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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:55 am 
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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:59 am 
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Oh that sounds interesting Meggs!

I'm a bankruptcy lawyer who worked on Wall Street (investment banks and white shoe law firms) and is now taking time off to be home with my baby. Its the most fun job ever! I worked for The Man, and now for the kidlet :)

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:00 am 
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I don't think anyone sounds embarrassed about working for "the man"

But there are actually many jobs that aren't - and those individuals aren't necessarily privileged. In fact, they're probably underpaid and get no benefits.

Hell to the yes.


Well, I'm underpaid, get no benefits and work for "the man." :)

Just out of curiosity, what kind of jobs are you folks talking about?


But how does you being underpaid and getting no benefits mean that other people who don't are privileged?

The kinds of jobs I was thinking about were some of my friends who are artists, writers, crafters, nannies, dog walkers, musicians, photographers, small business owners and their employees.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:02 am 
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Fee wrote:
But how does you being underpaid and getting no benefits mean that other people who don't are privileged?

The kinds of jobs I was thinking about were some of my friends who are artists, writers, crafters, nannies, dog walkers, musicians, photographers, small business owners and their employees.


I'm a nanny and I am underpaid and get no benefits.

When I worked for a nonprofit I had fabulous benefits but still made very little money especially considering I worked 70 hour weeks.

I also never used my health insurance in over a year of having it because it was too much of a pain to get time off.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:11 am 
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Fee wrote:
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Hell to the yes.


Well, I'm underpaid, get no benefits and work for "the man." :)

Just out of curiosity, what kind of jobs are you folks talking about?


But how does you being underpaid and getting no benefits mean that other people who don't are privileged?


Yeah, I don't know what I was trying to say there. Sorry. I need to think more before I post.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:27 am 
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I am starting a not-for-profit. So technically I am the man. Hubby works non-profit too.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:44 am 
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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:14 am 
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The kinds of jobs I was thinking about were some of my friends who are artists, writers, crafters, nannies, dog walkers, musicians, photographers, small business owners and their employees.

Whoa there. We are living the dream and that is surely reward enough. Who needs fair wage or health insurance or other Man things when you are living that dream? Artists don't need to be well compensated for their work because it's really just funsies time for them. Bring on the funsies!

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:21 am 
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pandacookie wrote:
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The kinds of jobs I was thinking about were some of my friends who are artists, writers, crafters, nannies, dog walkers, musicians, photographers, small business owners and their employees.

Whoa there. We are living the dream and that is surely reward enough. Who needs fair wage or health insurance or other Man things when you are living that dream? Artists don't need to be well compensated for their work because it's really just funsies time for them. Bring on the funsies!


Totally agree!!! Art is its own reward.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:24 am 
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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:30 am 
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pandacookie wrote:
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The kinds of jobs I was thinking about were some of my friends who are artists, writers, crafters, nannies, dog walkers, musicians, photographers, small business owners and their employees.

Whoa there. We are living the dream and that is surely reward enough. Who needs fair wage or health insurance or other Man things when you are living that dream? Artists don't need to be well compensated for their work because it's really just funsies time for them. Bring on the funsies!

We should just give what we do away for free! I mean, I don't think other people should even have to pay for the costs, since we're the ones to get to have all the funsies.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:52 am 
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I also never used my health insurance in over a year of having it because it was too much of a pain to get time off.

Man, story of my life. And I'm paying for my health insurance, but finding time to see a doctor is too much of a pain in the asparagus to bother.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:57 am 
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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
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pandacookie wrote:
Fee wrote:
The kinds of jobs I was thinking about were some of my friends who are artists, writers, crafters, nannies, dog walkers, musicians, photographers, small business owners and their employees.

Whoa there. We are living the dream and that is surely reward enough. Who needs fair wage or health insurance or other Man things when you are living that dream? Artists don't need to be well compensated for their work because it's really just funsies time for them. Bring on the funsies!

<3<3<3

I eat and pay my bills with fun and dreams.

Funny story about this question: I was at a wedding recently, chatting with a person I did not know. They ask what I do, and I say honestly that I am working on some writing and art projects and at a free community bike shop, and idosomeboringtempworktopaythebills.They wanted to know ALL about the shitty bill paying jobs. what the fizzle?

Anyhow, my "real" career was as a newspaper reporter, which I gave up because it was stressful, traumatic work that ate my whole life, paid very little, and none of the jobs i spent years working toward really exist any more. Plus, it really limits what you can do in your spare time, in terms of ethical considerations and just having no time/energy.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:35 pm 
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I'm a PhD student and an instructional designer. I also freelance and adjunct here and there. I totally mooch off the man to support myself while I'm in school.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:50 pm 
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Funny story about this question: I was at a wedding recently, chatting with a person I did not know. They ask what I do, and I say honestly that I am working on some writing and art projects and at a free community bike shop, and idosomeboringtempworktopaythebills.They wanted to know ALL about the shitty bill paying jobs. what the fizzle?


If someone told me they worked temp jobs, I think I'd ask what sort of temp jobs (not a detailed description) just because I'd be curious.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
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I guess what was weird to me is, I'm pretty passionate and excited about almost everything I do in my life, except the stuff I do for a regular paycheck. This would be obvious to anyone who talks to me. I can see being curious and asking what type of temp work, but if I'm making idle conversation with a stranger, I'd be far more interested in hearing about what excites them vs. how they pay bills.


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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
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I'm a baker at the local coop. Great coworkers, good pay, good benefits, working for an employer who reinvests in the community, and I get to bake stuff (about half vegan) all day. It's pretty perfect.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:14 pm 
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I guess what was weird to me is, I'm pretty passionate and excited about almost everything I do in my life, except the stuff I do for a regular paycheck. This would be obvious to anyone who talks to me. I can see being curious and asking what type of temp work, but if I'm making idle conversation with a stranger, I'd be far more interested in hearing about what excites them vs. how they pay bills.

This is totally me! I've always seen jobs as a means to an end, not my passionate pursuit. My passionate pursuits come outside of paid work but yeah, when I tell people my purposefully dull employment history, I sound like an unpromotable loser who's been doing the same thing for twenty-four years whereas I see what I do as the key to making my creative pursuits possible (flexibility of work hours and a job that doesn't sap my energy via dumb office politics and endless work stress so I maintain the energy to write). My job pays my bills and is a good one and I'm really grateful for it but Lard, it's a boring subject and I really don't want to talk much at all about it.

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 Post subject: Re: What do you do?
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Right now I wait tables in a vegan restaurant and teach cooking classes and help people throw parties to make the $$$. What up recession / late 20's crisis about the quality of life when working full time and not being broke vs. not working much and being totally broke! But, I'm an independent curator, former art dealer, and aspiring director of an artist residency program. Sometimes I make and write things too, but mostly I'm on the side of supporting artists in their work. I'd sort of like to work for the man for a while, it's been years since I've had health insurance.

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