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Your Turn: Three Questions

Time for some bloggy interaction. It’s easy. Today I want you to answer the following three questions. That’s all.

1. What was your first job?

2. What is your job/career now?

3. If you could be doing anything else with your life — money’s not an issue — what would it be and why?

I’ll post my answers in the comments.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 8:40 am

1. Cooking fries at Wendy's. That lasted for . . . a week.2. I am an administrative assistant/clerk at a public library.3. My ultimate goal is the be a full-time writer.

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Jason Boyett

posted January 21, 2010 at 8:50 am

1. I delivered prescription drugs for my father-in-law's pharmacy. I used to tell people I was a "pharmaceutical transport specialist." In other news, I was also a nerd.2. I am a self-employed writer, speaker, graphic designer, and marketing professional.3. I would write a novel every two years and spend the in-between time traveling with my family, volunteering, reading, and otherwise finding some kind of meaningful work to fill the time. I've always told people that, even if independently wealthy, I'd still want a part-time job as a janitor or something. Just to feel like I was accomplishing something every day.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 8:50 am

1. working at Macy's 2. Domestic High Risk Management Engineer (i.e. wife, mom, home school teacher, administrator)3. I don't want to be doing anything else with my life; in the future, though, I would like to write and teach more often on film, culture, and faith.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 8:52 am

1. I started out like every teenager girl ever…babysitting. My first "official" like "the-us-government-demands-to-know-about-it" job was working stocking pizza at CiCi's.2. Now I am a stay at home mom and part time photographer. Just started a new blogging gig so we'll see if anything comes of that.3. My ultimate goal is a little high but failure's better than not trying…I'd like to publish a book of children's poems. My real, true, heart-dream is to be a photographer for a child placement organization and travel from country to country taking pictures of the orphans up for adoption (and those that aren't) to raise awareness and (hopefully) inspire others to consider adoption who hadn't before.

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Real Estate Marketer

posted January 21, 2010 at 9:19 am

1. Pushing in shopping carts at Big Bear supermarket.2. Advertising copywriter.3. I'd love to write novels.

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Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect

posted January 21, 2010 at 9:20 am

1. Babysitting and photographer's assistant. But my first real, get a paycheck and have scheduled hours job was shelving books at the library. (I was a nerd, too.)2. I am a public relations specialist for a national real estate company.3. I would love to be using my skills and experience to serve God and reach people. I don't know what that looks like…but I'm pretty sure it's not what I'm doing now.

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S. Kyle Davis

posted January 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

1) Selling CDs at the Baptist Book Store (aka Lifeway).2) I'm a curriculum developer. Basically I write curriculum, and then develop the graphics and online course material to go with them.3) I would love to be a full-time author.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 9:48 am

1. My first real job was creating the perfect ice cream swirl at Dairy Queen. 2. I currently am the executive assistant for a college dean.3. In a perfect world, I would be involved in the music industry, preferrably as a touring singer. American Idol, where were you 20 years ago!?!

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posted January 21, 2010 at 9:55 am

1. Waitress for weddings in hotels. 2. Now I take reservations for the same hotel chain, minus the stupid bow tie. 3. Almost everyone said they wanted to write. Although I am a writer, I would not like to write full time, as this would drive me insane. I would like to work at used bookstore, and write in my downtime, and somehow make that cover my credit card/student loan debt.

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Matt Brier

posted January 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

1. Sales Associate for Babbage's Software.2. Software/Database administrator for Pomeroy IT Solutions.3. In a perfect world I would be writing part time, doing radio part time, and doing web programming part time. I do all of those right now, but I don't get paid for them so a real job is required which can really tax out time.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

1. I was a "party-pro" at Jungle Jim's Playland–spilling sodas on laps and presents, serving birthday cake upside-down on plates, and crying in the freezer hating my job.2. I play with, feed, clothe, cuddle, discipline, and love on my three kiddos full-time.3. I would like to be a public speaker.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

1. Creating a sign for a Savings and Loan (now THAT dates me) using one of those long handled suction cups and plastic letters. I was 15.2. I am a graphic designer for a state agency.3.I want to create books full of my drawings and stories. And if I was independently wealthy I would publish them myself and just give them to people. From the trunk of my car. Like a crazy old man. And I would immerse myself into some philanthropic projects, helping someone, somewhere.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

1. I worked at The Canopy, a BBQ restaurant.2. I am currently a stay at home mom.3. There are 2 things I would like to do: have a job that required me to scuba dive regularly (been certified for 5 years) & be actively involved in a homeless ministry. There's really nothing holding me back from the latter, other than just terror of leaving my comfort zone. But I am actively seeking a ministry to join right now.

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Taylor Sloan

posted January 21, 2010 at 10:15 am

1.) Pizza delivery guy.2.) Office assistant at a tech company.3.) Part-time college-campus missionary, part-time writer.

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Bryan Allain

posted January 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

1. Working at McDonald's. (don't go there, Boyett.)2. I am a Quality Engineer with a major BioPharmaceutical company.3. I would love to write humorous books, have a thriving blog, coach others on blogging, and speak to youth groups and college age folks once a month.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 10:17 am

1. Probably babysitting… then photography…2. Employment Needs Specialist (I am a specialist on my need(s) for employment)3. I would work as a bartender part-time because it's what i've wanted to do for a long time. And I would run my own coffee shop/ art studio/ tutoring center for at-risk and homeless/runaway teens. I know the coffee/art/tutoring sounds like an odd combination, but i've begun working on a totally legitimate business plan for it.oh, the things i would do with money…

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Kevin D. Hendricks

posted January 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

1. Bagger at Kroger grocery store. Baggers did all the low-level work, including retrieving carts, cleaning and sorting returned bottles. I did a lot of the bottle sorting until they brought in automatic bottle sorting machines. Yes, I was replaced by a machine.2. Self-employed writer, editor and web geek.3. I'd like to focus more on some of my specific projects, like writing novels or my local art site. My wife always dreams of going to places like Ethiopia and teaching, and it'd be cool to let her do that and do my own thing too.

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Pink Lemonade

posted January 21, 2010 at 10:24 am

1. Worked a counter at a local bakery.2. I'm the entire IT department for a company of 100 people, which oddly enough means I manage everything that plugs in or has batteries from computers/servers to coffee pots and security.3. I'd love to have an online yarn store and have the basement of my home be the warehouse. (I love to knit)

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posted January 21, 2010 at 10:37 am

1. Repaired Apple Computers at a school I was attending. The pay was awful, but it was fun.2. I work at an Apple Store. Go figure. And I try to write books. 3. Traveling. Writing. And Skydiving. I've learned more about myself while skydiving then I have in any other way. Second to that is traveling and third is writing. They are the things that push me and interest me.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 11:02 am

1. Amuesment park for children called the "Kiddie Park".2. Right now a Full-time Children's Pastor and part-time Gym Teacher and High School Debate teacher.3. Just a full-time Children's Pastor =).

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posted January 21, 2010 at 11:12 am

1) Waiting tables. 2) Marketing and public relations director for a healthcare system. Mother of five (two int'l adopted) plus two int'l high school exchange students. Freelance marketing consultant/writer.3) Political office maybe. Or a travel writer, working with my photographer husband and he could shoot the photos.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

1. Umpiring city league baseball in the summers.2. I am a middle school special education instructional assistant3. If money was not an issue, I would "retire" from full time work and travel to places in this country and other countries where I could bring food, clothing, etc. to those in need.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

1. Freelance web designer. (Until I was a senior in high school this is how I made money.)2. A&E editor for my college paper – the Sojourn.3. I would travel the world whilst reading and writing. 😉

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posted January 21, 2010 at 11:38 am

1. Screen Cleaner at a Screen Printing Shop2. Graphic Designer3. Fly fish or golf for a living.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 11:40 am

1. I worked on a dairy farm. Once I got used to the smell, it was a fantastic job.2. I stay home with my twin boys and am a freelance writer (which is really what I should be doing right now, instead of reading blogs :).3. I would work as a very part-time white water rafting guide or actress.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 11:49 am

1. Checking coats at a hotel.2. Librarian in a public Library3. I would love to have the financial security to make my living off of travel writing in the stlye of Bill Bryson or Paul Theroux for part of the year, combined with the awesomeness of what I do now.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm

1. I worked in construction with my dad.2. I am an IT Business Systems Analyst for a Mid-Size Financial Institution.3. I would work in the music industry in some capacity (producing, arranging) while writing on the side.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm

1. I crafted beautiful ice cream cones and blended masterpiece milkshakes at Oberweis Dairy. 2. I'm an administrative assistant with an international missions agency. 3. I'd be an editor at a publishing house, with one month off per year to travel abroad with my husband.

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Jana Green

posted January 21, 2010 at 12:25 pm

1. My first job was babysitting, unless you don't count that. Then it was working in financial aid at ACU.2. I am a WAHM. I wastch kids in my house so that I can stay home with my son, and so that he doesn't have to go to a daycare.3. If I could, I would want to go back to school either for photography, early childhood development, or speech pathology.My answers are neither noble nor entertaining, but there you are.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm

1. First official jobs (in terms of where taxes were deducted) was working for my Dad's company doing cutsheets for aluminum frames.2. Software Engineer3. Honestly, I love what I do. THe only other thing I've ever seriously wanted to do as a career was to be a musician.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

1. My first job that the IRS knew about: Maintenance & Refurbishment at First Baptist Church in Amarillo. Summer after high school, I primarily worked on refurbing the original church building, which is now a Vietnamese mission I believe.First job that was not reported: Fireworks stand.2. I am currently a Store Manager for the #1 Apparel-only retailer in America. (Gap, Inc.)3. In an ideal world, I would own/operate a Books, Bibles, Music, & Gifts store while co-hosting a daily sports talk radio show with my brother.These are my two passions … that's why!

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Jason Boyett

posted January 21, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Amazed how many of you want to be writers for your dream job. From someone who's living the dream, here's my advice: aim higher.Just kidding. Kind of.I'm thinking this will turn into a blog post for tomorrow. :)

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posted January 21, 2010 at 1:45 pm

1. File Girl at a doctor's office. (I can beat you at putting anything in ABC order.) 2. Boring Job: Desk Jockey for a billing company. (I email things.)FUN Job: Ministry Facilitator for my church. (I connect the dots.)3. Published author, counselor, mentor, Parent to an adopted child, traveler, storyteller, beautiful wife of a fellow star gazer and continued dot connector.

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Matinee Maven

posted January 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

1. Insurance file clerk by day, tape duplicator (&teen book reviewer) by night (at my church)2. licensing specialist for a state agency3. Tie between making movies and animation

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posted January 21, 2010 at 2:10 pm

1. cashier at a grocery store2. youth minister3. I absolutely love my job, I don't think I'd be doing anything else.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I was a paperboy. (Not at all like the video game, believe me)I am currently unemployed but I was a graphic designer at a library furniture and supply company.I just want to create art in all its various forms.

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AJ Martin

posted January 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

1 – Data entry at a robotics company… not as cool as it sounds.2 – I'm the evening DJ at a Christian radio station 1-hour north of Toronto, Canada.3 – I would travel the world with my wife for the first couple years, and then open a coffee house/culture pub/music venue.

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alison p. alison

posted January 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm

1. Painting high school classrooms. Yes, it was a nepotism job b/c my parents were teachers.2. I'm an editorial assistant at a publishing company. It took me years to realize that because I like books maybe I should be involved with making them.3. I'd get paid to read books. I haven't figured out who is going to pay me for this so my backup is to be a writer and a cook. Or write about cooking (the perfect combo!)

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posted January 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm

1. Busboy/"chef" at Peter Piper Pizza2. I work at a movie theater and with a ministry on a college campus. 3. I'm not quite sure what I want to be when I grow up. I would love to act and/or sing, but I don't know if I'd enjoy that long-term

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posted January 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm

1) I was a paper girl — I faithfully delivered the Chicago Tribune, rain, snow or shine.2) Mother, grandmother, girlfriend — yeah, this is a good gig3) Write novels about people who have been through the storm and came out, if not unscathed, reformed.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm

1. I worked in a factory for the summer – hard, physical labour, with some fun forklift racing thrown here and there2. I work in the Social Development Division for the City. We help organizations who help vulnerable people.3. I'd like to just retire. I have plenty of all sorts of hobbies I like to dabble with, here and there. I like arts, writing and many other things, but I wouldn't want to make a career out of any of them.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm

@jasonboyett So, my question is, do you think there is a higher incidence of people who want to be writers (why does that wording make it sound like a crime??) because of the Internet? Meaning, 25 years ago (when you were in elementary school! LOL) would there have been less people who wanted to be writers, because they were writing for less people?For example, when you blog, you hit an audience-immediately. When I blog, the same thing happens. When ANYONE blogs (except for, perhaps, your thumbless friend), there is an immediate audience, and many times, quick responses. So, now that I blog, I might find out that people want to read my "stuff" and so I am more likely to consider publishing, in this day and age of the Internet.What do you think?

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posted January 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm

1. I shelved books at our local children's library.2. I'm just beginning my career as a teacher. 3. I would SO love to be a student for the rest of my life – studying Christian education.

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posted January 21, 2010 at 7:06 pm

1. Worked at a summer camp as a photographer.2. Currently unemployed, but I was an editor at a megachurch until I was laid off.3. I want to do a lot of things and I'm still figuring out which one to focus on. I love anything creative, so I'd love to do anything from opening an Etsy store, to writing books, to being a graphic designer, or maybe all three.

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Kansas Kel

posted January 21, 2010 at 7:12 pm

1. I worked at a local (non-franchise) fast food burger place…it's gone now and I still miss the quarter pound Buckaroo Burger.2. I'm an RN and I work in a county jail and a psych hospital, and I am also a student again.3. I would do a variety of things but ultimately I wish I had someone to handle all the household business so I could be free to have fun with my 4 kids including traveling all over the US for both fun & learning purposes. I'd also like to educate people on mental health issues to help eliminate the stigma of mental health disorders, and help people who are stuck in the cycle of addiction break free. It would also be amazing to use my RN training in disaster situations which I'm unable to do now because of financial constraints & responsibilities at home.

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Matthew H. John

posted January 22, 2010 at 1:02 am

1. I mowed lawns. From the time I was 9 or 10 through the summer before my freshman year of college.2. I am a graduate student and a TA. I'm getting my master's in geography.3. If I could do absolutely anything, I would be teaching, which could take any number forms. Honestly, I think I'm going to really like being a professor. But I would also do a fair share of mentoring. And some writing and photography thrown in for good measure. That would be nice.

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Travis Thompson

posted January 22, 2010 at 1:22 am

1. Mowing Lawns2. Teaching Math and coaching3. Combination of musician and teacher. I love teaching math, but would love to also teach science or engineering (which I have a degree in) and I would love to spend the summer and extra time playing and recording music that people actually listened to and would actually supplement my income (or be my income so I could teach for free)

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posted January 22, 2010 at 7:15 am

1. worked in a mailroom at a news paper. Want to be looked down on then this is a good job for you.2. unemployed . so if you are hiring.. :)3 self employed writer. blogs,magazines that kind of thing u know.

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Tess Mallory

posted January 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

My first job in high school was as a cashier at a grocery store. I really sucked at it. After about a month, I fainted, and that ended my career. Thank the Lord. Now I'm a self-employed writer. I'm the author of nine Time Travel romance novels, after years of being a stay at home mom. It IS possible to get published, y'all! I have several dream jobs if money wasn't in the picture: 1. I would love to write musicals. 2. I would love to be an artist and work with paper, fabric, clay, found objects (not necessarily all on the same project.)3. Most of all I would love to be a singer/songwriter. That's what I started out to be and somehow got diverted into writing novels! :))

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posted January 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

1. Secretary/Catch-all at a Nuclear Waste Repository2. Tech Editor/Catch-all at a Nuclear Waste Repository (somehow that first answer turned into an 11 year career)3. Open up a quaint little coffee/diner bistro type thing and travel abroad to bring back new flavors to share with the locals (or just buy a villa in Italy and eat pasta daily…can you tell I'm hungry??)

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posted January 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm

1. Performing in a show at SeaWorld at 16. (The kind of show without marine mammals unfortunately.)2. College student/out-of-work dancer/bookseller/wife. On holidays I do freelance editorial work as well. 3. Get paid to dance all the time in a company, show or another theme park. Also, writing. Like everyone else on the internet.

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posted January 22, 2010 at 4:07 pm

1. Worked in the parts room at a tractor sales and repair place.2. Administrator for programs serving homeless people.3. Administrator for programs serving homeless people. Yeah – I'm already doing what I want to.

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posted January 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm

1) Bowling alley "counter staff". I was the person who sprayed all the shoes. And let me tell you…all of your suspicions about bowling shoes are correct.2) I'm a student and an Italian language tutor. I really love my current job!3) I'd be a theatrical lighting designer. That's what I'm going to school for, and I've already started to get some actual paying lighting jobs, so I'd say I'm well on my way.

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Katherine Laine

posted January 23, 2010 at 4:34 pm

1] I sorted tickets that were to be distributed to local public schools for the State Fair.2] Full Time Student (future ASL Interpreter) & Part Time Photographer.3] I'd be a television producer or film editor, while coaching a kids' sports team on the side.

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posted January 27, 2010 at 2:27 am

1. Freelance teaching science modules2. Soon to be fulltime grad student3. Missionary

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