Hooray for Friday! To be honest, when you work from home and your spouse works retail, weekends don’t mean as much as they do to the typical 9-5ers, but for those of you headed into days off, I raise a glass in solidarity.
Speaking of work, I’m curious: What’s the most interesting job you’ve had? I don’t necessarily mean “most fulfilling” or “worst” or “easiest,” though those categories may overlap. By “interesting,” I mean, what job has given you the best stories?
For me, it was the year I spent working at a gas station in Missoula, Montana. One would think that it would be fairly boring, but its location provided both neighborhood people and interstate travelers. Our favorite direction to give was the way to Seattle:
“Take a left out of the parking lot.”
Customer: “Yes, and?”
“In around 8 hours, stop.”
By turning left and heading straight, you would be driving West on I-90. Travel long enough, and ta-da! Seattle. Magic.
We had our fair share of crazy people and regular customers (who very well could be some of the crazy people), and even though I didn’t make much money, it was actually kind of fun. Because of selling cigarettes, I got to the point where I could guess with fairly decent accuracy what brand someone smoked, just from looking at them. Now, I don’t know if I could do that as well because there are so many “special” versions of every brand. I’ve lost my party trick mojo. Every once in awhile, though, I can blow someone’s mind with a simple, “You used to smoke American Spirits in the blue pack. Hard pack.”
So what about all of you? Any surprisingly fun jobs? Jobs that made for excellent people watching? Any other craziness? Let’s all sit down for storytime.