This week’s Friendly Friday features an old co-worker. For nearly a year I spent three to four nights a week with this lady, pushing the limits at good, old NBC. We were an all-star team and held it down.
Your worst job thus far? The worst job I ever had was when I was a camp counselor in high school. I had to work with a 55 year old obese woman with breasts the size and shape of torpedoes, which almost kind of acted as robots independent of her control and would knock into me and the stupid five-year-old little shits, as well, catapulting us what felt like several inches across the room. We hated each other. She would make me do mean things like swim with the brats in a pool of 6 inch piss-water, that was filled with Band-Aids and no doubt a loose shit from time-to-time; this was my own personal pool of hell.
What do you do currently and how did you end up there? I work at In Demand and I ended up here because my contract was up at good ol’ NBC,; I hated working for a “journalist” who spoke broken English and had delusions of grandeur that he was Antonia Bandaras’ and Don Draper’s love child, and because I wanted more out of a job than what I was getting.
What is your morning routine when you get into work? As soon as I wake up, I pee, drink a jug of water, put on my makeup, do my hair, scarf down breakfast, throw clothes on, and go to the train. So first at work, I run into the bathroom before I go in my pants. Then i turn on my computer so it looks like i’ll be right back. then i go back to the bathroom and relax, then i fill up my water bottles. then i do nothing for about a half hour, then i start to work
What is the most important thing for you when it comes to a job and/or career? I guess the most important thing is to be making enough so that you can afford to eat and take a shit comfortably. But other than that, I think it’s important to work in a job that is personally fulfilling or interesting on some level and it never hurts to work with people who are at least tolerable.
How do you “get away” from work? To get away from work while I’m at work, I eat a pot brownie or fantasize about what life will be like when I work a job I like and make a lot of money. Sometimes I just walk around the office with a paper in my hand, pretending I’m really busy, and really pissed off. Other times, I pretend to fill up my water bottle to check out guys at the office.
Would you rather work at a well-paying but not completely satisfying job, or quit everything and risk finding your more fulfilling dream? Honestly. If I knew what my dream was – I would try to fulfill my dream. I think that’s what it’s about.
Your favorite song? I can’t pick one favorite song, but a song I’ve been playing on loop is Letdown – Radiohead (i was cock-teased by those mother fuckers) and Kenny Rogers And The First Editions –Just Dropped In ; I can’t resist the allure of Kenny Rogers, but mostly I’ve been watching that scene from The Big Lebowski where Jeff Bridges is looking up girls skirts (lucky girls!-not kidding.).
Best advice you’ve received? I think the best advice you can take is to follow your gut – you should always do what you feel is the right thing do it. Sometimes you have to make yourself do things that are hard for you and might not necessarily come natural, to make yourself a stronger, better person.
Your words of wisdom: I think the most important thing in life is to try to be happy and to give back to the world – people, animals, the environment, whatever - in whatever capacity you can.