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Fri May 4, 2012, 12:59 PM

Really hard jobs. Name one.

Piano tuner

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Reply Really hard jobs. Name one. (Original post)
Bertha Venation May 2012 OP
Major Nikon May 2012 #1
TrogL May 2012 #19
noamnety May 2012 #42
cyberswede May 2012 #2
hunter May 2012 #14
cyberswede May 2012 #30
gkhouston May 2012 #53
4_TN_TITANS May 2012 #3
rrneck May 2012 #13
hunter May 2012 #15
fizzgig May 2012 #34
Rambis May 2012 #4
whistler162 May 2012 #38
Initech May 2012 #77
KamaAina May 2012 #84
ohiosmith May 2012 #5
riderinthestorm May 2012 #6
Bertha Venation May 2012 #64
riderinthestorm May 2012 #68
CaliforniaPeggy May 2012 #7
dana_b May 2012 #48
MichiganVote May 2012 #98
guitar man May 2012 #8
HappyMe May 2012 #9
Arugula Latte May 2012 #10
hifiguy May 2012 #11
HuckleB May 2012 #32
irisblue May 2012 #12
MiddleFingerMom May 2012 #26
alphafemale May 2012 #40
Bertha Venation May 2012 #65
hunter May 2012 #16
Lydia Leftcoast May 2012 #17
MiddleFingerMom May 2012 #18
byeya May 2012 #21
MiddleFingerMom May 2012 #22
byeya May 2012 #27
LASlibinSC May 2012 #56
applegrove May 2012 #20
MiddleFingerMom May 2012 #23
trof May 2012 #24
Lars39 May 2012 #28
trof May 2012 #37
davsand May 2012 #29
trof May 2012 #36
begin_within May 2012 #25
BlueIris May 2012 #80
HuckleB May 2012 #31
nadine_mn May 2012 #54
snooper2 May 2012 #101
Bertha Venation May 2012 #66
HuckleB May 2012 #73
Initech May 2012 #33
HopeHoops May 2012 #35
whistler162 May 2012 #39
Scurrilous May 2012 #41
femmocrat May 2012 #43
BlueIris May 2012 #88
snooper2 May 2012 #102
TrogL May 2012 #89
MichiganVote May 2012 #99
George Cauldron May 2012 #44
SOteric May 2012 #45
blue neen May 2012 #46
chrisa May 2012 #47
madinmaryland May 2012 #49
Rochester May 2012 #50
femmocrat May 2012 #91
RFKHumphreyObama May 2012 #51
Odin2005 May 2012 #52
gkhouston May 2012 #55
Kaleva May 2012 #57
DiverDave May 2012 #58
Enrique May 2012 #59
Scuba May 2012 #60
Kaleva May 2012 #62
Scuba May 2012 #63
panader0 May 2012 #61
cliffordu May 2012 #67
Kaleva May 2012 #69
cliffordu May 2012 #71
bigwillq May 2012 #70
krispos42 May 2012 #72
MichiganVote May 2012 #100
jmowreader May 2012 #74
pa28 May 2012 #75
Marrah_G May 2012 #76
laundry_queen May 2012 #78
BlueIris May 2012 #79
HopeHoops May 2012 #81
mikeytherat May 2012 #82
KamaAina May 2012 #83
Brickbat May 2012 #85
begin_within May 2012 #86
NCTraveler May 2012 #87
geardaddy May 2012 #90
ThoughtCriminal May 2012 #92
Broken_Hero May 2012 #93
Taverner May 2012 #94
AsahinaKimi May 2012 #95
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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 01:12 PM

1. Cat herder

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #1)

Fri May 4, 2012, 05:28 PM

19. My boss. He manages my team

The HR folks decided to implement a "team building exercise" and guinea-pig it on the IT department.

It was great. We bonded together as a team to totally trash the entire exercise. One HR lady was almost in tears. Another was muttering darkly about "herding cats".

Strangely enough, they never implemented the exercise with the rest of the employees. Wonder why?

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Response to TrogL (Reply #19)

Sat May 5, 2012, 08:29 PM

42. I was on a team with the same experience!

 

our army (civilian) group reduced a team building trainer to tears and the whole program was canceled after our escapades in there. Our joint refusal to share anything personal with each other in that setting, on demand, became the thing we bonded over.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 01:20 PM

2. Is that difficult?

My father in law has the tool thingie, and I was thinking of trying to tune our piano myself...should I skip it?

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #2)

Fri May 4, 2012, 03:49 PM

14. Yes.

http://piano.detwiler.us/#axzz1tvpluphQ

Things like this:

Why not use the Korg tuner to tune all the notes directly?

Even if you tune every note perfectly with a simple electronic tuner like a Korg, you will not get a very pleasing result. The different lengths and types of strings in a real piano tend to alter their resonant characteristics from the ideal. Tuners call this phenomenon "inharmonicity." The mathematically-calculated equal-temperament pitch actually sounds out of tune for many keys, getting worse the further you are from the middle, and more so on smaller pianos with shorter strings. In a piano that has been entirely tuned with a simple electronic tuner like the Korg, the top registers will sound flat, and the bottom registers sharp. In practice, only A4 (A above middle C) is tuned to a outside standard pitch, 440 Hz; all the other keys are tuned relative to A4. In fact, a purely aural (by ear) piano tuner may just tune the "A" with a tuning fork and tune the rest of the piano by ear.


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Response to hunter (Reply #14)

Fri May 4, 2012, 10:47 PM

30. Thanks

I didn't know that.

The "thingie" my FIL has is a wrench-like thing, not a tuning device. I figured I'd use a tuning fork one pitch and then do the rest by ear, like I do with the guitar.

Sound like I'd be better off checking the yellow pages for a professional.

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Response to cyberswede (Reply #2)

Sun May 6, 2012, 01:09 AM

53. Unless you have an extremely good ear, I'd pay to have it done. n/t

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 01:46 PM

3. Furniture mover...

Hardest work I've ever done for the least pay. Took it between jobs in 2001. Every day was a chance to push your strength even farther than you swore you could go. A year and 1/2 of that was probably = to 10 years of mild exercise.

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Response to 4_TN_TITANS (Reply #3)

Fri May 4, 2012, 03:06 PM

13. +1

I can't count the number of times some asshole looked me straight in the eye and said, "That conference table house up the fire stairs."

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Response to 4_TN_TITANS (Reply #3)

Fri May 4, 2012, 03:55 PM

15. I used to do that. Man, I was STRONG.

It used to pay pretty well too.

Sadly wages haven't kept up. I see people getting paid the same I was around 1980.

Mostly it's because the unions are gone or severely weakened, and people are much more desperate for work.

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Response to 4_TN_TITANS (Reply #3)

Sat May 5, 2012, 03:12 AM

34. my husband's going back to moving furniture

he's sick of kitchen work, so he'll do that for the summer and then probably back to the kitchen for the winter. he's not thrilled about it, but it was his best option right now.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 01:49 PM

4. Fact checker at Faux news

wait

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Response to Rambis (Reply #4)

Sat May 5, 2012, 07:36 PM

38. That would be a easy no show job

so it isn't a hard job!

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Response to Rambis (Reply #4)

Mon May 7, 2012, 01:29 AM

77. I don't think that job exists.

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Response to Rambis (Reply #4)

Mon May 7, 2012, 02:46 PM

84. What would s/he do if s/he found one?

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 01:53 PM

5. Porn actor.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 01:59 PM

6. I nominate Fermin, the guy who cleans 40 stalls daily at my place.

 

a backbreaking task (for which he is well paid) which he performs to perfection, a rare feat. When he's sick, we all put on our game face and work together to get them done but after the first 10 stalls or so, the body strain is incredible.

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Response to riderinthestorm (Reply #6)

Sun May 6, 2012, 05:45 PM

64. pardon the ignorant, but . . .

. . . you're talking about horse stalls, yes? Because the first stalls that came to mind are in bathrooms.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #64)

Sun May 6, 2012, 06:41 PM

68. Heh, my bad for ASSuming everyone would know... yup, horse stalls. nt

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 02:17 PM

7. Nurse's aide in a convalescent hospital.

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #7)

Sat May 5, 2012, 10:38 PM

48. oh lordy, Peggy

you are so right. Those people are angels and they need patience and backs of steel!

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Response to CaliforniaPeggy (Reply #7)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:03 PM

98. I did that job. Wanna lose weight? This'll do it.

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 02:21 PM

8. Industrial sandblasting

Cleaning out oil storage tanks

Shoveling out semi trailers that carry livestock

They didn't seem quite so hard when I did them as a young man, but looking back and imagining trying to do those jobs now...yikes!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 02:31 PM

9. Neurosurgeon

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 02:37 PM

10. collector of bull semen/artificial inseminator of cows

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 02:38 PM

11. Commercial roofer, during summer months.

 

A friend of mine did that for a couple summers. He said that there was nothing like standing on a big, flat tar/stone roof on a humid 90-degree day dumping that nice hot tar onto the roof. Makes me woozy just thinking about it.

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Response to hifiguy (Reply #11)

Fri May 4, 2012, 11:25 PM

32. Yup. That one gets a +1.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 02:39 PM

12. porta potty cleaner

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Response to irisblue (Reply #12)

Fri May 4, 2012, 06:51 PM

26. Some of the absolute BEST scenes in the original "Woodstock" movie...

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... are with the guy who was cleaning the Port-a-Potties there.
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Older guy -- and I bet COOLER than most of the hippies there. Really laidback and non-judgmental,
as I recall (it's been quite a few years since I've seen it).
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #26)

Sat May 5, 2012, 07:54 PM

40. Have you ever stepped into a Porta Pottie that was FULL?

I stepped into one once where the contents were within an inch or so of the seat.

I found out my levitation skills were actually quite good that day.

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Response to alphafemale (Reply #40)

Sun May 6, 2012, 05:47 PM

65. hahahahaha Levitation skills

Hahahaha

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 04:03 PM

16. Teaching public school in a lower income urban environment.

Some people can do it, I could not.

That was the hardest job I ever had.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 04:16 PM

17. Hospital laundry--I did it as a temp during my early 1980s unemployment

Spend the day sorting sheets, gowns, towels, etc., soaked with every imaginable body fluid and "product"

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 05:11 PM

18. Police officer

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DESPITE the bad apples, I believe MOST of them ARE out there to protect and serve -- and
the stress and danger and CRAP they take does explain some of the attitudes and behaviors
that I do see from them.
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I couldn't do it. I believe I'd be scared shitless half of the time.
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It's hard enough to tune a six-string guitar. I agree with BV -- piano tuner. When I was growing
up, we had an upright piano (I had a HORRIBLE teacher who shouldn't have taught me past the
first year of SIX -- I learned nothing new after that first year. Her name made you think of an
airless musty room and she wore GALLONS of this awful perfume -- so we CALLED her that
synonym behind her back. It was TERRIBLE sitting right next to her for half-an-hour!!!)
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Our piano tuner had no sight whatsoever... he had a companion who would lead him into our
house holding his arm and sit him at the piano. He did an AWESOME job -- and his disability may
have made him even more suitable for that work.
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He was a Black man, so as a 7- or 8-year-old, I used to wonder if he were related to Ray Charles.
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #18)

Fri May 4, 2012, 05:50 PM

21. How about a combined cop/forest fire fighter/EMT/mountain rescue team member.

 

US National Park Ranger.

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Response to byeya (Reply #21)

Fri May 4, 2012, 05:54 PM

22. I think their work-related murder rates (Rangers as the victims) is much higher than the police.

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #22)

Fri May 4, 2012, 06:51 PM

27. The Dept of Justice Crime Statistics group studied injuries and deaths

 

in officers in the federal sector between 1995 and 2000 and published their results in late 2000.
Law enforcement park rangers suffered from injuries or death as a result of assault at a rate of
15.1 per annum per 1000 officers; next were the Customs agents at 5.1. FBI and DEA were down at
1.2 and 1.1.
Lack of meaningful backup; radio dead zones; lack of management support were all factors cited.

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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #18)

Sun May 6, 2012, 03:09 AM

56. OMG!

Exact same piano tuner! Used a fork for one note, tuned the rest by ear. These big guys did all the moving of the piano. Never knew he and Ray were tight. Damn! Hardest job? Gotta go with Psychiatric nurse

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 05:45 PM

20. Hard rock miner in the 1800s.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 06:05 PM

23. In college, I got a summer job one year digging ditches for a little excavation company.

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GREAT hands-on boss (who LOVED me as when I first moved into the area, he and his wife were
having serious marital problems and she came over and blatantly hit on me. I sent her home to
her husband -- who eventually, as they worked their way through successful counseling, found
out about that).
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He was a BIG man... a hunter who didn't need a rifle or a bow -- he could have crushed me with
his bare hands.
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She, on the other hand... was SMOKIN' HOT!!!!!
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Digging ditches for a sewage system in a new subdivision was hard, HOT work. My first day on
the job, by lunchtime, I literally could not keep from dropping the shovel when I tried to hold it
(the boss turned me on to Gatorade... the water I had been drinking was not replacing my
electrolytes nor potassium and my forearms were cramping like iron rods).
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However, not too long after I got out of the Army, I took a temp job picking tobacco in Tennessee.
Tons harder than digging ditches -- that pushed me to my then fairly impressive limits.
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Sorry... that's TWO jobs, not one.
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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 06:30 PM

24. County real estate tax appraiser.

I did that for over a year.
Periodically, every county has to update appraisals and do first appraisals on new construction for tax purposes.
NOBODY wants to see or talk to you.

For some, you're a mild annoyance.
For others you're a goddam communist who wants to suck their blood.
And worse...raise their taxes.


When I was 'escorted' off the property of a farmer in the Alabama boonies at gunpoint I turned in my badge, 100' measuring tape, and clipboard.
So...they made me a supervisor and guaranteed I'd never have to set foot on private property ever again.


We called the new appraisers "Cannon Fodder".

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Response to trof (Reply #24)

Fri May 4, 2012, 06:53 PM

28. My husband used to do that for the state of TN.

That's when he was introduced to the term SWAG.

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #28)

Sat May 5, 2012, 06:52 PM

37. I know the term.

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Response to trof (Reply #24)

Fri May 4, 2012, 06:53 PM

29. Some days are better than others.

Here in Illinois I don't argue if they tell me to get off the property. I just say ok and leave.

The reason for that is if I have to stand on the center line of the road and "value" ANY piece of property, it will IMMEDIATELY have a base value of $1,000,000. It might be a run down "pile o crap in the woods", but it is still gonna be worth a million for tax purposes.

If the property owner objects to that value they can PROVE that it is over valued. At that point they are gonna have to either submit an independent fee appraisal (meaning they are gonna pay somebody to come out and measure it) or else they're gonna have to allow somebody from the county on that property to get an accurate measure.

Either way it will get taxed.





Right now I've got a guy that has threatened to sue me because his local assessor promised to look the other way for a few years--meaning his new house was not being taxed. I put him on the tax rolls and now he's threatening to sue me for (I just love this one...) "breech of promise."




Laura

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Response to davsand (Reply #29)

Sat May 5, 2012, 06:51 PM

36. I did exactly the same thing.

"If you won't let me on the property I'll have to 'estimate' everything."

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 06:33 PM

25. Paramedic or Emergency Medical Technician

 

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Response to begin_within (Reply #25)

Mon May 7, 2012, 08:52 AM

80. Yeah, that is seriously ugly work.

I've never done it, but the stories I've heard...one of my Internet friends was an EMT in PA and wound up on anti-depressants after a few months because of the stress.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Fri May 4, 2012, 11:24 PM

31. Grocery bagger, ditch digger, construction site lackey (brick/block carrier), landscape company ...

... employee ...

I could go on and on, and I haven't even mentioned "dishwasher." What is wrong the prior responses? Is DU this out of touch?

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Response to HuckleB (Reply #31)

Sun May 6, 2012, 01:10 AM

54. I was a dishwasher in a little local diner...hardest job ever

Plus we had to peel and grate cooked potatoes to make hash browns for each shift. I was 15 and lugging that huge pot of potatoes from the basement was hell. In the winter, I reeked of lutefisk, rest of the year just fried food. Ugh

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Response to nadine_mn (Reply #54)

Thu May 10, 2012, 12:42 AM

101. Set three 16X80s in a day and you'll go back to washing dishes in a heartbeat LOL

 

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Response to HuckleB (Reply #31)

Sun May 6, 2012, 05:53 PM

66. Not out of touch, HuckleB...

...there are just a lot of really hard jobs out there.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Reply #66)

Sun May 6, 2012, 11:28 PM

73. There are, but I don't think this thread shows much perspective.

Hard jobs plus crap pay equals the hardest jobs by far.

If not, why hasn't anyone listed ER nurses and docs?

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2012, 10:21 AM

35. Rush Limbaugh's hooker

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2012, 07:37 PM

39. Obviously parenting....

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2012, 08:16 PM

41. Assistant crack whore.

Old SNL joke...

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2012, 08:41 PM

43. Kindergarten teacher. School bus driver. School custodian. School cafeteria worker.

Most jobs associated with schools are back-breaking, stressful, and hard on one's health.

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #43)

Tue May 8, 2012, 06:32 AM

88. Yes, anything affiliated with the educational field is murder.

They really just suck the life out of staff in those jobs.

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Response to BlueIris (Reply #88)

Thu May 10, 2012, 12:43 AM

102. It's almost as bad as running a smelter

 

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #43)

Tue May 8, 2012, 12:49 PM

89. Junior high school teacher

I burned out in three years and had my nervous breakdown. Apparently that's about average.

My favourite grade to teach is Grade 4 (let's ignore for the moment that's the class the South Park kids are in). They're old enough to actually be able to do something but they haven't hit puberty yet. Also, Grade 4 humour is surreal. They understand the mechanics of how to tell a joke or funny story, but it usually runs off the rails into absurdity.

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Response to femmocrat (Reply #43)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:04 PM

99. School Social Work-killer

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2012, 09:36 PM

44. Newt Gingrich's wife

Every day must be like a year's worth at a coal mine.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2012, 10:07 PM

45. Training the small creature that sits on Donald Trump's head.

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Response to SOteric (Reply #45)

Sat May 5, 2012, 10:08 PM

46. HA!

You really did make me laugh out loud!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2012, 10:16 PM

47. Customer service at a call center

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2012, 11:02 PM

49. Elementary School Janitor.

Fricking disgusting.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2012, 11:06 PM

50. The guy at the animal shelter whose job it is to put down perfectly healthy animals

because time ran out on them before they got adopted.

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Response to Rochester (Reply #50)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:47 PM

91. Yes, that would be the worse job on the planet.

There is no way that job could ever become "routine". It would be so heart-breaking and infuriating at the same time.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sat May 5, 2012, 11:28 PM

51. President of the United States

Sure, you get a lot of the perks and privileges but -if you're serious about it and want to get things done and you're not there for your own personal glory and legacy like Dubya is -I can imagine it could be one of the hardest things in the world. Look what President Clinton and President Obama have had to go throw

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2012, 12:54 AM

52. Parenting.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2012, 01:15 AM

55. Migrant farm worker. n/t

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2012, 04:51 AM

57. Crawling on your stomach in human waste & mud to get to a broken sewer pipe and repair it.

The first time wasn't bad as I could crawl on my hands and knees thru the stuff. The second time was terrible as the crawl space was so tight, I had to turn my head sideways to keep my face out of the shit. In another job, the homeowner held me by my boots as I hung upside down in the opening of his septic tank so I could reach and clear out the plugged exit pipe. I had pumped out most of the sewage out but there was still enough left for me to swim in had he let go.

And the stuff I had to remove from toilets. A kid's shoe, toys, gravel, a fish, a tape measure, and the ever popular tampons,

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2012, 08:28 AM

58. Power washing ANYTHING

I worked laying in mud-puddles with an 8" wand cleaning truck transmissions before dis-assembly.
I had walking pneumonia all winter.
Hardist job physically was delivering to dunkin donuts.
Not only did I have to drive the truck, I had to unload and PUT away the freight.
The dude standing there pointing where everything went.
I was sooo tired after every shift.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2012, 08:30 AM

59. debate prep for Sarah Palin

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2012, 08:39 AM

60. Interesting how different people define "hard"...

 

Physically demanding

Gross

Stressful

Emotionally demanding

etc.

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Response to Scuba (Reply #60)

Sun May 6, 2012, 12:47 PM

62. It's because our experiences are different.

Not everyone has had a job that demanded hard physical labor for instance.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #62)

Sun May 6, 2012, 12:57 PM

63. While others don't understand stress...

 

... and of course, there's nothing to constrain their definition, sarcasm, wit, etc.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2012, 12:31 PM

61. I've been a bricklayer for forty years

It's harder than it used to be.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2012, 06:22 PM

67. I was an alcohol and drug counselor for adolescent street kids - runaways and throwaways.

and kids in long term inpatient A&D treatment.

It was run by the St.Vincent DePaul. If a kid had ANY resources they were sent to other facilities. We got kids who had nothing.

I'd say about 90% of them were sexual abuse survivors, and more than a few had been selling or scoring drugs for their parents before running away.

And then we had gang members - I had one wonderful therapy group with a skinhead and a Crip. Both sentenced by the court for treatment instead of jail.

Actually - that group made BOTH of them think about race more than anything I can think of.

Good times.

Out of the hundreds of kids I had in my range at one point or another, I remember three or four who actually made it.

A mother of one sought me out after several years to tell me that her son - one of the hardest children I had ever met, got sober, married, was working construction and attending community college.

I wept like a child.




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Response to cliffordu (Reply #67)

Sun May 6, 2012, 06:52 PM

69. I've always heard that the success rate for such programs is extremely low.

But thanks to you, there are 3-4 who did make it.

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Response to Kaleva (Reply #69)

Sun May 6, 2012, 08:01 PM

71. Thanks -

In the vast majority of cases the best we could hope for was to completely ruin alcohol and drugs as an answer forever.

Breaking their denial.

I broke denial in lots of people, knowing that down the road many would seek further help.

And that, folks, is the name of the game.

Once denial goes, the rest - recovery - can follow.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2012, 06:54 PM

70. Parent (nt)

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2012, 10:44 PM

72. Donald Trump's critter-wrangler

Or whatever his job title is. You know, the guy that feeds, trains, grooms, catches, and places atop Trump's head the critter that's there in all the photos.

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Response to krispos42 (Reply #72)

Wed May 9, 2012, 10:05 PM

100. Shoot just bein' married to him is bad enuf'

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 12:07 AM

74. Military survivor assistance officer. Hardest job in the world.

These are the soldiers (they go out in pairs--one officer, one sergeant) who knock on a family's door and tell them their soldier was killed, and then help them through the whole process of final arrangements. This job is hard enough on the people who do it, the regulation describing how to perform this duty tells you not to get drunk before you go out there for the initial contact with the next of kin--obviously people HAVE done that.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 12:32 AM

75. Missile launch officer.

Turn the key and you are responsible for the death of millions.

The other side of the argument is "I was just following orders".

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 01:26 AM

76. The world is full of hard jobs

Sometimes people pay you well to do those jobs and other times you endure the work and abuse for minimum wage.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 02:06 AM

78. Don't know the 'name' of it

It's what my dad does. He lines tanks and pipes with rubber so they don't corrode. He has crawled into 16 inch pipes before, although not so much since he's nearing retirement. He says it's really, really hot (because the rubber is heated, you need coverall so the chemicals don't eat your clothes) and it's not easy to drink your water in those tiny pipes. He's only gotten really stuck once, and he said the key is to just relax and eventually you'll be able to move. Definitely not a job for the claustrophobic, or the out of shape.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 08:39 AM

79. Senior care provider.

Any provider. That shit is murder. Especially if the senior or seniors in question are 65+.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 09:55 AM

81. Stay-at-home parent

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 02:29 PM

82. Fast food service one block from a major sports and entertainment arena.

"I know you're closing tonight, but you've got to stay so we can start cooking again at 4:00. We need to make 1500 Egg McMuffins."

mikey_the_rat

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 02:45 PM

83. Servicemember in Afghanistan.

 

And unlike most of these, they xcan't even fall back on "Well, it's a dirty job, but somebody has to do it."

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 02:51 PM

85. Locomotive engineer and freight train conductor. I had no idea until Mr. Brickbat started on the

railroad.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 08:51 PM

86. Motherhood

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2012, 08:56 PM

87. Zombie killer. nt.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 12:57 PM

90. Therapist for any republican.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:52 PM

92. Destroyer OF Worlds!

Oh sure, it impresses, but after all the introductions there's always that awkward silence.

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 11:00 PM

93. Hmm,

Wolverine's proctologist......

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 11:19 PM

94. Diamond Cutter. Neurosurgeon. Public Bathroom Janitor.

 

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:15 AM

95. Medical Examiner at a crime scene

Watched the movie BONE COLLECTOR last night... eeesh!

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 02:25 PM

96. Being second in command to an insecure person. nt

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Response to Bertha Venation (Original post)

Wed May 9, 2012, 04:02 PM

97. Wild Honey collector in the Sundarbans mangrove forrest.....

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/13556336

80 are killed every year by tigers, there are crocs in the river, venomous snakes and "honey pirates" that will kill the honey collectors.....

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