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