Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Occupations I might rock or suck at.

  1. Shabbos goy
  2. Ambiguous fortune cookie writer (Big things await you around the corner.  It is only by leaving that you can return.  Expect huge payout when temperature drops in southland.)
  3. Mystery shopper
  4. Ninja shopper
  5. Samurai shopper
  6. Sumo shopper



Here in NY State, I work for a wheat research team.  I used to be their part-time lab technician;  now I'm their parter-time field technician.  I work two days a week doing whatever (I can physically do that) needs to be done.  Threshing wheat in the barn, transplanting in the greenhouse, packaging seed in the workroom.  I do that.  I especially like the greenhouse work, but it's all good.

I used to love lab work.  L<3VE.  Something just clicked, and I was done.  I'd like to work in a microbiology lab again, maybe, but maybe not.  Last night I dreamed John Larroquette was the senior research associate showing me his PCR gel (if you know what I mean, ladies).   It was so perfect that I asked This is a representation, right?  and he said, No, this is the document!   He walked away, knowing this discovery meant a lifetime of research grants, and I thought God, I hate science.  [This is not the first time John Larroquette has found his way into my dreams, and I do not know what that means.]

I don't have formal experience doing anything but this and lab work.  And cleaning houses.  And door-to-door proselytizing.  Knock-knock.  Give me money.  I can't see it being lucrative:  no one gives money to preachers.

So, on the road I'm open to lots of stuff.  I won't want a long-term commitment for a while.  There are a few things I won't do (unless you're John Larroquette, apparently), but almost everything is on the table.  Brainstorm, please!

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19 comments:

Kimbopolo said...

Stand-up comic!

Ask John Larroquette to introduce you to his agent.

P.S. I'm serious about the comedy.

The devil spanks John S. said...

Well, let's see, you could shoot tin cans in Utah and gamble on the outcome. You'd have to work at your sniper skills, and then plink cans from over a mile away. I'd put money on you. Maybe we could work together, and you'd miss a few, and then we could hit them with the old double or nothing routine. I'll keep brainstorming.

Maria B said...

You forgot jewelry-maker!

Rose said...

I second the comedy idea! What about writing a book about your RV travels?

Also, if you like greenhouse work, maybe you could do some Mobile Bicycle Gardening, but with your RV.

Levonne said...

Well, good luck figuring out what to do to make money on the road. Everybody seems to have to figure that out. I want to make money with writing and photography. But I'm not there yet. Ever thought of being a traveling psychic? (Oh yes, that figure was correct, $5,000 per month times 12 months. I think that comes to $60,000. So we are past the pre-existing condition clauses but we're going to pay for it aren't we? And no I do not have an acute deadly disease/illness that I'm being treated for at this time and neither does John.)

The Good Luck Duck said...

Kim - ha! Thank you for that. John does owe me a favor ...

John, every time you post I think this is a funny guy - I wonder who ... oh! I do already have the sniper nerves of steel, and I can slow my respiration to 7 breaths an hour. So, the double-or-nothing hustle? I can see that.

Maria - yes! You're right, and it's actually something that brings in a little (little) bit of money. I think it's because I would actually like to do that more seriously, but I don't because it's highly likely that I stink and I don't want to know that yet.

Rose - Oh my gosh, that is - I want to say CUTE!!!, but that's belittling. But, it is CUTE!! It would be so awesome to tool down the road with wheat grass growing from the roof, the bumpers, etc. I can see it.

Levonne, I already KNEW it was really $60,000 a year for insurance. $35, please. How's that? Am I convincing? Would you return? Doesn't matter - I'm the Single-Shot Psychic. Read 'Em and Leave Lill. Do you submit your photos to stock photo companies? I know they deserve more recognition, but I've read it's a way to start.

You guys, don't stop with these ideas! I love them - they're inspiring me and making me laugh, too.

Rose said...

Yeah, and then you could roll into a town and sell organic wheat grass juice from the RV!

Cruzin2some said...

I don't know about you, but after retiring from a stressful twenty year groverment job, I am willing to weed flower beds and clean toilets if thats what it takes to RV fulltime. I'm looking forward to doing something that doesn't require a lot of mental effort!!!!!

Travel Safe
Dawn & Denise

The Good Luck Duck said...

Perfect. A rolling juice bar.

D&D: you hit that nail on its tiny head. I'm not looking for challenge or passion in my work - I want that from my whole life. I want to work enough to eat and keep rolling. Luckily, my current boss doesn't expect me to be smart, so I can drop that ruse. And, I don't have to take anything home with me but the chaff that sticks in my underwear.

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

R! thanks for visitng my blog! there's a prize for being the first commentor. I'll catch up with you on that, later.

Are you looking for part time or full time work? I'm wondering because I'm thinking if you go for the comic routine, I could maybe get work as your fall guy.

Cyndi @ RVly Ever After

Merikay said...

It seems to me that it's hard to find a job no mater how skilled you are these days!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Cyndi, I could have sworn I replied here to you, but what do I know? I like being first!

Yeah, I want to work so part-time that my employment is almost indiscernible. Go ahead, set me up for a punchline. Make me funny.

Merikay, you're right. It's tough out there for people who want to be gainfully employed. I'm hoping that my lack of desire to work, coupled with my relative lack of useful skills will be an advantage in the market.

dirtyduck said...

yea shootong cans and be a comic! i love this post! i had a job picking up rocks then burrying them, you MIGHT qualify for that.lololol

The Good Luck Duck said...

You did NOT have that job. Did you? Did you have to dig the hole? Because that can be hard, and I might not qualify. And, if the rocks are too big I couldn't carry them. But otherwise, it sounds perfect!

Denise and Bennie - Bennie loves reading the Comments !! said...

I think that once you're on the road you will find lots of work opportunities - especially at RV Parks.

I know you don't what to spend time there but apparently you can work there for free site rental.

So glad I found your Blog - and naturally I have no idea how ?? LOL And I didn't cheat - I started reading from the very beginning.

So GIT on the road already !! hahaha

The Good Luck Duck said...

Denise, I'm glad you found us, too, because that means we got to find you. I can never retrace my steps through the Internet - it's always a friend of a friend of a friend - and there I am.

moonsword said...

I was the lucky recipient of a beautiful bookmark, handmade by Roxi, courtesy of A Vegan Fox's bookmark swap.
As a retired metalsmith, I can tell you Roxi that you have what it takes to do jewelry. Graceful curves in metal aren't easy...you have that covered, as well as a good sense of design and color. You definitely should pursue it. Maybe take some workshop classes on your travels. You can find class listings here http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SNAGnet/ and here http://www.ganoksin.com/resources/browse-usa-162-1.html
Both SNAG and Ganoksin are super excellent resources, lots of helpful advice, etc. If you need info on metals and bead suppliers let me know, or check their listings. I'd be happy to pass on whatever info/experience I have. Best of luck to you!

¡Vizcacha! said...

Moonsword, you might know I'd make a metal item for a metalsmith! You are very kind, and you've made my day. I'm saving these links for this weekend when I can dig into them - thank you for the resources! I'd like to stay in touch with you.

Roxanne

moonsword said...

That would be great! Here's one more link for you...Exploits of a Vegan Wannabe:
http://www.exploitsofaveganwannabe.com/
Sherry and her partner Sandy run it, and feature terrific vegan recipes, adventures, musings and more. And they also run Solstice Designs, an awesomely cool jewelry design studio in Dearborn, MI:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/solsticed
A interview here too:
http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=41822
Maybe somehow you can arrange some kind of summer apprenticeship with them, trade some bench lessons for gardening help, or at least get to know them and learn from their jewelry and vegan exploits. Cheers!

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