Friday, August 29, 2008

Labor Day Meme

Not enough for a Roundup, so here's the Friday Five...

1. Tell us about the worst job you ever had. That'd be my days as an "alley coordinator" at Red Lobster. An alley coordinator dresses the plates before they go out, make sure the salad-making station is stocked up, etc. The job itself wasn't horrible...I just didn't seem to click with the culture: there were understood ways of doing things that I never really picked up on until I got something wrong. I'd taken the job to relieve our very strained budget (I was a full-time student, and Coffeewife was already working 7 days a week), and it just brought more stress for me personally.

2. Tell us about the best job you ever had. I like my gig as a pastor well enough. But growing up, I'd have to say my summers at a place called Chickmaster. This is (or was...last I knew they'd been majorly cutting back) a factory that made incubators, and I worked in the plumbing department, assembling a lot of the pieces that helped control temperature. The job was so versatile...I wasn't stuck doing the same thing for more than a couple days. And I was home by mid-afternoon.

3. Tell us what you would do if you could do absolutely anything (employment related) with no financial or other restrictions. Earn a Ph.D or D.Min (depending on what is required) and find a seminary professorship gig in homiletics.

4. Did you get a break from labor this summer? If so, what was it and if not, what are you gonna do about it? My only vacation this summer happened way back the first week of June, when we spent a week at Ormond Beach, just outside Daytona. It was our first experience with a long car ride with Coffeeson, but he did okay. The weather was excellent all week, the Wings won the Stanley Cup, the three of us took walks (with Coffeeson conking out every time in his harness). A great, relaxing week.

5. What will change regarding your work as summer morphs into fall? Are you anticipating or dreading? It's a confirmation year, so there's a bunch of extra stuff right there. I also pick back up with the senior highs. Those are the two biggest work-related additions. I've pretty much already been doing all the other things I'll do this fall. I'm also contemplating leading my Consistory through Appreciative Inquiry...but I'll need to study up on how to do that first, and I can't wait around for one of Alban's ridiculously-priced workshops.

Bonus question: For the gals who are mothers, do you have an interesting story about labor and delivery (LOL)? If you are a guy pal, not a mom, or you choose not to answer the above, is there a song, a book, a play, that says "workplace" to you? Office Space. I worked at a place like that. And it's been my experience that the people who don't think that movie is hilarious are people who've never been there.