Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Jorge, U R Funny, Internet Cafe
First things first: Happy Birthday, Jorge!
I Heart You!
U R Funny
Sometimes you put a lot of effort into a post, and it doesn’t generate much response. And then sometimes you throw out a simple question, and comments start dropping on you like walnuts off the demented tree in my back yard, which is the last to get its green on in the spring and the first to divest itself of foliage in late summer/early Fall. No kidding--it starts shedding leaves in August. This tree would fit right in with the “staff” at a local str*ip bar called, “The Joker’s Wild” because it keeps shedding its "clothing." Someday I know I’m going to find a $5.00 bill tucked into one of the branches, the hussy.
Anyway, I threw out these questions, “Have you ever been on TV?” and “What’s the most ill-suited job you’ve ever held?” I hope you enjoy these funny responses as much as I did.
Oh, wait a minute. Back it up, Betty. First, we must clear up who Mike Rowe is-the guy in that QVC video I posted:
This is how people usually see Mike Rowe, the host of Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs" series. (I cannot believe I'm having to explain who he is to you. If you do not have cable, find out when "Dirty Jobs" is on in your area, then go hang out in the TV section of HH Gregg or Walmart or wherever and catch this show.)
The premise is that he takes on America's most unsanitary, dirtiest professions and reports the nitty-gritty-dirt-band details to us. And he is extremely funny while doing so. And yes, he is nice looking. I can say that because I'm pretty sure my husband has a crush on a famous person whose initials are "Parah Salin." In fact, I'm pretty sure he'd like to go parasailin' with Parah Salin, but it ain't gonna happen, so boo-hoo. Did I mention "Happy birthday, Jorge?"
Anyway, to see the guy who regularly gets fish guts accidentally in his mouth trying to sell a Christmas doll on QVC was painfully hilarious. And Mike, if you'd like to email me to say hello like Clinton Kelly did, I'm fine with that. I'll keep an eye on my junk mail folder just in case it goes there. Winky-wink.
OK, back to the "Have you been on TV question: Apparently, I’m hanging with celebs because out of 30 responses, 14 of your have been on TV. Here are some of the interesting replies to that question:
• Yes, to promote my shop - A friend said I should consider a shot of whisky before doing it again. (Imerie, The Green Grass Grows All Around ) [Edit: Gee whiz, Imerie. I guess it’s good to have an honest friend?]
• I used to be dress up like Wendy (for Wendy's) and I did a local commercial for them when I was 17. [(Cathy Davis, Voice of Truth) [Edit: I would pay good money to see that picture, Cathy.]
• Many times. (I used to be on a local TV show as a child.) (Tonggu Momma) [Edit: Tonggu Momma, please tell us that you survived the trauma of childhood stardom and have not shaved your head or worked at The Joker’s Wild.]
• Handled some ground stuff on a false alarm hijacking in the early 90's and was on the news for that. (Pam from Alert and Oriented [x 4]) [Edit: Big exciting deal, Pam. I once single-handedly unjammed 60 copier jams in one day at work. Now that’s exciting AND dangerous--a person could get her hand stuck or a nasty paper cut.]
• I once did a "Bud Lite" commercial from my favorite happy hour spot in 1992, and my teenage boys saw it and they were devastated. (Jeanette, Discover, Create, Dream) [Edit: Jeanette, I’d love to know exactly why they were devastated. Spill it.]
• When I was about 14, my dad was on Bowling for Dollars and they introduced the family, which was me and my 3 year old cousin. (Edie, Rich Gifts) [Edit: And the picture can be found … where?]
• I was the junior rodeo princess (Little Miss Topps 1980) and I got to throw my arm up toward the sign and say with my best cuteness, “Come see us!” Geez. (Leebird, Prayer Gifts) [Edit: Lee, in 1980 I was a junior in high school. One could say I was “Little Miss Topps,” too, for my shape.]
• Yes, I was on Oprah once. (Merci, Spit Out the Cat) [Edit: Merci, that is a great blog title. But please tell us you did not write a memoir that landed you on Oprah because that is never good.]
2nd Question: Any ill-suited jobs?
*Ho*oters. (Anonymous) [Edit: OK, she wasn’t anonymous, but I’m not going to tag her here just because she was honest enough to say she worked there and then have people clicking over there just to gawk at the former H*ooters Girl-turned-blogger. Side note: Somehow I’m connecting “Little Miss Topps” with Ho*oters, and that is sad.]
• For 120 days I worked for a dumpster-diving psycho who had goats that lived in her home -- and I did not work for a vet or farm. (Imerie, The Green Grass Grows All Around) [Edit: Imerie, I distinctly remember asking you not to disclose the unique details of your work environment when you left our "family" compound.]
• I once worked at a Waffle House and the experience was so traumatic that to this day I will not eat there. (Robin Lambright, Be Still and Know) [Edit: Robin, is there something concerning spittle in waffle batter that we should know about?]
• Singing telegrams. (Pam from Alert and Oriented [x 4]) [Edit: I think it’s totally plausible and sane that people break out into song in whatever activity they’re engaged in. It’s called “musicals.” I’d be perfect for this job.]
• Waitress at Pizza Hut.....In my short time working there, I dropped a pitcher of Coke in a customer's lap, slid a hot pizza into a customer's lap, forgot to place a customer's order in the kitchen...ya, I was BAD!!! (Sara, Make Music From Your Heart to the Lord) [Edit: And to think that now you’re a neurosurgeon with such steady precision! Go figure!]
• I applied with a temp agency once and they sent me to for an accounts receivable position at a book store (they told me). It turned out to be a g*ay porn*o book store but (embarrassingly) I didn't realize it until after they started training me. All of the employees were ga*y and one "guy" was a trans*vestite. They all came in later than I did. I did not stay. (Edie, Rich Gifts) [Edit: I think I speak for all of us when I say that there are times when it’s good to be a misfit.]
As I have said many times, I get the best comments in the world!
And now I’m challenging all of the people I quoted here to write a complete post about the experience you talked about here. It will be great.
And even if I didn’t quote you here, this should get your creative juices flowing for a great post about you or a friend or family member who had a weird job or a moment on TV, etc.
Have fun and let us know if you took up the "Dirty Jobs" uh, "odd/disgusting/ embarrassing Jobs" challenge!
One more thing, please come on over to the Cafe today and join me for a third cup! I think it will make you smile.