I gotta ask, red: for someone so particular about language, why do you feel compelled to hyphenate "split-the-predicate" all the time? It's not a compound verb. AFAIK, "split" is transitive while "predicate" is the direct object.
Earth to red33410....If you look at the entire context....Wally was stating that being "worthless" is a lifestyle. You would have Wally being worthless only at work.
Having written this, I still have reoccurring nightmares about forgetting what room my English classes were being held in. I was either off campus getting a Breakfast Jack with friends....or doing some other evil deed while the nerds recited "i before e except after c".
"Written this" because if I used the more familiar "Said this" you would jump on it and point out that I did not say anything. Actually, you might still say the correct description would be "typed" this....but I used my computer, so I really "keyboarded this".........