Category Archives: The Anti 9 to 5 mindset

My Random Job: Teaching community education

I have been told that I’m a natural teacher.  Frankly, I think I’m a natural performer, and it’s just that the message I deliver is fairly educational. I’m an info-tainer! In 2002 I moved back to Michigan, and was trying … Continue reading

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My Random Job: Census taker

During my last few months of college, I was hired to be an enumerator for the Census.  Every 10 years, the Census, (a division of the US government) does a head-count of our residents, gets information on nationality, income, and … Continue reading

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My Random Job: Elderly caregiver

One of my mom’s closest friends, Debra, had a mother who suffered from dementia. It was heartbreaking to see this once-vibrant, sassy woman, lose her mental faculties.  Debra and her husband still worked, and their daughters were off at college, … Continue reading

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My Random Job: Movie extra

Movies and TV shows are always looking for “regular people” to fill in background shots, making the scene feel more real. The first time I was a movie extra was in 1999-ish for a movie called, ‘A Leonard Cohen’s Afterworld.’  It … Continue reading

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My Random Job: Housekeeper to the stars

People always ask, out of the many random jobs that I have done, which are my favourites? Two immediately came to mind: Ronald McDonald’s Bodyguard, and cleaning Bill Gate’s toilets. No, I didn’t work on a cleaning crew at Microsoft.  … Continue reading

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My Random Job: Used book fair buyer

I’ve worked at a few bookstores, namely Third Place Books, and Barnes & Noble, and always enjoyed being around book-like folk.  One time, while looking for random work, I found an ad on Craigslist looking for people to assist in … Continue reading

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My Random Job: Parade float fabricator

The Parade Company is based in Detroit and is responsible for putting on America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Each year they hire dozens of temporary artists to help rebuilt and spruce up old floats as well as build brand new floats for … Continue reading

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Origin of “Buzzy” (cue theme music here)

Yeah, believe it or not, I do go by “Buzzy” I’ve been asked many times over…sure its a nickname, but I do answer to it on a regular basis. I’m “Aunt Buzzy” to my niece and nephews, and to several … Continue reading

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