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23 March 2018

Smiling During The Crappy Stuff

I don't have time for a long blog post today because I've been so busy lately. Not busy with anything that's going to make the world a better place, or at the very least keep our portlights from leaking when it's pouring down rain.

Nope, just busy with working on marketing and publishing stuff for my book, which I'm sure you don't want to hear about. Unless you find book formatting fascinating, in which case, talk to me about bleed in the comments.

For the rest of you, I'll tell you about someone at the marina who smiles even when he's working on crappy stuff. Seriously crappy stuff. Like driving a golf cart with a container of stinky stuff around the marina. Gross stuff that gets pumped out from people's holding tanks. You don't need any more description than that, do you?


So, there I was, walking back from the shower inhaling the not very pleasant smells that accompany this golf cart wherever it goes, when I heard the guy driving in it, call out, >>Pea soup. 50 cents a bowl for pea soup!<<

I laughed so hard that I had to gasp for breath. Which really wasn't a good thing because I got another giant whiff of that "pea soup" in the process.

I love that this guy has a sense of humor even when literally doing one of the crappiest jobs at the marina.

If he can have a smile on his face while pumping out holding tanks, then I sure as heck can have one on my face while I deal with something as trivial as book cover bleed.

By the way, I'm so busy that I haven't proofread this post at all. Did you laugh out loud when you read that? Me too. I never proofread these things, as you probably know already.You'll be glad to know that I have an editor for my book.

When you have a crappy job to do, do you manage to keep a sense of humor? If so, how do you do it?

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23 comments:

  1. *LOL* That's hilarious! I'm amazed by folks who have crappy jobs and yet manage to keep a sense of humor. I try to keep mine going since my husband gets crabby when he's having a blah day at work.

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    1. Work can make people crabby. Good think he has you to come home to and cheer him up.

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  2. I've seen these kinds of guys. There is a pump out service that's done on the water and the guy that owns it is this fun to be around. It's all he does all day long is boat from one boat to the next and pump them out. He'll make a deal on each boat if you're on a raft out. This post made me think of him.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Ellen. ♥

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    1. I think you have to have a sense of humor if you're going to do a job like that.

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  3. I've never been a fan of pea soup. Even less so now lol! I'd like to say I keep my sense of humour when doing something horrible, but I'd be lying :)

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  4. Yes, I have a very good sense of funny and that helps me get through the crappy bits.

    Here's to your book and publishing. I would enjoy reading about it, yes!

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    1. Being able to laugh is so important to get thru life.

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  5. Oh Lord yes, the crappier the situation, the stronger my sense of humor becomes. How do I do it? I guess I just have a reeeeally sick sense of humor. :)

    Have super weekend. (I bet you're not gonna have any pea soup...)

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  6. Reminds me of an episode of "Dirtiest Jobs" but you're right ... it's all about attitude.
    I feel for you and formatting issues. Best of luck!

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    1. I've never hear of "Dirtiest Jobs" - sounds interesting.

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  7. Oh dear, will never look at pea soup in the same way again! Crappy jobs destroy my sense of humour, I take my hat off to this guy.

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    1. Fortunately, I've never been a fan of pea soup, so it hasn't put me off of it.

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  8. Well, i do need to learn a lesson from that man!

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    1. Hopefully you don't want a lesson on how to pump out a holding tank :-)

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  9. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry..... "I do all my own stunts!"

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    1. You are the epitome of a cheerful attitude! I love how you had such a sense of humor with your leg.

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    2. Thanks for your kind words. Secret...shhhh, sometimes I get grumpy when my leg hurts.

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  10. Great story, Ellen. I don’t envy that man’s job! But, I love that he has a sense of humor. As to your question: not at all. I have lots of experience with crappy jobs, and there wasn’t a grain of humor involved, unfortunately. I envy positive people! I used to be one, but circumstances changed that.

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    1. This guy is such a sweetie. He seems to be cheerful no matter what he's working on.

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  11. Alex? We could all learn a lot from him. I know you will get to escape from Indiantown someday, but I always think about the staff there - this is their life. It can be a very small world - gotta laugh at it.

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    1. No, it was actually someone else. Not sure if he'd want me to name him, not that he reads this :-) The staff is what makes this place. They're all so fantastic.

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