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12-20-2001, 03:49 AM
In celebration of my 101st post, I figured I'd do this topic of best job/worst job.

Worst job had to be picking rocks. Being 21 and eager for quick big bucks I took a job picking rocks out of a 156 acre plot so the guy could plant a crop the following spring. Of course it was hot and the rocks never ended. The worst part was finding a rock that was small but I couldn't pick it up. After 6 hours of digging I discovered the rock was the size of a Volkswagon. When this happened one time too many I packed it in deeming I had no future in rock picking.

Best job I had was working on the television side of a professional wrestling promotion. I did TV work with a lot of wrestlers, some that gained national fame as world champions while others just faded away over time. Got a good education about the wrestling biz along the way. Those were pretty crazy days and I loved every minute of it.

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12-20-2001, 04:19 AM
Telemarketer.....need I say more.

Dad...need I say more. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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12-20-2001, 05:47 AM
ya should have given some of those things from your worst job to the Wreslers. Would have raised their IQ if they used em for brains. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

12-20-2001, 11:25 AM
Worst Job: Building countertops. 15 hour days, 4-5 days a week. Boss was an a__h__e.

Best Job: Current position. CFO of a genetic software company.

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12-20-2001, 11:49 AM
Worst job...... All of them... I hate work!!!!

kayden azagthoth
12-20-2001, 12:11 PM
I'm still relatively young (26) so I haven't had many jobs. If I had to pick my least favorite job I had, it would have to be working in a beer and wine making supplies warehouse shipping and receiving. Granted, the job itself was fine, the pay was okay, and getting beer and wine supplies at wholesale cost was nice, but the people I worked with were idiots. Well, the management were morons and very unfair. They would continually order TONS of product for a tiny warehouse and expect us to find room for it all...and I mean, there were times where it was literally unsafe to work there.

My most favorite job would probably be my current one, selling computers at Future Shop (Canada's Best Buy!). I only started there about 3 weeks ago, so I'm still wet behind the ears but I'm really enjoying it there. The pay is really good too.

Another job I had that I really enjoyed was working in a convenience store as a clerk. Not a glamourous job by any means, but I really did enjoy it for some reason. I think it had to do with the people I worked with and the nice regular customers that stopped by.

I would say what makes a job fun or unpleasant are the people you work with everyday. After all, working is like a second family and if you can't stand them, how can you enjoy work?

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12-20-2001, 01:18 PM
OK the best and worst has to be contained within my time (nearly 8yrs) in the US Army...

The worst:

Being so tired that even after waking up and seeing the 2 inches of standing water in my fartsack, just rolling back over and going to sleep again.
Eating my rain soaked mashed potatoes from T-rations.
Digging mortar pits and 2-man def positions in Wildflecken, Germany in the middle of the winter (ground was frozen).
36 hour death march in Camp Otterburn, England
Jumping from 800 feet with full combat load (with ANPRC-77 radio)and landing in 1ft deep mud during ARTEP exercise in Graffenwohr, Germany.
Three weeks without a shower.
CQ duties.
Basic Training

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Travel...Engalnd, Portugal, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Sicily, Sardinia, Germany (east & west), Austria

Got to see the Berlin Wall while it was still up...at the same time got to go to East Germany (Berlin) what a diff it was...just like the cliched gloomy, overcast, trenchcoated-strangers with no laces on their shoes, cars made with wooden body frames, machine-gun-lined walls (east side of wall), rotten tasting Cola products and the water was worse. But the stuff was cheap 19 east German marks to one US dollar. (the west German mark was nearly 3:1 at the time). Berlin is an absolutely beautiful city with tons to see.
Jumping from a Huey at 3500ft without combat gear...also known as a hollywood jump.
Dating girls from all over the world http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/smile.gif
Spending free time on Jesolo di Lido (beach near Venice).
Autonomy, yet Unity from being overseas with a bunch a trigger-happy Americans (lol).

Ok there's plenty more, but I'm gonna spare space (lol).

Realjobs: hated detassling corn....actually enjoyed working at an environmental lab doing analysis on water, air, soil, sludge & wastewater.

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12-20-2001, 03:16 PM
Worst job:
I was 18 and a laborer on highway concrete paving crew. 12-16 hrs a day. Wore out a pair of leather gloves every day.

Best job:
Same job. It paid $4.25/hr plus OT. Bought a new split window Vette that summer of ’63.

Hey Steveo, maybe I’ll start a thread like yours, I’ll call it:

Worst wife.......Best wife

Vic 970
12-20-2001, 04:08 PM
I think best job = worst job is probably about right, as all the good things in each job balance the bad things.
I wonder if that would be the same for best wife - worst wife?

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12-20-2001, 09:15 PM
Worst Job = Being a single mom with 3 kids. (when there sick and you still have to go to your paying job.

Best job = Being a mom with 3 kids.

12-20-2001, 10:18 PM
Worst job? Roofing down on Cape Cod one winter. Ten to twenty degrees every day with a stiff sea breeze. Cold you can't believe!

The boss didn't believe in power winches so we carried 80lb. bundles of shingles up ladders. All the nailing by hand.

Oh, by the way. Minimum wage at the time was $2.00/hr. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif

Best job? Painting the girls dorm at the local university. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif

Worst wife?... lets not go THERE! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/eek.gif

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12-21-2001, 02:18 AM
Worst job?
Rolling roof trusses in Las Vegas in July(120+º) next to the Sewer treatment plant. Drank 5 gallons of water in a 24 hour period and only pee'd twice a day. No wait, I had a hell of a good time that year, kinda liked that job. Hmmm
Pouring commercial foundations in one of the wettest winters in N. California in 20 years. Mud up to my wazoo all day long, rain down my back to wash the mud into my boots, hands that looked like a sack of white grape raisins until late spring. Wait, made some pretty good money that winter and my wife had our first baby. Guess I liked that too. Hmmm
Tieing my butt to a Pine tree and shoveling snow off an A-frame in Tahoe so I can put on shingles. Now wait a minute, anything in Tahoe is good http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/cool.gif
HMMMMMM, can't really think of any "worst jobs" that I have had. Some that I would not do? Honey Dipper driver(clean portable outhouses). Actualy, anything to do with sewege ( no offense Bassvax), working in a welfare clinic, the guy that inseminates cattle(eeewwww)

Best job?
Getting paid $2000.00 a month to go to school for something I absolutely love. Sure the pain in my wrist, back, and leg were excruciating, but I GOT PAID TO GO TO SCHOOL! http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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12-21-2001, 07:23 PM
Best Job: Managing a full service restaurant.
Worst Job: Managing a full service restaurant.
Good because I loved interacting with the customers and making sure the food came out right. Bad because of the extreme pressures.

I take that bake the worst job was on a pulling rig had to squeeze a handle to open the clamps that hold the pipes the first day I could barely drive home cause I couldn't close my hands.(this was also my last day)

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12-22-2001, 01:13 AM
Worst Job - Being assigned to a repossession crew while working at Sears in college, only lasted one day. Thank god I was able to get reassigned to different department.

Best Past Job - Graduate Assistant at the University of Louisville Student Activities Department, a.k.a. the RED BARN. Let's just say sex, drugs and rock-n-roll were never better and there never was a rule that could not be bent or broken in the pursuit of a good time! (Damn I wish you could see the Sh*t eatin Grin on my Face at this moment). Memories.

Best Current Job - Father of three and husband to a wonderful person.

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12-22-2001, 06:44 AM
Worst job/s
11 Months in the jungle in South East Asia
Over The Road Truck Driver 10-15 hours a day. 70 Hours a week with NO OVERTIME PAY

Best Job
Being a Father .. ( 2 Daughters)

I only had the Misfortune of seeing Graffenwohr, Germany once 1971
What a Mud Hole looks like when it’s covered with ice

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12-22-2001, 01:31 PM
just got back from milking the cows http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif not as bad as you may think bassman working sewage aint so bad either but the pay stinks. I worked five years in sewage irrigated agriculture. The up side... you become immune to all possible disease http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif wasn't sick a day in five years and had my own 4X4 bike to climb the hills around the dead sea.
A friend of mine says that "fun is a nightmare in retrospect" maybe that goes for the best wife \ worst wife and I'm sure it does for kids at least my mother would agree.
One thing for sure... the worst is unemployment . Can't even enjoy the vacation.

¡Hasta La Victoria Siempre!

12-22-2001, 08:43 PM
Hey! That's "Waste Water Treatment". My dad has spent 55 years in the field - still working 30 hrs/week at the age of 77. Sewer...um...Waste Water Treatment can't be all bad.

Worst job: custodian at a "religious establishment". People thought it was ok to be sloppy 'cause they were in a church. I hated learning how the place worked from the inside - was a lot better off not knowing.

Best job, professional: Test Director on some very, very fancy Space Station mechanisms and electronics. Developed the test approaches, invented new methods, modified vacuum chambers, built fixtures, tested the bejeebers out of it. Broke lots of hardware, messed up lots of procedures...on the ground before we had a chance to screw up on orbit. Now the stuff works first time, everytime. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Best job, casual: City bus driver. What a hoot.

Best unpaid avocation: open-road touring on a bicycle. Longest trip: 6 months, 11300 miles. No saddle sores.

Best job, personal: two kids, almost 4 and almost 9. Talk about antsy for xmas! Our house is just jumpin.

Merry Xmas, y'all.

12-24-2001, 02:49 AM
I think Hugh Hefner has the best job in the world. http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
I would give the worst job to being a suicide bomber.

12-24-2001, 03:17 AM
OK, so I already posted once, but a life in construction means hundreds of jobs. Having an immense reservoir from which to choose, there are none to put into “worst job” category though the following comes really close.

Was a carpenter during construction of large amusement park north of Toronto. We were installing finishing touches to a “Fun House”. It had sloped floors, and walls/ceilings were askew. Some rooms were upside down. We attached chairs etc overhead.
One’s equilibrium was constantly being battered. Could not walk a strait line upon exit, and had 5 minute headaches after each entrance or exit. Glad that task only lasted a few days.

Best jobs I’m reminded of constantly.

I still drive on E-ways that my friends & I built in the 60’s.
“The Boss” didn’t raise much fuss when he found out that I’d let some frat brothers test drive a Caterpillar D8 and ride/operate my Euclid 24yd twin engine scraper. Was night shift and nobody saw us or was hurt. Bet those guys still remember runnin heavy equipment.


Rivers are still held at bay by dams where I learned to rig a crane, and use a surveyor’s transit.


The nuclear plant where I trudged through knee-high snowdrifts into a 40 mph off-lake wind, still pumps juice to the grid from which you power your PC and X-mas lights.


The CN Tower stands http://www.PCGuide.com/ubb/wink.gif as testament to the fact that Fixrupr worked here and lived on Earth for a time.


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12-24-2001, 12:34 PM
Worst job- U.S. Operation desert storm/shield, embargo enforcement in the northern Red Sea. Schlepped an M-60 up to the 04 level aft eight or nine times a day and sat in the sweltering heat next to the aft exhaust stack in addition to being one of two qualified rescue swimmers on the boat and fulfilling the duties thereby held. Not to mention my normal job as radar technician. This was nine months where I seldom got more than 2 hours sleep at a time. Oh yeah, my two supervisors were the biggest jackasses I've ever met.

Best job- Same one. The dry desert air at about 0200 AM made me realize why some folks become astronomers. True, awe-inspiring, breathtaking beauty resides in the starry sky under the best conditions. (You folks from Arizona are sooo lucky.) Lying flat on my back on the deckplates and staring up from gently rocking surface is a blessing I'll treasure always.

Not only that, but around December, the rudder fell off. Yup, that's right, all two tons of it rests quietly at the bottom of the Red Sea. We were towed to Toulon France where we were treated to two months worth of mail and two weeks of liberty, wherein I went on a ski trip to the French Alps, all while the U.S.S. Biddle was getting fixed up with a salvaged rudder from the U.S.S. Wainwright.

I think any job is what you make of it.

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12-24-2001, 06:43 PM
hey it's x-mas eve...and what a day it is. Warm westerly winds sweep across the lake while scores of people out on the ice doing all the things they do for winter fun. Hockey games, snowmobile races, ice fishing, xcountry skiing etc.

I'll add another good job I had. I was pipefitting for a welder in a gold processing plant north of the arctic circle. The winter temp was -43c but you'd never really felt it for some reason. Some said it was because there was no humidity. I'm use to -30/35c so the temp never bothered me. The summer was considerably warmer. Three tumblers were brought in from a gold mine in South Africa so they were used...and huge. I would walk inside the darkened tumblers with a flashlight and see all the gold flakes light up admist the black mud they were stuck to. It was a sight to see. And no we couldn't "borrow" any gold although it was tried a few times. Security was pretty tight and charges of theft laid to deter others.

The best parts of the job was the gross amounts of money they threw at me for doing very little besides using a tape measure and doing a little basic math 11.5 hrs a night. Also, our cooks were gourmet chefs that prepared 4 star meals twice a day. No expense was spared for those guys who also got paid ample amounts of cash. Nothing like having smoked baked salmon or filet mignon/lobster for breakfast. Another benefit was the lake nearby. It didn't take much to catch 30-40lbs rainbow trout and the cooks would bake them up for us if we cleaned them.

A quick word of thanks for everyone adding to this thread, all the reads have been pretty interesting thus far and my rock picking job seems pretty trivial compared to what others have endured.

Hey Fixer, someone once told me the CN Tower is almost as deep as it is high...being you worked on it maybe you can clear that up for me!

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