Doug: Happy long weekend, everyone (at least here in the States -- other countries? Fill me in!)! We'll have no new content tomorrow -- I'm out-of-state for my son's freshman orientation at college, as well as his first two soccer games; Karen has family in to her home so is tied up as well. But rest assured that even though Monday is a no-work day for most of you in the U.S., our next installment of Man of Steel will run as regularly scheduled. In the next two weeks we're also hoping to get in a couple of more comic reviews. And many of us are excited that Andrew Wahl is making a return with his Comics Bronze Age blog, with new stuff appearing beginning Monday. Life is good!
Doug: So, about today's question -- let's rap about how we've earned a dollar over the years (or a pound/peso/franc/ruble/yen/euro -- whatever). Let's talk first jobs, worst jobs, dream jobs, jobs you got fired from, promotions you've received -- anything to do with the means to support that comics buying habit of yours (well, and feed yourself and keep the lights on, too).
Doug: First job for me? Working at Brown's Chicken. I-hated-it. I got hired in the summer and it was hot as Hades, the humidity was high so the floors were always slippery, closing the place at night sucked when the friers had to be cleaned... Add all that in to the fact that I was an immature 16-year old and had quit football to get the job and it was just a train wreck from the start. I was dismissed after 30 days, and deservedly so. You'd have fired me, too! I wasn't "unemployed" for long, though, as my then-girlfriend's brother hired me at another restaurant. Totally different experience. I'd matured quickly after the first incident, the work was better, and I was able to get flexible hours. And eventually I met my future wife, and that is of course the stuff of fairy tale legend (or whatever).
|Doug at the USHMM, July 2012|
Doug: And I've mentioned the highlight of my career has been as a Regional Educator for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The opportunities that have opened through that have been tremendous, and humbling. I now balance that work with my full-time job as social science department chairman at my school.