When people ask what I do for work, I typically tell them “You don’t want to know”. It’s not because it’s mysterious or dangerous, or even gross – it’s just that once I start explaining what it is I do, people start to get this glazed look in their eyes. Even my wife can only take so much and halfway through a discussion of something from work, I can tell I’ve completely lost her interest. She gets this distant look as if she’s thinking about pretty much anything apart from what I’m saying. Sure, she tries to pretend she’s interested, but I can tell.
I should just make up some really interesting job, then change it every time someone different asks.
Me? Oh, I choreograph pyrotechnics for Rock concerts.
What’s that you ask? Well, I calibrate and test roller coasters.
Oh, sure I could tell you what I do for work… but then I’m afraid I’d have to kill you.
But no – for now at least, I tell them that I put the fun in Fund Accounting and just leave it at that. It may not be exciting or interesting, but it helps pay the bills for now. One day in the not too distant future I’ll be able to answer with “Oh, I manage a website while I drive my family around North America”.
Now that’s interesting and exciting!