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!

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Ironworker, Insurance salesman, Interior designer, Indian Chief ( #AtoZChallenge )


#AtoZChallenge 2024 letter I

        Ironworker is an occupation that I heard much mention of when I was growing up.  Since my father worked in industrial contracting he knew a lot of ironworkers and other such tradespeople.  During my few college summers working at the company where my father worked I encountered some of those ironworkers.  Tradesmen are necessity to our societal structure, but tradesman I am not.  I guess I could have become an ironworker, but I didn't and that's about all I need to say about that.

       My grandfather sold insurance for many years.  It was a good supplement to his income I guess and it brought him into contact with many people which was undoubtedly helpful to him when he went into politics.  I've had several friends who sold insurance and a few of those tried to get me into the profession. That type of selling has never been my forte so insurance sales never became a career for me.  I've just bought insurance.  Sometimes it seems like a racket to me, but I guess the option of not having insurance when you really need it is not a good thing when that happens.  I continue to maintain a few insurance policies, but hope I never have to use them.

      I think my oldest daughter would have been a good interior designer because she has a good eye for artistic visuals.  She didn't get that from me I'm sure because my design philosophy has more to do with function and saving money than making things look appealing to the eye.  I doubt whether my interior design talents--or lack thereof--would be very much in demand with anybody.  But I don't think I'd be too pleased with doing that job either.

       Indian Chief might be more appropriate for my skill set--or maybe I should say my range of work experience.  Nearly every job I've taken led to an offer of manager.  I'm not sure what it is about me, but for some reason I guess I exude some attitude of authority.   I may not have ever managed a tribe of Indigenous Peoples, but I have been a chief of business many times in my life.  

       Have you worked as a tradesperson of any kind?   What are your thoughts about insurance?   Do you enjoy designing and decorating your surroundings?



  1. I'm not a tradesman, either, but heaven knows we need them. There are probably some great plumbers, electricians, bricklayers, iron workers etc. wasting away in college classrooms as we speak.

  2. I am one of those boring insurance salespersons... not my forte either but it does pay the bills.

  3. I'm all for tradespeople. If more people tried it they'd know to respect those in the industries. Indian Chief would probably suit you, Lee ;-) I think you'd make a good one.

  4. I think I'll pass for all of those but am thankful for those that didn't.

  5. I tried applying at an insurance company once. They ran me through a test to see if I had a tendancy to fudge things. I didn't. I was told I got one of their lowest scores ever. Said, "I'm not surprised."

  6. I love decorating and designing and would have liked is I strange is needed because, when you die, it costs a s@%$ful of money, sadly. Thankfully, here, we have Healthcare and almost all is covered unlike the States where a person can go broke just trying g to keep your kid alive. It is not socialism either. Anyhoo, I'd never want to be in IT or sell


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