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Re: Really Cool Jobs
« Reply #50 on: 28 Feb 2009, 06:20 »

All of the above except "drink guinness on the job".
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Re: Really Cool Jobs
« Reply #51 on: 28 Feb 2009, 16:34 »

On a somewhat related note, last week's episode of This American Life (it's called  "Plan B" and originally aired back in 2002) had a segment about this guy who was the Jose Cuervo man, living on Cuervo island, paid to drink all day and get people to party.

Unsurprisingly, it wasn't as great a job as it sounds--he actually quit drinking altogether after having worked there a while.  I'd imagine it gets less fun to be drunk all the time when it's your job (and if you do anything stupid or rude while drunk, you can still be fired).
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Re: Really Cool Jobs
« Reply #52 on: 28 Feb 2009, 19:13 »

for the last 4 years of high school, i worked evenings and weekends at kwiksave, a shitty low-rent discount supermarket chain in the UK that closed most of its stores recently.

however, what made it awesome was that i got my job there at the same time as a friend of mine got a job on the deli counter there (run by another company), and between us, we ensured that every part-time position that ever came up in that building was filled by our friends from school.  even better was that the floor manager used to, on occasion, when the manager and deputy weren't there, wonder onto the shop floor and shout "LASH!" which was our cue to head to the liquor lock-up in the back warehouse-y area, where he'd have lined up all manner of booze for us to get twatted on. 

one time that sticks out in my memory was drinking immense amounts of vodka and lemonade, followed by the floor manager and myself drinking a large bottle of cherry brandy between the two of us.  he then proceeded (after saying "that's enough, now let's go and get some work done") to disappear back into the warehouse, where we found him slumped on a crate with an empty bottle of vodka next to him.  by the end of the shift, he'd banged on the front doors screaming for his mother (and scaring off customers in the process), and been escorted home by his brother (who he didn't recognise and tried to fight...).  we had to get the security guard (who was also in on the drinking thing) to "lose" that day's security tapes.  the next day, the deputy manager (who's actually really cool, and incidentally is now a good friend and work colleague of my mother's) basically hinted that she knew "SOMETHING UNTOWARD" had gone on, and that she'd let it go for now, "BUT IF ANYTHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS AGAIN...!" etc.

despite the job itself being proper shit, and the head manager being a ageing-butch-lesbian-looking miserable bitch, the amount of insane shit we all got away with will always make me look back on that job fondly.
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Re: Really Cool Jobs
« Reply #53 on: 28 Feb 2009, 19:38 »

I used to spend my summers working as staff on the waterfront of a Boy Scout camp.  Spending my summer teaching people how to canoe, putting on silly shows to entertain kids, and just generally lazing about the lake - ah good times.  That job was a lot of fun, although it didn't pay for shit and the fact that all summer we would only see like 3 women turned us into sad and desperate men.

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Re: Really Cool Jobs
« Reply #54 on: 28 Feb 2009, 23:59 »

I guarantee you all-boys Hebrew Camp is worse.
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Re: Really Cool Jobs
« Reply #55 on: 01 Mar 2009, 07:10 »

I umpire baseball on the side, and I love it.

I've been a baseball junkie since I was a little kid, but have this blinding inability to throw or hit said ball.  Umping is the place I get to be involved.

Plus, on the field, I'm in charge.  If you don't like it, I can throw you out.  That's POWER.
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Re: Really Cool Jobs
« Reply #56 on: 01 Mar 2009, 07:30 »

I've been thinking about becoming a certified umpire so I can ump little league games. I'd love to still be involved with baseball, even though I don't play anymore, and I'm not the kind of strategist that would make for a good coach.
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Re: Really Cool Jobs
« Reply #57 on: 02 Mar 2009, 01:49 »

a good coach.

Here's what I want you to do: hit the ball.


I could be an excelent coach.
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Re: Really Cool Jobs
« Reply #58 on: 02 Mar 2009, 03:08 »

Here's what I'll do if you don't hit the ball.

Kill. Your. Children.

I'd be the best coach.
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Re: Really Cool Jobs
« Reply #59 on: 02 Mar 2009, 04:19 »

I used to spend my summers working as staff on the waterfront of a Boy Scout camp.  Spending my summer teaching people how to canoe, putting on silly shows to entertain kids, and just generally lazing about the lake - ah good times.  That job was a lot of fun, although it didn't pay for shit and the fact that all summer we would only see like 3 women turned us into sad and desperate men.

Joe pretty much summed up here why being a girl working at a boy scout camp is simultaneously the best and worst job ever. You get to live in the woods and do very little (best job), but you have to deal with essentially all of your co-workers being the most ridiculous horndogs on the face of the earth.

<3 boy scout camp
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