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Monday, 7 September 2015

Question of the Month (September 2015)


A monthly bloghop where you answer a question. Pretty self-explanatory. Don't know why I bothered...

Anyway, this month's question is:

"What's the best job you've ever had?"

Now I've had a lot of jobs. I mean a lot.


So it would be unfair of me to just list one. I think I'll need to write a separate post in the future to break it all down.

For now though, I'll give you three. The first job which ever caused me to say the words "This is the best job I've ever had" came in the lead-up to Christmas in 2013.

Myself and two other guys were contacted by a man in Sydney. He was recruiting for a promotional job for Hahn Superdry beer. The job was simple - travel around to a series of pubs in Adelaide. Visit three pubs per night for a week and spend an hour in each one. Approach tables, give them a spiel about why Hahn Superdry tastes as good as it does, and then shout them a schooner. I got paid $50/hour for that job.

It wasn't without its problems. One of the two guys I worked with was a real alpha jock and took charge at every pub we went to. He didn't care about the spiel, he just wanted to give out the beers, take his money and run. When I confronted him about it, he argued back and the other guy sided with him. Looking back, I take it as an example of why western society is losing everything - we were being paid 50 dollars an hour and yet these guys still couldn't be bothered doing the job properly. But the fact that we were so popular in every pub, and that fact that we were paid so much, meant that I'd do the job again in a heartbeat. In the end it was very enjoyable.

The other two jobs are jobs that I currently have. 2013 was also the year I joined Quiz Meisters - a company that runs really fun, over-the-top, multimedia pub quizzes. At first I was just a fill-in if any of the regular hosts fell sick or went on holiday. But just less than a year ago I was offered the opportunity to be the regular host of a pub in the hills. It's probably the smallest venue in the family, often getting under 20 people. And part of the problem was that they had to keep changing hosts. But since I became settled in, average crowd numbers have gone up. I broke the attendance record at 45, matched it again a few weeks later, and then smashed it a month ago with 60. I love going in, greeting all the regulars, being funny for two hours, making friends and getting paid $120 at the end of it. I have lots of in-jokes and running gags with the regulars. And it's led to a lot of fun situations.

Our state rep made this photo of all the current hosts on our roster.

Last year, for the first time, I got to attend the Ultimate Trivia Challenge Grand Final - where the best one or two teams from each pub in South Australia play off for a $1000 worth of pub vouchers. The hosts all wore matching orange ties and four of us performed live for a game called "What's the next line?" It's below. Forgive the watermark.

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The most recent poster for the quiz.

The regulars were asked to draw their host.

One of our regulars had to miss a week for the first time ever, so I made this photo up as a tribute.

Months later, he doctored up this comic cover, making fun of my short height.
The other job I have which I absolutely adore is my football umpiring. I love being active, but only if there's a reason behind it. I just can't bring myself to get up and go for a random jog. So umpiring fills the need for me to get up and run around. Not only that, it turns out I'm really good at it. After just one year, the coach approached me and told me he'd like me to return in a leadership role next year. I also won an award that year, a kind of runner-up for umpire of the year. And I also get to work with kids, which is often fun. At one point I was going through a hard time about something, and was upset for weeks. One Saturday during that time, I went out to do my usual morning umpiring, and after the game I walked off the oval feeling oddly rested. One of the coaches was there. e told me something which stuck with me: "You look happy when you're out there." It was then that I realised just how good umpiring is for me.

I've gotten a lot of great opportunities from it. I've umpired at Adelaide Oval at half time of big games. I was offered the chance to do the same at the Grand Final of the SANFL. And even better, I've been put into a draw to do it at the AFL Grand Final in Melbourne - a game that typically attracts 90,000 people.




If you'd like to join the hop, join the Linky list below. You can answer this one, or start with the next one. Next month's question will be

"Who would play you in a movie of your life?"




38 comments:

  1. That's really cool about the quiz show.
    And how pathetic those guys couldn't even do the job correctly. You're right, that's one of the many things wrong with society today.
    Thanks for hosting the bloghop!

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    1. Thanks for your help, I couldn't do it without you each month!

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  2. Great post. What a full and exciting life you have. Congrats on the umping jobs. This is a fun blog hop. I'm looking forward to reading the other responses.
    Play off the Page

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    1. Thank you very much, I like to keep life as interesting as possible.

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  3. I like all your photos. It's so hard to choose your favorite job when you've had a lot of them.

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    1. Yes, especially when they're all such fun jobs.

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  4. The quiz show sounds like a fun job indeed. And yeah agreed, no way can I just go for a random jog. That is just never going to happen haha

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  5. You lead such an interesting life. Sounds like you must be really good at umpiring. I think that's a tough job.

    Susan Says

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    1. Thank you! I aim to lead an interesting life, so it's great to hear that I'm doing a good job :)

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  6. Great list of jobs here, and very unique at that.

    I remember when I worked at a yuppie rec center, there were a bunch of teenage janitors making $15 an hour. And by janitor I mean all they had to do was vacuum the carpets to keep the floors clean. That's it. But they didn't even want to do that, so most of them would just stand around talking or playing on their phones. I hate society.

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  7. I love trivia though I'm not much of a drinker or a pub/bar guy. But that quiz job sounds like a really fun time---I could go for something like that.

    I don't know much about sports so I'd be the worst ump in the world. Once when my kids were playing soccer they didn't have a ref for the game so someone talked me into doing it. I was terrible! They didn't ever ask me to do another game.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hahaha well at least you can say you've done it. You won't die wondering.

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  8. You got to work in a pub and promote beer? I don't drink and don't like beer, but that sounds like a good gig. Except for the problem with the other guys you worked with.

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    1. Yeah I don't drink beer either. You're right, it's still a good job ;)

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  9. You've left big shoes to fill in all your jobs, Michael. That's what we short superheroes do.

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    1. And I'll do my civic duty no matter what it takes.

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  10. These do sounds like pretty cools jobs to have, especially if you're already a social person. Bummer about your old co-workers though.

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    1. I have to try hard to be social, but it really helps me when I can :)

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  11. I love your enthusiasm and your zest for life. I suspect it is going to mean that you are always doing a job you love. Which is wonderful to hear.

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    1. Thank you, but hopefully I can get to a place where I can make a decent living out of it.

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  12. Since I have only had one job that of mum and nan I really can't say much about jobs I do love being a mum and a nanna though

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    1. That's a very respectable job and I hope to do the male version of that one day.

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  13. What interesting jobs! If I were paid $50 an hour, I wouldn't do the job, but not because I'm lazy. I would pass out over earning that much money.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. The hours are a lot less, but I'm still happy with that ;)

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  14. Those are all great jobs, Michael. And it sounds like in quizzing, you get $60 an hour! Of course I'm sure there's lots of prep to it. Kind of like teaching; it sounds great until you factor in all the hours outside of school :P

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    1. Actually, this one is just as good as it sounds. They send me the questions over email and I just rock up and be charming. I do have to drive 45 minutes to get there though, so there's that :P

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  15. I love this!! The more jobs you have the more you get to pick and choose what to put on your resume. I eliminate the jobs that have nothing to with what I'm applying for.

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    1. Absolutely, but I'm also wary of looking like I can't hold a job down :P

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  16. I love how you juggle multiple jobs and interests! I'm a lot like that, too, and I can't imagine being different. How boring would that be? Great job(s), Michael!

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    1. Absolutely, I can't picture life any other way ;)

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  17. Ok, I'm super jealous about that beer job! If I could find something like that here, I'd do it in a heartbeat! Preferribly some local craft beer though. It would likely kill my soul to have to promote Bud Light or something like that.

    I LOVE going to live trivia! It's so cool you do that! I haven't been able to go in a while (because I have to have a drink when I go and we can't afford that anymore) but I used to go every Tuesday at this place near my house. So much fun!

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    1. The funny thing with these jobs is that they tend to find me, I don't apply for them. I'm not that fussy with beer, so I didn't mind promoting Hahn ;)

      Do you HAVE to buy a drink? The ones we run are totally free. People usually come and grab a meal and some drinks, but we have some that just turn up for the quiz and that's it.

      Okay, crazy idea... How hard do you think it would be to have you join the quiz via Skype?

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  18. You've had some pretty exciting jobs. I, on the other hand, have hated every one of mine, all 4 of them. That's why I probably haven't had an outside job in almost 15 years.

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    1. So does that mean your income is all from blogging?

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  19. Those are some interesting jobs. Other than the one I posted about, the other job I've said is the best job ever was being a baker at a small cafe. I got paid to make cookies.

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    1. Woah, that sounds awesome :) You must love your food ;)

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