Into the Ordinary
The High Callling people have memed me. I am feeling oddly compliant today and will break LL Meme Tradition and simply do what I've been asked to do. (Footnote to all would-be LL memers; wait until LL has been to a six-day conference and is suffering from jetlag and post-conference blues; you will get your meme as you assigned it!)
I'm supposed to:
1. Write about the Strangest Job I Ever Had and tell what I learned from it.
2. Link to other "Lessons from Odd Jobs" posts.
3. Tag my post "Lessons from Odd Jobs".
4. Tag other bloggers, in or out of the HC network.
5. Link back to the Lessons from Odd Jobs page and and email this month’s host at “Marcus AT highcallingblogs DOT com”.
As I considered my task and my promise to be compliant, I realized right away I had issues. I've never really had an odd job. Flipping burgers didn't seem to count. Nor did cleaning rooms at a country club (though perhaps being asked to scrub the corner of one particular shower with a toothbrush and acid might count for something... um, I refused on the basis of my youthful skin and the absence of gloves.)
Teaching school wasn't really odd, though maybe the way I sometimes taught could be considered other than standard. Being made to pick stones from the garden wasn't really too weird for a country kid. Maybe it was odd that I had to clean out the deer-hanging cellar to satisfy my hunter stepfather.
Being an artist for an ad agency wasn't odd; refusing to do beer ads with the air-brushed promise of attractive women didn't get me fired (which I guess is kind of odd). Counseling drug addicts and supervising schizophrenics (oops, there was that time one got away) was also not particularly odd.
So at the end of it all, I find that I am rather ordinary. I have never been a guinea pig, nor a magician's assistant. I haven't even sold yo-yos.
What can I say, except that maybe there is hope for the ordinary person. He, or she, can also be memed and pass along a little meme love. The world has a place for the ordinary too.
(Meme love now goes to Rebecca Miller, Dave Zimmerman, Nikki, Lynet, Jim Martin, and Brandon Satrom.)
Extra-Ordinary Sculpture for the J-Lo "Deseo" opening at Macy's, by designer Andy Chui. I met Andy on a plane from San Jose to Chicago, and we talked for the whole 4 hours and 20 minutes. We were shocked when they announced it was time to land.
The lively, wonderful Mount Hermon blogosphere newcomer Long Island Express Girl, A. Anjeanette Brown
Sweet and humorous MH newcomer The Oho Report, Otto Haugland
Other MH new friends...
Spilt Milk, by Linda Vujnov
SOME MOUNT HERMON PICS:
Thanks to Michelle Gregory for sharing these pics, including one of the two of us (of course my back is to the camera).