It was very interesting to see all your comments from my last post. I promise, religious posts will be rare here on Eden’s Eats, as I’ve mentioned, I’m not too involved in religion. But it was an interesting concept that pondered about.
Anyhow…I hope everyone had a nice labor day. I went biking at the beach with my dad. I took pictures, but left the camera in his pocket so you will all get to see those pictures from tomorrow. And due to my busy day, I lack a recipe, but I promise a yummy one tomorrow!
Since it was Labor day today (although most of you will be reading this the day after), I thought I might talk about…labor. Not the “labor” us women endure if we choose to conceive, the jobs we do, the weird things we go through to support ourselves.
I asked my dad today about his oddest job or the oddest thing he had to do on a job. He said he worked at a drug store in Belgium when he was a teenager and sold ice cream. He said his best friend (who worked there too) would go down to the basement, make a lot of noise to sound like they are doing work, and just pig out on chocolate.
I had a hairdresser tell me that he was basically a therapist and might as well have a PH.D in psychology after over twenty years of doing people’s hair.
Me? Well, I have done a lot of weird stuff that I was unpaid for. I did loads of internships in high school. I worked for a fashion company (I know, I stood out like a sore thumb) my senior year in high school and had to help out at the model castings. It was very strange because the models we booked we all under sixteen (and this was an adult clothing line!). When I was into my acting in my college years, I was on weird shows on Nickelodeon because I was over eighteen and looked under fifteen. So I basically hung around a very cheesy looking set from 6am until about 3pm and was probably on camera for about 5 seconds. Since I was not SAG, I didn’t make very much at all.
I worked as a Hostess which was a big mistake. This was the first job where I actually got fired. To be honest, I dont think I effed up on the job. They fired four other people the same day they fired me, I have a feeling they were not doing so well and simply couldn’t afford me. Regardless, when my boss called me into his office after his shift, he gave me some BS reason and “let me go”. I was never fired before and I didn’t understand what I did wrong. I bit my lip so hard in front of him I think they bled a little. I held in my tears, and the second I left his office and walked back to my car, I cried. I cried hard. It was so weird. I dont think I cried that hard when my mom died. And to be honest, I HATED that job. You would think I would be relieved! But it crushed me for some reason. I felt like I was a failure because I managed to get fired from a somewhat easy job.
I got over it and I laugh now because I realized that it actaully wasn’t so easy. It was for a very chic Japanese restaurant and I got take-out order left and right with names of rolls I can’t pronounce. There were a million ways to mess it up. I was very underpaid and never even got tips, so I think my lay off was a blessing in disguise. Actually, no disguise, a pure blessing. I got a private chef position two weeks after that and felt way better and more confident. Finally, I’m hired and appreciated for something I think I might be good at.
So I’m dying to here of your “odd” jobs. Or maybe the weird things you were asked to do on a job. Or even a firing story. Share you “labor pains”!