Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What do you do?

As I mentioned Sunday, it's a light blog tour week, and I need something to ramble about this week. 

Maybe it's because I don't venture far from my little corner of the world, but people frequently ask, "where do you work now?" or "what are you doing now?" While well meaning questions, for some reason, they always seem to come off with a sense of "do you have a job?" 

I'm sure that's just me. I'm sure they don't mean it in a way that sounds like, "are you an old maid that lives with your parents?" Since graduating college (when I lived away for three years), I stayed with my parents for only two brief intervals: 1) less than 6 months when I graduated and was looking for a job, and 2) about 6 months when I needed to move out of the 'hood I was living in after an incident of coming home to find police in my front yard looking for gun shell casings and another time of finding out the apartment on the other side of my wall had been broken into during broad daylight.  (That's the only time in 17 years I haven't lived in my own place.)

Obviously, these people are not my blog readers. Inspired by the sermon this morning where the visiting preacher said, "I'll just answer the obvious questions now. I am 6'6", and yes, I played basketball."

Yes, America, I have a job. Other than a less than two week transition period in 2012, I have had a job consistently since April of 2002. Before that there was a three month period where I was looking for a job after deciding my mental well being was more valuable than the education of 20 fourth graders who were driving me to the brink of insanity. For 9 years and 11 months, I worked at one company doing PR work. Then, I changed jobs, but for over 2 years and 4 months, I have worked for another company doing the same kind of thing I did before.

Although I do the same think I've done for the past 12 years, now, instead of going to an office outside of my home, I get dressed and go to another part of the house every morning.

On behalf of all people that work from home... You can have a full-time, actual work from home job. It's an actual living. It's not like answering some weird classified ad on Craig's List. Yes, I have some hermit tendencies that I've always had, but it's not some odd taboo thing or just something people do in order to be able to homeschool their children (that's the usual situation - I'm not downing anyone). You don't have to be a stay at home parent to have a real work from home job.

The "what do you do?" question though gets me. For over 12 years, I've tried to explain it, and my dad still calls me by the wrong job title (one I haven't had in at least 10). I might as well work for the CIA. It'd be easier to say, "it's classified" or make up something. The problem with making up something... it's mostly people at church that ask.

Do any of you have some kind of odd job or working situation that people ask you about? Have you worked at one place for ages, and people just don't realize it?

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