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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted November 17, 2005 20:55      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I've been working too much lately (57 hours last week, who knows how much this week). Fortunately I finished the worst part of what has been sucking up my time at work, so hopefully I'll get a break now. I can tell I'm halfway burnt out and in need of a vacation because I keep thinking about previous jobs that I've had and halfway wishing I could go back and do those and get the same pay that I do in my current job.

In no particular order

Birthday Clown:
This started as an improvised comedy thing with another guy I went to college with. He was pretending to interview me and introduced me as Sweden's most famous clown, Sven. Sven wasn't quite what he seemed, however, and as the interview went on it because obvious that he was not very funny, had a very military attitude and a german accent. Yes, Sven was a Nazi war criminal hiding behind the greasepaint.

Later I needed money and a friend had promised her kid a clown for his birthday party and wound up unemployed about two weeks before. For $20 and the promise of cake and ice cream, I donned a rainbow wig, painted my face white and stuck a rubber ball on my nose. I juggled and made balloon animals and balloon hats, sang happy birthday in German (much to the dismay of my friend who knew all about Sven) and told bad jokes. Most of the kids enjoyed it, though a few didn't. The ones who didn't got the evil eye and me saying "Vee haf vays of makink you laugh."

I didn't make much money as a clown, but I did make a lot of kids laugh and smile. That's worth something to me, even if I don't like children in general.

Dancing Turnip:
A one time thing. This was as part of a group who would put on foam rubber vegetable costumes and go to organized events, schools and such and sing and dance about eating your vegetables and how fresh vegetables were better than those that were canned or otherwise preserved. (Could I make that sentence run on a bit more?)

Not suprisingly, the thing was being funded by a local farmers group. I wouldn't have done this, but I was dating the carrot. She knew about the clown stuff and their regular turnip guy was sick. Looking back, I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more if I'd gotten to continue doing it and had practice at the role. As a one time thing, I discovered that purple tights do nothing for my legs.

Arcade attendant:
My job largely consisted of talking to people, making change and offering game tips. I got to repair games occasionally and also had to do some cleaning, but those were a small part of the day. We would also occasionally be paid to come in for a couple hours during someone else's shift on weekends. Those times, we would come in wearing plain clothes and play the games that we were particularly good at to encourage other people to try. We'd also play against regular customers and give them the chance to try to beat us on their best game or our best game.

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Grummash

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Icon 1 posted November 18, 2005 00:14      Profile for Grummash     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Steen

I don't think you'll need to run away to the circus, it sounds like the circus is coming to get you........ [Big Grin]

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Rhonwyyn

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Icon 1 posted November 18, 2005 00:53      Profile for Rhonwyyn   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hah. You think that's bad?! I wish I could find the one pic I have of me as, get this, a purple hippopotamus wearing a pink ballet costume, complete with frilly tutu! [Eek!]

Yes, for one week of Vacation Bible School, I donned the silly outfit and became "Hilda the Hippopartymus." (At least, I think the name was Hilda.) The kids loved it, but I felt like a total goof in the costume! I loved being on stage, though, so it was worth it. [crazy]

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Icon 1 posted November 18, 2005 10:06      Profile for Kinguy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
This makes me want to buy a horrible costume just to wear it around....
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Icon 1 posted November 18, 2005 11:51      Profile for garlicguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Steen asked:
Can I run away and join the circus yet?

Yes, for sure. You have my permission. [Big Grin]

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I don't know what I was thinking... it seemed like a good idea at the time.

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