July 19, 2006
What Was Your Worst Summer Job?
It seems that with the heat of summer often comes a wave of peculiar, sometimes awful, temporary gigs. Ryck’s story is just one example. From laborious duties a la “Fear Factor” to mind-numbing, repetitive tasks, summer jobs have chronically earned their own cheeky reputation. So just for kicks (and grounds for venting, of course), we’re currently holding our Worst Summer Job Contest through August 4th. The stories we’ve gotten thus far run the gamut. Here are a couple:
- Monster member anima3d posts: For eight hours a day, I compared the current New York City phone book to the previous year's, looking for new businesses that had cropped up in the intervening 12 months, and when I found one, I noted it on a data entry card. That card would be logged into a computer system that would place the new business on a mailing list to receive solicitations for accounting services. The type on the pages was miniscule, and the light was so poor I had to strain to see it. After several weeks of this, I started losing my eyesight.
- Monster member walden722 posts: My worst summer job was detasseling corn, which is basically like running a three-week, sleep-deprived, heatstroke-inducing, cross-country marathon while pulling the tops off of corn plants. We would work for three weeks straight with no days off and hit the buses at 5 am sharp, usually returning home around 4 or 5 pm. The mornings would start off with the corn being cold and covered in dew and us wearing ponchos made out of garbage bags, as they would only get torn anyway. By early afternoon, the humidity in the fields made it feel like it was 115 degrees, and in order to see the tassels you were required to look into the sun the entire time. I did not know you could sunburn your eyeballs, but it happened to me more than once!
So if you’re slaving through a summer job, read some of the posts on the contest message board. You might feel better about your own situation -- and maybe even submit a story of your own. Heck, you can win a video iPod and perhaps some of your sanity back.
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The worst job ever. I was to de-beak and de-claw newly hatched turkeys! I had to hold them up to this "debeaker" which burned them off, then drop them onto a disc going around in one direction while water was spinning the opposite. This doesn't qualify for "Summer" because it was also my shortest job! EEERRRP!
Posted by: lora blanco | Jul 19, 2006 1:33:56 PM
My worst summer job was when i worked part-time while attending college and a friend and myself worked for an exotic bird company. We would have to shovel the different ingredients that made up the different types of bird food. There were rats in the barn, very hot, and at times gross and sticky. The worst part was how many rats would get stuck to the traps set in the barn.
Posted by: Carey | Jul 19, 2006 9:59:40 PM
A couple of months ago, I was made privy to incriminating evidence concerning my boss and his overseas business projects. The research he has become engaged in -- using the resources and talents of many unwitting employees –- is questionable and almost certainly criminal in nature. To worsen matters, being that my boss is the CEO of a major scientific research company, his unethical acts affect many more lives than just those of my colleagues. I don’t know what to do. Do I sacrifice my career to stop him -- or sit by and watch him ruin the company? I’m aware that blowing the whistle can have drastic consequences, but I feel morally obligated to take some action.
Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 20, 2006 8:58:18 AM
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Best of luck to you,
Maya, Monster Career Advice
Posted by: Maya, Monster Career Advice | Jul 20, 2006 9:15:38 AM
Posted by: Pam | Jul 20, 2006 10:24:03 AM
Yeah, stop Hanso!
Posted by: Matt | Jul 20, 2006 2:46:25 PM
Posted by: ?? | Jul 20, 2006 3:25:04 PM
Where is Rachel Blake?
Posted by: Hollie | Jul 20, 2006 11:24:13 PM
I am inside an advertisment! AAHHHH!
Posted by: Dr. Huxtable | Jul 21, 2006 7:01:10 AM
It's that Widmore bloke isn't it? Watch out for him, he's in league with an Arsene Wenger, a very mysterious man.
Posted by: Bad Scooter | Jul 21, 2006 7:26:15 AM
Posted by: marcthebeat | Jul 21, 2006 5:03:22 PM
Posted by: k | Jul 23, 2006 2:17:09 AM
weird. stop hanso! where's this video im looking for?
Posted by: murray | Jul 23, 2006 1:17:36 PM
You want to stop hanso?
If you want to, but have not alreay started on http://hansoexposed.com/
These codes have been released
Posted by: Anon | Jul 23, 2006 4:46:15 PM
Hansos going down
Posted by: Skifox | Jul 23, 2006 9:02:03 PM
Is this real
Posted by: Ke | Jul 23, 2006 10:28:06 PM
NYNJAS.COM loves LOST
Posted by: NynjA | Jul 23, 2006 11:11:35 PM
Trust can kill you or set you free.
Posted by: Lambert | Jul 23, 2006 11:47:45 PM
Posted by: mckenzie | Jul 24, 2006 10:35:04 AM
Posted by: rachel blake | Jul 24, 2006 11:42:56 AM
I love LOST...huge,loyal fan...your going above and beyond!
Posted by: Wendy | Jul 24, 2006 4:49:20 PM
as far as i'm concerned, this planet is completely screwed.
Posted by: John | Jul 27, 2006 9:34:35 AM
Cant u all just wait for the third series of lost 2b shown on tv? All this made up stuff is giving me a headache but im inclined to follow it all. Curtis Davies for Arsenal!!
Posted by: Ian | Jul 27, 2006 10:34:46 AM
this thing is everywhere!
someone said there is a downloadable file in the gallery, posted as a .jpg doc.. :P
Posted by: Casper | Jul 27, 2006 4:45:04 PM
John this is all part of a nbc game where they give us something to do for the summer. its a part of lost. not fake. at the end they are going to tell us what the numbers mean. go to www.hansoexposed.com for the latest parts.
Posted by: jonathan | Jul 30, 2006 5:29:49 PM
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