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Tell Us About Your Unusual Job

By Mrs. Julien | Comment Diversions | March 9, 2013 |

By Mrs. Julien | Comment Diversions | March 9, 2013 |

Hands up, everyone who has been following the Cannonball Read 5. I was reading Lollygagger’s great review of Dead Men Do Tell Tales and while the book sounds interesting, what really caught my attention was this sentence:

“I earn my living, in part, by planning for what to do when a whole lot of people die all at once.”

WHAT?! I need more words about her job. Wouldn’t you like more words about her job?

I knew someone whose job it was to airbrush the cellulite off fashion models’ thighs in photographs; a co-worker told me he’d worked in a dog food factory and had to wade into the vat when the paddle got stuck; Mr. Julien worked on garbage trucks from the age of nine and still has a horror of “garbage juice”; and heaven knows I’ve watched enough Dirty Jobs to have an appreciation of unusual work and professions.

I haven’t had a really weird job. I did spend two summers at a collection agency calling people about their bounced cheques to the dry cleaner, and I lasted almost two days as a credit card commando in a department store. I’m currently a secretary an executive assistant and, other than that The Devil Wears Prada moment when my boss sent me to Lord and Taylor to buy him dress shoes when he forgot his, there is nothing unusual about it, except perhaps that amount of time I manage to spend around here with you people.

Please tell us about your unusual or interesting work.

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