Saturday, October 11, 2008

Oh, the Indignity of It

Ever held a job in which you knew you just weren't a good "fit?"

I once had a summer job at a chicken shack, where I baked biscuits, unfolded sacks, placed sporks in unfolded sacks and dealt with factory workers on lunch breaks who routinely ordered a pint of "lizards," accidentally combining the words "gizzards" and "livers." Srsly.

Here is a video of a now-famous guy hawking, of all the absurd things, dolls on QVC. If you watch him regularly, you will sense what pain he's enduring throughout the segment. I keep expecting him to look at the doll, toss it over his shoulder, say "bleep" and walk away laughing.

Here's another tidbit you might not know about him: He's a former opera singer. Oh yes he is. So here's the video, and then four questions after.

1. Who is this guy?
2. How many days 'til Christmas?
3. Have you ever been on TV?
4. What's the most ill-suited job you've ever had?


Connie Jean said...

1. Mike Rowe ... can't believe it either. How dorky !!!
2. Not enough ! (76 days?)
3. Nope
4. Hooters. There. 'Nuff said.

Thanks for the laugh :) Have a blessed Friday!!!

Denise said...

Okay...he is that guy who is on "dirtiest jobs" and he used to do the new homes in this area of the states. There are 75 days until Christmas (at least that is what my widget says). I have been on TV and the most ill-suited job for me was....a filing clerk. I LOATHE FILING! :o) Have a great weekend! Hmmm..should I be concerned I knew these answers?

Becky said...

HOLY DIRTY JOB FAIR THATS MIKE ROWE!!! LOL. The poor schmuck on QVC talking about bows and little mice and the pretty little dolly... absolutely painful :-D I'm dying because I love, oops, KEN LEE him. (I have a little slice of Mikey on my blog)

How many days till Christmas on the clip or real life... I don't know either, LOL.

Ill fit job...hmmm... ironically, anything that had to do with working with kids. I babysat, but only for the money... HATED IT!

Smilingsal said...

He sure looks uncomfortable.

Tiff said...

That's hilarious! Oh that poor guy....

The Patterson 5 said...

He's the dirty job discovery guy! This QVC add looks painful. I wonder if they ever sold Mary Merry Christmas. I am not sure how many days until Christmas. I was once a insurance filer in a Dentist office. Not at all fun.

lmerie said...

1. Oh wow it is him! Mike Rowe that is

2. 75 days

3. Yes, to promote my shop - A friend said I should consider a shot of whisky before doing it again.

3. Yes!! 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

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Chatty Kelly said...

For future reference, if you go into "edit" this post, THEN save it as a DRAFT, and then reset the date and hit publish, it should go away and come back on Saturday. You have to save it as a draft first.

Well, I for one am happy that Saturday came early. Who wouldn't love that?

Cathy Davis said...

1. No clue but he's obviously not happy about the doll.
2. 76 days!
3. Yes! I used to be dress up like Wendy (like the Wendy for Wendy's) and I did a local commercial for them when I was 17.
4. I ask myself that every day I come into work...

Robin Lambright said...

1. My hubby probably would have know who he was, he loves all those Discovery/TLC shows. I however did not have a clue!

2. Again, don't have a clue! I'm not doing so well here!

3. Thankfully no! Although my daughter and I tease each other about entering the "Next Food Network Star" contest.

4. Food service. I got fired from a Wendy's when I was in high school and I once worked at a Waffle House and the experience was so traumatic that to this day I will not eat there.

Just a side suggestion. I do all my post in “Word” first and then cut and paste into blogger.

I am enjoying your sence of humor, your insights and your unique perpective. Thanks!

Mocha with Linda said...

1. I Ken Lee MIKE ROWE!!! And just for the record, before I even clicked play, as soon as I read "he's a former opera singer" I thought "This is gonna be Mike Rowe." We actually have a DVD of one of the Dirty Jobs where he breaks into a little opera while making candy. He has an incredible voice. No wonder he's doing Dirty Jobs now. He probably is still trying to get the feeling of those dress ruffles off his hands.

2. 75 or 76, depending on if you count the day we're on.

3. Yes. But not on Nightline. :-)

4. Working at Sears in high school on the days I'd get pulled into Ladies Shoes (pure panic is when the customer says "do you have a similar shoe with a different heel?" I'd go in the back and stand there staring at the stacks of shelves counting the minutes until I was off) or when I'd get pulled into Men's Suits (definitly ill-suited!)

Cyndy said...

1. Oh, poor Mike Rowe...yes, he does very much look like he'd like to toss that doll right over his shoulder and walk away...and frankly I wouldn't have blamed him if he did. Get that man a dirty job!

2.I don't want to know how many days left 'til Christmas.


4.Serving food in a high school cafeteria. It was awful.

April in CT said...

"Excuse me Mary...Oh the indignity of it." HA! I love Mike Rowe and Dirty Jobs!

For the first year EVAH I'm not concerned with Christmas. Mainly due to the fact we're not gifting this year and I'm amazed at the relief that brings (even though I love buying gifts for others).

Never been on tv and I hated my very first job as a telemarketer. I'm shy and hate bothering people!

a Tonggu Momma said...

1. Wait! Mike Rowe used to be an opera singer?!?! Get OUT!!!
2. 75
3. yes, many times (I used to be on a local TV show as a child)
4. being on a local children's television program

Darlene R. said...

1.I had no clue

2.Apparently there are 75!

3.Um, no

4.Probably my job at Long John Silver's~~ nasty!

Becky said...

Mike Rowe was on Sesame Street this morning! He's so versatile. :-D

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

1. Who is this guy? Mike Rowe, I know he had to be bored to tears! Dolls aren't quite that dirty.

2. How many days 'til Christmas? 76

3. Have you ever been on TV?
Yes, all three networks in Tulsa, for a Senior Health Fair. so much fun, got on the radio too! and once with Santa when I was a wittle gurl.

4. What's the most ill-suited job you've ever had? Receptionist! lol not for me chickadee! :-)

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

1. Mike Rowe...evidently he'd rather be up to his ears in assorted animal excrement than doing the doll gig here
2. 75
3. Yah...attended an education rally for school overcrowding and was interviewed a couple of years ago. Also handled some ground stuff on a false alarm hijacking in the early 90's and was on the news for that...
5. Delivered singing telegrams...ugh

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

This was actually painful for me to watch due to the intense amount of awkwardness.

I have no idea who he is. Obviously, the previous commenters do.

Don't know how many days until Christmas ... just not enough.

Been on TV for a commercial or 2, and am regularly on because our church has a tv show and I sing on it, and sometimes even, speak.

Ill-suited job? Nanny ... heck, I have trouble enoug raising my own kids, much less anyone else's.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Mocha with Linda said...

Rats. Forgot I did this the other day, so now I have a Lid-less Saturday. Bum.Mer.

Anonymous said...

I bet he figured any "dirty job" was a snap after selling dolls on QVC! That is hilarious!

Jeanette said...

1. No clue about Mike somebody, not a big TV fan.
2. There are 74 Days, 11 Hours, 38 Minutes until Christmas.... But who's counting?
3. I once did a "Bud Lite" commercial from my favorite happy hour spot in 1992, and my teenage boys saw it and they were devasted.
4. My most ill suited job was a temp secretary for two construction contractor "good ol' boys". I lasted only 2 weeks in 1996, as girl friday.

Fun Post!

Edie said...

LOL!! He's as much of a sales person as I am! UGH!!

1. What everyone else said.
2. What everyone else said.
3. Yes - 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.
4. 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 gay porno book store but (embarrassingly) I didn't realize it until after they started training me. All of the employees were gay and one "guy" was a transvestite. They all came in later than I did. I did not stay.

sara said...

1. Okay...yes, it's Mike Rowe.....I am sure he wishes that that piece of video would be burned!! That was painfully hilarious...
2. I don't know...everyone else says's just coming way too fast!
3. Yes, but just on the news.....I'll leave you guessing.
4. 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!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey, that's Mike from Dirty Jobs! Talk about ill-suited jobs! I am copying the others and saying there are 75 days until Christmas. The most ill-suited job I have ever had is recruiting telemarketers for the lowest-paying telemartketing firm in the area and I loath those pesky telemarketing calls! Thank the Lord for getting me to my true calling: a stay-at-home mom!

Marina said...

Who is these guy? depressing and needs to get out!! LOL!!!

I have been on tv before usually its the news and I happen to be around and they want my comment and the when they put me on I only say one thing comparied to everyting I had to say "( my one momemt of fame and the edit me to a few words life is not far Linda ")) marina

Merci said...

1. No clue who he is
2. No clue how many days (and I'm choosing to remain in ignorance about it!)
3. Yes, I was on Oprah once
4. Oh my yes. My first job was a data entry clerk ... while I'm good at data entry now and don't even mind it, then it was horrible. BORING beyond words for a 16 year old kid to sit and keypunch numbers for four and a half hours at a time. I couldn't quit that job fast enough.

Chel - An Abiding Branch said...

So glad you liked the political humor. I can't believe it isn't out there either....I mean it totally should be viral by now. lol

Leebird said...

Hi there, I just popped over from Lelia's blog...glad I did cuz i needed a laugh.

1. Mike Rowe...what has that guy NOT done??

2. I don't do not going to bother counting...I'd go with less than three months.

3. I was on a commercial for Topps Western World in Shreveport, LA when I was ten. 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.

4. I would say my most ill-suited job was a house cleaner when i was in house is a pig stye, and I was getting paid to clean other people's houses...something's wrong with that picture!

Thanks for the smile, Lee

PJ said...

The guy, whatever-his-face, looks constipated!!!

It's 74 days until Christmas.

I've been on TV...hmmm...4, 5 times?? More if you count re-runs. When I was in college we visited a Christian talk show (I can't remember which one!!) and we were in the audience. I sang with the "Pentecostals of chicago" now "All Nations choir" for several years. We taped for TV several times. Sometimes my kids at school would say, "I saw you on tv last night" -- it was late night gospel music shows. And then when I made the liver donation, they posted a picture of me and the recipient, although we never appeared in person.

The most ill-suited job? I worked as a night auditor at a major hotel chain. That meant the 11 PM to 7 AM shift (At about 4 am I go absolutely insane if I have to stay awake, not to mention that I had an infant and a 2 year old at home rarin' to go at 7:30AM), and I was balancing the books from the day's receipts. I can barely count to five. I made so many mistakes (It was all done by hand in those days -- although I was allowed to use an adding machine) the City Ledger almost NEVER balanced. Just like my checkbook. It was the only time I've ever been fired from a job, or was I???? It was so bad, I went in the next day to tell the boss I quit. She said, "You can't quit; you're fired." I was upset, but it was a blessing. Since she fired me I got to draw unemployment for about 4 weeks before I found another job!!!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

k that's hilarious and kinda creep! :)

Miscellaneous From Missy said...

Oh wow, that was funny! Poor guy. I'm so glad you posted that.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

The whole time I was watching this I kept thinking "is this real"? I can't believe he did that. I can't believe they had him on there. Though, I thought the clip was funny and entertaining (because I know of his personality from his dirty job show), I can't believe the sales for this doll were very high.

I thought it was a hoot when it showed part of his head and he said excuse me because he had to look under her skirt to find the winding knob.

Thanks for sharing this. It brings a whole new perspective to tv shopping shows. Heck, if they had Mike Rowe on more shopping shows, I would watch them.

Actually, I see his dirty show is coming on now. I better go see what dirty on tv. haha

Connie said...

That was pretty bad! I couldn't watch the whole thing. What some people have to do when they want to be on TV! Connie