Audio Recording "You think it's hard, you stop doing what you're doing and you'll see just how hard it really is."

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Title
"You think it's hard, you stop doing what you're doing and you'll see just how hard it really is."
Contributor Names
Jones, Lee (Narrator)
Levitas, Susan, 1961- (Interviewer)
Created / Published
1994-08-11
Subject Headings
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Work ethic
-  Refuse collectors
-  E & A Soul Food Restaurant (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
Genre
Ethnography
Interviews
Notes
-  Short conversations with customers at E & A Soul Food Restaurant.
-  Summary of audio segment: (Cleanliness next to Godliness? Do you see that relation in the work you do?) "Yes, because lots of times I go out and there'll be trash all over around the garbage cans and dogs tear up bags and what have you; and a lot of guys get upset about it and I know how they feel because we have enough work to do without going to someone's house and stay there twenty minutes trying to clean up everything, you know. I try to pick up as much as possible, keep it clean, because when I leave, I look back down the street I say, 'well, I did the best job that I could.' But if you leave and you look back down the street and you see all this garbage all over the place it looks like you haven't been there, looks like you made more of a mess. That bothers me. I'm in that truck six days a week and it's a small thing, and I want to keep that clean. I smell all this stuff all day long, I don't want to get inside and be just as dirty as outside. (Life in Paterson?) I think that it's good. For people who want to do the things that they need to do, no matter where you live. Paterson is a town that you can make it in also. It's hard all over. You think it's hard, just stop doing what you're doing and you'll see just how hard it really is. I have a great time. Each and every time I pray to God and I know God is looking down after me, I feel better, I really do, my spirit feels good, and I'm enjoying myself. Whereas before I was just wandering. I have always been a hard worker, every day, and it doesn't bother me to work. I've always had hard jobs and I see people complain about any and every little thing. If they get something free, they complain about it. What more do you get free today? And they still complain about it, whether it's good for them or not. Can't please everybody, I don't try to.
Medium
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1995/028: WIP-SL-A008
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
http://0-hdl.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/loc.afc/afcwip.sla00803
Online Format
audio

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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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Jones, Lee, and Susan Levitas. "You think it's hard, you stop doing what you're doing and you'll see just how hard it really is.". -08-11, 1994. Audio. https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003603/.

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Jones, L. & Levitas, S. (1994) "You think it's hard, you stop doing what you're doing and you'll see just how hard it really is.". -08-11. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://0-www.loc.gov.oasys.lib.oxy.edu/item/afcwip003603/.

MLA citation style:

Jones, Lee, and Susan Levitas. "You think it's hard, you stop doing what you're doing and you'll see just how hard it really is.". -08-11, 1994. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afcwip003603/>.