We can attempt to teach the things that one might imagine the earth would teach us: silence, humility, holiness, connectedness, courtesy, beauty, celebration, giving, restoration, obligation and wildness.
David Orr from "Earth in Mind"

Jan 2, 2007


I just finished reading Job Hopper by Ayun Halliday. She was the woman I always wished I could be. I'm sure I have had as many jobs as she has but I was never as brazen about my slacking during work. I always tried to put on a good face. In retrospect I could have probably enjoyed some of my jobs more if I hadn't been so concerned about either the people I worked with or my bosses.
The book got me thinking that I should make a list of all the jobs I ever had. It got more and more amusing as it went on so I thought I'd share it here.

Middle School:
Mowed golf course in someones backyard
Washed Cars
Baby sat (I some how became the babysitter to a lot of Israeli bankers in our neighborhood, they would usually just hand me a fifty and say they didn't have change).

High School:
Day Camp Counselor
Museum Art project teacher
Preschool Aide

Camp Counselor (Camp Treetops, still the most amazing place on the planet)
Cook at campus pub
Dean's Intern for Women's Issues
Mat Cutter for Art History Department
Women's bookstore clerk
Capital Children's Museum, general slave

Since College:
House painter
Envelope Stuffer (I did that on and off for 6 years Nick Wolf was one of the best bosses)
Telemarketer (I lasted one call)
Ticket Checker (Purgatory)
Snow Removal (Purgatory)
Ski Boot fitter (purgatory)
Adaptive Ski Instructor (trade for ski tickets)
Teacher of:
7th grade Special Ed
6th-7th Reading
High School Sociology
High School Design
Substitute Teacher
Multi Age Elementary School class (K-4)
Middle School Geography
Middle School Girls Studies
Life Skills Specialist for Developmentally Disabled Adults
Primary Care Giver for Developmentally Disabled Adults
Assistant Manager of Day Program for Developmentally Disabled Adults
Barista/ bookseller
Coffee shop/ bookstore manager
Shipping and Receiving
Nonprofit Director

That means that I have had 37 jobs since I turned 10. Of course some of them have been at the same time. Someone once told me that the average person changes jobs seven times during their lives. I've already surpassed that by nine times. I'm not sure what this all means.


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