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Aditu
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Icon 1 posted October 07, 2005 05:58      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hi all! I am wishing it was five o'clock somewhere as it has been very stressful at work recently. So these are a variation on a list by Katuna


1. What was your first job?

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.

3. What is your dream job?

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?

5. What city would you most like to work in?

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Icon 1 posted October 07, 2005 06:12      Profile for Aditu     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1. What was your first job? I had a regular babysitting job at 13. Three days a week I picked a teacher's kids up from school. I watched them until she got home.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story. I don't know if it counts as least favourite co-worker or work. One summer I had a job at the cone and shake, a local ice cream drive up. I liked making the food. However the owners were intent on ripping off the IRS. So you couldn't write down any of your orders, you had to remember them in your head, do the math in your head and make the food all at the same time. I lasted 2 weeks, which was longer than anyone else who started with me. I was done in by Little Leagues. I just couldn't remember all those orders in my head when a team showed up.

3. What is your dream job? I actually love being a reference librarian. I'm not sure I love being one at this library right now.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it? I'm a reference librarian or as my brothers say "My sister answers weird questions for a living". I love that part. I am a little stressed our right now with the management part.

5. What city would you most like to work in? I really like Seattle and London. I don't know if I could use my degree in the UK though.

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drunkennewfiemidget
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1. What was your first job?
Computer technician at a basement hole-in-the-wall computer shop. It was a good time and good learning experience though.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
Least favourite co-worker of all time would be this woman who worked at my last job at the company we bought. They hadn't merged the two offices together by the time I left (thank god) but this woman was an office administrator. She was dumb, qualified for nothing, and incredibly rude and condescending. Everybody hated (hates) her.

3. What is your dream job?
Working for myself -- something I'm still trying to do.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?

I work here writing mail filtering software. I really enjoy it. I feel incredibly stupid though, since everyone else here is far smarter than I am.

5. What city would you most like to work in?

I love my hometown of Toronto and would like to one day live there again -- whether or not that'll happen, I don't know.

I do, however, enjoy my time here in Ottawa in the meantime.

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Icon 1 posted October 07, 2005 08:23      Profile for Jace Raven         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1. What was your first job?
I was a Recreational Aid for the local YMCA.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
Tim. His mom would volenteer for the same YMCA and she did all the work for him and he got all the credit.

3. What is your dream job?
I'm in it.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
I am a US marine. I am a Tactical Communicator. I love it.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
San Diego. I love the beach and I would be back home.

Forever have I wished and will to be back home.

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Icon 1 posted October 07, 2005 09:15      Profile for Erbo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
1. What was your first job?
I made sandwiches in a deli that was part of a liquor store back in California. We did good trade, especially since a lot of construction workers working on new subdivisions nearby would come in and buy our sandwiches. I was using one of those big rotary slicers and everything.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
Well, there was this guy named Kevin...my coworkers and I called him "Slickage." He was maybe not all that good of a software engineer, and had a number of personality quirks. But here's the thing...he had a girlfriend named Pamela who came into the office and took an interest in the fellow in the next cubicle over. That would be "me."

To try and stave that off, Kevin would have her come in only when he knew I was at lunch or something, and he also told her I was dating a supermodel. (I wasn't really "dating" the girl in question, and she wasn't really a "supermodel" either, but that's another story.) The story has a happy ending; when Kevin decided to leave and go to Indiana to study church music and organ playing, he encouraged Pamela to pursue me instead. She succeeded...and we're about to celebrate our 6th wedding anniversary. [hearts]

3. What is your dream job?
Being able to work full-time on Electric Minds, improving the software and introducing new features to the community, and releasing it all as Open Source for others to use. Second place (but not by much) would be working for Andre Durand again.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
I hack Beowulf cluster management software for Aspen Systems. It's a decent enough job, for the most part, and I've gotten to tinker in some areas like Linux kernel programming that I hadn't dealt with before.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
Given my druthers, I'd rather stay in Denver at this point; however, almost any city with good Internet connections will work for me.

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1. What was your first job?
I was babysitting the neighbor kids at age 9 or 10, I think. But my first "official" job was freshman year in high school, as a receptionist/office bitch (I can't think of a better way to describe it, sorry) at our church rectory. I made $2/hr and paid myself out of the petty cash envelope.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
wow, sooo many hateful coworkers... right now the top of my shitlist is occupied by the dancers at work who insist on doing the NYTimes crossword in a group, and yell out answers (usually wrong ones, thankfully) throughout the entire show. This has literally reduced me to tears. (hey, I like my crossword, ok?) [Geek]

3. What is your dream job?
I have absolutely no idea. Where is my trust fund???

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
I'm a dresser on a Broadway musical. I like it most of the time, and sometimes even love it. Now if only it paid more...

5. What city would you most like to work in?
Not to sound like a t-shirt, but I [hearts] NY. I would like to travel though, maybe tour with a show for a bit. Work visa-type-practicalities/union issues aside, London would be great, too, but I hear that actors in London don't treat their dressers very well. (If anyone has evidence to the contrary, please share... I'd love to be wrong about that!) [Smile]

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1. What was your first job?
Behind a bar...it was ok because it was a biker's pub so we didn't get any trouble, although the Angels got a bit lively now and again. The pub also had real ale. I ended up as the Cellarman, looking after all the lovely beer.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
I worked at a factory for a few years, and this prize must be split between the ignorant rascist peasant who worked on the next machine to me, and the boss's son who thought he was cool but he was slimy.

3. What is your dream job?
Something relating to practical conservation work - woodland management probably.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
Financial services. When I was a call-centre drone it sucked, but now that I deal with complaints addressed to the CEO it's fine.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
I don't have a favourite, as cities don't float my boat. As long as I can travel to work in half an hour that's ok.

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1 - My first job was filing invoice in the morning and helping the shipping staff in the afternoon for my father's business.

2 - My least favorite co-worker would be one I had when I started working in a computer-centric library. He seemed to hate me, and he wasn't friendly. Luckily for me, he left not too long after I got in.

3 - Funny this question come up. I just read about the perfect job for me: futurist! Earning a living to tell people what the future will look like, now _that_ would be great. I'd get money for something I can't stop doing anyway! (And I'd probably be good too: I had a few predictions come true already.) Other than that, I hope my Master will go well, so I'll go on with a doctorate, and then move on to actually make the future I want comes true, as a R&D scientist in artificial intelligence.

4 - I am a public servant, taking care of the technical-side of an e-learning system in a team of two. I like it when I have to write code, or extract data, but I don't like much spending days on building up simulations or similar stuff. I feel kinda stuck, overall.

5 - First choice is Montreal. I really like this city. Second choice would be all around the world. There are so many places I want to see, it would be nice to have the trip paid! (And in that case, I always thought I'd have my "official" residence in Quebec City, especially within the fortified walls. It's quieter than Montreal, which is nice for relaxing; but still full of life.)

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1. What was your first job?
Either mowing lawns for some of the neighbors, or detasseling seed corn.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
I don't know that I can narrow it down to one person - but all of my least favorite co-workers have one common trait - incompetance. I can tolerate a lot of annoying behaviour if they at least know what they are talking about and can do the job. Of course the CEO from the place that laid me off has a "special" place in my heart, along with that HR person who told me "I know these papers can be complicated..." when I pointed out some pretty ugly problems with the severance paperwork. (problems that I spotted, *and* that my lawyer highlighted for me to take care of)

3. What is your dream job?
Writing some cool software - just because I can - not because I need the $. OR setting up my own woodworking shop.... or maybe tooling leather.... both things I really enjoyed doing years ago.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
Software Engineer - most of the time it's ok, but my current employer is so afraid of change that I just put in my 8 hours of face time (only 1-2 hours of real work) and go home. I really love a challenge, and this place doesn't even begin to challenge me in any way. I also teach one night grad class. That is a little more challenging - but I've been doing the same class for 3 years now so the material is starting to get boring, and the student's excuses are getting old.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
City? I don't need no stinkin' city! [Wink] My wife is partners with her family members on some land in Wisconsin - 400 acres of beautiful country. Give me a T1 and a log cabin there and I'll be set!

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1. What was your first job?
I was a paper boy, not even a proper paper round, those free papers people just chuck away or use for paper mache. Needless to say most went in the bin on the park!

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
There was this guy with a beard, who once read a linux for dummies book, thought he knew everything about unix. I enjoyed the amount of call out fees I got when I took a two week holiday and suggested he took over my responsibilities!

3. What is your dream job?
Profesional lottery winner! I know I've only had a career for about 4 years, but already I know i'm not cut out for this working lark.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
I'm a unix administrator (mostly HPUX, AIX and linux) working on the UK railway contract. I'm quite enjoying it at the minute, its interesting seeing what goes on in the background when you get on a train. I'm not enjoying being just a number in a huge firm.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
I love other european cities, especially places like munich, amsterdam and stockholm. I think the big apple would be a cool place to live/work for a bit anyway.

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1. What was your first job?
I guess my first ever job was trueing spokes in a bike shop. I was seven. Then a paper route, then stockboy at Kitwanga General Store.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
The IT Admin guy from two jobs ago was prolly my least favourite. He was supposed to be a Mac specialist, but when we asked him if he'd worked with OSX yet his response was "Um... I've heard of it." He was neither friendly nor useful.

3. What is your dream job?
Starting up a fun and funky (and successful! very successful...) design house.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
Freelance graphic design. I do like it, although I kind of miss that steady paycheque bit. It's nice to spend money knowing that it will be replenished in two weeks.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
I love where I am right now... but if I were to leave it would be a toss up between Montreal and telecommuting from a remote Gulf Island.

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1. What was your first job?
I had a paper round - for people around my age that is pretty common in the UK

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
I used to share an office with a guy who had a pretty short temper when he got stressed on more than one occasion he lost it with bits of kit... ususally in a fairly "Basil Fawlty" manner funniest time was probably when his mouse was playing up eventually he just lost it totally and started screaming abuse at it then picked it up by the wire like grabbing a rat but the tail and started smahing it on the desk til it shattered into bits... after he'd done that he had to sheepishly ask me if I had a mouse he could borrow to finish his work...

3. What is your dream job?
Actually my current job is pretty close... more money wouldn't go amiss but other than that I think my job is pretty sweet

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
I am the sole Graphic Designer and PrePress operative in a small jobbing print works - and yes I like it a lot...

5. What city would you most like to work in?
I hate cities... I don't mind visiting for a day but that is about it. I like it where I am thanks...

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1. What was your first job?
Working in my library at 14, doing IT stuff for Reference, as well as working for Circ. Sadly, the latter was what paid the bills, given the routine work, but the boss was...well, Aditu probably knows what some circ. types are like. :-/

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
He was a bona fide schmuck who didn't know how to do his job, was unable to learn it. He resented the fact that I knew what I was doing, and made sure he let me know that technically, he was a bit above me on the food chain...even though I cleaned up after the messes he made. Technically, there was no point for him to do anything, since it would take twice as long if he bungled it, and I did it correctly. The day he was fired was a very happy day for me - my boss e-mailed me while I was out sick just before Thanksgiving, and I had something for which I was truly grateful.

3. What is your dream job?
Well, I do like my job a whole lot, but working for Google seems awfully appealing these days. The extra dosh would certainly be appreciated.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
IT/Sysadmin/Perl-hacker-at-large. Yeah, I like it. Good people, nice commute, sized such that I have an opportunity to learn a bunch of different of interesting things.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
NY. Like Jessycat, I [heart] NY. Google has an NY office now, BTW...so see above. [Wink] San Fran. is also nice, it just doesn't rock quite nearly as much as NY. I like Boston and Cambridge to the extent of travelling there routinely, but I don't know that I'd want to live there. I wouldn't mind working a stint in London - the only thing that might really get to me is the lack of a post-Rudy non-smoking environment. I like going to places to eat, and not giving a second thought to the air I breathe.

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1. What was your first job?
Cleaning floors in a truck repair workshop.
The grease was often so thick you literally couldn't see the floor.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
The guy who frequented the local brothels, and insisted on giving us long and detailed descriptions of the girls, and the various services they provided

3. What is your dream job?
My brothers flatmate was a travel writer for a newspaper. That would have to be pretty close.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
CGGGs (pretend race horses).
It's ok, but I've had better jobs.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
Can I make a list?
There's lots of places I'd love to work in, a few that spring to mind (in no particular order)...

Buenos Aires
New York
Oslo
Budapest
Prague
Rome (I had a chance to get sent there for work once, but Mrs Druid was pregnant with Druid V2.2f)
Québec
Madrid
Lisbon
Edinburgh

There's actually a chance I'll get to work in 2 of the above in the next year or so, if various people sign the bloody contracts.

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1. What was your first job?

When I was 8 years old, I started selling personalized Christmas cards (during the summer months) for this outfit and earned the best bike, tent, BB-gun, hatchet, you name it of anyone in the neighborhood.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.

Least favorites include the disrespectful, mean and incompetent. The worst had huge reserves of all three.

3. What is your dream job?

To operate a "Transitions Center for Independent Living" - a place for young adults aged out of foster care to live and develop with help from caring and nuturing adults in the community.


4. What do you currently do and do you like it?

I am sending in the Articles of Incorporation for TCIL (above) today, in fact, as soon as I finish this silly self-indulgence of posting here. This is why we sell the Garlic Head in the first place.


5. What city would you most like to work in?

If God is kind to me, we'll never live in a city again. We live on the edge of a town of 4,400 which is plenty big enough. I like to visit Missoula, MT (55,000) once in a while though. [Big Grin]

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1. What was your first job? My first job was working in the kitchen washing dishes and assissting the cook at a Boy Scout summer camp. I returned to be a camp counselor for a couple years. Honestly, working at this summer camp is the only job I had other than a paper route and a grocery store job for a couple months at the end of high school.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story. I never really disliked too many co-workers. I disliked the lazy people but I never really knew them enough to have a thorough dislike for them.

Now, as funny stories go, one time, at summer camp... I honestly have way too many to put here. Let's just say Boy Scouts like fire and knives. We also played a lot of D&D (something to kill the downtime at the end of the day). If you have ever read the comic book "Knights of the Dinner Table" then you know how our sessions went.

3. What is your dream job? I would love to own a comic book store. I would also like to work for NASA, or work as a reactor operator in a commercial nuclear power plant. Anyone of thise will make me really happy. Captain of a nuclear fast attack submarine would be the sweetest job in the Navy. Not to mention they are the highest paid person in the U.S. government (they get a crapload of special pay for subs, nuclear stuff, and on and on).

4. What do you currently do and do you like it? I am currently in the United States Navy going to school learning how to operate a nuclear propulsion plant. I am away from home and those I love a lot, but it isn't too terribly bad because I can still talk to them. I haven't been out to sea yet, but so far I just love my job.

5. What city would you most like to work in? The west coast is nice. Pearl Harbor or somewhere in Washington. San Diego is way too expensive. They are too far from home though, so Norfolk is where I want to be. If I ever get that nuclear power plant job, I want to stay near home (York, PA). We have two nuclear power plants in the vicinity.

I seem to have written a novel...

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1. What was your first job?

My first "real" job was McDonalds. Though I did odd jobs for anyone that would let me work.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.

Hmm. Co-workers are generally irritating. But I did have a boss that used to wander around a factory I worked at that acted just like Lumbergh from Office Space.

3. What is your dream job?

I am not so sure anymore. I would love to be able to make a living being a Jack-of-all-trades. But I seriously doubt it will happen anytime soon.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?

I am a computer tech for a school district. I used to love it...

5. What city would you most like to work in?

I would enjoy having a job that would take me to new places regularly.

But I would like a chance to live in Australia, pretty much anywhere. San Francisco, Memphis, Italy (again just Italy) and would like to briefly stay in Moscow.

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1. What was your first job?

Shuttling my siblings around. I have three of them.

The first job I had where I was not employed by my parents was as an assistant instructor for a kid's aikido day camp. Draining, but fun.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.

My lab abounds with silliness. I can't pick a single incident.

My least favorite coworkers are the lazy ones.

3. What is your dream job?

I'm kinda living it, though I wish the pay was better. My ultimate dream is to be a university professor, post tenure of course.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?

I'm a grad student. Even though the hours suck and the pay's horrible, and the benefits are even worse I love it. I get to do science all day long. Beat that. [Razz]

5. What city would you most like to work in?

I'm liking Boulder, but I miss Seattle.

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1. What was your first job?
Assistant at a Montessori school shortly followed by nurse's aid at the hospital.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
Least favorite was a former lab mate who quit speaking to me for no reason even though he was supposed to be teaching me how to do the things in the lab. He accused our other lab member of trying to sabotage his work. He also insisted on working with the lights out most of the time due to chronic headaches. Luckily, my current lab is great. We laugh a lot and have fun.

3. What is your dream job?
See Xanthine's answer above.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
See Xanthine's answer.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
After Orpheus and I finish up school here, we'll have to go wherever we can find jobs for two people in the same field. I'm up for just about anything other than the place we live now, maybe somewhere in California.

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Well done to everyone who is doing what they love.

1. What was your first job?
uh... i always swore that i would never do any of those boring hamburger-flipping jobs. so my first job was doing what i loved - live sound.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
I have a code-development-partner-colleague, and he isn't that annoying really.

3. What is your dream job?
A fully-networked (audio and comms) tour for someone.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
i. Day job is IT consultant/web development building specialist intranets/doc registers for engineering firms

ii. Nights is mixing live bands

They are both my passions: information and live audio.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
Perth! I haven't done much travelling, not really interested at the moment. The other states of Australia are great, but I haven't left the country yet. I have been to 3 out of the 10 best cities to live, and expect to visit another 2 in the next year or so.

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1. What was your first job?
I worked behind the counter at a Texaco station, scanning people's daily papers and bags of sweets, and giving them directions. F-U-N.

2. Describe your least favorite co-worker of all time or funniest work story.
Least favourite co-worker was a guy called Simon, the assistant manager at the branch of Subway where I worked this summer. I never knew why he was so rude to me, until I found out he was a big fact BNP voted racist who believed I shouldn't have been hired in the first place, but in fact sent back to "my own country" [Roll Eyes] ... I take comfort in the fact that I quit and came back to university, and he'll always be working in Subway or somewhere like it.

3. What is your dream job?
Novelist. Actually, all that alone time writing would drive me crazy. Perhaps I could be an academic who also works in publishing, and writes novels on the side? Yeah, that'd suit me fine.

4. What do you currently do and do you like it?
Well, if things go the way I want them to do, I'll soon start working for the university's Alumni Foundation, which basically involves calling old students and asking them for money for my university. With lots of tea and biscuits. I'm hoping I'll like it. I like the idea of money entering my bank account.

5. What city would you most like to work in?
I think working in NY would be a great experience - something I'd love to try for a few years, even though I don't want to settle there.

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quote:
Originally posted by skylar:

3. What is your dream job?

Novelist.

And you'd be marvellous, my dear. Simply marvellous. /Uncle Monty [Smile]

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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
quote:
Originally posted by skylar:

3. What is your dream job?

Novelist.

And you'd be marvellous, my dear. Simply marvellous. /Uncle Monty [Smile]
You shouldn't have attributed the quote Spungo, then I could have followed with 'What f*cker said that' [Big Grin]

Good to see you're around!

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