Since over 80% of the people I've known did NOT work in the careers they'd hoped or trained for, and since one's occupation does seem to be the #1 question asked of people in our society, it might be a good idea for us average joes and jills to have a ready answer, something vague, absurd, convoluted, incredibly dull, or perhaps even hinting at infamy -- as long as it puts a damper on further questioning,eh?
I have a few ideas, but I'd be interested in hearing others:
"Police undercover agent";
"Coordinator in the Witness Protection Program";
"pawn shop broker";
"assault weapons specialist"
"substitute teacher (pick your field: limitless possibilities) while working on your novel".
Any other ideas?
Dude, it was just a screening test. How can I narrow 300 people I don't know down to 10 people I don't know and then ask one of them out? That's how. Set up some criteria. That was one of several criteria. Not necessarily foolproof, but it made the selection process a lot quicker and a lot higher yield.
No single variable, including one's job, can define someone, and the problem is that people make assumptions based on occupation.
Ha, when I read this, it sounds like you were picking out these people for some sort of clinical trial and not for a date. But if it worked for you, then that's great.
Asking people what they do for a living is a very American thing and it doesn't happen in many other countries. For example, in the former USSR it's considered extremely rude to ask someone what they do for a living. Same thing in Japan.
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I disagree -- I've been to 6 continents and over 20 countries, including Russia and Japan, and it's one of the most common questions I've gotten anywhere I've gone.
my daddy used to tell people he clipped coupons. i asked him what that meant, but now i dont remember what he said, except that it was something to do with the depression days...(it didnt mean clipping discoiunt coupons out of the newspaper)
Evolution has made us to do so, is always a convenient answer.
If all we need is an excuse, then we are all covered... Excuses are for losers...No one ever asks a winner what made him a winner... We all presume it is an excellence of character...
What exactly are you saying?
Nothing in your post makes sense to me:
- if all we need is an excuse, then we are all covered... (??)
- excuses are for losers (??)
- No one ever asks a winner what made him a winner (??)
- We all presume it is an excellence of character... (??)
I am such a loser.
Evolution is an excuse.. Instinct is an excuse, and even reflex is an excuse... Excuses are like essholes... everyone has one an no one likes anyone else's, except those who love them... Since I was sort of agreeing with you, you might want to try to understand what i was getting at...Or are you one of those people who disagrees with even those who agree with you???
The better GOD leads that particular someone, the worst has to be expected.