Hey, I was hoping more people would try to guess my songs in the last post. :)
This is a fun one: post every job you have ever had. (Filched from carneggy.) I hope I'm not forgetting any.
Adminstrative lackey (insurance company): I filed things. That was the long & short of it; I was 14 and got paid in cash. It was at my mom's office.
Fast Food Cashier: Gyro Wrap, Lynnhaven Mall. This job did not last long. I just got a car (oh man, that's a whole other post right there) and needed to pay for gas, so I went to work at the mall where all my mallrat friends worked (we were all in a RHPS cast together there.) I stood out in front of the place and yelled at lunchgoers "WOULD YOU LIKE TO TRY A FREE SAMPLE" and fended off angry people when they found out there was lamb in the meat. (Ten percent, I still remember my spiel.) I spent much of my income on cheese fries from the very establishment I worked for. Actually, I could really go for some curly cheese fries right now...
Summer Arts Camp Counselor: This was tons of fun. I taught ten year olds stained-glass making, and 8 year olds pottery and calligraphy. This was at my snooty private school so I actually did have a few little whipper-snappers tell me that their daddies were lawyers and they would have me sued if I made them do stuff. But there were some really sweet kids too. This was the summer of my squirrel bite, and I also think I had my first beer. I was 17/18/19.
Shelver/Lost book finder/Etc: I worked at the VaTech library for almost 4 whole years, my entire college career. This was the best. job. ever. Seriously. I loved this job. I could put on my walkman and hang out with books for hours. I rescued long lost books! There were dark spots, like the summer CHEDS project where we moved the entire back storage warehouse of the library to a new facility and I was given a team of utter chuckleheads to work with, or the fact that wierdos love the library and REALLY love harassing women in the library. But I also met Becki, and we still correspond (if inconsistently) to this day. (Oh if anyone needs a harpist in the Portland area, look her up!)
Project Assistant (National Academy of Sciences, Water Science and Technology Board): Secretarial junk and meeting planning. The only good thing was, I got to travel. I hated this job, and it showed. I am so not proud of the performance I turned in that I still have nightmares about it. I try to think of it as a life lesson and a reminder never to be that much of a shithead again.
Customer Support (Intermedia): This was an awesome job in many ways. I liked having an on-demand set of tasks and challenges, even if I was slow on the technical uptake most of the time. I liked feeling like I was helping people. I liked knowing I wasn't EVER wasting my time. I worked with a young and talented group of people (many of whom are on LJ and on my friends list) so the atmosphere was fun, although after a few years, it seemed less "fun" and more "unprofessional". After a questionably merited promotion and subsequent questionably arbirtrary demotion (about which I am still fairly bitter) I left for where I am now. There is little doubt that getting this job was one of the two most enormous turning points in my life, and I will eternally owe Scott Garrett for saving me. More could be said.
Now I'm an "Operations Engineer", I shuffle hardware around and troubleshoot things. The title makes me snicker cynically because to some degree it was ingrained in me, since I went to an Engineering school, that you can't have that title without a degree.