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I don't know if I've ever asked it, but I'm curious about work - well, other people's work!

1. When you were a kid, what did you want to do when you grew up?

2. What was the best job you ever had? What was the worst job?

3. What do you do now? Did you plan on doing it, or just "fall into it"?

4. If you had to change occupations, what would you want to do?


When I was a kid, I wanted to be a radiologist by day (well, X-ray tech - but I didn't know what that was when I was 5 years old!) and astronomer by night. Also, I was going to drive an orange Corvette between those two jobs.


My best job - good question. I think several different jobs had their good points, honestly. But, I'd say that being an insurance agent is a pretty damn good job.


My worst job - it's between my first job, working at a hardware store (long story there) and the summer that I worked as a temp in an industrial paint/dye/lubricant factory.


What I do now - well, that's a great big Duh. I'm an insurance agent, been in the industry going on 8 years now (jeez - that's a long time) and it was something that I kind of "fell into". No one ever says "I want to be an insurance agent when I grow up!" All I knew about insurance was that I'd need to get renters insurance when I moved out on my own - thanks to the brainwashing via State Farm ads in "SPIN" magazine.

Besides that, I just got into the business because I was frustrated with my job at the time as a receptionist. I was seriously considering going into Nursing, or getting a Business degree, when a department manager at my prior agency suggested that I should become an agent. So, I talked to the muckety-mucks at the agency and somehow convinced them to let me try my hand at being an agent. That worked out pretty well, as I was there for almost 7 years - 2 of it as a Personal Lines agent.


If I had to change occupations - I would become a nurse, even though needles squick me out! One of the best compliments that I got from a client was being told that I had the TLC that makes for a great nurse, and that I probably would've been a good nurse because of it.
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Some weeks, I look forward to going back to work - I know, I'm a freak. But a lot of weeks, I don't feel like dragging my ass to work!

What I enjoy most about the weekend is just being able to sit around the house watching movies; going to the farmer's market; sleeping in late (and napping), and sometimes going out shopping.

What I dread most about going back to work is when I'm overwhelmed, as I am currently. I'd love to just do some kind of Harry Potter-esque magic and make it all do itself or just disappear!
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This is one of my all-over-the-place, sometimes bitchy and squabbly entries. So, I'll have it broken out in some places, to avoid the whole non sequitur-ness of it.


1) Client rant

Dear Client,

I know that you're upset over the idea that your premium doubled from the last policy term. And when I explained to you that it went up because you'd added two *brand new* cars, you still got squabbly and pissy, wanting to know why it went up so much, because you're good drivers, blah blah blah.

Well, if you're gonna be obnoxious about it, then I'll just say that it is an Idiot Surcharge. A really hefty surcharge.

But, I digress. You have BRAND NEW cars. Do you want them to be covered for an adequate amount, so you can get a similar car if yours is totaled? Or would you rather have the seriously cheap insurance - and your totaled car replaced with a 1975 Ford Pinto, or maybe even that French hoopty called the Citröen? Because, that can be arranged, too. No, really, it can. I'm sure that I can find some shyster of an insurance agent that can get you set up *just fine* in that regard.

No love whatsoever,

Carly


2) Time Off Work

I've taken yesterday (and today) off work, so I can have some "me time", as well as making sure that 500 things get done today. Yesterday was a baseball game (more about that, later). Today, is not as fun - it's the maids (done once every several weeks - or when we have family/close friends visiting); then the flea exterminators; then I'm going to the dermatologist, to make sure that my rosacea is doing alright (currently, it's not ... I've been breaking out again, and I get red over the most minor things).

Yesterday, I'd gone to see the Giants play my hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals. It's something that I do annually. Go to a day game when the Cardinals are playing the Giants. Last year, it was a lot of fun, even though I did get sunburned. This year, it was fucking cold. At the risk of being TMI, I'm hiding the comments here... )

So, yeah. Hopefully next year's game won't be so damned cold.


3) Girls' Night Out

Tomorrow night, I'm having a girls' night out with Kellie and some co-workers, since one of my favorite co-workers, Robin (or Mama Robin, as we call her) is quitting. We're going for dinner in the North Beach area, with plans to go to a coffee house/bar called Tosca - one of the best places to go for spiked coffee.

Also, since we'd done a major project at work - scanning paper files into our system - we were supposed to go out for lunch, but instead talked our manager and He Who Signs The Checks into letting us take the money that would've been spent at a lunch, to be used for the dinner. :-)


So, that's what's going on in my part of the blogosphere/universe/microcosm of California.
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I promise, there is a reason behind the header - beyond my possible descent into insanity.

Okay, I don't know about anyone else, but today has been one of those days where Teh Stupid must be in the water or something ... or else the idiots are just coming out of the woodwork, especially to irritate me.

It just makes me want to grab a spork and start getting medieval on some asses. Just to kill Teh Stupid before it eats my brain.


And for the record, no, my pigtails are *NOT* too tight. Thanks. {Yes, I've discovered that my growing-out hair is good for something - besides pissing me off. I can have (smallish) pigtails - for the first time since I was about 7 years old.}

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