On the Road Again: This Time, at Tamara (Like) Camera


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Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

A fish monger, an obituary writer, and a Walmart cashier walk into a bar …

In this case, they’re the same person. As in, the same person has held down all three of those lousy jobs. All three, in this case, are me.

Makes a sucky joke, huh? But a decent guest post, I hope.

Today, I’m moving on up like George and Weezie. Tamara Bowman asked me to hold down the mansion. She’s off being a Disney princess. You’ll read about her adventure, soon. Today, I’m at Tamara (Like) Camera to divulge the worst jobs I’ve ever had.

Come check it out! And tell me in comments here (or there) …

what’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. jmgoyder says:

    I can so relate to this!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      What’s your worst job ever, Julie?

  2. ksbeth says:

    working as a temp typist in the foreclosure dept of a bank, maybe i should blog it. a nightmare for me.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      you should most definitely blog about it. what good is a nightmare if you don’t share it with the free world, beth?

  3. Ahhh… another Jack of all trades, I see! 🙂 Let’s see… worst job must have been bussing tables when I was 11. But then, there was lots of free food, so it wasn’t so bad,really.. Probably my worst job was in some ways my best. Half of a morning news/entertainment team at a medium market radio station (Tulsa) working alongside a narcissist with serious temper issues… Yeah, the money was so not worth the grief! 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Another ‘jack’ is right, Dorreen. What restaurant in the free world employs 11-year-olds to bus tables? There are a lot of crappy jobs I’d do for free food, though.

      After you’ve worked with a narcissist with serious temper issues … you can pretty much handle anything, right?

      1. Ohhh my, yes! I was very young. The old bird I’ve come to be would never for a second out up with that kind of abuse again… 🙂 🙂 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        You had to be an adorable chick at age 11.

      3. Haha! More like an ugly duckling! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        I don’t believe that for a second!

  4. Ann Koplow says:

    Decent post, indeed.

  5. Kim says:

    I hoed one summer:) (weeds!!)

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      In different area codes? I think this is the first comment on my blog that included both the words “hoe” and “weed”!

  6. Ginny Marie says:

    Delivering an ad flyer to all the houses in our small town when I was in sixth grade…it was hard work!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      What if you lived in Bangladesh or something? That’d be rough.

  7. Worst job i ever had was working at a restoration company (in the office) in the insurance department. Any insurance claims came through. It was horrible. And my boss was NOT the nicest person, in fact he made the devil look like a saint.

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      What’s a restoration company? I bet they didn’t play music or take you to Cancun. I think it’d be stressful to be a mean boss. You ought to blog that job sometime, Ash.

      1. A restoration company has crews of people that go into your house or place of business and fix any damage made by water, tree fallen on your house, etc… So we had to deal with insurance companies as well as people who were having a pretty terrible day, therefore not in the best of moods. It was Disneyland that’s for sure.

  8. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me says:

    You were a fish monger? I love it. I’ve never known an actual fish monger. Well, I mean other than my regular one at the market…
    Worst job ever…let’s see. I think it has to be when I was slinging bologna in a supermarket deli. It’s not that I’m above that kind of work. Not at all. But I was stuck there post-degree, post awesome job situation that turned out to be a nightmare, post failed self-employment attempt, post breakup. Sucked. Truth is, it wasn’t the job as much as what it represented — all those things that didn’t go as planned. But it motivated me to figure out what I needed to do to pull myself up by my proverbial bootstraps, as my Grandfather would say. So I did.
    Going to read…

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I didn’t have the official title “fish monger,” but I use it now because of how cool it sounds. I don’t think A&P counts.

      I think that if you’d been in a better spot in life, the bologna might not have been so bad. But post-degree, post-breakup, even working as a cookie test-taster might get sucky.

      A crappy job can motivate, for sure.

  9. Rorybore says:

    telemarketer hands down worse job ever. I didn’t even last the whole first day. And the boss actually said with a very serious face, “you’ll be sorry if I have to fire you.”
    Really? Let’s test out that theory right fricking now buddy.
    I would like a chance to be a Disney Princess for a day though. Especially if it means I get to hang with Tamara. 🙂

  10. OK worst ever… My first job, Burger King. Can’t even think about it! Dying over the hoes and weed. BAHAHAHAHA!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      What was so bad about BK? I can see you in the visor and greasy floors!

  11. Delivering tickets to a wrestling performance that was coming to town – my contact was a greasy guy in a seedy motel room. Yeah…desperate times call for….

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Wow … you should write about this!

      1. Ew…some things are better off buried deep where they fester internally for decades! 🙂

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        but that’s what makes good bloggage, too!

  12. tamaralikecamera says:

    I lasted a week at a matchmaking company. She told me to fix the printer and walk her dog.
    I left a post-it note to break up with that company.
    No regrets.
    Why didn’t I really go the route of being a Disney princess???

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I think you really *are* a Disney princess. You just are. It’s not a choice. You have the dress to prove it.

      1. tamaralikecamera says:

        The dress is see through. Every Halloween I have to explain to Scarlet that I need a new one that doesn’t require leggings around children.
        We both know it’s my hair that’s the real proof.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        It’s all about the hair. I mean, really, Ariel would just be an average mermaid without all that healthy ginger glory.

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