Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Working 9 To 5. If I Have To. (yeah, it's a repost)

Maybe it’s the dawning of spring and much warmer weather or it could just be the way my boss looked at me when I left the office (45 minutes early) this evening, but I have found myself thinking about other career paths on occasion lately. I should say that on occasion means when I am awake, or just breathing, really. It’s not that I hate my job, but the walls of my cubicle do feel like they are closing in on me tighter than the trash compactor in Star Wars. As a result, I’ve been watching people around me more closely to hopefully get alternative career choices. Well not alternative as in bio-fuel maker or exotic animal manure composting…not that I have anything against anyone currently doing that. In fact, do you have flyers and handouts I can take with me?

While out walking this morning, I passed a pool guy getting his truck ready for a day of cleaning other people’s pools. I don’t know if it was the exhaust of the two 18-wheelers that passed me at that moment or what, but I started daydreaming about going to work as a pool boy, guy, whatever. No, it wasn’t in the adult pool boy meets sexy pool owner bow-chicka-bow-bow way, although…well, never mind. It was more like how envious I was that he was going to spend the rest of the day doing two of my favorite things, while getting paid for it. Yes, could you imagine a more laid back day than driving from pool to pool and inhaling chlorine fumes all day? Sure, it would be a pay cut for me, but I’d be outside and near the water and the medical and insurance must be good if you drive, handle chemical agents and work near water all day, right? And if one of my customers (unless it’s clients) had a nice outdoor BBQ island, well that would just be the cocoa butter icing on the cake!

Aside from a few chemicals and those cheesy straps to hang my sunglasses around my neck, I’ve got all the equipment to begin tomorrow. I’ve got the truck, I’ve got the shorts and I bet my parents would even let me move back in with them. Folks, I’m thinking pool boy cleaner dude might be the next rung on my career ladder. Unless I find something better…

…Like professional charity pledge sponsored walker. I know it’s a long title, but CEO is such a short title and you have to wear professional business attire all the time instead of athletic clothes and walking shoes. Besides, the income potential is only limited by my ability to get people to pledge money for each mile I walk. Yes, it sounds like something Creed would do on The Office, but I’m proud to say I’ve always had a little entrepreneurial spirit in me. It’s so simple really, perhaps even simpler than showing up to the office each day and essentially getting paid to blog. What, did I say that? I know nothing about such sneaky office antics. Surely you all know me well enough to understand that I work my rear off on real serious stuff from the time I get to the office until the time they kick me out. You do believe me, right? SERIOUSLY, BELIEVE ME NOW!!! Ok, thanks.

So here’s my plan. I get dressed up (that means jeans that aren’t faded and a polo shirt that makes my neck itch) and go house to house with a pamphlet about a charity or cause so I can ask for $1.00 per each mile that I walk. If I can do it without killing myself, I’ll cover fifty miles and make fifty dollars per person that sponsored me. Wait, wait, wait. Let’s make that twenty-five miles. Twenty-five dollars per person isn’t bad, I’ll just sign up more people to sponsor me. OK, you know what, let’s just make it ten miles and I’ll hit up friends and relatives too.

Except for the mind numbing guilt I will feel because of my Catholic upbringing and the whole ‘it might be considered illegal’ part, it’s a brilliant strategy. I can do a different charity every day and after the tax deducts, I should be sitting pretty, in a house, on a hill, with a view, ooh, and a pool. The best part is, I’ll still have all the chemicals and equipment to clean the pool myself.

So, have I told you about the plight of the Spotted Yellow Tipped Duck? Well, I’m doing this walk you see…

10 comments:

Janna said...

Instead of a walk-a-thon, I need to hold a sleep-a-thon.
I need more rest.
Let's see... I think if you paid me $1.00 for the first three hours of sleep, and then #5.00 for every hour thereafter...
For an extra seven bucks I'll tell you all about any x-rated dreams I have.

citizen of the world said...

You could bring along Girl Scout cookies to sell, and double your money-making efficiency.

Patti said...

I remember this post and laughing as I visualized you working a pool boy.I don't know how I visualized someone I've never met, but I did.

;-)

Have a good Thursday.

Patti said...

that's supposed to say working AS a pool boy!

woops

Sizzle said...

The guilt will be too great! Catholic upbringings really mess with your psyche- I can attest to that. :)

I think you should get a job selling CHEESE.

Ralph said...

Better you the pool boy instead of the cabana boy...

Patti said...

Sizzle's idea is sizzlin'. Who would be a better Cheese Salesman than you?

The sincere enthusiasm would melt from your very being.

meleah rebeccah said...

I think you are ON to something here. too bad I am a smoker and cant walk more than five feet, or I'd be trying the same thing.

Selma said...

Mmmmm, pool boy...

the walkathon's a good idea too but

Mmmmmmm, pool boy!

kat said...

I think if you are spending 30-50 hours a week doing something, it should spent doing something you love.

This philosophy proves why you should be a professional writer slash comic.