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Saturday 9: It's a Man's Man's Man's World (1966)
Since Labor Day was introduced to celebrate the American worker, we are highlighting the hardest working man in show business: James Brown. Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
1) Before he was able to support himself as a musician, James Brown shined shoes, boxed, picked peanuts and delivered groceries. He admitted he didn't enjoy any of those jobs. What was your least favorite job?
For a little while, between summers at graduate school, I picked up some shifts at a local gas station. Man, I hated that job. There was absolutely nothing great about it!
2) What job have you enjoyed the most?
I guess being Mom doesn't count, huh? Because this is definitely my favorite. But other than that, I have to say that working at the various grocery stores where I've been was a lot of fun. I met a lot of fun people and had some good times because of it.
3) James loved performing and in the mid-60s, played 335-350 dates/year. Do you have time off this weekend? Or will you be working?
Being a mom is a 24/7 job. ;)
4) With that grueling schedule, James spent a lot of time on the road. Do you enjoy traveling and staying in hotels? Or are you a homebody who prefers to sleep in your own bed?
I would love to be on the road - or at sea - every day of the year. I have a nomadic spirit, for sure.
5) While Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce, millions of Baby Boomers are still part of American labor. Do you think it's easy or hard for people of different generations to work together? Or don't you think age matters?
I think it's difficult. I'm finding a lot of the older generation, my parents' generation, that still work, are quite judgmental about what the younger generations have done and will do. I suppose that's normal, but in this day and age, when they lived in the 40s, 50s, and 60s, things are radically different and many older folks don't like it!
6) 72% of employers report that they give their employees sick days. Tell us about a time when you called in sick, but weren't.
Guilty. I never drank beer much as a young adult. One time, when I worked at Mote Marine Lab - oh yeah, that was my favorite job, maybe?! Duh! - as an intern in Fisheries Biology, I had met a girl I later became great friends with, Melisa. Melisa, my roommate Shannon and I, went out to drink green beer and play pool on St. Patrick's Day - another something I never did and never have done since. (I'm not Irish.) Well, obviously, I drank far too much. I was hung over the next morning and, you guessed it, I called in sick to work. They were really worried about me and almost sent someone over to check on me!
7) According to the 2010 Census, 5.9 million Americans regularly work from home. Is working from home something you have/you would enjoy? Or do you benefit from interaction with coworkers?
I like both. I have worked from home on my own since joining the motherhood, mystery shopping and doing odd contracting work. I love it. It allows me the freedom to do the things I need and want to do while supplementing our income.
8) 12% of workers report they prefer to report for work early -- before 7:00 AM -- so they can get more done. Are you a morning person?
Hell no. I'd rather work late any day of the week!
9) The NFL season starts on September 8. How do you think your team will do this year?
I don't really follow the NFL. I'm a college football fan, though. Go 'Canes!
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