments as your social capital, or just talking about them nonstop.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:46 PM
 
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Wow. I just tried to think of the blue-collar people I hang out with, and I can't think of any. I don't mean to not hang out with any; it is just I either work with most of my friends or went to college with them. I am sure there are interesting people in either group, and I really don't think it would matter that much. If that sounds hypocritical, I don't mean to. I would have to go out and try to meet some blue-collar friends, and they would probably think THAT was weird.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:11 PM
 
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I was waiting on a reply like this. Of all of the replies, this is the one that's on par with what I am talking about.





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I've thought this before. I guess if we answer, we all are self-selecting one group or another! Based on profession, I am white-collar. At the risk of sounding prejudicial, though , "I have lots of blue-collar friends," and I have a LOT of fun with them.

Overall, the blue-collar crowd seems easier to please. When we go out, even mixed with white-collar folks, they are more welcoming to newcomers to the group. Not as much complaining about food or accommodations. Just happy to be there!

I wonder if it comes from a "leaving work at work" attitude? Once you clock out, you are done thinking about work, whereas my white-collar friends are thinking and talking about work or trying to impress each other about work.

I think the "kids" comment means using your kids and their accomplishments as your social capital, or just talking about them nonstop.
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:17 PM
 
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I was waiting on a reply like this. Of all of the replies, this is the one that's on par with what I am talking about.

Here's an alternative idea. Find some interesting white collar buds.
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