Thursday, July 03, 2008
So do you come here often?
I could have asked that question at my first on-the-books job...
Scarlet and Coby cracked me up with their "worst interview moments" on Scarlet's post today...I couldn't top them, but it reminded me of my first office job, which lasted an entire two weeks.
Looking back, I don't know how I lasted two hours!
I found it through a work experience program in my junior year of high school: get a job, and attend a meeting once a month instead of having to go to class. It sounded good.
Stanford Hospital told the work experience supervisor, a prim (to say the least) woman who had been my English teacher the year before and hadn't stepped out of 1955, that the position would entail talking to patients, post-surgery, and following up to see if they had any complications. (This would probably violate HIPPA laws these days, come to think of it.)
So there I was, 16 years old, using a fake name over the phone to call...men who'd had penile implant surgery.
And asking them how it was going!
This was 15 years ago, but I still remember one guy completely denying he'd had the surgery. Another guy went into graphic detail about how much of it had "come back." ("First, I was about half the size I used to be, and now, I'm about a third of the size I used to be...")
The best call was to an 82-year-old man who said, "The only problem is I have too many girlfriends now, ha ha!"
The (all-male) department was very understanding when I quit and went to work in a dentist's office.
So was the work experience supervisor.
But with my first check, I bought my dad a Polo shirt that he wore with pride - and quite a few laughs - until it fell apart many years later.
So spill it - what's the funniest/weirdest/most humiliating job you've ever had?