How to Locate Lots of Labor

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Alameda renaissance man Vivek Shrestha was working this Labor Day.

The Sun celebrates Labor Day with a story of good, old-fashioned work ethic

In contemplating Labor Day, it behooves us to reflect upon an ancient, quaint aphorism that denotes what could be termed the Edenic, ideal, spiritual definition of the relationship between employers and employed: "An honest day's pay, for an honest day's work."

Unfortunately, in today's postindustrial, post-modern Western society, that tenuous relationship has been subverted, and is now more accurately defined by paraphrasing a quote from former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev: "In capitalism, man exploits man.

In socialism, it's the other way around."

That being said; in today's tough job climate, how does one best go about getting exploited, a.k.a. employed, or hired?

As most folks tend to learn more from their mistakes, let us consider some behaviors that are sure to get you unexploited a.k.a. unemployed, or fired:

1. Get a DUI in a hearse during a funeral.

2. Cater a barbecue and burn down the house.

3. Send your demolition crew to the wrong address.

4. Bang on your patient's heart monitor, then say "Whew, that's better!"

5. Ask your patient: "Are you the heart attack dude, or the diabetic coma dude?"

6. Ask your customer at table six: "Aren't you too fat to order that?"

7. Tell your customer at table 10: "Sorry about the food. The cook's really wasted."

8. Pour your customer's wine, then say: "Did you know that wine destroys brain cells?" Having noted some of the ways that cause unemployment, let us discover how an exceptional Alamedan, Vivek Shrestha, has parlayed his estimable academic, vocational and philosophical acumen into a state of perpetual employment.

He arrived in Alameda from Nepal in 2007, primarily to study advanced mechanical engineering, but also to escape the fractious state of Nepal's political climate. As the son of flour-mill owners, he was ingrained, literally, with the virtue and value of hard work. His solid work ethic and keen intellect have helped him to earn degrees in automotive engineering, rural development and Indian music, from the Tribhuwan University of Nepal.

In 2011, he earned an associate degree in science in automotive technology from the College of Alameda. He is also a student and practitioner of "Wild West" culture, and is a fan of its music, films and fashions.

Shrestha's academic prowess has enabled him to lead a fruitful, busy vocational life. He has interned in local auto repair shops, and has worked as a Nepali-to- English interpreter. He has taught and performed classical Indian guitar music. His garrulous personality has enabled him to find steady employment as a homemaintenance technician, and as an assistant store manager and counterperson.

His life philosophies are firmly based in Hindu and Buddhist beliefs; beliefs that allow him to maintain a pragmatic, tolerant, cooperative, compassionate and non-violent approach to his relationships with all of creation.

Shrestha's aspirations reflect his religious spirituality.

He has devoted his life to serving others, in future career plans and personally. He desires nothing more than to bring his wife from Nepal to Alameda, and to raise a family in the supportive, vibrant, enlightened community of the Isle of Style — while still steeped in the language and music of traditional Nepali culture.

He is proud to be a resident of Alameda, and "prays for the wellbeing of all its citizens."

His spirituality also influences his attitude toward work, which he calls "one of God's pleasures."

Shrestha, a neo-renaissance man of many talents and skills, arrived in Alameda from Nepal in 2007. He wanted to augment his degree in automotive engineering via studies in American schools of mechanical technology.

With his neo-renaissance man capabilities and his attitude of gratitude and positivity on Labor Day, Shrestha is employed, and finding "lots of labor."

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