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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I just feel like I have to share this

So my brother is on break from college and he just got a job. Guess what his job is. Just GUESS.

OK, ready? Whatever you guessed: WRONG. My brother is test driving motorized wheelchairs. Like, in a warehouse somewhere. Just PICTURE that, will you? This is a kid, by the way, who managed to both drive into a ditch AND knock over a mailbox before he even got his driver's license. Which, by the way, we are not ever allowed to mention in my front of my mother without risking an hour-long lecture on being nice to our baby brother, but I digress.

Anyway, today was his first day, and apparently he now has an unshakeable case of the dizzies thanks to hours spent rolling around in slow circles. ("Every time I close my eyes, it's like I'm in the wheelchair again!" he says.) However, on the plus side, he also wants to be a politician someday, and as my sister points out: "Now he'll be able to relate to seniors when he's running for office and talking about health care. He could put together an ad showing him going in circles!"

So there's that.

37 Comments:

At 7:19 AM, Blogger Jules said...

I will be adding your bro's new job to my list of "Occupations I Never Thought About Before", which includes paint brush assembly, a job I had one summer in college.

I can see his political advert already... the wheelchair part will be in slow motion, right?!

Jules
House of Jules

 
At 7:55 AM, Blogger Sherry said...

You're right, I never would have guessed that -- so many pluses to this one -- starting with an appreciation for what those who are in these chairs all the time face...and he's only in the warehouse...imagine if he had to navigate in the outside world. Hope the spins have stopped!!! They won't be the kind of spins he's used to if he's a college student!! :)

 
At 9:33 AM, Blogger Trish Ryan said...

That is hysterical! And I can see why eight hours of that would make the day seem looooong. I'm guessing it will keep those late party nights to a minimum, though--who could face this job hung over?

 
At 10:13 AM, Blogger Melek said...

wow, didnt know that job existed. i guess it's like the guy who has to test rectal thermometers....

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger Melissa said...

Wow, and I can say I knew him when (or at least I read about him when). Hee hee!

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger kay said...

what a cool job!!! i wish i could stumble across one like that

 
At 10:40 AM, Blogger Patti said...

someone needs to pimp his ride...

 
At 11:40 AM, Blogger Tanya said...

I can't believe they actually hire someone to do that. Although at the Harley Factory, they hire people to "test drive" some of the bikes. I guess its not too much different from that.

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Bina said...

They actually have a wheelchair tester driver?? That would be fun, if you din't have to just go in circles? Does he get to jump ramps at least? LOL

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Jenster said...

Yup. Never would have thought of that. Though I will have it imprinted on my brain from here on out.

Hope to vote for him some day!

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger TTQ said...

That is a riot! I have a friend in his 50's that has one customized he is a trip zooming around on that thing like he is the mayor. I sat in it one day at the mall and about knocked over fifteen displays of folded jeans.

Oh Oh and what about in Jackass when they dressup like old men in San Fran and go down a hill really really fast screaming the brakes are broken?

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger JenKneeBee said...

I love it! That has to be one of the most random jobs of all time.

 
At 4:00 PM, Blogger flea said...

really? there's a job for this?? wow, can i sign up? lol! i can't even imagine just "testing" out wheel chairs all day...

 
At 4:10 PM, Blogger Beth said...

OMG! that is a PERFECT job for my mother!!! She says she can't walk anyway....and it would get her outta my hair! In fact, I could use a job like that.....

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger Angela WD said...

That's hilarious! I didn't even know there was such a job. What are the qualifications?

 
At 4:41 PM, Blogger Shauna said...

HA! I didn't even know there was a job like that! Has he won any races?

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger mylhibug said...

I can see the wheelchair drag races now!

I wonder if I could get a job like that...

 
At 8:28 PM, Anonymous Ree said...

Hope your mom doesn't read your blog, she would be so upset about you making fun of your baby brother.

However, I'm wondering if there is a wheelchair factory around here someplace. Or maybe a Lazyboy recliner factory.

Actually, there is the latter. About 20 miles down the road. Must send them my resume.

 
At 8:34 PM, Blogger Golightly said...

that is classic! who would've guessed that job existed. how fun

 
At 8:54 PM, Blogger Moanna said...

How'd he find this job?? Amazing.

 
At 9:01 PM, OpenID booklady said...

Yep. That's one of the weirdest occupations I've ever heard. Hilarious, though. It really does belong in a book, though I'm not sure anyone would believe it!

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Seriously, where did he find that job? Monster? Craigslist?

Although actually if I had to drive around in circles, I'd vomit.

 
At 1:13 AM, Blogger Barrie said...

This is NOT the job for someone with motion sickness. Just reading about it made me feel queasy. :)

 
At 1:40 AM, Blogger Swishy said...

OK, apparently he got the job through a temp agency. The one time I used a temp agency I ended up filing folders by myself in the basement of an office building. Explain to me how THAT is fair!

 
At 11:39 AM, Blogger Andie said...

heh. maybe he should call Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs to feature his new job. ;) I mean, getting dizzy on a motorized wheelchair is one of those jobs that "someone has to do" LOL

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Manic Mom said...

You know what the funniest part of this story is?

The "So there's that" part. I can totally hear you saying that to us!

How much is he making?

 
At 3:03 PM, Blogger ALF said...

found your site from Melissa over at Hope for the Hopeless - just wanted to say hi!

Good for your brother - that is hysterical!

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger KATE said...

Oh my word, that is the funniest job EVER! haha I love it, I'm glad he has a fabulous during college work story. Everyone needs one of those crazy kind of job stories! ha ha

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger cubmommy said...

That is so weird and funny. I didn't know that job existed. How does someone advertise that?

 
At 3:38 PM, Blogger Eileen said...

I never would have guessed it. How did he hear about this? Does it pay well? I don't think it is a job you can do for very long, it sounds like it would get VERY boring day after day, dizziness aside. Unless, you could play your ipod and travel around different roads and such.
XOXOOX

 
At 7:54 PM, Blogger TTQ said...

You made my weekly bumble recap on my blog..I loved that story so much..

 
At 1:27 AM, Blogger LaskiGal said...

OK--I can't stop laughing. This is hilarious. I used to have a job test driving Jeep Cherokees at the plant in Detroit (cool summer job!). Was totally not as cool as this!

Does he have to wear a helmet? If he did, it would be even funnier . . . if that's possible.

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger Sara Hantz said...

OMG who knew that was even a job. Too funny!

 
At 4:22 PM, Blogger kim said...

It's here!

Pictures have been snapped -- I will blog it later.

I feel so special. I should have written that in caps b/c I feel way more special than lower case can convey, but I don't want to screem in your face -- so just know -- very special. :o)

 
At 6:14 PM, Blogger kim said...

Pics from my swishy contest win. Just to clarify for swishy comment readers. ttq was hoping I had pics of swishy's brother -- sorry to dissapoint.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger XYZinn said...

Oh my gosh, I am cracking up right now. How funny!! I could definitely never have a job like that. I get dizzy just spinning my kids around.

 
At 2:04 AM, Blogger Vanessa said...

I have one of those "golden child" brothers myself. That part is kinda sucky.

The wheelchairs? Hilarious!

 

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