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Friday, October 12, 2007
  Somewhat unusual jobs I've had
Scott (at Jesus Creed) has a post Crazy jobs I’ve had in it he lists (some of?) his previous employment and invites others to do the same. Here's my list:
  • dolly boy in a ducting factory - the dolly boy holds a lump of iron against the inside of the ducting while the "craftsman" hammers the aluminium rivet flat, it is quite a noisy job but in those days we had no ear protectors
  • accounts clerk (temporary) - helping fix the accounts before the auditors got to see them, I worked at a side table in the CEO's office, so between the job and the telephone conversations I could not help overhearing I knew more about the company than anyone (yes, even the CEO in whose office I worked, he did not see all the invoices and receipts ;-)
  • student pastor (sole charge) of a church with 10 members - it was great practice for preaching each week to people you know and who know you
  • filling station attendant (night shift) during my PhD, the theory was I could get reading done in the quiet hours... after a few months of feeding the police and other denizens of the night (there were few if any all night fast food outlets in Glasgow at that time) I developed splitting headaches and had to give up this sinecure, for "real work" as:
  • Photo of one of many plastic imposters by Clouds76Father Christmas is Coming

  • Father Christmas - yes I confess I am not just any red faced, portly older gentleman, I am that (now retired from the role) red faced, portly older gentleman so just send me your Christmas wish lists and I'll see what I can do!
  • vice-recteur (vice-principal) of a University (well of two faculties on the way to becoming a University) with 2000 students - while there I was also (unpaid except in food) a rabbit, chicken and duck keeper (who once branched out into goose) for food, and part-time computer technician a role that dogged my steps later here in NZ :(
  • part-time computer technician when our administrator left in a hurry here at Carey I was offered got landed with the job of computer support, during my time our network went from six PCs on a peer to peer network sharing one printer to twenty plus PCs and laptops with an NT server and an Internet... I went from an (almost, well nearly almost) full head of hair to my present un-hirsuite state!
I'm sure I've missed a few doozies, but that will do to be going on... maybe Barbara can remember those I've omitted...

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