Unique Occupations

by Rhode

Hakai Magazine (Thanks Rhett!) has a neat section – Coastal Jobs.  These are jobs that are unique in some ways to the coast.  Here are their most recent entries:
What are some unique job titles (or experiences) you’ve run into?  We’ve talked how Totebaggers are somewhat risk averse, or look at ROI for jobs/careers.  If you weren’t a typical Totebagger (or you aren’t a typical Totebagger), what unique or odd job would you do right now?
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105 thoughts on “Unique Occupations

  1. A relative who works in the high net worth financial services business recently told me about his meeting with a historian from one firm. It was the first time I learned of these history departments that research clients’ family history. Who knew a history degree could lead to this?

    Financial firms working with ultrahigh-net worth clients increasingly are offering a new service to go along with their investment-management, estate-planning and tax-advice offerings: chronicling the family’s history.

    These services can include anything from tracing the family’s ancestry to full-production biographical videos to historical role-playing presentations geared toward heirs as young as 4.
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/financial-firms-offer-a-new-service-to-wealthy-clients-family-history-1465783681

    I know of an accountant who works for a private investigator as side gig. By day she reviews balance sheets, by night she goes on stake outs looking for cheating spouses. I think she would like to make a full career switch at some point.

  2. I have a friend from college who writes pop history books. Not sure how much money he makes from them, but they are well-reviewed in the NYT etc.! On the side he does “history of your house” books, which I would love to get for L’Abbey at some point! :)

  3. I usually have a list of “Jobs They Did Not Tell Me About on Career Day”, but of course right now I’m blanking. I’ve come across super-rich people (not in person — by reading about them) who have full-time employees to do stuff like change the channel on the TV (or switch the HDMI input, or put DVDs in the player).

  4. I met a really cool lady last night who does ghost tours. I think that could be cool side gig.

    We are on vacation this week to Bar Harbor, ME. I need to win mega millions so I can be a professional traveler.

  5. “I’ve come across super-rich people (not in person — by reading about them) who have full-time employees to do stuff like change the channel on the TV (or switch the HDMI input, or put DVDs in the player).”

    Wow. I get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about that. Even if I take home that $900M jackpot, I have zero desire to enter that territory.

    I am constantly amazed at the number of ways people find to make money. Like, when I was working in the deli, it never occurred to me that there was a guy who literally made his living re-stocking vending machines all over town — not branded stuff, mind you, it’s not like he worked for Frito-Lay; his boss was a private vending machine contractor who owned all these machines and made deals with local businesses to put one in their facility and then hired people to drive around all day keeping them stocked and taking the money out. Or on the other end of the spectrum, “life coaches.” When I first heard about them several years ago, they seemed like a New-Agey ploy to separate people with more money than sense from their cash, but now they seem fairly mainstream. And yet that is a profession that literally didn’t exist until @2 decades ago; meanwhile, the vending machine guy is largely out of business, because there aren’t a lot of mom-and-pop stores and independent operators anymore.

  6. Genealogy would be cool. Through researching my family I’ve found a few members who do this as a side job.

    I also have a friend who’s a professional SCUBA dive tour guide. If I still dove (dived?) that could be fun.

    RMS ya… I’ll have to buy one first. Lol!

  7. guy who literally made his living re-stocking vending machines all over town

    In Illinois (I think), decades ago they enacted a law that the vending machines in public rest stop areas should be restocked by blind people. I had an online acquaintance who was blind, and had that gig. Of course she was also super-conservative and was against government interference in everything without noticing her own benefit, but whatever.

  8. In Illinois (I think), decades ago they enacted a law that the vending machines in public rest stop areas should be restocked by blind people.

    How does this work in practice?

  9. OMG, Rhett, remember the Mythbusters chicken-meets-plane episode? That one was totally my favorite until the first hot water heater one came out.

  10. I have been watching a lot of Forensic Files. The various branches of forensics (so many !) are fascinating. The work though is very exacting and tedious.

  11. A guy I knew from high school got three degrees (BA, MA, and Ph.D.) in art history. An educational path that would give a lot of Totebaggers a heart attack. But he had a high-level position at a major international auction house for many years, and now has his own art-consulting business. Here is a description of what he does:

    “Consulting services for ultra-high net worth families, individuals, foundations, and museums around issues related to art collecting and the art market, with emphasis on developing strategies for philanthropy, legacy planning, and collections management; expertise in developing a collections portfolio, art as an asset class, cultural property, art-related financial services, and transactions.”

  12. How does this work in practice?

    Well, in her case, she always went with her sighted husband. I think they also hired a part-time guy to handle some of the hours.

  13. @RMS – You are absolutely correct, although there was a move to change the law recently. I didn’t hear if it passed. But it was a topic of discussion in the Vending trade community. I used to support a team that sold to the vending market. Vending is still a thriving business in offices, schools, prisons, manufacturing plants and all kinds of places. That’s one of those “extermination” businesses that Rhett talks about. It’s not just snacks of course, and there are high-tech vending machines to service – like the one that sells fleece vests at SFO.

    I know I’ve said this before, but I’m stunned by how much people make on You Tube. Not just that, but people who’ve managed to create a whole industry in the last 5 years making big $$ advising companies on their social media strategy and things like that.

    There are so many behind-the-scenes jobs in sports too. From the organist to the logisticis management team to the people who sew the sames on the uniforms to the guys that run the manual scoreboards at Wrigley/Fenway to the massive security organizations to the legal teams that actually write & review all those big contracts.

  14. The job I want is to be the host of the Redzone channel on DirecTV. He gets paid to sit around watching football every Sunday. I’m already doing that, so it would be great to get paid for it.

  15. There are several of DH’s relatives who are involved in a line of work that is so unique I can’t say what it is exactly because it would be identifying. It is a kind of historical restoration work in a particular area. They have two sucessful businesses between them, and the kids are going into the businesses. It is very hands on – lots of woodworking and painting.

  16. Did you know there is an entire field called User Experience Engineering? I have a friend who works in that area.

  17. “In Illinois (I think), decades ago they enacted a law that the vending machines in public rest stop areas should be restocked by blind people.”

    Remember the vending machines with the sandwiches? Those used to be common in bus stops. My husband had a summer job while in college at a company that made the sandwiches for those machines. Most of the sandwich makers were developmentally disabled. He had the job of keeping track of supplies and making sure enough sandwiches were made, because he could add and most of the others could not.

  18. I have a neighbor at our lake place who is a ferrier, he makes shoes and shoes horses. Along with their cottage, they have a farm, which is where he does his work. He also travels to other farms and has a very interestingly stocked truck for his work. When he described his work, I had one of those, “Doh. Of *course* that’s a job, someone is getting that done” moments. All these trips around the sun I’ve had and still have those moments.

    The accountant with the PI side gig could be me, I’ve always thought being a PI would be really interesting. And based on our discussion a few weeks ago about how older women are often ignored, I could just blend right into the background – a cheating spouse, workers’ comp phony, etc. would pay me no mind while I photographed them in the act.

  19. “Did you know there is an entire field called User Experience Engineering? I have a friend who works in that area.”

    Yes – we have a big group of course. I just did an internal test for the UX team on an app in development in fact. We other employees are sometimes the guinea pigs before anything goes to market research.

    That’s another thing – companies running focus groups. A good chunk of them are relatively small businesses.

    I am always a little astounded by how many project management jobs there are too.

    @MM – Sandwich vending is still common in blue collar breakrooms too. We used to sell all kinds of things that could be microwaved. Of course then there is upscale vending like Farmer’s Fridge. https://www.farmersfridge.com/

  20. One of my friends was a PI, but she worked for an insurance company. I had the impression that was the real cash cow for that industry – catching people in insurance fraud, not catching cheating spouses.

  21. My relative who was an airline pilot used to have various interesting side jobs in addition to his Fedex type of main job. Partly because he was a crack mechanic he used to fly planes that were a little wonky to locations where they could be serviced. He insists he always was confident he could land the plane if something went wrong. It doesn’t sound quite on the up and up, so it was probably done under the radar. Haha, puns intended. Also, he used to fly equipment and other supplies for Mormon colonies in Mexico. I’m SURE that’s the only cargo he flew across the border! Once he consulted on a movie for something having to do with flying. He has stories.

  22. “It is a kind of historical restoration work in a particular area.”

    There are people in our area who seem to make a good living as steeplejacks. In our little town alone, there is a steeple-repair company that has been working constantly for about the past four years on three different large-scale steeple restoration projects. I imagine there are projects like that all over New England.

  23. MM despite you not wanting to out your relatives, I heard a particular voice with a particular accent in my head. If I am right, that is really neat.

  24. There are so many behind-the-scenes jobs in sports too

    Sort of related — a woman at my old church was a housepainter, and she had a full-time job working at Coors Field. Apparently it’s so big that by the time you finish painting the interior and exterior, it’s time to start again.

  25. I have a good one.

    https://www.forbestravelguide.com

    They are hired by top tier hotels to provide a rating on a given property. The also provide consulting and training services to hotels wishing to improve. So working for them you’d spend your days traveling the world rating the finest hotels and spas.

  26. There are so many odd and interesting jobs connected with the movie and theme park industries. Designing and creating the specialized props, sets, etc., to produce a whole world either for a film / tv show, or a ride. Engineering the coaster type rides for maximum thrills and minimum decapitations. Stage combat choreography.

  27. @RMS – That’s exactly what I mean! Crazy – although it makes perfect sense that they would have a full-time painting staff. My cousin was one of the engineers on the original construction – he showed us his name on the wall when we were there.

    We were at Colonial Williamsburg last summer, and it is really crazy to think that there are people there who really spend all their working time crafting things using 18th century techniques. The woodworking shop is especially astounding to me. And they have to be able to communicate effectively with tourists too. How does one even become an 18th century woodworking expert? Or a munitions expert? I do know a lot of them have advanced degrees in history & spend lots of time researching the historical documents as well. One other time when we were there, they were in the middle of forging a canon, and it was one of the most incredible things to watch.

  28. Related to the painting at Coors Field post, when we were at Bonneville Dam, there were lots of murals. Apparently, they hired a guy ~20 years ago to paint, and he was a fairly artistic guy who enjoyed painting murals instead of just applying paint to concrete, and so he painted attractive and/or informative murals in appropriate places. He’s since retired and the next painter will probably be less skilled, so the next time exposed dam surfaces need to be painted, it will be less artistic.

  29. The dad of one of my junior high friends ran the historymobile. It was similar to librarymobiles, but went out to rural areas to do outreach for schoolkids. The dad had a masters in history.

  30. And when I was in college, I knew someone who was an icon painter. He was dating a (male) friend of mine.

  31. Rhett – I have a friend who does something like the Forbes rating job but for various Asian hotels and resorts. She is always traveling to these fantastic resorts which could be former palaces or in beautiful jungle settings. The pictures are amazing.

  32. I have a neighbor at our lake place who is a ferrier, he makes shoes and shoes horses.”

    I had to look that up. When I first read, “ferrier,” I thought it was someone who operated a ferry.

  33. “Well, in her case, she always went with her sighted husband. I think they also hired a part-time guy to handle some of the hours.”

    Not untypical WRT federal incentives. I’ve heard lots of stories of men who start companies in their wives’ names to take advantage of federal mandates to patronize female owned businesses, or people who seek out Native partners to take advantage incentives and reduced federal regulations for doing business with Native owned businesses.

  34. Someone mentioned pilots. A typical commercial pilot might get 14 days off a month.

    https://www.airlinepilot.life/t/july-2016-schedule/471

    I’m fascinated by jobs (especially Totebag level ones) that don’t have traditional schedules. Airline pilots, ER doctors, etc. I know someone who is a manager at a summer resort that’s closed in the winter. He gets paid all year but only really has to work from mid May to the end of September. A friends dad is the chief engineer on a cargo ship. He makes great money and the schedule is someone like one month on, one month off.

  35. “full-time employees to do stuff like change the channel on the TV (or switch the HDMI input, or put DVDs in the player).”

    Those sound like jobs that are definitely at risk of being replaced by technology.

  36. “ultra-high net worth”

    There’ve been two instances of this phrase so far in this thread. Is that considered somehow more elegant or PC than rich, or really rich, or wealthy?

    Or is it to get around possible confusion due to frequent conflation of wealth and income?

  37. Finn, I’ve often thought about how where we grow up influences what words we know. I knew ferrier from a young age, but “regatta” was a later-in-life acquisition.

    Sheep shearer and timber cruiser are similar niches that come to mind.

    Outside of the specialized realm, my tech told me about how the sheriff came to her about an alleged environmental violation (she was able to show she wasn’t the offender) while she was in the middle of castrating calves, and how that’s the worst time to have to deal with a visit from the sheriff.

  38. “pop history books”

    Books on the history of pop, or regular history in a pop manner?

    I guess in some regions, people might wonder if they’re books about the history of carbonated beverages.

  39. Or is it to get around possible confusion due to frequent conflation of wealth and income?

    Then you have Fred Trump with a net worth of $40 million and a taxable income of $0 who is actually making $50 million a year with a net worth of $1 billion…depending on who is counting. Per Milo’s comment the other day, how wealth and income work in the “real world” is so very different than how it works for regular Totebag working stiffs.

  40. Firefighters in Seattle work two 24-hour shifts. So they work two days a week and are off five days. I wouldn’t mind that sort of schedule. And firefighting in a city is a lot less dangerous than it used to be. Most of their calls are aid calls (medical) – not fires. The jack in the box had a ventilation fire which couldn’t have been too bad because they were open again the next day. So many fire fighters responded. I figure they were just so thrilled to actually get a fire call rather than an aid call.

    Now fighting the forest fires does sound incredibly dangerous.

  41. I’ve heard that places that wash the windows of high rises hire mountain climbers. I know I heard about this for the Seattle Public Library which is all windows and would definitely require technical expertise. I’ll see if I can post a picture.

  42. Speaking of crazy jobs. The Saudi guy who dismembered Kashoggi while he was still alive is quoted on the recording as saying, “I usually wear headphones when I do this kind of work.” Wait, what? That’s your job? You dispose of the bodies of the King’s enemies?

  43. ” I’ve often thought about how where we grow up influences what words we know.”

    Right? The first I ever heard of dressage was because of Ann Romney’s horse.

  44. “I’ve always thought being a PI would be really interesting. And based on our discussion a few weeks ago about how older women are often ignored, I could just blend right into the background”

    Haven’t there been some TV series based on that premise?

  45. ” I know someone who is a manager at a summer resort that’s closed in the winter. ”

    When we visited Glacier National Park we walked by the cabin where this couple lives. They are completely snowed in from October to April.

    The Wilsons work in Many Glacier year-round. In the summer, Rebecca is a barista in the hotel cafe while David manages the maintenance. For the rest of the year, David is employed as the official caretaker (and Rebecca is his unofficial helper). The hotel is open only from June to September, so the Wilsons spend far more time alone here than with people. This is their second winter on the grounds….

    Still, it takes careful planning to feel any sense of belonging in a place where temperatures routinely plummet below zero, the snow is steady, and the wind is constant. In the fall, the Wilsons trawl the aisles of Costco, amassing thousands of dollarsʼ worth of groceries to last them from October to April. It’s like shopping for a fallout shelter—but with a few extra luxuries.
    https://www.npca.org/articles/1144-snowed-in

    A guide told us that once when the summer staff returned in May they found all the chairs arranged and stacked in different curious configurations all through the hotel lobby and restaurants. They never got an explanation but maybe it was just something to occupy time during those long winter nights. Or maybe some other explanation?

    They have a FB page.
    https://www.facebook.com/manyglacierwinter/

  46. “I’ve often thought about how where we grow up influences what words we know.”

    And you were apparently thinking about it as I was typing about a regional meaning of pop.

  47. @SSM – It’s the same here. A lot of the fireman have moving companies on the side, and also a surprising number of them are PT lawyers.

    @Rhett – It’s like something out of a movie!! Do you think he drives a Toyota?

  48. “Wait, what? That’s your job? You dispose of the bodies of the King’s enemies?”

    Evolution of the Royal Headsman job?

    Have you ever seen the Richard Lester version of The Four Musketeers? At the end of the movie, the musketeers hire a headsman.

  49. Finn,

    I was watching Mary Berry’s Great Country House cooking show and she was visiting the castle of the Earl of Devon. Apparently his ancestor was granted his lands and titles in thanks for his putting down a rebellion. I figure that must have invoked a fair bit of torture and body disposal. So I bet it can be lucrative work if it all works out.

    I guess it all goes back to my theory of finding something you love to do that most people hate to do.

  50. Jamal Khashoggi was born in Medina on 13 October 1958.[1][7] His grandfather, Muhammad Khashoggi, who was of Turkish origin (Kaşıkçı), married a Saudi Arabian woman and was personal physician to King Abdulaziz Al Saud, the founder of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.[15] Khashoggi was the nephew of late, high-profile Saudi Arabian arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi, known for his part in the Iran-Contra scandal,[16][17] who was estimated to have had a net worth of US$4 billion in the early 1980s.[18][19] Jamal Khashoggi was a first cousin of Dodi Fayed, who was dating the UK’s Princess Diana when the two were killed in a car crash in Paris.[20]

    That family sure has a nack for making headlines and money. If Dodi was his cousin his uncle is the owner of Harrods.

  51. The Kings physician reminds me of a show about Hampton Court Palace and the Groom of the Stool.

    The Groom of the Stool was, in the earliest times, a male servant in the household of an English monarch who was responsible for assisting the king in excretion and ablution, whilst maintaining an aura of royal decorum over the proceedings. The appellation “Groom of the Close Stool” derived from the item of furniture used as a toilet. It also appears as “Grom of the Stole” as the word “Groom” comes from the Old Low Franconian word “Grom”.

    In the Tudor era
    By the Tudor age, the Groom of the Stool was a substantial figure like Hugh Denys (d.1511) who was a member of the Gloucestershire gentry, married to an aristocratic wife, and who died possessing at least four manors. The function was transformed into that of a virtual minister of the royal treasury, being then an essential figure in the king’s management of fiscal policy.

    So the obvious question is – did he have to do the actual wiping? The historian responded, “Probably not. More likely you’d just stand there with a set of fine linen cloths and the King would do his own wiping.”

  52. DH showed DD an article listing the job Chief Listening Officer, which had a salary around $150k and involved monitoring the company’s social media presence.

    A high school friend and her brothers had the job of washing the Budweiser delivery trucks every weekend. Another friend was a donut maker and had to start work at 2am. I’ve already mentioned DH’s college-era part time job as a test subject at the FAA. He also removed asbestos and drove a combine during college. He could make enough removing asbestos over Christmas break to pay for tuition, books and spending money for the spring semester. I see a van driving out neighborhood for a business that will clean up after your dogs in your yard. I would need that to pay a lot!!!

  53. I’m enjoying this thread because it’s making me think that maybe, just maybe, my non-calculus-track DS might someday be able to find gainful employment.

  54. I have an acquaintance whose job is an observer for ships doing seismic exploration. He goes around the world spotting marine mammals (i.e., whales) on seismic boats. Its a few weeks on and few weeks off, but does get impacted heavily when oil prices are down. He loves boats, so this is almost his dream job (minus working for evil oil companies). Other times, he stays at home with the kids. Bit of a juggle when he is off at work.

  55. I thought of another one.

    One of my HS classmates worked at the Antarctic Station at McMurdo as a Heavy Equipment Technician for a number of seasons. He is also a heavy equipment tech back here as well – works on buses, farm equipment, and construction equipment. He has a 2-year degree from the local tech college. He was a smart guy – we were in advanced math together – but he always liked tinkering with stuff more than anything else.

  56. Those Glacier National Park or McMurdo gigs sounds like an awesome thing to do once. Although they’d need to do something about the slow internet.

    There is something about getting the house all full of provisions and battening down the hatches that I love. Like when there is a blizzard and the streets are quiet and empty and you’re cozy and warm as the chill wind howels outside.

  57. My DS’s friend’s Dad is a movie reviewer. He gets a lot of freebie travel to LA and Disney World. The mother is a teacher. They live a comfortable life, with summers off for the Mom. I am quite envious of the summers off jobs where you can be off without work piling up while you are out and having to go back after a week or two.

  58. Finn, have you ever read the James Herriott books? Your unfamiliarity with the word ferrier makes me think not. You might like them.

  59. WCE, no, I’ve not done much reading of books other than textbooks and references since college. That’s on my retirement todo list, with the Harry Potter books high on that list.

  60. Ivy – I know many people who have traveled to Antarctica for work or have been on research cruises for many months. While I love my job and the water, being on a ship for 3-6 months holds no love. 4 weeks was tough. Antarctica would be cool, but I don’t know if I could go a whole season.

    My mom and I had a long talk in the car about moving here. DH could get a well paying job on the island. It’s almost too rural for us. Winter would be tough. As would summers – too many people.

  61. I’m enjoying this thread because it’s making me think that maybe, just maybe, my non-calculus-track DS might someday be able to find gainful employment.

    Nah, you’re living in a fantasy land.

  62. There have been several programs on the big country estates of England and how they have to market themselves to keep going. Same thing with farms doing eco tourism, organizing weddings, events and parties in a beautiful rural location. I would love to have a job that involves working outside whether giving tours, working in a garden or some such thing.

  63. I would like to have a job working outside, but only in good weather. :D At one point when I was downsized and took one of those career aptitude tests both landscaper and forest ranger came up as matches. Nice, but only in good weather.

    Good friends during my high school and college years were sisters whose family was in the mortuary business. We used to stop by their funeral home locations often and they were very blase about the goings on. At least one of them ended up going into the business. At one point I became friendly with the very nice family that runs our local funeral home. The daughter took over the business. Hair and make up expertise is just one of the skills needed in that business.

  64. One of my good friends growing up had parents in the mortuary business. They actually lived above the business until we were in middle school. I remember sleepovers where our games of hide and seek were certainly creative. The casket showroom – for some reason – was not off-limits.

  65. We struck up a conversation in line at Disney World last year with a retired couple who does longer cruises. They had been on a 60ish day one to Antarctica and spoke very positively about the experience, enjoying the scientists that came on board to give lectures. I thought it sounded awesome, my DH thought it would be a nightmare.

  66. Any advice for a 20-something who’s interviewing for a new job? What is a good answer to this question on the application form: “what is your salary expectation”? Is it acceptable to put “negotiable”? The applicant has gone through three interviews and feels he’s definitely in the running. But he has a poor sense of the salary range because he’d be switching industries from a lower paying one to a higher paying one.

  67. I’m in Atlantic City for the weekend with some of my girlfriends. Some of them are serious gamblers even though a couple of them are Totebaggers. I was up $40 so I cashed out.

    One of my friends said her son made $9000 in an hour this weekend at Sneaker Con. This is his job. He works for himself and earns decent money going to Sneaker Con or through online sales.

  68. July, when DD was applying for jobs last year ski had told her to enter negotiable. Some sites would only accept a dollar amount. She ended up going to Glassdoor to get an idea of what jobs pay. But he certainly doesn’t want to lock in because so much depends on the benefits.

  69. Yes, some sites only let you put in numeric answers. But if asked in person, it is good to have a range in mind while also saying that it depends on the compensation package as a whole. Sometimes it is best not to waste both sides time if your expectations are very different.

    I agree with looking at Glassdoor – if there are enough responses it can be in the ballpark, but it’s all self-reported so take it with a grain of salt.

  70. DH has an answer about being compensation coming in many forms, including flex time, ability to work remotely, ability to advance and develop professionally, as well as salary and benefits. He is looking for a complete package that is enough to lure him away from his current position and is interested in how this offer compares. It is basically answering “negotiable” but gives the hiring manager some leeway to sell the job and makes DH look like he is serious.

  71. My old boss’ advice, particularly for women, was “ask for as much as you can with a straight face. Which I suppose is good advice if you are a CFO, not sure if it is good advice for an entry level job!

  72. Thanks for the good ideas everyone!

    So if from Glassdoor and other sources the range could be $90-110K, naming $75-85 as your expected salary could mean a job offer would likely be $85 or less? OTOH, giving $115-125 as your expected salary could result in no offer. Or could it result in a $110 offer? It seems if you’re willing to risk losing the offer it’s better to give a high number. But too low could also mean losing the offer.

    The salary for this particular position is hard to tell because it doesn’t fit into the common slots.

  73. Speaking of mortuary business, I have a good friend who is an obituary writer. For a major news outlet. Several times he has had to bail on planned social activities because someone major died.

  74. If you say $75K to $85K, they’ll come in at $75K and it will be hard to negotiate up. In fact, I’ve seen advice not to give a range because the employer will anchor at the low end.

  75. A comic episode yesterday. Two women were trying to buy Mega Millions tickets from the grocery store vending machine. They scanned their drivers license but you can’t clearly tell whether it was accepted or not. Then they tried inserting their one dollar bills. The tug of war with the machine ensured – the ladies trying to force the machine to take the bill and the machine spitting it out. This continued for several tries. Then, one of the ladies said “how can we win millions, when we can’t get a ticket”. I tried to help but no use, no Mega Millions ticket was forth coming. I told them to just drive to the gas station round the corner and buy it from there.

  76. DS’s wedding was yesterday! The farm (because of course it was on a farm) was beautiful and DS and his bride were radiant. My whole family was there. What a fun day. And it turned out that the wedding was not about the mother of the groom’s choice of footwear, so that was a relief. I highly recommend marrying off your kids.

  77. HFN. Wonderful news. Enjoy the glow. Next year will time enough to start learning how to be a mother in law.

  78. Congrats HFN!! Wonderful news. Thanks for the tip that my future footwear choices will not be a focus.

  79. Y’all might appreciate that all week the weather forecast called for rain on our outdoor wedding. So even though when the day arrived no rain was forecast for the afternoon, I arrived at the venue with 6 umbrellas, 4 raincoats, and 30 disposable rain ponchos. Because a totebagger likes to be prepared.

  80. HFN – Congrats ! Here we had rain showers in the early afternoon so, I can appreciate you wanting to be prepared. There is really no guarantee for the stray shower. Today was beautiful, cool and brightly sunny.

  81. Congratulations HFN!! Enjoy the reflected glow and mother nature’s good sense!

    Thanks all for a fun read! The topic came through on our last day of vacation so I couldn’t participate.

  82. HFN, congratulations to your family!!! And I want to know footwear details. :) Actually, any details would be lovely. If it was a farm wedding then I imagine rain could have created a muddy mess for guests.

  83. It’s just that with all the rain we have had, I would imagine that the place where most brides want to have the ceremony, down by the pond/lake, next to a wildflower meadow are total bogs for ladies in heels. How to be fashionable yet not sink in the mud is the question.

  84. RMS, I hadn’t seen that – hilarious! These people built the barn for their daughter’s wedding (so, at least, it had never actually housed any livestock). That sort of ties into the unusual occupation topic – there are some strong young men whose side gig is moving the church pews out of the barn and into the pasture, then back again when everyone leaves. They were very efficient. And what to wear on my feet? The advice was that wedge shoes would not sink into the rain soaked pasture like heels would. But my last minute order to Zappos, without time for an exchange, turned out to be a size too big. So I sort of filled them up with double insoles and hoped I would not walk out of them while being escorted to my seat.

  85. “If you say $75K to $85K, they’ll come in at $75K and it will be hard to negotiate up.

    *Sigh* So true. Update on the aforementioned case: An offer came through that was on the low end of a range that was mentioned during the first interview. So now the negotiations begin based on candidate having learned more about this job, which was built up during subsequent interviews as “vital”, “big” project with critical deadlines. We’ll see.

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