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BlueTexas
06-04-2005, 04:40 AM
Just wondering about the variety of day jobs we have here. Obviously, some of us are full-time writers, but I bet that's the minority. So...I know we've got a firefighter (Brady), Melina works a late shift somewhere, and I'm an optician.

What do you do? What's the most interesting job you've ever had? The worst job? Past jobs welcome, too :)

BradyH1861
06-04-2005, 05:52 AM
Can I tell you my worst job???

When I was a teenager, I worked as a sacker at Kroger. Only we weren't called sackers. We were "courtesy clerks". (I guess that is the politically correct term?) Anyway, it was HORRIBLE. Low pay, moronic bosses, and of course, the customers were the worst.

"Do you want paper or plastic?"

"Double paper inside of plastic."

"What the hell?????"

I did that for a couple of years. I thank God every day that I no longer have to do that. But it did build character.....or so my dad told me.

Brady H.

ritinrider
06-04-2005, 05:56 AM
hmmm, my current job. Let's see, one of my friends and sometimes co-worker says, "for someone without a job, you sure work a lot".

I am a pmlr, that's government speak for substitute post master in a very small post office. I work Saturday mornings, and any day she wants off, or needs to go to a meeting. I also 'loan out' to other post offices (only small ones) to work extra hours and make more money. During the school months I substitute (only at our little school, I don't loan out for that) for teachers and the secretary. It's only two jobs, but sometimes it keeps me hopping.

And it really blows people's mind when they see me at school working one day, they know I work at the post office on Saturday, and stop by the Calvin or Atwood post office on their way to Ada and see me working again.

Non-paying jobs don't count right?

Worst job ever? For me was working in a factory sewing ladies sleep and loungewear.

Nita

B.L. Robinson
06-04-2005, 06:05 AM
I work for the Department of Defense, rebuilding diesel turbine engines for the M1 Abrams battle tank, drive a Heavy Equipment Transport System for the Kansas National Guards, Dad, and Hubby!

Bruce

mommie4a
06-04-2005, 06:14 AM
What do you do? What's the most interesting job you've ever had? The worst job? Past jobs welcome, too :)

Neat thread, Blue - thanks.

What I do now: first priority, pretend I'm a mom; second, write; oh - I'm married too and that's a job for sure (no intention on quitting though)

Most interesting: this is a hard question! What people think is interesting and what I found/find interesting often aren't the same. What others think was interesting: my work at a children and family mental health agency; what I thought was most interesting: working in a gan (kids' nursery school) on a tri-lingual Israeli kibbutz where I was fluent in only one of the languages and so bad in the others that even a three year old wanted to know why I spoke like a retarded person (and I had to have someone translate that gem of a question for me).

Worst job: folding THOUSANDS of rectangular flats of all sizes into boxes for toothpaste tubes, those boxed toothpaste tubes (put into cases) and the cases of boxed toothpaste tubes (into larger boxes I had to make).

maestrowork
06-04-2005, 06:22 AM
Right now I write. I also day trade. I also act/model.

Most interesting: acting in movies. Being a consultant is also very interesting... but movie making is fascinating!

Worst job: waiting tables at a Chinese restaurant. Yuck!

mommie4a
06-04-2005, 06:34 AM
Right now I write. I also day trade. I also act/model.

Most interesting: acting in movies. Being a consultant is also very interesting... but movie making is fascinating!

Worst job: waiting tables at a Chinese restaurant. Yuck!

You day trade? Risky Business!

E.G. Gammon
06-04-2005, 06:36 AM
I'm pretty young, and I don't have a job. Actually I have never had a real job before - other than my writing. Once I worked at a local newspaper in its printing press, putting together pamphlets, but I only did it for two days and I only got the job because my grandparents knew the owner. Other than that, I have never had a job. I hope I'll never need one. I lack social skills, I am a total night owl and I'm qualified for nothing. I'm praying my novel series will take off so that I won't have to worry about money for atleast a few years so I can either get qualified for SOMETHING or continue as a full-time writer. Until I send out my first MS (still in progress), I'm moochin' off my family - which they don't seem to mind. :)

rhymegirl
06-04-2005, 06:40 AM
Oh yeah...

Current job: Freelance writer

Most fulfilling job: Being a Mom

Hardest job: Being a Mom

Worst job: Hmm. Tough to choose. Could be when I worked in a factory putting stickers on Snap, Crackle, Pop canteens. Doesn't that sound like fun? I lasted there one whole day.

Or several of the office jobs where I was a clerk-typist. BOR-ING.

Most interesting/most creative job: Writing

William Haskins
06-04-2005, 06:42 AM
i work as a writer and producer in the video game industry and do contract/commissioned work in the film and music business.

eldragon
06-04-2005, 06:45 AM
Goodness .......I sell stuff online for the past 5 years. I volunteer alot. (but that doesn't pay in cash.....just mental health).


I've had a million jobs .......from Las Vegas Casino Cocktail waitress (10 years doing that one job....hey I quit young). Inventory control clerk, cost accountant, phone interviewer, supermarket checker (hated that one), pet shop salesperson. Worked at a ski resort - worked at a horse race track. I'm sure I forgot several jobs.

Susie
06-04-2005, 06:48 AM
I worked as an exec. secretary for 20 years 'til I had too many health probs. to work anymore, so I retired at 40. I love to write, but hate to remind editors about payment. It gives us a little extra income, ok, very little...

Hugs, Susie:)

WVWriterGirl
06-04-2005, 06:53 AM
For the past four years I've been a medical claims examiner for one of the larger third party administrators in the country. I've also been a legal secretary, medical records file clerk (2 different hospitals), an insurance underwriter, a medical transcriptionist...umm...data entry clerk through temp agencies...

Also, I'm a mommy and a wife...the two most fulfilling jobs I've ever had.

WVWG

kappapi99
06-04-2005, 06:59 AM
I used to be active duty in the Navy. Now I work for a defense contractor, designing and building navy ships (there's no escaping the clutches of Uncle Sam). I also volunteer for a ministry that was founded about a year ago not too far from where I live:

http://www.onebodyministries.com

Plus I am a dad and hubby and am semi-active in the reserves.

KP

maestrowork
06-04-2005, 07:01 AM
You day trade? Risky Business!

Something's gotta support my lifestyle. So far I'm doing well. I don't take unnecessary risks.

samgail
06-04-2005, 07:12 AM
I am a massage therapist and I love it but my body needs me to freelance.

When I was in college I worked in a pulp and paper mill. Steel-toed boots , hard hat, safety glasses and a gas mask. We were the "fill in"
for people on vacation, so you had to do their job for a week.Driving forklifts, packaging bulk paper rolls-crazy things, and all hours-day, swing and graveyard. If you did not have a replacement job you were on the rock crew. We had to take huge limestone rocks out of a rail car and into a mining cart, wheel it to the tower take the cart to the top and dump it into the tower. After work I would sit in the ehower and cry. To add insult to injury I gained my freshman fifteen that summer living with my aunt and uncle who were gourmet chefs. But in return they taught me everything I know about wine, and I got to spend the summer on the pacific coast.
It actually turned out to be a pretty interesting summer.

Pat~
06-04-2005, 07:14 AM
I'm mostly a stay-at-home mom with 2 kids, but I do a few things besides writing to keep life interesting; I'm a figure skating instructor, as well as a designer of custom handbags. Parenting aside, my most fulfilling job was that of schoolteacher; most fun job was as owner-proprietor of a small antiques/gift shop business; worst job was working as a waitress during a college break.

LieselGarmach
06-04-2005, 07:43 AM
My current full-time job is as a temporary Account Manager at a telecom company. I also work part-time as a fitness tech at a women's only exercise center.

My first job ever was pumping gas, nearly 30 years ago.

The worst job I've ever had was a 2 week temp assignment where I cut off excess laminate from menus at a print shop.

The best job I've ever had, because I refuse to talk about the worst of anything without balancing it with the best, was a production control supervisor at a factory.

JoeEkaitis
06-04-2005, 09:21 AM
By day, I babysit a million-dollar business communications system for a worldwide financial organization. On the weekends, Cathy leads the choir at church and I'm the lead male vocalist.

And I write. Once in a while.

Liam Jackson
06-04-2005, 09:30 AM
Ex-miliatry/retired chief of police/project manager for a guv'ment outfit. Ready for third and final career move to full-time novelist. Progress is steady.

WriteRead
06-04-2005, 09:55 AM
Retired, killing stray flies, right now (not that I'm proud of killing them; I beg for their pardon, like natives when they hunt and kill and ask their forgiveness, the critters being critters of God, you know) and writing.

This job of writing takes so much energy and time, you wouldn't guess before you embark on it, but I really intend to make it full job and to succeed in it. No way back! I'm gonna show them all, okay? Okay!

Worst job - packer in a retail shop.

Best job - internal comptroller in the purchasing dpt of a big Univ in Israel. No one dared to ask me questions. It was me who did it, asking, I mean.

Hardest job - being a father to two sons. It competes w writing, ha-ha!

Dan

CaptMorgan
06-04-2005, 09:57 AM
Right now I work volleyball camps. Because I play college volleyball, it's an awesome job...it's your required summer workout during lunch breaks and teaching kids something you love the rest of the time.

My worst job was waitressing. I was never trained--just thrown into the job--and I got in trouble for all sorts of things. You wouldn't think waitressing takes much training, but I apparently needed it. My boss disliked me, but my tables seemed to like me because I received good tips.

Other than that...I'm a student, which isn't really a job, but it's what takes up my time outside of writing and volleyball.

Richard
06-04-2005, 01:48 PM
I'm a journalist, principally computing and games, but not exclusively.

GailKavanagh
06-04-2005, 02:03 PM
I was a circus performer in the way back yonder, and a reporter until a couple of years ago. Now I'm a grandma - best job ever!

Gail

Chacounne
06-04-2005, 02:36 PM
A circus performer? That is the coolest thing ever! What did you do? High wire?
Trapeze? Ponies? Tigers? Please tell us more, pretty please?

Fascinated,
Chac

MarkEsq
06-04-2005, 03:18 PM
Now: attorney for a large, fairly soul-less firm.

Previous: newspaper reporter, ski instructor, personal trainer.

Most interesting: I used to work in a hat factory, in fact THE hat factory where they made they busby hats for the ceremonial occasions (grenadier guards, maybe? I forget). I guess it's interesting because the factory was in the little village where I grew up in England, not an industrial place at all.

Worst: probably my job now.

Best: being a dad and husband.

sgtsdaughter
06-04-2005, 04:47 PM
Adjunct college prof by day, as well as being a grad student nearing completion of her dissertation. yup . . . very close, and that whole ball of worms tends to lead to other things. odd, 7 years of work is nearing an end--it kinds feels like i am going through a break up.

the other job is freelancing et al. you guys know the drill. fiction, non-ficiton . . .

worst job: cleaning toilets at a water park or cleaning homes of the wealthy, or all those years i waited tables at places like denny's and village inn. hey, i had to pay for school, still do.

best job: the college prof thing. there's a reason i'm still at it.

oddest job: census 2000.

Cabria
06-04-2005, 05:41 PM
I just quit my job as tightrope walker - I found it much too stressful once they told me I had to start wearing 5" platform stilettos!!

rhymegirl
06-04-2005, 06:00 PM
I just quit my job as tightrope walker - I found it much too stressful once they told me I had to start wearing 5" platform stilettos!!

:ROFL: That is stressful, Debbie.

BlueTexas
06-04-2005, 06:08 PM
Neat thread, Blue - thanks.


Worst job: folding THOUSANDS of rectangular flats of all sizes into boxes for toothpaste tubes, those boxed toothpaste tubes (put into cases) and the cases of boxed toothpaste tubes (into larger boxes I had to make).

Oh, I feel your pain. In high school, I worked collating real estate fliers into folders for distribution to agencies at a printing company.

My all-time worst job was working for Cracker Barrel as a new store opening trainer. I'd worked as a waitress there in high school, and the summer after I graduated, I did that.

Imagine being 18 and travelling around the country with a team of about 15 people, and having to train much older women as waitresses. The women hated me and would refuse to listen--I became quite good at standing on a table to get their attention. I used to direct the training exercises from up there on that table! We had to stay at the stores for three weeks, working 16 hours days.

If you ever go into a new Cracker Barrel and see people hovering in red shirts, directing traffic, that was me once. Have pity on them--they've just been through two weeks of hell. 300+ employees, two weeks to get the store running before it opens.

Public speaking doesn't bother me now, though, and that's good.

Inspired
06-04-2005, 06:21 PM
I teach 5th and 6th grade and 7/8 grade science. I love it, but it's exhausting! I also teach piano lesson part-time, and am a mom and wife of a pastor (that's a whole 'nother job there!)

tjwriter
06-04-2005, 07:19 PM
Hmm...


Newspaper deliverer in junior high
McDonald's
Cashier at grocery store
Started as a hostess at restaurant and moved up to shift manager now I work as third shift server
Worked in a different restaurant as dessert decorator/salad preparer
Worked as cook in a convenience store
Researched grant opportunities for a non-profit
Interned at a major pharmaceutical corporation
Finished my college education with a double major in accounting and computer information systems
They all had their ups and downs, but really I am looking for a new job/career that utilizes my education. Of course, if I could make a career from writing, I would love that too. I am only 23, so I have a long way to go.

firehorse
06-04-2005, 07:33 PM
Great thread and fascinating responses!

Current - freelance, though I only have one steady client (Hollywood Entertainment/Reel.com), so I'm working fiercely to get into more markets. I made up the rest of my income with savings for the last year so I could finish my WIP. I thought I finished in March, 12 drafts completed, ahead of schedule, but then I let the professionals at it. It's not done. :Shrug:

Strangest - I won't say 'worst', because it was for a good project (HIV research), but... collecting saliva samples from student volunteers.

Funniest - Ghostwriting for a supermodel and a pop diva. Sitting in my apartment, in my sweats, cat on my lap, chain smoking, writing ultra-glam copy (and then ultra "Omigod!" copy) and auto-responses to fan e-mail.

Best - I hope is yet to come ;) I've applied for a job I never thought I'd find, one that would allow me to be a creative writer full-time. I'll reveal more if I get it :D.

maipenrai
06-04-2005, 10:12 PM
I am ex-Brit Army now working in Humanitarien Aid doing six to twelve month contracts with International Aid Agencys, I work on The Logistics/Security Side, Great job, I love it

Betty W01
06-04-2005, 10:48 PM
I wanted to be a wife and mom when I grew up, as well as a writer. Got to be all three, lucky me, and they're my best jobs ever!

Next best (and current day job) - K-8 school librarian.

Worst? Probably a tie between waitressing at a pancake house (I got fired eventually, since I was apparently vying for the title of "World's Lousiest Waitress") and calling people to sell them a photography packet - yes, telemarketing IS the job from hell, thank you for asking. Although I was good at it; I even won an "Operator of the Month" award, which I was told guaranteed me a job at any XXXX XXXXX stdio in the world, no questions asked.

Like I'd ever do that again. I'm pretty sure I'd rather starve. Cooped up in a tiny room filled with other operators, most of whom chain-smoked, no open windows, being paid practically nothing while getting cussed out or hit on by every other supposed customer.... no thanks.

But being a wife (32+ yrs), a mom (also 32+ yrs), and a writer (most of my life, but only professionally for about 28 yrs) have definitely been the best jobs in the world.

Maryn
06-04-2005, 11:23 PM
I was recently fired from my favorite job, stay-home mom, when the last kid went to college. Darn, I was pretty good at it, too! Now they're all home for the summer and it's not the same--they're not little and are much harder to boss around. However, they still enjoy me reading aloud. (We're doing David Sedaris again.)

I've had jobs like a lot of other people's:
cashier at a municipal swimming pool (nepotism--my mom was an elected official)
substitute teacher (I was 20, the kids were 18--why doesn't this work?)
customer service rep at the utility company ("No, sir, electricity is not your right as a veteran--you have to pay us for it.")
office manager at an airport Avis ("Sir, we have to charge you for the upholstery replacement; our four-door sedans are not intended to transport the deer you shot.")
administrative assistant for a legal department of the City of Boston (corrupt!)

Worst ever? Toss-up between jobs I did when I was student teaching. I cleaned people's ovens (caustic chemicals, in the days before self-cleaning) and picked up pet droppings in yards where the dogs were fenced in. What fun!

Maryn

samgail
06-05-2005, 02:11 AM
However, they still enjoy me reading aloud. (We're doing David Sedaris again.)
Maryn


Have you always read out loud to your kids and what were some of your favorites? (If you don' mind) The forced retirement from the stay at home mom gig almost brought tears to my eyes-glad they are home for the summer. Being a mom is by far the thing I love doing the most.Gotta love 'em!
Samgail

KimJo
06-05-2005, 02:55 AM
I teach special education at a local middle school. Officially I'm an "educational technician," which is a fancy name for a teacher's aide, but I do a lot of actual instruction. I love teaching and have been accused of acting the same age as the kids. (Though the kids don't seem to mind.)

I'm also a wife and a mother to two daughters ages 6 and 9. They don't seem to mind my acting like a kid either.

Not surprisingly, I write mid-grade and young adult fiction.

arrowqueen
06-05-2005, 03:04 AM
What an exciting bunch we are! I shall add my tuppenceworth too.

Currently - freelance writer and novelist. (Purveyor of filth and depravity.)

Past (student) jobs - Assistant in Woolworth's.
Office temp.
Waitress. (World's worst. I served an entire meal
without cutlery and only lasted 3 days.)
Hand in McVities biscuit factory. (putting
the tops on the Viennesse Whirls.)
Manager of tea-bar on the Stranraer to Larne ferry.
(Complete with Seaman's Union Card.)

Renee
06-05-2005, 03:27 AM
Current job: I work for a Health Care Company. Best job I ever had!


Worst Job: Do ya'll have all day? *haha* Here's a couple of blasts from the past. I despised these jobs the most: Cashier/Clerk, sales person (don't ask I didn't do this one long), and the most horrible job ever - supervisor at a Nursing Home (I was 23 & my Mom's boss - sucked!).

MacAllister
06-05-2005, 04:18 AM
I'm a burglar, usually--except when I happen on to a great extortion gig.

maestrowork
06-05-2005, 04:22 AM
MAC is PURE EVIL.

Medievalist
06-05-2005, 04:29 AM
I'm a burglar, usually--except when I happen on to a great extortion gig.

Pay attention Mac--the question was what's your day job.
Burgling is best done at night.

maestrowork
06-05-2005, 04:33 AM
Pay attention Mac--the question was what's your day job.
Burgling is best done at night.

Actually... it's best done during the day, when the people are out of the house...

Don't ask me how I know...

Inspired
06-05-2005, 04:35 AM
Pay attention Mac--the question was what's your day job.
Burgling is best done at night.

Maybe Mac's REALLY good!

MacAllister
06-05-2005, 04:42 AM
:Smack: pesky messed-up circadian rhythms--thanks, Lisa!

SRHowen
06-05-2005, 04:44 AM
Current jobs:
ASM (Assistant store manager) at a 7-Eleven
Editor

Past jobs:

Teacher, worked with the OD kids Oppositional Defiant (one year off has become 4)
Editor and Freelance Writer
Burger King
Bartender
Waitress
Exotic dancer (yeah, just what it sounds like)
Erotic Column writer for major men's mag
Christmas tree trimmer
Mink Ranch (cut up dead half rotten animals to feed the little critters)
Baby sitter (as a teen)

Worst job--hmm tie between the mink ranch and the dancer--in both you had to put up with a mess of unmannered animals.

GailKavanagh
06-05-2005, 06:04 AM
Chacounne, I was a clown and I did a roller balancing act. My father was born in the traveler/circus life (my entry into AW Idol is a book about growing up in show business) and so was I, but I left that life in the 70s when I got married (to an former trapeze artist and snake handler). I have some stuff on a website at http://www.geocities.com/rollerbalancer/ if anyone wants to know more, and some stuff at www.valeofavondale.com (http://www.valeofavondale.com) as well.
Two things I can say about it - everyone who worked in the circus ends up with arthritis (numerous injuries) and it sure gives me a lot of writing material!
Thanks for asking, Chacounne, I appreciate your interest.

Gail

BradyH1861
06-05-2005, 06:10 AM
everyone who worked in the circus ends up with arthritis (numerous injuries)



Sounds similar to the Fire Service.

I always thought it would be fun to be a rodeo clown!

Brady H.

ritinrider
06-05-2005, 07:07 AM
Brady are you crazy? You do know what rodeo clowns do, right? Jeez, I think even firemen and policemen have safer jobs. At least I can understand why someone would do those jobs. Why any sane (ok, maybe they aren't sane) person would put himself infront of a crazed, angry wild bull is beyond me. Yeah,yeah, they're helping save lives. That's all well and good, but they are putting their lives in danger in the process. *shrudder* love watching bull riding, worry about those clowns though.

Nita

Sarita
06-05-2005, 07:15 AM
Current Job: Market Research Analyst (snore....)

Favorite Job: Waitress at Sushi Bar (through high school)

Worst Job: Insurance Guru @ Dental Office.

Liam Jackson
06-05-2005, 09:15 AM
Sounds similar to the Fire Service.

I always thought it would be fun to be a rodeo clown!
That was one of my gigs before and after I came out of the service. I was a weekend steer wrestler. Dislocated a shoulder on Friday night, stitches in the forehead. Sunday night, they needed an extra clown for the bullriding finals, and thought I'd do okay since I was already dressed for the part.

When I became a cop, I remember mom telling me how glad she was that I had found a real job, much safer than baiting bulls or crawling through jungles. Eh. Got shot the first time, 9 months later. (come to think on it, that was one of those "OH wow" moments.)

I still say fire fighters are the craziest jokers on the planet. Fire hurts. If you yell "fire" you have 100 sane people wearing bathrobes trying to get "out" and five nuts wearing turnouts trying to run "in." I rest my case.

mmm... pancakes
06-05-2005, 11:17 AM
Current job: English teacher
Worst job: for two weeks stuffing pencil cases full of crumpled newspaper so they'd look pretty on the shelves when they were sold.
Favourite job: Babysitting spoilt kids. I was employed by their grandmother to take three kids swimming, to the movies, to the go-karts, to the park, etc. The kids were great, the job paid ok, and I got to do all this stuff. Awesome.

aboyd
06-05-2005, 11:17 AM
i work as a writer and producer in the video game industry and do contract/commissioned work in the film and music business.I've heard writing for games (especially RPGs and adventures) is incredibly stressful, terrible pay, and also awesomely rewarding when the game is out and fans are raving about the characters you brought to life.

-Tony

Celeste
06-05-2005, 12:21 PM
Originally posted by William Haskinsi work as a writer and producer in the video game industry and do contract/commissioned work in the film and music business.


William,

My son has been saying for the past two years that he wants to design video games as his career. Is that what you do? My son's going into high school this coming year, so his school's been talking with the kids a lot about their future careers, telling them what they need to do to prepare for, etc.. I've no idea how, or what, where my son would need to go to school/college for something like this. So, maybe you can help me....what kind of schooling will my son need to do something like this? How did you get into it? Would appreciate any advice from you that I can pass on to him and for myself, so I know what I'll need to do for him as far as his education toward him doing this...

Optimus
06-05-2005, 01:17 PM
Current:

Grad student. Finishing my master's thesis right now. About to take a year off and then finish my PhD in Pediatric Psychology. Yay...3 to 4 more years of school left. Can't wait. *sarcasm*

I'm also a waiter (world's best, not worst). I make pretty good bank with it, but it's just the "while-in-school" job.

This fall I'm going to try to get a job as an adjunct psych professor at one of the local colleges or the University in town. Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Most interesting job (so far): Regional Training Coordinator for TGIFriday's. That company sucks balls, but the job was fun. I wrote some training manuals and designed my own job position. I also got to boss managers of other stores around and then tattle on them to the VP if they pissed me off. That is NOT a job a snarky little 21-year-old brat should have. Ah, the power!

Worst job: Public Relations/Marketing Intern for the TN Aquarium. Man, that job was horrible. Booooooooring. Pretty much sat in a cubicle all day typing press releases, writing educational radio spots, and researching beavers on the internet. And, let me tell ya...you type in "beavers" into Google and you're not going to get many sites about furry little animals.

A lot of what you find won't even have fur.

BradyH1861
06-05-2005, 05:45 PM
I still say fire fighters are the craziest jokers on the planet. Fire hurts. If you yell "fire" you have 100 sane people wearing bathrobes trying to get "out" and five nuts wearing turnouts trying to run "in." I rest my case.

We were about to make entry into a burning apartment in one of the seedier areas of our district. I had just forced the door, and was kneeling down in the doorway with the nozzle waiting for the word to move in. I looked down and saw two rats and about 100 roaches streaming out the door. I remember thinking to myself....evey living thing is trying to get out and here I am about to crawl in.

Brady H.

Gehanna
06-05-2005, 06:30 PM
Hey KTC,

Some people shovel it and others process it but either way it's all still a bunch of it.

My current job involves asking people if they have had enough of it and then I help them try to process it.

Gehanna

firehorse
06-05-2005, 06:56 PM
(My tie in with your job is that I think she may have been trying to help process?!?!):roll:

trose17
06-05-2005, 07:23 PM
Hi, I am currently in the beginning stages of becoming a freelance writer and stay at home mom. I also volunteer quite a bit. I volunteer in my son's classroom, write puppet scripts for my church, and lead two support groups while belonging to a third group.

Jobs I've held:

Feature writer for college newspaper
Temporary position as a technical writer
Caterer (10 years)
Retail Management
Coffee shops
Janitorial
Babysitting
Telemarketing (very breifly...hated it!)
Eye care center assistant

I really couldn't figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up:) .

Tracy

Gehanna
06-05-2005, 07:46 PM
LOL KTC!! well there are several types of sh*t processing both physical and psychological. Sounds to me as if your niece, being a child, utilized the inherent and uninhibited powers of creativity and ummmm exploration to create a change in her immediate environment.

Sounds to me like her plan, although unusual, worked not only for herself but on everyone present including the dog! lol she's a genius.

Ask her if she's interested in sharing her philosophy with me will ya? and tell her my only recommendation for next time would be to use a glove. :ROFL:

Gehanna

BradyH1861
06-05-2005, 09:38 PM
Ahhh yes....animals and poo.

Our cat had the green apple two step one day and left a load of runny poo in our bed. (I have no idea why she didn't use the litterbox....I guess she wanted to get our attention) Anyway, I came home a went in the bedroom and noticed the carnage. I made a hasty exit, shut the door, and went in the living room to watch TV. When my wife got home, I said "Babe, there is a surprise for you in the bedroom!" Seeing as how I am not big in the gift department, she hurried to the bedroom to see what the surprise was!

Fortunately, we have a very comfortable couch.

Brady H.

JenNipps
06-05-2005, 09:49 PM
Current job: Medical transcriptionist

Most interesting job: Medical transcriptionist. I know a LOT more about medical stuff that I ever thought I wanted to know. lol.

Worst job: Job placement counselor intern in Tulsa. My supervisor was a major b-uh-huh and told me after just a week and a half that if I had been an employee, I would have already been fired. THEN at the end of the summer, she told me that if it was up to her, I would fail my internship (and thus wouldn't graduate).

rich
06-05-2005, 10:29 PM
Current job: re-examining the meaning of life--in a slow, non-intensive pace, but still...

Before that I can list maybe a hundred jobs within maybe six companies.

arrowqueen
06-06-2005, 01:15 AM
Hell's (Hell@s) teeth. Talk about a Freudian slip. I forgot about my main job - I was an English teacher.

maestrowork
06-06-2005, 02:40 AM
Speaking of animal and poo...


A friend of mine had a collie... real nice dog, really. Well, they moved to a new house and they just installed beautiful, white carpet in the living area. Dog, white carpet... hmmm. Anyway, one evening when they got home, well... let's just say the poor pooch had an accident, and not just any accident...

He had projectile diarrhea.

Poor thing.

Again, dog-white carpet, bad combo!

Celeste
06-06-2005, 02:55 AM
Oh, man! White carpet and a medium size dog... big mistake!

SRHowen
06-06-2005, 06:17 AM
White Carpet--7 cats

I use a lot of bleach, oxi-clean and hydrogen peroxid--they take the "sunshine" right out.

BradyH1861
06-06-2005, 06:26 AM
Here's another mystery....

Why are the potty training woes of children so damn funny? (I asked because I have a three year old who has just learned to go by himself)

At least they are funny to me. My wife didn't think it was funny when he took a mighty dump on the floor...probably because she was the one who had to clean it up.

Brady H.

underthecity
06-06-2005, 09:06 PM
Am I too late to jump in?


What do you do? What's the most interesting job you've ever had? The worst job? Past jobs welcome, too

HIGH SCHOOL ERA:

Worked as a corn-detasseler for seed company one summer.
Worked at McDonalds for almost 5 years.
COLLEGE:

Clerk at Waldenbooks for almost 3 years. Having to ask "Do you have a Preferred Readers Card?" really really got to me.
Spent two summers as 3rd shift server at Perkins.
Cashier at Krogers for three years. Much easier work than Waldenbooks. Paid more, too.


I graduated college in 1996, had dreams of being a broadcast radio engineer. Got married same year. Still married to wonderful, understanding wife.
Worked as a technician for broadcast facility installation company. Buit the new Weather Channel and Latin America Discovery Channel.
Worked as an assistant engineer for a pair of radio stations for four and a half years. I was let go when the company decided one engineer was enough, and they wanted to hire a full-time IT person.
Unemployed for three months.
Worked for nine months as installation technician for local audio/video installation company. Was let go after nine months.
First book came out in last week of employment.
Unemployeed for next ten months, attempted to start a freelance writing business. Didn't work out, so looked for new job. No more technical positions. Had enough of that.
Found job at a nearby worldwide financial company (one that probably handles your investments!) as a data entry, team support-person.
And that's what I do now, work for the investments firm. It's easy work, pays OK, no heavy lifting (best part), and is five minutes away from home. When I'm not busy, I can work on my WIP and read posts on AW.

Worst job? The A/V company. Lots of hard work and long hours, lots of driving, lots of crawling through old churches and crawlspaces, or climbing up high ladders and genie lifts installing speakers on ceilings. After nine months, I was glad they let me go. I hated it hated it hated it.

Favorite job? I like being a writer most of all, although it's more of a part time job right now. Someday, though . . . . I tolerate my present job, but I don't like it. I only work here because I couldn't find anything else. I tell those who ask that I'm an author who works here to pay the bills. A usual story for a typical author. We all can't be Stephen King. Or James MacDonald.

Most interesting job was I guess at the radio stations. It had a lot of variety to it, and I got to do some interesting work. Since I left the field, I can write for a radio magazine based on my background.

underthecity

AND, I'm two weeks away from being finished with book three! TWO WEEKS!

reph
06-06-2005, 10:42 PM
This thread makes me feel boring. Other people have had such interesting lives. All my work of any consequence has been in publishing, mostly working on academic material.

The summer I was 17, I spent a week and a half cutting apricots in half for drying. You use an apricot knife, which has a curved blade like a peach knife but is smaller. Grab apricot from box, make one cut that separates its hemispheres, place both halves face up on wooden tray, repeat. After the first day, you know to put a Band-Aid on your left thumb in advance: all those slight knife cuts add up. The work paid one cent a pound. I got pretty fast at it and earned as much as five dollars a day.

rich
06-06-2005, 11:06 PM
__________________
Today's usage tip: That big bird is a Canada goose, not a Canadian goose. Really.

I got a story that made that mistake. Some good soul corrected it. The story has a history of close acceptances and one acceptance, which I withdrew because it was a pay on publication and the editor liked to keep big files as a buffer.

But then the body of your post gave me more thought. Working at a penny a pound would mean that you earned five bucks a day by processing five hundred pounds of peach flesh a day. Knowing you here, reph, I'm sure your saying what is. I just don't know if you were being stupid or desperate.

I'll PM that little story to you. No comments, please.

Poppy
06-06-2005, 11:09 PM
I've never really had a "real job" before if you can believe that.

Oh, I've worked most of my life...in gardens, on farms, in the home, sold a few pieces of writing...but I've never been officially employed.

Unique
06-06-2005, 11:12 PM
This thread makes me feel boring.Don't feel bad, adventure isn't always all it's cracked up to be.


The summer I was 17, I spent a week and a half cutting apricots in half for drying. You use an apricot knife, which has a curved blade like a peach knife but is smaller. Grab apricot from box, make one cut that separates its hemispheres, place both halves face up on wooden tray, repeat. .<<<<I'd really like to know more about this - strange as it may seem. Did 'flicking the pit' slow you down? Or did you get to leave it in? <ya'll quit laughing! I'm a collector of seemingly useless information...you never know when it'll come in handy>



* "Of all the jobs I've ever had, I like being retired the best. It just doesn't pay very well." *

pixiejuice
06-06-2005, 11:41 PM
Regional Training Coordinator for TGIFriday's. That company sucks balls, but the job was fun. I wrote some training manuals and designed my own job position.

Ha! I've probably read those training manuals! I waited tables at Fridays for four years in college.

Past jobs: Waitress at T.G.I Friday's and Applebee's. Bank Teller. Video rental clerk (that was SO much fun!). And my very first job was at Subway.

I just graduated in May and I don't have a day job now. I don't want one either. I'm just an amateur (trying to get paid for it) writer.

My husband brings home the bacon, lucky me :)

Maryn
06-06-2005, 11:48 PM
My husband brings home the bacon, lucky me :)Lucky you, you're young enough that bacon has not yet become The Enemy.

Maryn, sans bacon (but with excellent blood pressure)

Celeste
06-07-2005, 01:06 AM
Just wondering about the variety of day jobs we have here. Obviously, some of us are full-time writers, but I bet that's the minority. So...I know we've got a firefighter (Brady), Melina works a late shift somewhere, and I'm an optician.

What do you do? What's the most interesting job you've ever had? The worst job? Past jobs welcome, too :)


My current job is freelance writer/photographer.

Past jobs were photographer/studio manager for a few different photography studios.

I spent about seven years in the entertainment industry that was the most interesting, as well as the worst at the same time. It was also the most financially rewarding.


William,

Thank you for the info. you gave on the gaming biz. I appreciate your help. So, does my son. I told him and he said, "Cool! Thanks so much!". Lol...:)

thistle
06-07-2005, 01:47 AM
Well, recently I was an English teacher and high school newspaper adviser. Now, I'm working as a full-time freelance writer and stay-at-home mom. It's so peaceful! My house is clean and I have time to read for fun! Love that.

Best job: newspaper adviser

Worst job: teaching French, English, and English as a Second Language in five different schools during the same workday. Oh, and I advised the yearbook staff after school. I was so nutty. Whatever possessed me to take that crazy job? I never knew if I was coming or going.

Celeste
06-07-2005, 02:07 AM
and stay-at-home mom. It's so peaceful! My house is clean and I have time to read for fun! Love that.



Wow! You're a stay-at-home mom and your house is clean and it's peaceful! I'm jealous! I stay at home with the kids too, but it's never peaceful and I can never keep my house clean. Lol...:Shrug:

sgtsdaughter
06-07-2005, 03:28 AM
Wow! You're a stay-at-home mom and your house is clean and it's peaceful! I'm jealous! I stay at home with the kids too, but it's never peaceful and I can never keep my house clean. Lol...:Shrug:

I live alone, so there is no one to blame for the mess but me. Yup, I can be nasty when I gets ta uh writin'.

reph
06-07-2005, 07:23 AM
Working at a penny a pound would mean that you earned five bucks a day by processing five hundred pounds of peach [actually, apricot r.b.] flesh a day. Knowing you here, reph, I'm sure your saying what is. I just don't know if you were being stupid or desperate.
Desperate. I was home from college for the summer, I had no work experience. I had no driver's license or use of a car. (In that part of the country, things are far apart. The only public transportation was taxicabs.) I was living with my mother, who was hostile enough to begin with and would have got even worse if I'd appeared unwilling to put forth effort.

It was hot out there, too. One day, it was 108 degrees.


Did 'flicking the pit' slow you down? Or did you get to leave it in?
We took out the pits. I don't remember what we did with them. There must have been a receptacle.

Maryn
06-07-2005, 07:08 PM
Wow! You're a stay-at-home mom and your house is clean and it's peaceful! I'm jealous! I stay at home with the kids too, but it's never peaceful and I can never keep my house clean. Lol...:Shrug:So what? At no point in their lives will your fully-grown kids smile because they remember how clean the house was. What they remember is how you had Pajama Day when nobody had to get dressed until dinner time, or how you read scary books to them using a flashlight inside the huge box the water heater came in, or let them write on the wallpaper in crayon the day before you took it down for replacement and you colored, too...

Which is not to say that having the house clean isn't wonderful. At least I hear it's wonderful. Personally, I wouldn't know.

Maryn, whose home is messy and happy

oswann
06-07-2005, 07:47 PM
After four months of neglect a house doesn't become noticably dirtier. It reaches it's maximum dirt level. I say wait out the four months and then it's all smooth sailing. No more cleaning ever. It's terrific, it's scientific!


Os.

Celeste
06-07-2005, 08:28 PM
So what? At no point in their lives will your fully-grown kids smile because they remember how clean the house was. What they remember is how you had Pajama Day when nobody had to get dressed until dinner time, or how you read scary books to them using a flashlight inside the huge box the water heater came in, or let them write on the wallpaper in crayon the day before you took it down for replacement and you colored, too...

Which is not to say that having the house clean isn't wonderful. At least I hear it's wonderful. Personally, I wouldn't know.

Maryn, whose home is messy and happy

Lmao!!! You described my house to a tee! I have a tent set up in the middle of my living room. My four year old got a little tent for Christmas from someone and ever since he's decided that it's his new bedroom. He's got all his favorite toys inside of it and has slept in it ever since. It's hilarious! People walk in the house and see a tent the middle of my living room and just look at us like we're crazy. But to us, it's normal. The tent's just become part of the living room. As long as they're happy and having fun, then whatever. Lol...

I've known what it's like to have a clean house a few times. It only stays clean for about a half hour. I figure, to hell with it. There's better things to do than clean house. Lol...:Shrug:

maestrowork
06-07-2005, 09:42 PM
I had a clean toilet.

Once.

bcg61
06-07-2005, 11:19 PM
In my 'real' life, I'm a program director at a commercial TV station. I also do some producing and volunteer work.

Past jobs:
babysitting (high school)
counter girl at a fast food joint (high school)
girl friday at a funeral home (summers high school and college)
front desk at dormitory (college)

Worst job: fast food joint
best job: current (I've been doing it 21 years - guess I like it)

Most interesting job: current (although the funeral home was interesting too)

Paint
06-08-2005, 12:11 AM
What a fun thread! Soooo many interesting and uninteresting jobs! It was like a short story to read. Thank You!

I work as a laundry manager in a YMCA resort/conference center. It is well paid because I have worked here for nine years. We wash one ton of laundry a day during season, we have 4000 beds on camp! I like it because benefits are good and people from all walks of life, all ages, and from all over the world come here to work. (That's a lot of 'alls') I have freedom and can work independantly. It gives me what I need for my true dream job. This year I opened a non-profit art gallery co-op. We feature afordable workshops for children who only get 12 weeks of art a year at school. It is very exciting and rewarding. I also frame poetry to sell, using my writing skills that I have honed on this forum. (Thanks to all here!)

One of my favorite past jobs was working on the production crew for Stephen Kings "The Shining" at the Stanley Hotel. It was so much fun! I did not get to meet the great man, but I did get a signed copy of the book and many thrown out copies of script. Yes, the hotel is truely haunted!

I worked at Denney's for a year in Arizona as a waitress, grave yard shift, loved it. Could have something to do with an insane and lust-filled affair with one of the cooks. Whew! Hot sun and sex! Well, you know.

My worst job was at a supermarket, cleaning the meat room. Enter-smell blood-run away!!! Flesh hanging off the walls. Went vegetarian for a long time after that. Now I eat hot dogs like everybody else. There was a good thread about hot dogs in Office Party recently.

I'm a mom and that is the hardest and most rewarding job I have had. No one on earth loves and forgives like children.

Thanks for listening!
Paint

Celeste
06-08-2005, 01:06 AM
One of my favorite past jobs was working on the production crew for Stephen Kings "The Shining" at the Stanley Hotel. It was so much fun! I did not get to meet the great man, but I did get a signed copy of the book and many thrown out copies of script. Yes, the hotel is truely haunted!


Whoa! That sounds so cool! I bet it was a blast! :Thumbs:

So, it's really s'posed to be haunted? I've never heard that. Hmm... Interesting. I'll have to read up on it.

triceretops
06-18-2005, 01:12 PM
Was auto mechanic for 20 years--detailer and lot for six--Federal Protection Service (United States Police) for three years, and Government security for two years at the U.S. Geological Survey. Worst job--Grinder in an iron mill in Arkansas.

I write full time now

Tri

Vexinvixen
06-19-2005, 11:10 PM
I've had lots of jobs.

I have done: babysitting; meat-wrapping in a supermarket; retail (selling dinnerware, jewelry, crafts, drystal, food, textiles, cards, music...also shipping and receiving, and window-dressing); buying for retail and for a hospital; filing; claims processing for a health insurance company; quality assurance for claims processing; training claims processors; teaching (French, writing, Spanish, FIMO); tutoring (French and computer skills); freelance writing; modeling for an artist; word processing; expediting in a Purchasing department in a hospital; editing; reception; administrative assisting; writing Jeopardy questions for Gameboy; manning tables at trade shows; writing training manuals; designing buttons, t-shirts and stationery and then selling them at county fairs; translating...I must be forgetting something.

I've also done volunteer and non-paid stuff: greeting visitors to our town and giving them brochures and information about local attractions; singing at nursing homes, hospice house and the hospital; directing traffic for a fund-raiser 5k race (never again!); gift-wrapping (also did a lot of that in retail.)...

Of all of these, I have most enjoyed the singing, freelance writing and editing. Unfortunately, the editing was a temp job. The singing I am still doing. The freelance writing I should be still doing.

wardmclark
06-19-2005, 11:52 PM
I call myself a full-time writer, but "consultant" is probably more accurate. I pay the mortgage by developing manufacturing, quality, and regulatory procedures, user instructions, and document control systems for high-tech manufacturers.

DragonHeart
06-20-2005, 05:41 PM
I've only had one paying job so far, my current job. I'm a "Sales Associate" at the local CVS. In other words, a cashier. It's nowhere near as bad as it used to be though. I've been there upwards of three years now, so instead of working the register (which I absolutely hate...why must people check their brains at the door? -.- ) I do most of the work on the sales floor. Facing, signing, cleaning, trays, and whatever useless busy work the Shift Supervisors can come up with. Most of the time now I only do register when the other ringer goes on break. (Or when someone calls in last minute/ doesn't show up...)

On the bright side I work weekend nights, which are very good times for an aspiring writer. Once the pharmacy part of the store closes no one comes in, so if I get all my work done early I have plenty of time to write. If I look at it that way technically I am being paid to write without being published. ;)

~DragonHeart~