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 Jobs of Bob

  
"People who romanticize the blue-collar culture for the most part are..., idiots; and, probably never worked a real physical job in their entire lives - academics; politicians; fools; media hacks; writers; con-men; and, the like."
  
 -
Bob Keith - 

Scroll down on this page to find: The paragraph listing Bob's jobs over the years; Bob's jobs ordered into book form written as vignettes about each of Bob's many work exploits, and often quirky blue-collar jobs over the last 45 years; a compilation of the postings in early working rough draft order; and finaly, a link to the original Jobs of Bob blog postings as orginally written and in out-of-order sequence. 


 Some of the jobs Bob has had in his life are:

Dairy farmer; saxophone player (rock band); gas station jockey; Army Engineer; scoop loader operator; dump truck driver; furniture delivery person; feed mill worker; cargo truck assembly factory worker; basic welder; bouncer; bartender; school bus driver; park keeper; roadside mower operator; landscape chemical pesticide applicator; grounds maintenance supervisor; small landscape business owner; auto mechanic; auto parts customer service desk worker; janitor; armored car builder; fork lift driver; lifeguard; ambulance driver; emergency medical technician; Emergency Room volunteer; nursing assistant, Alzheimer’s patients’ assistant; YMCA customer service desk worker; therapy pool attendant; college student - treated like a job; college paper opinion writer and restaurant review writer (Wisconsin Friday night fish frys); paid college note taker for students with disabilities; college library assistant; home health aid; YMCA grant writer internship; grocery store worker; disabled college students’ assistant; older college students’ assistant; in-country cultural writer Laos, Viet Nam (post war), Turkey, Iraq (active war); newspaper circulation worker; newspaper delivery person; parcel/package loading plant worker; newspaper truck driver; animal shelter volunteer; newspaper mail room worker; County Board Candidate; community radio station news copy writer; Iraq experience presentations; foreign language newspaper expeditor; cultural blogger fish-frys/taverns/war-casualties/jobs/strip-clubs/church-dinners; community radio show host; radio producer of own show and several others; and, although still working at a blue-collar job in a newspaper production plant with no benifits and little dignity, nowadays, Bob just tells people, "...I fuck'n write books."


  
 "Jobs of Bob" - book version project

 The original "Jobs of Bob" postings are being edited for book version. Click on the accompanying green "Book" link to see the edited book version of the original vignette (chapter).

The E3 designation identifies chapters edited a third time.


First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm

 
The garden; the buildings; the barn; the house; and, the rhubarb    WordPress backup  E3

 The binary; the weather; the woods; the creek; the rocks; the kids; and, Sandy the Dog E3

 The milk cooler; the kitchen table; and, no tubes or smoking allowed E3

 Dad; Ol' Uncle Art; Lima Center; and, back'n up a wagon E3

 The hunters; Ol' Adam and his Hickery nuts; "Got'a coon treed up yonder, can I borrow a ladder son?" E3

 The farm kitties

 Jackknife E3

 The hammer; a right of passage

 The marsh Cat and a sunburn to remember

 Never lost a digit; Dad could kill you with just a look

 Things learned E3


Second Job of Bob - Rock Band

 Rock band


Third Job of Bob - Gas Station Jockey

 Egg-lady; Ol' Ray; cigarette culture

 Where's your pants miss?; Which way'd he go?; He done peed his britches; Red Lantern's damn good double burgers; Hawk's Nest


Fourth Job of Bob - Shore Retaining Wall Project

 Two girls; lake culture


Fifth Job of Bob - Army

 The decision    WordPress backup

 Basic Training

 Advanced Training: Dozers, diggers, and trucks, oh my!

 Advanced Training: "Walk to the back, where's the hat boys?"; Franz tries for West Point

 Advanced Training: Held hostage in Dugger, Indiana, ransom demanded 33 bucks and change

 "Welcome to Nuremberg, West Germany..., 'Cruit!"

 "Fuck you, New Guy!"

 Heavy Equipment: Grafenwoehr; 2nd Cav; black berets; and the 84th Engineers

 Heavy Equipment: The Five-Ton Dump Truck; perennial Reforger war games

 Heavy Equipment: Hold up in the boonies; almost blew up Comrade; pseudo-live-round cowboys and Indians

 VW-Beetle; girls; suicide mission; colleagues

 Free-time; Penetration Theory; McDopple; walk; bike; VW-Beetle; schnitzel runs; "The Wall"

 I believe in mail call..., you sexy thing; touch the cookies in the Pringles can and die

 Leave-time entry 1 - Trek around Western Europe

 Kirby has a plate in his head from 'Nam; no Pfennigs for "die toilette" door-lock? Just use the goddamned urinal!     WordPress Backup

 Forgotten in an outpost of paradise; American soldiers in Europe?     WordPress Backup

 Leave-time entry 2 - Return to the Spanish scene of the crimes

 Baker blew himself up; seed of EMS

 Dumptruck load of sand in the middle of the strasse

 Leave-time entry 3 - Walkabout the British Isles; Comrade stole my damn new bike at "The Wall"

 Sergeant Bob? No "Sergeant Jack"

 The Archer affair; Sunshine the car 
 
 The Mad Shitter

 M.A.S.H. Unit - first major blood episode

 Crazy Jimmy's polizi chase

 You owe Uncle Sam a Scoop Loader

 Too important to have a beer with a buddy

 Bunker duty retrospect

 Home and retrospect


Sixth Job of Bob - Corn and Soybeans

 The "new" farming and 'Nam war movies


Lost Job of Bob - Yard work for a former teacher

 Poetic glimpse into a future date with lawn mowers


Seventh Job of Bob - School Bus

 Enter the culture of yellow

 Pre ADHD era; bus shop; Charlie the dog

 Paint shop; amphitheater; bus wreck

 
Eighth Job of Bob - Odious labor service

 Potato chip chicks; "Plastics"
 

Ninth Job of Bob - Furniture Store

 The learn't me the furniture trade for a fee 50

 Ol' Don; 350 Yamaha

 Misery economy; delivery truck; daily duster; lost concept of "dignity"


Tenth Job of Bob - Truck Assembly Plant

 The consummate factory

 Crazy Jim

 "Safety" or rather lack thereof; and, shop gossip

 "Haul to Pennsylvania..., now!" and, a welcome lay-off


Eleventh Job of Bob - Feed Mill

 Feed Mill


Twelfth Job of Bob - Bowling Alley

 Tavern; bar; disco; bowling alley; bouncer; bartender 

 Got-to-go-girls; Murry; Hanny's

 Walter; consummate bar fights

 Art's truck; Victorian Inn; cycles; cops; girl-fight


Yet another Lost Job of Bob - Food tent at the annual fest

 A one-day job affair


Thirteenth Job of Bob - School Bus Redux

 Two-jobs; engagement; comrade-caveat

 Family biz; a too-young colleague dies

 Married; crappy economy; good-bye Wisconsin


Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec

 Dallas; Houston; Reagan Ranches; cancer; crime; work

 Charles; Big Max; Cowboy Marvin

 Glove box Bible; Republicans come to town; Ol' Sonebitch

 Graveyard ephiphany

 Hedges; Little Danny; hornets; Pyracantha blues

 Chemical Room; Kent ain't no Texan; Ol' Papa

 Them damned fire ants

 
Chemical Applicator; Dealey Plaza; Kenneth and where did Kennedy get shot?

 Who killed the grass on the "Grassy Knoll"?

 A job interview from hell

 Some of the actors; '71 Buick in the pool

 Joe

 Special events; facilitators of art; Robert Mitchum films in the barrio
 
 Pinned down by "Balcony Man" at Green Bay Park

 Conferences and panels


 Charles

 Here one day gone the next

 Slick

 Robert Lee

 "Fuck those trees and fuck you too"


Fifteenth Job of Bob - Lawn Service

 Entrepreneural seeds; Sidney

 The part-time endeavor grows

 Unsustainable grind; shop kitties

 The help; the car culture; the wry comedy

 Parting the waters of the Mixmaster

 "Want season tickets to them Cowboys?"; employee perks

 Small business health care; "Son, I can pull that tooth for 19 dollars"

 Could have been in Saudi

 The long road home


Sixteenth Job of Bob - Lawn Service Redux

 Home after years


Seventeenth Job of Bob - Farm, Hardware, Retail, Auto Service store

 Paycheck shock; the Amish; and, "Pay no attention to Bug-eyes"

 Old grumudgeons; old tractors; the new life begins again

 Institutionalised chauvinism; assistant rube; crazy Tim 

 Payroll vigiante; enter cell phones

 Musical houses; motorcycle redux

 Tourette's in the shop; Is it Dave's fault?; and, Where would I be now?

 Time bandits; weekend shift; one last critique

 Fraido takes a little trip to St. Louis?


Eighteenth Job of Bob - The all-mighty "State" 

 Job inerviews from Hell; campus janitor

 Yet another interview from Hell, air base

 A few last job interviews from the gates of Hell; and, missed "State" oportunities

 The ethical Bug-Eyes; "Go to hell and see white!"

 Abandoned bikes; Clinton takes over; no heat in the '67; cold isthmus, warm duplex

 Late for X-mas; wrong side bottles

 College can't be that hard

 No sleep; overwhelming fatigue; for my troubles..., a new sequined sofa and a cassette radio


Nineteenth Job of Bob - Landscape Maintenance Company

 Drawn to the Land

 The Whisperer; a bottle of Jack; chainsaw phony; tight ship lawn mower guys; weekends at the farm store

 Missing arms but 10 snow shovels; '67 pickup redux

 Gun-rack smart alec; giant lunch box; pay check ethics; nepotism; system favortism for the displaced; never look back


Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance

 Driver; EMT; the beginnings of the returen to college

 Finally..., the front of a police car; CPR..., relentless smell of plastic

 Classes; books; skills; nursing assistant; ERs; and, time

 Testing; Clinicals; beware the ER nurse

 New service member for a day

 A year of actual pay for weekend shifts; hours of college studies

 No longer your father's volunteer fire department; better not call 911 on Tuesday morning; no one dies on Thursday night just after midnight..., they wait 'til Monday morning

 You can't save others if you don't save yourself; meet interesting people at their worst; "Vagal-down dudes!"

 Bystander Syndrome; the new demographics

 A couple vignettes; an upside down girl; the errant shoe; an unexpected lap dance

 EMT-Intermediate; EMT-Paramedic; end of another road


Twenty-First Job of Bob - Truck Assembly Redux

 Armored car blues; the Japanese Rubric

 100 miles of wire; "You didn't weld that yet did you?"


Twenty-Second Job of Bob - School Bus third go-a-round 

 Cameras; beatings; actors; 100 kids

 CDL; no time; libility lunacy


Twenty-Third Job of Bob - Emergency Room Volunteer

 Volunteer as a vicarious and cathartic


Twenty-Fourth Job of Bob - Nursing Assistant

 Old Campus; Road Warrior

 Turning 40 in an old folks' home

 The "Sternal Rub" really works (xiphiod process blues)


Twenty-Fifth Job of Bob - Alzheimer's Center

 Group Construct

 Fistula Dude Affect

 Don't mock the Metro; Another job bites the dust


Twenty-Sixth Job of Bob - YMCA Lifeguard

 
Another displaced journey

 Days of boredom followed by minutes of terror; abundant breasts

 "Affect" Schlong-Dude

 Crutches poolside; "Can you even swim?"

 
Lady cop on the early AM prowl

 
Last official day of lifeguard work..., September 11, 2001


The job the never happened

 "Wanna load beer?" Day late, two years short


Twenty-Seventh Job of Bob - Therapy Pool Attendant and Lifeguard
 
 
Sociological Perspective: Gazelles vs Hippopotami 

 
"You ain't got no life old guy"

 
"Can't you call someone?"


Twenty-Eighth Job of Bob - YMCA Customer Service Desk Worker

 
No heavy lifting


Twenty-Ninth Job of Bob - College Student

 
Took in like a damn job

 
The stage is set for a long academic run

 
Early setback in nursing; 180 degree turn; word of my Best Man

 
Total retool; kid in a candy store; not a typewriter to be found; prevailing myths; god bless "cut and past"

 
Favorite profs and their delivery of knowlege: Cobbs; Brien; Galligen; and, Neider

 
Collective undergraduate classroom silence

 
More favorite profs and teaching styles: Frandy; Penn; McMahon; and, Irwin

 
A year in a wheelchair

 
A few more favorite profs and teaching styles: Haney; Rosen; Harding; and, Newman

 
On to UW-Whitewater; Bob's private dorm..., "Keith Hall"

 
Some more favorite profs and teaching styles: Berger; Koz; Klug; and, Searls

 Don't let the 9/11 attack interrupt you lecture; from no Vets to a culture of Vets; the emergence of the new student military Veteran; students ship out in Vietnam redux; Dr. Haney to the rescue

 College grad; a Harly to myself

 A few more memorable profs and teaching styles: Cantrell; Stokes; and, Hansard-Weiner

 
A run at grad school; same old dead theorists as undergrad

 
One last tip of the hat to an influential professor, and a thoughtful instructor: Coates and Roseberry

 
Bought and kept every college text book


Thirtieth Job of Bob - College Newspaper 

 
Write for a stipend; fish frys rule the news

 General semiotics: "Didos" (shenanigans) verses "Dildos" (well..., you should know the difference)


Thirty-First Job of Bob - Paid College Note Taker

 
Can't read my own writing


 
Thirty-Second Job of Bob - College Library Assistant

 
Sit'n and read'n


 
Thirty-Third Job of Bob - Home Health Aid

 
Make a Decision or others will

 
"Where's God?"

 
Cats into service; Morphine as evil; Whoosh


 Thirty-Fourth Job of Bob - YMCA Grant Writer Internship

 
Back to the "Y"


 Thirty-Fifth Job of Bob - Older College Students' Assistant

 
What the hell is "Adult Resources"?


 Thirty-Sixth Job of Bob - Grocery Store Worker

 
Five interviews to cut fuck'n lettuce


 
Thirty-Seventh Job of Bob - Private Ambulance Service

 
Too much of a grind


 
Thirty-Eighth Job of Bob - Disabled College Students' Assistant

 
Van Driver


 Thirty-Ninth Job of Bob - Newspaper Circulation Worker

 
Youngest worker by 20 years at 50 years old


 
Fortieth Job of Bob - Paper Boy Semiweekly Publication

 
At least I can still walk at 50


 Forty-First Job of Bob - Parcel/Package Loading Plant Worker

 
I'm 50, next oldest worker..., 19 years old


 Forty-Second Job of Bob - In-country cultural writer: Laos, Viet Nam

 
Finally landed in Saigon

 "Where's Cambodia?" "You're in Campuchia, you stupid men!"

 Chicken and contraband bus across Laos

 Hanoi, "Many tricks" in 'Nam, and, "Don't say, 'Nam!"


 Forty-Third Job of Bob - In-country war-culture writer: Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey

 
Life-changing project

 
One rubber-stamp date away from Third World prison

 
Oneway street into Kurdish machine guns - taxi dude..., "Idiot"

 
Never shot at once, but still bleeding to death in Iraq

 
Asleep in Munich

 
Shoot out with the Kurds

 
Lost in Mosul

 
"Syra good, Syria very good!"

 
The editor said, "Gosh, it sure was fun to follow you in a war zone" - Fun! Wha'd'fuck?


 Forty-Fourth Job of Bob - Daily paper contract delivery

 
Paper boy with a car - frozen to death


 Forty-Fifth Job of Bob - Newspaper mail roomworker

 Right out of the movies


 Forty-Sixth Job of Bob - Animal shelter volunteer

 You can't save them all...or can you?


 Forty-Seventh Job of Bob - Newspaper truck driver

 
Promoted to driving hours all over the map


 A run for County Board

 "The people" decided otherwise


 Forty-Eighth Job of Bob - Community Radio Station

 News copy writer


 Forty-Ninth Job of Bob - Presentations; Iraq experience

 
"Please sir, don't use the word Mafia at a dead animals' club"


 Fiftieth Job of Bob - Foreign language newspaper expeditor

 What the fuck is an expeditor?

 Most of these fuckers would get you killed in a war zone; if we were in 'Nam we'd all be dead

 
Ensconced in the "new norm" work culture of part-time, no-benefits, no-merit, no-future-of-retirement, languishing-'til-you-die, going-to-work-sick jobs


 Fifty-First Job of Bob - Cultural blogger (the final employment indignity)

 Fish-frys/taverns/war-casualties/jobs/fate/strip-clubs/church-dinners


 Labor Day

 
"New Norm" economy: Labor Day no day to celebrate     WordPress backup


 Nowadays

 Bob just tells people, "...I fuck'n write books


  Life moves on

 Radio Talk Show Host and Radio Show Producer


 Job Chronology in early rough draft form

The below links are the original vignettes from the above link and are placed in some sort of chronological order with the oldest event listed first. All these orignal vignettes are being prepared for the book, "Jobs of Bob." Jump to the top of this page to follow the construction of the book version.


First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part I - Things learned

First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part II - Dad; Ol' Uncle Art; Lima; and, back'n up a wagon

First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part III - Milk Cooler; Kitchen Table; No Tubes or smoking allowed

First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part IV - Binary; Weather; Woods; Creek; Rocks; Kids; Sandy the Dog


First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part V - The garden; the buildings; the barn; the house; the rhubarb

First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part VI - The Hammer; a right of passage

First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part VII - Never lost a digit; Dad could kill you with just a look

First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part VIII - The marsh Cat and a sunburn to remember

First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part IX - The hunters; Ol' Adam and his hickery nuts, "Can I borrow a ladder son, got'a coon treed up yonder?"

First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part X - Jackknife

First Job of Bob - Dairy Farm - Part XI - The farm kitties

Second Job of Bob - Rock Band

Third Job of Bob - Gas Station Jockey

Fourth Job of Bob - Shore Retaining Wall Project

Fifth Job of Bob - Army - The Decision

Fifth Job of Bob - Army - Part I - Basic Training

Fifth Job of Bob - Army - Part I-A - Advanced Training; dozers, diggers, and trucks oh my

Fifth Job of Bob - Army - Part I-B - Advanced Traning; Walk to the back, where's the hat boys?; Franz tries for West Point

Fifth Job of Bob - Army - Part I-C - Advanced Training; Held hostage in Dugger, Indiana, 33 Bucks and 17 Cents ransom demanded

Fifth Job of Bob - Army - Part II - Welcome to Nuremberg, West Germany

Fifth Job of Bob - Army - Part III - VW-Beetle; Girls; Suicide Mission; Colleagues

Fifth Job of Bob - Army - Part IV - Heavy Equipment; Grafenwoehr; Targets; Black Berets

Fifth Job of Bob - Army - Part IV-A - Heavy Equipment; The Five-Ton Dump Truck; perennial Reforger war games

Fifth Job of Bob - Army - Part IV-B - Heavy Equipment; Hold up in the boonies; almost blew up Comrade; pseudo-live-round cowboys and Indians

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part V - Forgotten in an outpost of paradise; American soldiers in Europe? 25

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part VI - Kirby has a plate in his head from 'Nam; no Pfennigs for the shitter door-lock - then just shit in the goddamned urinal

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part VII - Home and Retrospect

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part VIII - Too important to have a beer with a buddy

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part IX - I believe in mail call, you sexy thing; touch the cookies in the Pringles can and die

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part X - The Mad Shitter

 Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XI - Free time - Penetration Theory, McDopple, walk, bike, VW Beetle, schnitzel, "The Wall"

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XI - leave-time entry 1 - Trek around Western Europe

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XI - leave-time entry 2 - Return to the Spanish scene of the crimes

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XI - leave-time entry 3 - Walkabout the British Isles; Comrade stole my damn new bike at "The Wall"

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XII - Crazy Jimmy's Polizi chase

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XIII - Bunker duty retrospect

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XIV - Mash Unit; first major blood episode

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XV - Baker blew himself up; seeds of EMS

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XVI - Dumptruck load of sand in the middle of the strasse

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XVII - Sergeant Bob? No Sergeant "Jack"

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XVIII - You owe Uncle Sam a Scoop Loader

Fifth Job of Bob - Army Part XIX - The Archer affair; Sunshine the car

Sixth Job of Bob - Corn and Soybeans

Lost Job of Bob - Yard work for a former teacher

Seventh Job of Bob - School Bus - Part I

Seventh Job of Bob - School Bus Part II - pre ADHD; bus shop; Charlie the dog

Seventh Job of Bob - School Bus Part III - paint shop; amphitheater; bus wreck

Eighth Job of Bob - odious labor service - Potato chip chicks; "Plastics"

Ninth Job of Bob - Furniture Store Part I

Ninth Job of Bob - Furniture Store Part II - Don, 350 Yamaha 50

Ninth Job of Bob - Furniture Store Part III - misery economy, delivery turck, daily duster

Tenth Job of Bob - Truck Assembly Part I - consummate factory

Tenth Job of Bob - Truck Assembly Part II - Crazy Jim

Tenth Job of Bob - Truck Assembly Part III - safety, shop gossip

Tenth Job of Bob - Truck Assembly Part IV - lay off; and, Haul to Pennsylvania now

Eleventh Job of Bob - Feed Mill

Twelfth Job of Bob - Bowling Alley Part I - tavern,bar, disco, bowling alley, bouncer, bartender

Twelfth Job of Bob - Bowling Alley Part II - to-go-girls, Murry, Hanny's

Twelfth Job of Bob - Bowling Alley Part III - Walter, consummate bar fights

Twelfth Job of Bob - Bowling Alley Part IV - Art's truck, Victorian Inn, cycles, cops, girl-fight

Yet another Lost Job of Bob - Food tent at the annual fest - a one day affair

Thirteenth Job of Bob - School Bus Redux Part I - two-jobs, engagement, comrade-caveat

Thirteenth Job of Bob - School Bus Redux Part II - family biz, too-young colleague dies

Thirteenth Job of Bob - School Bus Redux Part III - married, crappy economy, good-bye Wisconsin

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part I - Dallas, Houston, Reagan Ranches, cancer, crime, work

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part II - Charles, Big Max, Cowboy Marvin

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part III - Glove box Bible, Republicans, Ol' Sonebitch

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part III-A - Graveyard epiphany

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part IV - Hedges, Little Danny, hornets, Pyracantha blues

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part V - Chemical Room, Kent ain't no Texan, Ol' Papa

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part VI - Chemical Applicator, Dealey Plaza, Kenneth and where did Kennedy get shot?

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part VII - I killed the grass on the "Grassy Knoll"

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part VIII - and, Job Interviews from Hell number one

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part IX - some actors, '71 Buick in the pool

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part X - Joe 75

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part XI - special events, facilitaters of art, Robert Mitchum films in the barrio

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part XII - pinned down by Balcony Man in Green Bay Park

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part XIII - conferences and panels

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part XIV - Robert Lee

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part XV - Charles

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part XVI - Slick

Fourteenth Job of Bob, Park and Rec Part XVII - Here one day gone the next

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part XVIII - Fuck those trees and fuck you too

Fourteenth Job of Bob - Park and Rec Part XIX - Them damn fire ants

Fifteenth Job of Bob - Lawn Service Part I - entrepreneurial seeds, Sidney

Fifteenth Job of Bob - Lawn Service Part II - the part-time endeavor grows

Fifteenth Job of Bob - Lawn Service Part III - unsustainable grind - shop cats

Fifteenth Job of Bob - Lawn Service Part IV - the help - the car culture - the wry comedy

Fifteenth Job of Bob - Lawn Service Part V - Parting the waters of the Mixmaster

Fifteenth job of Bob - Lawn Service Part VI - The long road home

Fifteenth Job of Bob - Lawn Service Part VII - Want season tickets to them Cowboys? - Employee perks

Fifteenth Job of Bob - Lawn Service Part VIII - Small business health care; Son, I can pull that tooth for 19 Dollars!

Fifteenth Job of Bob - Lawn Service Part IX - Could have been in Saudi

Sixteenth job of Bob - Lawn Service Redux - home after years

Seventeenth Job of Bob - Farm, Hardware, Retail, Auto Service Part I - paycheck shock, the Amish, and pay no attention to Bug-eyes

Seventeenth Job of Bob - Farm, Hardware, Retail, Auto Service Part II - old grumudgeons, old tractors, the new life begins again

Seventeenth Job of Bob - Farm, Hardware, Retail, Auto Service Part III - chauvinism, assistant rube, crazy Tim

Seventeenth Job of Bob - Farm, Hardware, Retail, Auto Service - Part IV - Payroll vigilante, enter cell phones

Seventeenth Job of Bob - Farm, Hardware, Retail, Auto Service - Part V - musical houses, motorcycle redux

Seventeenth Job of Bob - Farm, Hardware, Retail, Auto Service - Part VI - Tourette's in the shop, is it Dave's fault and where would I be now? 100

Seventeenth Job of Bob - Farm, Hardware, Retail, Auto Service - Part VII - Time bandits, weekend shift, one last critique

Seventeenth Job of Bob - Farm, Hardward, Retail, Auto Service - Part VIII - Fraido takes a little trip to St. Louis?

Eighteenth Job of Bob - The all-mighty "State," Part I - job interviews from Hell, campus janitor

Eighteenth Job of Bob - The all-mighty "State," Part II - yet another job interview from Hell, air base

Eighteenth Job of Bob - The all-mighty "State," Part III - A few last job interviews from the gates of hell, not actually hell; and, missed State opportunities

Eighteenth Job of Bob - The all-mighty "State," Part IV - The ethical Bug-Eyes, go to Hell and see white!

Eighteenth Job of Bob - The all-mighty "State," Part V - Abandoned bikes, Clinton takes over, no heat in the '67, cold isthmus, warm duplex

Eighteenth Job of Bob - The all-mighty "State," Part VI - late for X-mas, wrong side bottle

Eighteenth Job of Bob - The all-mighty "State," Part VII - college can't be that hard

Eighteenth Job of Bob - The all-mighty "State," Part VIII - No sleep, overwhelming fatigue, for my troubles...a new sequined sofa and a cassette radio

Nineteenth Job of Bob - Landscape Maintenance Company, Part I - drawn to the land

Nineteenth Job of Bob - Landscape Maintenance Company, Part II - The Whisperer, a bottle of Jack, chainsaw phony, tight ship lawn mower guys, weekends at the farm store

Nineteenth Job of Bob - Landscape Maintenance Company, Part III - Missing arms but 10 snow shovels, '67 pickup redux

Nineteenth Job of Bob - Landscape Maintenance Company, Part IV - Gun rack smart alec; giant lunch box; pay check ethics; nepotism; system favortism for the displaced; never look back

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part I - Driver, EMT, the beginnings of the return to college

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part II - Finally - the front of a police car; CPR - relentless smell of plastic

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part III - Classes, books, skills, nursing assistant, ERs, and time

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part IV - Testing; Clinicals; Beware the ER Nurse

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part V - New service member for a day

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part VI - A year of actual pay for weekend shifts; hours of college studies

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part VI - No longer your father's volunteer fire department; better not call 911 on Tuesday morning; no one dies on Thursday night just after midnight...they wait 'til Monday morning

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part VII - You can't save others if you don't save yourself; meet interesting people at their worst; Vagal-down dudes!

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part VIII - Bystander Syndrome; the new demographics

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part IX - A couple vignettes; an upside down girl; the errant shoe; an unexpected lap dance

Twentieth Job of Bob - Rural Ambulance - Part X - EMT-Intermediate; EMT-Paramedic; end of another road 125

Twenty-first Job of Bob - Truck Assembly Redux - Part I - Armored car blues; the Japanese Rubric

Twenty-first Job of Bob - Truck Assembly Redux - Part II - 100 miles of wire; you didn't weld that yet did you?

Twenty-Second Job of Bob - School Bus third go-a-round - Part I - cameras; beatings; actors; 100 kids

Twenty-Second Job of Bob - School Bus third go-a-round - Part II - CDL, no time, libility lunacy

Twenty-third Job of Bob - Emergency Room Volunteer

Twenty-fourth Job of Bob - Nursing Assistant - Nursing Home Part I - Old Campus; Road Warrior

Twenty-fourth Job of Bob - Nursing Assistant - Nursing Home Part II - turning 40 in an old folk's home

Twenty-fourth Job of Bob - Nursing Assistant - Nursing Home Part III - Sternal Rub really works (xiphiod process)

Twenty-fifth Job of Bob - Alzheimer’s Center Part I - Group Construct

Twenty-fifth Job of Bob - Alzheimer's Center Part II - Fistula Dude Affect

Twenty-fifth Job of Bob - Alzheimer's Center Part III - Don't mock the Metro; Another job bites the dust

Twenty-sixth Job of Bob - YMCA Lifeguard Part I

Twenty-sixth Job of Bob - YMCA Lifeguard Part II - Days of boredom followed by minutes of terror; abundant breasts


Twenty-sixth Job of Bob - YMCA Lifeguard Part III - "Affect" Schlong Dude

Twenty-sixth Job of Bob - YMCA Lifeguard Part IV - Crutches poolside; can you even swim?

Twenty-sixth Job of Bob - YMCA Lifeguard Part V - Lady cop on the early AM prowl

Twenty-sixth Job of Bob - YMCA Lifeguard Part VI - Last Official Day of Work September 11, 2001

The Job that never happened - - Wanna load beer? - Day late - two years short

Twenty-seventh Job of Bob - Therapy pool attendant and Lifeguard Part I - Sociological Perspective, gazelles vs hippopotami

Twenty-seventh Job of Bob - Therapy pool attendant and Lifeguard Part II - "You ain't got no life old guy"

Twenty-seventh Job of Bob - Therapy pool attendant and Lifeguard Part III - "Can't you call someone?"

Twenty-eighth Job of Bob - YMCA customer service desk worker

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part I - took it like a damn job

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part II - the stage is set for a long academic run

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part III - early setback in nursing; 180 "degree" turn; word of my Best Man 150

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part IV - Total retool; kid in a candy store; not a typewriter to be found; prevailing myths; god bless "cut and past"

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part V - Favorite profs and their delivery of knowledge: Cobbs; Brien; Galliger; and, Neider

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part VI - Collective Undergraduate Classroom Silence

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part VII - Date with fate post 38 - A year in a wheelchair

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part VIII - On to UW-Whitewater; Bob's private dorm "Keith Hall"

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part IX - Don't let the 9/11 attack interupt your lecture; the emergence of the new student military Veteran; students ship out in Vietnam redux; from no Vets to a culture of Vets; another favorite prof

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part X - College Grad, a Harley to myself

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part XI - A run at grad school; same old dead theorists as undergrad

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part XII - More favorite profs and teaching styles: Frandy; Penn; McMahon; and, Irwin

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part XIII - A few more favorite profs and teaching styles: Haney; Rosen; Harding; and, Newman

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part XIV - Some more favorite profs and teaching styles: Berger; Koz; Klug; and, Searls

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part XV - A few more memorable profs and teaching styles: Cantrell; Stokes; and, Hansard-Weiner

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - College Student Part XVI - One last tip of the hat to an influential professor, and a thoughtful instructor: Coates and Roseberry

Twenty-ninth Job of Bob - Colege Student Part XV - Bought and kept every college text book

Thirtieth Job of Bob - College Newspaper Part I - Write for a stipend; fish frys rule the news

Thirtieth Job of Bob - College Newspaper Part II - Generational semiotics: "Didos" (shenanigans) verses "Dildos" (well...you should know what it is)

Thirty-first Job of Bob - Paid college note taker

Thirty-second Job of Bob - College library assistant

Thirty-third Job of Bob - Home Health Aid Part I - Make a Decision or others will

Thirty-third Job of Bob - Home Health Aid Part II - "Where's God?"

Thirty-third Job of Bob - Home Health Aid Part III - Whoosh

Thirty-fourth Job of Bob - YMCA Grant Writer Internship

Thirty-fifth Job of Bob - Older college students' assistant - What the hell is "Adult Resouces"?

Thirty-sixth Job of Bob - Grocery store worker - five interviews to cut fuck'n lettuce

Thirty-seventh Job of Bob - Private ambulance service 175

Thirty-eighth Job of Bob - Disabled college students' assistant; van driver

Thirty-ninth Job of Bob - Newspaper circulation worker - Youngest worker by 20 years at 50 years old!

Fortieth Job of Bob - Paper Boy semiweekly publication - at least I can still walk at 50

Forty-first Job of Bob - Parcel/package loading plant worker - I'm 50, next oldest worker...19 years old

Forty-second Job of Bob - In-country cultural writer: Laos, Viet Nam Part I - Finally landed in Saigon

Forty-second Job of Bob - In-country cultural writer: Laos, Viet Nam Part II - "Where's Cambodia?" "You're in Campuchia, you stupid men!"

Forty-second Job of Bob - In-country cultural writer: Laos, Viet Nam Part III - Chicken and contraband bus across Laos

Forty-second Job of Bob - In-country cultural writer: Laos, Viet Nam Part IV - Hanoi, "Many tricks" in 'Nam, "And don't say, 'Nam!"

Forty-third Job of Bob - In-country war-culture writer: Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey Part I - life-changing project

Forty - third Job of Bob - In-country war-culture writer: Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey Part VIII - One rubber-stamp date away from Third World prison

Forty-third Job of Bob - In-country war-culture writer: Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey Part II - Oneway street into Kurdish machine guns - taxi dude ...., "Idiot"

Forty-third Job of Bob - In-country war-culture writer: Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey Part III - Never shot at once, but still bleeding to death in Iraq

Forty-third Job of Bob - In-country war-culture writer: Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey Part IV - Asleep in Munich

Forty-third Job of Bob - In-country war-culture writer: Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey Part V - Shoot out with the Kurds


Forty-third Job of Bob - In-country war-culture writer: Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey Part VI - Lost in Mosul looking for the temple of Lalish

Forty-third Job of Bob - In-country war-culture writer: Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey Part VII - "Syria good, Syria very good!"

Forty-third Job of Bob - In-county war-culture writer: Iraq, Kurdistan, Turkey Part VIII - The editor said, "Gosh, it sure was fun to follow you in a war zone" - Fun! Wha'd'fuck?

Forty-fourth Job of Bob - Daily paper contract delivery - paper boy with a car - frozen to death

Forty-fifth Job of Bob - Newspaper mail roomworker - right out of the movies

Forty-sixth Job of Bob - Animal shelter volunteer; you can't save them all...or can you?

Forty-seventh Job of Bob - Newspaper truck driver

A run for County Board - "The people" decided otherwise

Labor Day

Forty-eighth Job of Bob - Community Radio Station - News copy writer

Forty-ninth Job of Bob - Presentions; Iraq experience - "Please sir, don't use the word Mafia at a dead animals' club" 200

Fiftieth Job of Bob - Foreign language newspaper expeditor Part I - What the fuck is an expeditor?

Fiftieth Job of Bob - Foreign language newspaper expeditor Part II - Most of these fuckers would get you killed in a war zone; if we were in 'Nam we'd all be dead

Fiftieth Job of Bob - Foreign language newspaper expeditor Part III - Ensconced in the "new norm" work culture of part-time, no-benefits, no-merit, no-future-of-retirement, languishing-'til-you-die, going-to-work-sick jobs

Fifty-first Job of Bob - Cultural blogger (the final employment indignity) - Fish-frys/taverns/war-casualties/jobs/fate/strip-clubs/church-dinners 

 
A lifetime of "No" snow days

Nowadays - Bob just tells people, "...I fuck'n write books."



 Daily Dadio Blog link

Click on the Daily Dadio Blog "
Jobs of Bob" Category to read the ongoing "out-of-order" gaggle of vignettes about Bob's many, and often quirky blue-collar jobs over the last 45 years. This blog link does not list the stories in chronological order in regards to time. Bob wrote about his job history from time to time as memories popped up; or, when ever it fancied him he went back and added stories to previously posted jobs. In other words, this Daily Dadio Blog "Jobs of Bob" Category link has them listed as he originally posted them.










 
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