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Picture a Day is now up – I convinced Adam to model for me. For some reason I am now painfully exhausted (wait, I have been all day) and as such I will be going to bed shortly.

However, I must first tell you that we watched March of the Penguins tonight. In honour of this fact, we have renamed Dayle to Penguin, because we know that his life is treacherously difficult, much like that of the emperor penguins featured in this film. Also, he is white & dark grey, which is close to penguin coloured.

We think he likes his new name.

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Today’s Picture a Day is now up – tonight’s sunset from Lonsdale Quay.

I went fencing again tonight. This time different muscles hurt than last time. Interesting.

I’m nearly finished reading Chainfire… not sure what I’ll do when it’s done. When books get like this towards the end, I never want them to stop. I’ll have to make a trip to the library and find something else to read. Maybe it’s time I actually finished the Dark Tower series.

Picture a Day

I spent so much time today editing photos (like around 8 hours or so) that I forgot entirely to take one until a few minutes ago. As such, tonight’s Picture a Day is a kind of cop-out, but amusing to me nonetheless. Naturally, it’s a picture of Dayle – this time eating his dinner. I don’t think that piece went down the right tube, judging by the look on his face.

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My head has nearly stopped hurting. I spent some time nursing it back to health. I think it’ll be okay.

I’ve updated the Picture a day project with something that amuses me, at the very least. Hopefully I’m not the only one.

I’m finding it really interesting to go over all the jobs I’ve had and figure out something I learned from each one. It’s pretty neat, actually. And I know I’m not nearly done yet. Crazy.

The many jobs of JennyLee

Part the Second

I left off in 1996, at the age of 19, and job #6.

1997 (Summer) – Volunteer job with very occasional paid hours and free food and internet – I worked for a band manager who ran his business out of a home office. I created and sent out fax blasts, I sold cds off the side of the stage at shows, I set up mics for performances, and I generally did whatever was needed for no pay. It was good experience, and I got to spend a whole lot of time on the manager’s computer, thus feeding my internet & IRC addiction and giving me time to learn the basics of HTML so I could create my very first website. Plus I had all the peanut butter and jam sandwiches anyone could need, which was good since it was my only source of food at that point in my life. What I learned – HTML!

1997 (fall/winter) – 1998 (spring) – The Bay, Luggage Dept. – I moved to Toronto and got a job at the Queen & Yonge Bay store, based on the fact that I had worked for them previously and they wouldn’t have to invest as much training time in me. I did a whole lot better at this job than I had done at the Bay my first time around – I wasn’t terrified of people anymore. They had hired me on as Christmas part time staff, and within a few months they were giving me full time hours. They were, in fact, about to give me full time status just before I left. What I learned: A whole lot about luggage. Seriously. I know my luggage.

1998 (spring) – 2000 (spring) – Sales Associate, Long & McQuade Music Store – Where all good MIA graduates go to kill time before they make it big in the industry. Not that I was an actual graduate, but I didn’t tell them that. Either way, I worked at this store for just over a year, and I met a good group of guys who were all really nice, and very good guitar players. What I learned: How to tune a guitar, and how to play modes and Dust in the Wind on Guitar. It was the beginning of my learning of guitar.

2000 – early 2001 – Data Entry / Digitizer / Project Co-Ordinator, Music Music Music Inc. – I was data entry for about three weeks before they promoted me to digitizer (aka maker of MP3s) where I sat around all day ripping CDS and editing all the dead air out of the beginning and end of the songs. A few months later they promoted me to Project Co-ordinator, where I worked as a liason between our web team and a gigantic US Radio Conglomerate known as Citadel. We were creating web portal sites for them using an early CMS system, before web portals were cool and before CMS was even an acronym for what we were doing. Due to incredible amounts of bureaucracy, we often spent weeks at a time doing nothing. I quit because I couldn’t handle doing nothing, and my life was falling apart and I wanted time to sort it out. What I learned: I loathe doing nothing. I absolutely despise it. Enough that I will quit the best paying job I have ever had simply because I can’t stand it.

Summer 2000 – Writer, WomenGamers.com. I was prolific for a while there, writing an article a week about gaming until I burnt out… both on writing and on gaming. What I learned: You can get paid to write!

And so we’ve gone another four years and a bit, and had another five jobs. But the fun doesn’t stop here! There’s still five years between then and now!

Working Life

I was chatting today with a co-worker and mentioned something about being trained in sound engineering and production. He commented that I have had a whole lot of different jobs, and he thinks that makes me seem very interesting. Whoa. Someone called me interesting. Crazy!

Anyhow, that got me to thinking about all the jobs I have had, which got me to thinking about listing them. Naturally, the next step in my thought process was to list something I learned about each one as well. Where else can I place such a list but in my Livejournal?

The Many Jobs of JennyLee: Part the First

1992-1993: Full Time babysitter (Outside of Iroquois, Ontario) – a summer job, where I took care of two little girls from about 7:30am until 5:30pm Monday to Friday in their home. I was too young to drive, so they picked me up every day and then dropped me off. I learned that taking care of very intelligent children is quite different from taking care of not-so-intelligent children – these two were both smart. Unlike my step-cousins I also occasionally took care of…

1994: Berry Picker (On a berry farm south of Ottawa) – I worked this job for only a few weeks before I woke up late one morning at 5am, hopped into the car without giving myself more than five minutes to get dressed, and sped off down the gravel road. I spun out within a hundred metres of the house and put the car in the ditch, backwards. I learned that I should never, EVER drive without first waking up. That was the same job where I had my first experience falling asleep at the wheel on the drive home on highway 31, which terrified me. This is perhaps the origin of my extreme distaste for driving to and from work.

1994: Factory Worker, Kraft Cheese (Ingleside, Ontario) – My mom worked at the Kraft factory, and they occaisonally hired students in the summer as extra staff. I was only there for maybe a month. It was a lot like the chocolate factory episode of I Love Lucy, but without all the comedy and chaos and panic. Everything worked smoothly as long as everyone did their jobs. Unless the machines that sliced and packaged the cheese broke down, then we had to sit around and wait for it to be fixed. I learned that my mom’s job was incredibly physically demanding, and it was no wonder she was always so tired.

1994 – early 1995: Retail Sales associate, Tuxedo Junction / The Bay Children’s Wear (Fairview Park Mall, Kitchener) – I started at Tuxedo Junction in the Bay store, terrified of measuring a man’s inseam. Terrified, I tell you. The Tuxedo rental shop shut down after maybe two or three weeks, and I was hired on in the Children’s Wear department as Seasonal Christmas help. Again, I was terrified of customers. I had never been particularly outgoing, and this experience did nothing to help me in that. Part-way through January, they started avoiding my calls when I was trying to find out what shifts I had. Eventually, after two weeks of harassing them, a manager finally told me that they didn’t need me anymore. I learned that I really didn’t like trying to sell people things, and that even big corporations play passive agressive avoidance games.

I then struggled through school for the rest of the semester, and failed miserably at finding work in Kitchener that summer. I moved to London Ontario.

1995 – 1996: Self-employed with my then-boyfriend, selling, repairing and building computers for cheap at a local Farmer’s Market type place, the West End Farmer’s Market. We had a booth there and everything. I started to develop the ability to talk to people at this point. I learned, however, that working with your boyfriend is a horrible idea (especially when he likes to blame you for everything and anything that ever goes wrong.) At other times I covered booths for some of the other people in the market, including the bakery booth and the farmer’s produce booth. I enjoyed that a lot more than dealing with our computer booth – entirely because of the boyfriend.

1996: In an attempt to make some extra money that summer, I got a job at a “marketing company.” They sold golf packages door-to-door, with the promise that eventually if you were good enough you could own your own franchise of people selling packages door-to-door and it would be lovely. They had parties in the warehouse/office every night, and did chants and dances before heading out to sell packages every morning. I did the training and two days of selling before I ran away screaming. I learned that some people are crazy, and they like to sell things door-to-door for no pay but a percentage of the cost of what you’re selling – and I am not one of those people.

Tune in next time for the continuing saga of The Many Jobs of JennyLee! Six jobs in already, and it only spans four years!