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Old 05-20-2006, 11:02 AM   #21
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I have a friend that spent two seasons hauling in King Crab traps,* not so nasty but definately dangerous.
When TWA 800 went down the Navy mobilized just about every one of their divers to help with the recovery.

A shipmate of mine said that the site looked like a football field filled with tiny pieces of debris. The big stuff was picked up with slings & cranes, the smaller stuff (hand size) was picked up by hand, and the really small stuff was found by sifting or siphoning. So most of the work involved divers crawling over grid squares by their fingertips.

Human remains were the top priority but were frequently indistinguishable from inorganic debris. However the divers were aided by an even better search team-- the crabs. The human remains were either covered with crabs or at the front of a long line of crabs pointing the way.

He still won't eat crabmeat.
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Old 05-20-2006, 12:05 PM   #22
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This womans husband disappears. The police search for days for him, and eventually the womans doorbell rings and when she opens it, theres a couple of cops there...hats in hand.

"Have you found my husband?"

"Yes m'am, and we have good news and bad news".

"Whats the bad news?"

"Your husband is dead. We pulled his body up from the bottom of the harbor, and it was covered in huge lobsters that were eating him".

"OH MY GOD! Thats horrible! What could be the good news?!?"

"We're sending him back down in the morning."
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I used to work at a fire hydrant manufacturing company. The job wasn't bad, but finding a parking spot was a bitch.
Worked at Ex-Lax, but quit because the hours were too irregular.

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Haha, when I worked at McDonald's, touching a coworker's boobs was the fringe benefit. She didn't quit in a huff either. Kids these days don't appreciate the free bennies.
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I had the worst job in the world when I was 12.

I was hired to go into fast food joints and order food, then cancel it.

If the cashier gave me any trouble, I was supposed to grab their boobs.

Actually the worst job I ever had was working at macdonalds.

Worst job anyone I know ever said they had was working in a donut shop. Apparently they can pretty much count on receiving several burns per day from dealing with the hot oil. Based on the scarring on this gals forearms, some of them pretty serious burns.
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worst job ,managing a tall man shop in tokyo
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Chicken mover...

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Didn't we have a guy on this board who collected bull semen?
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Didn't we have a guy on this board who collected bull semen?
I think he sold his collection. Isn't eBay amazing?

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Didn't we have a guy on this board who collected bull semen?
Hey, who oversees quality control at the sperm banks?
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A related past time (volunteer activity) was with a Volunteer Fire and Rescue unit. Did that for several years in my spare time. We also rode with the ambulances or did a weekend stint in the Emergency Room every weekend. You see and do a lot in that kind of life. I have seen just about everything and have experienced things most doctors will never see. Saving lives while trying to not lose you own creates a sort of thick skin. No too much bothers me as one might guess.

Easiest job....worked as a DJ at a radio station.

Hardest job...refinished office equipment at night...the fumes from ammonia and laquer thinner we used to clean the stuff before it was painted just about killed my lungs...no respirators or other protection...to stupid and too young to know better. We moved existing office equiipment to a central painting area we set up in the office building after everyone went home. Every thing was moved by hand...including full file cabinets and desks. The fireproof files cabinets were the worst...had to weigh 500 lbs or more. We worked 12 hours...5pm to 5am...6 nights a week for $2 per hour....I quit after 3 months.

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When TWA 800 went down the Navy mobilized just about every one of their divers to help with the recovery.

A shipmate of mine said that the site looked like a football field filled with tiny pieces of debris.* The big stuff was picked up with slings & cranes, the smaller stuff (hand size) was picked up by hand, and the really small stuff was found by sifting or siphoning.* So most of the work involved divers crawling over grid squares by their fingertips.*

Human remains were the top priority but were frequently indistinguishable from inorganic debris.* However the divers were aided by an even better search team-- the crabs.* The human remains were either covered with crabs or at the front of a long line of crabs pointing the way.

He still won't eat crabmeat.

I understand that one. I did body recovery from lakes. Bloated floaters have their own eco system...those were the worst ones to deal with...won't go into the details but I do know what you Navy buddies went through. Was a diver for Fire and Rescue for a while.
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i used to work in a candle factory but i hated having to work wickends
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Being the "Bone Man"

Had a dishwashing job in a cafeteria while I was a sophomore in high school. Come summertime the full timers were all taking vacations and they moved a lot of the younger employees around to cover. It was a good way to make extra cash and it was a nice break to get out of the hot as hell dishroom. Then I got assigned to come in one day and be the Bone Man. Everyone laughed and at the time I did not know why.

The job entailed shoving what seemed like a ton of bones that had been used the prior day in cooking into an industrial garbage disposal/bone grinder. To describe the smell of old bones (with scraps of meat rotting on them) as rancid just doesn't do it justice. It took hours to shove all of those things into the grinder and the room was as small as a closet. I resorted to taking a napkin, dousing it in vinegar and wearing it as a bandana.
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Well, this may not be the worst job but it did do long-term psychic damage

I worked in a salmon cannery. Shifts were typically 12 hours. All day long, chunks of pink salmon came by on a conveyor and I had to stuff cans with the salmon to within a specified weight tolerance, using a fish knife to trim pieces to get just the right weight. All day. No other responsibility.

In order to deal with it, I would mentally sing to myself...

"there must be 50 ways to can a humpy
you just flip off the skin, Jim
stuff it in the can, stan
stab him in the back, jack" etc.

at the end of the shift, hose off your rubber raingear and boots, hang it in the locker room, and go home. Hmmm....still smelled like fish. Take a shower. No good.

To this day, I am unable to listen to that particular Paul Simon song.

I only lasted 2 days before I had enough.
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After reading this thread several times for all its subtle nuances of pain, I have two thoughts:

1. SteveR, you sure suck at finding good jobs. I would never have lasted as long as you have!

2. Dory, I nominate this thread for the "Best Of"!
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I had the worst job in the world when I was 12.

I was hired to go into fast food joints and order food, then cancel it.

If the cashier gave me any trouble, I was supposed to grab their boobs.
Let me guess... the guy who hired you went out of business, and later went on to found a major dot-com company?

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Worst job anyone I know ever said they had was working in a donut shop. Apparently they can pretty much count on receiving several burns per day from dealing with the hot oil. Based on the scarring on this gals forearms, some of them pretty serious burns.
Probably true... I worked at a place making French Canadian pastries (only lasted a few days), and I burned myself a number of times on really, really hot oil. It hurts like hell, and I still have the scarred forearms...

I also had a friend who worked in a donut shop, and I heard lots of horror stories. He said he would never eat another donut after working there. Apparently the cruellers are especially disturbing.......
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After reading this thread several times for all its subtle nuances of pain, I have two thoughts:

1.* SteveR, you sure suck at finding good jobs.* I would never have lasted as long as you have!

2.* Dory, I nominate this thread for the "Best Of"!
Nords,

Being young and motivated can cause one to take a path they believe to be the one they really want. Much like joining the Navy and living in a steel tube with a hundred other guys for months at a time. I look at it as more a learning experience than it was a poor choice in jobs. I went into them with my eyes wide open and knew what I was getting myself into. I ended up in management in Quality Assurance in the medical products/medical device/pharmaceutical industry. I have worked in every part of the industry as far as manufacturing goes because I made the decision to move around to gain that experience and knowledge. Life is to be lived and I won't die with regrets about not doing something. Scuba diving, rock climbing, cave exploration, skydiving, sailing, car racing, etc., and even volunteer fire fighter and rescue squad member. They all add to ones catalogue of life-experiences and mold who you are.

Poor choices in jobs? Hardly.
Overall, I think I did very well. I am closing in on ER with a seven+ digit nest egg; not bad considering it was in the minus column only 15 years ago. My grown kids are almost through college and I am already planning for my grandkids education.

I have had many other jobs and interests that have rounded out my education in the real world. I don't regret anything I did either as a job or as volunteer work. I am not done yet either. ER will bring more time for more activities in which to experience new things, new places and old friends.

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