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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Dream Job

Have you ever thought about what you would do if you could really just have a job just for fun? It wouldn't matter if it didn't pay very much or if the benefits were crappy. Because, you know, you'd just be working for fun. No pressure.

A few years ago, my brother-in-law, Trent (a radiologist by profession) tried to convince my sister Heather (an accountant by trade) that her dream job should be to be the beer girl that goes around a golf course and sells stuff off the back of her golf cart. Heather was not quite convinced. Trent was hoping that free golf for family would be one of the benefits, I'm sure.

My dream job? Cashier. I don't know, there's just something so fulfilling in hearing that little beeep as you scan something. I love to push buttons on cash registers. I love counting out change. I'm not kidding here. If I could seriously do something a couple of times a week, just to get out of the house, I'd be a cashier at a supermarket.

I worked retail once. I was in the Ladies' Apparel section of a department store. I loved Super Saturdays, because it was constant scanning, button-pushing, and change-counting. A dream come true! Then they moved me to the office side, which was supposed to be a promotion (complete with a fifty cent raise!), but I would look longingly out at the cash registers, sad to be parted from their friendly beeeeeps.

Maybe one of these days, you'll see me, living my dream, cashiering at the local Target. And don't try to get away without paying for those paper towels on the bottom of the cart. Because I'm a good cashier. I'll notice. And I'll prosecute.

What's your dream job?

19 comments:

Amy said...

I would love to be a nutrionist so I could know everything there is to know about food and its benefits to our body. I have done the cashier thing and my feet hurt at the end of the day...plus none of them ever say hi to you anymore. Either a nurtionist or photographer...either way I could postively influence those around me.

D said...

LOL! I'm sure once your kids are in school your hubby wouldn't mind you bringing in a little extra cash- since he is so frugal. Or maybe that can be your spending money. :) Just make sure you work somewhere you like to shop so you can get a good discount. Though I found that when I worked retail I didn't feel like shopping much once work was over. Maybe I need to go back to working retail. I shop too much now! :)

Cynthia said...

I'd work in the projection booth at the local movie theater. This wish is based on the assumption that the projectionist sits in that cool little secret projection room high up in the theater, pushes the start button, enjoys the entire film, then pushes the stop and rewind button.
With my luck, though, I'd get hired then find out the job entails cleaning the bathroom stalls during the feature films. Hmmm . . . maybe it would be safer to just work as a popcorn girl at the concession counter.

JustRandi said...

OK, I was totally with Cynthia until her last paragraph.
So instead I'm going with substitute teacher. You get to play school all day, and have none of the yucky grading and you know, curriculum worries. Just. show. up.

Bisel Family said...

I think mine would be to be a digital designer, or an architect. I just love the idea of being creative, and getting paid for it. But, of course, neither of those jobs require my actual degree...so I would have to go back to school. Oh well, that might be fun to, to be a professional student. So many possibilities, so little time.

Jen said...

I would write best-selling books about quilting and travel the world teaching ingenious quilting tricks that I made up.

That, or be a fine art photographer.

Carol said...

I'd totally be a Spice Girl. I practiced so much back in the day that I know I'd excel at it. Plus we all know it requires no actual musical talent which is the exact amount I have! Perfect match!

Adrienne said...

I think I would choose retail too, but instead of cashier (I like the beeps and buttons, I don't like the customers that try to return things that are smelly, wrinkled and tagless and that they of course haven't worn) I would be a folder! When I worked at Gap Kids in college I discovered a hidden talent, which is that I am a whiz with a plexiglass folding board! I loved it and I even got promoted to Denim Specialist then to Visuals Coordinator! I know, such noble ambitions and what a contribution to society I would make!!

Ashley said...

Easy, personal shopper. I could buy, buy, buy. I would get paid for it and I would never have to actually use my own money!! The problem is, after the past few years of being a mom, anything without a stain looks good to me.

Charlie said...

You know, my wife is a cashier (though technically her job is called "checker") at our local grocery store, and she does not like it that much. All that beeping gets into your head after a while and it gets very annoying. She does enjoy working with people, and she is good at it. People will often go to the Customer Service desk and tell the manager what a wonderful girl she is. Anyway... My dream job would certainly be in sports. I love sports. Almost any sport, really. Except for poker and figure skating... Argh...

Anonymous said...

My dream job is drilling on children's teeth with an unlimited supply of Nitrous.

Jordan & Lindsey Ohlson said...

Anonymous-hehehe...you are trixie. My dream job would be a dog breeder who always wins best of show!

Yvonne said...

My dream job would be a photographer. O the places you'd go and the people you'd meet ; )

Anonymous said...

I want to be a veterinarian because I love animals.

Bryner Family said...

I would be a secretary. Or rather "executive assistant." :) I LOVED my pre-kids job as an exec asst to an SVP in Specialty Pharmacy at Caremark. It was busy but a great atmosphere and tons of perks like the company tickets to sporting events and the free lunch from the senior executive kitchen! Niiiiiiiice! I really love answering phones, typing, creating computer projects, and solving people's problems all day. Maybe I'll become an elementary school secretary once my kids are all in school. My mom did that and was always on break when we were and had all summer off! :)

Anonymous said...

I want to be a princess.

Anonymous said...

I want to be a princess.

Jill said...

I've always wanted to be a mom, so I guess I've got my dream job.
However, if I were a mom with a housekeeper, a cook and a personal assistant, it would be a better dream.

The Holcombs said...

I love the travel channel and my secret dream is to be one of those people (like Samantha Brown) who get to travel the world, stay in amazing hotels, eat killer food, see the sights and tell you how wonderful it is to be that person! Sure living in a hotel would get old, but then again I wouldn't have to make my bed again.

I love that you want to be a cashier, I did it once, not at a grocery store though. It is fun to meet people, but not all people are meet worthy!!!