This Is Me--2024 A to Z Theme

My A to Z Themes in the past have covered a range of topics and for 2024 the theme is a personal retrospective that I call "I Coulda Been" which is in reference to my job and career arc over my lifetime. I'll be looking at all sorts of occupations that I have done or could have done. Maybe you've done some of these too!

Monday, April 8, 2024

Golf Caddy, Gardener, Guard, Guitar-God, or God? ( #AtoZChallenge )


#AtoZChallenge 2024 letter G

          Golf caddy was my first out of the family job experience.  It was the beginning of summer of 1965 when my family was living in the northwestern tip of Indiana in the hinterlands of the Chicago area.  One of my friends was going to work as a caddy for the summer and convinced me to join him.  I lasted one day.  It was a weird experience to me, but I'd never dealt in a job where I had to be personable and interact with strangers. I was fourteen and not so daring on my own like that. I made it through that first round and made a few bucks cash.  But I never went back.  Not a career choice for me.

        Neither is gardening.  I've known a number of gardeners.  Some are passionate about it, but for most I guess they just see it as their job. I wish I had that proverbial green thumb, but gardening has never been my forte.  Although there was that one year when I grew more peppers and cucumbers than I could eat.  A couple years later we paved over our backyard and there went my garden.  Fine with me because I am not a gardener.

        I'm more of a guard.  I'm good at just sitting and standing and walking and watching my surroundings.  I'd hate it if I really encountered some nefarious situation that could have a scary outcome.  Since I tend to be on my guard frequently when I'm in public areas then I might be a good guard.  I just want to be a safe guard, but I guess one of the purposes of a guard is to keep things safe. And calm.  Stay calm.

        If we're talking fantasy careers though, why not go with guitar-god!  Now that could be exciting and fun.  To be adulated for my artistry and adored by people everywhere!  What a life that sounds like.  Music, glamor, travel, wealth, and fame.  A guitar-god would have it all.

       Or maybe forget the guitar part and just be God.  

       Forgive me Lord.  You are doing a great job.  I would be the worst god ever.

      How are you in the garden?  What was your worst summer job of youth?   Have you ever done security guard work?



  1. BOIDMAN ~

    Security Guard work?
    Yeah -- been there, done that. 18 or more years of it, including 14 years working at night in what might very possibly be the most haunted / demonically possessed building in the country. Stories? Yep, I got 'em!

    ~ D-FensDogG

    1. STMcC, if I were working a night shift I'd likely have a difficult time staying awake. I've been on a nighttime sleep schedule for so long that I don't know how easily I could adapt. Night guard does seem like it could be very creepy especially when the place is creepy like you've described.

      My BOTB results post will be up tomorrow. I forgot about doing it today.


    2. LEE, for the 14 years I worked in that bizarre building, the vast majority of the time I was working a Swing shift and got off work at midnight, so it really wasn't too bad.

      I'd usually go home and still be up for 30-60 minutes, unwinding. In fact, Swing was my all-time favorite shift. I've never really been a morning guy, and Graveyard shifts are simply dreadful! (I also spent almost two years working Graveyard as a security officer in a different building, and it felt more like two decades!)

      ~ D-FensDogG

  2. My brother was a caddy and ended up marrying the pro's daughter.

  3. Been the guard (my sister's father-in-law used to call me Fife.) Acted like I was God too many times. Caddy would assume I knew how to do something in golf other than whistle the TV bumper music. Love Unlimited's Love's Theme, as I recall.

  4. This is Birgit…no to being a, a guard? That’s funny. A gardener? I’m the kiss of death when it comes to plants so much so that my hubby has told me to stay away from the plants. I always liked the idea of being a genealogist. That would be cool to do.

  5. I was a Gift Wrapper for about an hour. I am eternally grateful to whoever invented Gift Bags ;-)


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