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I’m all Ear.

29 March 2011

Apologies for the radio silence yesterday. Thanks to some work going on near my house, the Internet’s been down, and I was home. . . well, not exactly sick. My ear was just cartoonishly large.

On Friday, I started noticing a bit of swelling in my right ear. No big deal, thought I. Big dog just probably smacked it while I was sleeping.

By yesterday morning, I’d estimate it was between two and three times the normal size. So I made an appointment with my GP, and off I went. He stuck a needle in it and gave me something for the swelling, then, as he was feeling around, got concerned by what seemed to be an obstruction or blockage of some sort near the corrotid artery. After a few more tests, it turned out there was nothing to worry about — the swelling had just pushed up some old scar tissue.

I essentially had a boxer’s injury to my ear, what with the swelling and scar tissue and all, and that kind of makes sense. I used to fight a lot in my teens and early twenties, and I couldn’t tell you how many times that ear’s been clubbed in my life. But that did get me to thinking about how many times we all change jobs in our lives.

Before my current career as an Informational Janitor for the DoD, I taught martial arts, I worked on farms, in restaurants, in commercial and retail optics, in sales, in radio, in magazines, in tech, and in the medical field. Also, I’m 32 years old. That seems like a lot of different career fields to be in for only working 17 years or so thus far.

What about you, folks? How many jobs have you had? What was the oddest one?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. barefootinAus permalink
    29 March 2011 0716

    I too have had many in my my 18 yrs and also pretty varied. Obligatory bar staff, waitress and shop assistant jobs, carer in nursing home, production line in bakery factory, production line in lettuce factory. The latter was by far the worst of the lot; only lasted 4 days and that was 3 days longer than i wanted to do…oh the memories of the smell induced retching! er where was I? oh yes then assistant scientist, industrial chemist and environmental officer. I have followed (stumbled along) a windy path.

  2. 29 March 2011 1145

    I started work at age 19, first becoming a disability awareness educator, drafts person, receptionist, sales assistant, IT support, tutor and telemarketer. Now I’m… well… on an extended holiday 😀

  3. 31 March 2011 1909

    as you WELL know…I’ve been working since I was 14, so, 21yrs now…um…weirdest job. Graveyard security. Not just the graveyard SHIFT, mind you, but an actual graveyard in Omaha.

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