Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by civvver, Nov 21, 2019.
Yes, quite the luxury. I can't even escape it in the shower. But only 3 months to go.
The most fun I had at a job was at a pizza place when I was in high school. The owner stole wages on the regular and threw kitchen implements around the kitchen in fits of rage but the crew was really nice and we had a lot of fun. That job also gave me my first-ever promotion, they moved me from dishwashing to line cook after a couple of months. The owner told me I was the only white guy he had hired that was worth anything in the last couple of years which I thought was hilarious.
There are only 2 jobs which I really had:
Intern (well, military replacement service) at a youth hostel, and now researcher.
The youth hostel job was obviously crap. You had to do every mind numbing work, without any influence on anything, you had to deal with the guests, and you never really had a relaxing time and most of the time just stress.
The job as a reseacher is great. My job is interesting, I get to read a lot, I am pretty independent, I come and go whenever I want (except when it's teaching time), and not much official pressure. It can be scary for various reasons (what if I don't find anything interesting? What if the money runs out? etc), but that's not for every day. It's a great job, I don't want to change it.
In the mid 90s, I was the Marketing Director for one of the largest MTG card distributors in the country. We typically received 20-30 pallets of cards at a time. It was great fun being on the front edge of that success.
Current job is quickly becoming my favorite job.
Complecting PCs and tailoring towards client's needs was great.
What is Complecting?
which is a really sad thing to say.
When I was 19, I somehow ended up being a shift supervisor at a sports bar. The owner was a massive alcoholic and never did inventory. After most closes, a coworker and I would head to the basement, get drunk for free while playing video games on a 100" projector.
The job itself kinda sucked though.
Working for @Whomp
IIRC Whomp was a broker in Chicago. I guess the bull market over the last decade filled his retirement account nicely. I wonder what he is up to? What did you do for him?
Well now I want to know Narz's story
My fave job is my most recent, driving a truck for a landscaping company. Lots of variety day to day, usually very little manual labor, still nothing close to as boring as an office job. Stressful at times, absolutely, but nothing to take home and stress about.
My favorite job was doing upgrades and bug fixes on air traffic control systems (the big systems, like LAX, Orlando, JFK): being up in the tower at LAX watching the system in action was one of the more cool things I've done in this life.
My favorite job was back in the late 40's, it was construction work, I was pilot of a wheelbarrow, loaded the contraption with sand and hauled that over to another pile, dumped that load there, went back for a refill and dumped it. This went on for the whole day. Didn't have to fire anyone or make any decisions ... Wonderful.
Basic stuff, a lot of phone calls and spreadsheet organizing. Stuff for others in the office as well. There were 200 people and in 3 months I could tell you everyone’s name, location, job, and describe their personality and often a bit more. I did really well in a super structured environment filled with people who were very honest about what their missions were. I had never in my life been consistently motivated to stay serious and on task in a group environment.
In that sense the better question is “what did whomp do for me” and it was so much. He and others. It was supposed to be the start of a finance career but I wasn’t ready to commit to it as the sirens call of music was great.
Your late 40s, or the late 40s?
I quite enjoyed when I worked for the Traffic Director for London's Office.
I used to wander the streets of London checking the conditions of the signs on the Red Route system.
Great job when the weather was nice, not so good when it rained.
The Late 40s, was about 14ish and in the future when ever I'd get fed up with later jobs I'd look back on that one as the ideal.
My favorite job was working in the mental hospital. Some really high comedy happens at those places (yes, I know it's non PC, but the job is so stressful that you take humour where you find it). We had a great crew and the patients in my unit were a lot of fun too.
That all changed when I became head nurse in the high security unit. I still had to work in rotation with the other staff. You were basically in a cage all day unless the patients were locked down. Pretty scary.
When I did gardening/grounds maintenance for 2 or 3 years. The work was essentially drudgery and depending on the weather could be quite unpleasant, and the people we worked for were generally rather horrible. But on the other hand my "boss" was an old friend from school so it was nice to spend the day working with him anyway, it was just the two of us largely left to our own devices, it was satisfying to get stuff done and working with big chunky oily bits of machinery is always fun. Just didn't really pay enough.
Probably the job I enjoyed the most was being a software architect for the OS used in a large number of early smartphones.
I was facing really iteresting problems to be solved with knowledge and creativity, and regorous practices to guarantee backward compatibility as well as features evolution.
There was a huge satisfaction by working with extremely talented (and somehow rather weird) people and the feeling of your work being used daily by millions of people.
Intellectually it was very stimulating.
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