So my new j-o-b is going swimmingly well. Yesterday, my second day at work, I showed up in the morning and my boss tells me that she has an emergency. They got a surprise job in for next Monday, and she didn't have anyone available to go, and even though she likes to train up her new people for at least a week and then send them on a job with someone else who is more experienced before sending them out on their own, would I be interested in training up real fast and going? Well of course I would. So the upshot is that I spent all day yesterday cramming for the VUE test, which is the software and administration guidelines which the remote administrators (that's me) use to administer these tests, and at the end of the day took the test and passed with an %89. I wish I'd done that well at testing when I was still in school!
So, in a week I'm going to Wyoming all by myself! I'm even going to have a couple of free days, so I'm going to try to hit Yellowstone park, if that's at all feasible. But, first things first. I have a lot of work crap I still have to learn this week. The cool thing is that the company provides car service between the airport and my house, I get a company car rental card for my stays at remote sites, and a company credit card. And I get to book my own flights and hotels. This is like, the awesomest job ever. Well, it will be if I don't totally screw up this week. This whole Wyoming thing is a double-edged sword: I have a chance to impress them already, which is a good start to any job, or I bomb and... well actually it's not so bad because even if I bomb I can always say well you know, I had hardly any training, it's not my fault you guys had this emergency! So, sweet then.
Saranne had a post yesterday about all the crazy jobs she's had, which made me think about my own career, naturally. Since she didn't tag anybody on it, I'm tagging myself. My work history, as best as I can recall, and not necessarily in order:
Dishwasher at IHOP
Dishwasher at Deerfoot Lodge (Boy's camp)
Councilor at Deerfoot Lodge
Lifeguard at YMCA, Shawnee, various other dives
Various other crappy restaurant/resort jobs in the Poconos
Night stock boy at IGA (Grocery store)
Video Clerk at Movies on the Move
Sparkle Car Wash attendant (awesome summer job!)
Poster roller at poster distributer (Where Have-a-Day came from)
Materials Handler at Cosmetic/lipstick factory (most depressing job of my entire life)
Security Guard at the Shannon Inn
Wall to Wall clerk
Prosthetic Technician apprentice (Yes, fake legs)
Auto parts delivery dude
Can line inspector at Petersburg Fisheries, Alaska
Crab boat unloader on the Coastal Star (Crab processing boat in the Bering Straight)
Night Hausmeister at the Von Steuben Hotel, Bavaria, Germany
Night Auditor/Manager at the Von Steuben, and Chiemsee Lake hotel
Front Desk at several hotels
Housekeeping Supervisor in Baghdad, Iraq (IAP)
Maintenance Manager, then Project Manager, then General Manager in Baghdad Iraq (GBG)
Remote Site Administrator!!
I'm sure there's a thing or two I missed. Anyway, I know it was probably difficult if not outright boring for you to read through that list. But, blogging is for the benefit of the blogger, not the blog reader. I just wanted to see how much I could remember. Too bad I'll never know what I've forgotten. Isn't it weird that you can have spent weeks or months working at a place, and one day totally forget about that period in your life? Same thing with girlfriends. Every once in a while something will remind me of a girl I once dated, and I can't remember her name, or what period of my life that was in, and I have to struggle for a long time to recall anything about her, and then at some point I'll realize that I had dated her for like 6 months! No wonder people don't live to be 500 years old or whatever... you'd totally forget where you spent the first 200 years of your life by then. Your brain would totally mush, even if you didn't age. I'm 34, and my brain is oatmeal. Or cornflakes, after soaking in milk for 5 minutes.