I think many of us have been where Joe is. I don’t mean homeless with
a beard that is growing wildly out of control against all reason.
Instead, I mean desperate for a job and willing to take things that may
not be the best opportunity. As the cash runs low or the job
applications go unanswered, we start to change our thinking from “does
this job sound good” to “is this just something I could tolerate.” I
imagine that this is how most sandwich artists are born. You may think
that maybe they wanted to paint a masterpiece with luncheon meats and
flatbread (I call this sandwich “The Francis Bacon”), but you’d be
wrong! It can be distressing to compromise on your goals (at least in
the short term), but I think that—like Joe—you’ll find that you get a
lot of interesting stories from these McJobs.
Here are some highlights from my own life:
- Working at a movie theater that began employing ex-convicts (for no
apparent reason). They liked cons there so much that several members who
had never been convicted wanted to join the ranks, robbing that same
theater and a convenience store!
- A job as a literal paper pusher (I pushed papers into a machine)
which was so stressful for one coworker that we had a guard on watch
because we thought he would come in one day and shoot everyone.
- Sitting in a basement answering a phone so elderly people could order hams through the mail.
Trivia: Not every descendant of the founding Corgi
takes over the paper. Usually, the mantle is passed to the eldest member
of a litter, which can be difficult to tell!