Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Flashback to 1985

When I meet someone new, conversation frequently leads to questions regarding my occupation.
"So what type of work do you do?" Me? Oh, I work for a construction agency. "Interesting. So, are you actually building the buildings?" No, I'm the executive assistant for a small office. "Nice. That sounds fun."

Boring would be a better term. While applying to a few jobs recently, I struggle to pinpoint my exact duties. Not including time spent emailing, blogging, or answering the phone, just what do I do all day? See if you can figure it out. This is just one conversation I had lately with Jordan - the office temp/windshield.

Jordan: Charlotte, you look really nice today.
Charlotta: Aww, thanks.
J: mmmMPPPFTTT!
C: ...what?
J: Don't you know today is Opposite Day?
C: ...
C: Did you really just say that? That's so 5th grade.
J: I know. I loved Opposite Day when I was little.
C: Speaking of 5th grade, did you ever own a hyper color t-shirt?
J: A what?
C: Hyper color. You know - those shirts that changed color with the temperature.
J: Oh yeah! I had an off brand - not hyper color. It was florescent yellow or some other bright color.
C: That's it. *sigh...I always wanted one of those shirts.
J: What about slap bracelets. Remember those?
C: Oh yeah! I had a few...one was pink with black polka dots.
J: Did you have those socks that bunched up?
C: No. I know what you are talking about but I just scrunched my socks and pretended to be cool.
J: Did you tie your shirt in a knot at the bottom corner?
C: All the time. I had a banana clip that I wore in my hair too. I hope you didn't have one of those.
J: No. I did have a college football team jacket though. We lived in Florida at the time and it never got cold enough to really need it. I would sweat every time I wore that stupid jacket.
C: I didn't care about football enough to get a jacket but I do remember those shoelaces that curled at the end no matter how much you pulled. Remember those?
J: Totally! I also had loafers and actually put pennies in them.
C: I went the Keds route.
J: Did you watch Fraggle Rock?
C: (singing) Down in Fraggle Rock! I loved that show.
J: What about "Legends of the Hidden Temple?"
C: Was that the game show on Nickelodeon where the contestants had to navigate through the temple maze for tokens but the weird temple demons jumped out of particular rooms? If you didn't have a token, you lost?
J: That was it.
C: What about Finder's Keepers?
J: I don't remember that one. Did you ever watch GUTS?
C: I. Loved. That. Show!
J: I heard this guy bought a piece of the Agro Crag on eBay.
C: You can buy the Crag?!
J: Apparently. He paid $75 for it.
C: What would you do with a piece of Crag?
J: Put it on a bookshelf? I don't know.

Ring ring...

C: Oh, the phone is ringing. Back to work.

Ring ring...

That, my friends, is how I spend an average of 40 hours per week.

That's sad.

I know you are but what am I?

14 comments:

RED MOJO said...

Opposite day, what a dolt! So sorry. Seems like blogging is the most constructive part of your day. Why aren't you doing more of it?

Craze said...

What a wonderful trip down memory lane. Keep applying and find something you enjoy, you probably just need a change of pace.

Beth said...

And I hope you get paid very well for that!
(Sounds like fun...could be worse - no time for blogging!)

Brett said...

so what your saying is that you record all of your conversations...word for word?

Coordination Queen said...

I'm with Red. If you've got all this extra time, where are the posts to prove it? :)

Laura said...

That's pretty awesome. I came home for lunch today and watched an episode of Felicity from Season 2. Thought about not going back.

Diesel said...

Wow, that sounds exhausting.

charlotta-love said...

Mojo: I'll work on that.

Craze: Thanks. I have lost count of all the applications I've sent out. It will happen one day though.

Beth: I do. :o) I am lucky to have this job really.

Brett: sometimes. Of course, Jordan helped jog my memory.

Queen: I'm working on it...

Laura: Felicity! I loved her hair. and the RA.

Diesel: you have no idea. But not as tiring as killing hobbits.

Dorky Dad said...

I so totally want your job. I'm going to come and take it from you.

Above Average Joe said...

You do realize that Legends Of The Hidden Temple reruns are still played on TV. My son watched it faithfully until Noggin went 24/7. Gotta love some of the mom hairdos.

Travis Butterfield said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I've been perusing yours. You're adorable. Too bad you live on the other side of the country, or I'd be tempted to ask you out. Ah well. I guess it wasn't meant to be. I think I'll just go eat worms now.

thethinker said...

I haven't heard of opposite day in ages!

charlotta-love said...

DD: wanna trade? It could be like trading spouses only trading jobs.

Joe: I did NOT know that. and knowing is half the battle...

Travis: were the worms any good? Hopefully they were gummi worms.

thinker: me neither...OPPOSITE DAY!

Shankar said...

Well, I know how you spend an average of 8 hours a week these days. And you don't have to pretend any more: you are cool.