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Michael McGrorty
Pasadena Ca
Technical Writer, Labor and Industrial Relations
Interests: Reading, writing, spinning wool, spinning bike, rowing machine, walking, walking my dogs, conversation.
Recent Activity
Let's begin by confirming something you probably suspected: that wage cheating occurs because the employer can make more money that way. Having said that, we need to see how much money this entails. The answer is, usually not much, but then, it doesn't have to be. You see, most wage... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The Time Clock
One of the commonest questions I get asked about wage work is "Why is there so much wage theft these days?" The answer to this is more complicated than most people could bear to hear so I usually reply, "Hey, how about them Dodgers?" or something similar. Very few humans... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The Time Clock
If things go as planned and nobody offers me a job in the next few months I will have accomplished a feat that took me the greater part of my life: I will have retired. I have tried to be retired before but failed miserably: three times I tried to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at The Time Clock
When you drive or stroll down Brigden Road you cannot help but be impressed by the overhanging canopy of California Live Oaks that begins somewhere in the middle of the street and goes on for a few properties. These were obviously planted long ago. The one at my address (2242)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Brigden Road Journal
If you are in the way of liking onions I have a few of the Egyptian Walking variety available to give away. These are so called because they produce onions both at their base and at the tips of the plant, where seed would normally be produced. Because of this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Brigden Road Journal
Not too many months ago we were either visited by a wandering troupe of peacocks or somebody brought them in as pets. They've been grown for a while now. I don't know which aspect of peafowl existence I value most: is it the awful mess of their droppings, the bloody-murder... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Brigden Road Journal
As I write this, night is falling on a pleasant June evening: the shade of the oaks here at 2242 has lengthened until the shadows met and disappeared in purple dusk. The squirrels have gone to bed but the hummingbirds continue their battles around the nectar feeder. This is a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Brigden Road Journal
The Rocker Michael McGrorty The streetcar slowed to a halt at Hollywood and La Brea and its only passenger stepped out into the dry heat of an August evening. It was too hot to be wearing dress whites, but then, it was too hot to be wearing practically anything. He... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Library Dust
I first met Dorey Claire on the Mascot lot—before they got merged with Republic. They were shooting a bunch of shorts with a band-in-the-park theme and were using lots of kid actors. Even then they held school every day. I taught grammar, history and civics; this other lady did the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2013 at Library Dust
How to Ruin Your Library (2) Imitate the chain bookstore model. Sure, that's what people want these days: a place to read nice new books while sipping chai as cool jazz plays in the background. Pass me a biscotti, will you? Put in a coffee shop near the reference desk.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2013 at Library Dust
How to ruin your library: Being an ongoing series of instruction Modernize your facility to the point of discomfort. When the big thinkers in city hall decide they want to build a new library so as to have a place for a bronze plaque with their names you are already... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at Library Dust
This post is intended as a response to a question from a friend. I should say at first that plants should not be put in pots unless there is some reason they cannot be planted in the ground. Nature never put a plant in a pot. This means that containers... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2013 at Library Dust
The America of the Twenty-first century has as one of its more impressive aspects the mass incarceration of its citizens. The US has the highest proportion of individuals jailed and imprisoned of any nation on earth, which certainly reveals a zeal for the work. Much of this has to do... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at Library Dust
More Google answers When you type in these words you get these answers: Obama: Should be impeached. Should resign. Should die. Should be impeached over Benghazi. Democrats should: Not own guns. Vote for Ron Paul. Be shot. Dump Obama. The NRA is: Evil. Going down. Crazy. A terrorist organization. George... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Library Dust
The Internet solves it all for you There follows the first results that come up when the following search queries are typed in on Google. How to: Tie a tie. Take a screenshot on a Mac. Get rid of acne. Make French toast. What if: God was one of us.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2013 at Library Dust
A few weeks ago I obtained a sort of new-in-box antique: a 1996 Honda Nighthawk with only 1,200 miles on the odometer. That production year differed from the others before and after in the bike was painted taxicab yellow, a distinctive if not particularly subtle advertisement for the breed. Which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at Library Dust
He awoke in the shower, becoming conscious of standing in a sweet ceaseless downpour of hot water. He had neither memory nor desire to remember leaving bed or making the short trek to the bathroom, but then, there would be no utility in such remembering. It was the same journey... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2013 at Library Dust
I have in hand a book, Family Fun and Games, published in 1958, author Jack Tedford, from the Franklin Watts Company. The book is a compilation of various amusements intended to divert folks of an evening or weekend day. One of them is this quiz. See how many you get... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Library Dust
Today I happened to be looking at books in the thrift store when an envelope fell out from between two volumes on a shelf. It was addressed to “Alex” in flowing gold ink; inside was a commercial greeting card dated May 24, 2002 and inscribed, Alex, Seems like we’ve come... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at Library Dust
Tonight I took the new motorcycle for a spin in the neighborhood. She's a 1996 with only 1,200 miles on the ticker, and her carbs had been cleaned along with a few other sundry works of mechanical art. All I had to do was brush and wipe off the accumulation... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2013 at Library Dust
Below you will find a picture of my new motorcycle, or rather, my almost-new old motorcycle. This is a Honda Nighthawk CB 750, born in 1996 and ridden a scant 1,200 miles since then, though it has gone through at least three owners--some apparently holding it only a few hours.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Library Dust
About a year ago I volunteered to refinish a set of chairs for a friend who lives out of town. Refinishing is one of my pastimes. I do the best I can to let other people think I’m being nice to them but the truth is that I enjoy working... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2013 at Library Dust
These Fathers Passed Wishing so much in the vacuum of night That the old man could have gone through A century of middle age With me as witness and partner despite And even with the ragged flaws and chill Of our misunderstood hours. Bricks parted with a sharp deft blow... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2013 at Library Dust
Over the years I have restored quite a few tables, chairs and wooden what-nots salvaged from thrift stores, attics and occasionally, the curb or a trash bin. All I have to show for it is a single drop-leaf table. Therest of the stuff goes to friends. This is not so... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Library Dust
I somehow found myself in a big-box grocery over the weekend, one of those concrete bazaars where every item is sold by the gross—a term which applies equally to premises and patrons. I was talked into going by a relation who had need of a few sundries—nothing that couldn't wait,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2013 at Library Dust